501 Must-See Movies - Revised and Updated List

Action/Adventure and Epic

Napoleon (1927)
Cleopatra (1934)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
The Sea Hawk (1940)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Wages of Fear (1953)
The Seven Samurai (1954)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
War and Peace (1956)
The Vikings (1958)
North by Northwest (1959)
Ben Hur (1959)
Spartacus (1960)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Zulu (1964)
Dr. Zhivago (1965)
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
The Lion In Winter (1968)
Waterloo (1970)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Enter the Dragon (1973)
Papillon (1973)
The Towering Inferno (1974)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Fitzcarraldo (1982)
Gandhi (1982)
The Right Stuff (1983)
A Passage To India (1984)
Ran (1985)
The Mission (1986)
Top Gun (1986)
The Last Emperor (1987)
Die Hard (1988)
Speed (1994)
True Lies (1994)
Braveheart (1995)
The Mummy (1999)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Gladiator (2000)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
Troy (2004)
300 (2006)
Crank (2006)
Iron Man (2008)
Watchmen (2009)

Comedy

Safety Last (1923)
The General (1927)
Duck Soup (1933)
It's a Gift (1934)
Modern Times (1936)
Nothing Sacred (1937)
Way Out West (1937)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
To Be Or Not To Be (1942)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
Born Yesterday (1950)
Les Vacances de M. Hulot (Mr. Hulot's Holiday) (1953)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Move Over, Darling (1963)
The Pink Panther (1964)
The Producers (1968)
The Odd Couple (1968)
Harold and Maude (1971)
What's Up, Doc? (1972)
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex (but Were Afraid To Ask) (1972)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Animal House (1978)
Airplane! (1980)
Tootsie (1982)
Trading Places (1983)
All of Me (1984)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988)
Big (1988)
Home Alone (1990)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Grosse Point Blank (1997)
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
There's Something About Mary (1998)
Amelie (2001)
Lost In Translation (2003)
Shaun of The Dead (2004)
Anchorman (2004)
A Cock and Bull Story (2005)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Borat : Cultural Learning of America... (2006)
Juno (2007)
Knocked Up (2007)

Drama

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Citizen Kane (1941)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Great Expectations (1946)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
The Bicycle Thief (1948)
All About Eve (1950)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Ace In the Hole (1951)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
12 Angry Men (1957)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Vertigo (1958)
A bout de Souffle (1960)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
8 1/2 (1963)
Belle de Jour (1967)
The Graduate (1967)
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)
Easy Rider (1969)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Nashville (1975)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
All the President's Men (1976)
Rocky (1976)
Raging Bull (1980)
The King of Comedy (1983)
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Rain Man (1988)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
The Player (1992)
Forrest Gump (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Shakespeare In Love (1998)
All About My Mother (1999)
American Beauty (1999)
Traffic (2000)
Vera Drake (2004)
The Lives of Others (2006)
Volver (2006)
United 93 (2006)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Atonement (2007)
The Reader (2008)

Horror

Nosferatu, a Symphony of Terror (1922)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Freaks (1932)
King Kong (1933)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Dead of Night (1945)
Les Diaboliques (1955)
Dracula (1958)
Psycho (1960)
Peeping Tom (1960)
Village of the Damned (1960)
The Birds (1963)
The Haunting (1963)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The Exorcist (1973)
Don't Look Now (1973)
The Wicker Man (1973)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Jaws (1975)
The Omen (1976)
Carrie (1976)
Eraserhead (1977)
Halloween (1978)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
The Shining (1980)
Friday the 13th (1980)
The Fog (1980)
An American Werewolf In London (1981)
The Thing (1982)
Poltergeist (1982)
A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
The Fly (1986)
Evil Dead II (1987)
Angel Heart (1987)
Misery (1990)
Tremors (1990)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Scream (1996)
Ringu (1998)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Audition (1999)
The Others (2001)
28 Days Later (2002)
Saw (2004)
The Descent (2005)
The Orphanage (2007)
Let The Right One In (2008)
Drag Me To Hell (2009)

Musical

42nd Street (1933)
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Top Hat (1935)
Show Boat (1936)
Alexander's Ragtime Banda (1938)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
The Gang's All Here (1943)
Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
The Red Shoes (1948)
On the Town (1949)
An American In Paris (1951)
Singin' In the Rain (1952)
The Band Wagon (1953)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954)
A Star Is Born (1954)
Oklahoma! (1955)
High Society (1956)
The King and I (1956)
Funny Face (1957)
Pal Joey (1957)
South Pacific (1958)
West Side Story (1961)
Viva Las Vegas (1964)
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Mary Poppins (1964)
My Fair Lady (1964)
Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
The Sound of Music (1965)
Funny Girl (1968)
Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Woodstock (1970)
Cabaret (1972)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
New York, New York (1977)
Grease (1978)
All That Jazz (1979)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Fame (1980)
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Chicago (2002)
Once (2006)
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
High School Musical 3 : Senior Year (2008)
Sweeney Todd : The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Mamma Mia! (2008)

