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Edited by Steven Jay Schneider; updated by Ian Haydn Smith - All books by this author


With over 1.75 million copies sold worldwide, this book is a must-have for all movie lovers. This brand-new edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die covers more than a century of movie history. Selected and authored by a team of international film critics, every profile is packed with details, plot summaries and production notes, and little-known facts relating to the film’s history. Each entry offers a fresh look at some the greatest films of all time. This all-new edition has been updated with:

  • New films that span the globe
  • Detailed, full-color images
  • Key quotations from the movies
  • More movie posters than ever
  • Up-to-date facts and movie trivia
Learn the complete history of filmmaking, from silent-era sensations such as D.W. Griffith’s controversial The Birth of a Nation to recent Oscar winners like A Star is Born and Roma. Discover little-known facts about Hollywood’s most memorable musicals, greatest dramas, noteworthy documentaries, screwball comedies, classic westerns, action and adventure films, and more. Movie lovers of all stripes will thoroughly enjoy this must-have compilation.


1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die is a blockbuster! The Reviews keep coming!

"1001 MOVIES YOU MUST SEE BEFORE YOU DIE celebrates the most creative and influential voices in film. It is a trusted resource for movie lovers and one that we proudly reference."
Sundance Channel

“This book is a film lover’s dream. It chronicles the entire history of cinema, and this updated edition includes new movies…”
Book Page

"1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die packs in details about over a thousand movies which are 'must see' events. If this sounds familiar, it's because various editions of this book have appeared in the past; but this has been newly revised and updated to include movies up to the latest productions. Each film receives a review of facts, a consideration of why it's a standout compared to others, and a few black and white and color photos from films and ads. The plot synopsis includes discussion of major characters and cinematographic approaches and camera work, considering all the elements that make the work exceptional. The result is a 'must' for any serious film collection. "
The Midwest Book Review

High acclaim for the Previous Editions.

The Sixth Edition was another hit!

“It’s a perfect distraction for the film buff trying to get you to sit through that 14-hour Terrence Malick movie.”
—Connie Ogle, The Miami Herald

“I’m very pleased that there appears to be no discrimination over genre or the country of origin. The collection of films here is appropriate for any true connoisseur of the medium. For the most part, the writers are knowledgeable about their subject and provide just enough about each film to whet our appetite, which is the true purpose of the volume, not that I need much pushing to watch more movies. There are rare gems here that will have me searching the rare video lists out there to check out. The book is an excellent value. It’s heavy and substantial, clocking in at nearly 1000 pages. For each movie you’ll get vital cast and crew information as well as Oscar nominations. English translations are provided for foreign films. Nearly ever film sports at least one photograph. I really do think this is one of those books that belong on every serious videophile’s reference shelf, and I know that it will enhance mine for years to come. Consider it required reading from nthis course on filmography. There are genre-specific titles that I hope to be able to share with you in the future. The new edition editor is Ian Haydn Smith, and he’s literally “throwing down the gauntlet for you to choose your own movies to die for”..”
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The Critics loved the Fifth Anniversary Edition!

“I have, by the way, seen 943 of the 1001 movies, and am carefully rationing the remaining titles to prolong my life. ... provides good ideas for DVD rentals.”
Roger Ebert

“1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die is ... a great motivating guide to cinema. After reading one of its engaging, often profound entries on a missed film, you want to run out ... and rent it.”
Dallas Morning News

“Schneider’s choices are irrefutable.”
Library Journal

“. . . a great motivating guide to cinema. After reading one of its engaging, often profound entries on a missed film, you want to run out and rent it.”
Dallas Morning News

“Both a fun stroll through some all-time favourites, and a guilty reminder of just how many great movies I haven’t seen yet....” --, Total Film (U.K.)
—Aubrey Day, Total Film (U.K.)

“As edited by Steven Jay Schneider, it makes for addictive browsing, and likewise features top quality stills.”
Film Review (U.K.)

