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100 best American movies of all time

Since the early 20th century, Hollywood has been the epicenter of the American film industry. Though the first film made entirely in Hollywood was a short film entitled “In Old California” in 1910, the first completed Hollywood film, 1908’s “The Count of Monte Cristo,” began production in Chicago. Sunset Boulevard’s first movie studio opened around 1911, and eventually many East Coast studios had relocated to Los Angeles by 1915. Since then, production studios have blossomed outside of the ones in LA, and though it remains the premier location for all things film, Paramount is the only movie studio still located in Hollywood itself.

Despite branching out beyond Hollywood into places such as New York and Atlanta, American film production still has a very firm hold on the consumption of cinema around the world. This includes countless contributions to film history’s canon, timeless staples that transcend age or accolades, and singular visions considered to be some of the greatest art ever made. And while American films should not be seen as the best or only films an eager cinephile should be consuming—there is an endless wealth of engaging, breathtaking, and thought-provoking cinema from countries spanning the globe—the lasting influence American films have brought to worldwide film culture cannot be overlooked.

Stacker compiled data on thousands of American movies to come up with a Stacker score—a weighted index split evenly between IMDb and Metacritic ratings—that allowed us to rank the 100 greatest American movies of all time. To qualify as American, the film had to be produced by American production studios, though this doesn’t mean the film is necessarily in English or takes place on American soil. The film also had to have at least 5,000 IMDb user votes. Ties were broken by Metascore, and further ties were broken by IMDb user rating.

Here are the best 100 American movies of all time, starting at #100 and counting down to #1.

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Strong Heart/Demme Production

#100. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

– Director: Jonathan Demme
– Stacker score: 89
– Metascore: 85
– IMDb user rating: 8.6
– Runtime: 118 min

Fledgling FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) becomes embroiled in the grisly case of Buffalo Bill, a serial killer who murders young women and skins them. In order to catch him, Starling must enlist the help of convicted murderer and cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), whose insights may be able to provide Starling the help she needs.

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Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)

#99. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

– Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
– Stacker score: 89
– Metascore: 87
– IMDb user rating: 8.4
– Runtime: 117 min

The discovery of multiple Spider-Men (and Women) in multiple universes allows young Miles Morales to join forces with them in order to stop Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk from using his super-collider, a device that can open up portals into other worlds, for his evil deeds. The animated film won the award for Best Animated Feature at the 91st Academy Awards, the first non-Disney film to win the award since 2011’s “Rango.”

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Chartoff-Winkler Productions

– Director: Martin Scorsese
– Stacker score: 89
– Metascore: 89
– IMDb user rating: 8.2
– Runtime: 129 min

Based on a true story, Martin Scorsese’s biographical sports drama follows boxer Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro, in a legendary, Oscar-winning performance) through his personal highs and lows, as his success takes a hit when his demons enter the ring. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and was the breakout role for actor Joe Pesci.

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#97. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

– Director: George Miller
– Stacker score: 89
– Metascore: 90
– IMDb user rating: 8.1
– Runtime: 120 min

In a post-apocalyptic world of fire and blood, rogue Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) joins forces with warrior Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and a few stowaway wives of the tyrannical Immorten Joe in order to overthrow him and find a place of peace amid the ravaged wasteland. The film is the fourth installment of the “Mad Max” series and a revisiting of the world which mirrors the original films, though it is not a direct sequel. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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#96. Days of Heaven (1978)

– Director: Terrence Malick
– Stacker score: 89
– Metascore: 93
– IMDb user rating: 7.8
– Runtime: 94 min

In the early 20th century, a steel worker (Richard Gere) leaves his job in Chicago when a fight with his boss turns deadly, fleeing for the Texas panhandle with his girlfriend (Brooke Adams) and little sister to work harvesting wheat. Soon, a precarious love triangle forms between the man, his girlfriend, and the wealthy farmer of the wheat fields. The film has been widely praised for its cinematography, some considering it possibly the most beautiful film ever made.

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Philip D’Antoni Productions

#95. The French Connection (1971)

– Director: William Friedkin
– Stacker score: 89
– Metascore: 94
– IMDb user rating: 7.7
– Runtime: 104 min

Hardboiled narcotics detective “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman) and his partner “Cloudy” Russo (Roy Scheider) find themselves in pursuit of a French drug dealer who may just be the key to busting an expansive heroin-smuggling operation. The film is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Robin Moore, and the lead characters are based on real-life detectives Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso.

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#94. American Graffiti (1973)

– Director: George Lucas
– Stacker score: 89
– Metascore: 97
– IMDb user rating: 7.4
– Runtime: 110 min

On the last day of summer before they leave for college, a group of friends in 1962 spend one final night together, cruising the streets of their small town in California as they reconcile their impending adult lives with their waning adolescence. The film was made for only $770,000 and has since taken in over $200 million. It was nominated for Best Picture at the 46th Academy Awards.

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#93. Back to the Future (1985)

– Director: Robert Zemeckis
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 87
– IMDb user rating: 8.5
– Runtime: 116 min

When teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) goes back in time and comes face-to-face with his young parents, he finds himself caught in an unintentional love triangle with the two of them. Now he must help his father win the affections of his mother in order to keep himself from never being born. The immense success of this first film spawned two sequels and earned its place as a pop culture touchstone, with an animated series, stage musical, comic book series, multiple video games, and a theme park ride at Universal Studios theme park.

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#92. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

– Director: Michel Gondry
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 89
– IMDb user rating: 8.3
– Runtime: 108 min

A woman coming out of a painful breakup (Kate Winslet) requests the removal of all related memories to ease her recovery. When her ex-boyfriend (Jim Carrey) discovers what she’s done, he elects to do the same—but soon realizes that he still loves her. The film explores themes of love, loss, and memory, and the story is told using a nonlinear narrative.

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#91. L.A. Confidential (1997)

– Director: Curtis Hanson
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 90
– IMDb user rating: 8.2
– Runtime: 138 min

In 1950s Los Angeles, the corrupt police force tasks three of its unpredictable detectives with an unsolved murder at a downtown LA coffee shop years prior, each man armed with his own obsessions and motives in relation to the case. Lead actors Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce were still relatively unknown at the time, and the film acted as the jumping-off point for their careers.

