You may have read our feature from a few years ago, 100 Movies You Need To See Before You Die, where we listed out some of our favourite movies across all genres and years.
Well, that was three years ago - so it's time we updated it and made a few adjustments. We're starting off with documentaries and animated films, and we'll continue right through to comedy, drama, action, crime and beyond.
Here we go.
100. RED ARMY (2014)
What sets Red Army apart from other sports documentaries is that it doesn't necessarily give you an indication or lesson on the sport itself. In fact, the sport itself is essentially a tack-on to what it's really about - the Cold War. Told by those who lived through it, Red Army plays out like a sharp political thriller that just happens to be about ice hockey. The interviewees are just as colourful as you'd expect, including a grandfather - complete with white hair and cute little daughter - who's actually a former KGB operative, and a hard-as-nails player who turned his back on the Soviet Union to go professional in the US.
99. BLACKFISH (2013)
One of the greatest nature documentaries we've seen to date, Blackfish almost has you forgetting that the interviewees are talking about an orca whale. There's a few moments when you think, honestly believe, that they're talking about a serial killer instead of a mammal. The documentary explores the dark underbelly of theme park attractions like SeaWorld and the surprising level of intelligence these creatures have. It's riveting stuff, and sparked a massive backlash against SeaWorld in the wake of its release.
98. WHEN WE WERE KINGS (1996)
Muhummad Ali is a fascinating character and, as you can imagine, has been the subject of many films and documentaries. However, the best of them has to be When We Were Kings. Telling the story of Ali's iconic battle with George Foreman, When We Were Kings manages to take in soul music, the Black Power movement, Pan-Africanism and Norman Mailer's wife getting hit on by Ali. You don't have to be into boxing and you don't even have to know who Ali or Foreman are to appreciate this film. The talking head interviews with Norman Mailer and George Plimpton, two old journalists who were covering the fight in Zaire, explain everything about the mechanics of the fight and are filled with anecdotes with enthusiasm and wit. One of the greatest sporting films ever made.
97. BEST OF ENEMIES (2015)
If you ever wanted to figure out why political TV interviews are conducted are the way they are nowadays, Best Of Enemies is the best possible example. Set against the backdrop of the US General Election of 1968, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley - two political commentators who couldn't be further apart - take part in a series of two televised debates and, in doing so, shape the future of politics in America. That might sound like heady stuff, but the editing and interviews zip the whole thing along and makes it as much a character study as it does an examination of the gap between ideologies in the world.
96. MAN ON WIRE (2008)
For a film that's about the Twin Towers in New York, there isn't a single mention made of 9/11 or its reconstruction. In fact, Man On Wire earnestly sets out that it isn't about the building. It's about what happened between them - namely one man tightrope-walking between them in 1974. Phillipe Petit is a renowned circus performer who's a penchant for tightrope-walking in public places. On a trip to New York, he becomes utterly fascinated by the World Trade Center and sets about a plan to perform his greatest act, or as it became known, the artistic crime of the century. Petit's narration and the use of archival footage, together with recreations, brings you fully into the story. It's equal parts hilarious, heart-warming and bittersweet. Just don't mention Robert Zemeckis' adaptation.
95. HEARTS OF DARKNESS (1991)
If you're any kind of serious film fan, Hearts of Darkness is essential viewing. The production and shoot for Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now was nothing short of legendary and had, well, everything. Near-death experiences, Communist insurgencies, a prima-donna actor, inflated budgets and a director slowly going insane from heat exhaustion - all of it caught on camera for your perverse enjoyment. Community even based an entire episode on it. It's an intriguing insight into what it's like to actually make one of the greatest films of our time, complete with all the agony, anguish and the eventual triumph.
