Seventy of the Greatest Films Ever

This list is still growing, but as of now, these are what I consider to be the greatest Films of all time.
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1.
La Dolce Vita (1960)
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A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. (174 mins.)
“ Possibly the greatest film ever made. Shot in beautiful black and white, it depicts seven days in the life of Marcello, a journalist spiraling out of control, and it is a pure treat to look at. Ultimately it raises the question, "What is The Sweet Life"? And the answers seem rather bleak. ” - aaronlromano
 
2.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
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The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ Excessively violent? Yes. Brilliant in cinematography, story, acting, dialogue, and overall conception? Also a Yes. ” - aaronlromano
 
3.
Casablanca (1942)
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In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ The wonderful classic starring Humphrey Bogart as an ex-patriot night club owner in Casablanca who is torn between reuniting with his lover or assisting her and her revolutionary husband out of the country. ” - aaronlromano
 
4.
The Night of the Iguana (1964)
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A defrocked Episcopal clergyman leads a bus-load of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast and comes to terms with the failure haunting his life. (125 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ The tale of a defrocked minister and his temptations among three women at a hotel in Mexico. Based on Tennessee Williams's Play. ” - aaronlromano
 
5.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
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A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (133 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ The story of a man attempting to avoid the work farm by pretending to be insane, but soon gets caught up in a bitter fight for human decency with his ward's head nurse. ” - aaronlromano
 
6.
Immortal Beloved (1994)
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The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the... (121 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
“ The tragic true life of Ludwig van Beethoven is revealed when his secretary attempts to discover the identity of the maestro's "Immortal Beloved" mentioned in his will. ” - aaronlromano
 
7.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
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Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, robbing cars and banks. (111 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
“ The heavily romanticized, but nevertheless enjoyable, tale of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow and their string of violent robberies. ” - aaronlromano
 
8.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
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In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
“ The disturbing and tragic tale of a young girl who wanders into a violent wonderland-like other world to escape her cruel stepfather, a sociopath officer of the army of fascist Spain. ” - aaronlromano
 
9.
Amadeus (1984)
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The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ The tale of the life and murder of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as told by his killer, composer Antonio Salieri. ” - aaronlromano
 
10.
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
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A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life. (229 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Perhaps one of the best gangster films ever made. Well done and rivaling the Godfather. ” - aaronlromano
 
11.
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
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Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls. (188 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ One of Bergman's best (and longest) films focusing on the lives of Fanny and Alexander, two children in a rich Swedish family who face a variety of adventures and tragedies making up Bergman's epic bildungsroman. ” - aaronlromano
 
12.
The Godfather (1972)
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The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ The brilliant film that was the first of its kind to present the gangsters as humans and not as violent criminals meant to be feared. Actual gangsters wept in their prison theatres at the sight of a gangster film that actually rung true. ” - aaronlromano
 
13.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
“ The equally as excellent sequel to the afore mentioned phenomenon. ” - aaronlromano
 
14.
The Third Man (1949)
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Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. (104 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
“ A bizarre and dreamlike film noir thriller in which a man discovers that his friend who asked him to Austria is dead. Or is he? ” - aaronlromano
 
15.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
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Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
“ The graphically violent Coen Brother's film in which a man is chased by a deranged bounty hunter after he has discovered two million dollars at the site of Mexican shootout. ” - aaronlromano
 
16.
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
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A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery. (92 mins.)
“ The only film Charles Laughton ever directed starring Robert Mitchum, Lillian Gish, and Shelley Winters where two children are chased down a river by a murderous priest who has love tattooed on the fingers of one hand and hate tattooed on the fingers of the other. ” - aaronlromano
 
17.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
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A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. (164 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Perhaps one of the greatest westerns of all time with Henry Fonda playing a chilling role as a ruthless assassin. ” - aaronlromano
 
18.
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
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Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot. (87 mins.)
“ The excellent film noir that forms as one of Orson Welles's crown jewels and leads the viewer into a brilliantly complex tale of cross and double-cross. ” - aaronlromano
 
19.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ The tale of a wrongfully accused man and his struggles for over twenty years in the brutal Shawshank Prison. Based on one of Stephen King's best works, the novella, "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption." ” - aaronlromano
 
