The Greatest 100 Movies of All Time

1

The Shawshank Redemption

This life-affirming Stephen King adaptation stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman as two jailed prisoners who strike up a friendship.

Current Score:
9327

Total Votes:
66071

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2

The Godfather [Film Series]

The first two movies in Francis Ford Coppola’s operatic Mafia series (starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino) are genre-defining classics.

Current Score:
9317

Total Votes:
60765

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3

Casablanca

Michael Curtiz’s critically beloved landmark 1942 romance stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in career-defining turns.

Current Score:
9197

Total Votes:
41161

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4

Gone With the Wind

Victor Fleming’s 1939 star-studded Civil War tour de force finds Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh entangled in a fiery love affair.

Current Score:
9163

Total Votes:
38039

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5

The Wizard of Oz

Victor Fleming’s timeless 1939 musical boasts some of the most loved songs in movie history as well as a star turn by Judy Garland.

Current Score:
9124

Total Votes:
36268

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6

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee’s story is poignantly reimagined in this 1962 coming-of-age pic with a career-defining performance by Gregory Peck.

Current Score:
8544

Total Votes:
29848

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7

Citizen Kane

Director and star Orson Welles’s masterful fictional biopic about the titular tycoon set a new standard for the movies that followed.

Current Score:
7536

Total Votes:
32640

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8

Star Wars [Film Series]

The first entry in George Lucas’s much-heralded fantastical space trilogy broke big technological ground as well as box-office records.

Current Score:
7073

Total Votes:
47915

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9

Vertigo

James Stewart stars as the acrophobic detective at the heart of this 1958 tale of obsession also from the Hitchock canon.

Current Score:
6914

Total Votes:
31608

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10

Lawrence of Arabia

Peter O’Toole nabbed the Oscar for his first major role, in David Lean’s breathtakingly gorgeous 1962 biopic.

Current Score:
6348

Total Votes:
23464

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11

Psycho

Possibly the most influential thriller ever made, Alfred Hitchcock’s tale of a psychotic mama’s boy (Anthony Perkins) hasn’t dimmed with age.

Current Score:
6275

Total Votes:
31581

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12

It’s a Wonderful Life

This tale of a stricken average Joe (James Stewart) whose life is saved by an angel made director Frank Capra a household name.

Current Score:
6159

Total Votes:
31139

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13

Schindler’s List

Often considered Spielberg’s masterpiece, this wrenching drama starring Liam Neeson as the titular hero is based on true events.

Current Score:
5990

Total Votes:
36662

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14

Rear Window

Alfred Hitchcock’s voyeuristic triumph finds James Stewart and Grace Kelly navigating the twists and turns of a nail-biting thriller.

Current Score:
5863

Total Votes:
28029

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15

North by Northwest

One of Hitchcock’s finest works of suspense, this mistaken-identity movie boasts crack performances by Cary Grant and James Mason.

Current Score:
5607

Total Votes:
24265

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16

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Jack Nicholson as a crazy-sane mental patient is one of many fine performances that anchor Milos Forman’s adaptation.

Current Score:
4504

Total Votes:
30368

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17

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Disney’s first full-length animated masterpiece is a classic fairy tale that won hearts (and an Oscar) in 1937.

Current Score:
4464

Total Votes:
20824

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18

Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino’s stylish cult classic interweaves a series of vignettes about low-life criminals, lovers, and thugs.

Current Score:
4440

Total Votes:
38720

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19

The Grapes of Wrath

John Ford’s adaptation of the Steinbeck novel features one of Henry Fonda’s greatest performances ever.

Current Score:
4046

Total Votes:
17246

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20

Ben-Hur

This 1959 Charlton Heston classic tells the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur on an ambitious scale made evident by its famed chariot race.

Current Score:
3837

Total Votes:
19485

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21

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Based on a true event, this 1957 war drama finds Alec Guinness’s British commander leading a perilous effort in the wilds of Burma.

Current Score:
3630

Total Votes:
18284

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22

The Graduate

Mike Nichols’s 1967 coming-of-age classic stars Anne Bancroft as the rapacious seductress of Dustin Hoffman’s naive Ben Braddock.

Current Score:
3476

Total Votes:
18916

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23

Jaws

Steven Spielberg’s unforgettably terrifying flick brings Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss to their knees before a giant mechanical shark.

Current Score:
3463

Total Votes:
29735

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24

Sunset Boulevard

Billy Wilder’s dark 1950 comedy features Gloria Swanson as an aging film queen and William Holden as her suitor.

Current Score:
3192

Total Votes:
15604

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25

All About Eve

This acerbic Oscar-sweeping drama stars Bette Davis as an aging Broadway dame and Anne Baxter as a scheming young social climber.

Current Score:
3030

Total Votes:
15104

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26

2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick’s hypnotic, thought-provoking mind bender was revolutionary in 1968 and has been a sci-fi staple ever since.

