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50 Films you should see according to me!

I think it’s only natural to have a list of films that you want all your friends to see. After all, once you’ve seen a Film that is just so amazing, you talk about it with everyone you know so that they can see how wonderful it is too. To that end, I thought I would put together a list of 50 films that I think everyone should see (funny story: I meant to have this published before New Year’s Eve….yeah that didn’t work out so well). It was not an easy thing to do: I kept revising it so I could include this movie or that movie, and then there was the whole “which movies ARE important enough to make this list??” I think the list below is a pretty comprehensive one. I won’t go through every single film (because that would be the longest blog post of all time) but I will touch on some highlights.

It seemed obvious to include the original Star Wars trilogy given the effect those films have had on the industry. I also included Revenge of the Sith because it was the best prequel film and The Force Awakens and Rogue One because they’re pretty good too (and also because Rogue One is the first anthology film). I also included a lot of Kurosawa’s period films because I think they’re all must-see (particularly Yojimbo). The Lord of the Rings trilogy was also a given, as was Gone with the Wind (which is arguably one of the greatest films Hollywood ever produced even though it’s nearly 80 years old). The Ten Commandments (1956) and Ben-Hur (1959) are the two Biblical epic films that I consider mandatory viewing, even if you follow a different religion, because they are the perfect examples of a 1950s epic “with a cast of thousands.”

Most of the films made the list because they’re significant in some way: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first full-length animated Disney film; Batman (1989) and Superman: The Movie (1978) brought superheroes to life decades before anyone conceived of a superhero cinematic universe, and so on and so on.

Feel free to let me know how much of the list you’ve seen, or let me know if I’ve left out a film that you feel should make a list like this.

  1. Star Wars (1977)
  2. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  3. Return of the Jedi (1983)
  4. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  5. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
  6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
  7. Yojimbo (1961)
  8. Sanjuro (1962)
  9. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  10. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
  11. Akira (1988)
  12. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  13. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  14. Princess Mononoke (1997)
  15. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  16. The Ten Commandments (1956)
  17. Ben-Hur (1959)
  18. Gone with the Wind (1939)
  19. The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  20. The Two Towers (2002)
  21. The Return of the King (2003)
  22. Metropolis (1927)
  23. Forbidden Planet (1956)
  24. Ghost in the Shell (1995)
  25. Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
  26. Jason and the Argonauts
  27. Clash of the Titans (1981)
  28. Fantastic Voyage (1966)
  29. Rebecca (1940)
  30. Alien (1979)
  31. Aliens (1986)
  32. Batman (1989)
  33. Superman: The Movie (1978)
  34. The Muppet Movie (1979)
  35. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  36. Jurassic Park (1993)
  37. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  38. Throne of Blood (1957)
  39. Rashomon (1950)
  40. The Hidden Fortress (1958)
  41. Seven Samurai (1954)
  42. The Magnificent Seven (1960)
  43. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
  44. Gojira (1954)
  45. Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982)
  46. Frankenstein (1931)
  47. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  48. King Kong (1933)
  49. Mission Impossible (1996)
  50. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

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