Yahoos! 100 movies to see before you die

You have seen AFI’s top 100 movies to see and you might have even made it through most of them. I admit I fell off the wagon after suffering through Annie Hall. Now Yahoo! has taken a stab at making a list of their own. I’m sharing it. Maybe we can make it through it together!

by The Yahoo! Movies Editorial Staff  March 22, 2009

Many movies are good, some are great, but only a select few can be called truly “essential.” After heated discussions, long negotiations, and a shouting match or two, the staff at Yahoo! Movies has put together this list of the 100 films you must see before you die. To choose the titles for the list, we considered factors like historical importance and cultural impact. But we also selected films that we believe are the most thrilling, most dramatic, scariest, and funniest movies of all time. Some of these films you’ve seen, and some you may not have heard of, but we believe that each one is a timeless classic that you absolutely have to see.

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  • 12 Angry Men (1957)

    Directed By: Sidney Lumet

    Starring: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, E. G. Marshall

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

    Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

    Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester

  • The 400 Blows (1959)

    Directed By: Francois Truffaut

    Starring: Jean-Pierre Leaud, Patrick Auffay

  • 8 ½ (1963)

    Directed By: Federico Fellini

    Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimee

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  • The African Queen (1952)

    Directed By: John Huston

    Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley

  • Alien (1979)

    Directed By: Ridley Scott

    Starring: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright

  • All About Eve (1950)

    Directed By: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

    Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders

  • Annie Hall (1977)

    Directed By: Woody Allen

    Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

  • Apocalypse Now (1979)

    Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

    Starring: Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall

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  • The Battle of Algiers (1967)

    Directed By: Gillo Pontecorvo

    Starring: Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Brahim Haggiag

  • The Bicycle Thief (1948)

    Directed By: Vittorio De Sica

    Starring: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola

  • Blade Runner (1982)

    Directed By: Ridley Scott

    Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young

  • Blazing Saddles (1974)

    Directed By: Mel Brooks

    Starring: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens

  • Blow Up (1966)

    Directed By: Michelangelo Antononi

    Starring: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles

  • Blue Velvet (1986)

    Directed By: David Lynch

    Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper

  • Bonnie and Clyde (1966)

    Directed By: Arthur Penn

    Starring: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard

  • Breathless (1966)

    Directed By: Jean-Luc Godard

    Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

    Directed By: David Lean

    Starring: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins,

  • Bringing Up Baby (1938)

    Directed By: Howard Hawks

    Starring: Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

    Directed By: George Roy Hill

    Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross

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  • Casablanca (1942)

    Directed By: Michael Curtiz

    Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

  • Chinatown (1974)

    Directed By: Roman Polanski

    Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston

  • Citizen Kane (1941)

    Directed By: Orson Welles

    Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    Directed By: Ang Lee

    Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang

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  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

    Directed By: Steven Spielberg

    Starring: Dee Wallace Stone, Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore

  • Enter the Dragon (1973)

    Directed By: Robert Clouse

    Starring: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly

  • The Exorcist (1973)

    Directed By: William Friedkin

    Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair,

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  • The Godfather (1972)

    Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

    Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan,

  • The Godfather, Part II (1974)

    Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

    Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

  • Goldfinger (1964)

    Directed By: Guy Hamilton

    Starring: Sean Connery, Honor Blackman

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1968)

    Directed By: Sergio Leone

    Starring: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

  • Goodfellas (1990)

    Directed By: Martin Scorsese

    Starring: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

  • The Graduate (1967)

    Directed By: Mike Nichols

    Starring: Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross,

  • Grand Illusion (1938)

    Directed By: Jean Renoir

    Starring: Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim

  • Groundhog Day (1993)

    Directed By: Harold Ramis

    Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott

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  • Jaws (1975)

    Directed By: Steven Spielberg

    Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss

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  • King Kong (1934)

    Directed By: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Shoedsack

    Starring: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong

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  • The Lady Eve (1941)

    Directed By: Preston Sturges

    Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn

  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

    Directed By: David Lean

    Starring: Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn

  • The Lord of the Rings (2001,2002,2003)

    Directed By: Peter Jackson

    Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen

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  • M (1931)

    Directed By: Fritz Lang

    Starring: Peter Lorre, Theodor Loos, Otto Wernicke

  • M*A*S*H (1970)

    Directed By: Robert Altman

    Starring: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt

  • The Maltese Falcon (1941)

    Directed By: John Huston

    Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet

  • The Matrix (1999)

    Directed By: Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski

    Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

  • Modern Times (1936)

    Directed By: Charlie Chaplin

    Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

    Directed By: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

    Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

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  • National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

    Directed By: John Landis

    Starring: John Belushi, Tim Matheson

  • Network (1976)

    Directed By: Sidney Lumet

    Starring: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch

  • Nosferatu (1922)

    Directed By: F.W. Murnau

    Starring: Max Schreck, Gustave Von Wagenheim, Greta Schroeder,

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P
  • Paths of Glory (1978)

    Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

    Starring: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou

  • Princess Mononoke (1999)

    Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki

    Starring: Billy Crudup, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver

  • Psycho (1960)

    Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

    Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

  • Pulp Fiction (1994)

    Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

    Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman

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  • Raging Bull (1980)

    Directed By: Martin Scorsese

    Starring: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty-Gentile, Joe Pesci

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

    Directed By: Steven Spielberg

    Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman

  • Raise the Red Lantern (1992)

    Directed By: Zhang Yimou

    Starring: Gong Li, He Caifei, Cao Cuifeng

  • Rashomon (1951)

    Directed By: Akira Kurosawa

    Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyo

  • Rear Window (1954)

    Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

    Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Raymond Burr

  • Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

    Directed By: Nicholas Ray

    Starring: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo

  • Rocky (1976)

    Directed By: John Avildsen

    Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young

  • Roman Holiday (1953)

    Directed By: William Wyler

    Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert

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  • Saving Private Ryan (1998)

    Directed By: Steven Spielberg

    Starring: Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore

  • Schindler’s List (1993)

    Directed By: Steven Spielberg

    Starring: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes

  • The Searchers (1956)

    Directed By: John Ford

    Starring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles

  • Seven Samurai (1954)

    Directed By: Akira Kurosawa

    Starring: Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune, Yoshio Inaba

  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

    Directed By: Frank Darabont

    Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman

  • The Silence of the Lambs (1994)

    Directed By: Jonathan Demme

    Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn

  • Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

    Directed By: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelley

    Starring: Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

    Directed By: David Hand

    Starring: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell

  • Some Like It Hot (1959)

    Directed By: Billy Wilder

    Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

  • The Sound of Music (1965)

    Directed By: Robert Wise

    Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

  • Star Wars (1977)

    Directed By: George Lucas

    Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

  • Sunset Blvd. (1950)

    Directed By: Billy Wilder

    Starring: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim

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  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

    Directed By: James Cameron

    Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton

  • The Third Man (1949)

    Directed By: Carol Reed

    Starring: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles

  • This is Spinal Tap (1984)

    Directed By: Rob Reiner

    Starring: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest

  • Titanic (1997)

    Directed By: James Cameron

    Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1949)

    Directed By: Robert Mulligan

    Starring: Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford

  • Toy Story (1995)

    Directed By: John Lasseter

    Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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V
  • Vertigo (1958)

    Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

    Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak

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