In our entire lifetime, there are some films or movies that serve impact on our lives, some that we highly recommend to our friends and families, and others that we sometimes regret watching. Here are the top 50 films to see before you die.
50. E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial is one of the classic movies that portray the amazing connection between friends. It shows the optimistic, adventurous, and magical part of childhood that will surely touch the hearts of all ages.
49. The Exorcist (1973)
This supernatural horror film became controversial as many viewers can’t endure its horrific scenes. The Exorcist is also one of the first movies that deal with exorcism and possession.
48. The Prestige (2006)
One of the selling points of this movie is the twists and turns of the plot that enhance its artistically thrilling cinematography and storyline. The Prestige is captivating and deceiving and considered one of the underrated films of Christopher Nolan.
47. The Princess Bride (1987)
The Princess Bride is a postmodern fairytale with a charming mix of romance, sci-fi, action, and adventure. The film is also famous for its killer lines, rich plot, and its fast wits and humor.
46. Stand By Me (1986)
Stand By Me is a nostalgic film that tells a story of friendship. This film is based on Stephen King’s bestseller The Shining. The metaphors of these movies show the risks, obstacles, and challenges that each of us experiences in our road to adultness.
45. Man of Steel (2013)
A must-watch film for Superman fans. This film has a simple storyline that tells the origin of Superman and his adulthood. It’s surprisingly not confusing since it has minimal flashbacks and structural plot.
44. The Human Centipede II (2011)
Being one of the most disturbing and sickest horror films of all time, The Human Centipede II became infamous as many people wanted to ban the movie. Since it is more intense and gruesome than the first film, it became more thrilling and nauseating to watch.
43. Dr. No (1962)
This action spy movie was an adaptation of Ian Fleming’s Dr. No and is famous for the debut of the world-famous secret agent – James Bond. This one of the first films that influence today’s spy movies.
42. The Fast and The Furious (2001)
The Fast and the Furious was the starting film of the successful series of fast and furious. This action-packed film focuses on stealing cars, car chases, and street races. It also has an amazing storyline with comedic and emotional plots and twists. The series also emphasizes the bond between friends and family.
41. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
This film is the prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark which is also considered as the darkest of all four-film franchises. It has a disturbingly edgy and real effect on the watchers.
40. Ex Machina (2015)
Ex Machina is an inventive, advanced, insightful, futuristic, and thought-provoking film that successfully portrays scenes and possible events on the uprising of artificially intelligent robots.
39. Zodiac (2007)
Zodiac is highly considered as one of the American cinema masterpieces of the 21st century. This movie shows the essential evidence of historical accuracy.
38. Before Sunrise (1995)
Before Sunrise is a 90s classic romance film that cinematically expresses the overwhelming feelings of meeting someone special perfectly. It poetically shows the deep connection between two young lovers and their story’s limitations.
37. Rocky (1976)
Rocky is an award-winning masterpiece of Sylvester Stallone that follows the struggles of a club boxer and his once-in-a-lifetime chance of fighting and winning against the heavyweight champion. This sports drama film earned more than $225 million.
36. The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather is a classic movie that saved Paramount Studios from bankruptcy in 1972. The film has a great storyline that also depicts social literacy and is known to be one of the best films ever created.
35. Toy Story (1995)
Toy Story is one of the best Pixar films and its franchise became a worldwide success. It shows a profound insight into the mind of the toys and the value of ownership and bond between a toy and a child.
34. The Goonies (1985)
One of the best classic 80s films that will bring nostalgia to viewers. Between all fun and comedy, it is one step away into becoming a horror film. Moreover, the characters are amazing and funny that would spark curiosity and adventure in your inner child’s heart.
33. The Breakfast Club (1985)
The Breakfast Club is also one of the famous 80s teen films that tell the typical teen issues like sensitivity, peer pressure, and self-identity.
32. The Dark Knight (2008)
Arguably one of the best Batman movies, The Dark Knight exposes deep on darkness and actions. It not just your ordinary superhero movie, but it is also one of the first comic book adaptation that surpasses its character.
31. The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix sets the high bar for best action and sci-fi movies of all time. Its genius screenplay and fight choreography make this film successful and paved way for more franchises.
30. Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park is one of the old movies that made you first believe in the impossible. This film pioneered the perfect combination in CGI and animation to produce realistic special effects.
29. Back To The Future (1985)
Back to the Future is the perfect blockbuster film that points out the flawless work of time travel. It is one of the movies with the best script and screenplay and it never ceases to bring thrills on knowing and experiencing that the time is running.
28. Ghostbusters (1984)
Ghostbuster is a horror comedy film that originally shows the group of parapsychologists that aims to overcome supernaturals with their ghostbusting business.
