The Top 100 Films Ever Made

In my opinion, of course. Like you couldn't figure that out.
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1.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Still beyond any other film ever made. Which I didn't entirely expect when I first saw it. ” - DD-931
 
2.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles. (91 mins.)
“ Funniest film ever made. Also cheapest funniest film ever made. ” - DD-931
 
3.
The Hill (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In a North African military prison during World War II, five new prisoners struggle to survive in the face of brutal punishment and sadistic guards. (123 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Also makes me want to start another list: Most Underrated Films in History. ” - DD-931
 
4.
Citizen Kane (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Sorry, but there's a REASON why it's on so many lists like this one. ” - DD-931
 
5.
Local Hero (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected. (111 mins.)
Director: Bill Forsyth
“ See my comment on THE HILL. ” - DD-931
 
6.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos. (137 mins.)
“ If you don't have a sense of wonder, I don't know how you get up in the morning. ” - DD-931
 
7.
Blade Runner (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ What an incredible world it creates! ” - DD-931
 
8.
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy. (126 mins.)
“ A brilliant satire, a brilliant thriller, a brilliant tragedy...Wow. ” - DD-931
 
9.
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
“ Funniest nightmare ever filmed. ” - DD-931
 
10.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close. (110 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ Buddy movies have tried to recapture this one's chemistry ever since...and failed. ” - DD-931
 
11.
Raising Arizona (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they anticipated. (94 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ The ultimate American Gothic comedy. Which I wouldn't have thought would be such a high bar to set, but voila! ” - DD-931
 
12.
The Lion in Winter (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
1183 A.D.: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him. (134 mins.)
Director: Anthony Harvey
“ Greatest translation of a play to film ever. ” - DD-931
 
13.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Did you know most spaghetti westerns are awful? This film is why most of you don't know that. ” - DD-931
 
14.
Patton (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. (172 mins.)
“ Some people think this movie glorifies Patton, some people think it makes him a symbol of everything to hate about war. It's neither. And both. And so much more. ” - DD-931
 
15.
North by Northwest (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
“ Nobody was better at the art of being a movie star than Cary Grant. Also has Hitchcock's (and film's) best thriller setpiece...the cropdusting scene. ” - DD-931
 
16.
King Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
“ They've all tried, and failed, to top this original. And I don't just mean in the realm of giant monkey movies. ” - DD-931
 
17.
Robin and Marian (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Robin Hood, aging none too gracefully, returns exhausted from the Crusades to woo and win Maid Marian one last time. (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ See my comments on THE HILL and LOCAL HERO. Also makes me want to start ANOTHER list: Actors Who Are Better Than You Ever Realized. ” - DD-931
 
18.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ Lean couldn't help it that he Owned the Epic Genre. ” - DD-931
 
19.
The Ipcress File (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In London, a counter espionage agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists. (109 mins.)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
“ Michael Caine RULES! ” - DD-931
 
20.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ I'm a sucker for films that challenge our concepts of reality. Of course, it helps when they do it brilliantly. ” - DD-931
 
21.
The Sand Pebbles (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of... (182 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ McQueen's best performance. An epic with insight. Gives Lean a run for his money. ” - DD-931
 
22.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
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. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ Do you know how many SF fans waited their whole lives for a space adventure done right? Until 1977, all of them. ” - DD-931
 
23.
Jaws (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. (124 mins.)
“ This one invented the summer blockbuster. But you can never recapture The First Time. ” - DD-931
 
24.
The Three Musketeers (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young swordsman comes to Paris and faces villains, romance, adventure and intrigue with three Musketeer friends. (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ GOD, was this fun! ” - DD-931
 
25.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. (94 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ I was so happy I had seen this film, I was in tears at the end of it. ” - DD-931
 
26.
Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape. (132 mins.)
Director: Henry King
“ Still used in leadership classes. Never been a better film about men at the breaking point. ” - DD-931
 
27.
La Strada (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way. (108 mins.)
“ Never saw the beauty in ugliness until Fellini showed it to me. ” - DD-931
 
