Yahoo's 100 Movies to See Before You Die List Fully Unveiled

March 23, 2009
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Yahoo's 100 Movies to See Before You Die List Unveiled

Yahoo debuted their own list of 100 Movies to See Before You Die today, which is both a gimmick for getting visitors and a good list worth mentioning. The last list that we put up that garnered quite a heated response was EW's 25 Greatest Active Film Directors. But let's get right into this, because I expect some interesting discussions to arise about Yahoo's picks. "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."

They go on to say that to choose these 100 movies, they "considered factors like historical importance and cultural impact." Obviously important, but "we also selected films that we believe are the most thrilling, most dramatic, scariest, and funniest movies of all time." They really do have some great picks on here, so instead of posting the entire list below, I'll mention a few key picks and point you over to their site where you can find the complete list of movies organized alphabetically. Read on for some of my thoughts.

Since I'm a big fan of sci-fi, let's look at some of their sci-fi picks: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, Blade Runner, Dr. Strangelove, The Matrix, Star Wars (not Empire Strikes Back), and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but then again, this isn't a list about sci-fi movies. While they've also got a lot of my own favorite classics like The Bicycle Thief and The Graduate as well as the usual greats that top IMDb and AFI's lists, they've got some other greats like Goldfinger, Jaws, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Animal House, Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke, Toy Story, and The Usual Suspects.

However, as is always the case with these kinds of lists, it's not about what is on them, but what is not on them. The problem is that in choosing only 100 movies, they had to leave out a few big hitters, that is unfortunately going to happen. And while they do put a lot of historically classic films on here, I think there are a few that I might argue aren't that important anymore (like Bringing Up Baby or Double Indemnity or Wild Strawberries maybe?). Potentially they could replace a few of those with other important and timeless classics that were left off. Either way, this is still a very good list, and I plan to go through it myself.

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Alex - Double Indemnity is the noir of all noirs. If you haven't seen it yet, I'd highly recommend it. Stanwyck and MacMurray are amazing in it, the story is great, and the execution is really solid.

Ben on Mar 23, 2009


Bringing Up Baby, Double Indemnity and Wild Strawberries are all definitely essentials.

Zach D. on Mar 23, 2009


Ah, thanks for that note Ben... I'm sure these are all on here for good reason, and I'm happy to know have further encouragement to check them out, especially Double Indemnity... 🙂

Alex Billington on Mar 23, 2009


This list did impress me with its thoroughness, but I can't believe they left out SE7EN and THE DARK KNIGHT. Or maybe they assume everybody saw it so we can all die peacefully? And why not L.A. CONFIDENTIAL? Or is it? man, I need to go to sleep...

Juan Carlo Rodríguez on Mar 23, 2009


Alex and Ben, I'd also throw in Out of the Past in terms of noirs. I just saw it recently and can't imagine how it's not come across me more often, either through personal recommendations or on lists such as these. Regarding the list, the best part is easily the comments section. There's something that's amusing about people getting so riled up on the Internet when their favorite film is left off some subjective, random list.

Rahat on Mar 23, 2009


WTF... No Willow!

The_Phantom on Mar 23, 2009


I can't f**king believe it! They didn't add The Empire Strikes Back. I Have no time for stupid F**king lists done by some morons. The Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars film and is considered one of the best films ever made.

Jamie on Mar 24, 2009


"The Dark Knight" NO?..........liars.

Hamid on Mar 24, 2009


#7...... Didnt think about it, but you are right! How can ESB not be on the list when the original is on there. Godfather II is on there......and between you and me, ESB > GFII, but maybe just cuz I'm a hardcore Star Wars fan 😛

stevedawg on Mar 24, 2009


Fantastic! I have all but 2 of them. But I guess most rewarding is no Cage, or Stiller films in the group. What will they think of next?

Tim "CLoverfield" on Mar 24, 2009


To quote Kramer " i think you are in love with him"

Buttons on Mar 24, 2009


Where's Terminator 1, is currently considered as a classic and has 100% on IMBD...Another one that I'm not a huge fan but I konw it has a historic relevance is Gone With the Wind...if they included Titanic why not TDK? Anyway is a very god list and there are a lot of movies there that would like to see before I died.....o no!!! late......:(

Fercho on Mar 24, 2009


To quote Denny Crane "not guilty......not GAY!"

Tim "CLoverfield" on Mar 24, 2009


Did anyone else notice that LOTR was the only post millenium movie on the list? Futrher proof that Hollywood is dead. BTW - Alex, what's your take on NO comic movies making the list?

Ger on Mar 24, 2009


Brave list to put Princess Mononoke on there.

L on Mar 24, 2009


Braveheart is not on the list, therefore the list is crap. This is like the top 100 movies some dude likes because hes been told they are good and stuff, I wouldn't say for the general person that this is the top 100 to watch before you die, defiantly NOT.

Richard on Mar 24, 2009


Wait, am I missing something? You guys mention that there's not Empire Strikes Back. But where's Return of the Jedi, then? I see the original, but that's it.

crAziemutant on Mar 24, 2009


The Shining, Pulp Fiction, Fight CLub

LeeMan on Mar 24, 2009


Dr. Strangelove isn't science fiction.

Colin on Mar 24, 2009


No Big Lebowski?? WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON! Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a shit about the rules? Mark it zero!

Roberto Dinamite on Mar 24, 2009


I ain't even going to look at the list simply because, TDK ain't in that list. I hate it when people belittle TDK..

Deepak T on Mar 24, 2009


This doesn't have much to do with this post but i just got the scripts to "World War Z" and its just as glorious as everyone says it is. with no exaggeration Zombies may be winning Oscars in the near future. WAHOO!

DoomCanoe on Mar 24, 2009


wow that is a really stupid and forgetful list. I'm sure they didn't put as much work into it as they want you to believe. also, it's not that films i like are missing, GREAT FILMS are missing and that's what makes this lists name insulting.

WHOCARES on Mar 25, 2009


Ive seen 77 of those so far... it was ok, but it was missing a lot of essential classics..Double Indemnity is a good movie, but I think "Touch of Evil" deserves to replace it on the list...and Im shocked "Children of Paradise" wasnt on that list...that is one amazing movie (just bought the criterion edition so Im stoked!)

lando on Mar 26, 2009


Top 100 films for any film buff is like nothing. I bet most people on First Showing watch at least a 100 films a year easy.

Goudos on Mar 26, 2009


Hands up for "The Toxic Avanger" anybody.

Kal-el on Mar 27, 2009


really people? *insert favourite movie* is not on the list so there for the list is *insert negative adjective* really? not everyone will agree... rolllllllllllll with it

zoe on Jul 30, 2009


Man ya'll movie list sucks balls. I hate this site. Who ya'll got making this list anyway, almost all of these movies were 20-30 years before I was even born. Ya'll must have an old dried up geezer for a composer. News flash people: You ready? There are good movies out there that were made after WWII. The only few really good movies that were made before I was: The Godfather, The Godfather II, Goodfellows, and Scarface. After those anything else is irrelevent. Find some better movies to put on this list and then maybe people wouldn't post such negative responses and comments on this site.

Daniel on Jun 19, 2010


sorry daniel, but you have to be this tall to post on this ride.

Lando is a system not a man on Jun 19, 2010

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