27. Jaws (1975)
This is an American thriller film that is considered to be one of the top summer blockbuster movies that earned $470 million when it was initially released worldwide.
26. King Kong (1933)
The original King Kong movie was the first release film in New York’s largest theater and pioneered greater ideas for future films of the same kind.
25. Scream (1996)
Scream is considered to be one of the best horror films and standard-setter on horror films of today. This film has great twists and sequels and of course is known for its infamous Scream mask.
24. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
This is also one of the best horror films of all time – more thrilling because this film is inspired by real-life events.
23. Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope (1977)
This is the top fantasy movie for the 70s. Not only because of that, but it also has characters of all ages. It is also in New Hope that Lightsabers, the dopest and coolest weapon, was first introduced.
22. Dracula (1931)
This original version of Dracula has no background music hence focuses on silent suspense and eeriness of the film. However, considering that it was released in 1931, this film may be the best scary or horror movie of that time.
21. Freaks (1932)
Another American pre-code horror film that remains one of the best horror movies of all time. This one of the classic films where the monster or freaks are real people.
20. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Wizard of Oz is one of the most popular films that have a cultural impact on Americans. This film for all ages became a part of American childhood and defines the ways of growing up in society.
19. The Lion King (1994)
Hakuna Matata! Watching the classic and first Lion King film is like reliving childhood once again. This movie made almost all of the 90s generation cry, laugh, and learn lessons about life and the importance of being true to who you are.
18. Mean Girls (2004)
Mean Girls is one of the best and popular comedy films of the 2000s. It was the perfect teen movie where it shows different characteristics and how teens make ways to find where they fit in.
17. Inside Out (2015)
This Pixar film takes on a powerful message that emotions co-exist and is part of the complex experiences of everyone. This movie appeals both to kids and adults and reminds watchers to acknowledge your emotions.
16. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
One of the perfect films to watch on New Year’s eve. This will restore your beliefs in love. Additionally, it has a strong female lead with iconic 80s fashion senses and goals.
15. City of God (2002)
This film was based on real-life events of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the peak of the war between two gangs.
14. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The cast of this film is amazing and they perfectly bring to life their characters. With its magnificent script and editing, this movie was nominated for Oscars and still considered to be one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s best.
13. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
It’s a classic romantic musical comedy that concentrates on lessons a girl learns about love and life.
12. Days of Heaven (1978)
This is a screen poem of a story of murder and love through a child’s voice. It has breathtaking cinematography and aesthetically pleasing to watch.
11. Farewell My Concubine (1993)
This film is rich in Chinese culture and history, including survival, honesty, betrayal, friendship, and passion.
10. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Lawrence of Arabia is a historical drama film based on the real-life of T.E. Also, Lawrence which covers the Mideastern campaign during World War I.
9. The Greatest Showman (2017)
It tells the story of an old dream’s rough life struggles to reach success. The movie revolves around the amazing cast, storylines, choreography, music, and most of all the values that it teaches on how we must be confident in our skin.
8. The Great Gatsby (2013)
It is the most American story encoded at the root of self-made success and dreams.
7. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Indeed an endgame for Avengers fan and the peak of the franchise. This film includes a lot of emotions and answers to the previous movies.
6. Spirited Away (2001)
Known as the animation film of all time, Spirited Away tells the story of how a young woman overcomes fears and uncertainties that she encounters in her life.
5. The Wings of the Dove (1997)
This film is a cold-blooded tale of a British couple and an American heiress in a perfect combination of both romance and suspense.
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Perhaps the most famous films of the Indiana Jones franchise that defines ages. This movie is filled with rich characters with big personalities. It is also said to be the embodiment of what an adventure film is all about.
3. Inception (2010)
This film is a genius beyond words. It will make you question stuff all over again and just end up rewatching the entire movie.
2. The pursuit of Happyness (2006)
The pursuit of Happyness demonstrates the true and real side of life. It shows the real love of a father and what he is willing to do and overcome to give his son the life that they wanted. The performance, scenes, and scripts are perfect. It is a must-watch movie.
1. Titanic (1997)
The answer to the question of what is the most famous and greatest movie of all time. Titanic is a widely known movie that tells the true story of the largest ship ever created and how it sank. It also depicts the different lives of the wealthy and the poor, including the short and sad romance of Jack and Rose.
You might already have seen some of the films on this list, however, there are still some hidden gems that are yet to be discovered. Movie preference still differs from one another. It is better to identify first what genre are you most comfortable with watching and what you enjoy most. Hopefully, this list will still encourage you to try to see a movie or two.