Current Score:
3023

Total Votes:
22031

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27

Taxi Driver

Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese make movie magic in the tale of a rage-filled New York cabbie bent on correcting the world’s injustices.

Current Score:
2974

Total Votes:
25696

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28

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

In Kubrick’s satire, fears come true when a psychotic general starts an all-out nuclear war.

Current Score:
2972

Total Votes:
17332

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29

Rebecca

The only Hitchcock movie with a Best Picture Oscar, this gothic mystery stars Laurence Olivier as a moody widower.

Current Score:
2874

Total Votes:
16320

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30

The African Queen

Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn’s odd-couple chemistry anchors John Huston’s 1951 romantic adventure.

Current Score:
2573

Total Votes:
14909

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31

Double Indemnity

One of Billy Wilder’s finest works, this classic noir stars Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck as co-conspirators in marital murder.

Current Score:
2566

Total Votes:
13898

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32

Singin’ in the Rain

The inimitable Gene Kelly directs and stars in one of the most beloved musicals of the fifties, opposite Jean Hagen and Debbie Reynolds.

Current Score:
2439

Total Votes:
20755

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33

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Spielberg’s feel-good 1982 hit stars Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas as young siblings who form a powerful bond with a cute alien.

Current Score:
2358

Total Votes:
25976

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34

Some Like It Hot

Billy Wilder directs Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon in this wonderfully satirical 1959 work about two jazz musicians on the lam.

Current Score:
2351

Total Votes:
15157

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35

King Kong

The pioneering 1933 horror-fantasy favorite stars Fay Wray as the comely blonde who entices the love-struck giant ape to his doom.

Current Score:
2324

Total Votes:
17042

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36

The Maltese Falcon

John Huston’s influential noir mystery stars Humphrey Bogart as a hard-drinking gumshoe tracking the elusive titular statue.

Current Score:
2305

Total Votes:
14053

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37

On the Waterfront

Elia Kazan’s gritty, evocative drama has Marlon Brando as the former boxing champ who utters the famous line, “I coulda been a contender.”

Current Score:
2145

Total Votes:
14615

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38

Notorious

Alfred Hitchcock’s ninth movie, starring Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant, features many iconic moments, including that famous marathon kiss.

Current Score:
1907

Total Votes:
15611

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39

High Noon

Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly are the married couple who add romance to this terse 1952 Western, a much-lauded classic of the genre.

Current Score:
1849

Total Votes:
12535

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40

A Streetcar Named Desire

Marlon Brando’s portrayal of a brute in Elia Kazan’s intense adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play is the stuff of movie legend.

Current Score:
1414

Total Votes:
14052

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41

Chinatown

Jack Nicholson’s world-weary gumshoe anchors Roman Polanski’s 1974 noir, also starring Faye Dunaway and John Huston.

Current Score:
1405

Total Votes:
15301

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42

Apocalypse Now

Coppola’s nightmarish Vietnam epic, starring Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen, redefines the war flick and the dangers of the jungle.

Current Score:
1145

Total Votes:
21987

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43

Roman Holiday

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck’s chemistry drives this old-fashioned courtship story, which was nominated for ten Oscars in 1953.

Current Score:
1126

Total Votes:
12290

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44

Fantasia

Disney’s legendary cartoon fantasy, which animates beloved selections of classical music, is still a freewheeling visual delight to this day.

Current Score:
1091

Total Votes:
14341

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45

Wuthering Heights

Laurence Olivier brings Emily Bronte’s Heathcliff to life in this brooding 1939 adaptation of the famous love story set on the moors.

Current Score:
924

Total Votes:
11168

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46

It Happened One Night

Frank Capra’s madcap comedy pairs Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert as a reporter and a socialite who fall in love despite the odds.

Current Score:
920

Total Votes:
10910

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47

Raging Bull

A visceral black-and-white drama about an aging boxer (Robert De Niro), Martin Scorsese’s 1980 flick is one of the best of its decade.

Current Score:
807

Total Votes:
18983

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48

The Philadelphia Story

George Cukor’s sophisticated romantic farce stars Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart in a battle of societal wits.

Current Score:
788

Total Votes:
11000

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49

The Best Years of Our Lives

William Wyler’s landmark 1946 drama follows three World War II vets, including Oscar winner Harold Russell, as they return home.

Current Score:
671

Total Votes:
10789

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50

All Quiet on the Western Front

Lewis Milestone’s hugely popular adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel is the first great antiwar movie to be made with sound.

Current Score:
595

Total Votes:
10819

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51

The Adventures of Robin Hood

This 1938 swashbuckling costume epic stars Errol Flynn in arguably his greatest role, as the titular prince of thieves.

Current Score:
592

Total Votes:
12428

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52

Shane

A great cast (Alan Ladd, Jack Palance) anchors George Stevens’s 1953 Western about a lone gunman defending a pioneer family.