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Charles Chaplin Productions

– Director: Charles Chaplin
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 90
– IMDb user rating: 8.2
– Runtime: 72 min

In his iconic role as The Tramp, Charlie Chaplin stars in this silent comedy about a man wrongfully accused of a crime who eludes cops by infiltrating a circus. When his unintentional performance impresses the ringmaster, the tramp is incorporated as part of the act, where he finds himself in a love triangle with a show rider and a tightrope acrobat. The film endured a notoriously troubled production, including the death of Chaplin’s mother, his second divorce, and a fire in the studio.

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#89. No Country for Old Men (2007)

– Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 91
– IMDb user rating: 8.1
– Runtime: 122 min

Weathered Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) tracks a brutal killer (Javier Bardem) on the hunt for his missing cash while leaving a string of bodies in his ruthless wake. Meanwhile, a hunter (Josh Brolin) in the wrong place at the wrong time has come into possession of the missing money and becomes the object of the killer’s undaunted quest. The film is based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name and won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 80th Academy Awards.

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#88. On the Waterfront (1954)

– Director: Elia Kazan
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 91
– IMDb user rating: 8.1
– Runtime: 108 min

When a powerful mob boss murders a longshoreman who plans to testify against him, a former-boxer-turned-dockworker, the dead man’s sister, and a priest team up to expose his control of the Hoboken waterfront and bring him to justice. The film, starring Marlon Brando, was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won eight, including Best Picture.

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Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions

– Director: Woody Allen
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 92
– IMDb user rating: 8.0
– Runtime: 93 min

A comedian (Woody Allen) breaks the fourth wall in his examination of his former relationship with a struggling nightclub singer, reflecting on his life, his upbringing, and what went wrong with the romance itself, intertwining the comedic, the surreal, and the fantastical. The film beat out “Star Wars: A New Hope” for Best Picture at the 50th Academy Awards.

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40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks

#86. Do the Right Thing (1989)

– Director: Spike Lee
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 93
– IMDb user rating: 7.9
– Runtime: 120 min

On the hottest day of the summer in Brooklyn, already simmering racial tensions explode between the Black community and local Italian pizza shop owner Salvatore “Sal” Fragione (Danny Aiello) when a neighborhood local notices the shop’s “wall of fame” doesn’t showcase any Black men. It is cited by some as one of the greatest films of all time and was the feature film debut for actors Rosie Perez and Martin Lawrence.

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Walter Wanger Productions

– Director: John Ford
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 93
– IMDb user rating: 7.9
– Runtime: 96 min

An eclectic group of passengers aboard the Overland stagecoach make their way to New Mexico in the 1880s, having to contend with potential Apache attacks and an escaped outlaw named the Ringo Kid as the colorful characters get to know each other. The film was the breakout role for legendary western actor John Wayne.

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#84. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

– Director: Alfred Hitchcock
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 94
– IMDb user rating: 7.8
– Runtime: 108 min

A man wanted for murder (Joseph Cotten) hides among his initially unassuming relatives until his bored teenage niece begins to suspect something hidden underneath his charming veneer— even when it seems like he has been cleared of all doubt. The film served as the initial inspiration for the 2013 film “Stoker” directed by Park Chan-wook.

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Asia Union Film & Entertainment Ltd.

#83. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

– Director: Ang Lee
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 94
– IMDb user rating: 7.8
– Runtime: 120 min

When a warrior (Chow Yun-fat) bequeaths his sword to his lover, it is stolen, and the chase to find it leads those in pursuit to the House of Yu, where a nobleman’s highly physically skilled teenage daughter awaits them. Until “Roma” tied it in 2018, it held the title for the most Academy Award nominations ever for a non-English language film (10).

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#82. The Social Network (2010)

– Director: David Fincher
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 95
– IMDb user rating: 7.7
– Runtime: 120 min

Who needs Facebook friends when you have enemies? The controversial rise to power of tech billionaire Mark Zuckberg (Jesse Eisenberg) is chronicled in the collaboration between powerhouse creatives David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin, a blistering critique of one man’s quest for power above all else. It is considered by some to be one of, if not the best, films of the 2010s.

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#81. The Producers (1967)

– Director: Mel Brooks
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 96
– IMDb user rating: 7.6
– Runtime: 88 min

A washed-up producer (Zero Mostel) and his accountant (Gene Wilder) scheme to find investors for a guaranteed flop production; this way, they can legally keep all the extra money the production makes when it fails. And thus begins the conception of the purposefully tasteless “Springtime for Hitler.” The film was the directorial debut of Mel Brooks, and though controversial for its subject material, it won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and was later adapted into a successful stage musical.

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Castle Rock Entertainment

#80. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

– Director: Frank Darabont
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 80
– IMDb user rating: 9.3
– Runtime: 142 min

Based on a Stephen King story, the film follows a man (Tim Robbins) convicted for a crime he didn’t commit and his life in the tough Shawshank Prison as he adapts to the brutal life inside and forms relationships with the other inmates (including Morgan Freeman) while serving two consecutive life terms. The film received seven Academy Award nominations but didn’t reach its true success with audiences until it was released on VHS.

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– Director: Damien Chazelle
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 88
– IMDb user rating: 8.5
– Runtime: 106 min

An aspiring young jazz drummer named Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) endures tough love from the brutal Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor at Andrew’s elite music conservatory known for his unorthodox teaching. When Fletcher moves Andrew into the top jazz ensemble, Andrew’s pursuit of perfection becomes tested by Fletcher’s ruthless methods. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won three.

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#78. The Lion King (1994)

– Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 88
– IMDb user rating: 8.5
– Runtime: 88 min

This classic Disney animated film follows a young lion named Simba, whose father, ruler of the animal kingdom in Africa, is killed by his wicked brother Scar in a plot to usurp him. Though Simba was intended to have perished along with his father, he escapes, and in his adventures on his own finds himself and his purpose. The film’s plot is eerily similar to that of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”

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– Director: Ridley Scott
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 89
– IMDb user rating: 8.4
– Runtime: 117 min

Investigating a distress call from an unknown vessel, the crew aboard a starship is awakened from their hibernation in deep space on their return to earth. When they discover the abandoned ship, a host of horrors laying dormant on it follow the crew back to their own vessel. With a cast led by Sigourney Weaver, this wildly successful film and its ensuing franchise spawned video games, comic books, and novels, and is considered by many to be one of the best science fiction films of all time.

