1001 movies that is a must see

by euroasiangenetic | created - 3 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

I read the book from “Bonnier’s 1001 movies you have to watch before you die” and personally I find that book kinda lazy and commercially.

I have watched many movies around the world in my life and there is always a hidden gem. Here is my 1001 movies you should watch.

Ps: since I’m gonna reach 1001 it will take some time before I’m finished with this list because I need to rewatch some movies, please be patient.

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1. Manila in the Claws of Light (1975)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Mystery

Júlio Madiaga, a 'provinciano', arrives in Manila to search for Ligaya, his loved one.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Hilda Koronel, Bembol Roco, Lou Salvador Jr., Joonee Gamboa

Votes: 1,113

2. The Resistance (2011)

Not Rated | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In a time of war, when occupation turns to genocide, one woman choose resistance over death and takes on the empire of Japan.

Director: Peng Zhang Li | Stars: Hu Ling Meng, Peng Zhang Li, Jeremy Marr Williams, Zhang Xiao Hua

Votes: 1,044

3. Romantic Blue (1995)

112 min | Drama

Mai and his younger brother Meh falls in love with the same woman but their rivalry has to be put aside after their father becomes sick.

Director: Rashane Limtrakul | Stars: Suttida Kasemsan Na Ayutthaya, Somchai Kemglad, Aroon Pavilai, Pramote Seangsorn

Votes: 149

4. The Silence (1998)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama, Music

Everyday, 10-year old Khorsid takes the bus to his work at an instrument maker's shop and everyday something unexpected happens.

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Tahmineh Normatova, Nadereh Abdelahyeva, Goibibi Ziadolahyeva, Araz M. Shirmohamadi

Votes: 1,203 | Gross: $0.03M

5. Dance of the Dragon (2008)

111 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Jason Scott Lee (Dragon - The Bruce Lee Story), Korean heartthrob Jang Hyuk (Windstruck, Volcano High), and Singapore's A-list artiste Fann Wong (Shanghai Knights, Just Follow Law) star in ... See full synopsis »

Directors: Max Mannix, John Radel | Stars: Hyuk Jang, Fann Wong, Jason Scott Lee, Eung-soo Kim

Votes: 652

6. Hong Kil-dong (1986)

108 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The illegitimate son of a nobleman defends peasants from greedy rulers, confounds local bandits, and struggles for permission to marry his tasty upper-crust sweetheart despite their vast societal differences. Then ninjas arrive.

Directors: Kil-in Kim, Sang-ok Shin | Stars: Kye-Sung Chan, Son Hui Chang, Sun-bu Choe, Yong Il Hwan

Votes: 411

7. KL Special Force (2018)

106 min | Action

Tells a story about a group of special police unit force lead by Roslan, who has been trying to bring down a robbery gang lead by a guy named Asyraff.

Director: Syafiq Yusof | Stars: Fattah Amin, Rosyam Nor, Syamsul Yusof, Tania Hudson

Votes: 410

8. November 10th (2015)

99 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Musa, a thirteen-year-old shoe shiner, with Yumna, undergoes destiny through their adventure of waging war during the war time. Will they manage to bring peace among the troops keeping on fighting for nothing?

Director: Aryanto Yuniawan | Stars: Reza Rahadian, Keagan Kang, Joe Murray, Marlon Dance-Hooi

Votes: 2,678

9. Rakshak (1996)

164 min | Action, Thriller

ASP Raj Sinha is assign with the task of bringing to justice the people who are responsible for printing and circulating fake currency notes. Raj is shocked when he learn that the leader ... See full summary »

Director: Ashok Honda | Stars: Sunil Shetty, Karisma Kapoor, Sonali Bendre, Raghuvaran

Votes: 252

10. Thief of the Mind (2011)

Crime

In an attempt to win the love of an actress, a man commits fraud by inventing a fake university.

Director: Janchivdorj Sengedorj | Stars: Batmend Baast, Amarsaikhan Baljinnyam

Votes: 105

11. Life Is Wonderful (2009)

78 min | Drama, Family

A granddaughter from the city, a grandma from the country, two parallel paths cross because of love.

Director: Looloo Lu | Stars: Yi-Ching Lu, Sandy Yan-Chen Lin, Yung-Yu Hsueh, Sara Yu

Votes: 62

13. Azumi (2003)

Not Rated | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

49 Metascore

Raised to deal in cold blooded death, the teenage assassin girl Azumi must defeat three evil warlords while also battling her own heart.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Aya Ueto, Kenji Kohashi, Hiroki Narimiya, Takatoshi Kaneko

Votes: 13,924

14. Shall We Dance? (1996)

PG | 136 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

68 Metascore

A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons.

