The 100 best movies of all time by Time Out

"Over 70 actors gave us their personal top ten favorite movie titles to collectively build our list of the 100 best movies of all time. Now it's time to see how you compare. Have you seen The Turin Horse, which falls in the top three of Oscar winner Juliette Binoche's list? Do you agree with Michael C. Hall's favorites To Kill a Mockingbird or the modern classic Goodfellas? Find out how high you score in the below checklist—and get to watching the movies you've been missing out on!"

- Time Out


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Detractions

  1. Voted on by industry employee(s) (-20)

Films (100)

1. Tootsie

Directed by Sydney Pollack | PG | 116 min | 1982|

Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap.

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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. A Woman Under the Influence

Directed by John Cassavetes | R | 155 min | 1974|

Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her madness proves to be a problem in the marriage. The film transpires to a positive role of madness in the family, challenging conventional representations of madness in cinema.

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4. Cinema Paradiso

Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore | R | 155 min | 1988|

A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.

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5. To Kill a Mockingbird

Directed by Robert Mulligan | 129 min | 1962|

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice.

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6. The Godfather: Part II

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | R | 202 min | 1974|

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba.

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7. 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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8. Boogie Nights

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson | R | 155 min | 1997|

The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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9. The Red Shoes

Directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | 133 min | 1948|

A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.

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10. 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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11. 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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12. 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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13. Withnail & I

Directed by Bruce Robinson | R | 107 min | 1987|

London, 1969 - two 'resting' (unemployed and unemployable) actors, Withnail and Marwood, fed up with damp, cold, piles of washing-up, mad drug dealers and psychotic Irishmen, decide to ...

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14. Kes

Directed by Ken Loach | PG-13 | 110 min | 1969|

A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.

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15. 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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16. 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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17. 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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18. Breaking the Waves

Directed by Lars von Trier | R | 159 min | 1996|

Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.

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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. Gladiator

Directed by Ridley Scott | R | 155 min | 2000|

When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.

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21. La Haine

Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz | 98 min | 1995|

24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.

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22. 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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23. Raging Bull

Directed by Martin Scorsese | R | 129 min | 1980|

An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.

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24. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Directed by Mike Nichols | TV-MA | 131 min | 1966|

A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other.

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25. 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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26. Fargo

Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | R | 98 min | 1996|

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

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27. 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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28. The Night of the Hunter

Directed by Charles Laughton, Robert Mitchum, Terry Sanders | 92 min | 1955|

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

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29. 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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30. The Apartment

Directed by Billy Wilder | 125 min | 1960|

A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.

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31. La Vie en Rose

Directed by Olivier Dahan | PG-13 | 140 min | 2007|

The life story of singer Édith Piaf.

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32. 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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33. 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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34. Life Is Beautiful

Directed by Roberto Benigni | PG-13 | 116 min | 1997|

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

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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. The Philadelphia Story

Directed by George Cukor | 112 min | 1940|

When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

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37. The Sting

Directed by George Roy Hill | PG | 129 min | 1973|

In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.

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38. Waiting for Guffman

Directed by Christopher Guest | R | 84 min | 1996|

An aspiring director and the marginally talented amateur cast of a hokey small-town Missouri musical production go overboard when they learn that someone from Broadway will be in attendance.

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39. 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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40. 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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41. The Celebration

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg | R | 105 min | 1998|

At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed.

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42. The Lives of Others

Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | R | 137 min | 2006|

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

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43. American Beauty

Directed by Sam Mendes | R | 122 min | 1999|

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

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44. Léon: The Professional

Directed by Luc Besson | R | 110 min | 1994|

Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.


45. A Star Is Born

Directed by George Cukor | 154 min | 1954|

A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.

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46. 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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47. Stairway to Heaven

Directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | PG | 104 min | 1946|

A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court.


48. An American in Paris

Directed by Vincente Minnelli | 113 min | 1951|

Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.

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49. 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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50. 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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51. The Turin Horse

Directed by Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky | 146 min | 2011|

A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse.

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52. The Princess Bride

Directed by Rob Reiner | PG | 98 min | 1987|

While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

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53. This Is England

Directed by Shane Meadows | 101 min | 2006|

A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit.

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54. The Royal Tenenbaums

Directed by Wes Anderson | R | 110 min | 2001|

An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when their father announces he is terminally ill.

