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Complex: 100 Movies You Need to See Before You Die

There's a countless number of films that everyone loves, even cherishes. Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia. David Fincher's Fight Club. Mike Nichols' The Graduate. Those are just a few examples of classic motion pictures that critics adore, filmmakers routinely cite as artistic influences, and audiences will continually discover for years to come. And none of them made this list.
That's because, in recommending 100 Movies to See Before You Die, the criteria needs to be very strict and weighted in historical context. Some films will live on forever, but, upon their initial releases, did said flicks change the course of cinema? Without their respective existences, would entire movie genres be what they are today? When it comes to the irreplaceable, medium-shifting works included in the following list, the answer to both questions is, simply put, "Yes."
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National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
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Blazing Saddles (1974)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
3
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
4
Bananas (1971)
Bananas (1971)
5
Annie Hall (1977)
Annie Hall (1977)
6
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
7
Coming to America (1988)
Coming to America (1988)
8
Rushmore (1998)
Rushmore (1998)
9
Boogie Nights (1997)
Boogie Nights (1997)
10
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
11
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
12
Lost in Translation (2003)
Lost in Translation (2003)
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13
Mean Girls (2004)
Mean Girls (2004)
14
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
15
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
16
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
17
In the Mood for Love (2000)
In the Mood for Love (2000)
18
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
19
Talk to Her (2002)
Talk to Her (2002)
21
The Red Shoes (1948)
The Red Shoes (1948)
22
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
23
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
24
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
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25
The Lion King (1994)
The Lion King (1994)
26
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
27
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
28
Freaks (1932)
Freaks (1932)
29
Dracula (1931)
Dracula (1931)
30
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
31
Psycho (1960)
Psycho (1960)
32
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
33
Halloween (1978)
Halloween (1978)
34
Suspiria (1977)
Suspiria (1977)
35
The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)
36
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
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37
The Thing (1982)
The Thing (1982)
38
Blue Velvet (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
39
Scream (1996)
Scream (1996)
40
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
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