The Shawshank Redemption
This life-affirming Stephen King adaptation stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman as two jailed prisoners who strike up a friendship.
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.
Michael Curtizâ€™s critically beloved landmark 1942 romance stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in career-defining turns.
Gone With the Wind
Victor Flemingâ€™s 1939 star-studded Civil War tour de force finds Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh entangled in a fiery love affair.
The Wizard of Oz
Victor Flemingâ€™s timeless 1939 musical boasts some of the most loved songs in movie history as well as a star turn by Judy Garland.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Leeâ€™s story is poignantly reimagined in this 1962 coming-of-age pic with a career-defining performance by Gregory Peck.
Director and star Orson Wellesâ€™s masterful fictional biopic about the titular tycoon set a new standard for the movies that followed.
Star Wars [Film Series]
The first entry in George Lucasâ€™s much-heralded fantastical space trilogy broke big technological ground as well as box-office records.
James Stewart stars as the acrophobic detective at the heart of this 1958 tale of obsession also from the Hitchock canon.
Lawrence of Arabia
Peter Oâ€™Toole nabbed the Oscar for his first major role, in David Leanâ€™s breathtakingly gorgeous 1962 biopic.
Possibly the most influential thriller ever made, Alfred Hitchcockâ€™s tale of a psychotic mama’s boy (Anthony Perkins) hasnâ€™t dimmed with age.
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.
Often considered Spielbergâ€™s masterpiece, this wrenching drama starring Liam Neeson as the titular hero is based on true events.
Alfred Hitchcockâ€™s voyeuristic triumph finds James Stewart and Grace Kelly navigating the twists and turns of a nail-biting thriller.
North by Northwest
One of Hitchcockâ€™s finest works of suspense, this mistaken-identity movie boasts crack performances by Cary Grant and James Mason.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Jack Nicholson as a crazy-sane mental patient is one of many fine performances that anchor Milos Formanâ€™s adaptation.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Disneyâ€™s first full-length animated masterpiece is a classic fairy tale that won hearts (and an Oscar) in 1937.
Quentin Tarantino’s stylish cult classic interweaves a series of vignettes about low-life criminals, lovers, and thugs.
The Grapes of Wrath
John Fordâ€™s adaptation of the Steinbeck novel features one of Henry Fondaâ€™s greatest performances ever.
This 1959 Charlton Heston classic tells the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur on an ambitious scale made evident by its famed chariot race.
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Based on a true event, this 1957 war drama finds Alec Guinnessâ€™s British commander leading a perilous effort in the wilds of Burma.
Mike Nicholsâ€™s 1967 coming-of-age classic stars Anne Bancroft as the rapacious seductress of Dustin Hoffmanâ€™s naive Ben Braddock.
Steven Spielbergâ€™s unforgettably terrifying flick brings Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss to their knees before a giant mechanical shark.
Billy Wilderâ€™s dark 1950 comedy features Gloria Swanson as an aging film queen and William Holden as her suitor.
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.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrickâ€™s hypnotic, thought-provoking mind bender was revolutionary in 1968 and has been a sci-fi staple ever since.
Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese make movie magic in the tale of a rage-filled New York cabbie bent on correcting the worldâ€™s injustices.
Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
In Kubrickâ€™s satire, fears come true when a psychotic general starts an all-out nuclear war.
The only Hitchcock movie with a Best Picture Oscar, this gothic mystery stars Laurence Olivier as a moody widower.
The African Queen
Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburnâ€™s odd-couple chemistry anchors John Hustonâ€™s 1951 romantic adventure.
One of Billy Wilderâ€™s finest works, this classic noir stars Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck as co-conspirators in marital murder.
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.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Spielbergâ€™s feel-good 1982 hit stars Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas as young siblings who form a powerful bond with a cute alien.
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.
The pioneering 1933 horror-fantasy favorite stars Fay Wray as the comely blonde who entices the love-struck giant ape to his doom.
The Maltese Falcon
John Hustonâ€™s influential noir mystery stars Humphrey Bogart as a hard-drinking gumshoe tracking the elusive titular statue.
