My All-Time Best Films

by atari-3 | created - 24 Sep 2011 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

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1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.3
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86 Metascore

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 485,466 | Gross: $56.95M

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

A mysterious monolith, which first appears to primitive humans during the "dawn of man" sequence which opens the film, is uncovered on the moon near an American space base. It sends out an intense radio signal to Jupiter, and 18 months later the Americans are on their way to investigate. The trip gets sidetracked by a faulty computer named HAL, who murders most of the crew before they ever arrive. The sole survivor manages to disconnect the computer, but finds more than he bargained for at Jupiter. Kubrick's best film, and my selection for the best film ever made, is an intense, open-ended exploration of the meaning of life in the universe, and beyond. Kubrick's attention to detail is amazing and reflects a strict adherence to science and technology which holds up even today. As for that ending... I've seen it dozens of times, and have a different interpretation every time.

2. Red Desert (1964)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama

7.7
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In an industrial area, Giuliana, an unstable woman, attempts to cope with life by starting an affair with a co-worker at the plant her husband manages.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Carlo Chionetti, Xenia Valderi

Votes: 10,587

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

3. La Strada (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

8.1
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A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani

Votes: 49,949

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

4. The Seventh Seal (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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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.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe

Votes: 126,661

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

5. The Tin Drum (1979)

R | 142 min | Drama, War

7.6
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In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Katharina Thalbach

Votes: 19,225

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

6. Juliet of the Spirits (1965)

Not Rated | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.7
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81 Metascore

Visions, memories, and mysticism all help a 40-something woman to find the strength to leave her cheating husband.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu, Valentina Cortese

Votes: 9,490 | Gross: $0.08M

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

7. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.3
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78 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 627,886

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

8. Amarcord (1973)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Magali Noël, Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia

Votes: 32,702

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

9. Fanny and Alexander (1982)

R | 188 min | Drama

8.1
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100 Metascore

Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Kristina Adolphson, Börje Ahlstedt

Votes: 47,491 | Gross: $4.97M

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

10. Paths of Glory (1957)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, War

8.4
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After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready

Votes: 137,903

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

11. Andrei Rublev (1966)

Not Rated | 205 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolay Grinko, Nikolay Sergeev

Votes: 29,454

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 9/10 nostalgia factor: low

12. L'Avventura (1960)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama, Mystery

7.9
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A woman disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip. During the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, Lea Massari, Dominique Blanchar

Votes: 20,673

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 9/10 nostalgia factor: low

13. Stalker (1979)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.1
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A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Nikolay Grinko

Votes: 81,839 | Gross: $0.23M

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 9/10 nostalgia factor: low

14. Through a Glass Darkly (1961)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

8.1
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Recently released from a mental hospital; Karin rejoins her emotionally disconnected family and their island home, only to slip from reality as she begins to believe she is being visited by God.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Max von Sydow, Lars Passgård

Votes: 17,377

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 9/10 nostalgia factor: low

15. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

8.3
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A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 29,492 | Gross: $1.72M

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 9/10 nostalgia factor: low

16. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.3
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98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 127,165 | Gross: $0.03M

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 9/10 nostalgia factor: medium

The privileged son of the head of a futuristic city is moved by the mysterious appearance of a strange woman surrounded by poor children. His search for her leads to the underground, where hoards of workers are sacrificed to the machines which keep the above ground city running. He switches places with one of the workers to learn more about their way of life. He follows them deeper into the underground, where they worship a saint, Maria, the same girl he saw earlier, who portends of the coming of the "Mediator" who will save them from their hellish life. Meanwhile, his father consults with a mad scientist who has invented a "machine man" in the image of his dead wife. The scientist kidnaps Maria and transfers her "heart" to the machine. Maria's double returns to the underground and incites the workers to a violent revolution. Meanwhile the real Maria is held prisoner. It is up to Freder, The Mediator, to save the girl and negotiate peace between the two sides. The new "complete version" adds 25 minutes to the running time, most of it for a subplot about the "Thin Man" and his pursuit of the worker with which Freder exchanged places. It also extends scenes here and there, none of which are particularly necessary. In fact, I found the final action sequence gets a bit too long with the extra scenes and was restless for the resolution. As a result, I actually prefer the shorter cut that has been around for the last 80 years or so.

17. Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.0
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A man named Billy Pilgrim tells the story of how he became unstuck in time and was abducted by aliens.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche, Sharon Gans

Votes: 10,497

artistic: 9/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

18. Being There (1979)

PG | 130 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden

Votes: 56,479 | Gross: $30.18M

artistic: 9/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

19. Five Easy Pieces (1970)

R | 98 min | Drama

7.5
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A dropout from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Billy Green Bush, Fannie Flagg

Votes: 28,073

artistic: 9/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

Jack Nicholson is a trained pianist from a cultured background who chucks it all to work in the California oil fields while living with girlfriend Karen Black. He despises everyone around him, including Black, but doesn't have the courage to do anything about it. Instead, he drinks, has affairs and tries to hide his boredom. While visiting his sister in LA, he learns about his dying father and takes a road trip to an isolated island where he lives with family members. The trip provides the opportunity for some comedy, including the famous chicken salad sandwich routine and hilarious remarks on the nature of man by Helena Kallianiotes. At their destination, he's just as bored in the cultured atmosphere, and soon seeks out his brother's wife for an affair. It ends badly of course, and things get even worse when Karen shows up. Nicholson has several outbursts and always seems one step away from erupting into violence. He finally reveals his true feelings to his father, who is debilitated by a stroke and cannot understand or respond. The final scene is one of the best in all of American cinema.

20. Taxi Driver (1976)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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93 Metascore

A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action, while attempting to liberate a twelve-year-old prostitute.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks

Votes: 575,444 | Gross: $28.26M

artistic: 9/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

A disturbing descent into the mind of loner and social outcast Travis Bickle, a career-defining role for Robert De Niro. He drives a taxi on the overnight shift in NYC, going places other drivers avoid. His encounters with pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers and other low life instill a deep-seated hatred which comes to fruition when he is rejected by pretty campaign worker Cybill Shepherd. He buys a small arsenal of weapons with which he intends to assassinate the presidential candidate for which she works, but when the secret service intervenes his vendetta is redirected towards the men exploiting an underage prostitute he befriends. Scorsese and cinematographer Michael Chapman capture breathtaking views of the underbelly of New York City, Bernard Herrmann's final work is one of his finest and Paul Schrader's screenplay builds palpable dread.

21. Badlands (1973)

PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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90 Metascore

An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates, Ramon Bieri

Votes: 53,358

artistic: 9/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

22. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

9.2
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100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,299,534 | Gross: $134.97M

artistic: 9/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

Marlon Brando is the head of one of New York's five mafia "families". He grants requests from family members during his daughter's wedding, ranging from jobs to murder, in return for "favors" when he needs them. He triggers a gang war between the families when he refuses to get involved with narcotics. Barely surviving an assassination attempt himself, he grooms his son to replace him. Al Pacino as Michael undergoes a remarkable transformation: from reluctant war hero to ruthless Don, and his story anchors the film. A relentlessly violent yet fascinating portrait of a family that demands loyalty at any cost, seemingly at odds with their deeply religious Italian heritage. The ensemble cast assembled by Coppola is one of the best in cinema history, while Gordon Willis' cinematography reflects the dark, somber mood.

23. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

R | 202 min | Crime, Drama

9.0
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85 Metascore

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.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Votes: 896,860 | Gross: $57.30M

artistic: 9/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

Michael Corleone, now firmly in control of the family after his father's death, survives an assassination attempt in his home. He vows revenge on those responsible, first to Florida and Cuba where he suspects a corrupt Jewish business partner, but then within his inner circle. The story of his father's early days as an immigrant in New York City is seamlessly interwoven with the more modern one, mirroring his own rise to power and subsequent betrayals. More or less a continuation of the first film, although the violence this time around is less jarring, but no less effective.

24. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

8.4
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100 Metascore

Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 331,336 | Gross: $1.59M

artistic: 9/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

25. The Conversation (1974)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.9
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86 Metascore

A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple, on whom he is spying, will be murdered.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 81,645 | Gross: $4.42M

artistic: 9/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

Security expert Gene Hackman makes his living by secretly recording conversations. He is hired by a mysterious "director" to record conversations between a man and a woman at a park in San Francisco. He does not know what they are suspected of doing or why he has been hired, however when he overhears them saying they might be killed he begins to fear for their safety. A brilliant character study of a lonely man unable to connect with people despite a job in which he listens to their most intimate conversations. It is also a shocking thriller with a clever plot twist that revolves around the inflection of just one spoken word.

26. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama

8.9
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96 Metascore

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 523,228

artistic: 9/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

27. La Dolce Vita (1960)

Not Rated | 174 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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93 Metascore

A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux

Votes: 54,322 | Gross: $19.52M

artistic: 9/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

28. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann

Votes: 14,582

artistic: 9/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

29. Cries & Whispers (1972)

R | 91 min | Drama

8.2
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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.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Harriet Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Kari Sylwan, Ingrid Thulin

Votes: 22,548

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 8/10 nostalgia factor: low

30. Wild Strawberries (1957)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand

Votes: 72,044

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 8/10 nostalgia factor: low

31. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.3
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100 Metascore

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 217,244 | Gross: $44.82M

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 8/10 nostalgia factor: low

Misfit British officer O'Toole is sent to unify the Arabs in their conflict against Turkey in the early days of WWI. He leads them in an epic desert crossing for a surprise attack on a key coastal city. Along the way, he risks his life to save a man that others want to leave behind, and earns not only their respect but becomes a sort of prophet. At first he relishes the attention, but when he also begins to relish the bloodshed of war he begins to doubt himself. It all takes place against bigger-than-life, windswept desert locations, beautifully captured by director Lean and cinematographer Freddie Young.

32. (1963)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama

8.1
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale, Sandra Milo

Votes: 88,707 | Gross: $0.05M

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 8/10 nostalgia factor: low

33. Days of Heaven (1978)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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93 Metascore

A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz

Votes: 42,324

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 8/10 nostalgia factor: low

34. Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

8.0
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A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Claude Laydu, Nicole Ladmiral, Jean Riveyre, Adrien Borel

Votes: 7,542

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 8/10 nostalgia factor: low

35. Dersu Uzala (1975)

G | 142 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.3
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The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Maksim Munzuk, Yuriy Solomin, Mikhail Bychkov, Vladimir Khrulev

Votes: 19,578

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 8/10 nostalgia factor: low

36. Solaris (1972)

PG | 167 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.1
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90 Metascore

A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet, Vladislav Dvorzhetskiy

Votes: 62,344

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 8/10 nostalgia factor: low

37. The Mirror (1975)

G | 107 min | Biography, Drama

8.2
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A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Margarita Terekhova, Filipp Yankovskiy, Ignat Daniltsev, Oleg Yankovskiy

Votes: 26,959

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 8/10 nostalgia factor: low

38. Children of Paradise (1945)

Not Rated | 189 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir

Votes: 15,688

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 8/10 nostalgia factor: low

39. Bambi (1942)

G | 70 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.3
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The story of a young deer growing up in the forest.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright | Stars: Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey, Peter Behn

Votes: 106,725 | Gross: $102.80M

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 8/10 nostalgia factor: high

40. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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Exiled into the dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother, a princess is rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of their household.

Directors: William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne, Roy Atwell

Votes: 150,212 | Gross: $184.93M

A young princess named Snow White is relegated to wearing shabby clothes and working as a maid by her jealous stepmother the Queen. When her "magic mirror" informs her that Snow White has become the fairest in the land, she sends her huntsman to murder her. He can't go through with it, but sends her into the forest to escape the Queen. She is befriended by the forest animals who lead her deep into the woods for shelter at a house inhabited by seven dwarfs who work in a nearby mine. After seeing the state of their household, Snow White mistakes them for children and proceeds to clean it up. After the initial shock, they accept her into their family. However, the Queen soon discovers her hideout and comes after her disguised as an old hag. Disney's first animated feature is still the best. The hand-drawn animation is simply astounding, with unparalleled attention to detail. The story can be dark when it needs to be, drawing on influences from silent horror films and German expressionism, with someone genuinely creepy moments.

41. Pinocchio (1940)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Directors: Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Don Brodie

Votes: 104,039 | Gross: $84.25M

Wood craftsman Geppetto wishes that his latest marionette creation Pinocchio was a real boy to end his loneliness. A "Blue Fairy" visits during the night and grants his wish. On his way to school the next morning, the living puppet is approached by a couple of scoundrels who convince him to perform for a local sideshow. A huge success, the owner of the show locks him up for the night, but the Blue Fairy sets him free. However, before he can get home he meets the same two scoundrels who convince him to take a "vacation" to Pleasure Island. It turns out to be anything but, and Pinocchio is almost turned into a donkey and sold as a slave. He manages to escape and gets home, only to discover Geppetto has gone in search of him and ended up in the belly of a whale. Pinocchio sets off to find him and set him free, leading to a spectacular finale against Monstro the whale. Disney's second animated feature after Snow White is another eye-popping animated masterpiece that has not dated at all. It works on multiple levels: the music, story and characters all combine to transform a simple morality tale into a timeless classic.