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#76. It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012)

– Director: Don Hertzfeldt
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 90
– IMDb user rating: 8.3
– Runtime: 62 min

In this experimental animated film, writer and director Don Hertzfeldt chronicles a stick-figure man named Bill, struggling with an unknown brain illness, as he battles his failing memory and surreal visions. The film deals with themes of death and mortality, and the three chapters of the film were originally released as three independent short films.

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#75. Cool Hand Luke (1967)

– Director: Stuart Rosenberg
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 92
– IMDb user rating: 8.1
– Runtime: 127 min

When a petty criminal (Paul Newman) is sentenced to two years in prison, his rebellious attitude and disrespect for authority make him a hero in the eyes of his fellow inmates but a nuisance to the prison guards—even the toughest guys in there can’t help but respect him. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Donn Pearce and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for George Kennedy.

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– Director: Oliver Stone
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 92
– IMDb user rating: 8.1
– Runtime: 120 min

A young, naive college student (Charlie Sheen) leaves his studies to enlist in the Vietnam War, and his idealism fades when the horrors of war and infighting within his own unit pits soldiers against one another. The film is the first installment in director Oliver Stone’s “Vietnam War” series, followed by “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Heaven and Earth.”

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– Director: Howard Hawks
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 93
– IMDb user rating: 8.0
– Runtime: 141 min

When a gunslinger is put in jail for murder in a local saloon, the gunslinger’s powerful rancher brother soon comes around threatening to break his brother out of jail, and the sheriff (John Wayne) must enlist the help of town locals in order to keep the rancher at bay until the marshall comes. The film was used as the inspiration for John Carpenter’s 1976 film “Assault on Precinct 13.”

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#72. The Last Picture Show (1971)

– Director: Peter Bogdanovich
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 93
– IMDb user rating: 8.0
– Runtime: 118 min

Two best friends in their senior year of high school contemplate their future as graduation looms closer. When the realities of their dead-end hometown start to sink in, one boy thinks to enlist in the army, while the other takes charge of a local business, both eyeing to escape their town for good. The film was the feature debut for actress Cybill Shepherd, while actors Ben Johnson and Cloris Leachman won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.

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The Samuel Goldwyn Company

#71. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

– Director: William Wyler
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 93
– IMDb user rating: 8.0
– Runtime: 170 min

This drama follows the lives of three soldiers returning home from World War II whose dreams of homecoming are soon complicated by the realities of readjusting to life as civilians. One has lost both of his hands, one must return to a loveless marriage, and the other is forced to reckon with a family that grew up without him. The film took home seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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– Director: Christopher Nolan
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 94
– IMDb user rating: 7.9
– Runtime: 106 min

Chronicling the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II, this war film depicts the trapped Allied troops of Britain, Belgium, France, and Canada who were cornered by German soldiers on the shores of Dunkirk, and how these 330,000 soldiers were eventually brought to safety. The film utilizes little dialogue, focusing heavily on visuals, sound, and music, and was shot on IMAX 65 mm film.

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– Director: Martin Scorsese
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 94
– IMDb user rating: 7.9
– Runtime: 209 min

Pennsylvania truck driver Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) becomes embroiled with a local crime family in the 1950s, and as he climbs through the ranks, he soon finds himself in close contact with powerful Chicago teamster and organized crime affiliate Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), a relationship that spans nearly 20 years. The film is based on the true story of Sheeran and the nonfiction book “I Heard You Paint Houses” by Charles Brandt.

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#68. Before Midnight (2013)

– Director: Richard Linklater
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 94
– IMDb user rating: 7.9
– Runtime: 109 min

The third installment of Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy finds longtime lovers Celine and Jesse (Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke) reflecting on their relationship and their lives since meeting nine years prior on a train to Vienna while vacationing in Greece. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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#67. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

– Director: John Frankenheimer
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 94
– IMDb user rating: 7.9
– Runtime: 126 min

A platoon of U.S. soldiers is captured by the enemy near the end of the Korean War and brainwashed. Returning home with the platoon’s sergeant deemed a hero, the captain finds himself troubled by bizarre nightmares, and he and a fellow soldier uncover a terrible plot. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Richard Condon and stars Frank Sinatra.

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#66. The Searchers (1956)

– Director: John Ford
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 94
– IMDb user rating: 7.9
– Runtime: 119 min

In this classic John Wayne western, a Civil War veteran returns home to Texas when members of his brother’s family are attacked by Comanches. He begins his quest to hunt down those who are missing, eventually picking up the trail of his niece alongside her adopted brother. It is considered by some to be one of the greatest films ever made.

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– Director: George Cukor
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 95
– IMDb user rating: 7.8
– Runtime: 170 min

Starring Audrey Hepburn, the beloved musical follows a lower-class Cockney girl in Edwardian London who is taken under the wing of arrogant phonetics professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison), who is so certain of his abilities that he believes he can transform her into someone who can pass for the elite. The film is adapted from the 1956 stage musical of the same name, which is itself adapted from the 1913 stage play George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmalion.”

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#64. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

– Director: James Whale
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 95
– IMDb user rating: 7.8
– Runtime: 75 min

In the sequel to the classic Universal monster film, Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) recovers from his injuries sustained when he and his creation were attacked by a mob at the end of the first film. Though the Monster (Boris Karloff) is still on the run, Frankenstein is eventually coerced by his former mentor into creating life again—this time, a mate for his monster (Elsa Lanchester). This sequel is actually an expansion of a subplot in author Mary Shelley’s original novel, “Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus.”

