99 Must See Movies To Watch In Your Lifetime

We’re always being told to cut back on our TV time, but does anything beat snuggling up with a good must see film and a glass of wine or hot choccy milk after a long day at the office, school or retail? Or, y’know, after a long, gruelling day of scrolling through more and more bad news on social media? 🥴

To save you all those hours flicking through Netflix, we’ve collected a selection of the best movies you should watch in your lifetime. From wartime classics to experimental epics, these are the masterpieces that will reinvigorate your love of cinema. 

Lost in Translation (2003)

Director: Sofia Coppola

Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson

Lost in Translation is a gentle reminder that we all get a little lost sometimes. Coppola is simple and real in creating moments of connection between two unlikely individuals (Murray and Johansson) who find themselves in each other on the streets of Tokyo. A must watch for those who want to disappear into a fictional world for a couple of hours.

Melancholia (2011)

Director: Lars von Trier

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg

Lars von Trier isn’t for everyone (see: sexual mutilation; hair-rending boredom; Danish housemates), but this stands apart. A beautifully shot meditation on sisterhood as a rogue planet threatens Earth (but not in a Michael Bay way), with Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg both on top form. A strange and powerful gem. Like … smoky quartz.

Mulholland Drive (2001)

Director: David Lynch

It has been dubbed the greatest film of the 21st Century and there is no denying that this movie will leave its mark. Lynch takes you on a mind-bending journey through a multi-dimensional Hollywood which is bound to leave you either awe-stricken or scratching your head thinking what the hell did I just watch?

My Girl (1991)

Director: Howard Zieff

Starring: Anna Chlumsky, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd

This is one of those movies that will make you laugh, cry and be plenty nostalgic for the days when Macaulay Culkin was gracing our screens as our favourite child actor. The coming-of-age film tells the tale of friendship and loss.

Almost Famous (2000)

Director: Cameron Crowe

Starring: Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit

The ultimate rock star dedication, this film tracks a young student journalist as he travels across America with a 70s band and their iconic groupies, the band aids. What follows is realisation, belonging and rebellion all played to a killer soundtrack.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, John Travolta

Tarantino and this star studded cast in the ’90s cult classic are shocking, humorous, intriguing and confronting in equal measure.

Respiro (2002)

Director: Emanuel Crialese

Starring: Valeria Golino, Vincenzo Amato, Francesco Casisa

This mysterious Italian film is noteworthy for its exploration of mental illness within a missing person’s case that will leave you wondering.

The Shawshack Redemption (1994)

Director: Frank Darabont

Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman

Arguably one of the greatest films to grace out screens (and iMDb’s ‘best film of all time’) Shawshank is a gripping tale of the importance of friendship in the face of adversity.

Sign ‘o’ the Times (1987)

Director: Prince, Albert Magnoli

Starring: Prince, Sheila E., Sheena Easton

If you were never lucky enough to witness Prince reduce a packed stadium to total delirium, or if you’ve always professed to be “not a Prince person”, watch this concert movie immediately. At least to really see what all the fuss was about.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Director: Jonathan Demme

Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

You won’t be able tear your eyes away from Jodie Foster’s enthralling performance as FBI Agent Clarice Starling, matched only by Anthony Hopkin’s portrayal of the iconic Hannibal Lecter, which is guaranteed to make your skin crawl.

Stand By Me (1986)

Director: Rob Reiner

Starring: River Phoenix, Will Wheaton and Corey Feldman

This coming of age drama, starring the late, great River Phoenix, follows four boys struggling with bullying, criminal relatives, mental health and more. It may sound grim, but the film is a classic for a reason.

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando and Robert Duvall

Joseph Conrad’s masterpiece novella ‘Heart of Darkness’ inspired the equally masterful Apocalypse Now, which sees a Vietnam soldier journey to reign-in the rogue and eccentric army commander Colonel Kurtz (played by an almost unrecognisable Marlon Brando).

Taxi Driver (1976)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Jodie Foster and Robert De Niro

Scorsese’s neo-noir psychological thriller is bound to keep you captivated, as it follows Robert De Niro as a a PTSD-riddled taxi-driver-turned-vigilante, and Jodie Foster in her breakthrough role as a teenage prostitute on the streets of New York.

