IMDb Poll Board Users' Top 10 All Time Classics

by Breumaster | created - 30 Oct 2019 | updated - 27 Nov 2019 | Public

The poll board users chose their most beloved all time classic movies. They all have given their reasons for picking their first candidate made before 1970. With which user's list would you agree the most? Tell us about your favorite here.

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1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

R | 178 min | Western

90 Metascore

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.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Votes: 696,690 | Gross: $6.10M

Breumaster's picks: 01. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966)

Reason: "I ever loved the wild style and the look of the movie. The atmosphere feels rough like in not many other western and it's packed with intriguing characters who try to survive in a threatening historical war setting that looks real and rough over the whole runtime, underlined by the mindblowing score of Ennio Morricone. Time flies by while watching."

02. 12 Angry Men (1957) 03. It's a Wonderful Life (1946) 04. The Great Dictator (1940) 05. The Third Man (1949) 06. Rear Window (1954) 07. C'era una volta il West (1968) 08. The Ox-Bow Incident (1942) 09. A Foreign Affair (1948) 10. It Happened One Night (1934)

2. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical expatriate American cafe owner struggles to decide whether or not to help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape the Nazis in French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 527,988 | Gross: $1.02M

TsarStepan's picks: 01. Casablanca (1942)

Reason: "A case for Casablanca: Humphrey Bogart has given us, Rick Blaine ... the greatest antihero in cinema. It's also one of the most delightfully quotable films ever created. What a bittersweet romance with the brilliant chemistry between Humphrey Bogart's Rick and Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa Lund."

02. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966) 03. La battaglia di Algeri (1966) 04. Z (1969) 05. The Manchurian Candidate (1962) 06. The Music Man (1962) 07. The Apartment (1960) 08. North by Northwest (1959) 09. Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1953) 10. Ivanovo detstvo (1962)

3. Fantasia (1940)

G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

96 Metascore

A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Corey Burton

Votes: 89,556 | Gross: $76.41M

Dan Dassow's picks: 01. Fantasia (1940)

Reason: "Fantasia offers great performances of abstract and program major classical pieces of music backed up by the creative vision of hand drawn Disney animation. It is an excellent introduction to classical music."

02. My Fair Lady (1964) 03. Sister Kenny (1946) 04. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 05. Casablanca (1942) 06. Rear Window (1954) 07. The Wizard of Oz (1939) 08. It Happened One Night (1934) 09. The Song of Bernadette (1943) 10. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

4. Late Spring (1949)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Setsuko Hara, Yumeji Tsukioka, Haruko Sugimura

Votes: 14,905

Son_of_albstein's picks: 01. Banshun (1949)

Reason: "This film is about the oppositions between family and individual, modernity versus tradition, but most of all, the smiling surface versus the depths of feeling that are mostly hidden from our view. And this is a more powerful source for compassion than emotional outbursts in other movies."

02. Rosemary's Baby (1968) 03. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 04. Psycho (1960) 05. Playtime (1967) 06. Tôkyô monogatari (1953) 07. Rear Window (1954) 08. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966) 09. M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder (1931) 10. Le vieil homme et l'enfant (1967)

5. Ikiru (1952)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka

Votes: 69,899 | Gross: $0.06M

NDbportmanfan's picks: 01. Ikiru (1952)

Reason: "Takashi Shimura gives such an incredible performance, his facial expressions matched with the dreary tone made it impossible not to feel for him. The story is something we can all relate to in some way or another and it is told so well that we are left with a great deal to contemplate after the credits roll."

02. 12 Angry Men (1957) 03. Psycho (1960) 04. Gaslight (1944) 05. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 06. Les diaboliques (1955) 07. Night of the Living Dead (1968) 08. Gone with the Wind (1939) 09. Singin' in the Rain (1952) 10. Shichinin no samurai (1954)

6. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama

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: 701,398 | Gross: $4.36M

mihailorazvigor's picks: 01. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Reason: "A case for 12 Angry Men: Superb, tight script. Marvelous direction and camerawork. Brilliant acting all around. Unforgettable characters. Roller-coaster of emotions. One of the rare films that makes you feel like you're taking part in it."

02. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) 03. Casablanca (1942) 04. It's a Wonderful Life (1946) 05. Samson and Delilah (1949) 06. The Thing from Another World (1951) 07. Rear Window (1954) 08. Some Like It Hot (1959) 09. Mars na Drinu (1964) 10. Night of the Living Dead (1968) (wanted chronical order)

7. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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: 612,022 | Gross: $32.00M

thenolanfan's picks: 01. Psycho (1960)

Reason: "I like how Alfred Hitchcock create the suspense in this movie and how Anthony Perkings portrayed Norman Bates."

02. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 03. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 04. Casablanca (1942) 05. 12 Angry Men (1957) 06. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) 07. North by Northwest (1959) 08. Sunset Blvd. (1950) 09. Citizen Kane (1941) 10. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

8. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

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: 161,945 | Gross: $1.24M

rocky-o's picks: 01. Metropolis (1927)

Reason: "Metropolis (1927) is a brilliant film by Fritz Lang, who uses a futuristic timeline to convey the underbelly of humanity as cogs in the wheel of society, and the desire for change in strength and beauty...."

02. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 03. 12 Angry Men (1957) 04. Citizen Kane (1941) 05. The Five Pennies (1959) 06. A Day at the Races (1937) 07. The Hustler (1961) 08. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) 09. Double Indemnity (1944) 10. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

9. Move Over, Darling (1963)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Romance

After having been lost at sea for several years, a missing wife thought long dead returns just after her husband has remarried.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Doris Day, James Garner, Polly Bergen, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 5,390

NarniaIsAwesome's pick's: 01. Move Over, Darling (1963)

Reason: "A hilarious romantic comedy with a perfect cast, relatable characters, and elements still relevant today. Special shout out to Chuck Connors' laugh out loud performance."

02. Sleeping Beauty (1959) 03. Come September (1961) 04. The Birds (1963) 05. Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962) 06. Pillow Talk (1959) 07. Rear Window (1954) 08. The Ten Commandments (1956) 09. The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) 10. McLintock! (1963)

10. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Approved | 228 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

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: 271,230 | Gross: $44.82M

urbanemovies' picks: 01. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Reason: "Most of these movies have been my favorite classic movie at one time or another, but Lawrence of Arabia (1962) has probably held the distinction for me the longest. As with most of David Lean's masterpieces, it excels in just about every way one can measure a film. The film has aged well over the past fifty years; it remains an impressive work, even by modern-day standards. The almost four hour epic is so well-made, one oddly doesn't want it to ever end."

02. Cool Hand Luke (1967) 03. Citizen Kane (1941) 04. It's a Wonderful Life (1946) 05. Fort Apache (1948) 06. Captains Courageous (1937) 07. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) 08. Shichinin no samurai (1954) 09. Goldfinger (1964) 10. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) (#02 - #10: no particular order)

11. City Lights (1931)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

99 Metascore

With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers

Votes: 170,092 | Gross: $0.02M

12. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

R | 178 min | Western

90 Metascore

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.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Votes: 696,690 | Gross: $6.10M

Ardan Türzünsoy's picks: 01. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966)

Reason: "I don't consider The Good, The Bad & The Ugly as the best film ever, but for me it's certainly the most beautiful-looking film ever, therefore my favorite from the pre-1970 era. What also appeals to me is the universal theme. Even though there's a war going around them, these three men are only concerned about one thing: gold. In other words, themselves. I also like the fact that (despite the stereotyping title) all three main characters are far from stereotypes. Add that to the best musical score of all times, and you've got an endlessly enjoyable masterpiece."

02. 12 Angry Men (1957) 03. L'armée des ombres (1969) 04. Shichinin no samurai (1954) 05. Midnight Cowboy (1969) 06. Citizen Kane (1941) 07. C'era una volta il West (1968) 08. Der letzte Mann (1924) 09. On the Waterfront (1954) 10. The Gold Rush (1925)

13. Paths of Glory (1957)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, War

90 Metascore

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: 180,901

otter68's picks: 01. Paths of Glory (1957)

Reason: "It's brilliantly acted by Douglass, Menjou, and Macready. It's a gripping story, beautifully told and shot by Stanley Kubrick. The ending scene is very moving and poignant and shows the sorrow and pain of war. "

02. The Searchers (1956) 03. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) 04. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 05. Animal Crackers (1930) 06. The Magnificent Seven (1960) 07. Citizen Kane (1941) 08. Going My Way (1944) 09. The Grapes of Wrath (1940) 10. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

14. Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

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: 148,908 | Gross: $0.33M

Hoekkie's picks: 01. Ladri di biciclette (1948)

Reason: "This movie is about a bike that’s stolen. That’s it, nothing more. I love the simplicity of this story. It’s a very realistic and touching movie."

02. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966) 03. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 04. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 05. Brief Encounter (1945) 06. Per qualche dollaro in più (1965) 07. Destry Rides Again (1939) 08. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) 09. I giorni dell'ira (1967) 10. Da uomo a uomo (1967)

15. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 319,672 | Gross: $0.27M

16. Le Trou (1960)

Not Rated | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In prison four long-sentence inmates planning an elaborate escape cautiously induct a new inmate to join in their scheme which leads to distrust and uncertainty.

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: André Bervil, Jean Keraudy, Michel Constantin, Philippe Leroy

Votes: 15,749 | Gross: $0.03M

pechofifteenpolls' picks: 01. Le trou (1960)

Reason: "It's a film about a group of prisoners making a hole in an attempt to escape, but what sounds like a slow and maybe boring plot is actually a cinematic jewell where everything works to leave you totally inmersed with the film, and also having a powerfull social commentary. Movies show its magic when they create something so great out of something apparently so simple."

02. On the Waterfront (1954) 03. All About Eve (1950) 04. Inherit the Wind (1960) 05. Singin' in the Rain (1952) 06. Le salaire de la peur (1953) 07. Casablanca (1942) 08. La grande illusion (1937) 09. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) 10. Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920)

17. The Ox-Bow Incident (1942)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Western

When a posse captures three men suspected of killing a local farmer, they become strongly divided over whether or not to lynch the men.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn

Votes: 21,078 | Gross: $1.64M

rubyfruit76's picks: 01. The Ox-Bow Incident (1942)

Reason: "One of the most sobering and potent morality tales in any medium, it has a humanity that many other Westerns miss and instead of glorifying violence and machismo, The Ox-Bow Incident criticizes both. It is also a searing commentary on topically relevant group-think. Henry Fonda shines in this beautiful and dark, yet life-affirming, film."

02. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 03. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 04. Rear Window (1954) 05. On the Waterfront (1954) 06. Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (1958) 07. Double Indemnity (1944) 08. Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (1926) 09. Tôkyô monogatari (1953) 10. Bonnie and Clyde (1967) (no particular order)

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