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– Director: Alfonso Cuarón
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 96
– IMDb user rating: 7.7
– Runtime: 91 min

Two astronauts sent into space—one on his final mission before retirement (George Clooney), the other a medical engineer on her first mission (Sandra Bullock)—are caught by disaster when a routine spacewalk turns into the destruction of their shuttle, trapping the helpless pair in space. The film has been lauded for its revolutionary special effects and received 10 Academy Award nominations, winning seven, including Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography.

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– Director: Robert Altman
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 96
– IMDb user rating: 7.7
– Runtime: 160 min

Numerous peoples’ lives intertwine in Nashville, Tennessee, in this classic Robert Altman drama, from lawyers and reporters to country singers, all somehow circling back to the famous capital’s music business. Screenwriter and frequent Altman collaborator Joan Tewkesbury based part of the script on her own experience visiting Nashville.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios

– Directors: Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 99
– IMDb user rating: 7.4
– Runtime: 88 min

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– Director: Barry Jenkins
– Stacker score: 90
– Metascore: 99
– IMDb user rating: 7.4
– Runtime: 111 min

Told in three formative chapters of one man’s life, the film follows Chiron, a young Black man from Miami, Florida, navigating his manhood and sexuality within his community and struggling with the pleasure and pain of falling in love. It won Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards and is based on the unpublished, semi-autobiographical drama-school play by Tarell Alvin McCraney entitled “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.”

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#59. The Dark Knight (2008)

– Director: Christopher Nolan
– Stacker score: 91
– Metascore: 84
– IMDb user rating: 9.0
– Runtime: 152 min

The second installment in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy follows the caped crusader as he battles his most infamous enemy, the Joker, when the Clown Prince of Crime threatens to overtake Gotham City with his particular brand of chaos and anarchy. Dying six months before the release of the film, Heath Ledger was posthumously awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the Joker.

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– Director: Roman Polanski
– Stacker score: 91
– Metascore: 92
– IMDb user rating: 8.2
– Runtime: 130 min

In pre-World War II Los Angeles, private detective J.J. “Jake” Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by a woman to investigate her husband’s assumedly adulterous activities —until he discovers that the woman who hired him is an imposter, at which point he is sent down a twisted path of personal and civic corruption. The film drew inspiration from “the success of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in siphoning off most of the Owens River…and bringing it to the Los Angeles basin,” according to the New York Times, in what was known widely as the California Water Wars.

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– Director: Tom McCarthy
– Stacker score: 91
– Metascore: 93
– IMDb user rating: 8.1
– Runtime: 129 min

A team of reporters at The Boston Globe in 2001 are tasked with investigating allegations that a local priest molested over 80 young boys. The reporters must interview victims and unseal sensitive documents in their quest to prove a massive coverup within the Catholic Church. The film is based on the real-life investigative reporting of The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team and won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards.

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#56. Marriage Story (2019)

– Director: Noah Baumbach
– Stacker score: 91
– Metascore: 94
– IMDb user rating: 8.0
– Runtime: 137 min

An ugly coast-to-coast divorce is chronicled in this drama from Noah Baumbach, as a stage director and his actor wife (Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson) navigate the unpleasantness of family court in determining the custody of their son. The film is loosely based on the director’s own split from actress Jennifer Jason Leigh and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture at the 92nd Academy Awards.

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– Director: Damien Chazelle
– Stacker score: 91
– Metascore: 94
– IMDb user rating: 8.0
– Runtime: 128 min

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– Director: Preston Sturges
– Stacker score: 91
– Metascore: 96
– IMDb user rating: 7.8
– Runtime: 94 min

A con artist (Barbara Stanwyck) sets her sights on the fortune of an unsuspecting wealthy man (Henry Fonda), but things become complicated when she starts to fall for him. When her scheme is exposed and the man cruelly dumps her, she begins to plot her way back into his life. This Preston Sturges classic has appeared on numerous “greatest films of all time” lists.

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– 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
– Stacker score: 91
– Metascore: 96
– IMDb user rating: 7.8
– Runtime: 125 min

This experimental Disney film features a series of animated segments set to iconic pieces of classical music including “The Nutcracker Suite,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” and “Night on Bald Mountain,” interspersed with live-action preludes to each segment from music composer and critic Deems Taylor. The film was the first to use a stereophonic sound system, as well as a sound production system called Fantasound which was only ever used for “Fantasia.”

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#52. Manchester by the Sea (2016)

– Director: Kenneth Lonergan
– Stacker score: 91
– Metascore: 96
– IMDb user rating: 7.8
– Runtime: 137 min

A man becomes the primary caretaker of his teenage nephew after his older brother dies and must leave his job in Boston, return to the village he grew up in, and be forced to reckon with the circumstances that separated him from his wife and community. It was named by the National Board of Review as the best film of 2016.

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#51. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

– Director: Frank Capra
– Stacker score: 91
– Metascore: 89
– IMDb user rating: 8.6
– Runtime: 130 min

The classic Jimmy Stewart Christmas tale follows down-on-his-luck George Bailey, who has spent his life giving to others but is on the brink of suicide. Just when he’s about to end it all, he’s saved by a guardian angel who shows George what the world would really be like without him in it. Though now considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, it was initially such a bomb that it closed its production studio and essentially ended the director’s career.

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– Director: Lee Unkrich
– Stacker score: 91
– Metascore: 92
– IMDb user rating: 8.3
– Runtime: 103 min

The third installment of the beloved Disney franchise sees Woody and the gang accidentally left at a daycare when former owner Andy leaves for college. The toys soon realize there’s something nefarious going on with the daycare, beyond the young children who don’t play nice, and must find a way to escape. It became the third animated film (after “Beauty and the Beast” and “Up”) to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

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#49. There Will Be Blood (2007)

– Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
– Stacker score: 91
– Metascore: 93
– IMDb user rating: 8.2
– Runtime: 158 min

In oil-rich California at the turn of the 19th century, former silver miner Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) finds his calling in oil prospecting, using his adopted son H.W. to create a false image of family values in order to gain the trust of landowners. But Plainview meets his match in Eli Sunday (Paul Dano), a zealous pastor who challenges Plainview’s underhanded motives. The film was nominated for Best Picture at the 80th Academy Awards and is cited by many as one of the greatest films of the 21st century, if not the very best.