“One of the best desert island books about art house film in print.”
The Times (London)

Praise for the second edition
“ “…the latest book fad is…the ubiquitous ‘1,001 things to see before you die’ category. It’s Chicken Soup for the Crazed Urbanite soul.”
New York Post, July 23, 2007, Mackenzie Dawson

“The smartest, most attractive movie guide of 2003”
—David J. Foster, Northeast News Gleaner, October 26, 2005

“We at Gotham love, love, love our movies. So when we received 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die…we started taking notes for our next Netflix order. 1001 Movies is a cinephile’s dream: From the silents (The Birth of a Nation) to 1940s film moir (The Maltese Falcon) to the first of the independents (Cassavetes’ Shadows) to 2004’s Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby, the book gives an extensive history of each film, with most entries accompanied by stills. We found plenty of little-seen gems, too, like Japanese director Kon Ichikawa’s The Burmese Harp from 1956.”
Gotham, January 2006

“This gargantuan volume is the perfect tip sheet for cinephiles, and includes everything from 1920’s A Trip to the Moon to last year’s Million Dollar Baby. Its balanced diet of indisputable classics (The Godfather), cult flicks (Eraserhead), and obscurities (The Ear) oughta keep you and your DVD player busy for many, many years…or until Ben Affleck makes a movie worthy of inclusion.”
Scene, December 7, 2005

“…terrifically useful. You can reacquaint yourself with old favorites you haven’t seen for years and remind yourself of what to pick up for home viewing. Editor Steven Jay Schneider and his team deliver succinct plot summaries and smart comment.”
Houston Chronicle, December 11, 2005

Raves for the first edition
“Packed with color photos throughout, this is eye candy at its best.”
Booklist, June 2004

“1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die is one heavy, fat tome, but it’s a great motivating guide to cinema. After reading one of its engaging, often profound entries on a missed film, you want to run out to Premiere Video and rent it. Best of all, it includes international, silent, animated and recent films such as City of God. And yes, Richard Linklater’s Slacker is here.”
Dallas Morning News, April 29, 2004

“An excellent new film anthology from Barron’s Publishing… 1001 Movies will serve as one of your ultimate movie guides. It presents everything you need to know about the must-see films… For students of cinema, for discerning film buffs, for enthusiastic fans, and for readers who enjoy thumbing through reminiscing over unforgettable screen memories, here’s the place to start reading.”
The Wave Channel Guide, February 14, 2004

“…the book is a pretty good one, Schneider’s sources are solid… the book is much more reliable that the New York Times book of ‘1,000 Movies Ever Made.’ … illustrations often opt for choice rarities rather than ordinary iconography.”
Buffalo News, February 22, 2004

“The critical essays that I’ve sampled are concise and intelligent.
Style: *** 3 Stars
Usefulness:*** 3 Stars”
—Charles Matthews, Mercury News, February 29, 2004

“If you’re constantly wondering what to pop into the VCR or DVD player, get this book!”
The Star, March 8, 2004

“A mammoth-size, newspaper-weight coffee table book celebrating the twentieth century celluloid canon…”
Gotham, April 2004

“Every essay demonstrates [contributor] Rosenbaum’s fervent dedication to the cinema and more important that he has the knowledge and insight to support his impassioned opinions. … compiled with an eye to historical importance and popular acclaim. … a useful guide for casual viewers and film buffs alike.”
—Gordon Flagg, Booklist, April 1, 2004

“Instead of simply summarizing the plot, Schneider and his team of experts briefly explain why each film is a must see. … Schneider’s choices are irrefutable. Highly recommended for all film, general public, and academic reference collections.”
Library Journal, April 15, 2004

About The Authors:
Steven Jay Schneider
is a film critic, scholar, and producer with M.A. degrees in Philosophy from Harvard University and in Cinema Studies from New York University. He is the author and editor of numerous books on world cinema, most notably in the horror genre. They include Eurohorror, The Cinema of Wes Craven: An Auteur on Elm Street, Designing Fear: An Aesthetics of Cinematic Horror, Killing in Style: Artistic Murder in the Movies, Understanding Film Genres, and Traditions in World Cinema. He is also a consultant for film, television, and home video/DVD production companies, a curator for world horror film programs, and a staff member in development for Paramount Pictures. His Barron’s film books include 501 Movie Stars, 501 Movie Directors and 101 Movies You Must See Before You Die series.

Ian Hadyn Smith is the update editor for 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. He is a London-based writer and the editor of Curzon Magazine.

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