Films To Watch Before You Die

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Don’t get me wrong, I love writing about fashion, travel and beauty but my favourite thing to write (and talk) about is film and television. In any downtime I have, one of things I love to do the most is just sit and marathon a TV show. With film, I’ve progressed to the point where I literally have a list on my phone of films I’d like to watch and I’m ticking it off as I go.I’m working my way through my movie list and as you can probably imagine I’ve watched some amazing films along the way. This all got me thinking about some of the best films I’ve ever watched so I thought I’d make my own little movie list for you guys to work through yourselves. Is that lame? Oh well.

These aren’t necessarily my favourite films (ahem, that would be Harry Potter) but these are all brilliant and memorable films that I think everyone should watch at least once.




Based on true events, this film is about a doctor who experimentally administers a drug to catatonic patients in the hopes of ‘awakening’ them, believing that although they are catatonic there are still people in those unresponsive bodies. Robert De Niro plays the main catatonic patient in this film and his acting is (for lack of a better way of saying it) bloody brilliant. Seeing the journey of these patients and then knowing that this actually happened to people in real life was absolutely incredible and it really got me thinking about treatments for other people in the same state.


This film isn’t the most cinematic, it isn’t a piece of art and it doesn’t have some clever storyline that people will be talking about for days, but to watch this is like a right of passage for anyone living in this century. I mean, there are so many references and nods to Mean Girls out there that I can’t even keep up. If you’ve watched this film already then you know what I’m talking about. Meal Girls made ‘army pants and flip flops’ iconic and you’ll never listen to Jingle Bell Rock the same again. If you’ve already watched this film, well all I can say is four for you Glen Coco, you go Glen Coco.Β 


Do not recommend watching this film alone unless you want to scream at your TV like I did and cry…a lot. It’s a brilliant film that takes a look at fictional inmates on death row and one inmate in particular who is not at all as he seems. It’s brilliantly acted (my god they make you believe it!) and a very emotional film that honestly made me simultaneously smile, cry and at points, ugly cry. A lot of people rank this as one of the best movies of all time and all I’ll say is that after you watch this film it will stick with you.


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Ah Hitchcock, Psycho is one of my fav classics and it’s a classic for a reason. It’s a film many people and multiple shows frequently reference and they’ve even made modern day shows based off the same concept, AKA Bates Motel. I find although a lot of people know roughly what it’s about, they haven’t actually seen the original film from 1960 (not the bloody remake with Vince Vaughn…) which is such a shame because it’s iconic. If you’re not a fan of horror you’ll still be fine watching this because by today’s standards it’s really mild and quite frankly not scary at all in my opinion!


Another Tom Hanks film, you gotta love Tom Hanks right? Telling the story of a plane crash survivor that has to try and survive on a deserted island alone, Cast Away is one of those films that I don’t want to watch every weekend because it’s an emotional journey (does that sound lame?) but I love this film nonetheless and if someone is ever watching it when I’m around, I want nothing more than to plant my booty down on the couch and watch the entire movie from start to finish. Any film I see with someone on an island I immediately compare to this film and other films are never as good. I mean, Cast Away makes you emotionally attached to a freaking volleyball…that’s how you know it’s a good film.


My Mum got me to watch this film so that I would finally be able to appreciate the occasional little Rain Man references she’d do. I’m not a massive Tom Cruise fan but he plays a character in this film who finds out he has an older, autistic brother played by Dustin Hoffman and man does Dustin Hoffman sell you that character. I was so glad I watched this film because for starters it’s a great film but like a lot of the other films I’ve mentioned, since watching it I’ve realised just how much Rain Man is referenced in other movies and TV shows! Definitely a good choice to watch this film, definitely definitely.Β 

Are there any films you think are a must-watch?


  • Thank you for the recommendations ! Great list of movies to watch for fall/winter !

  • Rain Man sounds awesome, think I need to check it out πŸ™‚

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

  • Thanks for sharing!<3

  • Haha I've also got a list of movies on my list! Green Mile sounds quite good, would love to watch it. I should probably rewatch Mean Girls too , I watched it when I was much younger. Great list, will check out these movies xx
    Coco Bella Blog

    • Woo someone else with a list of movies as well, I love it! haha

      If you do end up working your way through these movies, let me know how like them? πŸ™‚

  • The green mile <3 probably one of the best films I have ever seen that makes me cry every single time I watch it! xx

    • Oh god it's such a tearjerker isn't it? I don't want to give spoilers to anyone else reading comments but that one scene….involving a sponge….I cried so hard!

