7 Movies You Need to Watch Before You Die
Life’s too short, and for movie goers like us, we don’t have enough time to watch all the movies in the world, so we only hope to watch the best of them.
Today, I’m bringing you what I consider the most important films that every person needs to watch at least once in his life. If you’re expecting to see movies like “The Godfather”, “Lord of The Rings” or “Shawshank Redemption”, you won’t. These are the obvious classics and they’ve been on every single top movie list. What I’ll be focusing on here are the less obvious ones, those that might’ve slipped under your radar.
Schindler’s list (1993)
To many people, this Steven Spielberg masterpiece is a solid history movie, to me, it’s much more than this. The movie’s about Oscar Schindler, an industrialist who saved the Jews from the Nazis during World War II by making them work at his factories. But what makes it different from the rest of the movies is that this one doesn’t just show you; it also teaches you. It teaches you the true meaning of many words like “Empathy” and “Sorrow”. You’ll wish that there were more people like Oscar Schindler in this world. Thank you, Spielberg.
Leon: The Professional (1994)
If you thought a friendship between a kid and an adult assassin would be uninteresting to watch, think again. Luc Besson is the one behind this gem of a movie. What made me put this movie on the list is how emotional I was right after it ended. Right from the first meeting of Leon and Mathilda, it starts introducing you to their special world, their insider jokes, their love for each other and then… I’ll stop here because I can talk about this movie for hours and I don’t want to spoil it for you, so go watch it as soon as possible.
La La Land (2016)
For a movie that has won 6 Oscars, there must be many things that it executed perfectly. Apart from the stunning cinematography, the vivid colors and the solid performances from both actors, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. What struck me the most in La La Land are the last 10 minutes (The epilogue) or what I personally call the perfect climax.
For those of you who haven’t watched the movie yet, you’ll keep watching the whole film commenting on the soundtrack and the performances but then almost an hour in and you’ll be thinking “Where is this going? What’s the point?” and BOOM! Those final moments in the film will finally give you the answers. Damien Chazelle had the perfect recipe to cook this ending of this film and I think it couldn’t end any better than it did.
Great movies come in different languages, this one is no exception. Chan-wook Park is the director behind this twisted Korean film. It’s about a man who has been captured and imprisoned for 15 years and the most frustrating thing is that he doesn’t know who did it nor the reason for the abduction. Therefore, when he finally gets out, he starts seeking some answers.
Once he finds them, you’ll wish you could simply erase them from his head and yours, as he’ll discover a crazy maddening truth that will haunt him for life. This is simply one to watch for the cinematic experience it provides, as the characters actions are very immoral. But it has one of the biggest plot twists in the history of cinema and it makes you question what’s right and what’s wrong.
Christopher Nolan is no stranger to mindfucks. He just loves making his movies open to interpretation and as complex as they could get. Inception is indeed one of his challenges to the audience, because no matter how many times you watch this movie, you can never truly get the full image. Each time you’ll notice something new that completes the missing puzzle piece.
Even though Inception is by no means underrated, most people only know it from its famous parts like the train or the diner scene. Unfortunately, the movie isn’t about those 2 scenes at all, it has a complex story with multiple layers in it. My advice is to go watch it from start to finish, and I bet that you’ll want to watch it again.
Bollywood is internationally known for its cheesy romantic movies that are full of dances. That’s not the case with PK. Aamir Khan plays an alien who fell down to earth and he slowly learns how to live human life. Everything appears simple at first and he seems to have figured out almost everything. Except for one question, between all the religions in India which one should he choose?
The movie plays it smart, it’s funny but not in a way that offends any religions. And it does make us ask serious questions about our life. Should we blindly follow the religion or should we follow our faith? Are there really people who abuse religion in order to gain money and fame? It just opens up your mind to many things. And in addition to all of that, it’s hilarious!
Brigsby Bear (2017)
I saved the most underrated film on this list for last. Brigsby Bear is a weird movie. It’s weird in the most beautiful way you can experience weirdness. It’s about James, a man who was captured when he was little by a family, and they decided to raise him their own way, like telling him that the outside world is hazardous and he can’t go out at all. Yet, they provide him with the most entertaining TV show ever (Brigsby Bear) that educates him with daily lessons, that’s just how it all begins. But what happens when gets out?
I believe in “The less you know about a movie the better” quote, and it applies perfectly to this film. But the amount of emotions that this film got out of me was just astonishing. It made me smile, laugh, and think. It also made me wish that the world was more innocent than it actually is. I truly wish more people knew about this movie.
You may not know this, but movies actually play a huge part in our mental health and thought processes. Sometimes it’s so subtle, but the dialogue and the setting of a specific film are able to make you think, this is pure cinematic art at its best. I know that you may have already watched some of those movies, but don’t you agree that they deserve to be seen at least once? Let us know in the comments and send us your ideas of films that should be on this list and why!
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