Doesn't matter if you're into comedy, horror, romance, action or any other genre there are certain films that are undeniable must watch. Some are important because they are close to reality and makes you uncomfortable (but have a lot of teachable moments), some blows your mind with their twisted and/or non-linear storytelling, others are just for fun and entertainment. So, here's my pick for 'must watch movies you need to see before you die':

The Shawshank Redemption

Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman

Release date: September 10, 1994

Running time: 142 minutes

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Forrest Gump

Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright

Release date: June 23, 1994

Running time:  142 minutes

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

American Beauty

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

Release date: September 8, 1999

Running time: 122 minutes

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a midlife crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Fight Club

Starring: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton

Release date: September 10, 1999

Running time: 139 minutes

An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soapmaker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

Saving Private Ryan

Starring: Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Matt Damon

Release date: July 24, 1998

Running time: 169 minutes

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

The Man from Earth

Starring: David Lee Smith, John Billingsley, Tony Todd

Release date: November 13, 2007

Running time: 89 minutes

An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine.


Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor

Release date: 8 March 2014

Running time: 97 minutes

For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos.

I Origins

Starring: Michael Pitt, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey

Release date: September 25, 2014

Running time: 116 minutes

Molecular biologist Dr. Ian Gray is deep into research about the evolution of human eyes with the help of his assistant Karen. Together, they unravel evidence that may be life-changing.


Starring: J. K. Simmons, Miles Teller

Release date: 23 October 2014

Running time: 107 minutes

Andrew enrolls in a music conservatory to become a drummer. But he is mentored by Terence Fletcher, whose unconventional training methods push him beyond the boundaries of reason and sensibility.


Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway

Release date: 7 November 2014

Running time: 169 minutes

In the future, Earth is slowly becoming uninhabitable. Ex-NASA pilot Cooper, along with a team of researchers, is sent on a planet exploration mission to report which planet can sustain life.

The Pursuit of Happyness

Starring: Will Smith, Jaden Smith

Release date: November 2006

Running time: 145 minutes

Chris Gardner takes up an unpaid internship in a brokerage firm after he loses his life's earnings selling a product he invested in. His wife leaves him and he is left with the custody of his son.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher

Release date: November 19, 1975

Running time: 133 minutes

A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.


Starring: Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm

Release date: June 22, 2007

Running time: 111 minutes

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.