20.
Irma la Douce (1963)
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In Paris, a former policeman falls in love with a prostitute, and tries to get her out of that life by paying for all of her time. (147 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ The tale of and Parisian honest cop turned ineffective pimp and his prostitute girlfriend Irma la Douce (Irma the Sweet). One of Billy Wilder's best and in some ways darkest comedy. ” - aaronlromano
 
21.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
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A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ An intense drama with great acting on all accounts. What really makes it brilliant is it's complex ambiguity. What are the motives of the couples to do what it is they do? Finding the answer is like solving a rubix cube: hard, always agitating, but satisfying. ” - aaronlromano
 
22.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
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A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
“ The tragic story of evil and insanity blossoming amid the rise of an oil tycoon in the old west. ” - aaronlromano
 
23.
Annie Hall (1977)
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Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall. (93 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Perhaps Woody's best movie. Some of the humor, particularly the lobster scene is very inspired. It's unconventional bittersweet ending is both daring and thought provoking. ” - aaronlromano
 
24.
Double Indemnity (1944)
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An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions. (107 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Billy Wilder's first major success with an excellent screenplay written by Raymond Chandler. One of the Film Noir greats! ” - aaronlromano
 
25.
Match Point (2005)
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At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for an actress who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law. (124 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Perhaps the Darkest movie Woody Allen ever made - it is unsettling, depressing and even harsh. However it highlights a truly excellent dramatic performance from Scarlet Johannson. ” - aaronlromano
 
26.
V for Vendetta (2005)
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In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman. (132 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
“ The tale of a terribly wounded man seeking revenge on those who disfigured both he and his country. ” - aaronlromano
 
27.
Touch of Evil (1958)
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A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. (95 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ The tale of a Mexican policeman and his American wife when they get on the bad side of a crooked cop investigating a car bombing in a south-western border town. ” - aaronlromano
 
28.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
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While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ The best movie Woody Allen has made in a long time. However, I must admit that some of my praise is based around my love of the 20s time period and the celebrities represented. ” - aaronlromano
 
29.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
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A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ One of Ingmar Bergman's greatest films that is both a black comedy, a tragedy, and an analysis of the fear of one's own mortality. ” - aaronlromano
 
30.
Othello (1995)
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The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago. (123 mins.)
Director: Oliver Parker
“ The remarkable rendering of Shakespeare's classic starring Laurence Fishburne in a beautiful and tragic performance as the title moor. ” - aaronlromano
 
31.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
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A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ The renowned horror classic that created the cult-beloved "Psycho-Biddy" genre with Bette Davis delivering a brilliant and at times tragic performance. ” - aaronlromano
 
32.
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
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In his attempts to reconcile a lounge singer with his mistress, a hapless talent agent is mistaken as her lover by a jealous gangster. (84 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ A brilliant Woody Allen Comedy with great humor and a cheerful ending. Some of Woody's best lines appear in this one. ” - aaronlromano
 
33.
Hamlet (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge. (135 mins.)
“ A much better effort by Franco Zeffirelli than his classic Romeo and Juliet that benefits much from its excellent casting and the haunting beauty of young Helena Bonham Carter as an ethereal Ophelia. ” - aaronlromano
 
34.
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
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A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise. (116 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ The classic masterpiece by Billy Wilder with a great twist and a wonderful performance by Charles Laughton. ” - aaronlromano
 
35.
American Beauty (1999)
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A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ A searing black comedy observing the truth behind the suburban facade. Arguably 1999's best movie. ” - aaronlromano
 
36.
Network (1976)
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A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit. (121 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ One of the best satirical pieces ever written for the screen. Faye Dunaway is as beautiful as she is cold in this film that is as comical as it is unsettling. ” - aaronlromano
 
37.
Hour of the Wolf (1968)
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While vacationing on a remote Scandanavian island with his younger pregnant wife, an artist has an emotional breakdown while confronting his repressed desires. (90 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ A very surreal, not-quite-horror film delivered by Bergman. Truly spellbinding and of course deeply unsettling. ” - aaronlromano
 
38.
Love and Death (1975)
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In czarist Russia, a neurotic soldier and his distant cousin formulate a plot to assassinate Napoleon. (85 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Woody Allen's last film that went for all the laughs. It is a piece of artistic transition for him; one can see the deeper and more philosophical Allen shining through. ” - aaronlromano
 
39.
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
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The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross. (164 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Martin Scorsese's startling departure from his typical gangster violence with a powerful and moving performance by Willem Defoe. ” - aaronlromano
 
40.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ One of the best cold war paranoia movies ever! "You can't fight in here, this is the War Room!" ” - aaronlromano
 
41.
1900 (1976)
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The epic tale of a class struggle in twentieth century Italy, as seen through the eyes of two childhood friends on opposing sides. (317 mins.)
“ An epic, controversial masterpiece telling the tail of the lives of two boys born on the same day: Alfredo and Olmo. One is born into privilage and the other into the life of a lowly peasant. The film depicts their lives as the from their birth in 1900 all the way throught the first half of the 19th century in Italy. ” - aaronlromano
 
42.
(1963)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
“ One of Fellini's great masterworks. Though often frenzied and confusing, it is in reality a very well done portrait of a harried, stress-filled man at the end of his rope. ” - aaronlromano
 
43.
Stardust Memories (1980)
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While attending a retrospective of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films. (89 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Woody Allen's tribute to Fellini's 8 1/2 shot in beautiful black and white. ” - aaronlromano
 
44.
Barton Fink (1991)
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A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood. (116 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ A surrealist work written by the Coen Brothers when they were suffering writer's block while writing Miller's Crossing. It features Coen Bros. staple John Turturro as the title role, a sensitive shut-in playwright and John Goodman as his ambiguous, possibly satanic neighbor. ” - aaronlromano
 
45.
Radio Days (1987)
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A nostalgic look at radio's golden age focusing on one ordinary family and the various performers in the medium. (88 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ A nostalgia piece narrated by Woody Allen, telling the tale of a boy's family and their favorite radio shows and the stars whose voices entertain them. ” - aaronlromano
 
46.
Cries & Whispers (1972)
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When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ A genuine masterpiece by Ingmar Bergman that is haunting, beautiful and ultimately devastating. One of the few films that brought me to tears. ” - aaronlromano
 
47.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
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As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. (138 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
“ A great example of Neo-Noir, with Kim Bassinger playing her role beautifully and Kevin Spacey as a great highlight. ” - aaronlromano
 
48.
Le Plaisir (1952)
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Three separate stories about the same thing: pleasure. (97 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
“ Three French vignettes based on the tales of Guy de Maupassant. The are as humorous as they are solemn and each (particularly the second installment) is a great tale that only Maupassant could have made up. ” - aaronlromano
 
49.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ One may argue that it is more porn than genius, but I'd have to argue for genius. Besides, who can't help but love Alex? (which is perhaps what makes him so disturbing) ” - aaronlromano
 
50.
Fellini's Satyricon (1969)
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A series of disjointed mythical tales set in first century Rome. (129 mins.)
“ A much over-looked masterpiece from Fellini (likely because of it's fractured nature) that dipicts the excess, violence and ultimately the beauty of Rome at its most libertine. Do not attempt to understand this movie, but merely let yourself be immersed in its fantastic colors and incredible cinamatography. ” - aaronlromano
 
51.
Sid and Nancy (1986)
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The relationship between Sid Vicious, bassist for British punk group The Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is portrayed. (112 mins.)
Director: Alex Cox
“ The very harsh, yet very real interpritation of the short, violent romance of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girl friend Nancy Spungen. Gary Oldman is explosive as Sid, his film debut role. ” - aaronlromano
 
52.
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
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Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly. (107 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ A great mix of drama, comedy, excellent dialogue and deep thought, which for Woody Allen is nothing new. Allen's role (although diminished) is great, but Max von Sydow truly shines with the best dramatic performance. ” - aaronlromano
 
53.
The Apartment (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. (125 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ A delightful romantic comedy as directed by Billy Wilder. The humor is surprisingly still fresh and Shirley MacLaine is a pure delight to watch. Her adorable, if troubled, demeanor simply lights up the screen ” - aaronlromano
 