94. TITICUT FOLLIES (1967)
If you've never heard of Titicut Follies, you've definitely heard of the documentaries and filmmakers it inspired. In fact, the whole idea of investigative journalism and documentaries would been nothing without it. In 1966, Frederick Wiseman received permission to film in Bridgewater State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. However, when the film was completed, a lengthy legal battle that spanned almost twenty years was waged in order to stop the film seeing the light of day. It's easy to see why, in retrospect. The documentary shone a light on an area of America that it was perfectly willing to ignore - mental health in prisons. The film showed inmates routinely tied down and force-fed drugs and food, being harassed and taunted by guards and being strip-searched on a whim. It's still a hot-button topic to this day and is a reminder that institutions of every stripe, particularly ones such as these, need transparency.
93. EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP (2010)
It says something about an artist when his name is more immediately recognisable than his works. With Exit Through The Gift Shop, graffiti artist Banksy looks at a contemporary of his - Thierry Guetta - and his evolution from a clothing shop owner to an international "artist". The documentary explores the whole idea of commercialism in art and whether or not it's still art if somebody pays for it. The whole idea, in fact, of paying for art is something that Banksy has explored numerous times and still has no clear answers. With the likes of Spotify and online piracy, there's a real debate as to what's worth paying for and what's worth stealing. Is art something that has to be bought and paid for or should be done for its own sake?
92. HOOP DREAMS (1994)
When discussing sports documentaries, there's a few that will always have to come up - the aforementioned When We Were Kings, Senna, Class Of '92, the more recent Red Army, and, of course, Hoop Dreams. At just under three hours long, Hoop Dreams really is an odyssey. Following two African-American teenagers who are recruited to a predominantly-white high school, they struggle against adversity and socio-economic hardships to pursue their dreams, all supported by their family and friends along the way. It's an incredible story, one that's almost too Hollywood to be real - but it is.
91. THE THIN BLUE LINE (1988)
No, not the sitcom with Rowan Atkinson. Errol Morris investigates the murder of a police officer in Dallas and uses re-enactment to investigate and ultimately overturn the conviction that would have saw two young men put to death. You have to understand that, back in 1988, this type of documentary was completely unheard of. The Jinx, Making A Murderer, Serial - all these and many more owe their genus to The Thin Blue Line. Morris' tenacious interviewing style, mixed with a dogged persistence makes The Thin Blue Line as engaging and thrilling as any police procedural you'd see on TV. As much as it is about investigating a crime and revealing the facts, The Thin Blue Line is about the power of the truth to overturn evil in society.
90. ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS (2014)
While a lot of documentaries focus on worthy subjects and the like, Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films isn't for one second trying to be anything other than what it is. It's an exploration of the schlockbuster factory of the '80s, Cannon Films, and how two Israeli businessmen decided to corner the market with balls and brashness - and little else. Raucously funny, outrageously candid, Electric Boogaloo is up there as one of the best documentaries ever made about the film business.
89. SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER AND UNCUT (1999)
Despite the fact the show is still running with no sign of it being cancelled, the South Park Movie continues to be referenced more and is the most popular “episode” of the long-running series. The suitably daft plot – the US invades Canada in order to bring about the apocalypse – is matched only by the musical numbers. In fact, the score was written by Marc Shaiman, a famous Broadway writer who adapted Hairspray and has worked on a number of hugely successful musicals. The song Blame Canada was even nominated for an Oscar.
88. PERFECT BLUE (1997)
Anime often addresses issues that are Japan-centric, but the emotional factors of them often are global. Although the setup for Perfect Blue seems somewhat contrite – a J-pop singer, eager to forge a career as an actress, is stalked by a deranged fan – it goes far beyond that. It deals with existentialism, perceptions of reality, feminism, sexuality, personal regrets and artistic credibility. Not only that, it also addresses the nascent issue of privacy and the Internet – the film itself is seventeen years old. It's dark, adult and visually powerful.
87. THE DOT AND THE LINE: A ROMANCE IN LOWER MATHEMATICS (1966)
Chuck Jones is rightfully considered the father of American animation. The brains behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and the entire Looney Tunes cast, he is one of the most respected animators of our time. This short, which was theatrically-released, is among of his most well-known. Mixing romance, mathematics, art and animation, it's a beautiful little short about a straight line who falls in love with a carefree dot. Yes, really. Released in 1966, it was then entered into Cannes Film Festival and won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short.
