Watch These Films Before You Die: Your Movie Bucket List


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Written by Natalie Mootz | Last Updated February 24th, 2020
Natalie has been writing for the web since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Or at least since dinosaurs achieved blogging technology. She's also written for and Joystiq.


You know how you're at Starbucks or Panera or the Coyote Ugly bar at 2am and you can't help but overhear what some really loud people are talking about? You don't want to eavesdrop, right? But it's almost like they are begging you to hear what they're saying, what with the yelling and the wild gesticulations. So, of course, you listen. Or at least I do. Don't judge me.

In this particular case (not that there are, ahem, a lot of eavesdropping cases, mind you), two women were talking about how unmanageable their Netflix and Blockbuster On Demand queues were getting. Yeah, they went there: movie bloat. (In public!) I hardly had time to cover my delicate ears before one woman suggested a solution. "Delete any movies that were made before you were born," she said. "I mean, if you haven't seen them by now, you probably never will."

Now, half of you reading this post probably nodded your heads and said something to yourself along the lines of, "Sheer genius!" The other half just passed out on the floor in pure shock.

Leave the ones on the floor for now. (Fine, get a pillow for their heads if you must but hurry back.) The rest of you? That's right, those of you who thought the idea was awesome:  It's you I'm talking to, so listen up.

I realize it may be hard for you to believe, but there are actually tons of good films that were made before you were born. (Well, to be honest, I'm not sure if anyone has actually weighed them, but a ton seems like a lot and that's what I was going for so I'm sticking to my story.)

There are so many good films, in fact, that I'll bring you weekly recommendations for all kinds of movies that were most likely made before you were born -- some of them are even in black and white! I'll tell you about how they're not very much different from the films you watch nowadays in the theater and then you'll add these classic movies to your Amazon Prime Watchlist or whatnot and you will actually like them!

That's enough ado, so let's get to the first set of films on your Movie Bucket List!


If You Liked... You Might Like...
American Sniper The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
A realistic story about three men coming home from World War II
and struggling to adjust to everyday life.
Airplane! Zero Hour! (1957)
The script for Airplane was copied almost verbatim from this originally dramatic film.
[Not available on Amazon Instant.]
Black Swan The Red Shoes (1948)
An aspiring ballerina makes a tragic trade-off to further her career.
Mortdicai The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
Peter Sellers is hilarious playing the inept detective Inspector Clouseau.
[Not available on Amazon Instant.]
Game of Thrones The Lion in Winter (1968)
Two of Hollywood's finest actors (Kathryn Hepburn and Peter O'Toole)
play a medieval king and queen with a complicated relationship.


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