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501 Must-See Movies Hardcover – 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Bounty Books; 1ST edition (2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0753716402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753716403
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.8 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

This book is riddled with mistakes and consists of 501 movies I feel I've already seen.
Ruby Tuesday
Adding insult to injury is the fact that the text actually tells you very little about the films themselves.
Gary F. Taylor
This is apparently a promotional book, put together in the hope that the title would sell it.
Jerry Saperstein

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ruby Tuesday on September 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was given this book as a Christmas present from my well-meaning sister who knew I was a filmbuff and thought it would make a good gift. But when I actually came to browsing through it, I think she chose this book based solely on the iconic photo of Audrey Hepburn on the cover. This book, though nicely organized with colorful photos and awards/cast/crew information, goes solely with films that were either huge hits or are already huge classics. Every film that made over $100 million or won Best Picture is here, but I opened this book wanting to be reccomended films I hadn't already seen. This book actually reccomends "Independence Day", "Men in Black", "Romeo +Juliet" (Baz Lhurman version), and "While You Were Sleeping" yet it denies gems "Almost Famous", "Requiem for a Dream", and "The Royal Tenenbaums" among others. The only smaller film noted was "Lost in Translation", though I'd doubt it would be on the book had it not been nominated for Best Picture among other things. Sometimes the authors have a hard time justifying their choices, saying about Independence Day that a scene is "sure to offend anyone brighter than a glass of water", yet they still reccomend it. The real mistake about this book is the fact that it has an editor who didn't check its Oscar facts (Morgan Freeman, NOT Tim Robbins, was nominated for Best Actor for The Shawshank Redemption), remember the controversy (Mia Farrow was married to Frank Sinatra--NOT Roman Polanski--during the filming of Rosemary's Baby when Sinatra ordered her to not chop off her hair for the film and divorced her shortly after), or even categorize the films right (saying that Doctor Strangelove is a sci-fi/fantasy is like saying Schindler's List is the funniest film since "Some Like it Hot").

This book is riddled with mistakes and consists of 501 movies I feel I've already seen. Film buffs should stay away from this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck on December 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
At over 500 pages long this is a fine book which you could quite easily read from cover to cover or dip in and out of when you want to decide whether a watch a particular film or not.

The book divides the films into 10 categories:
Action/Adventure
Comedy
Drama
Horror
Musical
Romance
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Mystery & Thriller
War
Western

There is a page (a few have 2) for each film, normally with a photograph as well, and they are in chronological order within category. You certainly won't agree with all the selections but most of the films are either potential or acknowledged classics. The writers generally present easy to read assessments of each film, and only on the odd occasion do there reviews drift towards the highbrow.

This is a much nicer volume to own than say a Halliwells film guide as the reviews are longer and better to read and the quality of the printing/paper is of an equally high standard.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is not a book for film buffs. And it is also a book you should look for in the remainder bin at cut-rate prices.

That said, this is a so-so guide to many good movies, few of which you may not have seen. But if you're over 30, you've probably seen nearly all of them in the theatre, on DVD (or maybe videotape) or on television.

This is apparently a promotional book, put together in the hope that the title would sell it.

Six reviewers provide very generalized reviews of films broken into ten categories: Action/Adventure & Epic; Comedy; Drama; Horror; Musical; Romance; Science Fiction & Fantasy; Mystery & Thriller; War and Western.

None of the reviews have any significant depth, though there are lots and lots of spoilers. Misspellings and factual errors are common. Most of the reviews are one-page, though a few are two-pages. All have at least one nice photograph.

The films run from the birth of moviemaking through the early 2000s. As noted, nearly all the films were box office hits or are considered classics. Not much new here.

If you get it cheap, it's a nice book toleaf through and it may prod you to rent a few movies that you once enjoyed and are ready to watch again.

Jerry
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Here is yet another entry in the best/essential/great/must-see films book category. In this case, it's a nicely illustrated, wide-ranging, 540+ pages-long British import highlighting great movies of the past 90 years.

Most of the "usual suspects" are here along with some more recent "kids on the block" (i.e., Gone with the Wind, Phantom of the Opera, Fargo, The Searchers, The Odd Couple, Forbidden Planet, Meet the Parents, North by Northwest, The Mummy, Mister Roberts, Fish Called Wanda, Love Story, Aliens, South Pacific, Pulp Fiction, Little Big Man, etc.) and some foreign-language titles from France, Hong Kong and Russia as well. Divided into ten categories such as Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Horror and Musical, each film gets one - sometimes two - pages and one or more photographs.

Books like this are useful and entertaining to novice and experienced film fans alike. Chock full of facts, figures, history and opinion, 501 MUST-SEE MOVIES is a treat - and a steal at $5.00!
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