28.
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Inspector Jacques Clouseau investigates the murder of Mr. Benjamin Ballon's driver at a country estate. (102 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ Peter Sellers is a genius. ” - DD-931
 
29.
Fort Apache (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
At Fort Apache, an honorable and veteran war captain finds conflict when his regime is placed under the command of a young, glory hungry lieutenant colonel with no respect for the local Indian tribe. (128 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ WAY more going on here than should have been expected from any Western of the era. Fonda is so great playing against type, Wayne is so sympathetic and doesn't save the day...How BOUT that Ford! ” - DD-931
 
30.
Mister Roberts (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the waning days of World War II, the United States Navy cargo ship Reluctant and her crew are stationed in the "backwater" areas of the Pacific Ocean. Trouble ensues when the crew members are granted liberty. (123 mins.)
“ I LOVE these guys! ” - DD-931
 
31.
Metropolis (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (153 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ It was 1927. But this guy KNEW where we were going. ” - DD-931
 
32.
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed. (123 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
“ A war movie where you get to see where both sides are coming from. Doesn't let the Japanese off the hook, but shows how their folly was tearing some of them apart from the inside. ” - DD-931
 
33.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. (112 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ See above on Cary Grant. And then add Jimmy Stewart and Katherine Hepburn as being hot on his heels. I could have seen nothing but films starring these three together and been happy for the rest of my life. ” - DD-931
 
34.
Bedazzled (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A hapless loser sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for seven wishes, but has trouble winning over the girl of his dreams. (103 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
“ The template for Wickedly Funny. ” - DD-931
 
35.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
“ In the end, it's terrifying how well this film predicts the most dangerous aspect of disaffected youth in the late 20th century. ” - DD-931
 
36.
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs. (87 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ FUN! FUN! FUN! The Beatles Conquer the Earth! ” - DD-931
 
37.
Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Thinking this will prevent war, the US government gives an impenetrable supercomputer total control over launching nuclear missiles. But what the computer does with the power is unimaginable to its creators. (100 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
“ This is The Terminator for grownups. And, ultimately, more frightening. ” - DD-931
 
38.
The Great Escape (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ This film is so good, it made me want to be a Prisoner of War. How nuts is that? ” - DD-931
 
39.
Hud (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ Paul Newman wanted the audience to hate Hud. Problem was, Hud was played by Paul Newman. ” - DD-931
 
40.
Chinatown (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ What a GREAT script! The only problem with Film Noir of the 1940s was, they weren't allowed to go where this film goes. ” - DD-931
 
41.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body. (106 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ Silliest film ever made. Wilder, Feldman, Kahn, Boyle, are all immortal to me for this film alone. Also best comic cameo appearance by a movie star in film history (Hackman). ” - DD-931
 
42.
The Producers (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop. (88 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ What a run Mel Brooks had, from this film to YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN! His failures can never change the fact that he was brilliant at this point in his career. ” - DD-931
 
43.
Shadowlands (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer, and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets a spirited poet from the U.S. (131 mins.)
“ The most intelligent tearjerker ever made. ” - DD-931
 
44.
Nashville (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed. (160 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ Altman's films aren't films. They're life on steroids. This one was the best example. ” - DD-931
 
45.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. (134 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Magical beyond belief. Even more so because it's got an edge to it. ” - DD-931
 
46.
My Darling Clementine (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The Earps battle the Clantons at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. (97 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ This is what they're talking about when they say movies can be so much better than real life. ” - DD-931
 
47.
Paths of Glory (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them. (88 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ The best tragedy about war ever made...but if you pay attention, you'll realize that DR. STRANGELOVE was no fluke for Kubrick. The parrying between Douglas and the generals is wickedly funny...which makes the tragedy even more painful. ” - DD-931
 
48.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. (121 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Keep trying, guys, but you'll never make a cross-dressing comedy that stands a chance against this one. ” - DD-931
 
49.
Gallipoli (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ If you watch, as a double-feature, this film... ” - DD-931
 
50.
Breaker Morant (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers. (107 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
“ ...and this one, you'll end up one very angry Australian-lover. ” - DD-931
 