42. The River (1951)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Romance

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Three adolescent girls growing up in Bengal, India, learn their lessons in life after falling for an older American soldier.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Patricia Walters, Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight, Arthur Shields

Votes: 4,611

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 8/10 nostalgia factor: low

43. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Mystery

7.6
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During a rural summer picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse

Votes: 27,697 | Gross: $0.23M

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 8/10 nostalgia factor: low

44. Professione: reporter (1975)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

7.6
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90 Metascore

A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he's been asked to cover, takes the risky path of co-opting the I.D. of a dead arms dealer acquaintance.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Jenny Runacre, Ian Hendry

Votes: 16,772 | Gross: $0.62M

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 8/10 nostalgia factor: low

45. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, War

8.5
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94 Metascore

During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 500,792 | Gross: $83.47M

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

46. The Killing Fields (1984)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands

Votes: 45,071 | Gross: $34.70M

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

47. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

R | 113 min | Drama

7.9
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79 Metascore

A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver

Votes: 83,664 | Gross: $44.79M

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

48. Barry Lyndon (1975)

PG | 185 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger

Votes: 115,615

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

49. Raging Bull (1980)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

8.2
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92 Metascore

Emotionally self-destructive boxer, Jake La Motta's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent

Votes: 261,719 | Gross: $23.38M

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

50. Brazil (1985)

R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.0
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88 Metascore

A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error, and becomes an enemy of the state.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 165,238 | Gross: $9.93M

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: medium

51. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

R | 102 min | Drama

8.3
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68 Metascore

The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans

Votes: 643,801 | Gross: $3.64M

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

52. Magnolia (1999)

R | 188 min | Drama

8.0
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77 Metascore

An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 256,851 | Gross: $22.46M

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

53. Greaser's Palace (1972)

TV-MA | 91 min | Comedy, Western

6.1
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A parable based on the life of Christ. This ain't your father's Bible story, full of references about the destruction of the world through massive constipation and a New Mexican setting.

Director: Robert Downey Sr. | Stars: Albert Henderson, Michael Sullivan, Luana Anders, George Morgan

Votes: 740

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

54. Kundun (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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74 Metascore

From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin, Tenzin Yeshi Paichang

Votes: 23,101 | Gross: $5.53M

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

55. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Horror, War

6.0
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In World War II Italy, four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Paolo Bonacelli, Laura Betti, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle

Votes: 43,692

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

56. Maborosi (1995)

110 min | Drama

7.6
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94 Metascore

A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Makiko Esumi, Takashi Naitô, Tadanobu Asano, Gohki Kashiyama

Votes: 3,010

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

57. Rollerball (1975)

R | 125 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Sport

6.6
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In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck

Votes: 19,006 | Gross: $30.00M

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: medium

58. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

PG-13 | 164 min | Western

8.5
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80 Metascore

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.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 244,560 | Gross: $5.32M

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

59. Stroszek (1977)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Bruno S., Eva Mattes, Clemens Scheitz, Wilhelm von Homburg

Votes: 10,685

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

60. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

8.0
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82 Metascore

When a girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 309,215 | Gross: $232.91M

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: medium

Actress Ellen Burstyn concludes that her young teenage daughter is possessed after medical doctors cannot find a reason for her increasingly bizarre behavior. She resorts to asking for an exorcism by a Catholic priest struggling with his faith after the death of his mother. The priest enlists help from an elderly yet experienced Max von Sydow. Together they face an onslaught of profanity, sacrilege and vomit in their epic confrontation with the devil himself. Intelligent, and most of all convincing, portrayal of possession that gets my vote as the best horror movie of all time.

61. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror

7.9
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87 Metascore

There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these bloodthirsty, flesh-eating monsters.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman

Votes: 97,299 | Gross: $0.09M

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: high

62. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

R | 83 min | Horror

7.5
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75 Metascore

Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

Votes: 110,199 | Gross: $30.86M

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: medium

Two young couples and their wheelchair-bound friend travel to a remote Texas town where someone is vandalizing the local cemetery. They unwisely pick up a hitchhiker who briefly taunts them with a knife. They ditch him just in time, but soon run out of gas. They decide to explore a nearby old house and stumble on the rest of the hitchhiker's family. They are mentally deranged ex-slaughterhouse workers who keep a house full of bones and body parts, albeit artfully arranged. "Leatherface" is the worst of the bunch who wears a mask of human skin while terrorizing the group with a chainsaw. The chase scene between him and the girl, which takes up a good part of the final act, is one of the best ever put on film. Moody electronic music by the director and Wayne Bell perfectly complements the setting.

63. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

R | 137 min | Drama, Horror

8.0
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96 Metascore

A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer

Votes: 155,900

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: medium

Young housewife Mia Farrow and her struggling actor husband John Cassavetes rent a posh apartment in an old NYC building. Her husband befriends the elderly neighbors next door, who happen to be witches, little realizing that he has also made a bargain with them for her baby. He finds sudden stage success while the elderly couple dote on her during her pregnancy. An old family friend uncovers the truth, and is able to get it to Rosemary before he is killed. She desperately tries to save herself and her baby from the ruthless members of the witches coven. Polanski's classic unfolds slowly, like a good novel, with well developed characters and an intricate plot. Mia Farrow's descent into uncontrolled paranoia is convincing and unnerving.

64. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 480,143 | Gross: $32.00M

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: medium

Secretary Janet Leigh absconds with $40 thousand in cash and drives to meet her lover. She ends up at the Bates Motel on a rainy night. Clerk Anthony Perkins offers her food, conversation and a room. His elderly mother lives in a Victorian mansion behind the hotel, and we hear them arguing about Leigh before she is brutally murdered by a shadowy figure while taking a shower. Leigh's sister and boyfriend show up a few days later looking for her, as does a private detective looking for the cash. Perkins, supposedly covering up for his mother, murders the detective when he gets too close to the truth, which turns out to be more shocking than anyone imagined. After the frenetic North by Northwest, Hitchcock returned to darker themes in this, his most notorious, and disturbing, film. It was shot in black and white and with a low budget using the crew from his TV show, giving this a more personal, grittier feel. Bernard Herrmann's tense score ratchets up the intensity even more.

65. The Changeling (1980)

R | 107 min | Horror

7.3
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A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh

Votes: 24,013

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: medium

Distraught after the accidental death of his wife and child, composer George C. Scott moves to Seattle to resume his career in academics. He rents an opulent mansion from the local historical society at a bargain. He soon finds out it has sat vacant for a dozen years for a reason when strange sounds and occurrences draw him to a walled-up attic room. This leads him to uncover a hundred-year old mystery involving a powerful politician. A nearly perfect horror film pulled off with a minimum of blood or gore, just good, old fashioned scary with a compelling story. Turn off the lights and turn up the sound...

66. The Devils (1971)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Dudley Sutton, Max Adrian

Votes: 10,169

artistic: 8/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

67. Carnival of Souls (1962)

PG | 78 min | Horror, Mystery

7.2
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After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

Director: Herk Harvey | Stars: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison

Votes: 15,596

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 7/10 nostalgia factor: medium

68. Black Orpheus (1959)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

7.5
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81 Metascore

A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro.

Director: Marcel Camus | Stars: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira, Léa Garcia

Votes: 7,893

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 7/10 nostalgia factor: low

69. The Man Who Laughs (1928)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.8
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When a proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690, he is cruelly executed and his son surgically disfigured.

Director: Paul Leni | Stars: Mary Philbin, Conrad Veidt, Julius Molnar, Olga Baclanova

Votes: 4,235

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 7/10 nostalgia factor: low

70. Tokyo Story (1953)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama

8.2
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An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura, Setsuko Hara

Votes: 33,911

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 7/10 nostalgia factor: low

71. October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1928)

95 min | Drama, History

7.5
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In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in ... See full summary »

Directors: Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Boris Livanov, Nikolay Popov, Vasili Nikandrov, Layaschenko

Votes: 5,724

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 7/10 nostalgia factor: low

72. Soy Cuba (1964)

108 min | Drama, Music, War

8.0
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Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov | Stars: Sergio Corrieri, Salvador Wood, José Gallardo, Raúl García

Votes: 6,612 | Gross: $0.16M

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 7/10 nostalgia factor: low

73. Testament of Orpheus (1960)

Not Rated | 79 min | Biography

7.4
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The Poet looks back over his life and work, recalling his inspirations and obsessions.

