Special Report

100 Best Movies of All Time

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100. The Wild Bunch (1969)
> Genre: Action, Adventure, Western
> Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
> Starring: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

1969’s “The Wild Bunch” is perhaps director Sam Peckinpah’s most well-known film. The epic Western – notable in part for its portrayal of extreme violence – was nominated for two Academy Awards.

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99. The Searchers (1956)
> Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
> Directed by: John Ford
> Starring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles

A 1979 cover story in New York magazine proposed that all cinema of the era was influenced by John Ford’s “The Searchers.” Admiration for the Western flick has remained strong throughout the years, illustrated by its perfect critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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98. Notorious (1946)
> Genre: Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
> Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
> Starring: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains

Cary Grant is a government agent hunting Nazis in South America after World War II. One of the Nazis he hunts is played by Claude Rains. The movie is famous for its tracking shot of Ingrid Bergman, who plays the wife of Rains, as she holds a key to a wine cellar containing Rains’ secret.

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97. Black Narcissus (1947)
> Genre: Drama
> Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
> Starring: Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Flora Robson

This intensely atmospheric tale of religion and desire in the Himalayas, written and directed by the acclaimed team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (whose other classics include “A Matter of Life and Death,” No. 59 on this list, and “The Red Shoes,” No. 37), scored a perfect 100% from Rotten Tomatoes.

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96. Unforgiven (1992)
> Genre: Drama, Western
> Directed by: Clint Eastwood
> Starring: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman

“Unforgiven,” stars Clint Eastwood, who also directed the film. It is frequently referred to as one of the greatest Westerns of all time. The movie took home four Academy Awards in 1993, including the coveted Best Picture.

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95. Strangers on a Train (1951)
> Genre: Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
> Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
> Starring: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman

Hitchcock’s contribution to the flourishing film-noir era of the 1940s and 1950s features Farley Granger and Robert Walker as strangers who meet on a train and forge a deadly pact. It is one of Hitchcock’s masterpieces and has a 98% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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94. Badlands (1973)
> Genre: Crime, Drama
> Directed by: Terrence Malick
> Starring: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates

Few directors have had as strong a debut as arthouse legend Terrence Malick has with his poetic crime spree movie “Badlands.” In 1993, the film was added to the National Film Registry, having been deemed “culturally, historically, or esthetically important.”

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93. In a Lonely Place (1950)
> Genre: Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
> Directed by: Nicholas Ray
> Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy

Film-noir master directs the legendary Humphrey Bogart in what some consider his finest performance as a short-tempered screenwriter accused of murder. The Chicago Reader called the movie “breathtaking,” and Time Out opined that “Never were despair and solitude so romantically alluring.”

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92. Laura (1944)
> Genre: Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
> Directed by: Otto Preminger
> Starring: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb

With its haunting theme song and its romantic twist, this psychologically complex murder mystery, hailed by critics as “elegance incarnate” and “one of the smartest of all noirs,” scored 100% from Rotten Tomatoes.

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91. The Apartment (1960)
> Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
> Directed by: Billy Wilder
> Starring: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray

No one does cynicism like director Billy Wilder, and “The Apartment” has plenty of it. But the film is also imbued with charm and good humor. Jack Lemmon plays an ambitious officer worker who loans his apartment to his philandering boss (Fred MacMurray) and other superiors, but things go awry when the arrangement involves Lemmon’s girlfriend (Shirley MacLaine).

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