Director: Masayuki Suo | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka, Eri Watanabe

Votes: 10,074 | Gross: $9.68M

15. K-20: The Fiend with Twenty Faces (2008)

137 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Set in a fictional Japanese city in 1949, a master criminal hones in on his latest victim.

Director: Shimako Sato | Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Takako Matsu, Tôru Nakamura, Ryôhei Abe

Votes: 1,898

16. Space Battleship Yamato (2010)

TV-14 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In 2199, the crew of the space battleship Yamato embark on a dangerous journey to the planet Iskandar to acquire a device that will rejuvenate the war-ravaged Earth.

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Takuya Kimura, Meisa Kuroki, Toshirô Yanagiba, Naoto Ogata

Votes: 5,627

17. Shoplifters (2018)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

93 Metascore

A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki, Mayu Matsuoka

Votes: 37,549 | Gross: $3.31M

18. Joint Security Area (2000)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 ... See full summary »

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Byung-Hun Lee, Kang-ho Song, Tae-woo Kim

Votes: 23,844

19. The Dimension Travelers (1999)

95 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A teenage girl makes a new friend at her school who tells her that she has the ability to travel between worlds.

Director: Kazuya Konaka | Stars: Timothy Breese Miller, J. David Brimmer, Jessica Calvello, Shannon Conley

Votes: 158

20. Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Bison, the ruthless leader of the international terrorist organization Shadowlaw, has been desperately searching for the greatest fighter on the planet for years. He finds it in Ryu, a ... See full summary »

Director: Gisaburô Sugii | Stars: Kôjiro Shimizu, Kenji Haga, Miki Fujitani, Masane Tsukayama

Votes: 7,493

21. Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack (1988)

124 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Amuro Ray and Char Aznable settle their rivalry once and for all during the Second Neo Zeon War.

Director: Yoshiyuki Tomino | Stars: Tôru Furuya, Shûichi Ikeda, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Maria Kawamura

Votes: 1,036

22. Metropolis (2001)

PG-13 | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

75 Metascore

Kenichi and his uncle Shunsaku Ban must find the mystery behind robot girl Tima.

Director: Rintaro | Stars: Toshio Furukawa, Scott Weinger, Yuka Imoto, Kei Kobayashi

Votes: 19,232 | Gross: $0.64M

23. Suzhou River (2000)

83 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

The river Suzhou that flows through Shanghai is a reservoir of filth, chaos and poverty, but also a meeting place for memories and secrets. Lou Ye, who spent his youth on the banks of the ... See full summary »

Director: Ye Lou | Stars: Xun Zhou, Hongshen Jia, Zhongkai Hua, Anlian Yao

Votes: 3,805 | Gross: $0.10M

24. Pao's Story (2006)

98 min | Drama

Set in a breath-taking primitive landscape in the mountainous provinces of Vietnam, the film tells the story of a Hmong tribe girl named Pao. She was raised by her stepmother, for her real ... See full summary »

Director: Quang Hai Ngo | Stars: Thi Hai Yen Do, Hoa Thuy Do, Thanh Kha Ly, Nhu Quynh Nguyen

Votes: 133

25. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

89 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 638,988 | Gross: $32.87M

26. A Single Child's Story (1995)

89 min | Drama

Can a young girls heart be enough to save the life of her mother?

Director: Yizhi Yang | Stars: Zhang Xiao Hua, Bao-hua Li, Shuqin Yan, Shuo Yang

Votes: 131

27. Black Angel Vol. 1 (1998)

107 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Ikko, the six year old daughter of a yakuza gang boss witnesses the brutal slaying of her parents and is only saved from sharing their fate by an underground hitwoman who goes by the ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Ishii | Stars: Riona Hazuki, Reiko Takashima, Jinpachi Nezu, Kippei Shîna

Votes: 784

28. Natural City (2003)

R | 114 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

In the year 2080, the world is connected by a massive computer network. Combiners have developed a process that allows them to merge the souls of human and machine/cyborg, wreaking havoc in... See full summary »