On the Waterfront
Elia Kazanâ€™s gritty, evocative drama has Marlon Brando as the former boxing champ who utters the famous line, â€œI coulda been a contender.â€
Alfred Hitchcockâ€™s ninth movie, starring Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant, features many iconic moments, including that famous marathon kiss.
Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly are the married couple who add romance to this terse 1952 Western, a much-lauded classic of the genre.
A Streetcar Named Desire
Marlon Brandoâ€™s portrayal of a brute in Elia Kazanâ€™s intense adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play is the stuff of movie legend.
Jack Nicholsonâ€™s world-weary gumshoe anchors Roman Polanskiâ€™s 1974 noir, also starring Faye Dunaway and John Huston.
Coppolaâ€™s nightmarish Vietnam epic, starring Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen, redefines the war flick and the dangers of the jungle.
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck’s chemistry drives this old-fashioned courtship story, which was nominated for ten Oscars in 1953.
Disneyâ€™s legendary cartoon fantasy, which animates beloved selections of classical music, is still a freewheeling visual delight to this day.
Laurence Olivier brings Emily Bronteâ€™s Heathcliff to life in this brooding 1939 adaptation of the famous love story set on the moors.
It Happened One Night
Frank Capraâ€™s madcap comedy pairs Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert as a reporter and a socialite who fall in love despite the odds.
A visceral black-and-white drama about an aging boxer (Robert De Niro), Martin Scorseseâ€™s 1980 flick is one of the best of its decade.
The Philadelphia Story
George Cukorâ€™s sophisticated romantic farce stars Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart in a battle of societal wits.
The Best Years of Our Lives
William Wylerâ€™s landmark 1946 drama follows three World War II vets, including Oscar winner Harold Russell, as they return home.
All Quiet on the Western Front
Lewis Milestoneâ€™s hugely popular adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel is the first great antiwar movie to be made with sound.
The Adventures of Robin Hood
This 1938 swashbuckling costume epic stars Errol Flynn in arguably his greatest role, as the titular prince of thieves.
A great cast (Alan Ladd, Jack Palance) anchors George Stevensâ€™s 1953 Western about a lone gunman defending a pioneer family.
The Third Man
Carol Reedâ€™s haunting 1949 mystery has too many iconic parts to mention plus a sardonic turn by Orson Welles as a man presumed dead.
West Side Story
Star-crossed love gets the spotlight via Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, and music by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.
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.
This complex Western, John Fordâ€™s 1956 favorite, features the Duke in Indian territory on the hunt for his missing niece (Natalie Wood).
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
John Hustonâ€™s 1948 adventure stars Humphrey Bogart as one of three gold prospectors undone by their own good fortune.
Widely considered Woody Allenâ€™s finest work, this bittersweet New York romance posits Diane Keaton as his flighty, adorable foil.
Ridley Scottâ€™s moody futuristic thriller boasts stunning effects and unmissable performances by Harrison Ford and Sean Young.
The Quiet Man
Lushly filmed on location in Ireland, John Fordâ€™s gorgeous 1952 romance follows John Wayne as he travels to the country and finds a wife.
Touch of Evil
Orson Wellesâ€™s offbeat 1958 thriller follows a narcotics agent (Charlton Heston) out to take down a corrupt old cop (Welles).
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.
Bringing Up Baby
Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant shine in the definitive screwball comedy of the thirties, courtesy of ace director Howard Hawks.
Charlie Chaplin bids farewell to silent comedy with this laugh-a-minute 1936 satire in which he plays a victimized factory worker.
Packed with gags and zany humor, this 1933 comedy is one of the Marx brothersâ€™ funniest, most surreal, and most beloved works.
Paths of Glory
Stanley Kubrick delivers a powerfully bleak, predictably intense antiwar drama, starring Kirk Douglas, about a military incursion gone awry.
Bonnie & Clyde
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway star as the irresistible outlaws at the heart of Arthur Pennâ€™s controversial, stylish 1967 flick.