  • Oh The Green Mile and Mean Girls!! I'm definitely going to check out the other films on your list as I haven't seen them. Thank you!!
    Peta x

    • That's awesome Peta, enjoy working your way through the list!

  • I loved the Green Mile, I haven't watched it in years!
    Some of my favourites include, Deep Impact, Con Air, Titanic (of course) & Age of Adaline! xxx

    • I haven't watched The Green Mile in years either but it just left such an impact on me when I watched it, it feels like I only saw it yesterday.

      Oh I loved all of those films as well! Age of Adaline really surprised me, I thought it was such a good film. I also watched Con Air the other night because of this comment! πŸ™‚

  • I'm definitely saving this on bloglovin and will make my way through the list – I've already seen a couple of them though, such good picks, and not the usual ones that you always find on these kinds of lists x

    • I really tried to think of ones that not everyone would say so I'm happy you said that!

  • I've only seen Rainman and Mean Girls and some of the others are on my list! Thanks for sharing these with us =o) Good ideas for my next movie night!

  • What a fun post! I'm going to have to watch Awakenings, sounds like the type of movie I really like. I have a list of movies in my Bullet Journal so no shame in your phone list haha

    Two movies that stand out in my mind are My Fair Lady with Audrey Hepburn, and Inception with Leonardo Di Caprio! Probably two of my faves of all time.

    Mean Girls is a classic. We only wear pink on Wednesdays… so I shall be wearing pink tomorrow πŸ˜‰

    • I actually love it when people say they have movie lists as well, I feel like I'm finding my soul sisters when people say that? :p

      Ah yeah Inception was really good but I haven't seen My Fair Lady before!

      You wear that pink girl πŸ˜‰

  • Kim

    Oh no, these all sound like classics, but the only one I've watched is Mean Girls and Cast Away, haha. Will have to set aside some time for these flicks!

    Simply Lovebirds

  • I don't think I have watched any of them. Guess I have a lot to keep up with.

    The Lisa's World

  • YES to Mean Girls, love that movie. Some great recommendations x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle &Β BeautyΒ 

    • Thanks Tiffany, Mean Girls is such a classic. I love me some Tina Fey and Amy Poehler!

  • Films are literally my favourite part of life haha. I absolutely love watching incredibly made films – that literally transport you from where you are sat into a different world. And so when it finishes you are like 'oh ok – back to normal life'.

    Your blog is beautiful – just been having a stalk xx

    • Oh god I'm the exact same, give me films and I'm good to go. I feel the same way when I watch films, especially if I watch a really good one– afterwards I'm just like what do I do with my life now…

      Thanks for the nice comments on my blog as well, that just made me night πŸ™‚ x

  • I've watched a few of these and would have to agree they are pretty stand out movies. Haven't seen Rain Man in years! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  • I love immersing myself in movies – I love it when theres nobody home to interrupt me as I watch and especially if its raining & cold outside and I'm all snuggly under my blankets. You've picked a few of my favourites here. Awakenings and The Green Mile are 2 of my favourites, some others of mine are: I am Sam, Grease, City of Angels, Titanic and Dirty Dancing and lately I really enjoyed Age of Adaline πŸ™‚

    • Oh watching movies alone when it's raining outside is perfection! I am Sam is great but it makes me so sad, I feel like I never want to watch it again because I don't want to cry! Love Grease and Dirty Dancing as well (and Age of Adaline!!) and I'm yet to watch City of Angels but I really want to πŸ™‚

  • I'm always super curious to see what films other people enjoy! Totally with you on Mean Girls – best chick flick of all time, in my opinion. And YES to The Green Mile, though I'm not a fan of the insanely emotional journey it takes viewers on, haha.

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • I am too, that's part of the reason why I thought doing this style of a post would be a nice change! Oh for sure Mean Girls is the best chick flick of all time, no question πŸ˜‰

  • I haven't watched so many of the movies you've mentioned here. But Castaway and Rain Man are classics, you can watch them over and over and never tire of them.

    Lavanya | Elle Files

  • The only film I haven't seen from this list in Rain Man – I am going to have to add it to my 'to watch' list

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

  • I'm not sure I've actually seen Mean Girls all the way through. I'm pretty rubbish at films though, and I don't think I've seen any of the others! I hear all the time how good The Green Mile is but I just can't bring myself to watch it x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

    • I think for The Green Mile you've just got to be in the mood for it is all, it's not one to watch if you're just after something lighthearted and comedic, that's for sure!

