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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 now.
Currently in no strict order.

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  • @Tim - I'm not sure why you are not seeing films after 1997. The list's total count is 1,154 which is exactly correct through the latest edition. Peter Stanley does note above the list that the films are in no particular order. If you try sorting it in different way perhaps you will see the films.

    As an alternative, I have a viewable and downloadble tracking list of all the films here: listsfromchip.blogspot.com/2012/05/1001-movies-you-must-see-before-you-die.html

  • Thanks Chip (x2).

  • Ooops, thanks Chip, I don't know what happened, but now I am able to see all of the films in order of release. I could spend time analyzing and guessing what happened, or what I did wrong, but, I am just glad I can now see the list in the manner that I prefer. Thank you for confirming for me that this list is current, all the way up through the latest edition of the book.

    And thank you, Paul, for posting this list. It's very much appreciated. You've obviously done more than enough in listing all these films, but, I was wondering, if it;s not too much to ask, would it be possible to include an explanation from the book as to just how all of these particular films were selected? I am just really curious, and want to make a determination, at least for myself, as to how much credence I want to give this list, exactly. For example, f it is all merely the opinion of the author, well then the list doesn't mean all that much to me. But, if it intentionally included all 250 films from the Sight & Sound Poll, as well as many or most films from Roger Ebert's Great Movies list, etc., then the list holds a lot more value to me.

    Either way, again, thanks to the both of you.

    -Tim

  • Hi Tim,

    I put this list up primarily as a resource for those who already own one of the books. There is a checklist at the back of the book to mark off the films you have seen, but I thought this website offered a much better way of doing the same thing. I'm not interested in either promoting the book or providing a replacement for it. You can find more information on the book and their criteria for selecting films elsewhere.

  • @Tim - first, I agree with Peter that if you are interested in more than just the list that you should pick up a copy of the book. There is a ton of content in it - and I say this from the experience of owning every year since they have been getting published.

    Second - If you are hoping this list mirrors two other lists that you hold in high esteem then I'm not sure what you hope to get from it. The reason (for me anyway) of exploring different lists is to see what movies they bring to my attention that I have not heard about from other sources. Yes, there will be some movies in common, but those are probably the ones everyone has already heard about (i.e. Citizen Kane).

    One thing you should be aware of with the 1,001 Movies list is that it is not intended to be the 1,001 BEST movies of all time. I've seen any number of "where is [fill in the blank]? That's an awesome movie!" comments. I've made some myself. The key is that the list is designed to highlight important or representative movies - in other words, ones you should see before you die. This means that there will be films made behind the Iron Curtain at great personal danger to the director. They are an important part of film history, but this doesn't mean that they are necessarily entertaining. You will also find representative films from big stars, directors, producers, writers, etc. The list often has early films from directors that later became famous, but not necessarily their most well known film. Fans of every genre have probably lamented at some point that their types of movies are underrepresented, but believe it or not, 1,001 entries get filled up quickly and things get left out.

    After completing the entire list I posted overall counts of what I would rate the films. The number I would recommend to others (at least 3 stars out of 5) was about 650. I absolutely hated a few dozen of them - many fell into the "Experimental" category.

    On the other hand, there were dozens of films that I enjoyed that I would never have watched, and in many cases never even heard of, if it were not for working my way through the entire list.

    So, to bring it back around to where we started, pick up the latest edition and browse through it. I recommend sticking to the entries you've already seen since most of them contain spoilers for the films, usually as part of explaining the impact the film had.

  • @Tim - first, I agree with Peter that if you are interested in more than just the list that you should pick up a copy of the book. There is a ton of content in it - and I say this from the experience of owning every year since they have been getting published.

    Second - If you are hoping this list mirrors two other lists that you hold in high esteem then I'm not sure what you hope to get from it. The reason (for me anyway) of exploring different lists is to see what movies they bring to my attention that I have not heard about from other sources. Yes, there will be some movies in common, but those are probably the ones everyone has already heard about (i.e. Citizen Kane).

    One thing you should be aware of with the 1,001 Movies list is that it is not intended to be the 1,001 BEST movies of all time. I've seen any number of "where is [fill in the blank]? That's an awesome movie!" comments. I've made some myself. The key is that the list is designed to highlight important or representative movies - in other words, ones you should see before you die. This means that there will be films made behind the Iron Curtain at great personal danger to the director. They are an important part of film history, but this doesn't mean that they are necessarily entertaining. You will also find representative films from big stars, directors, producers, writers, etc. The list often has early films from directors that later became famous, but not necessarily their most well known film. Fans of every genre have probably lamented at some point that their types of movies are underrepresented, but believe it or not, 1,001 entries get filled up quickly and things get left out.

    After completing the entire list I posted overall counts of what I would rate the films. The number I would recommend to others (at least 3 stars out of 5) was about 650. I absolutely hated a few dozen of them - many fell into the "Experimental" category.

    On the other hand, there were dozens of films that I enjoyed that I would never have watched, and in many cases never even heard of, if it were not for working my way through the entire list.

    So, to bring it back around to where we started, pick up the latest edition and browse through it. I recommend sticking to the entries you've already seen since most of them contain spoilers for the films, usually as part of explaining the impact the film had.

  • @Peter - I'm not sure why this posted twice. The screen didn't return when I did the post so something obviously screwed up. Please delete the duplicate and this follow-up post. It's long enough as it is without it repeating.

  • @Chip - Thank you for all of the helpful information, I sincerely appreciate it. ... @Peter - I fully respect your right to refuse my request, though I think the grounds on which it was done so is a bit suspect. I really don't think providing what I had requested would be "promoting the book," in any way -- at least not anymore so than what has already been done by posting this list --, and nor do I think doing so would in any way serve as "providing a replacement" for the book. But, anyway.... Thanks again for posting the list.

  • Chip, I don't know how to delete other people's posts on here. I could edit or delete my own comments, straight after posting them before (yep, edit button is there for my latest comment, not sure how long for though). I can't see a way of deleting comments from others except for the 'report comment' flag. Is there another way?

  • @Peter - Hmmm. I admit I've never removed a comment on Letterboxd. I assumed it would be like on a blog. I've poked around some, but I don't see any obvious way to do it. Sorry about this.

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