100 All-Time Greatest Movies by Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly's 100 All-Time Greatest Movies was printed in the magazine's July 5/12, 2013 double-issue.


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Films (100)

1. Citizen Kane

Directed by Orson Welles | 119 min | 1941|

Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

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2. The Godfather

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | R | 175 min | 1972|

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

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3. Casablanca

Directed by Michael Curtiz | PG | 102 min | 1942|

In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

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4. Bonnie and Clyde

Directed by Arthur Penn | 111 min | 1967|

A somewhat romanticized account of the career of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang.

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5. Psycho

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | R | 109 min | 1960|

A Phoenix secretary steals $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.

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6. It's a Wonderful Life

Directed by Frank Capra | PG | 130 min | 1946|

An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

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7. Mean Streets

Directed by Martin Scorsese | R | 112 min | 1973|

Following the life of a small-time hood who struggles with a moral crisis regarding his friends, family, business, and his conflicting religious beliefs.

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8. The Gold Rush

Directed by Charles Chaplin | 95 min | 1925|

A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.

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9. Nashville

Directed by Robert Altman | R | 159 min | 1975|

Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed.

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10. Gone with the Wind

Directed by Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | G | 238 min | 1939|

A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War.

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11. King Kong

Directed by Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack | 100 min | 1933|

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. Then he's captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

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12. The Searchers

Directed by John Ford | 119 min | 1956|

A Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from an Indian tribe.

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13. Annie Hall

Directed by Woody Allen | PG | 93 min | 1977|

Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.

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14. Bambi

Directed by James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright | 70 min | 1942|

The story of a young deer growing up in the forest.

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15. Blue Velvet

Directed by David Lynch | R | 120 min | 1986|

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

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16. Singin' in the Rain

Directed by Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | 103 min | 1952|

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

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17. Seven Samurai

Directed by Akira Kurosawa | 207 min | 1954|

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

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18. Jaws

Directed by Steven Spielberg | PG | 124 min | 1975|

When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.

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19. Pulp Fiction

Directed by Quentin Tarantino | R | 154 min | 1994|

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

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20. The Sorrow and the Pity

Directed by Marcel Ophüls | PG | 251 min | 1969|

From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival footage with 1969 interviews of a German officer and of collaborators and ...


21. Some Like It Hot

Directed by Billy Wilder | 120 min | 1959|

When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

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22. Toy Story

Directed by John Lasseter | G | 81 min | 1995|

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.

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23. Notorious

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | 101 min | 1946|

A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?

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24. The Sound of Music

Directed by Robert Wise | G | 174 min | 1965|

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

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25. 2001: A Space Odyssey

Directed by Stanley Kubrick | G | 149 min | 1968|

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

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26. Bicycle Thieves

Directed by Vittorio De Sica | 89 min | 1948|

Set in Post-WWII Italy, a working class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.

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27. The Maltese Falcon

Directed by John Huston | 100 min | 1941|

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

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28. The Wizard of Oz

Directed by Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor | 102 min | 1939|

Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home.

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29. North by Northwest

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | 136 min | 1959|

A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

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30. Sunrise

Directed by F.W. Murnau | 94 min | 1927|

A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife.

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31. Chinatown

Directed by Roman Polanski | R | 130 min | 1974|

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder.

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32. Duck Soup

Directed by Leo McCarey | 68 min | 1933|

Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

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33. The Graduate

Directed by Mike Nichols | 106 min | 1967|

A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.

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34. Adam's Rib

Directed by George Cukor | 101 min | 1949|

Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband.

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35. Apocalypse Now

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | R | 153 min | 1979|

During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.

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36. Rosemary's Baby

Directed by Roman Polanski | R | 136 min | 1968|

A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

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37. Manhattan

Directed by Woody Allen | R | 96 min | 1979|

The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.

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38. Vertigo

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | PG | 128 min | 1958|

A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

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39. The Rules of the Game

Directed by Jean Renoir | 110 min | 1939|

A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau.

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40. Double Indemnity

Directed by Billy Wilder | 107 min | 1944|

An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.

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41. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

Directed by George Miller | R | 94 min | 1981|

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.

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42. Taxi Driver

Directed by Martin Scorsese | R | 113 min | 1976|

A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.

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43. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Directed by Peter Jackson | PG-13 | 201 min | 2003|

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

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44. On the Waterfront

Directed by Elia Kazan | 108 min | 1954|

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

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45. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Directed by Frank Capra | 129 min | 1939|

A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.

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46. The Adventures of Robin Hood

Directed by Michael Curtiz, William Keighley | PG | 102 min | 1938|

When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

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47. A Clockwork Orange

Directed by Stanley Kubrick | X | 136 min | 1971|

In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan.

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48. It Happened One Night

Directed by Frank Capra | 105 min | 1934|

A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.

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49. Goldfinger

Directed by Guy Hamilton | 110 min | 1964|

Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.

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50. Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

Directed by D.W. Griffith | 197 min | 1916|

The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.