51.
Sleeper (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A nerdish store owner is revived out of cryostasis into a future world to fight an oppressive government. (89 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Just funny. Which is sometimes all you need from a film. ” - DD-931
 
52.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ Jeez, Lean, stop taking our breath away like that! ” - DD-931
 
53.
Body Heat (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband. (113 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
“ The OTHER Film Noir mystery that sadly could not have been made in the actual era of Film Noirs. ” - DD-931
 
54.
Love and Death (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In czarist Russia, a neurotic soldier and his distant cousin formulate a plot to assassinate Napoleon. (85 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Funniest parody of Ingmar Bergman ever made. Which alone makes Woody Allen a genius. ” - DD-931
 
55.
The Wind and the Lion (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In early 20th century Morocco, a Sharif kidnaps an American woman and her children, forcing President Theodore Roosevelt to send in forces to conduct a rescue mission. (119 mins.)
Director: John Milius
“ Arabs as heroes. And why not? Watch this one the next time you want to lump all Arabs together as monsters. ” - DD-931
 
56.
Sanjuro (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent. (96 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Kurosawa was another genius. And better than that, he even was a genius with the element of humor in his films. ” - DD-931
 
57.
What's Up, Doc? (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations. (94 mins.)
“ For an all-too-brief moment in time, Streisand and O'Neal were exceptional film comedians. And for a moment, they COULD make them like they used to. ” - DD-931
 
58.
Bullitt (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection. (114 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
“ The coolest. Ever. ” - DD-931
 
59.
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel. (158 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
“ "You're in it now, up to your NECK!' And you couldn't be happier. ” - DD-931
 
60.
Sleuth (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results. (138 mins.)
“ A rare perfect intersection of theatre and film performance. By one Master of Theatre Acting and one Master of Film Acting. ” - DD-931
 
61.
Life of Brian (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah. (94 mins.)
Director: Terry Jones
“ The people who felt this film was sacrilegious must have secretly known that this film wasn't making fun of God or Jesus Christ...it was making fun of THEM. ” - DD-931
 
62.
Darling (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A beautiful but amoral model sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties. (128 mins.)
“ I loved the '60s. But the dark underbelly of the era was exposed here even before the era reached it's peak. ” - DD-931
 
63.
Von Ryan's Express (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An American POW leads a group of mainly British prisoners to escape from the Germans in WWII. (117 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
“ The very model of an action-adventure...only look closer, and you see that even here illusions of heroism don't hold up under the pressure of hard decisions. ” - DD-931
 
64.
Help! (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ringo finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult and the band must try to protect him from it. (92 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ No one can EVER say the Beatles were one-hit wonders! ” - DD-931
 
65.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform. (126 mins.)
“ So cool. So funny. So heartbreaking. ” - DD-931
 
66.
Ghostbusters (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. (105 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
“ Come on! Lighten up! ” - DD-931
 
67.
Hickey & Boggs (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Bill Cosby and Robert Culp ("I Spy") are united again as private eyes in this Walter Hill-scripted "film noir." Searching for a missing girl, they find themselves involved with vicious criminals and precipitating a string of deaths. (111 mins.)
Director: Robert Culp
“ Never heard of this one? Well, that's why so many better-known movies were able to steal from it with impunity. Even as they ended up as pale imitations. After all, no one would ever know, because they've never heard of this one... ” - DD-931
 
68.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ The pure chill of the first moment we see Gort...priceless. ” - DD-931
 
69.
Stairway to Heaven (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court. (104 mins.)
“ I'm fascinated by British-American relations. And this one explored it with a love of BOTH sides. Impressive. ” - DD-931
 
70.
From Here to Eternity (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love. (118 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ Why does this film still work so well? Gee, I guess I'll have to watch it AGAIN to figure out why...