The Tree of Life (2011)

Director: Terrence Malick

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt and Sean Penn

Terrence Malick’s pièce de résistance is this three-hour long drama that turns a small story of suburban tragedy into a brooding meditation on the meaning of human existence. Rom-com this is not.

Vertigo (1958)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak and Barbara Del Geddes

James Stewart is a guilt-riddled private investigator who sends himself mad, after falling in love with the subject of his investigation. The twists and turns never in Hitchock’s classic thriller.

Paris, Texas (1984)

Director: Wim Wenders

Starring: Harry Dean Stanton and Natassja Kinski

This film is notable because of its voyage across the American southwest, after an amnesiac who mysteriously wanders through the desert aims to reconnect with his brother.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Director: Tim Burton

Starring: Johnny Dep, Winona Ryder and Dianne Wiest

Tim Burton has a penchant for creating dark yet fantastical characters and Edward Scissorhands delivers on this ten-fold. Set in an idealistic suburbia, the film has a simple message — don’t judge a book by its cover.

The Misfits (1961)

Director: John Huston

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift

A Hollywood classic, The Misfits should be on your must-watch list because it’s the completed film featuring Gable and Monroe. The plot follows a recent divorcee as she spends time with a cowboy and his rodeo-riding friend in the Western Nevada desert.

Leon (1994)

Director: Luc Besson

Starring: Natalie Portman, Jean Reno and Gary Oldman

Natalie Portman’s breakout role as a 12-year-old assassin-in-training makes for one of the coolest characters of ’90s cinema. Extra points to Gary Oldman for his chilling portrayal as a bad cop and Jean Reno as the loveable hitman who takes Portman’s Mathilda under his wing.

Life is Beautiful (1997)

Director: Roberto Benigni

Starring: Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi

Roberto Benigni proves to be a triple threat as he writes, directs and stars in this comedy-drama. The story of an Jewish family’s fight for survival in Mussolini’s Italy is hilarious and haunting in equal measures.

Snatch (2000)

Starring: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro

Director: Guy Ritchie

This all-star crime thriller doubles as a dark comedy, thanks to Guy Ritchie’s whip-smart script and a particuarly convincing turn by Brad Pitt as an Irish bare-knuckle fighter.

Rust and Bone (2012)

Director: Jaques Audiard

Starring: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts and Armand Verdure

This French-language film tracks the unlikely romance of a former whale trainer and a bodyguard, after tragedy strikes the former.

Casablanca (1942)

Director: Michael Curtiz

Starring: Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman

There’s “romance” – and then there’s Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman on the tarmac in Casablanca. Their on-screen chemistry and the film’s insane quotability factor make this film an enduring classic, even 74 years on.

City of God (2002)

Director: Fernando Meirelles and Káita Lund

Starring: Alexandre Rodrigues, Matheus Nachtergaele and Leandro Firmino

This vivid portrayal of life in the poverty-stricken slums of Rio de Janeiro in the ’70s is equal parts confronting and enthralling.

Mommy (2014)

Director: Xavier Dolan

Starring: Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon and Suzanne Clément

There are few new-gen filmmakers garnering as much buzz as Xavier Dolan. 

The 27-year-old (a favourite of Nicolas Ghesquière) won the coveted Jury Prize at Cannes for Mommy, an intense, sometimes grueling story of the relationship between a widow and her violent son.

12 Years a Slave (2012)

Director: Steve McQueen

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender

This Academy Award-winner documents the incredible true story of Solomon Northup – a celebrated musician and free man who was kidnapped and sold to the slave trade, where he was forced to work under a sadistic master for more than a decade. It’s not easy viewing, but it is essential viewing.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood and William Sylvester

Even with the abundance of green screen and CGI that litters most Hollywood films these days, Kubrick’s 1968 film still holds its own in the visual effects stakes. It’s long, it’s slow, it’s intense – but you need to watch it at least once in your life.

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Director: Ron Howard

Starring: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly

Russell Crowe plays John Forbes Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, in this decades-spanning, Oscar-winning drama.

