50 Movies You Should See Before You Die (in No Particular Order)

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About Steve Jaeger

Steve Jaeger grew up in suburban New York but has lived in the Washington, DC area since his teens. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and worked as a chef for more than thirty years. He is an avid baseball fan, history buff and never misses Curb Your Enthusiasm. He lives in Arlington, VA with three children and a cat.


  1. real nice list……I live in Kenya and will have to download them….as they will not be around here….torrents are my favorite way of getting classic movies…
    So thanks for the list i will start to download from next week if available…if not would some one tell me where else I might find them.

  2. Great List… Id add “Wild At Heart” For the quirky Wizard of Oz –Love Story Angle, and Wym Wenders “Wings of Desire” and “Far Away So Close” for sheer beauty…

  3. gabby watts says:

    Nice to see, ‘Au Revoir Les Enfants’, up there. I saw that film at the theatre when I was 12 and it was so beautiful.

    I’d add, ‘Fight Club’, obviously, as that’s my favourite movie.

  4. steve jaeger says:

    This is just the tip of the iceberg, I could go on and on. I’d include Funny Games, both the German and English versions and King of Hearts, A Thousand Clowns, etc, and so on.

  5. Jeanette Minor says:

    Excellent list. There are a couple of titles on here I haven’t seen.My list is a little different.If you like Battle of Algiers Have you seen Pontecorvo’s Queimada! ‘(aka Burn!)? One of my all time faves.Also I’d add a couple of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger films Every film buff has to see The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and Black Narcissus.

  6. “Fight Club” is a serious omission from this list. Yearning, consumerism, aspirations, and sex appeal, which is just a partial list of what the movie, a rare example of a the better-than-the-book oeuvre, tackles.

  7. Damn glad to meet you.

  8. I would add The bicycle thieves and Tokyo Story.


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