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1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (Compiled by Steven Jay Schneider, 2015 Update by Ian Haydn Smith)

Got this book for my birthday in 2016 and wanted to create a list of it to track my progress. A lot of foreign films in here and a couple trilogies (Toy Story and Lord of the Rings) and some multi-movie parts counted as one (Ivan the Terrible Pt I and II, Olympia Pt I and II).

There are 154 films in this list released in the 1980s.

  • Ordinary People
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Atlantic City
  • The Last Metro
  • The Shining
  • The Elephant Man
  • The Big Red One
  • Loulou
  • Raging Bull
  • Airplane!
  • An American Werewolf in London
  • Diva
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Das Boot
  • Gallipoli
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Body Heat
  • Man of Iron
  • Reds
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • The Evil Dead
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • Too Early/Too Late
  • Poltergeist
  • Yol
  • Blade Runner
  • Diner
  • Tootsie
  • Fitzcarraldo
  • Gandhi
  • The Thing
  • Fanny & Alexander
  • The Night of the Shooting Stars
  • A Question of Silence
  • The Draughtsman's Contract
  • A Christmas Story
  • L'Argent
  • The Right Stuff
  • The Big Chill
  • Sans Soleil
  • Return of the Jedi
  • The Ballad of Narayama
  • Terms of Endearment
  • El Norte
  • The Fourth Man
  • Videodrome
  • Koyaanisqatsi
  • Scarface
  • The King of Comedy
  • Local Hero
  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • The Terminator
  • The Natural
  • Ghostbusters
  • Paris, Texas
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • A Passage to India
  • Beverly Hills Cop
  • The Killing Fields
  • Stranger Than Paradise
  • Amadeus
  • Prizzi's Honor
  • A Time to Live, a Time to Die
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Come and See
  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
  • Out of Africa
  • Ran
  • Back to the Future
  • Brazil
  • Kiss of the Spider Woman
  • The Quiet Earth
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Vagabond
  • Shoah
  • The Color Purple
  • A Room with a View
  • Manhunter
  • Blue Velvet
  • Hannah and Her Sisters
  • She's Gotta Have It
  • Children of a Lesser God
  • Caravaggio
  • Salvador
  • Platoon
  • Down by Law
  • The Decline of the American Empire
  • Peking Opera Blues
  • Aliens
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • The Fly
  • Top Gun
  • Sherman's March
  • Stand by Me
  • Tampopo
  • The Horse Thief
  • Au Revoir les Enfants
  • Raising Arizona
  • Yeelen