70. The Departed (2006)
> Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
> Directed by: Martin Scorsese
> Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson
“The Departed” is director Martin Scorsese’s immersive look at Irish gangster life in Boston. The film took home four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. The film packs the star power of actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Martin Sheen, but it is Jack Nicholson’s menacing portrayal of the mob boss that dominates the movie. “The Departed” has a 91% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and 94% of audiences liked the movie.
69. Toy Story (1995)
> Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
> Directed by: John Lasseter
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles
“Toy Story” launched one of the most successful animated franchises of all time and was a groundbreaking achievement in computer animation as the first fully realized CGI animated feature. After the filmmakers reworked the script to make Tom Hanks’ Woody character more likable, the film became a box-office smash, grossing more than $363 million — it was the top film for five weekends. The film holds a 100% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and 92% of audiences liked the movie.
68. The Best of Youth (2003)
> Genre: Drama, Romance
> Directed by: Marco Tullio Giordana
> Starring: Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessio Boni, Jasmine Trinca
This Italian epic from well-regarded director Marco Tullio Giordana traces the lives of two brothers from the 1960s until the early 2000s and touches on the universal themes of family, life choices, and reconciliation of differences. Critic Terry Lawson of the Detroit Free Press said, “few films have ever made better use of combining social and political history with romantic melodrama and suspense.” Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 94% Freshness score, and 98% of audiences liked the movie.
67. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
> Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
> Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
> Starring: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen
Quentin Tarantino’s debut feature “Reservoir Dogs” is considered by many the definitive work of American independent cinema of the early 1990s. The movie fused arthouse and genre filmmaking and catapulted its director to superstardom.
66. 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 liked the Hitchcock classic on Rotten Tomatoes.
65. The Princess Bride (1987)
> Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
> Directed by: Rob Reiner
> Starring: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright
Robin Wright stars in the post-modern fairy tale directed by Rob Reiner that appeals to critics and audiences alike. The Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes called “The Princess Bride” a “deft, intelligent mix of swashbuckling, romance, and comedy that takes an age-old damsel-in-distress story and makes it fresh.” The film enjoys a 97% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and 94% of audiences liked it.
64. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
> Genre: Crime, Drama
> Directed by: Robert Mulligan
> Starring: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton
“To Kill a Mockingbird,” based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, stars Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, the deeply principled attorney defending an African American man accused of raping a white woman in the Deep South during the Depression. The American Film Institute in 2003 chose the character of Finch as the greatest hero in movie history. Critics and audiences alike on Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 92% score.
63. Young Frankenstein (1974)
> Genre: Comedy
> Directed by: Mel Brooks
> Starring: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman
The 1970s were a successful period for funnyman Mel Brooks (“Blazing Saddles,” “Silent Movie”), and in 1974 he directed the film “Young Frankenstein,” a humorous homage to horror films of the 1930s. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the send-up a Freshness rating of 94%, and 92% of audiences enjoyed the movie.
62. The Sound of Music (1965)
> Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
> Directed by: Robert Wise
> Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker
One of the most beloved and watched films of all time tells the story of the Von Trapp Family from Austria and their tutor Maria as the Nazis rise to power just before the start of WWII. The movie is remembered for the star turn of Julie Andrews and memorable songs composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II such as “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” The film has an audience score of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.
61. Chinatown (1974)
> Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
> Directed by: Roman Polanski
> Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston
Arguably Roman Polanski’s greatest film, this stylish film-noir stars Jack Nicholson as a private detective who, while investigating a case of adultery, stumbles onto a murder plot that includes incest and government corruption. The cynical tone of “Chinatown” reflects the mood of post-Vietnam America. Critics awarded the movie a 98% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and 93% of audiences liked the film.
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