1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

    Editor Steven Jay Schneider has compiled a list of must-see movies in a popular book titled (appropriately enough) 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. The first edition was published in 2003, with updated editions being released on a regular basis since (2019 will mark the 8th edition). Here, we list the films mentioned in the book that we at critiQal have had a chance to review. If you want to find out more on the book, buy the book at Amazon.

    Please note: We have included films mentioned in any of the editions, which means when critiQal reviews them all, there will actually be more than 1001 films listed here.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Reviewed:
    December 14, 2017
    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
  • ...Judy Garland and the rest of the cast are enjoyable, but it's the Technicolor brilliance that really continues to breathe life into this story.

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Casablanca (1942)

Casablanca (1942)
  • Reviewed:
    May 31, 2018
    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
  • ...with the backdrop lending a sense of urgency, Bogart's and Bergman's standout performances will gratify even today's viewers.

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Psycho (1960)

Psycho (1960)
  • Reviewed:
    May 24, 2018
    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
  • ...with its strong storytelling, iconic performances from both Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins, and Hitchcock's masterful directing, it is still a must-see film.

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Goldfinger (1964)

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  • Reviewed:
    September 7, 2011
    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
  • ...doesn't seem like the most appropriate - or best - film in the Bond series...even if it is one of the most quoted.

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Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

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  • Reviewed:
    August 10, 2011
    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
  • ...while Beatty and Dunaway have a certain chemistry together, the sound quality and the lull moments greatly detract from this landmark film.

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Planet of the Apes (1968)

Planet of the Apes (1968)
  • Reviewed:
    December 7, 2017
    • 3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5
  • ...(still) an inventive idea containing more of a social conscious than many would expect, this is a classic sci-fi flick for a reason.

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