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Certain films hold a special place in our hearts. For instance, those who saw the original Star Wars trilogy in theaters were in awe. Here is a list of films, in no specific order, that everyone should watch at least once in their lifetime.

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“2001: A Space Odessy”

Stanley Kubrick is considered by many to be one of the best filmmakers in recent memory. Who could forget A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket are his magnum opus, “2001: A Space Odessy.” The film’s special effects can even stand up to more recent Sci-fi films.

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“Citizen Kane”

Everybody knows this film had to be on the list. If you haven’t seen it, Ive got to wonder where you’ve been because it must have been shown in every film class in the nation. Critics at the time cited it as the best film of all time. The storyline is the pursuit of greed and power.

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“Boyhood”

Boyhood is a film that is unique in its own right. The film is exceptional from a directing and story standpoint but the big selling point of the film is the main character, who is a young boy ( Ellar Coltrane) that we follow over the course of 12 years through various points in his life.

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“Toy Story”

Pixar has found enormous success with their animated films but none more successful than Toy Story. The film that resonates with children and adults alike puts forth the notion that toys are actually alive and have feelings. It’s a powerful film that teaches kids valuable lessons.

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“Psycho”

The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, was on par with Kubrick for his successful films but what set him apart was how suspenseful and clever his films were to audiences. There have been remakes of his films and even a TV show “Bates Motel” but none have even come close to capturing what Hitchcock mastered in this film.

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“Jaws”

Ah Jaws, the film that made any reasonable person afraid to get into the water. Steven Spielberg had a knack for creating animals like those in “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park” who seem so amazingly alive. The story of a large shark terrorizing a town and the hunters who go after him needs to be seen by all.

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“Goodfellas”

My personal all time favorite “mob” film. I know, I know, but what about the Godfather? It’s a phenomenal film, but Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas is a one of a kind masterpiece for the mobster genre. With an all-star cast of Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, and Joe Pesci, no other mob story stands a chance surpassing this one.

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“Die Hard”

Many have argued whether Die Hard is a true Christmas film. Well, in my house it is and probably in many others also. The classic film of off-duty cop John McClane saving hostages from a terrorist at a Christmas party has a special place in everyone’s heart who has watched it. Bruce Willis and the late Alan Rickman stole the screen each and every time they were on it.

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“Forrest Gump”

Last on the list would have to be Forrest Gump, a film that almost everyone has seen. For the few people who have not seen it, Tom Hanks plays a mentally impaired man who has a big heart. Everyone knows the line, “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”

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