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Movies to See Before You Die

This will keep growing and growing as things spring to mind, so please put classic movies here that you should see before you die.

Caveat: there is a big mix of movies here, and some pretty weird and intense stuff. Please check with your movie provider (i.e. Netflix) before renting anything. It might not be to your taste...
  • Everything by Alfred Hitchcock. No, seriously, everything, but start with;
    • Psycho
    • North By Northwest
    • Vertigo
    • The Birds
    • Rear Window
    • The 39 Steps
    • Rope
    • Dial M for Murder
  • Everything by Martin Scorsese (ditto), but again starting with;
    • Taxi Driver
    • Mean Streets
    • Goodfellas
    • Shutter Island (controversial, I know, but hey...)
    • New York, New York
  • Everything by Stanley Kubrick (ditto), but again as per...
    • 2001: A Space Odyssey
    • Barry Lyndon
    • The Killing
    • Killers Kiss
    • Dr Strangelove (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)
  • Everything by Michael Powell / Emeric Pressburger, but especially...
    • The Red Shoes
    • Black Narcissus
    • A Matter of Life and Death
    • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
    • Peeping Tom
    • I Know Where I'm Going!
    • A Canterbury Tale
  • Everything by Michael Mann, but especially...
    • Manhunter
    • Thief
    • Heat
    • The Insider
    • Collateral
    • Miami Vice (again, controversial...)
  • Everything by Pedro Almodovar, but especially...
    • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
    • Broken Embraces
    • Volver
    • Live Flesh
    • Talk to Her
    • Flower of My Secret
    • All About My Mother
  • Everything by Woody Allen especially...
    • Manhattan
    • Hannah and Her Sisters
    • Annie Hall
    • Husbands and Wives
  • Everything by David Lynch, but especially...
    • Blue Velvet
    • Mulholland Drive
    • Wild at Heart
  • The Thin Red Line
  • Badlands
  • The Virgin Spring
  • Sunrise, a Song of Two Humans
  • Dr Mabuse, the Gambler (pt 1 and 2)
  • The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
  • Fargo
  • M
  • A Cock and Bull Story
  • Trainspotting
  • Shallow Grave
  • My Fair Lady
  • Bad Taste
  • Brain Damage
  • Night of the Living Dead / Dawn of the Dead / Day of the Dead
  • Ponyo
  • Spirited Away
  • Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!
  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
  • Adventureland
  • Profondo Ross / Deep Red
  • Suspiria
  • Inferno
  • But I'm a Cheerleader
  • Josie and the Pussycats (No, really. I'm serious.)
  • Ringu (the original, and better "Ring")
  • Grey Gardens
  • Ma Nuit Chez Maud
  • La Grande Bouffe
  • Bullet in the Head
  • The Killer
  • Celine and Julie Go Boating
  • El Topo
  • The Holy Mountain
  • Santa Sangre
  • Diary of a Country Priest
  • Fellini's Casanova
  • Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno
  • Double Take
  • The Freshest Kids - A History of the B-Boy
  • Trouble Every Day
  • Rize
  • The Searchers
  • Red Road
  • Grizzly Man
  • Fitzcarraldo
  • Aguirre, Wrath of God
  • Haxan - Witchcraft Through the Ages
  • Crumb
  • Ghost World
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue (Far better than it sounds. Trust me.)
  • American Splendor
  • Society
  • Zombie Flesh Eaters
  • Le Boucher
  • La Beau Serge
  • Dracula, A.D. 1972
  • Dans Ma Peau (Warning: Not for the faint-hearted)
  • Sex, Lies and Videotape
  • Full Frontal
  • Jaws
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • Metropolitan
  • The Last Days of Disco
  • Barcelona
  • Ginger Snaps Unleashed
  • Pollock
  • L'Anne Dernier a Marienbad (Tip: they're trying to escape the film itself)
  • The Band Wagon
  • Herbert West: Re-Animator
  • Irma Vep
  • All the "Fantomas" films
  • This is England
  • Somerstown
  • The Leopard
  • Russian Ark
  • Les Vacances de M. Hulot
  • The Hours
  • Ae Fond Kiss
  • The Duellists
  • Alien
  • Love is the Devil
  • Nashville
  • Body Double
  • Scent of a Woman
  • They Live
  • Cypher
  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
More to come...

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