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55. 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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56. 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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57. Nil by Mouth

Directed by Gary Oldman | R | 128 min | 1997|

The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug ...


58. Requiem for a Dream

Directed by Darren Aronofsky | R | 102 min | 2000|

The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.

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59. All That Jazz

Directed by Bob Fosse | R | 123 min | 1979|

Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.


60. Truly Madly Deeply

Directed by Anthony Minghella | PG | 106 min | 1990|

A woman dealing with inconsolable grief over the death of her partner gets another chance when he returns to earth as a ghost.


61. Harold and Maude

Directed by Hal Ashby | PG | 91 min | 1971|

Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.

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62. 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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63. Being There

Directed by Hal Ashby | PG | 130 min | 1979|

A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics.

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64. 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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65. 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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66. The Sacrifice

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky | PG | 149 min | 1986|

At the dawn of World War III, a man searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return.

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67. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Directed by Milos Forman | R | 133 min | 1975|

A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

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68. Monster

Directed by Patty Jenkins | R | 109 min | 2003|

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

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69. A Streetcar Named Desire

Directed by Elia Kazan | PG | 122 min | 1951|

Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.

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70. 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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71. The Thin Red Line

Directed by Terrence Malick | R | 170 min | 1998|

Terrence Malick's adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

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72. The General

Directed by Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton | 67 min | 1926|

When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines.

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73. The Third Man

Directed by Carol Reed | 93 min | 1949|

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

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74. Amour

Directed by Michael Haneke | PG-13 | 127 min | 2012|

Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

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75. Tender Mercies

Directed by Bruce Beresford | PG | 92 min | 1983|

A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together.

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76. Tokyo Story

Directed by Yasujirô Ozu | 136 min | 1953|

An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.

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77. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Directed by George Lucas | PG | 121 min | 1977|

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.

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78. A Room for Romeo Brass

Directed by Shane Meadows | R | 90 min | 1999|

Two twelve-year-old boys, Romeo and Gavin, undergo an extraordinary test of character and friendship when Morell, a naive but eccentric and dangerous stranger, comes between them. Morell ...


79. 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 ...


80. Naked

Directed by Mike Leigh | 126 min | 1993|

Parallel tales of two sexually obsessed men, one hurting and annoying women physically and mentally, one wandering around the city talking to strangers and experiencing dimensions of life.


81. The Goonies

Directed by Richard Donner | PG | 114 min | 1985|

In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.

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82. Brazil

Directed by Terry Gilliam | R | 132 min | 1985|

A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state.

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83. Hidden

Directed by Tim McLachlan | N/A | 93 min | 2005|

Deep within a dark, twisted forest, at a faraway adventure camp, a group of young 'camp leaders' play a fast and furious game of 'hide and seek'. The atmosphere is strange and thick with ...

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84. The Deer Hunter

Directed by Michael Cimino | R | 183 min | 1978|

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.

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85. 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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86. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Directed by Wes Anderson | R | 99 min | 2014|

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

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87. Carmen Jones

Directed by Otto Preminger | 105 min | 1954|

Contemporary version of the Bizet opera, with new lyrics and an African-American cast.

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88. The African Queen

Directed by John Huston | PG | 105 min | 1951|

In Africa during WWI, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.

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89. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Directed by Peter Greenaway | NC-17 | 124 min | 1989|

The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husbands restaurant.


90. Y Tu Mamá También

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón | R | 106 min | 2001|

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

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91. The Hustler

Directed by Robert Rossen | 134 min | 1961|

An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.

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92. Sophie's Choice

Directed by Alan J. Pakula | R | 150 min | 1982|

After spending time with his new neighbors, an aspiring writer realizes they are harboring deep secrets that will forever change him.

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93. Whiplash

Directed by Damien Chazelle | R | 107 min | 2014|

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

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94. Love Actually

Directed by Richard Curtis | R | 135 min | 2003|

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

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95. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Directed by Steven Spielberg | PG | 137 min | 1977|

After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.

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96. Paris, Texas

Directed by Wim Wenders | R | 147 min | 1984|

Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family.

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97. Persona

Directed by Ingmar Bergman | 83 min | 1966|

A nurse is put in charge of an actress who can't talk and finds that the actress's persona is melding with hers.

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98. Crimes and Misdemeanors

Directed by Woody Allen | PG-13 | 104 min | 1989|

An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.


99. The Great Beauty

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino | 141 min | 2013|

Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

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100. 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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