;) ” - DD-931
 
71.
The Graduate (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter. (106 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Never has a film explored a generation's explosion into adulthood more fully. It's funny because it's true. ” - DD-931
 
72.
Solaris (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane. (167 mins.)
“ Maybe it would be worse if an alien dissected our soul instead of just our body. ” - DD-931
 
73.
Goldfinger (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve. (110 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ Connery's Bond, especially here, was film wish-fulfillment at it's best. ” - DD-931
 
74.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ Bad guys that you care about. Like they're your own family. How'd he DO that? ” - DD-931
 
75.
Seven Samurai (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Flawed heroes in all their glory. ” - DD-931
 
76.
12 Angry Men (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Flawed human beings in all their glory. ” - DD-931
 
77.
The Third Man (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
“ You'd better have cleaned your rug before you watch this film, because by the time you get to that final shot, your chin is going to be resting on whatever's down there. ” - DD-931
 
78.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
“ A sequel to a classic film that might be BETTER? How'd he do THAT? ” - DD-931
 
79.
Rashomon (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Kurosawa, you damned genius! Now you're messing with our minds! ” - DD-931
 
80.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down. (129 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ Everything that's magnificent and fouled up about the centuries-long American experiment. ” - DD-931
 
81.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ The American fairy tale. Second to none. ” - DD-931
 
82.
Annie Hall (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall. (93 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ You're disappointed in some of Allen's later films? Hell, they can't ALL be Annie Halls! ” - DD-931
 
83.
Petulia (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An unhappily married socialite finds solace in the company of a recently divorced doctor. (105 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ Your heart hurts for the people who thought the '60s was going to be nothing but fun times. ” - DD-931
 
84.
The Conversation (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. (113 mins.)
“ People who don't like subtlety in films can kiss my rear cushion. But the proper karma is, they can't enjoy brilliant films like this one. ” - DD-931
 
85.
The Great Santini (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
As he approaches manhood, Ben Meechum struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father, an aggressively competitive, but frustrated marine pilot. (115 mins.)
“ Best portrayal of a post-war military careerist in film history. And yes, I know whereof I speak. ” - DD-931
 
86.
On the Waterfront (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. (108 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ See, when Brando was the greatest, he was the GREATEST! ” - DD-931
 
87.
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby. (102 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ What I love most is, Katherine Hepburn is supposed to be such a ditz, but she's so innately intelligent, there's this wonderful feeling that's she's putting on Cary Grant the whole time. And BRILLIANTLY. ” - DD-931
 
88.
The Searchers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ You don't think John Wayne could act? You think he was two-dimensional? You haven't seen this film. ” - DD-931
 
89.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
“ It's when Americans challenge their own status quo that they're at their best. ” - DD-931
 
90.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ The birth of cool in film. ” - DD-931
 
91.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
“ Biggest surprise? This film is way more wry about the human condition than it is fatalistic about it. ” - DD-931
 
92.
Spartacus (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic. (197 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ What a cast! What a director! What is it about me and epics? ” - DD-931
 
93.
You Only Live Twice (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Agent 007 and the Japanese secret service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked. (117 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ What can I say? You'll never get fantasy wish-fullfillment more off-the-charts than this one! ” - DD-931
 
94.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A clan's estranged patriarch loses his home and learns that his ex-wife plans to remarry. (110 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Wes Anderson gets that people all role-play in their lives. Even in their families. ” - DD-931
 
95.
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution. (197 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ Again with the transporting epics, Lean! And humanizing the Russians...are you crazy or something? ” - DD-931
 
96.
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II. (134 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ See, you'd think the "stiff-upper lip" would be stodgy. But sometimes, don't you wish you could pull it off too? ” - DD-931
 
97.
The Servant (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An upper-class man hires a servant who turns out to have a hidden agenda. (116 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
“ Bogarde's performance is one of the great ones in film history. ” - DD-931
 
98.
Charade (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust? (113 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
“ Always love how people think Hitchcock directed this. Which makes it the best Hitchcock film Hitchcock didn't direct. Grant and Hepburn are magic. ” - DD-931
 
99.
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
100.
Malcolm X (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam. (202 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ An amazing character study of a man undergoing multiple transformations right up to the point of his death. THIS is the film Denzel Washington should have won the Oscar for. ” - DD-931