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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 1222. 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 the site now offers options to sort lists chronologically or alphabetically etc.

RIP Chip Lary @tipsfromchip. Thanks for all the help, encouragement and enthusiasm in putting this list on Letterboxd.

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There are 255 romance films in this list.

  • Broken Blossoms
  • Way Down East
  • Within Our Gates
  • Orphans of the Storm
  • Our Hospitality
  • The Thief of Bagdad
  • The Big Parade
  • The Eagle
  • Seven Chances
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • The Unknown
  • The Docks of New York
  • Pandora's Box
  • A Throw of Dice
  • L'Âge d'Or
  • City Lights
  • Limite
  • Little Caesar
  • Tabu
  • Love Me Tonight
  • Me and My Gal
  • Shanghai Express
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • 42nd Street
  • The Bitter Tea of General Yen
  • Footlight Parade
  • Queen Christina
  • L'Atalante
  • It Happened One Night
  • Captain Blood
  • Peter Ibbetson
  • Top Hat
  • Camille
  • A Day in the Country
  • Dodsworth
  • Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
  • My Man Godfrey
  • Swing Time
  • Stella Dallas
  • The Awful Truth
  • Pépé le Moko
  • Jezebel
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum
  • Only Angels Have Wings
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Ninotchka
  • The Rules of the Game
  • Wuthering Heights
  • His Girl Friday
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • Dance, Girl, Dance
  • The Lady Eve
  • Sullivan's Travels
  • The Palm Beach Story
  • Now, Voyager
  • Casablanca
  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • The Man in Grey
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  • Ossessione
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • 1900
  • The Accidental Tourist
  • Adam's Rib
  • An Affair to Remember
  • The African Queen
  • The Age of Innocence
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  • All That Heaven Allows
  • Amélie
  • An American in Paris
  • Angel Face
  • Annie Hall
  • The Apartment
  • Archangel
  • Atlantic City
  • The Bad and the Beautiful
  • Barry Lyndon
  • Beat the Devil
  • Before the Revolution
  • Belle de Jour
  • The Best Years of Our Lives
  • Big
  • Black Orpheus
  • Dracula
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Breaking the Waves
  • Brief Encounter
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • Broadcast News
  • Buffalo '66
  • Bull Durham
  • Cabaret
  • The Captive
  • Carmen Jones
  • Children of Paradise
  • Chungking Express
  • Cinema Paradiso