All About Eve (1950)

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sander

Bette Davis at her finest. Though it’s more than 60 years old many of the films themes – sexist double standards in Hollywood, the politics of ageing, female mentor-ship – are depressingly relevant today.

Amadeus (1984)

Director: Milos Forman

Starring: Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce and Elizabeth Berridge

This three-hour long epic charts the life of one Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, honing in especially on the (supposed) bitter rivalry between the musical genius and the Italian composer Antonio Salieri.

Amélie (2001)

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Starring: Audrey Tautou and Mathieu Kassovitz

The film that exploded French cinema into the mainstream, Amelie is an adorable, aesthetically beautiful romp about celebrating the beauty of the small things in life.

American Beauty (1999)

Director: Sam Mendes

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening and Thora Birch

This thrilling drama follows the existential crisis of Lester Burnham (Spacey) as he tries to dig his way out of his stagnant existence — from reckless shenanigans to an infatuation with his daughter’s best friend.

Forrest Gump (1994)

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Tom Hanks and Robin Wright

Forrest Gump’s epic journey through life as a soldier, table tennis champion, owner of a shrimping company and much more seem ridiculous, but Forrest’s antics are guaranteed to make you laugh as much as his love story will make you cry.

A Separation (2011)

Director Asghar Farhadi

Starring: Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat

One of the few Iranian films to garner international attention, A Separation poses a simple question with complex consequences: How do you chose between creating a better future for your young daughter, and caring for your dying parent?

Animal Kingdom (2010)

Director: David Michôd

Starring: James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton

This celebrated Australian crime drama was lauded for its visceral portrayal of drug-related gang violence. So much so, that it inspired an American TV adaptation, which debuted in 2016.

A Single Man (2009)

Director: Tom Ford

Starring: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore and Matthew Goode

When a fashion designer turns film director you know the result is going to look good. But few people predicted that Ford’s directorial debut would deliver so much on the ‘objectively excellent film’ front. The tale of a gay professor mourning the death of his partner in ’60s California earned Colin Firth an Oscar nomination.

Amour (2012)

Director: Michael Haneke

Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert

This heartbreaking portrait of an elderly couple who try to navigate the wife’s deteriorating health won the Palm D’Or, Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and Cesar Award for Best Film.

A Streetcar Named Desire (1961)

Director: Elia Kazan

Starring: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando and Kim Hunter

Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh deliver career-defining performances in this brilliant adaptation of Tennessee William’s play. Blanche DuBois, moves to New Orelans to live with her sister, Stella, and Stella’s increasingly violent husband Stanley.

Bladerunner (1982)

Director: Ridley Scott

Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young 

It’s neo-noir meets sci-fi in this dystopic cult-classic. Harrison Ford portrays Rick Deckhard, a detective sent out to eliminate replicants; alien creatures that have returned to earth to find their creator.

Blowup (1966)

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni

Starring: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave and Sarah Miles

A fashion photographer believes he may have accidentally captured a murder while shooting in a park. What unfolds is a film as stylish to look at as it is engaging to watch.

Boogie Nights (1997)

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore and Burt Reynolds

This tale of a well-endowed porn star called Dirk Diggler proved Mark Wahlberg’s acting chops and set Paul Thomas Anderon on the path to becoming one of the most respected filmmakers of his generation.

Boyz n the Hood (1991)

Director: John Singleton

Starring: Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishbourne and Hudhail Al-Amir

John Singleton’s masterpiece was one of the first films to effectively capture the day-to-day lives of kids growing up in the violent ghettos of ’90s California. According to Vanity Fair, Steven Spielberg called the film’s most emotionally wrought scene (no spoilers, but when you see it, you’ll know) “one of the most powerful he’d ever seen on film.”

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Director: Blake Edwards

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard and Patricia Neal

The fashion devotee’s go-to, this film has everything: New York, romance, Audrey Hepburn, 60s parties and best of all, Tiffany’s.

The Godfather (1972)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and James Caan

Regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, you would almost certainly recall a line or scene from this mafia classic even if you have never seen it.