51. A Hard Day's Night

Directed by Richard Lester | 87 min | 1964|

A 'typical' day in the life of the Beatles, including many of their famous songs.

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52. Titanic

Directed by James Cameron | PG-13 | 194 min | 1997|

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

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53. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Directed by Irvin Kershner | PG | 124 min | 1980|

After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke.

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54. Breathless

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard | 90 min | 1960|

A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.

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55. Frankenstein

Directed by James Whale | 70 min | 1931|

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

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56. Schindler's List

Directed by Steven Spielberg | R | 195 min | 1993|

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

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57. Midnight Cowboy

Directed by John Schlesinger | X | 113 min | 1969|

A naive hustler goes to New York to seek personal fortune but in the process finds himself a new friend.

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58. The Seventh Seal

Directed by Ingmar Bergman | 96 min | 1957|

A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

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59. All the President's Men

Directed by Alan J. Pakula | PG | 138 min | 1976|

"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

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60. Top Hat

Directed by Mark Sandrich | 101 min | 1935|

An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer.

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61. The Silence of the Lambs

Directed by Jonathan Demme | R | 118 min | 1991|

A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.

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62. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Directed by Steven Spielberg | PG | 115 min | 1982|

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world.

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63. Network

Directed by Sidney Lumet | R | 121 min | 1976|

A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

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64. The Best Years of Our Lives

Directed by William Wyler | 172 min | 1946|

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

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65. Last Tango in Paris

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci | NC-17 | 129 min | 1972|

A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.

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66. The Shining

Directed by Stanley Kubrick | R | 146 min | 1980|

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

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67. Rebel Without a Cause

Directed by Nicholas Ray | PG-13 | 111 min | 1955|

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

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68. Goodfellas

Directed by Martin Scorsese | R | 146 min | 1990|

Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy.

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69. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Directed by Stanley Kubrick | PG | 95 min | 1964|

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.

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70. L'Avventura

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni | 143 min | 1960|

A woman disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip. During the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other.

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71. American Graffiti

Directed by George Lucas | PG | 110 min | 1973|

A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

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72. The 400 Blows

Directed by François Truffaut | 99 min | 1959|

Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

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73. Cabaret

Directed by Bob Fosse | PG | 124 min | 1972|

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

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74. The Hurt Locker

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow | R | 131 min | 2008|

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

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75. Touch of Evil

Directed by Orson Welles | PG-13 | 95 min | 1958|

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

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76. Lawrence of Arabia

Directed by David Lean | PG | 216 min | 1962|

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

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77. Dog Day Afternoon

Directed by Sidney Lumet | R | 125 min | 1975|

A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

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78. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Directed by Steven Spielberg | PG | 115 min | 1981|

Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

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79. Night of the Living Dead

Directed by George A. Romero | 96 min | 1968|

A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.

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80. Dazed and Confused

Directed by Richard Linklater | R | 102 min | 1993|

The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976.

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81. Blade Runner

Directed by Ridley Scott | R | 117 min | 1982|

A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

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82. Scenes from a Marriage

Directed by N/A | PG | 283 min | 1973|

Ten years of Marianne and Johan's relationship are presented. We first meet them ten years into their marriage. He is a college professor, she a divorce lawyer. They say that they are ...


83. The Wild Bunch

Directed by Sam Peckinpah | R | 145 min | 1969|

An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.

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84. Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations

Directed by Leni Riefenstahl | N/A | 111 min | 1938|

The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin.


85. Dirty Harry

Directed by Don Siegel | R | 102 min | 1971|

When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.

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86. All About Eve

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz | 138 min | 1950|

An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

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87. La Dolce Vita

Directed by Federico Fellini | 174 min | 1960|

A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.

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88. The Dark Knight

Directed by Christopher Nolan | PG-13 | 152 min | 2008|

When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice.

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89. Woodstock

Directed by Michael Wadleigh | R | 184 min | 1970|

The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

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90. The French Connection

Directed by William Friedkin | R | 104 min | 1971|

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

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91. Do the Right Thing

Directed by Spike Lee | R | 120 min | 1989|

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

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92. The Piano

Directed by Jane Campion | R | 121 min | 1993|

A mute woman along with her young daughter, and her prized piano, are sent to 1850s New Zealand for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, and she's soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.

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93. A Face in the Crowd

Directed by Elia Kazan | 126 min | 1957|

An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become?

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94. Brokeback Mountain

Directed by Ang Lee | R | 134 min | 2005|

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.

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95. Rushmore

Directed by Wes Anderson | R | 93 min | 1998|

The extracurricular king of Rushmore preparatory school is put on academic probation.

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96. Sullivan's Travels

Directed by Preston Sturges | 90 min | 1941|

A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about life, which gives him a rude awakening.

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97. Diner

Directed by Barry Levinson | R | 110 min | 1982|

A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.

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98. All About My Mother

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar | R | 101 min | 1999|

Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.

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99. There Will Be Blood

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson | R | 158 min | 2007|

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

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100. Sweet Smell of Success

Directed by Alexander Mackendrick | 96 min | 1957|

Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.

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