100 Best Classic Movies of All Time

#20

Repulsion (1965)
95%

#20
Adjusted Score: 104207%
Critics Consensus: Roman Polanski's first English film follows a schizophrenic woman's descent into madness, and makes the audience feel as claustrophobic as the character.
Synopsis: A chilling tale of the mental deterioration of a sexually repressed woman whose tenuous grip on reality snaps violently.... [More]
Directed By: Roman Polanski

#19

The Maltese Falcon (1941)
100%

#19
Adjusted Score: 110330%
Critics Consensus: Suspenseful, labyrinthine, and brilliantly cast, The Maltese Falcon is one of the most influential noirs -- as well as a showcase for Humphrey Bogart at his finest.
Synopsis: Private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) encounters sundry characters (Mary Astor, Peter Lorre), all seeking a coveted statuette.... [More]
Directed By: John Huston

#18

King Kong (1933)
98%

#18
Adjusted Score: 110242%
Critics Consensus: King Kong explores the soul of a monster -- making audiences scream and cry throughout the film -- in large part due to Kong's breakthrough special effects.
Synopsis: Shipped from mysterious Skull Island for display in the United States, a gigantic ape escapes from his bonds and carries... [More]

#17

Grand Illusion (1937)
97%

#17
Adjusted Score: 111897%
Critics Consensus: Jean Renoir's Grand Illusion is a masterful anti-war statement, bringing humane insight and an undercurrent of ironic humor to an unusual relationship between captor and captive.
Synopsis: World War I French fliers (Pierre Fresnay, Jean Gabin) become captives of a German aristocrat (Erich von Stroheim) who considers... [More]
Directed By: Jean Renoir

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 111474%
Critics Consensus: Gripping, suspenseful, and visually iconic, this late-period Hitchcock classic laid the groundwork for countless action thrillers to follow.
Synopsis: Mistaken identity spurs a foreign spy (James Mason) to pursue an innocent New Yorker (Cary Grant), all the way to... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 109923%
Critics Consensus: A documentary-like depiction of a nation's real-life efforts to expel a colonizing force, The Battle of Algiers puts viewers on the front lines with gripping realism.
Synopsis: Between 1954 and '62, Algeria fights for independence from the French.... [More]
Directed By: Gillo Pontecorvo

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 110066%
Critics Consensus: A Hard Day's Night, despite its age, is still a delight to watch and has proven itself to be a rock-and-roll movie classic.
Synopsis: John, Paul, George and Ringo (The Beatles) spend 36 wild hours in London, besieged by exuberant fans.... [More]
Directed By: Richard Lester

#13
Adjusted Score: 111385%
Critics Consensus: With its involving story and characters, vibrant art, and memorable songs, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs set the animation standard for decades to come.
Synopsis: A wicked queen casts a spell upon a beautiful young girl in this Disney adaptation of the classic fairy tale.... [More]
Directed By: David Hand

#12

Nosferatu (1922)
97%

#12
Adjusted Score: 110948%
Critics Consensus: One of the silent era's most influential masterpieces, Nosferatu's eerie, gothic feel -- and a chilling performance from Max Schreck as the vampire -- set the template for the horror films that followed.
Synopsis: A real estate agent (Gustav von Wangenheim) discovers ugly Count Orlock's (Max Schreck) unearthly secret.... [More]
Directed By: F.W. Murnau

#11

Laura (1944)
100%

#11
Adjusted Score: 110533%
Critics Consensus: A psychologically complex portrait of obsession, Laura is also a deliciously well-crafted murder mystery.
Synopsis: An arrogant New York columnist (Clifton Webb) taunts a detective (Dana Andrews) obsessed with a slain woman's (Gene Tierney) portrait.... [More]
Directed By: Otto Preminger

#10

Psycho (1960)
96%

#10
Adjusted Score: 110869%
Critics Consensus: Infamous for its shower scene, but immortal for its contribution to the horror genre. Because Psycho was filmed with tact, grace, and art, Hitchcock didn't just create modern horror, he validated it.
Synopsis: A woman (Janet Leigh) on the run stops at a 12-cabin motel with showers, run by mother-fixated Norman Bates (Anthony... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#9

Casablanca (1942)
99%

#9
Adjusted Score: 119623%
Critics Consensus: An undisputed masterpiece and perhaps Hollywood's quintessential statement on love and romance, Casablanca has only improved with age, boasting career-defining performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
Synopsis: A cynical nightclub owner (Humphrey Bogart) protects an old flame (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband (Paul Henreid) from Nazis in... [More]
Directed By: Michael Curtiz

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 112925%
Critics Consensus: Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin' in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.
Synopsis: A silent-film star (Gene Kelly) loves a chorus girl (Debbie Reynolds) who dubs his squeaky-voiced co-star in a 1927 Hollywood... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 119469%
Critics Consensus: Capturing its stars and director at their finest, It Happened One Night remains unsurpassed by the countless romantic comedies it has inspired.
Synopsis: A newsman (Clark Gable) rides a bus and shares a cabin with a tycoon's (Walter Connolly) runaway daughter (Claudette Colbert).... [More]
Directed By: Frank Capra

#6

Modern Times (1936)
98%

#6
Adjusted Score: 119682%
Critics Consensus: A slapstick skewering of industrialized America, Modern Times is as politically incisive as it is laugh-out-loud hilarious.
Synopsis: In Chaplin's classic comedy of the Machine Age, a bolt tightener (Charlie Chaplin) fails at everything but falling in love.... [More]
Directed By: Charlie Chaplin

#5

Metropolis (1927)
97%

#5
Adjusted Score: 109469%
Critics Consensus: A visually awe-inspiring science fiction classic from the silent era.
Synopsis: An industrialist (Alfred Abel) rules a 21st-century city where the rich play above and slaves toil below.... [More]
Directed By: Fritz Lang

#4

All About Eve (1950)
99%

#4
Adjusted Score: 116329%
Critics Consensus: Smart, sophisticated, and devastatingly funny, All About Eve is a Hollywood classic that only improves with age.
Synopsis: A Broadway star (Bette Davis) takes a young and seemingly naive aspiring actress (Anne Baxter) under her wing.... [More]
Directed By: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

#3

The Third Man (1949)
99%

#3
Adjusted Score: 112596%
Critics Consensus: This atmospheric thriller is one of the undisputed masterpieces of cinema, and boasts iconic performances from Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles.
Synopsis: Visiting postwar Vienna, a writer (Joseph Cotten) of pulp Westerns probes the suspicious death of an old friend (Orson Welles).... [More]
Directed By: Carol Reed

#2

Citizen Kane (1941)
99%

#2
Adjusted Score: 119231%
Critics Consensus: Orson Welles's epic tale of a publishing tycoon's rise and fall is entertaining, poignant, and inventive in its storytelling, earning its reputation as a landmark achievement in film.
Synopsis: Enigmatic newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) rises, falls and leaves behind a riddle with his dying breath.... [More]
Directed By: Orson Welles

#1

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
99%

#1
Adjusted Score: 118424%
Critics Consensus: An absolute masterpiece whose groundbreaking visuals and deft storytelling are still every bit as resonant, The Wizard of Oz is a must-see film for young and old.
Synopsis: After a tornado whisks Kansas farm girl Dorothy (Judy Garland) to a magic land, she must travel to the Emerald... [More]
Directed By: Victor Fleming

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