1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. 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.

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  • Though they have not been added to the book, *yet,* I think 'Boyhood,' and 'Guardians of The Galaxy' should be added to this list, immediately, without question.

  • @Tim - Boyhood is the kind of film that the editor's like, so I can easily see that being added in 2015. Guardians of the Galaxy is a very long shot because it is pretty much everything the editors hate: fun, hugely entertaining, comic book movie. The Avengers didn't even make it and that's the best movie of the entire genre.

  • @Chip - I just have to say that I think Guardians of the Galaxy is the best of the genre.

  • @Chip - If, The Cabin in the Woods, Avatar, Monsters, The Hangover, District 9, Borat, The Host, and Paranormal Activity can make the list, then I see absolutely nooooo reason why Guardians of the Galaxy cannot do so, as well.

  • Chip pretty much hit it on the nose. Boyhood is an almost-certain lock, but with The Avengers not even making it in, Guardians of the Galaxy has pretty much no chance; It's too much of a niche film, in particular a niche that doesn't seem necessary to represent in the list by the editors, and even if they were to change their minds, if any film in that niche stood a chance at making it onto the list, it'd be Avengers. The way I saw it, all the films you mentioned made it onto the list for differing reasons, not because they all were the same kind of great film and that Guardians would be the next progression in that line; the only two I could see as being at least half a precedent toward Guardians making it in would be District 9 and Cabin in the Woods, and even then, I don't know if that would be enough to automatically add Guardians, especially since both those films are currently still in the book (if the new additions leaked earlier this month are correct).

    I'm not saying that Guardians has literally 0% of a chance, since technically any film released in 2014 has at least some chance, but I'm willing to bet that Guardians' chances are about as small as they could be.

  • @Adolytsi -- Well, first, and foremost, I was talking much more about which recent films *should* make it in the book, than I was about which ones I think *will* do so.

    I strongly disagree with the assertion that Guardians is a 'niche' film. I think maybe you misunderstand the meaning of the word, 'niche.' One of the things that makes Guardians special is that it transcends genre. Most , or all other movies based on a comic book, are comic book films -- Guardians is an excellent, highly entertaining, fun, exciting, action adventure film.

    And in regards to the final comment, about Guardians' chances of making it on the list being "about as small as they could be," I think that is absurd. To be sure, there are scores of movies , released in 2014, which have a far, farrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr lesser chance.

  • @Tim - First and foremost, I loved Guardians of the Galaxy - 4.5 stars out of 5. I'm not trying to say it's not a great film. What I (and Adolytsi) are sharing is the benefit of our observations over the 10 years that these 1,001 Movies have been getting published.

    In that time there have been two kinds of movies that are clearly not held in high regard by the editors who decide what makes the list - animated films and ones based on comic books.

    The entire time they have been changing the list only one new animated film made it - WALL-E, and it was removed the very next year. Yes, they added The Adventures of Prince Achmed last year, but it is the oldest animated film in existence, and they removed another animated film (Animal Farm) from the list to make room for it. And they sort of added the other Toy Story films to the original, but that was still by having only a single entry for the trilogy. The Incredibles didn't make it. Up didn't make it. Neither did Finding Nemo. Neither did anything new from Studio Ghibli in Japan. Neither did highly acclaimed films that just happened to be animated (i.e. Persepolis, Waltz with Bashir) make it. They just don't see new animated films as being special enough to make the list. (Remember, it's not a "best movies of all time" list; it's a list of movies they feel we should see before we die. I've seen every film that's ever been on the list and I can say that I felt that several dozen of them just out and out sucked - but they represented something that other entries didn't, so they were on the list.)

    In regards to comic book films, only The Dark Knight has ever been added since the list has started, and the only other one that's ever been on the list is also a Batman film - the one from 1989. And in sort of a related note - they seem to love vampire films, with at least seven having been on the list, five of them all based on the same original Bram Stoker Dracula novel. They seem to be half lumping Batman in as a creature of the night.

  • @Chip - I understand your points. But again, to repeat, in my first comment, I said, "I think 'Boyhood,' and 'Guardians of The Galaxy' ***should be*** added to this list, immediately, without question." I never made any mention about what films I thought ***would be*** added to the list. There is a significant difference between the two.

    That said, I do think that 'Guardians of The Galaxy' has a better chance than you think it does, of making the list. I think it is the best film of its genre, and, I think it transcends the genre of comic book films. The question is whether or not the editors of this book will agree. And, frankly, if they don't, I don't too much care. The only reason I care at all is because there may be some people who have not seen 'Guardians,' but would, if only it were in the book. And I think anybody, now, or in the future, who does not see this film, is really missing out. If the editors of '1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die' are wise, and smart, they will add 'Guardians of The 'to their list.

    Again, I think Guardians clearly ***transcends*** the comic book based movie genre, and, as such, cannot be dismissed simply because it is a movie based on a comic book, and other movies based on comic books have not fared too well, overall. As far as whether or not it makes the book, we will see, soon enough.....

  • If the editors of the book dismiss 'Guardians' simply based on the fact that it is a movie based on a comic book, I pity them, for they would have to be verrrrrrry small minded to do such a thing. No film should be dismissed simply because of what genre it belongs to. Just as no film should be included, simply because it belongs to a particular genre.

  • I wouldn't be too worried about Guardians not making the list. I have enough quibbles with the list as it is.

    (So, 1001 Movies editors, I assume you didn't put Scenes From A Marriage on the list because it was a miniseries. Well, why's Dekalog in there, then? Yeah, it deserves it, but so does Scenes! And Berlin Alexanderplatz!)

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