Director: Byung-chun Min | Stars: Ji-tae Yu, Jae-un Lee, Rin Seo, Eun-pyo Jeong

Votes: 4,229

29. Ninja Scroll (1993)

Not Rated | 94 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A vagabond swordsman is aided by a beautiful ninja girl and a crafty spy in confronting a demonic clan of killers - with a ghost from his past as their leader - who are bent on overthrowing the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri | Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Emi Shinohara, Takeshi Aono, Osamu Saka

Votes: 32,144

30. Jurassic Park (1993)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

A pragmatic Paleontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park's cloned dinosaurs to run loose.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 795,832 | Gross: $402.45M

31. Under the Sun (2015)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

A propaganda documentary about North Korea that reveals a few hidden facts because the director continues filming between the scripted scenes.

Director: Vitaliy Manskiy | Stars: Lee Zin-Mi, Yu-Yong, Hye-Yong, Oh-Gyong

Votes: 3,970 | Gross: $0.07M

32. Ocean Waves (1993 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 76 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

As a young man returns home after his first year away at college he recalls his senior year of high school and the iron-willed, big city girl that turned his world upside down.

Director: Tomomi Mochizuki | Stars: Nobuo Tobita, Toshihiko Seki, Yoko Sakamoto, Yuri Amano

Votes: 7,865

33. Jaws (1975)

PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

87 Metascore

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary

Votes: 517,283 | Gross: $260.00M

34. Alien³ (1992)

R | 114 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

After her last encounter, Ellen Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she has brought along an unwelcome visitor.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

Votes: 259,032 | Gross: $55.47M

35. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

82 Metascore

After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 1,069,115 | Gross: $290.48M

36. Godzilla (1954)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi

Votes: 26,006 | Gross: $2.42M

37. Goldfinger (1964)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

87 Metascore

While investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton

Votes: 160,588 | Gross: $51.08M

38. Ninja, a Band of Assassins (1962)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Drama

Ishikawa Goemon (Ichikawa Raizo), a talented young ninja, becomes ensnared in a twisted scheme to assassinate Oda Nobunaga, an evil warlord bent on ruling feudal Japan with an iron fist. ... See full summary »

Director: Satsuo Yamamoto | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Yûnosuke Itô, Katsuhiko Kobayashi

Votes: 700

39. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama

98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 289,313 | Gross: $0.27M

40. Legend of Eight Samurai (1983)

133 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Princess Shizu's family is wiped out by an family of undead seeking revenge. The eight samurai can save her, but who and where are they?

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Hiroko Yakushimaru, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shin'ichi Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi

Votes: 949

41. Owls' Castle (1999)

138 min | Action, Drama

As the great military commander Nobunaga Oda was consolidating his power across Japan, one of his actions was to wipe out a clan of assassins, killing every man, woman and child he found in... See full summary »

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Kiichi Nakai, Mayu Tsuruta, Riona Hazuki, Takaya Kamikawa

Votes: 402

42. Castle of Owls (1963)

91 min | Drama

This is a classic early Japanese Ninja movie. The Iga ninjas are a dying breed as Toyotomis rule allows Japan to experience some peace. Juzo, an Iga ninja who had vowed revenge for the ... See full synopsis »

Director: Eiichi Kudô | Stars: Ryûtarô Ôtomo, Minoru Ôki, Hizuru Takachiho, Chiyoko Honma

Votes: 236

43. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 483,981 | Gross: $1.02M

44. Licence to Kill (1989)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

58 Metascore

James Bond goes rogue and sets off to unleash vengeance on a drug lord who tortured his best friend, a C.I.A. Agent, and left him for dead and murdered his bride after he helped capture him.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, Carey Lowell, Talisa Soto

Votes: 87,292 | Gross: $34.67M

45. Dance to Death (2017)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Moscow, 2070s. In a sealed bunker in the post-apocalyptic ruins of Moscow, young people struggle against each other in a deadly dancing tournament. Only the winners will live.

Director: Andrey Volgin | Stars: Deni Alasaniya, Agniya Ditkovskite, Nikita Dyuvbanov, Lukerya Ilyashenko

Votes: 685

46. Triple Tap (2010)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Champion competitive marksman Ken comes across an armored van robbery. He sees a policeman held hostage and shoots and kills four of the robbers. One of the robbers escapes and the ... See full summary »

Director: Tung-Shing Yee | Stars: Louis Koo, Daniel Wu, Charlene Choi, Bingbing Li

Votes: 1,301

47. Electric Shadows (2004)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama