100 Best Classic Movies of All Time

#80
#80
Adjusted Score: 101.907%
Critics Consensus: A classic blend of satire and political thriller that was uncomfortably prescient in its own time, The Manchurian Candidate remains distressingly relevant today.
Synopsis: A U.S. Army hero returns to New York from Korea, but has been mysteriously programmed by Communists to assassinate a... [More]
Directed By: John Frankenheimer

#79
#79
Adjusted Score: 104.308%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell's sparkling magnetism, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a delightfully entertaining 1950s musical.
Synopsis: Second-billed Marilyn Monroe is the blonde in question in this second film version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: Miss Lorelei Lee,... [More]
Directed By: Howard Hawks

#78

Breathless (1961)
97%

#78
Adjusted Score: 104.202%
Critics Consensus: Breathless rewrote the rules of cinema -- and more than 50 years after its arrival, Jean-Luc Godard's paradigm-shifting classic remains every bit as vital.
Synopsis: Enjoy brunch in the Torpedo Room before screening BREATHLESS hosted by John DeSando and Johnny DiLoretto. There was before BREATHLESS,... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Luc Godard

#77

Freaks (1932)
94%

#77
Adjusted Score: 104.265%
Critics Consensus: Time has been kind to this horror legend: Freaks manages to frighten, shock, and even touch viewers in ways that contemporary viewers missed.
Synopsis: Real sideshow performers star in Tod Browning's infamous cult classic, a grotesque revenge drama set against a circus backdrop. Trapeze... [More]
Directed By: Tod Browning

#76
#76
Adjusted Score: 104.325%
Critics Consensus: Irrefutable proof that gentle sentimentalism can be the chief ingredient in a wonderful film, Miracle on 34th Street delivers a warm holiday message without resorting to treacle.
Synopsis: Edmund Gwenn plays Kris Kringle, a bearded old gent who is the living image of Santa Claus. Serving as a... [More]
Directed By: George Seaton

#75

Throne of Blood (1957)
95%

#75
Adjusted Score: 100.88%
Critics Consensus: A career high point for Akira Kurosawa -- and one of the best film adaptations of a Shakespeare play.
Synopsis: This moody and violent drama is the Japanese version of Shakespeare's "Macbeth." Even translated into the Japanese language, the timeless... [More]
Directed By: Akira Kurosawa

#74

Double Indemnity (1944)
97%

#74
Adjusted Score: 106.569%
Critics Consensus: A dark, tautly constructed adaptation of James M. Cain's novel -- penned by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler -- Double Indemnity continues to set the standard for the best in Hollywood film noir.
Synopsis: Directed by Billy Wilder and adapted from a James M. Cain novel by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, Double Indemnity represents... [More]
Directed By: Billy Wilder

#73
Adjusted Score: 104.813%
Critics Consensus: With its magical optical effects and enchanting performances, Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast remains the most surreal -- and soulful -- of the fairy tale's film adaptations.
Synopsis: Jean Cocteau's adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (originally released in France as La Belle et la Bte) stars Josette... [More]
Directed By: Jean Cocteau

#72

His Girl Friday (1940)
98%

#72
Adjusted Score: 106.509%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by stellar performances from Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday is possibly the definitive screwball romantic comedy.
Synopsis: The second screen version of the Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur play The Front Page, His Girl Friday changed hard-driving newspaper reporter... [More]
Directed By: Howard Hawks

#71
Adjusted Score: 102.775%
Critics Consensus: Its genius escaped many viewers at the time, but in retrospect, The Rules of the Game stands as one of Jean Renoir's -- and cinema's -- finest works.
Synopsis: Now often cited as one of the greatest films ever made, Jean Renoir's La Règle du jeu/Rules of the Game... [More]
Directed By: Jean Renoir

#70
Adjusted Score: 105.622%
Critics Consensus: One of the best political allegories of the 1950s, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is an efficient, chilling blend of sci-fi and horror.
Synopsis: Director Don Siegel's thinly-veiled examination of McCarthy-era hysteria stars Kevin McCarthy (no relation) as Miles Bennell, a California doctor who... [More]
Directed By: Don Siegel

#69

City Lights (1931)
98%

#69
Adjusted Score: 105.273%
Critics Consensus: One of the best underdog romance movies ever, with an ending that will light up any heart.
Synopsis: A homeless tramp befriends a lovely blind flower seller and convinces her he is a millionaire while he secretly labors... [More]
Directed By: Charles Chaplin

#68

Mary Poppins (1964)
100%

#68
Adjusted Score: 104.679%
Critics Consensus: A lavish modern fairy tale celebrated for its amazing special effects, catchy songs, and Julie Andrews's legendary performance in the title role.
Synopsis: "Practically Perfect In Every Way" Mary Poppins flies out of the windy London skies and into the home of two... [More]
Directed By: Robert Stevenson

#67

The Big Sleep (1946)
97%

#67
Adjusted Score: 106.647%
Critics Consensus: A perfect match of screenplay, director, and leading man, The Big Sleep stands as a towering achievement in film noir whose grim vitality remains undimmed.
Synopsis: The definitive Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall vehicle, The Big Sleep casts Bogart as Raymond Chandler's cynical private eye Philip Marlowe. Summoned... [More]
Directed By: Howard Hawks

#66
#66
Adjusted Score: 105.297%
Critics Consensus: A complex and timely satire with as much darkness as slapstick, Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not To Be delicately balances humor and ethics.
Synopsis: Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be is a black comedy about a Polish theater company--led by Joseph and... [More]
Directed By: Ernst Lubitsch

#65
#65
Adjusted Score: 105%
Critics Consensus: Sweet Smell of Success boasts a top-notch cast, sharp direction, atmospheric cinematography, and an appropriately jazzy score, making it one of the best noir crime thrillers ever made.
Synopsis: J.J. Hunsecker, a powerful New York newspaper columnist, is dead set against his sister's marrying a jazz musician. Sidney Falco,... [More]
Directed By: Alexander Mackendrick

#64
#64
Adjusted Score: 105.527%
Critics Consensus: A provocative premise and inventive set design lights the way for Hitchcock diabolically entertaining masterpiece.
Synopsis: In one of Alfred Hitchcock's suspense classics, tennis pro Guy Haines (Farley Granger) chances to meet wealthy wastrel Bruno Anthony... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#63

The Gold Rush (1925)
100%

#63
Adjusted Score: 106.125%
Critics Consensus: A delightful blend of slapstick humor, poignant emotion, and social commentary, The Gold Rush encapsulates Chaplin's strengths as a writer, director, and star.
Synopsis: During the Gold Rush, prospectors brave Alaska's dangerous Chilkoot Pass, hoping to strike it rich in the snowy mountains. Just... [More]
Directed By: Charles Chaplin

#62
#62
Adjusted Score: 106.142%
Critics Consensus: The holiday classic to define all holiday classics, It's a Wonderful Life is one of a handful of films worth an annual viewing.
Synopsis: This is director Frank Capra's classic bittersweet comedy/drama about George Bailey (James Stewart), the eternally-in-debt guiding force of a bank... [More]
Directed By: Frank Capra

#61

La Dolce Vita (1960)
95%

#61
Adjusted Score: 103.491%
Critics Consensus: An epic, breathtakingly stylish cinematic landmark, La Dolce Vita remains riveting in spite of -- or perhaps because of -- its sprawling length.
Synopsis: In this Federico Fellini film, Marcello Mastrioanni stars as Fellini's alter ego, here depicted as a gossip columnist. Having left... [More]
Directed By: Federico Fellini

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