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Movies Everyone Should See

Compiling a list of movies everyone should see can be an overwhelming task. There are films across every genre – from comedy to documentaries to horror movies that could easily fill a hundred lists. Sites such as Imdb.com, Rottentomatoes.com, and a variety of others claim to have the definitive lists after compiling critics reviews, viewer opinions and poll results. Below are a few of our selections for must see movies.

Classic Movies Everyone Should See

The golden age of Hollywood was an exciting time. As black and white silent films transitioned to talkies and then full color movies, the mystique and glamour of the movie industry grew significantly. Some of the most notable luminaries to ever grace the silver screen appeared in these classic films that everyone should see at least once.

The Kid, 1915 – starring Charlie Chaplin

The Tramp, 1921 – starring Charlie Chaplin

Metropolis, 1927 – starring Brigitte Helm

Modern Times, 1936 – starring Charlie Chaplin

The Wizard of Oz, 1939 – starring Judy Garland

Gone with the Wind, 1939 – starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh

The Great Dictator, 1940 – starring Charlie Chaplin

The Maltese Falcon, 1941 – starring Humphrey Bogart

Citizen Kane, 1941 – starring Orson Wells

Casablanca, 1942 – starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman

Mrs. Miniver, 1942 – starring Greer Garson

Double Indemnity, 1944, starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck

It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946 – starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Natalie Wood

All About Eve, 1950 – starring Bette Davis

A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951 – starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh

The African Queen, 1951 – starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn

Rear Window, 1954 – starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly

Rebel without a Cause, 1955 – starring James Dean and Natalie Wood

12 Angry Men, 1957 – starring Henry Fonda

Witness for the Prosecution, 1957 – Marlene Dietrich and Tyrone Power

Vertigo, 1958 – starring James Stewart and Kim Novak

Some Like it Hot, 1959 – starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon

North by Northwest, 1959, starring Cary Grant and Eve Marie Saint

Psycho, 1960 – starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961 – starring Audrey Hepburn

West Side Story, 1961 – starring Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno

Lawrence of Arabia, 1962 – starring Peter O’Toole and Alec Guinness

My Fair Lady, 1964 – starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison

Mary Poppins, 1964 – starring Julie Andrews

A Hard Day’s Night, 1964 – starring the Beatles

For an even more extensive list of classic films that everyone should see, check out Rottentomatoes.com.

Cult Movies that Everyone Should See

Cult movies are typically not very popular with mainstream audiences, but they do develop a loyal fan base. Very often a cult film is defined less by it’s content and more by the reaction that the audience has to the film. For example, fans of Rocky Horror Picture show are known for attending midnight showings of the film where they dress up like their favorite character and enjoy an interactive experience, such as dancing along with musical numbers and shouting responses back at the movie screen. Below are a few of the most notable cult classic films:

A Clockwork Orange, 1971 – starring Malcolm McDowell
Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975 – starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick
Blade Runner, 1982 – starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer
Labyrinth, 1986 – starring David Bowie
Heathers, 1988 – starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater
Cry Baby, 1990 – starring Johnny Depp and Ricki Lake
The Craft, 1996 – starring Robin Tunney and Fairuza Balk
Fight Club, 1999 – starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton
Donnie Darko, 2001 – starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jena Malone

100 Movies Everyone Should See

Most of the top movies everyone should see appear in more than one category, simply because they not only excelled in their genre but among all films. It’s quite a task to try to name the best movie of all time given the thousands of titles to choose from but according to IMDb.com, the following fifty films top the list of the 100 best movies of all time.

The Shawshank Redemption , 1994 – starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins

The Godfather, 1972 – starring Marlon Brando

The Godfather: Part II, 1974 – starring Marlon Brando

The Dark Knight, 2008 – starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger

Pulp Fiction, 1994 – starring Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta

12 Angry Men, 1957 – starring Henry Fonda

Schindler’s List, 1993 – starring Liam Neeson

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, 1966 – starring Clint Eastwood

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2003 – starring Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortenson, Ian McKellen

Fight Club, 1999 – starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001 – starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, 1980 – starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Forrest Gump, 1994 – starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, and Sally Field

Inception, 2010 – starring – Leonardo DiCaprio

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1975 – starring Jack Nicholson

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2002 – starring Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen

Goodfellas, 1990 – starring Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

The Matrix, 1999 – starring Keanu Reeves

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, 1977 – Starring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher

Seven Samurai, 1954 – starring Takashi Shimura

Interstellar, 2014 – starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain

City of God, 2002 – starring Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino

Se7en, 1995 – starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey

The Usual Suspects, 1995 – starring Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Benecio Del Toro

The Silence of the Lambs, 1991 – starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946 – starring James Stewart, Donna Reed

Once Upon a Time in the West , 1968 – starring Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson

Leon: The Professional, 1994 – starring Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman

Life is Beautiful, 1997 – starring Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi

Casablanca, 1942 – starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman

American History X, 1998 – starring Edward Norton

Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981 – starring Harrison Ford and Karen Allen

Saving Private Ryan, 1998 – starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon

City Lights, 1931 – starring Charlie Chaplin

Spirited Away, 2001 – starring Daveigh Chase and Suzanne Pleshette

Psycho, 1960 – starring Anthony Curtis and Janet Leigh

Whiplash, 2014 – starring J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller

Rear Window, 1954 – starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly

The Intouchables, 2011 – starring Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy

Modern Times, 1936 – starring Charlie Chaplin

Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 1991 – starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton

Memento, 2000 – starring Guy Pearce and Carrie-Ann Moss

The Green Mile, 1999 – starring Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan

The Pianist, 2002 – starring Adrien Brody

The Departed, 2006 – starring Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon

Apocalypse Now, 1979 – starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

Gladiator, 2000 – starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

Sunset Blvd. 1950 – starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson

Dr. Strangelove, 1964 – starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott

Back to the Future, 1985 – starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd

The Best Movie Ever?

There has been a lot of debate over which film should be named the best movie ever. According to Rotten Tomatoes The Wizard of Oz tops the list, followed closely by Citizen Kane. Many critics state that Citizen Kane is a masterpiece and should top the list, others point to James Cameron’s 1996 blockbuster Titanic, in part due to its massive production budget and unprecedented effects. Some look back to the early days of film and consider Gone with the Wind the best film of all time. From a dramatic and historical importance viewpoint, strong arguments can be made for both Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan.

Do you agree with the selections on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb? What movies would you put on your top movies of all time?

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