86. THE IRON GIANT (1999)
Based on Ted Hughes' children's novel, The Iron Giant is one of animation's most heartfelt and truly affecting stories. A young child discovers a massive talking robot that's fallen to Earth and befriends it. The robot's memory has been wiped and is unsure of himself or why he's even on the planet. Soon enough, the government finds out and tries to destroy it. The film has obvious parallels with E.T., but more than that, the film works on using both the time period it's set in – the '50s – to great advantage. It's beautifully animated and director Brad Bird's talent for making emotionally affecting stories is unmatched. He'd later go on to direct The Incredibles and Ratatouille.
85. FRITZ THE CAT (1972)
Few animated films have been more controversial, or explictly courted controversy, than Fritz The Cat. Created by maverick animator Ralph Bakshi, it's the easily one of the most adult, sexually exploitative, politically-charged animated films ever made and is ever likely to be made. The plot – for lack of a better word – focuses on a talking cat on the run from a police force made up of pigs. He enjoys cannabis, hallucinogens and “free love” and isn't afraid to show himself enjoying these. Some may dismiss Fritz The Cat as baiting controversy with its hedonistic exploits, but it addressed issues that the world wasn't prepared to look at. At least not in the context of an animated film. An early precursor to adult-themed animation such as Family Guy, Bob's Burgers and South Park, it was also the first animated film to be given a X-rating by US censors.
84. WATERSHIP DOWN (1978)
Watership Down is often remembered and reduced to its final act – the bloody battle between warrens that's as graphic as anything in animation – but there's more to it than just that. It was one of the first major animated films to choose character actors over established voice actors. John Hurt, Nigel Hawthorne, Joss Ackland and Denholm Elliot all lent their voices to this adventure film. Based on the popular novel, it tells the story of Hazel and Fiver, two rabbits who attempt to flee their warren before a building development destroys them all.
83. SPIRITED AWAY (2001)
Studio Ghibli is often a by-word for beautifully animated and deeply layered stories. Although they're deeply rooted in Japanese mythology, they very often transcend this by making stories that instantly connect with audiences - but also challenges them. The top layer of Spirited Away is pretty straightforward; a young girl's parents are magically turned into pigs and she has to navigate the spirit world in which they're kept. It doesn't offer easy answers, but it's made with such delicateness and affection, you really get a sense that there's a real sense of art and soulfulness behind each and every frame.
82. UP (2009)
Up is one of those films that will almost always be referenced for its opening sequence. To be fair, you'd have to be some sort of a robot not to feel something from it. It's not that it's schmaltzy or even fake – it just that it feels so authentic for a film by Pixar that you're taken off-guard completely by it. Telling the story of Carl, a widower who resolves to leave his life behind and move on with a pudgy boyscout in tow, Up is arguably Pixar's greatest achievement. Like all of Pixar's films, there's more going on under the surface and the allegories in Up are plentiful. You've got ageism, regret, relationships and talking dogs. It's a wonderful film that can honestly and truly be enjoyed by anyone and everyone.
81. AKIRA (1988)
Although anime films have been more than just sci-fi or fantasy based, some of the most successful and critically-acclaimed films have been of that ilk. Akira focuses on a group of teenagers in Neo-Tokyo who are being hunted by the oppressive military-dominated government as one of their own discovers he has psychic powers. Akira helped to popularise anime and was a crossover hit when it was initially released. Not only that, countless mainstream sci-fi films have borrowed liberally from it including found-footage superhero film Chronicle.
80. TOY STORY (1995)
Toy Story truly began the revolution in animation from conventional, hand-drawn animation to computer-drive, 3D animation that we're all familiar with today. And while the technical prowess of PIXAR can't be denied, what's made them the reigning titans of animation is that their stories are human and relatable - even when they're about talking toys, monosyllabic robots in a post-apocalypse world or even a family of superheroes. Toy Story was the blueprint that PIXAR worked out from. Make a funny story, make it believable. It's hard to imagine what the world would be like without Toy Story.