Top 10 movies to see before you die

Cult movies, funny or scary, the list of must-see pre-death experiences could be as long as Niagara Falls. Since choices have to be made, here are the top 10 of the editorial staff.

1. Back to the Future, the most up to date of all cult movies

Probably one of the most influential sagas in the world, Back to the Future has millions of followers around the world and that’s understandable. Time travel, great car, terribly endearing characters and extraordinary realism despite what Ant-Man may say in Avengers: Endgame, this is a trilogy of movies that is not for “chicken”. Extend the experience by visiting Marty McFly’s house in Pacoima.

McFly Family House

Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) lives in this house with his family. At first little furnished, it becomes a nice residence over the course of the saga and after several trips in time of the character … Built in 1954, the house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and is valued at more than $530,000. Far from the crazy theories of choosing the speed of 88 miles per hour for time travel, Bob Gale, the screenwriter, explained that he chose the number 88 for two reasons. The first is that it is high enough to discourage some fans wanting to reproduce the scene, the second was that it is easy to remember.

Read more

2. Forrest Gump

“My name is Forrest. Forrest Gump.”

“My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

“Run Forrest, run!”

Most of the lines in this movie are mythical. The story of this simple-minded but incredibly lucid young man who has played a crucial role in most of America’s landmark events is sensational. And to follow in the footsteps of your favorite hero, a restaurant chain called Bubba Gump Shrimp Company specializes in seafood with decoration and merchandising directly inspired by the feature film. You can’t miss it. Just like the point on the road where the hero suddenly stops running called “Forrest Gump Point” on route US-163.

Forrest Gump Point

After three years of running across the United States stopping only to eat or sleep, Forrest Gump became a star. It is constantly followed by other runners or fans, wishing to immortalize the feat. When suddenly, the young man decides to stop, for no apparent reason at this specific place in Monument Valley. The film allowed this road, and this lost place in the middle of nowhere, to become famous and become a must for many pop culture fans. A The Weekjournalist, Lauren Hansen, was interested in the feasibility of such a feat. After consulting with running and health experts, she explained that this feat was achievable, but fraught with consequences. Indeed, mental problems and loss of toenails, not to mention many fractures, should have affected the athlete.

Read more

3. The Godfather

Preserved in the Library of Congress in the United States for its “cultural, historical or aesthetic importance”, The Godfather is a masterpiece of world cinema. The film had such an impact that it inspired the world’s greatest directors and showrunners. With an intrigue taken up in The Sopranos, The Simpsons, in music or even in cinema, the world became passionate about the mafia thanks to Francis Ford Coppola. Oscar for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor for Marlon Brando, the film finally has only two instead of three. The actor playing Don Vito Corleone refused the award in 1973 by sending a young Native American girl, Sacheen Littlefeather, on stage in his place. She refused the statuette in the name of Marlon Brando, denouncing the fate reserved for Indians in the film industry and more generally in the United States. We are sure that you will want to admire his famous house in New York, which you can find in our New York guide of 1000 cult places from movies, series, music, comics and novels.

House of the Godfather - Photo credit: Fantrippers
House of the Godfather – Photo credit: Fantrippers

4. The Shining, the scariest of all cult movies

When making a hotel reservation, have you ever refused room 237? It’s probably because Shining terrorized you. Stanley Kubrick’s film adapted from Stephen King’s novel The Shining, is considered a classic horror movie. Although Stephen King found the film excellent as an audience member, he hated it as a novelist, pointing out that the very spirit of the novel has been distorted, relegating his work to a mere tale of madness. Despite this, the film remains a must-see. To learn more, visit the Overlook Hotel fanspot. The original of course.

Overlook Hotel

After a very nightmarish night at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, Stephen King will write one of his most popular novels: The Shining. The book tells the story of the Overlook, a hotel haunted by an evil force. It took two years to complete the work on the Stanley Hotel. Inaugurated in 1909, it offers a certain luxury to nature lovers while its location near the slopes and hiking trails ensures a constant flow of visitors in summer and winter. Stephen King has written a sequel to The Shining. Entitled Doctor Sleep, it was published in 2013.

Read more

5. Mrs. Doubtfire

A more than touching story in which a father separated from his children wishes to live with them incognito. Mrs. Doubtfire is a film that is funny, dramatic, but above all unparalleled with a sensational actor, Robin Williams. The house in San Francisco where the film was shot was flooded with flowers on August 13, 2014, two days after the actor’s death. A place of pilgrimage for an artist and an exceptional feature film.

Hillard House

Robin Williams’ filmography is rich, but Mrs. Doubtfire still holds a special place. The popularity that the film house has acquired is proof of this. A place, where the fans of the actor go when they are in San Francisco. This beautiful Victorian style home was built in 1906 on one of the steepest streets in San Francisco. Overlooking the bay, it is now owned by a plastic surgeon. The application of the prostheses to transform Robin Williams into Mrs. Doubtfire required four hours a day.

Read more

6. Pulp Fiction

Named the 94th best American film of all time by the American Film Institute in 2007, 7th in the gangster film category and then selected by the National Film Registry for preservation in the Library of Congress, Pulp Fiction is considered the film to see by many fans. The feature film allowed Quentin Tarantino to achieve the status of a recognized director and the mixture of violence and humour in the work make Pulp Fiction one of the most widely acclaimed films in popular culture. The pawn shop is a must see after this movie.