Capote (2005)

Director: Bennett Miller

Starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr. and Catherine Keener

One of Seymour Hoffman’s most outstanding performances, Capote follows the the film’s journalist namesake as he travels to Kansas in order to document the story behind violent murders.

Chinatown (1974)

Director: Roman Polanski

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston

With a high-powered story line inspired by the California Water Wars, this is one of Jack Nicholson’s finest films.

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore

Starring: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili

This Academy Award winning film tracks the story of a complicated Italian family through the eyes of a shy boy.

Citizen Kane (1941)

Director: Orson Welles

Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten and Dorothy Comingore

Known as the greatest film of all time, Citizen Kane tracks the story of a power-hungry media figure and is known as one of Orson Welles’ finest works.

District 9 (2009)

Director: Neill Blomkamp

Starring: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope

This is a film that will stick with you, as it explore racism, xenophobia and social segregation through the science fiction milieu.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden

A classic Kubrick film, this is noteworthy for its satirical take on the Cold War and the fear of nuclear conflict.

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Director: Irvin Kershner

Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

One of the most famous film franchises of all time, The Empire Strikes Back is the most critically acclaimed of the set and is therefore a must-see.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Director: Michel Gondry

Starring: Kate Winslet, Jim Carrey, Tom Wilkinson

This movie takes aesthetically pleasing to a whole new level as Gondry enthralls us with his honest portrayal of the human psyche. It follows the relationship between Joel (Carrey) and Clementine (Winslet) as they both undergo procedures to have their relationship erased from their minds.

Fargo (1996)

Director: Coen Brothers

Starring: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi

The golden picture in the Coen Brothers’ filmography, this unexpected thriller largely dabbles dark comedy to tell the tale of a police chief investigating roadside homicides.

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Director: James Mangold

Starring: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie and Clea DuVall

If you’re only new to the Winona Ryder bandwagon since watching Stranger Things, then I think it is time that you sit back and take a ride through her impressive repertoire of works—most notably Girl, Interrupted. Ryder plays Susanna Kaysen, a cynical young woman who is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and sent off to a mental institution.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Director: Wes Anderson

Starring: Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori

Wes Anderson has knack for captivating an audience with his witty tongue-in-cheek dialogue and crazy cinematography and The Grand Budapest Hotel is no exception. Anderson tells the tale of legendary hotel concierge Gustav. H (Ralph Fiennes) and his budding relationship with lobby boy Zero (Tony Revolori) in this fast-paced caper-comedy.

The Godfather Part II (1974)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Starring: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Robert DuVall

After you’ve seen The Godfather, you have to watch them all. This time, Part II which is interesting in its ability to both be a prequel and sequel to the classic first film.

Goodfellas (1990)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci

Another gangster classic, Goodfellas is a must-see for it’s stellar cast and their sheer acting talent.

Oldboy (2003)

Director: Chan-wook Park

Starring: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu and Hye-jeong Kang

Probably the most well-known South Korean film of all time before Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite, Oldboy is a thriller that will leave you second guessing the entire time. The film’s ending will also stay with you long after the credits roll.

Into The Wild (2007)

Director: Sean Penn

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener

Another film that will shake your perception of the world, Into the Wild is based off the true story of nomadic traveler Christopher McCandless, who gave up the modern world for nature.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Director: Frank Capra

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore

A true Christmas classic, It’s A Wonderful Life follows a man who gave up his dreams to help others and on the cusp of his death, is reminded of the joy he brought to the people around him. This is truly a feel-good classic.

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Director: George Cukor 

Starring: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart

The is a classic Hollywood romantic romp, with a truly all-star cast, that follows a socialite whose marriage plans fall to disarray by the arrival of her ex-husband and a tabloid journalist.

Mad Max (1979)

Director: George Miller

Starring: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel and Hugh Keays-Byrne

One of the most successful Australian films of all time, Mad Max is a dystopian action thriller that explores vengeance in the Australian desert.

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Director: John Schlesinger

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles

Known as one of the greatest American films of all time, and laden with awards, Midnight Cowboy is a story of a hustler who travels from Texas to New York to make his fortune.

