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What are some great movies that everyone should watch?

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Some great movies considered important to watch include "The Shawshank Redemption," "The Godfather" and "Schindler's List." Other movies considered important to watch include "Star Wars," "Rocky" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."

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Some of the greatest, must-watch movies are those that have won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Best Picture winners include "The Godfather," "Schindler's List" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Films such as "The Shawshank Redemption," "Goodfellas" and "Pulp Fiction" earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and have gone on to become incredibly popular, despite not winning. Some movies considered essential watches have grown in esteem over time, such as "Raging Bull," "Blade Runner" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."

Other great movies considered essential are those that were enormously successful at the box office and thus influential in popular culture. Some of these films, such as "Star Wars," "Rocky" and "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King," were critically successful as well. Films such as "The Dark Knight," "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Toy Story 3" are also considered essential films to watch, despite being sequels. Other essential movies have gone on to achieve cult status, despite being commercially unsuccessful, such as "Fight Club" and "The Big Lebowski."

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