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50 best movies that nobody should die without having seen

50 best movies that nobody should die without having seen

July 13, 2024

We all like to watch movies from time to time, be it in the cinema when it premieres, on television or online in the pages that allow us to choose the movie we want instantly.

There are many good films, and also many film genres to choose from: comedy, action, science fiction, horror, suspense ...

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Best movies of all time

It must be recognized that not all films are excellent. However, there are some feature films that are worth remembering, that have marked an era or that are simply great for the most varied reasons.


If you want to know some of the best films in the history of cinema, Below you can find a list that can help you choose a movie to watch tonight .

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1. The war of the galaxies (1977)

Few sagas have been as successful as Star Wars . Directed by George Lucas. its first edition was already revolutionary. Star Wars is an interplanetary war full of magical moments. Currently, it is still valid, as the next edition will be released shortly. So far, this is the order of the collection:


  • Episode IV: a new hope (1977)
  • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Episode II: the attack of the clones (2002)
  • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Episode VII: the awakening of force (2015)

2. The class (2008)

It is a French film based on the autobiographical novel of the experiences of François Bégaudeau as a literature teacher at a high school in the 20th district of Paris. An exquisite film that you can not miss.

3. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

A classic film. It is based on book of children's literature written by Lyman Frank Baum that bears the same name . The film tells the story of a girl named Dorothy Gale in the land of Oz.

4. Memento (2000)

Memento is a film directed by Christopher Nolan , which is about a character who loses his memory after an accident in which they rape and kill his wife. Despite his limitations, he tries to find out who killed his wife.


5. Terminator 2: The Final Judgment (1991)

Terminator is one of those movies that went down in history. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, is the continuation of Terminator 1 . This movie is about the history of the rebellion of the machines that are supposed to dominate the world in the future if a good Terminator, Sarah Connor and John Connor do not prevent it.

6. Gladiator (2000)

A great movie that prompted Russell Crowe as a Hollywood star, since he won an Oscar . But this film will also be remembered for the death of Oliver Reed, who suffered a heart attack during the filming.

7. The Pianist (2002)

The Pianist is a feature film directed by Roman Polansk i . It is about the story of a brilliant Polish Jewish pianist, who witnesses the restrictions that the Germans impose on the Jews in the Polish capital. When her family is about to be transferred to the Nazi labor camps, she flees to live in the ruins of Warsaw.

8. The Green Mile (1999)

Paul Edgecomb is a veteran security guard in jail, and has been on death row since the 1930s , where he sees men live and die. A curious and gigantic character is imprisoned, supposedly for killing two children, but he is afraid to sleep with the light off. It does not look like a killer. The story is about the innocence of this character.

9. Psycho (1960)

A classic of the American earth cinema, which was directed by Alfred Hitchcock . Everything begins in the life of Marion Crane, who has lived a day full of events that day. After stealing $ 40,000 from his boss's client, he packs his bags to meet his lover. He stops at a distant motel, where Norman Bates, a shy young man, accompanies him to the room. It is there that he meets Mrs. Bates (listening only), who is Norman's mother. While taking a shower a female silhouette surprises him and gives him several stabs. Will it be Mrs. Bates? This is one of the best-known murders in the world of cinema.

10. Indiana Jones: In Search of the Lost Ark (1981)

If you like adventure movies, there is one that has gone down in history and that you can not miss. Harrison Ford is the protagonist of this true classic of modern adventure cinema . A great work by Steven Spielberg.

11. Save Soldier Ryan (1998)

Starring Tom Hanks, this is a great war movie , in which a group of US soldiers go behind enemy lines to recover a paratrooper whose brothers have fallen in a battle.

12. The Godfather (1972)

Directed by Francis Coppola, it is about the story of an aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty who transfers control of his clandestine empire to his son.

13. Schindler's list (1993)

A true story about the enigmatic and opportunistic entrepreneur Oskar Schindler , who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust. Schindler's List recounts the exploits of an exemplary man and the lives of those who survived one of the darkest chapters in the history of mankind.

14. Casablanca (1942)

Casablanca won three Oscars in 1942: best film, best director and best script . A masterful work in all aspects. It tells a wonderful love story in troubled times.

15. Gone with the Wind (1939)

The epic tale of a woman's life during one of the most difficult periods in the history of the United States . This film, taken from the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell, tells the experiences of Escarlata O'Hara.

16. Someone flew over the cuckoo's nest (1975)

The film revolves around the life of McMurphy, an individual who is imprisoned again after several criminal acts . Try to make him think he is crazy to avoid work in prison, but the shot backfires and is taken to a psychiatric hospital.

17. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Due to his knowledge about the Bedouin tribes, the British Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence is stationed in Arabia to find Prince Faisal and become the connection between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. Many anecdotes occur in his adventure .

18. Forrest Gump (1994)

Another classic film, starring Tom Hanks . Forrest Gump is a story that everyone knows because it sends a message of self-improvement. It is about a boy who is mentally retarded.

19. Smiles and tears (1965)

One of the most celebrated musicals of all time that is situated in Austria at the time of the Nazis , when Maria is sent to the house of Captain Von Trapp to take care of her children.

20. The mechanical orange

This controversial work was directed by Stanley Kubrick . The protagonist, with possible antisocial disorder, is imprisoned for his delinquent acts. It is then used to test a behavioral method to suppress their impulses.