Amazing stuntwork and great turns by John Wayne and Thomas Mitchell drive John Fordâ€™s genre-defining high-stakes 1939 Western.
The Magnificent Ambersons
Orson Welles displays a refined touch in this 1942 costume drama about a nineteenth-century familyâ€™s struggles with the changing times.
The Big Sleep
Howard Hawksâ€™s classic noir sets the standard for private-detective flicks, with star turns by Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
Charlie Chaplinâ€™s final and best silent film finds the Little Tramp helping a blind flower seller (Virginia Cherrill) regain her sight.
John Schlesingerâ€™s gritty, provocative portrait of two unlikely friends provided career-defining roles for Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight.
The Night of the Hunter
Robert Mitchumâ€™s performance drives this noirish thriller from director Charles Laughton about a psychopath prowling the Ohio River Valley.
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.
Meet Me in St. Louis
Some of Judy Garlandâ€™s greatest songs are integrated into this upbeat, captivating 1944 musical from director Vincente Minnelli.
This sparkling, delightfully witty Ernst Lubitsch romantic comedy was advertised, famously, as the movie in which â€œGarbo laughs!â€
Buster Keaton directs himself in this visually stunning 1926 silent comedy that many consider to be the amazing talentâ€™s finest work.
The Bride of Frankenstein
Boris Karloffâ€™s iconic lurching monster meets his match in Elsa Lanchester in this darkly witty 1935 sequel to the horror classic.
The Gold Rush
Charlie Chaplinâ€™s most critically acclaimed movie, this melodramatic silent work reimagines the Little Tramp as a prospector in the 1800s.
For Montgomery Cliftâ€™s first-ever role, he stars as the adoptive son of John Wayneâ€™s vicious rancher in this Howard Hawks Western.
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.
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.
Yankee Doodle Dandy
James Cagney and Walter Huston star in this 1942 flag-waving musical biography of legendary composer George M. Cohan.
A Star Is Born
George Cukorâ€™s classic tearjerker stars Judy Garland as a young singer whose marriage to an alcoholic film star ends in tragedy.
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.
My Darling Clementine
One of John Fordâ€™s most riveting Westerns, this semi-historical work stars Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp and Walter Brennan as his foe.
The Lady Eve
Barbara Stanwyck and Charles Coburn play the con artists against Henry Fondaâ€™s millionaire in Preston Sturgesâ€™s still-fresh romantic comedy.
Out of the Past
Jacques Tourneurâ€™s beguiling 1947 noir stars Robert Mitchum as a laconic private detective who falls under the spell of a femme fatale.
The Birth of a Nation
The first-ever feature-length silent movie, D. W. Griffithâ€™s sweeping Lillian Gish-starring Civil War drama was a massive technological coup.
In F. W. Murnauâ€™s American debut, this silent movie with roots in German Expressionism, a deadly love triangle is raised to the level of art.
In Dennis Hopperâ€™s generation-defining 1969 classic, he, Jack Nicholson, and Peter Fonda hit the road in search of nirvana.
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are in fine form for this gem, mixing romantic comedy, endless dancing, and a superb Irving Berlin score.
Erich von Stroheimâ€™s notorious silent-era production charts one manâ€™s descent into insanity owing to his wifeâ€™s unending greed.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Mike Nicholsâ€™s directorial debut stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as the acerbic love-hate pair who dominate the story.
This behind-the-scenes musical tells the story of a flailing producer (Warner Baxter) and a chorus girl (Ruby Keeler) who dreams of fame.
D. W. Griffithâ€™s silent epic starring Lillian Gish is a series of vignettes remarkable for their exquisite sets, photography, and editing.
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.
Letter from an Unknown Woman
Max Ophulsâ€™s 1948 tearjerker tells the story of the unspoken love of a woman (Joan Fontaine) for her neighbor (Louis Jourdan).
Robert Altmanâ€™s country-music flick finds a colorful cast, including Shelley Duvall and Keith Carradine, converging in the title city.
King Vidorâ€™s sad silent masterpiece stars James Murray and Eleanor Boardman as a young couple struggling to make ends meet.