Current Score:
574

Total Votes:
11394

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53

The Third Man

Carol Reed’s haunting 1949 mystery has too many iconic parts to mention plus a sardonic turn by Orson Welles as a man presumed dead.

Current Score:
407

Total Votes:
10575

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54

West Side Story

Star-crossed love gets the spotlight via Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, and music by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.

Current Score:
400

Total Votes:
16632

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55

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

This inspiring Frank Capra parable tells the story of a starry-eyed senator (James Stewart) who takes a stand against the political machine.

Current Score:
356

Total Votes:
14288

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56

The Searchers

This complex Western, John Ford’s 1956 favorite, features the Duke in Indian territory on the hunt for his missing niece (Natalie Wood).

Current Score:
242

Total Votes:
13692

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57

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

John Huston’s 1948 adventure stars Humphrey Bogart as one of three gold prospectors undone by their own good fortune.

Current Score:
240

Total Votes:
12438

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58

Annie Hall

Widely considered Woody Allen’s finest work, this bittersweet New York romance posits Diane Keaton as his flighty, adorable foil.

Current Score:
183

Total Votes:
13205

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59

Blade Runner

Ridley Scott’s moody futuristic thriller boasts stunning effects and unmissable performances by Harrison Ford and Sean Young.

Current Score:
165

Total Votes:
18359

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60

The Quiet Man

Lushly filmed on location in Ireland, John Ford’s gorgeous 1952 romance follows John Wayne as he travels to the country and finds a wife.

Current Score:
88

Total Votes:
13046

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61

Touch of Evil

Orson Welles’s offbeat 1958 thriller follows a narcotics agent (Charlton Heston) out to take down a corrupt old cop (Welles).

Current Score:
-306

Total Votes:
11404

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62

Rebel Without a Cause

The drama that made James Dean an anti-hero for decades to come is also an unmissable snapshot of the fifties generation gap.

Current Score:
-465

Total Votes:
13093

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63

Bringing Up Baby

Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant shine in the definitive screwball comedy of the thirties, courtesy of ace director Howard Hawks.

Current Score:
-521

Total Votes:
9783

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64

Modern Times

Charlie Chaplin bids farewell to silent comedy with this laugh-a-minute 1936 satire in which he plays a victimized factory worker.

Current Score:
-600

Total Votes:
9610

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65

Duck Soup

Packed with gags and zany humor, this 1933 comedy is one of the Marx brothers’ funniest, most surreal, and most beloved works.

Current Score:
-707

Total Votes:
10133

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66

Paths of Glory

Stanley Kubrick delivers a powerfully bleak, predictably intense antiwar drama, starring Kirk Douglas, about a military incursion gone awry.

Current Score:
-836

Total Votes:
9130

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67

Bonnie & Clyde

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway star as the irresistible outlaws at the heart of Arthur Penn’s controversial, stylish 1967 flick.

Current Score:
-852

Total Votes:
14602

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68

Stagecoach

Amazing stuntwork and great turns by John Wayne and Thomas Mitchell drive John Ford’s genre-defining high-stakes 1939 Western.

Current Score:
-926

Total Votes:
11714

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69

The Magnificent Ambersons

Orson Welles displays a refined touch in this 1942 costume drama about a nineteenth-century family’s struggles with the changing times.

Current Score:
-1104

Total Votes:
9604

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70

The Big Sleep

Howard Hawks’s classic noir sets the standard for private-detective flicks, with star turns by Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

Current Score:
-1175

Total Votes:
9911

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71

City Lights

Charlie Chaplin’s final and best silent film finds the Little Tramp helping a blind flower seller (Virginia Cherrill) regain her sight.

Current Score:
-1275

Total Votes:
9205

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72

Midnight Cowboy

John Schlesinger’s gritty, provocative portrait of two unlikely friends provided career-defining roles for Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight.

Current Score:
-1292

Total Votes:
10786

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73

The Night of the Hunter

Robert Mitchum’s performance drives this noirish thriller from director Charles Laughton about a psychopath prowling the Ohio River Valley.

Current Score:
-1311

Total Votes:
10001

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74

A Night at the Opera

The first big-budget Marx brothers movie, this 1935 gem, about a group of wisecracking stowaways, is widely considered their best.

Current Score:
-1322

Total Votes:
9020

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75

Meet Me in St. Louis

Some of Judy Garland’s greatest songs are integrated into this upbeat, captivating 1944 musical from director Vincente Minnelli.

Current Score:
-1347

Total Votes:
9615

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76

Ninotchka

This sparkling, delightfully witty Ernst Lubitsch romantic comedy was advertised, famously, as the movie in which “Garbo laughs!”

Current Score:
-1434

Total Votes:
9370

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77

The General

Buster Keaton directs himself in this visually stunning 1926 silent comedy that many consider to be the amazing talent’s finest work.

Current Score:
-1584

Total Votes:
8770

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78

The Bride of Frankenstein

Boris Karloff’s iconic lurching monster meets his match in Elsa Lanchester in this darkly witty 1935 sequel to the horror classic.

Current Score:
-1649

Total Votes:
9945

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79

The Gold Rush

Charlie Chaplin’s most critically acclaimed movie, this melodramatic silent work reimagines the Little Tramp as a prospector in the 1800s.

Current Score:
-1763

Total Votes:
8445

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80

Red River

For Montgomery Clift’s first-ever role, he stars as the adoptive son of John Wayne’s vicious rancher in this Howard Hawks Western.

Current Score:
-2100

Total Votes:
10396

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81

An American in Paris

One of the greatest musicals of the fifties, this colorful toe-tapping classic finds the grace and athleticism of Gene Kelly on full display.

Current Score:
-2147

Total Votes:
9891

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82

His Girl Friday

This hilarious battle-of-the-sexes romp is vintage Howard Hawks, full of bawdy double entendres quipped by Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant.

Current Score:
-2170

Total Votes:
10348

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83

Yankee Doodle Dandy

James Cagney and Walter Huston star in this 1942 flag-waving musical biography of legendary composer George M. Cohan.

Current Score:
-2197

Total Votes:
10635

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84

A Star Is Born

George Cukor’s classic tearjerker stars Judy Garland as a young singer whose marriage to an alcoholic film star ends in tragedy.

Current Score:
-2244

Total Votes:
8018

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85

The Wild Bunch

This controversial 1969 Western was one of the most brutal of its day with plenty of stomach-turning violence courtesy of Sam Peckinpah.

Current Score:
-2316

Total Votes:
10558

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86

My Darling Clementine

One of John Ford’s most riveting Westerns, this semi-historical work stars Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp and Walter Brennan as his foe.

Current Score:
-2344

Total Votes:
9396

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87

The Lady Eve

Barbara Stanwyck and Charles Coburn play the con artists against Henry Fonda’s millionaire in Preston Sturges’s still-fresh romantic comedy.

Current Score:
-2354

Total Votes:
8034

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88

Out of the Past

Jacques Tourneur’s beguiling 1947 noir stars Robert Mitchum as a laconic private detective who falls under the spell of a femme fatale.

Current Score:
-2473

Total Votes:
7999

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89

The Birth of a Nation

The first-ever feature-length silent movie, D. W. Griffith’s sweeping Lillian Gish-starring Civil War drama was a massive technological coup.

Current Score:
-2582

Total Votes:
9738

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90

Sunrise

In F. W. Murnau’s American debut, this silent movie with roots in German Expressionism, a deadly love triangle is raised to the level of art.

Current Score:
-2703

Total Votes:
8069

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91

Easy Rider

In Dennis Hopper’s generation-defining 1969 classic, he, Jack Nicholson, and Peter Fonda hit the road in search of nirvana.

Current Score:
-2887

Total Votes:
12683

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92

Top Hat

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are in fine form for this gem, mixing romantic comedy, endless dancing, and a superb Irving Berlin score.

Current Score:
-2946

Total Votes:
9368

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93

Greed

Erich von Stroheim’s notorious silent-era production charts one man’s descent into insanity owing to his wife’s unending greed.

Current Score:
-3035

Total Votes:
7627

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94

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Mike Nichols’s directorial debut stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as the acerbic love-hate pair who dominate the story.

Current Score:
-3054

Total Votes:
10590

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95

42nd Street

This behind-the-scenes musical tells the story of a flailing producer (Warner Baxter) and a chorus girl (Ruby Keeler) who dreams of fame.

Current Score:
-3077

Total Votes:
7777

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96

Intolerance

D. W. Griffith’s silent epic starring Lillian Gish is a series of vignettes remarkable for their exquisite sets, photography, and editing.

Current Score:
-3187

Total Votes:
8275

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97

Trouble in Paradise

An exquisite, bubbly work by Ernst Lubitsch, this good-natured 1932 comedy follows a pair of con artists en route to romance.

Current Score:
-3189

Total Votes:
7715

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98

Letter from an Unknown Woman

Max Ophuls’s 1948 tearjerker tells the story of the unspoken love of a woman (Joan Fontaine) for her neighbor (Louis Jourdan).

Current Score:
-3361

Total Votes:
8097

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99

Nashville

Robert Altman’s country-music flick finds a colorful cast, including Shelley Duvall and Keith Carradine, converging in the title city.

Current Score:
-3485

Total Votes:
9107

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100

The Crowd

King Vidor’s sad silent masterpiece stars James Murray and Eleanor Boardman as a young couple struggling to make ends meet.

Current Score:
-3840

Total Votes:
9124

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