Director: Jean Cocteau | Stars: Jean Cocteau, Françoise Arnoul, Claudine Auger, Charles Aznavour

Votes: 2,163

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 7/10 nostalgia factor: low

74. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Mystery

7.9
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In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff, Françoise Bertin

Votes: 16,165 | Gross: $0.14M

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 7/10 nostalgia factor: low

75. The Exterminating Angel (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Silvia Pinal, Jacqueline Andere, Enrique Rambal, Claudio Brook

Votes: 22,461

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 7/10 nostalgia factor: low

76. L'Age d'Or (1930)

63 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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A surrealist tale of a man and a woman passionately in love with one another, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted by their families, the Church, and bourgeois society.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Gaston Modot, Lya Lys, Caridad de Laberdesque, Max Ernst

Votes: 10,488 | Gross: $0.03M

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 7/10 nostalgia factor: low

77. El espíritu de la colmena (1973)

Unrated | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.0
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87 Metascore

In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein (1931), a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world.

Director: Víctor Erice | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Tellería

Votes: 13,561

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 7/10 nostalgia factor: low

78. Woman in the Dunes (1964)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Thriller

8.5
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An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Eiji Okada, Kyôko Kishida, Hiroko Itô, Kôji Mitsui

Votes: 13,202

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 7/10 nostalgia factor: low

79. Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)

Unrated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms, he kills a dragon and finds a treasure, the Hort. He helps Gunther to... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Paul Richter, Margarete Schön, Theodor Loos, Gertrud Arnold

Votes: 4,251

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 7/10 nostalgia factor: low

80. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache (1924)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.9
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After Siegfried's dead, Kriemhild marries Etzel, the King of the Huns. She gives birth to a child, and invites her brothers for a party. She tries to persuade Etzel and the other Huns, that... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Margarete Schön, Gertrud Arnold, Theodor Loos, Hans Carl Mueller

Votes: 3,204

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 7/10 nostalgia factor: low

81. Hamlet (1948)

Unrated | 154 min | Drama

7.8
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Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, John Laurie, Esmond Knight

Votes: 12,929

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 7/10 nostalgia factor: low

82. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

8.4
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A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Star: Mikhail Kaufman

Votes: 17,806

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 7/10 nostalgia factor: low

83. Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (1926)

Not Rated | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

7.9
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A handsome prince rides a flying horse to far-away lands and embarks on magical adventures, which include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess.

Directors: Lotte Reiniger, Carl Koch

Votes: 4,161

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 7/10 nostalgia factor: low

84. Black and White in Color (1976)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.0
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French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jean Carmet, Jacques Dufilho, Catherine Rouvel, Jacques Spiesser

Votes: 1,182

artistic: 10/10 entertainment value: 7/10 nostalgia factor: low

85. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.7
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90 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,028,619 | Gross: $322.74M

artistic: 7/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: high

86. Planet of the Apes (1968)

G | 112 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.0
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79 Metascore

An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans

Votes: 148,413 | Gross: $33.40M

artistic: 7/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: high

Charlton Heston is the leader of a group of astronauts whose spaceship crashes on an unknown planet in the future. After a trek through the desert, they stumble upon a tribe of primitive humans, but are soon captured by the real rulers of the planet, apes. Heston finds himself at the center of a controversial theory by one of their leading scientists: that apes evolved from man. The intellectual orangutans, who apparently control both religion and science, try to suppress the theory, while the pure scientists, chimps, are accused of heresy. Rod Serling and Michael Wilson's screenplay brilliantly turns the evolution debate on its head to expose its fallacies. They also manage to work in an anti-nuclear message in one of the best endings of all time. Incredibly, both topics are still as relevant today as they were in 1968 and the film has not aged at all.

