April 15th, 2010
06:06 PM ET

Yahoo! releases list of 100 modern classic movies to see before you die

Out of all the movies in 2009, three made the cut on Yahoo! Movies list of "100 Movies to See Before You Die: The Modern Classics," and they're all notably familiar from awards circuit coverage: James Cameron's 3-D gold mine "Avatar", Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" and Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker."

The movies - all of which were made between 1990 and 2009 - were chosen based on their artistry, originality, and pure cinematic entertainment, Yahoo! said in a statement. This is what creates an interesting mix of critically acclaimed features ("Brokeback Mountain; "American Beauty") with movies that were more embraced by the moviegoers themselves ("There's Something About Mary"; "The Big Lebowski").

The list also highlights some movies that are not only generation-defining, but also have scripts that just beg to be quoted at random, such as1995's "Clueless" or 2004's "Anchorman." And of course, more obvious choices from the past two decades, like "Goodfellas," "Silence of the Lambs," "Fargo" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," were included.

International standouts also weren't ignored, with foreign films like “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” “Amelie,” "Chungking's Express" and “Pan’s Labyrinth" among the them.

Of the past 20 years, what are your absolute, hands-down, must-see-before-you-die films?


Filed under: Avatar • movies • The Hurt Locker

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  1. prima

    Team America!

    April 17, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. why

    Hannah Montana the movie it was so good.
    nah... this list is just personal preference, if you don't like hanah montana the movie, then you don't appreciate true cinema.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rdeebee

    DONNIE DARKO, FREEWAY, WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, DAZED AND CONFUSED, AMELIE, BEST IN SHOW, SPINAL TAP, A MIGHTY WIND

    April 16, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Melanie

    I can't beleive no one has mentioned "So I Married an Axe Murderer" with Mike Myers and Nancy Glass. EVERYONE quotes from this movie!

    April 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gary

    The Piano

    April 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. KLOUD

    LUST IN THE DUST
    THE MARINE
    HAROLD AND KUMAR GET WERKED
    SOMEBODY GOT WERKED
    WHOMS YER DADDY
    CAUGHT FROM BEHIND
    FIGHT KLUB
    THE FANTASTIC MRS FOX
    BEING JOHN MALKAVICH

    April 16, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Str8 Outta Tx

    favorite of all time... Bloodline

    April 16, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. Str8 Outta Tx

    some good movies on here, but some of the best ones (in my opinion) are not even major productions.
    however, if you want comedy, i suggest the three Friday movies, and anything starring jay and silent bob.
    if you want action, i suggest the kill bill movies, fight club, etc.
    if you want fantasy, i suggest lord of the rings,
    the list goes on...

    April 16, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. Head Diva In Charge

    Good list!

    April 16, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff

    The Hangover!!!!!!!!!

    April 16, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. Marie

    I would have included Farewell, My Concubine instead of Raise the Red Lantern.

    April 16, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. Buddy

    Boondock Saints for sure... V for Vendetta...... Lost in Translation.... The Dark Night...... Fight Club.....Usual Suspects....American History X...

    April 16, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Alex

    Requiem For A Dream; Spider-Man 3; Forest Gump;

    April 16, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. Butch

    What a list!

    April 16, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    Gladiator
    The Green Mile
    The Ten Commandments
    Field of Dreams
    Forrest Gump

    April 16, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  16. cornelia

    21 grams, mystic river, usual suspects, arizona dream

    April 16, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  17. ShirleL

    Songcatcher

    April 16, 2010 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  18. ShirleL

    The Insider

    April 16, 2010 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  19. Sue

    There were not 100 movies made during the last twenty years hardly worth watching! The real classics are those of the great actors and actresses of the 30's thru 60's.

    April 16, 2010 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  20. Csaba

    The right stuff
    Mississipi Burning
    Ed Wood
    Alien

    April 16, 2010 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  21. Gabrielle

    For me:

    Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, Schindler's List, The Princess Bride, Young Frankenstein

    April 16, 2010 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  22. laysomepipe

    If they did not release this list we would be so lost.

    April 15, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Jeremy

    Some of my favorite are on here, but all-in-all, what a HORRIBLE list!

    April 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  24. cginfo1

    and dances with wolves the sequel!!! lol

    April 15, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Sandra B W

    En el tiempo de las mariposas, 'In the Time of the Butterflys"
    2001
    Gran Torino & Slumdog Millionaire
    2008
    12 Monkeys
    1995

    April 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Ltinaz

    Dances With Wolves! (I agree with Sara)

    April 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Storm

    Donnie Darko, Lord of the Rings, Sin City, Boondock Saints (YES and the sequel too)

    April 15, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Tony

    Life is Beautiful

    April 15, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  29. sarah

    The American Beauty,pulp Ficton,Dances with Wolves,Legends of the fall

    April 15, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Mr.S in Morro bay

    The Abyss, The Crow, Fight Club, Dogma and Chasing Amy

    April 15, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Adam

    Meet Joe Black

    April 15, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Samantha

    PULP FICTION!! The Boondock Saints [minus the sequel].

    April 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |

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