  • Such a great list, I haven't seen Awakenings, but definitely will now, after reading this post! I keep a list of movies I want to see in my phone, too haha!

    Thirteen Thoughts

  • I'm really terrible with films, I've hardly seen any, so this is really helpful! All of the films on the list seem really good!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  • Great list. I have a list on my phone too! The two I've not seen on here at Awakenings and surprisingly so, Psycho. I love horrors too, so I really should have watched one of the most classic ones. Awakenings sounds really good and I'm surprised I've not even heard of that. Definitely on my 'to watch' list now! I love Robert De Niro. Speaking of him, another film I'd say is a must watch before you die is Once Upon A Time In America. It's one of those really long (almost 4 hours) classic films. And I also have to add my favourite film to the list, which is A Clockwork Orange. And The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I'll stop now, before I end up compiling my own list. Can you tell I love films too! This has made me want to go on a classic film binge now.

    Samio x

    • Give Psycho a watch for sure if you're a horror fan, not because it's scary but I think just because it made such an impact on that genre.

      I love hearing what's on your list too because it just makes me want to sit down and watch those films immediately. I've seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show but not A Clockwork Orange or the other De Niro film- I'll add those to my list now too! πŸ™‚

  • Lovely list, girl! Mean Girls most certainly is a classic hahaha. As is Psycho, but just for a different reason. πŸ˜‰
    Nice post!
    Julia | Julia in Bluhm | instagram

    • Thanks Julia, two very different classics for sure πŸ˜‰

  • You are so right about these movies! I would said the same ones + Moulin Rouge, there is just something about that movie!

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner | Instagram

  • I actually haven't heard of many of these but they sound so interesting, I love a good movie which makes you really think. I'll need to watch awakenings x

    Velvet Blush

  • After reading your recommendation, I really want watch 'The Green Mile', but I'll take your advice and not watch alone. Time find a movie buddy!

    Great list!


    • Yes Steph! I mean I watched it alone and it was fine except for the excessive crying…

  • Some classics here. I still haven't seen Mean Girls! x

  • You have listed some classic films and I agree these are films that everyone needs to watch. The only one I haven't seen is Psycho as I am not a fan of horror films..xo

    Pinar |

  • You've got some seriously thought provoking films on here! I'm totally with you on Green Mile, because holy that film and the phenomenal actings gets me EVERY TIME! Also, is butter a carb?

    • Bloody love Tom Hanks and all of the performances in that film!

      But like…is butter a carb? πŸ˜‰

  • I only watched Mean Girls and Castaway from this list. The rest of them sound so interesting. I'm adding them to my to-watch list! πŸ™‚

  • This is such a good idea for a post, I really enjoyed reading it! Thank you for sharing these films. Awakenings is constantly being recommended to me by Netflix, now I know I should seriously watch it, haha! I've seen Cast Away and Mean Girls, the latter one is always a hilarious classic to watch on a girls-eve!

    Btw I love the design of your blog!

    Ilse |

    • Oh yeah you gotta take those Netflix recommendations seriously girl πŸ˜‰

      And thank you!! x

  • I love Mean Girls and Psycho.

    • Ooo yay it's so rare for me to find someone else that's seen Psycho and loves it πŸ™‚

  • Rain Man is such a good and emotional film, I loved it when I watched it for the first time! When it comes to Hitchcock my favourite is Rear Window – I also love And God Created Woman with Bardot & Funny Face with Hepburn (yes I'm really into oldies ahah). Great post πŸ™‚

    Margaux /

  • Definitely going to check some of these out. I REALLY need to watch psycho now that I've finished Bates Motel x
    Avril Marie | Lifestyle Blogger

    • Yes you need too girl! I think watching Psycho makes you appreciate Bates Motel more as well.

  • Great post I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this interesting and knowledgeable article. on camera talent

  • I've only read Mean Girls out of all of these! I've heard a lot about Green Mile and I think I'll have to give it a go soon

    Steph –

  • Haven't watched many of these, but Green mile is definitely a must watch. it's such a great movieβ™₯

    xo Honey – blog Royal LifestyleTwitterInstagram

  • Absolutely love this list! I think this is such a cool different kind of blog post xx
    Ebony //

  • Shamefully I’ve only seen two on your list – The Green Mile and Mean Girls. Speaking of which, happy October 3rd πŸ˜‰

    Sincerely, Sarah xx