87. Deliverance (1972)

R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox

Votes: 84,746

artistic: 7/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

88. Network (1976)

R | 121 min | Drama

8.1
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88 Metascore

A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall

Votes: 117,083

artistic: 7/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

89. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

R | 133 min | Drama

8.7
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80 Metascore

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.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman, Peter Brocco

Votes: 758,743 | Gross: $112.00M

artistic: 7/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

Jack Nicholson may or may not be faking mental illness to get out of jail and into a psychiatric hospital. He ends up in a ward run by the stoic Louise Fletcher, with whom he immediately clashes. He tries to inject some normalcy into the otherwise depressing routine by stealing a bus and taking the other patients on a joyride or watching a baseball game on tv. However, he takes things too far when he sneaks in alcohol and women one night. Hilarious and well-acted, but also a scathing indictment of the mental health system, as it is clear Nicholson is the only sane person yet receives the ultimate corrective treatment.

90. Chinatown (1974)

R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.2
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86 Metascore

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez

Votes: 242,038 | Gross: $29.20M

artistic: 7/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

91. The French Connection (1971)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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96 Metascore

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

Votes: 91,591

artistic: 7/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

92. Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

8.3
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In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Elena Altieri

Votes: 109,715 | Gross: $0.33M

artistic: 7/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

93. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama

8.1
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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.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis

Votes: 60,569

artistic: 7/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

94. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

8.1
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100 Metascore

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 323,289 | Gross: $22.20M

artistic: 7/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: high

Farm girl Dorothy is knocked unconscious during a tornado and wakes up in Technicolor. She is greeted by Munchkins who proclaim her a heroine after landing on a witch and killing her. However, Dorothy can only think about getting back home to Auntie Em, but must travel to a distant city and its great Wizard to ask for help. She picks up a trio of friends along the way, each hoping to fulfill their own desires. They overcome great obstacles to reach the wizard, but he demands they kill another witch before granting their wishes. The wizard is revealed to be a fraud, but a resourceful one who still finds a way to satisfy everyone. Dorothy wakes up back in dreary black and white Kansas where she recognizes the characters of Oz as people in her every day life. The enduring classic works on multiple levels: everything from escapist musical to psychological symbolism, each viewing seems to reveal something new.

95. Easy Rider (1969)

R | 95 min | Adventure, Drama

7.4
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86 Metascore

Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza

Votes: 82,147 | Gross: $41.73M

artistic: 7/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: medium

Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper are long-haired hippies who complete a drug deal for a large sum of cash and then travel across the desert southwest to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Along the way, they encounter discrimination based on their appearance and lifestyle. A prophetic statement comes from Jack Nicholson, an alcoholic lawyer they meet in jail along the way and who tags along, when he says one night in front of the camp fire: "don't ever tell anybody that they're not free, 'cause then they're gonna get real busy killin' and maimin' to prove to you that they are". It's the definitive cinematic treatment of the late 60s counterculture, moodily photographed by Laszlo Kovacs and set to a soundtrack by The Byrds, Steppenwolf and others.

96. Suspiria (1977)

R | 92 min | Horror

7.5
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A newcomer to a prestigious ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amidst a series of grisly murders.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé

Votes: 53,693

artistic: 7/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: medium

97. Fontane Effi Briest (1974)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama, History

7.0
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In the nineteenth century, seventeen year old Effi Briest is married to the older Baron von Instetten and moves into a house, that she believes has a ghost, in a small isolated Baltic town.... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Wolfgang Schenck, Ulli Lommel, Karlheinz Böhm

Votes: 1,861

artistic: 7/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

98. M (1931)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke

Votes: 112,504 | Gross: $0.03M

artistic: 7/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

99. The Young and the Damned (1950)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City, and the morals of young Pedro are gradually corrupted and destroyed by the others...

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Alfonso Mejía, Roberto Cobo, Estela Inda, Miguel Inclán

Votes: 14,700

artistic: 7/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low

Street urchins in Mexico survive, rather than live, in the streets. One of the older boys bullies the others into helping him rob and steal, even from the blind and crippled. Just out of reform school, he takes revenge on the boy he believes turned him in, killing him in the process. He bribes a younger boy who witnessed the murder. He stays quiet but is racked with guilt which festers inside him and threatens to take over his life. Framed for theft by the same boy, he is sent to reform school himself where a kindly director almost manages to turn him around. However, the streets are unforgiving leading to the unforgettable final scene. A brutal, hopelessly pessimistic film with occasional touches of Bunuel's surrealism.

100. Patton (1970)

GP | 172 min | Biography, Drama, War

8.0
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91 Metascore

The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong

Votes: 83,011 | Gross: $61.70M

artistic: 7/10 entertainment value: 10/10 nostalgia factor: low