200 Essential Movies To Watch Now

#60
Adjusted Score: 103.851%
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

#61

Iron Man (2008)
94%

#61
Adjusted Score: 103.905%
Critics Consensus: Director Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey Jr. make this smart, high impact superhero movie one that even non-comics fans can enjoy.
Synopsis: Billionaire industrialist and genius inventor Tony Stark is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Instead, using his intelligence... [More]
Directed By: Jon Favreau

#62

Double Indemnity (1944)
96%

#62
Adjusted Score: 103.851%
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

#63

Aliens (1986)
98%

#63
Adjusted Score: 103.81%
Critics Consensus: While Alien was a marvel of slow-building, atmospheric tension, Aliens packs a much more visceral punch, and features a typically strong performance from Sigourney Weaver.
Synopsis: Big-budget special effects, swiftly paced action, and a distinct feminist subtext from writer/director James Cameron turned what should have been... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron

#64

Carol (2015)
94%

#64
Adjusted Score: 104.24%
Critics Consensus: Shaped by Todd Haynes' deft direction and powered by a strong cast led by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, Carol lives up to its groundbreaking source material.
Synopsis: In this adaptation of the novel "The Price of Salt" by Patricia Highsmith, Therese (Rooney Mara), a young department-store clerk... [More]
Directed By: Todd Haynes

#65

Breathless (1961)
97%

#65
Adjusted Score: 103.569%
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

#66

Badlands (1974)
98%

#66
Adjusted Score: 103.355%
Critics Consensus: Terrence Malick's debut is a masterful slice of American cinema, rife with the visual poetry and measured performances that would characterize his work.
Synopsis: "He wanted to die with me and I dreamed of being lost forever in his arms." A young couple goes... [More]
Directed By: Terrence Malick

#67
#67
Adjusted Score: 103.203%
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

#68

GoodFellas (1990)
95%

#68
Adjusted Score: 101.411%
Critics Consensus: Hard-hitting and stylish, GoodFellas is a gangster classic -- and arguably the high point of Martin Scorsese's career.
Synopsis: Martin Scorsese explores the life of organized crime with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi's best-selling Wiseguy, the true-life... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#69

Tampopo (1985)
100%

#69
Adjusted Score: 103.362%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to director Juzo Itami's offbeat humor and sharp satirical edge, Tampopo is a funny, sexy, affectionate celebration of food and its broad influence on Japanese culture.
Synopsis: The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her... [More]
Directed By: Juzo Itami

#70

Casino Royale (2006)
94%

#70
Adjusted Score: 102.278%
Critics Consensus: Casino Royale disposes of the silliness and gadgetry that plagued recent James Bond outings, and Daniel Craig delivers what fans and critics have been waiting for: a caustic, haunted, intense reinvention of 007.
Synopsis: James Bond's first 007 mission takes him to Madagascar, where he is to spy on a terrorist Mollaka. Not everything... [More]
Directed By: Martin Campbell

#71

Pather Panchali (1955)
98%

#71
Adjusted Score: 103.191%
Critics Consensus: A film that requires and rewards patience in equal measure, Pather Panchali finds director Satyajit Ray delivering a classic with his debut.
Synopsis: Pather Panchali (Father Panchali), Indian director Satyajit Ray's first feature film, relates the story of an impoverished Bengalese family. When... [More]
Directed By: Satyajit Ray

#72
Adjusted Score: 103.027%
Critics Consensus: Dark, sinister, but ultimately even more involving than A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back defies viewer expectations and takes the series to heightened emotional levels.
Synopsis: The second entry in George Lucas' Star Wars trilogy finds Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the green-as-grass hero from the first... [More]
Directed By: Irvin Kershner

#73
Adjusted Score: 102.942%
Critics Consensus: An engrossing look at the triumphs and travails of war veterans, The Best Years of Our Lives is concerned specifically with the aftermath of World War II, but its messages speak to the overall American experience.
Synopsis: A memorable film about the aftermath of World War II in the United States., this film opens with the homecoming... [More]
Directed By: William Wyler

#74

Forbidden Planet (1956)
98%

#74
Adjusted Score: 102.884%
Critics Consensus: Shakespeare gets the deluxe space treatment in Forbidden Planet, an adaptation of The Tempest with impressive sets and seamless special effects.
Synopsis: Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is transformed in this landmark science-fiction film with groundbreaking special effects. Space men travel to a planet... [More]

#75
Adjusted Score: 102.682%
Critics Consensus: An infectiously fun blend of special effects and comedy, with Bill Murray's hilarious deadpan performance leading a cast of great comic turns.
Synopsis: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson star as a quartet of Manhattan-based "paranormal investigators". When their government... [More]
Directed By: Ivan Reitman

#76

Airplane! (1980)
97%

#76
Adjusted Score: 102.722%
Critics Consensus: Though unabashedly juvenile and silly, Airplane! is nevertheless an uproarious spoof comedy full of quotable lines and slapstick gags that endure to this day.
Synopsis: This spoof of the Airport series of disaster movies relies on ridiculous sight gags, groan-inducing dialogue, and deadpan acting --... [More]

#77

Duck Soup (1933)
94%

#77
Adjusted Score: 102.563%
Critics Consensus: Fueled by inspired silliness and blessed with some of the Marx brothers' most brilliant work, Duck Soup is one of its -- or any -- era's finest comedies.
Synopsis: Arguably the Marx Brothers' funniest film, this comedy masterpiece contains several famous scenes, including the hilarious mirror sequence. A wealthy... [More]
Directed By: Leo McCarey

#78

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
95%

#78
Adjusted Score: 102.496%
Critics Consensus: Pan's Labyrinth is Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups, with the horrors of both reality and fantasy blended together into an extraordinary, spellbinding fable.
Synopsis: Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to the phantasmagorical cinema that defined such early fare as Cronos and The Devil's... [More]
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

#79

Some Like It Hot (1959)
96%

#79
Adjusted Score: 102.338%
Critics Consensus: Some Like It Hot: A spry, quick-witted farce that never drags.
Synopsis: Two Struggling musicians witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and are now on the run from the Mob. Jerry and... [More]
Directed By: Billy Wilder

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