1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how many you've watched or finding films to try out.
Some single entries in the book consist of multiple films. I've added all the films they list in the entry.
I've tried to be as accurate and complete as possible, but if you spot any errors or omissions, please, do let me know.
Currently in no strict order, but sort options are now available to sort lists chronologically.

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  • A Trip to the Moon
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Les Vampires
  • Intolerance
  • Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • Way Down East
  • Within Our Gates
  • Orphans of the Storm
  • The Phantom Carriage
  • The Smiling Madame Beudet
  • Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler
  • Nanook of the North
  • Nosferatu
  • Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
  • Foolish Wives
  • Our Hospitality
  • The Wheel
  • The Great White Silence
  • Greed
  • The Last Laugh
  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • The Thief of Bagdad
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • The Big Parade
  • The Eagle
  • The Gold Rush
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Seven Chances
  • Strike
  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed
  • The General
  • Metropolis
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • The Jazz Singer
  • The Kid Brother
  • Napoleon
  • The Unknown
  • The Crowd
  • The Docks of New York
  • October
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Steamboat Bill, Jr.
  • Storm Over Asia
  • Blackmail
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • Pandora's Box
  • Throw of the Dice
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The Blue Angel
  • Earth
  • L'âge d'or
  • À nous la liberté
  • La chienne
  • City Lights
  • Dracula
  • Frankenstein
  • Limite
  • Little Caesar
  • M
  • Le Million
  • The Public Enemy
  • Tabu
  • Boudu Saved from Drowning
  • Freaks
  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
  • Love Me Tonight
  • Me and My Gal
  • Scarface
  • Shanghai Express
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • Vampyr
  • 42nd Street
  • The Bitter Tea of General Yen
  • Duck Soup
  • Footlight Parade
  • Gold Diggers of 1933
  • King Kong
  • Land Without Bread
  • Queen Christina
  • She Done Him Wrong
  • Sons of the Desert
  • Zéro de conduite
  • L'Atalante
  • The Black Cat
  • The Goddess
  • It Happened One Night
  • It's a Gift
  • Judge Priest
  • The Thin Man
  • The 39 Steps
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Captain Blood
  • Mutiny on the Bounty
  • A Night at the Opera
  • Peter Ibbetson
  • Top Hat
  • Triumph of the Will


  • Nothing in this world will ever compel me to watch "The Hangover".

  • @haydndepriest

    If you like good comedy, it's one of the best in years. The first one, anyways. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it.

  • 49%, must be why it feels at times I'm in a midlife crisis ;)

  • @tipsfromchip

    It took me some time but I made you a list of all films that are in my 2010 dutch edition that aren't in this list. letterboxd.com/jonatanlyssens/list/1001-films-die-je-gezien-moet-hebben-dutch/

    I have a couple of papers filled with films that weren't in the book but since it's a 2010 edition and a lot of movies were added, it's very hard to analyse which films were left out, to make room for the dutch ones. But one analysis I can make, it is really centered to dutch films and not belgian films, so are there only 2 flemish films in there and no french-speaking belgian films, for example Rosetta from the frères Dardenne is not in there??? So this is obviously a dutch edition, they tend to forget the Belgians.

    Strangely for example Robocop is in the english edition, but not in the dutch one. Which is strange because it's a dutch director.

  • @JonatanLyssens - Thank you very much for taking the time to put this together. I really appreciate it.

    In regards to what films were in the books in 2010, I have complete information on every year's book (American/British versions) at this site, including the changes year by year: 1001films.wikia.com/wiki/The_Books

    Maybe I should add info there for the Dutch version and the Danish/Swedish version.

    These are the 17 different films in the 2007 Danish/Swedish version:

    Vredens dag (1943) – Day of Wrath
    Ditte Menneskebarn (1946) – Ditte, Child of Man
    Soldaten og Jenny (1947) – Jenny and the Soldier
    Café Paradis (1950) – Café Paradise
    Hon dansade en sommar (1951) – One Summer of Happiness
    Kvarteret Korpen (1963) – Raven’s End
    Sult (1966) - Hunger
    En kärlekshistoria (1970) – A Swedish Love Story
    Kundskabens Træ (1970) – Tree of Knowledge
    The Element of Crime (1984)
    Mitt liv som hund (1985) – My Life as a Dog
    Pelle Erobreren (1987) – Pelle the Conqueror
    Kærlighedens Smerte (1992) – Pain of Love
    Nattevagten (1994) – Nightwatch
    Fucking Åmål (1998) – Show Me Love
    Den eneste ene (1999) – The One and Only
    Bænken (2000) – Baenken med virkeligheden som dgangspunkt – Baenken with Reality as a Starting Point

  • I hit 26% Quarter way there.

  • nah

  • Well I'll be damned; Guardians is looking like it might be in the next edition after all - www.amazon.com/1001-Movies-You-Must-Before/dp/0764167901/

  • They need to hold off on these new editions until I finish all of the old ones. 195 left to go.

  • It won't be out until September or October, so you've got lots of time to make a dent in that number. And the usual pattern is for there to be no more than 12-14 movies added.

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