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The Greatest 100 Movies of All Time

Filmsite.org’s Tim Dirks has spotlighted the 100 all-time greatest movies, many of which have improved with time. How would you rank them? Vote below. Want to learn how Tim picked them? Click here.

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1 The Godfather [Film Series]
The first two movies in Francis Ford Coppola's operatic Mafia series (starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino) are genre-defining classics.
6787 43197
2 The Shawshank Redemption
This life-affirming Stephen King adaptation stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman as two jailed prisoners who strike up a friendship.
5832 46274
3 Psycho
Possibly the most influential thriller ever made, Alfred Hitchcock’s tale of a psychotic mama's boy (Anthony Perkins) hasn’t dimmed with age.
4693 23433
4 Vertigo
James Stewart stars as the acrophobic detective at the heart of this 1958 tale of obsession also from the Hitchock canon.
4680 23078
5 Schindler’s List
Often considered Spielberg’s masterpiece, this wrenching drama starring Liam Neeson as the titular hero is based on true events.
4588 24548
6 Citizen Kane
Director and star Orson Welles’s masterful fictional biopic about the titular tycoon set a new standard for the movies that followed.
4536 22766
7 Casablanca
Michael Curtiz’s critically beloved landmark 1942 romance stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in career-defining turns.
4493 27743
8 Rear Window
Alfred Hitchcock’s voyeuristic triumph finds James Stewart and Grace Kelly navigating the twists and turns of a nail-biting thriller.
4398 21490
9 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Jack Nicholson as a crazy-sane mental patient is one of many fine performances that anchor Milos Forman’s adaptation.
4243 20991
10 Star Wars [Film Series]
The first entry in George Lucas’s much-heralded fantastical space trilogy broke big technological ground as well as box-office records.
4223 31639
11 North by Northwest
One of Hitchcock’s finest works of suspense, this mistaken-identity movie boasts crack performances by Cary Grant and James Mason.
4194 18414
12 Pulp Fiction
Quentin Tarantino's stylish cult classic interweaves a series of vignettes about low-life criminals, lovers, and thugs.
4094 26652
13 Taxi Driver
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.
3901 17781
14 It’s a Wonderful Life
This tale of a stricken average Joe (James Stewart) whose life is saved by an angel made director Frank Capra a household name.
3863 20113
15 The Wizard of Oz
Victor Fleming’s timeless 1939 musical boasts some of the most loved songs in movie history as well as a star turn by Judy Garland.
3778 23028
16 Gone With the Wind
Victor Fleming’s 1939 star-studded Civil War tour de force finds Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh entangled in a fiery love affair.
3738 23888
17 To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee’s story is poignantly reimagined in this 1962 coming-of-age pic with a career-defining performance by Gregory Peck.
3547 19007
18 Lawrence of Arabia
Peter O’Toole nabbed the Oscar for his first major role, in David Lean’s breathtakingly gorgeous 1962 biopic.
3228 15480
19 Jaws
Steven Spielberg’s unforgettably terrifying flick brings Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss to their knees before a giant mechanical shark.
2608 19540
20 2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick’s hypnotic, thought-provoking mind bender was revolutionary in 1968 and has been a sci-fi staple ever since.
2243 15825
21 Raging Bull
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.
2217 12613
22 The Bridge on the River Kwai
Based on a true event, this 1957 war drama finds Alec Guinness’s British commander leading a perilous effort in the wilds of Burma.
2156 13030
23 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Spielberg’s feel-good 1982 hit stars Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas as young siblings who form a powerful bond with a cute alien.
2128 16842
24 Singin’ in the Rain
The inimitable Gene Kelly directs and stars in one of the most beloved musicals of the fifties, opposite Jean Hagen and Debbie Reynolds.
1909 13157
25 Ben-Hur
This 1959 Charlton Heston classic tells the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur on an ambitious scale made evident by its famed chariot race.
1875 13635
26 Notorious
Alfred Hitchcock’s ninth movie, starring Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant, features many iconic moments, including that famous marathon kiss.
