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50 Movies to Finally Watch Before 50

The following are all movies I haven't seen as of July 3, 2017, and I plan to watch them all before I turn 50 in May 2019. Presented in no particular order.

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Directed by Blake Edwards. With Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen. A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.

The Graduate (1967)

Directed by Mike Nichols. With Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels. A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Directed by Nicholas Ray. With James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus. A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Tootsie (1982)

Directed by Sydney Pollack. With Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman. Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap.

All About Eve (1950)

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. With Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm. An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

Network (1976)

Directed by Sidney Lumet. With Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall. A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Directed by John Frankenheimer. With Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury. A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.

An American in Paris (1951)

Directed by Vincente Minnelli. With Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Gu├ętary. Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Directed by John Ford. With Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin. A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Directed by Stanley Kubrick. With Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter. Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

Ben-Hur (1959)

Directed by William Wyler. With Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet. When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Wuthering Heights (1939)

Directed by William Wyler. With Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Flora Robson. A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveler the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Directed by Steven Spielberg. With Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace. A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

American Graffiti (1973)

Directed by George Lucas. With Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith. A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Directed by Frank Capra. With James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold. A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.

Giant (1956)

Directed by George Stevens. With Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker. Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Directed by Robert Mulligan. With Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy. Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Easy Rider (1969)

Directed by Dennis Hopper. With Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza. Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Directed by David Lean. With Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger. The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution.

North by Northwest (1959)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. With Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis. A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

The Jazz Singer (1927)

Directed by Alan Crosland. With Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer. The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.

Rear Window (1954)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. With James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter. A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

A Place in the Sun (1951)

Directed by George Stevens. With Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere. A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.

The Apartment (1960)

Directed by Billy Wilder. With Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston. A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Directed by Elia Kazan. With Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden. Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.