Maynard’s Pawn shop

For the pawn shop scene in Pulp Fiction, where Butch (Bruce Willis) and Marsellus (Ving Rhames) are taken prisoner by the dastardly Maynard (Duane Whitaker) and Zed (Peter Greene), director Quentin Tarantino managed to get permission to shoot in a real pawn shop in Canoga Park. Located north of Malibu, inland, in the heart of a small shopping mall, the Crown Pawn Shop has been building on the success of the film since 1994 and welcomes fans with a smile.

Read more

7. Usual Suspects, the most surprising of cult movies

Known for his famous final turnaround, Usual Suspects popularized this technique, which was later used in many cult films such as Seven, Fight Club, The Sixth Sense and Identity. The character of Keyser Söze has become a film legend, also featured in feature films such as Doctor Dolittle and American Sniper, but also in the series NCIS, Dr House and Cougar Town. Although most of the filming took place on the West Coast, the law firm is located in New York City in the Flatiron Building. Enjoy!

Flatiron Building - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Flatiron Building – Photo credit: Fantrippers

8. Ghostbusters

Who could you call if you witness something weird? Ghostbusters of course! The film had such an influence on the world, that even 35 years later, many fans go to the mythical barracks to take their pictures. This craze made it possible to avoid its closure in 2011 thanks to the mobilization of the inhabitants who are very attached to the building, as to its role in the film. If that’s not a movie to see before you die!

Ghostbusters Firehouse

Still active fire station, the iconic Firehouse Ghostbusters still attracts a lot of people. This barracks was one of the first to intervene in the attacks of September 11, 2001. It almost closed in 2011 due to budgetary restrictions, but the mobilization of the inhabitants, very attached to this building dating from 1895, allowed it to remain in operation. On the spot, the links with Ghostbusters still exist: first on the sidewalk on which was drawn a huge acronym linking the logo of ghost hunters and firefighters while then, inside, sits prominently the sign of Ghostbusters 2! You can also see some objects from the rubble of the World Trade Center. The firemen are very welcoming and gladly take the break with the many tourists going to the scene. But don’t expect to find the entire headquarters of the ghostbusters, the interior scenes were shot in a disused barracks in Los Angeles!

Read more

9. Jurassic Park

Lovers of dinosaurs of all kinds, a desire for thrills or simply a great adventure, Jurassic Park is the perfect combination of all these desires. For the small anecdote, the film even fascinates researchers, some of them even working to resuscitate mammoths whose genetic code is close to that of Asian elephants. From having a T-Rex in your backyard, there’s only one leg. If you’re ever in Hawaii, consider stopping by the Kualoa Ranch!

Isla Nublar

Steven Spielberg has brought the dinosaurs back to life! Direction Isla Nublar, finally the Hawaiian island of Kauai to discover Jurassic Park. The oldest inhabited island in Hawaii, Kauai is world famous for its spectacular vegetated cliffs. A panorama widely exploited by the cinema and television. Twenty-five months of pre-production were needed to prepare for the filming of Jurassic Park. This one began on August 24, 1992 on the island of Kauai.

Read more

10. Indiana Jones

Another saga and not the least, that of the sexiest archaeologist, adventurer and badass in the world. Indiana Jones has brought to many people the desire to learn history, archaeology, but also the taste for work well done. As a little bonus, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are good friends. So much so, that they have fun integrating some small “Easter Eggs ” in their respective films. Pay attention in The Raiders of the Lost Ark, some of the hieroglyphics represent… R2-D2 and C3-PO from Star Wars. Want to follow in the footsteps of your favorite hero? Take a little trip to La Rochelle 😉 !

Submarine base of La Rochelle

Indiana Jones breaking into the underwater base, all the fans of the famous archaeologist remember it. However, this scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark was not shot in Egypt but in La Rochelle (France). On 23 June 1980, Steven Spielberg and his film crews set up their cameras in the submarine base at La Rochelle. It was then in the spotlight because a few months before, Wolfgang Petersen shot the beginning and end sequences of his film Das Boot taking place in 1941. The German director used the interior and surrounding exteriors for his scenes, including the very narrow passage in front of the lock. A friend of Spielberg’s, Petersen told him about this place, which had remained identical to its construction. This submarine base was built between 1941 and 1943 by the Todt Organization, a German company. It was part of the famous Atlantic Wall that the Germans built during the Second World War to protect the coasts. This bunker, then called the submarine base of La Pallice, named after the district of the city where it is located, sheltered the submarines (U-boots) of the Kriegsmarine. It could accommodate up to six.

Read more

The Fantrippers Buying Board

Sports Almanac back to the future

Almanach des sports Retour vers le futur

Devenez aussi riche que Biff Tannen, vous aussi procurez-vous l’almanach des sports.

Tous les résultats sportifs de 1950 à 2000 condensés dans un almanach muni d’une “antiquité”, une jaquette, pour le protéger de la poussière 😉

Dimensions du produit : 15.6 x 0.91 x 23.39 cm

Fantrippers' opinion
Content quality

Interest for fans

Value for money

Facebook Twitter Instagram

By Damien Duarte

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

Let's discuss this article

Notify of

0 Commentaires
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments