25 Movies You Must See Before You Die 

A list like this could be about the 25 most popular films ever, the 25 best films, or the 25 most influential films.

With an endless number of movies to choose from, it's challenging to whittle down the essential film to see to only 25.

Therefore, we included titles that will reframe your vision of what movies can be and highlight what is important and valuable in the culture.

Pioneering filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché directed this uber-camp 6-minute, 45-second silent short, in which gender roles are swapped.

1. The Consequences of Feminism (1906)

2. Nosferatu (1922)

W. Murnau's stunning silent expressionist Dracula rip-off turns 100 this year. But, like its protagonist, it seems likely to never die.

Germaine Dulac's interpretation of a scenario by Antonin Artaud is often credited as the first surrealist film and chronicles a priest's hallucinations and repressed desire as he lusts after a general's wife.

3. The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928)

A 9-minute tour through Black music and dance of the mid-1930s. It features one of Duke Ellington's first long-form compositions as he coaxes his orchestra from elegant swing to earthy growl.

4. Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life (1935)

Howard Hawks' fast-talking screwball masterpiece in which Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and an indeterminate number of large cats race up and down ladders and into and out of frilly bathrobes was a flop.

5. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

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