6 Movies You Have To See Before You Die
There are movies that are good, movies that are bad, and then… every once in a while there are movies that everyone has to see in their lifetime, even just to SAY that they’ve seen it.
This list was hard. Picking five movies was tough, but in the end I didn’t want to bore anyone, and with keeping the list small it keeps it open for YOUR must see movies.
Now, without further ado, may I present 6 movies you have to see before you die.
[Warning: There might be spoilers for the movies mentioned.]
Since this is MY list, Jurassic Park had to be added. Released in 1993, Jurassic Park reinvented movies as we know them. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park is the story of what would happen if dinosaurs and man were to co-exist once again.
Granted, in the film it’s man that breeds the dinosaurs and attempts to make a theme park surrounding them, but it’s still the story of co-existing, which, as we learn as an audience, doesn’t really work out in the end.
The special effects in Jurassic Park to this day give me chills when I watch it, and let me tell you, I watch this movie A LOT. There is a scene when Dr. Grant and company first arrive on the island and they see a brachiosaurus eating from a tree. First of all, that alone is an AMAZING moment in film history, this dinosaur looks so real that I have a hard time remembering it’s NOT. Then the camera pans away while the score builds and we’re shown not one dinosaur, but herds of them…. and all different species.
The CGI effects were groundbreaking, and throw in that there is a full sized T-Rex? Come on, why WOULDN’T you want to see Jurassic Park?
Why should you see The Wizard of Oz? Because it’s a classic, and because it’s awesome.
Why wouldn’t you want to see a movie about a house falling on a wicked witch in the magical land of Oz? Based on the book by L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz follows Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto as a twister whisks them away in their Kansas farm house and drops them over the rainbow… into a very strange world.
Scarecrows talk, shoes are made of rubies, lions are cowardly, and witches are good and wicked. There’s singing, dancing, AND once Dorothy is over the rainbow, the black and white film melts away to reveal – wait for it – Technicolor!
While it’s not perfect (the mistakes and goofs and continuity errors are a mile long) The Wizard of Oz is a classic, and one of the most beloved movies of all time.
Not to mention the songs are great… but you’ll be singing “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” for days to come after you watch it.
Not that I want anyone to be completely depressed after watching a film, but Schindler’s List is a movie that needs to be seen by everyone. Liam Neeson is Oskar Schindler, a German businessman during World War 2. Schindler employed Jews to work in his factory, and comes to see how the Nazi soldiers are treating the Jewish people.
Based on a true story, Schindler eventually was able to save 1100 Jews from the Auschwitz concentration camp after turning his factory into a refuge for the people.
The film is brilliantly done. While it won’t be winning awards for “feel good movie of all time” the story and the way that it is shot are stunning. Schindler’s List is the most expensive movie to date to be shot in black and white, and while that may seem boring to some viewers, the lack of color just makes you appreciate the film all the more.
Like I said, Schindler’s List isn’t a movie that will make you laugh, but it does show just how important one person can be in the scheme of things.
This is the third movie by Steven Spielberg on this list… the man must make great movies!
Released in 1982 ET will make you laugh, will make you cry, and will make you want to watch it over and over again. ET’s spaceship lands on earth (to this day I’m unclear why) and poor ET gets left behind when his family returns to their home planet without him.
He meets up with a young boy named Elliot who hides him in his bedroom and feeds him Reeses Pieces… all the while looking for a way to get him back home. A bond is formed between ET and Elliot, and eventually things end up not going as planned.
Honestly one of the best movies I’ve ever seen, with some classic scenes (who doesn’t know the bike flying over the moon, or “ET phone home”?), ET is a great movie not only for adults but for kids too!
I’m cheating and listing these as one film. Now, when I talk about Star Wars I’m talking about episodes 4, 5, and 6… or as non geeks like to refer to them as “the ones that came first”.
These are the superior Star Wars films – When Yoda was a puppet and not CGI animation. Star Wars is, in a nutshell, the story of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and a whole bunch of other people. And things.
There are spaceships, lightsabers, Wookies, Ewoks, and Carrie Fisher with a really bad hair style. Oh! And don’t forget R2-D2 and C-3PO. Honestly? What can I say about Star Wars that hasn’t already been said?
The fanbase is still strong and out in force today, and movies are STILL being made! That has to say something about the films!
It’s got action, romance, and comedy – not to mention the story is just FANTASTIC and come on! “Use the force, Luke…” There’s too much to say about Star Wars – just see these movies!
I’m cheating again and rolling The Lord of the Rings trilogy movies into one. Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s novels is the best adaptation of a book to film that I’ve ever seen.
Following Frodo on his quest to destroy “the one ring” The Lord of the Rings trilogy is, well, epic. I could be biased (I have two tattoos in Elivish, so I’m sort of a fan) but I feel that everyone, whether or not you’re a fan of fantasy or sci-fi, should see these movies.
There isn’t a bad thing to say about them. They’re brilliantly cast, the screenplay is near flawless, and the effects? Well, I still sit back in awe when I watch the trilogy and I’ve seen it countless times. The Return of the King alone won 11 Oscars, and if that doesn’t say something about these films, nothing will.
See them, and prepared to be awed. Then prepare to see The Hobbit when it’s released in 2012!
There they are! Six movies to see before you die.
Remember what I said – the list was difficult to trim down to just six, which gets me off the hook for some omissions! As you can probably tell, I like sci-fi and fantasy movies… and looking at that list Spielberg is my favorite director. Who knew?!
I would really love to hear what films you would have listed! And also your comments about my choices as well! Happy watching!
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