Movies you need to see in your Lifetimeby pearsonj-89635 | created - 11 Apr 2018 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
Television might be on an upswing, but nothing will ever replace movies. In the past century that they've been around, they've given us unforgettable stories and characters.
Personally, there would be a few more additions to this list, but these movies are from the professional list. These are some movies I recommend you should watch.
Here are some movies, out of 100, everyone should watch in their lifetimes. They're a mix of movies to see when you're growing up, recent hits, stone-cold classics that'll broaden your horizons, and pop culture touchstones everyone should be familiar with.
Take some time to add these to your queue.
*These are from the professional list. These are just the ones I liked.
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1. Boyhood (I) (2014)
R | 165 min | Drama
The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.
Votes: 317,709 | Gross: $25.38M
"Boyhood" was filmed over a period of 12 years to capture the life of a character growing up.
2. Toy Story (1995)
G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.
Votes: 809,501 | Gross: $191.80M
Of all the Pixar films, "Toy Story" is still the most essential. It's a moving tale that changed animation forever. While you're at it, watch its sequels as well.
3. Psycho (1960)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
Votes: 545,828 | Gross: $32.00M
Alfred Hitchcock was the master of suspense, and "Psycho" is one of his best works.
4. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
G | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.
Votes: 199,870 | Gross: $8.82M
"Singin' in the Rain" is more than a sprightly musical comedy - it doubles as a history lesson for how movies evolved from silent to sound.
5. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.
Votes: 340,764 | Gross: $435.11M
For kids, "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" is a sweet story as well as a valuable lesson about being skeptical of authority.
6. Jaws (1975)
PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.
Votes: 516,024 | Gross: $260.00M
Every kid remembers the first movie that terrorizes them. To make it a good one, watch Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" or "Jaws."
7. Groundhog Day (1993)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.
Votes: 546,608 | Gross: $70.91M
"Groundhog Day" is a classic not just because it's horrifying good at capturing the repetitive nature of adult life, but because it knows how to shake you out of accepting it.
8. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.
Votes: 793,517 | Gross: $44.02M
"Red Rum. Red Rum." Before today's horror thrillers, there was nothing scarier than the adaptation of Stephen King's 1977 novel about a couple staying at a hotel as the husband grows more and more delusional and violent while trying to write a book of his own. It's one of Jack Nicholson's best and most terrifying performances.
9. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
R | 142 min | Drama
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Votes: 2,125,499 | Gross: $28.34M
"The Shawshank Redemption" was somewhat overlooked upon its release in 1994, but it's since cemented itself as a universal favorite - and it's guaranteed to make you cry.
10. Die Hard (1988)
R | 132 min | Action, Thriller
An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Votes: 727,350 | Gross: $83.01M
John McClane (Bruce Willis) is just an off-duty cop trying to save a bunch of hostages from a terrorist named Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) at a Christmas party. Once you view it, you too will be able to weigh in on one of the hottest debates in pop culture: Whether or not "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie.
11. The Lion King (1994)
G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father's death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.
Votes: 856,025 | Gross: $422.78M
Adapting "Hamlet" as a musical would be hard, but "The Lion King" succeeds wonderfully by turning all the characters into animals.
12. The Dark Knight (2008)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When the menace known as The Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham. The Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.
Votes: 2,090,420 | Gross: $534.86M
Christopher Nolan's second Batman film elevated the genre to new, darker heights and made it worth taking seriously. Heath Ledger gave the performance of a lifetime as the iconic Joker villain, earning an Oscar posthumously.
13. Titanic (1997)
PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.
Votes: 967,621 | Gross: $659.33M
You can't go your entire life without seeing one of the highest-grossing movies of all time. The story of two ill-fated lovers meeting on a doomed ship set to sink is a classic romance spoiled by the buoyancy of a floating door.
14. Forrest Gump (1994)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.
Votes: 1,634,713 | Gross: $330.25M
Robert Zemeckis' endearing story of a young man (Tom Hanks) with a low IQ, but a big heart. If you don't know the line about life being like a box of chocolates, you should watch this stat.
15. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,133,272 | Gross: $322.74M
Unless you plan to be a pop culture luddite for the rest of your life, you need to watch the original "Star Wars."
16. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
R | 133 min | Drama
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.
Votes: 841,232 | Gross: $112.00M
Miloš Forman's adaptation of the 1962 novel starring Jack Nicholson won all five major Academy Awards for best picture, lead actors, director, & screenplay.
17. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.
Votes: 355,042 | Gross: $2.08M
Victor Fleming managed to direct two of the most important movies of all time that were released in 1939. But between "The Wizard of Oz" & "Gone With the Wind", most people agree that it's "Oz" which has aged better.
18. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.
Votes: 481,995 | Gross: $1.02M
"Casablanca" - with its star turns from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman - is emblematic of the best of classical Hollywood cinema.
19. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
Votes: 1,103,011 | Gross: $96.90M
Steven Spielberg's story of Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), a German businessman who saved the lives of hundreds of Polish-Jewish refugees during the Holocaust is both powerful and heartbreaking. It won seven Oscars including best picture.
20. Dead Poets Society (1989)
PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.
Votes: 376,008 | Gross: $95.86M
Robin Williams' English teacher John Keating will leave you wanting to seize the day and live your life to the fullest. Carpe diem, indeed.
21. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
PG | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.
Votes: 1,367,614 | Gross: $342.55M
It's tough to pick just one "Lord of the Rings" movie to watch. You should really invest in the entire trilogy about the young hobbit embarking on a perilous journey to destroy an all-powerful ring. If you only have time to watch one, go with the second movie that won two Oscars and is the best-reviewed of the trilogy.
22. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)
G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
A family of Emigre mice decide to move out to the west, unaware that they are falling into a trap perpetrated by a smooth talking cat.
Votes: 21,637 | Gross: $22.17M
So, you've watched the Disney classics? Why not switch things up with the story of a different mouse leaving NYC for the west with his family. Still not convinced? It was produced by Steven Spielberg, the voice debut of John Cleese, film legend James Stewart's last film, & has a beautiful rendition of the song "Dreams to Dream" by Cathy Cavadini. * You'd need to watch the 1st "American Tail" from 1986, which I also recommend.
23. Selena (1997)
PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Music
The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts.
Votes: 22,594 | Gross: $35.42M
Before she was J. Lo, Jennifer Lopez's break-out role was as the up-and-coming Mexican singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez who was murdered at the age of 23 by the president of her fan club.
24. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.
Votes: 170,206 | Gross: $156.45M
There aren't too many movies which combine live-action and animation seamlessly like the 1988 murder-mystery. It's probably the only movie where you'll see Disney characters like Mickey and Donald Duck alongside Warner Bros.' beloved Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig.
25. Coco (I) (2017)
PG | 105 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.
Votes: 290,023 | Gross: $209.73M
"Coco" follows a young boy, Miguel, who wants to be a musician even though it goes against his family's wishes. He winds up in search of his great-great-grandfather who he believes to be a famous guitar player in a stunningly vibrant-colored Land of the Dead.
*This is a ripoff of "The Book of Life" (2014).
26. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,529,161 | Gross: $171.48M
If you don't know about Neo and the search for "The One", you have to watch the Wackowski's sci-fi adventure starring Keanu Reeves for its visuals alone. The film received four Oscars.
27. John Wick (2014)
R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
An ex-hit-man comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that killed his dog and took everything from him.
Votes: 469,328 | Gross: $43.04M
Not done with your Keanu Reeves fix? Me neither. The unexpected Lionsgate hit is a nonstop 101-minute rush of adrenaline of Reeves taking names as he seeks revenge on the men who killed his puppy. You read that right.
28. Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Romance
A young woman who's reinvented herself as a New York City socialite must return home to Alabama to obtain a divorce from her husband, after seven years of separation.
Votes: 96,290 | Gross: $127.22M
If you're looking for a good rom-com, look no further. Melanie Carmichael (Reese Witherspoon) is set to marry Andrew (Patrick Dempsey), the son of the New York City mayor. There's just one catch - she has to get a divorce from her high school sweetheart in Alabama finalized first. It's a bit easier said than done when she starts falling for him again.
29. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical
A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.
Votes: 163,416 | Gross: $4.00M
Gene Wilder made every child want to win a golden ticket to visit a magical candy factory and ride down a chocolate river.
30. The Notebook (2004)
PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance
A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.
Votes: 480,777 | Gross: $81.00M
"If I'm a bird, you're a bird".
If you haven't seen Nicholas Spark's love story starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling as soulmates, then set this one aside for date night.
31. Get Out (I) (2017)
R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.
Votes: 415,012 | Gross: $176.04M
No movie stormed America's consciousness in 2017 like "Get Out." A perfectly crafted horror movie and provocative racial parable, it immediately cemented comedian Jordan Peele as a major director and launched a bevy of memes. Welcome to the sunken place.
32. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.
A close adaptation of Harper Lee's seminal novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a clear-eyed movie about race and justice in Alabama, and how adults teach us about the moral values that make up our lives.
33. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,150,491 | Gross: $130.74M
A cultural touchstone since its release, "The Silence of the Lambs" is about an FBI agent who teams up with a manipulative cannibal killer to understand and help catch a serial killer.
34. Black Panther (2018)
PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.
Votes: 534,280 | Gross: $700.06M
This represents the pinnacle of superhero movies. Its hero has an impossible moral quandary. But most importantly, the movie creates a vision of an African nation untouched by colonialism, grappling with its own history instead of the problems other countries foisted upon it. It's a clear-eyed, fully fledged world that you could only see at the movies.
*While you're at, you might as well watch all of the MCU movies, but watch this one after the 16 other movies.