100 Best Movies of All Time
40. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
> Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
> Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
> Starring: Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds
With a 100% Freshness rating and a 95% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, this “clever, incisive, and funny” movie, as the critics consensus on the site calls it, “is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.” It has been called the best movie musical of all time.
39. Toy Story 3 (2010)
> Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
> Directed by: Lee Unkrich
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack
The critically praised third entry in the hugely popular Toy Story franchise proved that computer animated movies could be great. Audiences flocked to the film, driving its worldwide box office gross to over $1 billion.
38. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
> Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
> Directed by: Irvin Kershner
> Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
“The Empire Strikes Back” – the second movie in the original Star Wars trilogy – is the best film in the blockbuster series. In 2010, after permanently altering the world’s cultural landscape, the movie was added to the United States’ National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
37. The Red Shoes (1948)
> Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
> Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
> Starring: Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer
“The Red Shoes,” a ballet-themed drama co-directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is considered to be one of the best-looking films of all time. The film is also a favorite of filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese.
36. The General (1926)
> Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
> Directed by: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton
> Starring: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender
Released near the end of the silent film era, the poor reviews Buster Keaton’s “The General” originally received highlighted the fact that audiences were ready for the next stage of cinema. Decades later, the film would grow to be hailed as one of the greatest movies ever, thanks to its inventive sight gags and impeccably performed stunt work.
35. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
> Genre: Comedy, Crime
> Directed by: Robert Hamer
> Starring: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson
Alec Guinness plays eight roles in this black comedy about a disinherited nobleman who kills all those ahead of him in the line of succession. It has a 100% Freshness rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, as Time Out called it “at once a witty comedy of manners, a grotesque serial-killer caper and an acerbic satire on the class system.”
34. The Great Dictator (1940)
> Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
> Directed by: Charles Chaplin
> Starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie
Charlie Chaplin’s first sound film, “The Great Dictator,” signaled that the actor and director could make the transition to talking films from silent movies. Chaplin, who had worked with dialogue during his music-hall days in England, was a filmmaker with something to say. Originally Chaplin was resistant to working with sound, but he found the idea of satirizing Adolf Hitler too irresistible.
33. North by Northwest (1959)
> Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
> Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
> Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason
“North by Northwest” contains some of the most memorable scenes in cinema — a biplane chasing Cary Grant through a cornfield and the climactic scene on Mount Rushmore when mysterious agents working against the United States are thwarted. “North by Northwest” never loses its grip on the audience, 94% of whom on liked the Hitchcock classic on Rotten Tomatoes.
32. Double Indemnity (1944)
> Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
> Directed by: Billy Wilder
> Starring: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
Billy Wilder’s film-noir is about an insurance man (Fred MacMurray) who is lured into a plot to murder a client by his scheming wife (Barbara Stanwyck) to collect the insurance money. “Double Indemnity” was written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler and adapted from a novel by James M. Cain. The movie received a 96% Freshness rating from Rotten Tomatoes, and 95% of audiences like the film.
31. Taxi Driver (1976)
> Genre: Crime, Drama
> Directed by: Martin Scorsese
> Starring: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd
Martin Scorsese’s disturbing classic of urban alienation introduced audiences to one of cinema’s most memorable anti-heros, Travis Bickle. Although the movie didn’t win any of the four Academy Awards it was nominated for in 1977, it did earn the coveted Palme d’Or at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.