Friday, 16 October 2015

50 Films To Watch Before You Die :: Part 1

I've lost count of the number of films i've watched in my time and everyone has an all time favourite, but i thought i would put together posts of the top 50 films i recommend you should watch before you die. A movie bucket list if you like...

The Goonies
If you've never seen or even heard of this film, you can never call yourself a child of the 80s. This classic film is about a group of children trying to find the treasure ship of the pirate One Eyed Willy (i was an adult before i realised the filthy humour behind his name) so that they can get the money together to stop their houses being torn down. It's scary, funny, intense and moving and one of the best films ever made.

A case of don't judge a film by it's box cover. This may look like a horror but it's actually more of a comedy. A disgraced exorcist that has been banished from the underworld because he is basically a trouble causing pain in the arse is now living in a model village. The couple who made it were killed in a crash and now haunt their old house and try everything to evict the new occupants until they eventually have to ask for help from Beetlejuice. An incredibly funny film.

Dirty Dancing
This film needs no explaining as i'm sure everyone has heard the immortal line " No one puts baby in the corner " and sang along to 'I had the time of my life' at a karaoke night. What may be classed as a girly rom com is actually a film men do enjoy aswell.

Rosemary's Baby
A horror/thriller movie from the 70s, back when horror films were more about the devil rather than ripping the guts from someone. Rosemary and her actor husband move into a new apartment and soon become familiar with their neighbours. After waking from a strange nightmare where she believes she was being sexually assaulted by the devil himself, she discovers she is pregnant but the pregnancy is far from normal and her neighbours are behind it all. It might sound messed up but trust me, this film is brilliant and one of Roman Polanski's best scripts by far.

Gone With The Wind
Don't be fooled by the age of this film. It was made in 1939 but it really has withstood the test of time. A lot of movies these days are really badly written and acted but Gone With The Wind is a beautiful story of romance, betrayal and it has the best one liner of all time.. " Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn".

The iconic scene where they make a clay pot together is one of those moments we all swoon over, unless of course you've never seen it! The makers of Ghost got it so right; there is happiness, tears, comedy and suspense but it's not overdone and it all blends in so well together. I love Whoopi Goldberg as Odame Brown, i laugh every time.

One of the most terrifying psychological thrillers i have ever seen. A young girl falls ill and while bedridden, she draws a house and every night when she falls asleep, she ends up at this house and when she wakes, she adds more and more to the drawing including a young boy. It may sound harmless but this film terrified me as a kid and still scares me now i'm an adult.

The Godfather
An absolute must see. It's actually a trilogy but the first one is my personal favourite. I'm not going to say too much about it because it needs to be seen to be believed but this is another classic movie and once you've seen it, you will be hooked and watch it over and over again.

One of Stephen King's best books was made into a film and it's absolutely brilliant. A famous writer is involved in a car crash and he is taken in by his 'biggest fan' Annie Wilkes who nurses him back to health. Sounds heroic? She won't let him leave until he re-writes his book to how she likes it and will do whatever it takes to keep him there. Not so heroic now! Kathy Bates is brilliant as Annie and she absolutely terrifies me.

Return To Oz
Everyone has seen The Wizard of Oz but Return to Oz is equally as brilliant. Dorothy returns to Oz to find everything has gone wrong and Queen Ozma is being held prisoner in the mirrors of Princess Mombi. My daughter watched this and she was scared silly by the Wheelers. Never heard of the Wheelers? Watch this film and you'll soon meet them.


  1. Very good list, the fact that you put the goonies first makes it even better. Misery is such a classic, one that I haven't seen in ages! I think Stand by Me is another one to watch before you die.

    1. Stand by me is infamous and is going on my next list don't you worry :)

  2. That Godfather movie has reached to high level appreciation but unfortunately I have not seen the movie yet. I wanted to see the movie but was caught in an accident and went to Car Respray Dublin instead.


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