1682 11876
27 Apocalypse Now
Coppola’s nightmarish Vietnam epic, starring Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen, redefines the war flick and the dangers of the jungle.
1475 15175
28 On the Waterfront
Elia Kazan’s gritty, evocative drama has Marlon Brando as the former boxing champ who utters the famous line, “I coulda been a contender.”
1425 10647
29 Rebecca
The only Hitchcock movie with a Best Picture Oscar, this gothic mystery stars Laurence Olivier as a moody widower.
1401 10937
30 The Grapes of Wrath
John Ford’s adaptation of the Steinbeck novel features one of Henry Fonda’s greatest performances ever.
1387 10843
31 King Kong
The pioneering 1933 horror-fantasy favorite stars Fay Wray as the comely blonde who entices the love-struck giant ape to his doom.
1099 11831
32 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Disney’s first full-length animated masterpiece is a classic fairy tale that won hearts (and an Oscar) in 1937.
1097 12237
33 The Graduate
Mike Nichols’s 1967 coming-of-age classic stars Anne Bancroft as the rapacious seductress of Dustin Hoffman’s naive Ben Braddock.
1090 12166
34 Some Like It Hot
Billy Wilder directs Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon in this wonderfully satirical 1959 work about two jazz musicians on the lam.
1078 10526
35 The African Queen
Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn’s odd-couple chemistry anchors John Huston’s 1951 romantic adventure.
1068 10292
36 A Streetcar Named Desire
Marlon Brando’s portrayal of a brute in Elia Kazan’s intense adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play is the stuff of movie legend.
1065 10483
37 The Maltese Falcon
John Huston’s influential noir mystery stars Humphrey Bogart as a hard-drinking gumshoe tracking the elusive titular statue.
1055 9981
38 Sunset Boulevard
Billy Wilder’s dark 1950 comedy features Gloria Swanson as an aging film queen and William Holden as her suitor.
1031 9921
39 All About Eve
This acerbic Oscar-sweeping drama stars Bette Davis as an aging Broadway dame and Anne Baxter as a scheming young social climber.
962 9606
40 Double Indemnity
One of Billy Wilder’s finest works, this classic noir stars Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck as co-conspirators in marital murder.
915 9195
41 Blade Runner
Ridley Scott’s moody futuristic thriller boasts stunning effects and unmissable performances by Harrison Ford and Sean Young.
877 12267
42 Chinatown
Jack Nicholson’s world-weary gumshoe anchors Roman Polanski’s 1974 noir, also starring Faye Dunaway and John Huston.
863 11493
43 Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
In Kubrick’s satire, fears come true when a psychotic general starts an all-out nuclear war.
860 11190
44 High Noon
Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly are the married couple who add romance to this terse 1952 Western, a much-lauded classic of the genre.
737 8889
45 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
This inspiring Frank Capra parable tells the story of a starry-eyed senator (James Stewart) who takes a stand against the political machine.
714 9018
46 The Searchers
This complex Western, John Ford’s 1956 favorite, features the Duke in Indian territory on the hunt for his missing niece (Natalie Wood).
630 9094
47 West Side Story
Star-crossed love gets the spotlight via Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, and music by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.
578 10410
48 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
John Huston’s 1948 adventure stars Humphrey Bogart as one of three gold prospectors undone by their own good fortune.
430 8222
49 Touch of Evil
Orson Welles’s offbeat 1958 thriller follows a narcotics agent (Charlton Heston) out to take down a corrupt old cop (Welles).
417 8777
50 All Quiet on the Western Front
Lewis Milestone’s hugely popular adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's novel is the first great antiwar movie to be made with sound.
378 7818
51 The Best Years of Our Lives
William Wyler’s landmark 1946 drama follows three World War II vets, including Oscar winner Harold Russell, as they return home.
293 7751
52 Fantasia
Disney’s legendary cartoon fantasy, which animates beloved selections of classical music, is still a freewheeling visual delight to this day.
