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.

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  • Fantastic Chip, thanks a lot! I've added the new entries, none of which I have seen!

  • I've seen them all. Many were Oscar Best Picture nominees, so I had watched them, and we got early notice in August on what the new entries might be, so I watched the five others I had not yet seen.

    Among the 13 new entries The Wolf of Wall Street is probably my favorite. I liked Wadjda and Gravity quite a bit, too.

    On the other end of the spectrum Inside Llewyn Davis is by no means a bad film, but the Coens have done a lot better. And I wasn't that impressed by The Great Beauty, but it did sweep the Oscars, Golden Globes, and BAFTAs for Best Foreign Language film, so I'm in the minority. I'd have picked the Danish film The Hunt both as a better foreign film and for this list.

  • @tipsfromchip, I agree with you regarding "Great Beauty" versus "The Hunt". The former really didn't do anything for me. I was at loss as to why it garnered so much praise. "The Hunt" on the other hand, I found to be much more rewarding in every way.

  • I actually have seen 'The Hunt', and thought it was terrific. The new additions on the whole aren't terribly appealing to me. I only plan to watch 'Blue Is the Warmest Colour' anytime soon. I'm going to delve into some silents I've missed instead.

  • @Peter Stanley - In that case, here's some unsolicited suggestions on silents outside of the well know Chaplin, Keaton, Murnau, and Lang films:

    The Cabinet of Dr, Caligari (1920)
    The Great White Silence (1924)
    The Big Parade (1925)
    The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
    Napolean (1927)
    The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

    And not on the list, but sure as hell should be is Harold Lloyd's film Safety Last! (1923). This film is one of the most iconic of the silent era, but for some bizarre reason they chose The Kid Brother (1928) to represent him on the List instead.

    One other not on the List is The Last Command (1928). Emil Janings won the first Best Actor Oscar for it.

  • Thanks Chip, I'll take a look at these.

  • Just out of interest, do you know which films were taken off the list to make way for the new ones?

  • @Alexandra Lagerwey - Scroll up to the comment that lists the additions. There is a link in it to find out more details, including those that were removed.

  • I get annoyed when they flood the new edition with the previous year's Oscar bait. Seriously, they dropped No Country For Old Men? And cut The Departed to make room for Wolf of Wall Street, Inglorious Basterds for Django Unchained? They're just adding movies that they'll cut for the next edition without any real thought to what might actually be a lasting classic- someone mentioned Mulholland Drive and I keep waiting for an edition to include Eternal Sunshine.

  • what a great list.......
    good job....... This is one of the best list, I have seen in letterbox.....

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