No Country For Old Men (2007)

Director: Coen Brothers

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin

Bardem is chilling in this neo-Western thriller that follows a three-fold man hunt through the country after a drug deal gone wrong.

Groundhog Day (1993)

Director: Harold Ramis

Starring: Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell

Imagine having to live the exact same day over and over again? In this Bill Murray comedy, you do, and the results are understandably hilarious.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Director: Milos Forman

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher and Michael Berryman

Considered to be one of the greatest films every made, and winning all five major Academy Awards, it tracks mental illness and incarceration in a never before described way.

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

Director: Mike Figgis

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue and Julian Sands

Wanting to end his life by drinking himself to death in Las Vegas, an alcoholic meets a hardened prostitute and they form a strong relationship in his final days. A film that will really make you feel, it’s notable due to its semi-autobiographical nature, with the author of the book it was based on committing suicide just two weeks after principal photography began.

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil and Sergi López

A dark fantasy, Pan’s Labyrinth takes place just five years after the Spanish Civil War and intertwines the real with the mythical.

Modern Times (1936)

Director: Charlie Chaplin

Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard and Henry Bergman

A classic Chapman film, it reflects on the modern industrialised world and comments on the hardship faced by those during the Great Depression.

Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)

Director: Peter Weir

Starring: Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray

One of Australia’s most classic and well-regarded films, Picnic At Hanging Rock is the spooky tale of a girl’s school’s outdoor feast on St. Valentine’s Day where a number of children went missing. As questions abound about their disappearance, it becomes apparent that not all is as it seems.

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Director: Darren Araonofsky

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly

I won’t lie, this is one of those movies that’ll set you on edge and have your heart rate uncomfortably high from start to finish. So, if you’re into that kind of thing then this is definitely for you. Following a duel story line, Aronofsky is brutally honest about an individuals quest for purpose.

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes

Lurhmann is undoubtedly the kingpin when it comes to the ability to tell a story with a sense of controlled mayhem. Romeo + Juliet takes Shakespeares classic tragedy into a contemporary setting (if you’re still a bit iffy, I’m sure a young Leo DiCaprio might sway you).

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Director: Roman Polanski

Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes and Ruth Gordon

A true psychological horror film, Rosemary’s Baby follows the story of a woman whose body gradually changes to carry an unknown baby. It has earned universal acclaim.

Scarface (1983)

Director: Brian De Palma

Starring: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer

Another film where you would definitely recognise a few iconic lines, Scarface is another gangster thriller that follows the rise of Al Pacino’s character in Miami’s drug underworld.

Se7en (1995)

Director: David Fincher

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey

Detectives Somerset (Freeman) and Mills (Pitt) chase down a killer who uses the seven deadly sins as tropes in his string of murders.

In the Mood for Love (2000)

Director: Wong Kar-Wai

Starring: Maggie Cheung, Tony Chiu and Wai Leung

Wong Kar-Wai’s most acclaimed work, In the Mood for Love is a romantic drama set in 1960s Hong Kong and follows the fleeting nature of youth and love.

The Secret In Their Eyes (2009)

Director: Juan José Campanella

Starring: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago

A judge and retired judicial worker’s obsession with a cold case, combined with a buried romance, make this a perfect thriller.

Spirited Away (2001)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette and Miyu Irino

The cornerstone of Miyazaki’s work and Studio Ghibli’s filmography, is a stunning Japanese anime film of a girl that enter’s the spirit world and encounters some terrifying and beautiful events.

The Apartment (1960)

Director: Billy Wilder

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray

This classic romantic comedy, nominated for ten Academy Awards, that follows the mishaps and adventures of affairs and couples.

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Director: Coen Brothers

Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore

A cult classic, this film is an unexpected crime drama with dialogue that will stay with you long after the credits roll.

The Hunt (2012)

Director: Thomas Vinterberg

Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp

The Hunt is a haunting film about a man who becomes the subject of mass hysteria in a small Danish town after he is wrongly accused of sexually abusing a child.