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– Directors: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen
– Stacker score: 91
– Metascore: 94
– IMDb user rating: 8.1
– Runtime: 95 min

This charming take on the struggles of adolescence is told through the eyes of the emotions themselves: Anger, Joy, Sadness, Disgust, and Fear. All of them make up 11-year-old Riley, whose move from the Midwest to San Francisco takes a difficult toll on her mental health. The film received the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 88th Academy Awards.

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#47. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

– Director: John Ford
– Stacker score: 91
– Metascore: 94
– IMDb user rating: 8.1
– Runtime: 123 min

A senator (Jimmy Stewart) attends the funeral of an old friend (John Wayne), a man who had once saved him from a gang of outlaws led by a man named Liberty Valance, and flashbacks provide insight into how these two men faced the notorious criminal. Though not used in the film, the song “(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance,” based on the film’s plot, became popular and reached # 4 on the music charts in 1963 and has been covered by artists such as James Taylor and Jimmie Rodgers.

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#46. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

– Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
– Stacker score: 91
– Metascore: 95
– IMDb user rating: 8.0
– Runtime: 84 min

A young prince transformed by the ghastly spell of an enchantress imprisons the father of a headstrong village girl. When she goes to his castle to get her father back, she begins to soften the ferocious prince with the help of his enchanted staff. It was the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture when it received the nomination at the 64th Academy Awards.

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#45. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

– Director: Otto Preminger
– Stacker score: 91
– Metascore: 95
– IMDb user rating: 8.0
– Runtime: 161 min

This courtroom drama stars Jimmy Stewart as a semi-retired lawyer who takes on the case of a man accused of murder, partnering with the district attorney and an out-of-town prosecutor in order to prove his client innocent. However, the business partner of the victim is hiding a secret that could change the course of the case. The film is based on the novel of the same name by John D. Voelker, a Michigan Supreme Court Justice.

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#44. The Philadelphia Story (1940)

– Director: George Cukor
– Stacker score: 91
– Metascore: 96
– IMDb user rating: 7.9
– Runtime: 112 min

A Philadelphia socialite (Katharine Hepburn) splits from her husband (Cary Grant) and prepares to wed a new groom, but when she crosses paths with both her ex and a nosy tabloid reporter (Jimmy Stewart), she finds her affections caught between the three men. After a series of box-office flops, the film was a comeback for Hepburn.

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#43. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

– Director: George Lucas
– Stacker score: 92
– Metascore: 90
– IMDb user rating: 8.6
– Runtime: 121 min

In the first installment of the classic pop culture touchstone, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is held captive by the cruel leader of the Galactic Empire, and young Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and dashing but incorrigible Han Solo (Harrison Ford) must band together with the help of two droids in order to save her and restore peace to the galaxy. It is considered one of the most culturally influential films of all time.

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#42. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

– Director: Roman Polanski
– Stacker score: 92
– Metascore: 96
– IMDb user rating: 8.0
– Runtime: 137 min

Young Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her struggling actor husband Guy (John Cassavetes) move into a beautiful new apartment in New York City where a grisly murder once took place. But after Rosemary becomes pregnant and Guy suddenly begins booking gigs, she begins to suspect something sinister is going on with their nosy older neighbors. This film is often cited as one of the greatest horror films ever made.

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#41. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

– Director: John Ford
– Stacker score: 92
– Metascore: 96
– IMDb user rating: 8.0
– Runtime: 129 min

A man (Henry Fonda) returns home to his family after being released from jail to find that their farm has been foreclosed and they’ve been kicked off their land. Together they set out for California in order to (hopefully) start a new life. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by John Steinbeck.

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– Directors: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava
– Stacker score: 92
– Metascore: 96
– IMDb user rating: 8.0
– Runtime: 111 min

Remy the rat knows his true calling lies beyond the lowly confines of a normal rodent’s life, so he sets off for Paris in the hopes of making it in the culinary world. With the help of an awkward cook, Remy finds himself able to follow his dream of cooking food in a very peculiar way. It won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and was listed by the BBC as one of the greatest films of the 21st century.

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#39. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

– Director: John Huston
– Stacker score: 92
– Metascore: 96
– IMDb user rating: 8.0
– Runtime: 100 min

A private detective (Humphrey Bogart) takes on a case for a beautiful and enigmatic woman, eventually finding himself tangled in an intricate web of crime all leading to an elusive, bejeweled statuette. The film is based on Dashiell Hammett’s novel of the same name and is considered to be the first major example of film noir.

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#38. The Wild Bunch (1969)

– Director: Sam Peckinpah
– Stacker score: 92
– Metascore: 97
– IMDb user rating: 7.9
– Runtime: 135 min

An aging outlaw (William Holden) prepares for his last robbery alongside his trusty gang, but he eventually discovers that the heist is a setup by his former partner. Soon, the outlaw and his gang find themselves on the run from the fierce criminal. The film became controversial at the time of release due to its graphic depictions of violence.

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#37. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

– Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
– Stacker score: 92
– Metascore: 97
– IMDb user rating: 7.9
– Runtime: 102 min

This adaptation of the legendary tale of Robin Hood stars Errol Flynn as Sherwood Forest’s bandit king. When the scheming Prince John plots to take the throne from his kidnapped brother King Richard, Robin Hood must band together with his men and his romantic interest Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) in order to prevent Prince John from carrying out his plan. The film was selected for preservation by the United States Library of Congress in 1995.

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– Director: Martin Scorsese
– Stacker score: 92
– Metascore: 90
– IMDb user rating: 8.7
– Runtime: 146 min

Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) grows up in Brooklyn surrounded by the mob and eventually becomes a part of it, rising through the ranks and securing immense wealth and luxury for himself—until mistakes and drug addiction loosen his grip, and Hill finds his life unraveling. The film is based on the true story of Henry Hill and was adapted from Nicholas Pileggi’s nonfiction book “Wiseguy.”

