100 Movies To See Before You Die

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Many movies are good, some are great, but only a select few can be called truly “essential.” After heated discussions, long negotiations, and a shouting match or two, the staff at Yahoo! Movies has put together this list of the 100 films you must see before you die. To choose the titles for the list, we considered factors like historical importance and cultural impact. But we also selected films that we believe are the most thrilling, most dramatic, scariest, and funniest movies of all time. Some of these films you’ve seen, and some you may not have heard of, but we believe that each one is a timeless classic that you absolutely have to see.
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  1. 12 Angry Men (1957)

    Directed By: Sidney Lumet
    Starring: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, E. G. Marshall

  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

    Directed By: Stanley Kubrick
    Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester

  3. The 400 Blows (1959)

    Directed By: Francois Truffaut
    Starring: Jean-Pierre Leaud, Patrick Auffay

  4. 8 ½ (1963)

    Directed By: Federico Fellini
    Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimee

  5. A

  6. The African Queen (1952)

    Directed By: John Huston
    Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley

  7. Alien (1979)

    Directed By: Ridley Scott
    Starring: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright

  8. All About Eve(1950)

    Directed By: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
    Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders

  9. Annie Hall (1977)

    Directed By: Woody Allen
    Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

  10. Apocalypse Now (1979)

    Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola
    Starring: Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall

  11. B

  12. The Battle of Algiers (1967)

    Directed By: Gillo Pontecorvo
    Starring: Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Brahim Haggiag

  13. The Bicycle Thief(1948)

    Directed By: Vittorio De Sica
    Starring: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola

  14. Blade Runner (1982)

    Directed By: Ridley Scott
    Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young

  15. Blazing Saddles (1974)

    Directed By: Mel Brooks
    Starring: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens

  16. Blow Up (1966)

    Directed By: Michelangelo Antononi
    Starring: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles

  17. Blue Velvet (1986)

    Directed By: David Lynch
    Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper

  18. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

    Directed By: Arthur Penn
    Starring: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard

  19. Breathless (1960)

    Directed By: Jean-Luc Godard
    Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg

  20. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

    Directed By: David Lean
    Starring: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins,

  21. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

    Directed By: Howard Hawks
    Starring: Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn

  22. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

    Directed By: George Roy Hill
    Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross

  23. C

  24. Casablanca (1942)

    Directed By: Michael Curtiz
    Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

  25. Chinatown (1974)

    Directed By: Roman Polanski
    Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston

  26. Citizen Kane (1941)

    Directed By: Orson Welles
    Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore

  27. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    Directed By: Ang Lee
    Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang

  28. D

  29. Die Hard (1988)

    Directed By: John McTiernan
    Starring: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Alan Rickman

  30. Do the Right Thing (1989)

    Directed By: Spike Lee
    Starring: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee

  31. Double Indemnity (1944)

    Directed By: Billy Wilder
    Starring: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson

  32. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

    Directed By: Stanley Kubrick
    Starring: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden

  33. Duck Soup(1933)

    Directed By: Leo McCarey
    Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx

  34. E

  35. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

    Directed By: Steven Spielberg
    Starring: Dee Wallace Stone, Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore

  36. Enter the Dragon (1973)

    Directed By: Robert Clouse
    Starring: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly

  37. The Exorcist (1973)

    Directed By: William Friedkin
    Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair,

  38. F

  39. Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

    Directed By: Amy Heckerling
    Starring: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold,

  40. The French Connection (1971)

    Directed By: William Friedkin
    Starring: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider

  41. G

  42. The Godfather (1972)

    Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola
    Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan,

  43. The Godfather, Part II (1974)

    Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola
    Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

  44. Goldfinger (1964)

    Directed By: Guy Hamilton
    Starring: Sean Connery, Honor Blackman

  45. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1968)

    Directed By: Sergio Leone
    Starring: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

  46. Goodfellas (1990)

    Directed By: Martin Scorsese
    Starring: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

  47. The Graduate (1967)

    Directed By: Mike Nichols
    Starring: Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross,

  48. Grand Illusion (1938)

    Directed By: Jean Renoir
    Starring: Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim

  49. Groundhog Day (1993)

    Directed By: Harold Ramis
    Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott

  50. H

  51. A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

    Directed By: Richard Lester
    Starring: The Beatles

  52. I

  53. In the Mood For Love (2001)

    Directed By: Wong Kar-Wai
    Starring: Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung

  54. It Happened One Night (1934)

    Directed By: Frank Capra
    Starring: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert

  55. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

    Directed By: Frank Capra
    Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

  56. J

  57. Jaws (1975)

    Directed By: Steven Spielberg
    Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss

  58. K

  59. King Kong (1933)

    Directed By: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Shoedsack
    Starring: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong

  60. L

  61. The Lady Eve (1941)

    Directed By: Preston Sturges
    Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn

  62. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

    Directed By: David Lean
    Starring: Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn

  63. The Lord of the Rings (2001,2002,2003)

    Directed By: Peter Jackson
    Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen

  64. M

  65. M (1931)

    Directed By: Fritz Lang
    Starring: Peter Lorre, Theodor Loos, Otto Wernicke

  66. M*A*S*H (1970)

    Directed By: Robert Altman
    Starring: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt

  67. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

    Directed By: John Huston
    Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet

  68. The Matrix (1999)

    Directed By: Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski
    Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

  69. Modern Times (1936)

    Directed By: Charlie Chaplin
    Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard

  70. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

    Directed By: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
    Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

  71. N

  72. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

    Directed By: John Landis
    Starring: John Belushi, Tim Matheson

  73. Network (1976)

    Directed By: Sidney Lumet
    Starring: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch

  74. Nosferatu (1922)

    Directed By: F.W. Murnau
    Starring: Max Schreck, Gustave Von Wagenheim, Greta Schroeder,

  75. O

  76. On the Waterfront (1954)

    Directed By: Elia Kazan
    Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb

  77. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

    Directed By: Milos Forman
    Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield

  78. P

  79. Paths of Glory (1958)

    Directed By: Stanley Kubrick
    Starring: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou

  80. Princess Mononoke (1999)

    Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki
    Starring: Billy Crudup, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver

  81. Psycho (1960)

    Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock
    Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

  82. Pulp Fiction (1994)

    Directed By: Quentin Tarantino
    Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman

  83. R

  84. Raging Bull (1980)

    Directed By: Martin Scorsese
    Starring: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty-Gentile, Joe Pesci

  85. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

    Directed By: Steven Spielberg
    Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman

  86. Raise the Red Lantern (1992)

    Directed By: Zhang Yimou
    Starring: Gong Li, He Caifei, Cao Cuifeng

  87. Rashomon (1951)

    Directed By: Akira Kurosawa
    Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyo

  88. Rear Window (1954)

    Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock
    Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Raymond Burr

  89. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

    Directed By: Nicholas Ray
    Starring: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo

  90. Rocky (1976)

    Directed By: John Avildsen
    Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young

  91. Roman Holiday (1953)

    Directed By: William Wyler
    Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert

  92. S

  93. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

    Directed By: Steven Spielberg
    Starring: Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore

  94. Schindler’s List (1993)

    Directed By: Steven Spielberg
    Starring: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes

  95. The Searchers (1956)

    Directed By: John Ford
    Starring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles

  96. Seven Samurai (1954)

    Directed By: Akira Kurosawa
    Starring: Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune, Yoshio Inaba

  97. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

    Directed By: Frank Darabont
    Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman

  98. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

    Directed By: Jonathan Demme
    Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn

  99. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

    Directed By: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelley
    Starring: Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds

  100. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

    Directed By: David Hand
    Starring: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell

  101. Some Like It Hot (1959)

    Directed By: Billy Wilder
    Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

  102. The Sound of Music (1965)

    Directed By: Robert Wise
    Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

  103. Star Wars (1977)

    Directed By: George Lucas
    Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

  104. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

    Directed By: Billy Wilder
    Starring: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim

  105. T

  106. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

    Directed By: James Cameron
    Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton

  107. The Third Man (1949)

    Directed By: Carol Reed
    Starring: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles

  108. This is Spinal Tap (1984)

    Directed By: Rob Reiner
    Starring: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest

  109. Titanic (1997)

    Directed By: James Cameron
    Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

  110. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

    Directed By: Robert Mulligan
    Starring: Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford

  111. Toy Story (1995)

    Directed By: John Lasseter
    Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

  112. U

  113. The Usual Suspects (1995)

    Directed By: Bryan Singer
    Starring: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne

  114. V

  115. Vertigo (1958)

    Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock
    Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak

  116. W

  117. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

    Directed By: Rob Reiner
    Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher

  118. Wild Strawberries (1957)

    Directed By: Ingmar Bergman
    Starring: Victor Sjostrom, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Ingrid Thulin

  119. Wings of Desire (1988)

    Directed By: Wim Wenders
    Starring: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander

  120. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

    Directed By: Victor Fleming
    Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger

  121. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

    Directed By: Pedro Almodovar
    Starring: Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas

  122. The World of Apu (1959)

    Directed By: Satyajit Ray
    Starring: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Swampan Mukerjee,

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