1001 Films You Must See Before You Die

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
The cover of the 2003 ion,
with stills from Blade Runner, 2001, Bride of Frankenstein, and more
AuthorSteven Jay Schneider, general or
CountryUnited Kingdom
SeriesQuintessence Editions, The 1001 Before You Die series
Published13 November 2003 (Cassell Illustrated)
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages960 (1st ion)
LC ClassPN1998 .A16 2003

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die is a film reference book ed by Steven Jay Schneider with original essays on each film contributed by over 70 film critics. It is a part of a series designed and produced by Quintessence Editions, a London-based company, and published in English-language versions by Cassell Illustrated (UK), ABC Books (the publishing division of Australian Broadcasting Corporation), and Barron's (US). The first ion was published in 2003. The most recent ion was published on 1 October 2020. Contributors include Adrian Martin, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Richard Peña, David Stratton, and Margaret Pomeranz.

Each title is accompanied by a brief synopsis and critique, some with photographs. Presented chronologically, the 14th ion begins with Georges Méliès' A Trip to the Moon from 1902 and ends in 2020 with Chloé Zhao's Nomadland.

The book has been popular in Australia, where it was the seventh best-selling book in the country for a week in April 2004[1] and was promoted alongside the presentation of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's My Favourite Film special.[2]



Jason Solomons, who writes movie columns for The Observer and The Mail on Sunday, wrote the foreword. As of the 5th anniversary ion, over 70 critics contributed essays (of up to 500 words), including: Geoff Andrew, Linda Badley, Kathryn Bergeron, Garrett Chaffin-Quiway, Roumiana Deltcheva, Nezih Erdogan, Jean-Michel Frodon, Chris Fujiwara, Tom Gunning, Ernest Hardy, Aniko Imre, Kyung Hyun Kim, Frank Lafond, Adrian Martin, Kim Newman, Devin Orgeron, Marsha Orgeron, Richard Peña, Margaret Pomeranz, Jonathan Rosenbaum, David Stratton, Adisakdi Tantimedh, Michael Tapper, Sam Umland, Matt Venne, Ginette Vincendeau, Andy Willis, and Josephine Woll.


Source: WorldCat

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  1. ^ "Best sellers". The Sunday Telegraph. 18 April 2004. Archived from the original on 10 October 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2007.
  2. ^ My Favourite Film Archived 2007-09-14 at the Wayback Machine, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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