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#35. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

– Director: Steven Spielberg
– Stacker score: 92
– Metascore: 91
– IMDb user rating: 8.6
– Runtime: 169 min

Set during the invasion of Normandy in World War II, missing Private Ryan (Matt Damon) is somewhere behind enemy lines, and it’s up to Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) and his men to cross over into German territory in order to find him. Each man on the mission undergoes a personal journey while searching for the lost private. The film is known for its brutal, 23-minute Omaha Beach invasion scene, which by itself cost a whopping $12 million to film.

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#34. The Apartment (1960)

– Director: Billy Wilder
– Stacker score: 92
– Metascore: 94
– IMDb user rating: 8.3
– Runtime: 125 min

The classic Billy Wilder comedy follows a small clerk (Jack Lemmon) at a big-time New York insurance company whose apartment unintentionally becomes the liaison spot for his bosses’ extramarital affairs. When his manager promotes him in exchange for use of the apartment, the clerk discovers that the girl he’s interested in (Shirley MacLaine) is the manager’s mistress. Like Wilder’s previous film, the crossdressing comedy “Some Like it Hot,” the film pushed the limits of the Production Code, which limited portrayals of adultery in film.

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– Director: Martin Scorsese
– Stacker score: 92
– Metascore: 94
– IMDb user rating: 8.3
– Runtime: 114 min

A disturbed Vietnam War veteran (Robert De Niro) suffering from insomnia takes a job as a late-night cabbie and becomes increasingly detached from reality. He indulges in delusions of cleaning up New York City from filth and crime, but his good intentions are outweighed by his violent ideations. The seminal Scorsese picture has had a lasting influence on cinema and pop culture since its release in 1976 and is widely considered one of the greatest films of all time.

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#32. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

– Director: Steve McQueen
– Stacker score: 92
– Metascore: 96
– IMDb user rating: 8.1
– Runtime: 134 min

A free Black man in upstate New York (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is taken against his will and sold into pre-Civil War slavery, enduring cruelty and hardship while struggling to survive and maintain his dignity over the course of a grueling 12 years. His eventual encounter with a Canadian abolitionist offers the chance to change his life. The film is based on the true story of Solomon Northup and won the award for Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards.

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#31. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

– Director: Ernst Lubitsch
– Stacker score: 92
– Metascore: 96
– IMDb user rating: 8.1
– Runtime: 99 min

Unbeknownst to two constantly at-odds employees at a general store in Budapest (played by Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan), the anonymous pen pal each has been writing is the other. While they continue to bicker while working, they unwittingly fall in love. The screenplay was based on a Hungarian play called “Parfumerie” by Miklós László.

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#30. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

– Director: Elia Kazan
– Stacker score: 92
– Metascore: 97
– IMDb user rating: 8.0
– Runtime: 122 min

Starring Marlon Brando and based on the play by Tennessee Williams, a troubled former schoolteacher moves to New Orleans to live with her sister and her brother-in-law, but her presence pushes her sister’s marriage to its already-cracking brink. The film was responsible for Marlon Brando’s rise to Hollywood stardom, as he was a relative unknown when cast.

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#29. Apocalypse Now (1979)

– Director: Francis Ford Coppola
– Stacker score: 93
– Metascore: 94
– IMDb user rating: 8.4
– Runtime: 147 min

Tasked with terminating a rogue officer who has allegedly gone insane, Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) takes a perilous journey through Vietnam accompanied by an array of colorful soldiers assisting him in his search. The film was plagued by an infamously difficult production chronicled in the documentary “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse.”

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#28. Double Indemnity (1944)

– Director: Billy Wilder
– Stacker score: 93
– Metascore: 95
– IMDb user rating: 8.3
– Runtime: 107 min

An insurance salesman (Fred MacMurray) gets wrapped up in the charms of a beautiful woman (Barbara Stanwyck) intent on murdering her husband in order to reap the financial rewards. The two plot together to get rid of him, but the man’s daughter and a detective (Edward G. Robinson) become suspicious, and the truth begins to unravel. The classic film is widely considered to have “set the standard for film noirs,” according to Cinephilia & Beyond.

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– Director: John Lasseter
– Stacker score: 93
– Metascore: 95
– IMDb user rating: 8.3
– Runtime: 81 min

Woody, a cowboy toy, sees his position as owner Andy’s favorite toy threatened when the ultra-cool Buzz Lightyear action figure shows up as Andy’s birthday present. After Andy’s family moves and Woody and Buzz get trapped in a neighbor’s house, they must settle their differences and work as a team to make it back home. The first feature film from Pixar Animation Studios, it was also the first film ever made that was entirely computer-animated.

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#26. Gone with the Wind (1939)

– Directors: Victor Fleming (credited); George Cukor, Sam Wood (uncredited)
– Stacker score: 93
– Metascore: 97
– IMDb user rating: 8.1
– Runtime: 238 min

This controversial Civil War epic tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh), a spoiled Southern belle whose life becomes marked by survival and hardship during the war and Reconstruction in the South. In the process, she juggles impassioned love affairs with two men, one of whom is charming rogue Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). To this day, it remains the highest-grossing movie of all time.

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– Director: Andrew Stanton
– Stacker score: 93
– Metascore: 95
– IMDb user rating: 8.4
– Runtime: 98 min

The last remaining robot on an earth ravaged by garbage and since abandoned by humans is the curious and sturdy little WALL·E, a trash-collecting robot who spends his days alone, entranced by a scene from “Hello, Dolly!” He finds companionship upon the arrival of the sleek, modern robot EVE, and when she leaves, WALL·E stows away with her, traveling toward the humans now living in outer space. The film was nominated for 82 awards and won 47, including the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

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#24. Touch of Evil (1958)

– Director: Orson Welles
– Stacker score: 93
– Metascore: 99
– IMDb user rating: 8.0
– Runtime: 95 min

On the American side of the border between the U.S. and Mexico, a car bomb goes off, prompting the investigation of corrupt police captain Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles) and Mexican drug enforcement officer Miguel Vargas (Charlton Heston). But when Vargas begins to suspect Quinlan is up to some illicit dealings, he and his wife are suddenly put in danger. In order to portray a man roughly 20 years his senior, Welles had to don prosthetic makeup in order to play Quinlan.