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21. My Fair Lady (1964)

This film is inspired by the play of the Irish writer G. B. Shaw (1856-1950), "The myth of Pygmalion". It is about how a linguist, astonished by the vulgar language of a florist, pretends to teach him to speak and pass it off as a lady of high society in six months. All for a bet.

22. Rambo

One of the great films of Sylvester Stallone, who plays John Rambo , a veteran green beret that remembers the tortures he suffered in Vietnam. The collection has 4 feature films.

23. Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

It is based on the 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning book written by Harper Lee , and it's about the life of Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the fictional town of Maycomb. Set in the 1930s, Finch is committed to defending a young black man accused of raping a white woman.

24. Rocky (1976)

Another one of the great classics of the cinema and one of the films that took to Sylvester Stallone to the estrellato . The film recounts the search for the American dream by Rocky Balboa, a boxer.

25. West Side Story (1961)

A musical that revolves around a modern version of Romeo and Juliet , in which the protagonists are involved in the street gangs of New York. In the streets of the New York city there is a series of battles between bands in search of territorial domination and respect.

26. Unforgiven (1992)

A film directed and starring Clint Eastwood, about a retired Wild West gunman , William Munny, who takes with reluctance one last job, with the help of his old partner.

27. Titanic (1997)

Titanic has been one of the greatest films of all time . Based on real events and starring Leonardo Di Caprio, it was a real success at the box office.

28. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Another of the most successful sagas of all time , which are based on the homonymous novel by the South African writer J. R. R. Tolkien. It includes epic movies that everyone should see.

29. With skirts and crazy (1959)

A 1959 comedy that has gone down in history , largely by its protagonist: the great Marilyn Monroe. Billy Wilder is the director of this formidable feature film.

30. The silence of the lambs (1991)

A film starring Anthony Hopkins that embodies Dr. Hannibal "the cannibal" Lecter . A brilliant and renowned psychiatrist turned into a psychopath. A macabre but intriguing movie.

31. E.T. The extraterrestrial (1982)

E.T.it's a myth in science fiction movies . It is about a troublesome boy who helps his alien friend to return home.

32. Modern Times (1936)

A film directed and starring Charles Chaplin, and one of the great silent film classics that only includes a sung sequence that, curiously, is the funniest part of the film. This work is a satirical vision of industrial mechanicism.

33. American History X (1998)

A film that shows the racial violence and the laws that govern the slums . An exquisite film in which they show how prejudices turn people into soulless individuals.

34. Life is beautiful (1997)

Roberto Benigni directs a great film that he plays himself . He plays the role of a Jewish librarian who is a victim of the Holocaust with his son. He uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his descendant from the dangers that surround his camp.

35. Seven (1995)

A film directed by David Fincher and that has a great cast: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow , among others. An abstract movie with improbable and incoherent moments, but that simply has to be seen.

36. Usual suspects (1995)

The second film by director Bryan Singer is simply exquisite . A great thriller that has excellent actors. A feature film to applaud.

37. Matrix (1999)

Keanu Reeves stars in one of the greatest hits of recent years . Its special effects combined with touches of oriental action cinema, all within an extreme technological environment. A peculiar movie, in the purest cybernetic style.

38. One of ours (1990)

A great movie by Martin Scorsese , in which well-known actors like Joe Pesci or Robert De Niro participate. Scorsese rubs the mastery with this work, set in the mafia environment.

39. The Seven Samurai (1954)

One of the films that reminds its director, Akira Kurosawa . The story centers on a town attacked by bandits, in which it is necessary to recruit seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

40. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)

This film by Stanley Kubrick marks a before and after in the world of cinema for its visual communication and its special effects. An epic science fiction film that represents the eternal search of man for knowledge.

41. Vertigo (1958)

A great Alfred Hitchcock movie about a detective who must follow a woman possessed by her past . A suspense film, in the Hitchcock style.

42. Citizen Kane (1941)

It is about a group of journalists who try to find the meaning of the last word pronounced by a well-known magnate before he died.

43. City of God (2002)

Tells the story of a group of children raised in one of the violent neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro , and many of them carry out delinquent adult behavior. On the other hand, one of them becomes a photographer and then tells what happened in that neighborhood and how this kind of marginal life leads the way of delinquency to individuals despite having been innocent children once.

44. Pulp Fiction (1994)

The director and co-writer Quentin Tarantino is the creator of this great movie , one of the most influential of the nineties. A feature film of gangsters and police, in which John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, among others, participate. Nominated for seven Oscars

45. The Fight Club (1999)

An action movie in which actors like Brad Pitt or Edward Norton participate . It is about a person who, bored with his life, decides to create an "underground" fight club.

46. ​​The good, the ugly and the bad (1966)

Three different men, with different tastes and personalities engage in a long battle and full of adventures to find a fortune in gold.

47. Life imprisonment (1994)

A film that tells the story of a former banker who ends up as a prisoner in prison for a crime he did not commit . Many things happen throughout the film, such as the fact that he befriends some of his fellow prisoners.

48. Ghost (1995)

Ghost is a film that is between the romantic and fantasy , and in which Patrick Swayze plays a character who, after his death, continues to be in touch with his girlfriend.

49. Pretty Woman

Julia Roberts and Richard Gere star in one of the box office hits of all time and one of the great classics of cinema. Gere is a rich man and she a prostitute. Together they live a love story.

50. Dirty Dancing

The now deceased Patrick Swayze will always be remembered for this movie, full of incredible moments and dances of the most sensual.


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