54.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
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A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. (116 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Without a doubt the greatest Vietnam War film of all time. Truly powerful with an ending that is as gut-wrenching as it is heart-rending. ” - aaronlromano
 
55.
Ran (1985)
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In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him. (162 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Akira Kurasowa's last epic masterpiece, to which he dedicated ten years of his life, is a stunning rendition of William Shakespeare's "King Lear" with beautiful cinamatography and resplendent colors that make the film a true gem to look at. ” - aaronlromano
 
56.
Autumn Sonata (1978)
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A married daughter who longs for her mother's love is visited by the latter, a successful concert pianist. (99 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ A beautiful tragic drama is acted out by a woman (Liv Ullman) and her mother, a famous concert pianist (Ingrid Bergman). On a night after they had not spoken in years, they finally tell each other what they've always wanted to say. It is also a treat to see Ingrid acting while speaking in her native tongue. ” - aaronlromano
 
57.
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated with another woman. (104 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ One of Woody Allen's best dramas that tells two loosely related tales of love, murder, adultery and philosophy that finally converge at the end. ” - aaronlromano
 
58.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
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A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ A genuinely amazing film that goes so much farther than just horror. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins both deserved their Oscars and then some. ” - aaronlromano
 
59.
Repulsion (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence. (105 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Roman Polanski's first English film. It is part of a trio attempting to show the horrors hidden in domestic apartment life (The Tenant and Rosemary's Baby are the other two) and is as though-provoking as it is genuinely frightening. ” - aaronlromano
 
60.
Drive (2011)
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A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
“ An intense and powerful but bittersweet film that was surprisingly overlooked by the Oscars. It sports a minimalist tale with Ryan Gossling in the lead role as an unnamed but basically goodhearted protagonist. Based (loosely) on the novel by James Sallis. ” - aaronlromano
 
61.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
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With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son. (119 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ A very well made, if so typically Wes Andersonian, flick with interesting performances all around and very beautiful colors. ” - aaronlromano
 
62.
Doubt (2008)
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A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student. (104 mins.)
“ An excellent adaptation of the play with Meryl Streep and Phillip Seymour-Hoffman in stellar performance. The film, and its perfect touch of ambiguity, leaves the viewer with the exact feeling as its title: Doubt. ” - aaronlromano
 
63.
Notorious (1946)
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A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them? (101 mins.)
“ Little needs to be said here except that it's brilliant; only Hitchcock could create such a perfect mix of romance and suspense. ” - aaronlromano
 
64.
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
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Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him. (96 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ A very well done, for the most part comical, ode to Bergman's "Wilde Strawberries" on behalf of Allen who vivisects himself on screen with the scalpal of his wit. ” - aaronlromano
 
65.
A Serious Man (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking. (106 mins.)
“ A much overlooked Coen Bros. masterwork that really puts mankind in it's respective place. It is a very small place because in the grand scheme of things, mankind is a very very very tiny victim of uncertainty. ” - aaronlromano
 
66.
Blue Velvet (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child. (120 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ The David Lynch masterpiece laced with all his unsettling humor. ” - aaronlromano
 
67.
The Debt (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1965, three Mossad agents cross into East Berlin to apprehend a notorious Nazi war criminal. Thirty years later, the secrets the agents share come back to haunt them. (113 mins.)
Director: John Madden
“ A relatively overlooked espionage thriller with excellent depictions of life behind the Iron Curtain and a slam-dunk performance by Helen Mirren. ” - aaronlromano
 
68.
Miller's Crossing (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties. (115 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ An excellent Coen Bros. that often goes relatively overlooked. A great Irish Gangster flick with a shining role by Albert Finney and a wonderful cast and a brooding story. ” - aaronlromano
 
69.
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax. (117 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Sidney Lumet's directorial finally is a brilliant neo-noir with deep emotional undertones and an excellently (and unusually) cut non-chronological sequence of violent events that paints the tragic tapestry of a family caught in deadly turmoil. ” - aaronlromano
 
70.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6. (122 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ A very well done adaptation of John le Carre's novel with a stellar cast featuring Gary Oldman in one of his best roles, Colin Firth, John Hurt and Toby Jones. ” - aaronlromano