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#23. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

– Director: Charles Laughton
– Stacker score: 93
– Metascore: 99
– IMDb user rating: 8.0
– Runtime: 92 min

Religious zealot and ruthless killer Reverend Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) murders women after marrying them for their money but ends up being caught and arrested for stealing a car. After meeting a man in prison with a hidden stash of riches somewhere, Powell makes it his mission to find the fortune once he’s released, tracking down the man’s widow and two children, one of whom knows where the money is. The film is iconic for its utilization of surrealism and German expressionism, setting it apart from other Hollywood films of the era.

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– Director: Alfred Hitchcock
– Stacker score: 93
– Metascore: 100
– IMDb user rating: 7.9
– Runtime: 102 min

United States government agent T.R. Devlin (Cary Grant) enlists the daughter (Ingrid Bergman) of a convicted Nazi war criminal to work as a spy and help bring more of them to justice—but he begins to fall for her. When her missions lands her in Brazil, covertly winning the affections of a Nazi hiding out there, Devlin must witness her fall further undercover. Despite censorship rules forbidding “excessive” kissing scenes, Hitchcock got around this for “Notorious” by directing the actors “to stay intertwined but, every three seconds or so, come up for air.”

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– Director: Richard Linklater
– Stacker score: 93
– Metascore: 100
– IMDb user rating: 7.9
– Runtime: 165 min

In Richard Linklater’s groundbreaking film, the ups and downs of childhood and adolescence are chronicled for young Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he endures his parents’ divorce and comes of age, experiencing numerous milestones in his life and evolving his relationship with his parents. The film was considered innovative due to the fact that it was shot over the course of 12 years, accurately reflecting the physical growth of its characters.

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#20. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

– Director: Francis Ford Coppola
– Stacker score: 94
– Metascore: 90
– IMDb user rating: 9.0
– Runtime: 202 min

In the follow-up to Coppola’s masterpiece, the lives of late patriarch Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) and his son Michael (Al Pacino) are contrasted. Vito’s early life in Sicily and New York in the early 20th century, which sees his induction into a life of crime, is paralleled with Michael’s attempts to expand the family business into new territories. Winning the Oscar for Best Picture at the 47th Academy Awards, the film became the first sequel to ever win that award.

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#19. Some Like It Hot (1959)

– Director: Billy Wilder
– Stacker score: 94
– Metascore: 98
– IMDb user rating: 8.2
– Runtime: 121 min

Two struggling jazz musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) accidentally witness a mob murder after a gig and go on the run disguised as women in an all-female jazz band in order to elude the criminals. As they find their schtick more difficult to maintain, one of them falls for a beautiful band member (Marilyn Monroe), while the other becomes the object of a wealthy older man’s affections, all while the mobsters close in on them. The film’s dabbling in crossdressing and queer romance was considered revolutionary for the time.

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#18. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

– Director: John Huston
– Stacker score: 94
– Metascore: 98
– IMDb user rating: 8.2
– Runtime: 126 min

In 1925, two down-on-their-luck wanderers meet up with a veteran prospector in Mexico, deciding to join him on a hunt for gold in the Sierra Madre mountains. Along with treasures, they discover bandits and other criminals lurking in the wilderness, the ruthless elements of nature, and their own greed that threatens to tear them all apart. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston, the film, which received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and won three, was adapted from the novel of the same name by B. Traven.

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#17. All About Eve (1950)

– Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
– Stacker score: 94
– Metascore: 98
– IMDb user rating: 8.2
– Runtime: 138 min

An aspiring actress named Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) is determined to take the spotlight from her idol, Margo Channing (Bette Davis), who takes forlorn Eve under her wing. Soon maneuvering her way into Margo’s Broadway role and eventually causing problems within Margo’s personal life, Eve finds great success—until she meets a drama critic (George Sanders) who sees through her schemes. It is tied for most Academy Award nominations (14) with “Titanic” and “La La Land.”

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#16. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

– Directors: Victor Fleming (credited); George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor (uncredited)
– Stacker score: 94
– Metascore: 100
– IMDb user rating: 8.0
– Runtime: 102 min

Based on the classic children’s fantasy novel by L. Frank Baum, the story follows dispirited Dorothy (Judy Garland), who is whisked away in a tornado to the magical land of Oz. There, she meets an array of charming creatures, friends, and a wicked foe as she journeys to the Emerald City to meet the revered Wizard and get back home to Kansas. The film has gone on to become a pop culture icon in America and is regarded by some as a masterpiece.

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Charles Chaplin Productions

– Director: Charles Chaplin
– Stacker score: 94
– Metascore: 96
– IMDb user rating: 8.5
– Runtime: 87 min

Charlie Chaplin’s iconic Little Tramp sees himself employed at a newfangled factory, dealing with machinery he can barely keep up with and getting into situations that throw him in prison. In between his time in jail, he befriends a homeless girl (Paulette Goddard), and both try to navigate the difficulties of adjusting to modern times. The film provided commentary on the anxieties of The Great Depression.

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#14. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

– Director: Stanley Kubrick
– Stacker score: 94
– Metascore: 97
– IMDb user rating: 8.4
– Runtime: 95 min

When United States General Jack Ripper loses his marbles, he detonates an impending nuclear strike on the U.S.S.R. that will effectively wipe out all life on Earth. United States politicians and military brass must band together to determine the best course of action in order to stop the bomb and save the world—if they even know how to do that. This satire of Cold War anxiety is often considered to be one of the best comedy films of all time.

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#13. North by Northwest (1959)

– Director: Alfred Hitchcock
– Stacker score: 94
– Metascore: 98
– IMDb user rating: 8.3
– Runtime: 136 min

When ad executive Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) is mistaken for a government agent, he ends up hunted by a ruthless spy and his associates on a cross-country journey, where he meets a beautiful but enigmatic woman (Eva Marie Saint). As the chase continues, Roger finds himself increasingly cornered by his pursuants. The film has been called the “first James Bond movie” due to its stylistic influence on the eventual franchise.