Romance

Sunrise (1927)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Camille (1936)
Wuthering Heights (1939)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Lady Eve (1941)
Casablanca (1942)
Now, Voyager (1942)
Brief Encounter (1945)
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
Adam's Rib (1949)
The Quiet Man (1952)
Roman Holiday (1953)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
An Affair To Remember (1957)
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
Pillow Talk (1959)
The Apartment (1960)
Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961)
Un Homme Et Une Femme (1966)
Barefoot In the Park (1967)
Love Story (1970)
A New Leaf (1971)
The Way We Were (1973)
Annie Hall (1977)
10 (1979)
The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Out of Africa (1985)
Nine ½ Weeks (1986)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Dirty Dancing (1987)
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
Pretty Woman (1990)
Ghost (1990)
Green Card (1990)
The Age of Innocence (1993)
Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
Romeo and Juliet (1996)
The English Patient (1996)
Titanic (1997)
As Good As It Gets (1997)
Hua Yang De Nian Hua (2000)
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Before Sunset (2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Science Fiction / Fantasy

Metropolis (1927)
Lost Horizon (1937)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The War of the Worlds (1953)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Silent Running (1972)
Solaris (1972)
Sleeper (1973)
Westworld (1973)
Dark Star (1974)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Star Wars (1977)
Superman (1978)
Alien (1979)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Scanners (1981)
Time Bandits (1981)
Blade Runner (1982)
E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Tron (1982)
Ghostbusters (1984)
The Terminator (1984)
Back To the Future (1985)
Brazil (1985)
Aliens (1986)
Robocop (1987)
Batman (1989)
Total Recall (1990)
Naked Lunch (1991)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Independence Day (1996)
Men In Black (1997)
The Matrix (1999)
X-Men (2000)
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
Spiderman (2002)
Serenity (2005)
Children of Men (2006)
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
The Dark Night (2008)
District 9 (2009)

Mystery / Thriller

Little Caesar (1930)
The Public Enemy (1931)
Rebecca (1940)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Double Indemnity (1944)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Kiss of Death (1947)
The Third Man (1949)
Strangers On a Train (1951)
The Big Heat (1953)
Rear Window (1954)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Rififi (1955)
The Killing (1956)
Touch of Evil (1958)
Goldfinger (1964)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Point Blank (1967)
Bullitt (1968)
The Italian Job (1969)
Dirty Harry (1971)
The French Connection (1971)
The Godfather (1972)
Mean Streets (1973)
The Sting (1973)
Chinatown (1974)
The Conversation (1974)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Scarface (1983)
Witness (1985)
The Untouchables (1987)
Goodfellas (1990)
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Basic Instinct (1992)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Léon (1994)
Seven (1995)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Fargo (1996)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Memento (2000)
City of God (2002)
Oldboy (2003)
Cache (2005)
Casino Royale (2006)
The Departed (2006)
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

War

Wings (1927)
All Quiet On the Western Front (1930)
Grand Illusion (1937)
In Which We Serve (1942)
Five Graves To Cairo (1943)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Rome, Open City (1945)
They Were Expendable (1945)
Battleground (1949)
Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
The Desert Fox (1951)
The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
The Cruel Sea (1952)
From Here To Eternity (1953)
Stalag 17 (1953)
Mister Roberts (1955)
Attack! (1956)
The Burmese Harp (1956)
The Bridge On the River Kwai (1957)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Ballad of a Soldier (1959)
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
The Longest Day (1962)
The Great Escape (1963)
The Train (1964)
The Bedford Incident (1965)
Von Ryan's Express (1965)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Hell In the Pacific (1968)
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
Catch-22 (1970)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
M*A*S*H (1970)
Patton (1970)
Cross of Iron (1977)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The Big Red One (1980)
Das Boot (1981)
The Killing Fields (1984)
Come and See (1985)
Platoon (1986)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Schindler's List (1993)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Downfall (2004)
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
The Hurt Locker (2009)

Western

Union Pacific (1939)
Stagecoach (1939)
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
Duel In the Sun (1946)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
Fort Apache (1948)
Red River (1948)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
The Gunfighter (1950)
Winchester '73 (1950)
Bend of the River (1952)
High Noon (1952)
The Naked Spur (1953)
Shane (1953)
The Searchers (1956)
The Tall T (1957)
3:10 To Yuma (1957)
Forty Guns (1957)
The Big Country (1958)
Man of the West (1958)
Last Train From Gun Hill (1959)
Rio Bravo (1959)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Ride the High Country (1962)
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
The Professionals (1966)
Once Upon a Time In the West (1968)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
True Grit (1969)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
Little Big Man (1970)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
Bad Company (1972)
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
Ulzana's Raid (1972)
High Plains Drifter (1972)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
The Shootist (1976)
The Long Riders (1980)
Young Guns (1988)
Dances With Wolves (1990)
Unforgiven (1992)
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
The Proposition (2005)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
No Country for Old Men (2007)


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