The Lives Of Others (2006)

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Starring: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch

This iconic German film follows the monitoring of East Berlin residents by the Stasi, and was the first serious film about the subject since the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

Director: Robert Mulligan

Starring: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton

A definitive chronicle of the Civil Rights movement in America, To Kill A Mockingbird follows the trial of a black man as defended by a white man, and the fall out from the event. Based off Harper Lee’s iconic book, it is a landmark discussion on race and rape.

The Pianist (2002)

Director: Roman Polanski

Starring: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay

Following a Jewish pianist in Poland throughout World War II, this is a powerful and much awarded historical film.

The Princess Bride (1987)

Director: Rob Reiner

Starring: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright

One of the most popular romantic fantasy films of all time, it follows the story of a farmhand that must rescue his true love from a deplorable prince.

Selma (2014)

Director: Ava DuVernay

Starring: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth

Selma is a historical film featuring Martin Luther King, Jr. and is based around the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches.

There Will Be Blood (2007)

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds

A classic American blockbuster, it follows the story of a miner turned oilman on his quest for wealth.

This Is England (2006)

Director: Shane Meadows

Starring: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley

A brutal yet heartwarming story of the skinhead subculture of 1980s England, it explores racism and white supremacy among a group of young people trying to make sense of the world.

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Director: Wes Anderson

Starring: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston

It’s a family affair in this archetypal Anderson drama that follows the Tenenbaum family years after having been abandoned by their father. If the all-star cast doesn’t make you smile, then satirical dialogue ought to.

Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Director: Godfrey Reggio

Starring: Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

One of my most interesting friends pressed the DVD of this into my palm with the urgency of a street preacher. I shrugged and thought, ‘I can’t even read the title, let alone sit through it.’ But no, this Philip Glass-scored epic is like downloading the story of mankind directly into your hippocampus. Sit back and have your homo-sapien ego shrunk to amoeba size as our poisoned, majestic planet churns past in a crazed ballet of destruction and renewal. No popcorn.

The Truman Show (1998)

Director: Peter Weir

Starring: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Ed Harris

This film tells the tale of Truman Burbank (Carrey), a guileless insurance salesman who unbeknown to him, is the subject of a 24/7 television show that is broadcast for the entertainment of billions. Weir grapples with the overarching question of ‘what is real?’ in this thought-provoking and hearty film.

The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

Director: Victor Fleming

Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger

A classic film that every child must see, it stars Judy Garland as she adventures through Oz and tries to defeat the Wicked Witch of the West as she struggles to find her way home to Kansas.

Tokyo Story (1953)

Director: Yasujirô Ozu

Starring: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura

This iconic Japanese film tracks the relationship between parents and children, and the kindness that is found when one pays attention. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.

Trainspotting (1996)

Director: Danny Boyle

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller

The raw, dark, dirty reality of heroin addiction is explored in Danny Boyle’s moving, often hilarious adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s book.

Whiplash (2013)

Director: Damien Chazelle

Starring: J.K. Simmons, Nate Lang, Miles Teller

The plot is quite simple — It follows eager and ambitious jazz student Andrew Neiman (Teller) and his relationship with his abusive instructor Terence Fletcher (Simmons). But its unpredictable and almost bipolar dialogue and screen play will have ogling the screen with a dangerously high heart rate.

Perfect Blue (1997)

Director: Satoshi Kon

Starring: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji and Lia Sargent

A gripping Japanese animated horror about a singer who quits her band to become an actress and is haunted by her past identity and an obsessive fan. Fun fact: Darren Aranofsky stole the idea—and various shots and scenes—for Black Swan from this flick.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Director: Mike Nichols

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal

With dialogue that packs a punch, this film tracks the breakdown of a middle-aged couple’s marriage.

Wild Strawberries (1957)

Director: Ingmar Bergman

Starring: Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin

Starring the iconic Ingmar Bergman, Wild Strawberries is a philosophical journey taken as an elderly man recalls his past.

Parasite (2019)

Director: Bong Joon-Ho

Starring: Cho Yeo-jeong, Park So-dam, Woo-sik Choi, Kang-Ho Song and Jang Hye-jin

The 2019 multi-Academy Award winning film follows the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan who slowly join the family as their employees, as greed and class discrimination divides their new partnership.