Film4’s 50 Films to See Before You Die

I caught the second half of “Film4’s 50 Films to See Before You Die” on Saturday Night.

Unlike the usual Top 50 type shows this was voted for by “a panel of film experts” rather than the general public – and hence it didn’t contain Titanic.

I shamelessly lifted the list below (and the idea for this entry) from Cowfish’s most excellent posting along the same lines.

He went to the trouble of marking which ones he had seen in bold and came up with (as he says) “a fairly respectable 28”.

I did the same and came up with a shockingly awful 9.

Fortunately, Film Four is now free (the show was essentialy a promo for said freeness).

So I can start to improve on that number right-away (Apocalypse Now is on this Friday night).

2001: A Space Odyssey (I always seem to miss this when it’s on)

A Bout de Souffle

Aguirre, the Wrath of God


All About Eve

Apartment, The

Apocalypse Now


Black Narcissus

Boyz N the Hood


Breakfast Club, The



City of God

Come and See

Dawn of the Dead

Donnie Darko

Erin Brockovich

Fanny and Alexander

Fight Club

Heavenly Creatures


Ipcress File, The

King of Comedy, The

Ladykillers, The

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

Lost in Translation



Mulholland Drive

Night at the Opera

North by Northwest

Pink Flamingos

Player, The

Princess Mononoke

Pulp Fiction

Raising Arizona

Royal Tenenbaums, The


Searchers, The

Secrets and Lies

Sexy Beast

Shawshank Redemption, The

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

This Sporting Life

Three Colours Blue

Touch of Evil



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