Movies You Must See Before You Die - the definitive list

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flashfire
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If people would like me to add their movies to the list, please place each movie on a separate line, with no line breaks between entries. Please also use title case (capitalise the first letter of each word). I am entering these into a spreadsheet and sorting alphabetically and reposting the list every so often. New entries will be denoted by a *

12 Monkeys
7even
A Clockwork Orange
Akira
Aliens
Altered States
Amalie
Apocalypse Now
Bad Boy Bubby
Baraka
Barbarella
Being John Malkovich
Big Fish
Big Trouble In Little China
Big Wednesday
Blade Runner
Blue Velvet
Blues Brothers
Breakfast Club
City of God
city of lost children
Clerks
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Cocoon
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Cube
Dark Crystal
Dazed & Confused
Dead Man
Delicatessen
Dogma
Donnie Darko
E.T
Edward Scissorhands
Election
Eleventh Floor
Empire Records
Enter The Dragon
Eraserhead
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Evil Dead
Eyes Wide Shut
Fantastic Planet
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Fifth Element
Fight Club
Forrest Gump
Four Rooms
Freaks
From Dusk til Dawn
Full Metal Jacket
Ghost in The Shell
Go
Hackers
Happiness
Heathers
Hell Comes to Frogtown
High Fidelity
House of Flying Daggers
Human Nature
Human Traffic
Interview with the Vampire
Jackie Brown
Jesus Son
Kids
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Killing Zoe
Koyaanisqatsi
Logans Run
Lone Wolf McQuade
Lost Boys
Lost in Translation
Mad Max Trilogy
Meet the Feebles
Monty Python: Search for the Holy Grail
Mosquito Coast
Naked Lunch
Natural Born Killers
Never Ending Story
Nico: Above The Law
Ninja Scroll
o brother where art thou
Once Upon a Time in China
Once Were Warriors
Planet of the Apes
Platoon
Princess Bride
Pulp Fiction
Pump Up The Volume
Reality Bites
Requiem for a Dream
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Romper Stomper
Run Lola Run
Saw
Shrek
Silence of the Lambs
Space Odyssey 2001
Stand by Me
Strange Days
Stripes
Tankgirl
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Abyss
The Acid House
The Cell
The Doors
The Exorcist
The Gift (Janes Addiction)
The Iron Giant
The Shining
They Live!
THX1138
Time Machine (original version)
Tommy
Trainspotting
Tron
True Romance
Usual Suspects
Waking Life
War Games
Whale Rider
Withnail & I
Worlds Fastest Indian
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flashfire
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Clerks

 

SamuraiJack
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Sure, you've missed the fact that Interview With The Vampire isn't a cult film.

Nor is The Acid Hourse, Four Rooms(which was especially shit), Hackers (where you got the idea to put that in I will never know), Human Traffic, GO, or possibly most amazingly wrong, Dogma.

Seriously. What were you thinking?

Oh yes.

You missed Big Trouble In Little China.

 

Satanstoenail
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Withnail & I

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Dr. Scientist
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The Fantastic planet.

 

SamuraiJack
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Hell Comes To Frogtown.

Blade Runner.

Possibly Cherry 2000, but it's hard to say...

 

Dr. Scientist
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Nico : Above the Law

 

Satanstoenail
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Human Nature

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spangk
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donny darko

 

gestalt
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Psyop wrote :
The Fantastic planet.


+1!

The soundtrack was fantastic progressive rock as well.

 

flashfire
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ah yes - donnie darko and human nature. How could I have missed them! Thanks spangk and satanstoenail.

Not particularly interested in arguing what a strict definintion of cult is/isn't, but you're right in one aspect SJ - you gotta draw the line somewhere. In this particular call for entries, I'd like to draw the line at pissing contests to come up with the most obsure titles. Already had Bladerunner listed, but will have to check out your Cherry & Frogtown movies for myself. Not seen either of them.

What is this Fantastic Planet of which you speak psyop?

 

Dr. Scientist
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The fantastic planet is a psychedelic 70's animated feature. It is about the struggle of little humanoids who are ruled by giants. (A metaphor of class systems)

 

SamuraiJack
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I don't think Cherry 2000 really cuts it. All about a guy who hires a tough mecenary chick to get a replacement part for his robotic girlfriend who got fried while he was fucking it on the kitchen floor and the washing machine overflowed.

Hell Comes To Frogtown on the other hand, definitely rates.

They Live is also something that should be included. Such a full on film...

 

Esoterica2000-III
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They Live!
Freaks
Killing Zoe
Being John Malkovich
Enter The Dragon
Planet of the Apes
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
War Games

 

Zara2stra
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An absolute must:

Happiness

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Katsushiro
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I know its too early to be a cult film, but Worlds Fastest Indian is one of the best films I have seen in my life.

 

gestalt
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run lola run is an obvious one... that film was superbly made

 

spangk
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So cult status is achieved at a later date? Or just needs time for ppl to get it?


Glad u have akira, love that one.

What about Lynch. Does Blue Velvet rate?
Eraserhead had to be right? Total trip.


And that one with Judy Davis... bug powder, talking typewriter. *duh help*


[[[ A couple that have gotta get there at some point Spirited Away, really cool. And also Princess Mononoke, I think they r by same director... Hayao Miyazaki. Both brilliant in there own individual ways.

Another personal favourite... The Iron Giant. Haven`t seen it since the kids were younger.]]]

 

reik
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I'll add:

Tommy
Koyaanisqatsi (sp?) with Cid
Lone Wolf McQuade
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Stripes

 

Pete_Paranoid
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Rocky Horror Picture show

Once upon a time in china

Altered States

and that Peter Jackson one with the puppets!

Debbie does Dallas, I don't know, there's fucking heaps!

 

Pete_Paranoid
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E.T.

 

flashfire
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As I was trying to sleep last night, my brain kept finding new, really obvious movies I had forgotten. Yes spangk - Naked Lunch was one of them, as was Fight Club and Requiem for a Dream. Was also thinking about Eraserhead and other Lynch type movies, but I'm not sure.... I guess this list could well turn into the Australiens version of 10000 movies you must see before you die. 8)

Rocky Horror & Altered States! nice one pete. Reik - you also have some ones I was thinking about last night... Koyass.... (yeah, I can't spell it OR say it!) and Baraka.

*slaps forehead* Run Lola Run. I even own the film, and the soundtrack. How could I forget!!? Hehehe.

Zara: Happiness. What a fucking movie! Loved it. Thanks :)

Keep 'em coming. This list could turn out to be huge, and full of quality.

I'd like to add Barbarella, Bad Boy Bubby, Meet the Feebles, Strange Days, and that movie...shit what's it called. Kinda confronting look at tralier trash american kids. Kids? Oh - and what about that one with Marky Mark being a pr0n star with Rollergirl?
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Sunrunner
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Evil Dead? Surprised nobody has mentioned it yet :)

 

flashfire
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I've never actually seen Evil Dead. Hehehe. Maybe I should make a point of watching it soon. I have also never seen the Exorcist.

 

bobret the hobret
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what about ninja scroll? i would say thats a classic manga film..

some might also say ghost in the shell but i didn't quite dig that..
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