261 9881
53 The Quiet Man
Lushly filmed on location in Ireland, John Ford’s gorgeous 1952 romance follows John Wayne as he travels to the country and finds a wife.
224 8418
54 The Third Man
Carol Reed’s haunting 1949 mystery has too many iconic parts to mention plus a sardonic turn by Orson Welles as a man presumed dead.
165 7691
55 Shane
A great cast (Alan Ladd, Jack Palance) anchors George Stevens’s 1953 Western about a lone gunman defending a pioneer family.
146 8076
56 Bonnie & Clyde
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway star as the irresistible outlaws at the heart of Arthur Penn’s controversial, stylish 1967 flick.
143 9361
57 It Happened One Night
Frank Capra’s madcap comedy pairs Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert as a reporter and a socialite who fall in love despite the odds.
139 7661
58 The Philadelphia Story
George Cukor’s sophisticated romantic farce stars Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart in a battle of societal wits.
121 7719
59 The Adventures of Robin Hood
This 1938 swashbuckling costume epic stars Errol Flynn in arguably his greatest role, as the titular prince of thieves.
115 8563
60 Roman Holiday
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck's chemistry drives this old-fashioned courtship story, which was nominated for ten Oscars in 1953.
110 8340
61 Stagecoach
Amazing stuntwork and great turns by John Wayne and Thomas Mitchell drive John Ford’s genre-defining high-stakes 1939 Western.
-4 7300
62 Rebel Without a Cause
The drama that made James Dean an anti-hero for decades to come is also an unmissable snapshot of the fifties generation gap.
-276 8950
63 The Big Sleep
Howard Hawks’s classic noir sets the standard for private-detective flicks, with star turns by Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
-415 6545
64 The Night of the Hunter
Robert Mitchum’s performance drives this noirish thriller from director Charles Laughton about a psychopath prowling the Ohio River Valley.
-431 6731
65 Paths of Glory
Stanley Kubrick delivers a powerfully bleak, predictably intense antiwar drama, starring Kirk Douglas, about a military incursion gone awry.
-515 6677
66 Duck Soup
Packed with gags and zany humor, this 1933 comedy is one of the Marx brothers’ funniest, most surreal, and most beloved works.
-601 7355
67 Modern Times
Charlie Chaplin bids farewell to silent comedy with this laugh-a-minute 1936 satire in which he plays a victimized factory worker.
-624 6880
68 Red River
For Montgomery Clift’s first-ever role, he stars as the adoptive son of John Wayne’s vicious rancher in this Howard Hawks Western.
-695 6413
69 Bringing Up Baby
Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant shine in the definitive screwball comedy of the thirties, courtesy of ace director Howard Hawks.
-732 6886
70 The Wild Bunch
This controversial 1969 Western was one of the most brutal of its day with plenty of stomach-turning violence courtesy of Sam Peckinpah.
-789 6771
71 City Lights
Charlie Chaplin’s final and best silent film finds the Little Tramp helping a blind flower seller (Virginia Cherrill) regain her sight.
-873 6569
72 A Night at the Opera
The first big-budget Marx brothers movie, this 1935 gem, about a group of wisecracking stowaways, is widely considered their best.
-905 6457
73 His Girl Friday
This hilarious battle-of-the-sexes romp is vintage Howard Hawks, full of bawdy double entendres quipped by Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant.
-913 6355
74 Yankee Doodle Dandy
James Cagney and Walter Huston star in this 1942 flag-waving musical biography of legendary composer George M. Cohan.
-914 6508
75 Wuthering Heights
Laurence Olivier brings Emily Bronte’s Heathcliff to life in this brooding 1939 adaptation of the famous love story set on the moors.
-917 6455
76 My Darling Clementine
One of John Ford’s most riveting Westerns, this semi-historical work stars Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp and Walter Brennan as his foe.
