The Greatest 100 Movies of All Time
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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
This life-affirming Stephen King adaptation stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman as two jailed prisoners who strike up a friendship.
The Godfather (1972)
The first two movies in Francis Ford Coppola's operatic Mafia series (starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino) are genre-defining classics.
Michael Curtis's critically beloved landmark 1942 romance stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in career-defining turns.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Victor Flemings's timeless 1939 musical boasts some of the most loved songs in movie history as well as a star turn by Judy Garland.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Victor Flemings's 1939 star-studded Civil War tour de force finds Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh entangled in a fiery love affair.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Harper Lee's story is poignantly reimagined in this 1962 coming-of-age pic with a career-defining performance by Gregory Peck.
Citizen Kane (1941)
Director and star Orson Well's masterful fictional biopic about the titular tycoon set a new standard for the movies that followed.
The first entry in George Lucas's much-heralded fantastical space trilogy broke big technological ground as well as box-office records.
James Stewart stars as the acrophobic detective at the heart of this 1958 tale of obsession also from the Hitchock canon.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
This tale of a stricken average Joe (James Stewart) whose life is saved by an angel made director Frank Capra a household name.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Peter O'Toole nabbed the Oscar for his first major role, in David Lean's breathtakingly gorgeous 1962 biopic.
Possibly the most influential thriller ever made, Alfred Hitchcock's tale of a psychotic mama's boy (Anthony Perkins) hasn't dimmed with age.
Schindler's List (1993)
Often considered Spielberg's masterpiece, this wrenching drama starring Liam Neeson as the titular hero is based on true events.
Rear Window (1954)
Alfred Hitchcock's voyeuristic triumph finds James Stewart and Grace Kelly navigating the twists and turns of a nail-biting thriller.
North by Northwest (1959)
One of Hitchcock's finest works of suspense, this mistaken-identity movie boasts crack performances by Cary Grant and James Mason.
Jack Nicholson as a crazy-sane mental patient is one of many fine performances that anchor Milos Forman's adaptation.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Quentin Tarantino's stylish cult classic interweaves a series of vignettes about low-life criminals, lovers, and thugs.
Disney's first full-length animated masterpiece is a classic fairy tale that won hearts (and an Oscar) in 1937.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
John Ford's adaptation of the Steinbeck novel features one of Henry Fonda's greatest performances ever.
This 1959 Charlton Heston classic tells the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur on an ambitious scale made evident by its famed chariot race.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Based on a true event, this 1957 war drama finds Alec Guinness's British commander leading a perilous effort in the wilds of Burma.
Steven Spielberg's unforgettably terrifying flick brings Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss to their knees before a giant mechanical shark.
The Graduate (1967)
Mike Nichols's 1967 coming-of-age classic stars Anne Bancroft as the rapacious seductress of Dustin Hoffmanâ€™s naive Ben Braddock.
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Billy Wilder's dark 1950 comedy features Gloria Swanson as an aging film queen and William Holden as her suitor.
All About Eve (1950)
This acerbic Oscar-sweeping drama stars Bette Davis as an aging Broadway dame and Anne Baxter as a scheming young social climber.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Stanley Kubrick's hypnotic, thought-provoking mind bender was revolutionary in 1968 and has been a sci-fi staple ever since.
Taxi Driver (1976)
Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese make movie magic in the tale of a rage-filled New York cabbie bent on correcting the world's injustices.
In Kubrick's satire, fears come true when a psychotic general starts an all-out nuclear war.
The only Hitchcock movie with a Best Picture Oscar, this gothic mystery stars Laurence Olivier as a moody widower.
The African Queen (1951)
Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn's odd-couple chemistry anchors John Huston's 1951 romantic adventure.
Double Indemnity (1944)
One of Billy Wilder's finest works, this classic noir stars Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck as co-conspirators in marital murder.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
The inimitable Gene Kelly directs and stars in one of the most beloved musicals of the fifties, opposite Jean Hagen and Debbie Reynolds.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Spielberg's feel-good 1982 hit stars Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas as young siblings who form a powerful bond with a cute alien.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Billy Wilder directs Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon in this wonderfully satirical 1959 work about two jazz musicians on the lam.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
John Huston's influential noir mystery stars Humphrey Bogart as a hard-drinking gumshoe tracking the elusive titular statue.
King Kong (1976)
The pioneering 1933 horror-fantasy favorite stars Fay Wray as the comely blonde who entices the love-struck giant ape to his doom.
On the Waterfront (1954)
Elia Kazan's gritty, evocative drama has Marlon Brando as the former boxing champ who utters the famous line, "I coulda been a contender."
High Noon (1952)
Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly are the married couple who add romance to this terse 1952 Western, a much-lauded classic of the genre.
Alfred Hitchcock's ninth movie, starring Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant, features many iconic moments, including that famous marathon kiss.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Marlon Brando's portrayal of a brute in Elia Kazan's intense adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play is the stuff of movie legend.
Jack Nicholson's world-weary gumshoe anchors Roman Polanski's 1974 noir, also starring Faye Dunaway and John Huston.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Coppola's nightmarish Vietnam epic, starring Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen, redefines the war flick and the dangers of the jungle.
Roman Holiday (1953)
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck's chemistry drives this old-fashioned courtship story, which was nominated for ten Oscars in 1953.
Disney's legendary cartoon fantasy, which animates beloved selections of classical music, is still a freewheeling visual delight to this day.
It Happened One Night (1934)
Frank Capra's madcap comedy pairs Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert as a reporter and a socialite who fall in love despite the odds.
Wuthering Heights (1939)
Laurence Olivier brings Emily Bronte's Heathcliff to life in this brooding 1939 adaptation of the famous love story set on the moors.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
George Cukor's sophisticated romantic farce stars Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart in a battle of societal wits.
Raging Bull (1980)
A visceral black-and-white drama about an aging boxer (Robert De Niro), Martin Scorsese's 1980 flick is one of the best of its decade.
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
William Wyler's landmark 1946 drama follows three World War II vets, including Oscar winner Harold Russell, as they return home.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
This 1938 swashbuckling costume epic stars Errol Flynn in arguably his greatest role, as the titular prince of thieves.
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