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#12. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

– Director: Alexander Mackendrick
– Stacker score: 94
– Metascore: 100
– IMDb user rating: 8.1
– Runtime: 96 min

Powerful New York entertainment writer J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) finds himself losing his grip over his younger sister, who, to his disapproval, becomes romantically entangled with a jazz musician. Wanting them to be split apart by any means necessary, he hires a publicist (Tony Curtis) to break them up. The American Film Institute lists J.J. Hunsecker at #35 out of 50 movie villains on its list of “100 Years…100 Heroes and Villains.”

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– Director: Alfred Hitchcock
– Stacker score: 95
– Metascore: 97
– IMDb user rating: 8.5
– Runtime: 109 min

Lonely Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) tends to the care of his roadside Bates Motel along with his housebound mother, Norma, when young Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) stops by for the night on her fraught journey with $40,000 stolen cash in tow. A brief interlude on her quest to take the money and run off with her boyfriend, kindly but quirky Norman seems to be the perfect gentleman—at least for a little bit. The film’s “shower scene” is considered one of the most iconic film sequences of all time.

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#10. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

– Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
– Stacker score: 95
– Metascore: 99
– IMDb user rating: 8.3
– Runtime: 103 min

As the transition from silent films to “talkies” begins sweeping Hollywood, some film stars find the switch more difficult than others. Though actors Don and Lina have been romantically partnered in their films, their casting in a musical has a slight problem: Lina can’t sing, so a perky young actress is hired to sing over her. Led by Gene Kelly, the timeless film has influenced many musical films since, such as 2017’s “La La Land.”

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– Director: Quentin Tarantino
– Stacker score: 95
– Metascore: 94
– IMDb user rating: 8.9
– Runtime: 154 min

The nonlinear, interconnected crime story follows multiple strands featuring philosophical, burger-loving hitmen, their fearsome crime boss, his junkie wife, a washed-up boxer who’s been paid to throw a match, and two jittery robbers holding up a diner—all leading back to one mysterious briefcase. Tarantino’s breakout film received widespread critical and commercial success, winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994 and garnering seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.

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#8. Schindler’s List (1993)

– Director: Steven Spielberg
– Stacker score: 95
– Metascore: 94
– IMDb user rating: 8.9
– Runtime: 195 min

In Krakow, Poland in 1939, businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) joins the Nazi party out of convenience in order to reap the financial rewards of World War II, staffing his new factory with Jewish workers. Schindler protects his workers when SS officers begin exterminating Jews and saves thousands of lives in the process. The film is based on the novel “Schindler’s Ark” by Thomas Keneally, which is itself based on the true story of Schindler and his wife, Emilie.

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Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions

– Director: Alfred Hitchcock
– Stacker score: 95
– Metascore: 100
– IMDb user rating: 8.3
– Runtime: 128 min

A retired cop with an intense fear of heights (Jimmy Stewart) is wrapped up in the strange case of the wife of an old friend (Kim Novak) whom he must prevent from committing suicide. As he finds himself becoming obsessed with her, he realizes that the case is stranger and more dangerous than he thought. The dolly-zoom filming technique originated with this film.

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– Director: Orson Welles
– Stacker score: 95
– Metascore: 100
– IMDb user rating: 8.3
– Runtime: 119 min

A reporter is tasked with investigating the meaning behind newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane’s dying word and ends up discovering a complex life behind the corporate icon. Though he discovers more and more about Kane’s upbringing, he finds himself at a loss to decipher “rosebud.” The film, directed by and starring Welles, is considered one of the best, if not the best of all time and was immensely influential on filmmaking, essentially changing the industry.

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Charles Chaplin Productions

– Director: Charles Chaplin
– Stacker score: 96
– Metascore: 99
– IMDb user rating: 8.5
– Runtime: 87 min

This classic Chaplin film follows the actor’s homeless Little Tramp character as he falls in love with a blind flower girl on the streets and learns that she and her grandmother face an impending eviction. After undertaking a series of failed attempts at acquiring money for the girl, a chance encounter with a millionaire changes everything. Though lead actress Virginia Cherill was scouted by Chaplin, the two didn’t get along, with Chaplin even attempting to replace her at one point during production.

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Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions

– Director: Alfred Hitchcock
– Stacker score: 96
– Metascore: 100
– IMDb user rating: 8.4
– Runtime: 112 min

In the heat of the summer, bored L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries (Jimmy Stewart), a local photojournalist who is in a wheelchair after injuring himself, begins using his telephoto lens to observe the inhabitants of his apartment complex. When he accidentally witnesses what he believes to be a murder in one of the apartments, he becomes obsessed with cracking the case from afar. Much has been written on the film’s exploration of voyeurism.

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– Director: Sidney Lumet
– Stacker score: 96
– Metascore: 96
– IMDb user rating: 8.9
– Runtime: 96 min

The 12 members of a jury in a murder trial leave the courtroom to deliberate, deciding the fate of a young Spanish-American teen accused of murdering his father. While all men are sequestered in a room attempting to reach a unanimous decision, one man (Henry Fonda) remains an outlier, casting doubt on the case and exposing each man’s personal prejudices. Almost the entirety of the film takes place in one room, while the names of the characters are never revealed—the jurors only refer to each other by number.

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– Director: Michael Curtiz
– Stacker score: 96
– Metascore: 100
– IMDb user rating: 8.5
– Runtime: 102 min

In Casablanca, Morocco, during World War II, American expatriate nightclub owner Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) meets ex-lover Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband, a famous fugitive of the Czech Resistance (Paul Henreid). As the Germans close in on the wanted man, Rick must wrestle with his unresolved feelings and help his old flame’s husband get to safety. The film includes some of the most famous lines of all time, including “Here’s looking at you, kid.”

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– Director: Francis Ford Coppola
– Stacker score: 100
– Metascore: 100
– IMDb user rating: 9.2
– Runtime: 175 min

Ruthless and powerful Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) is the head of an Italian-American crime family with immense influence in New York City. His son Michael (Al Pacino) returns home from World War II attempting to avoid the family business and settle down with Kay (Diane Keaton), but circumstances lead him to take over his family’s murky dealings. The film won the award for Best Picture at the 45th Academy Awards and revitalized Brando’s career.

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