-942 5918
77 The Bride of Frankenstein
Boris Karloff’s iconic lurching monster meets his match in Elsa Lanchester in this darkly witty 1935 sequel to the horror classic.
-982 6756
78 The General
Buster Keaton directs himself in this visually stunning 1926 silent comedy that many consider to be the amazing talent’s finest work.
-1016 6230
79 Annie Hall
Widely considered Woody Allen’s finest work, this bittersweet New York romance posits Diane Keaton as his flighty, adorable foil.
-1060 8240
80 Midnight Cowboy
John Schlesinger’s gritty, provocative portrait of two unlikely friends provided career-defining roles for Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight.
-1095 7707
81 An American in Paris
One of the greatest musicals of the fifties, this colorful toe-tapping classic finds the grace and athleticism of Gene Kelly on full display.
-1207 6227
82 The Gold Rush
Charlie Chaplin’s most critically acclaimed movie, this melodramatic silent work reimagines the Little Tramp as a prospector in the 1800s.
-1214 6018
83 Meet Me in St. Louis
Some of Judy Garland’s greatest songs are integrated into this upbeat, captivating 1944 musical from director Vincente Minnelli.
-1246 6318
84 Easy Rider
In Dennis Hopper’s generation-defining 1969 classic, he, Jack Nicholson, and Peter Fonda hit the road in search of nirvana.
-1310 8342
85 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Mike Nichols’s directorial debut stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as the acerbic love-hate pair who dominate the story.
-1458 6740
86 Top Hat
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are in fine form for this gem, mixing romantic comedy, endless dancing, and a superb Irving Berlin score.
-1517 5765
87 A Star Is Born
George Cukor’s classic tearjerker stars Judy Garland as a young singer whose marriage to an alcoholic film star ends in tragedy.
-1957 5693
88 The Magnificent Ambersons
Orson Welles displays a refined touch in this 1942 costume drama about a nineteenth-century family’s struggles with the changing times.
-2242 5632
89 The Birth of a Nation
The first-ever feature-length silent movie, D. W. Griffith’s sweeping Lillian Gish-starring Civil War drama was a massive technological coup.
-2324 6412
90 Out of the Past
Jacques Tourneur’s beguiling 1947 noir stars Robert Mitchum as a laconic private detective who falls under the spell of a femme fatale.
-2335 5255
91 The Lady Eve
Barbara Stanwyck and Charles Coburn play the con artists against Henry Fonda’s millionaire in Preston Sturges’s still-fresh romantic comedy.
-2338 5308
92 42nd Street
This behind-the-scenes musical tells the story of a flailing producer (Warner Baxter) and a chorus girl (Ruby Keeler) who dreams of fame.
-2339 5381
93 Sunrise
In F. W. Murnau’s American debut, this silent movie with roots in German Expressionism, a deadly love triangle is raised to the level of art.
-2516 5330
94 Ninotchka
This sparkling, delightfully witty Ernst Lubitsch romantic comedy was advertised, famously, as the movie in which “Garbo laughs!”
-2702 5380
95 Greed
Erich von Stroheim’s notorious silent-era production charts one man’s descent into insanity owing to his wife’s unending greed.
-2761 5113
96 Intolerance
D. W. Griffith’s silent epic starring Lillian Gish is a series of vignettes remarkable for their exquisite sets, photography, and editing.
-3010 5714
97 Trouble in Paradise
An exquisite, bubbly work by Ernst Lubitsch, this good-natured 1932 comedy follows a pair of con artists en route to romance.
-3027 5191
98 Letter from an Unknown Woman
Max Ophuls’s 1948 tearjerker tells the story of the unspoken love of a woman (Joan Fontaine) for her neighbor (Louis Jourdan).
-3183 5487
99 Nashville
Robert Altman’s country-music flick finds a colorful cast, including Shelley Duvall and Keith Carradine, converging in the title city.
-3241 6175
100 The Crowd
King Vidor’s sad silent masterpiece stars James Murray and Eleanor Boardman as a young couple struggling to make ends meet.
-3469 6241