Special Report

100 Best Movies of All Time

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90. Finding Nemo (2003)
> Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
> Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
> Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould

“Finding Nemo” won over critics, who gave it a 99% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes for its engaging story about a clownfish named Marlin who is separated from his son Nemo in the Great Barrier Reef. Marlin then goes on a perilous quest to find and get Nemo back. The film has grossed more than $871 million worldwide.

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89. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
> Genre: Horror
> Directed by: George A. Romero
> Starring: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman

George A. Romero’s debut film “Night of the Living Dead” created the template for the modern zombie film. The movie also spawned successful sequels. The film, which was independently produced with only a small budget, is now considered one of the best horror movies ever because of its raw violence, bleak vision, moments of black comedy, and political subtext.

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88. Annie Hall (1977)
> Genre: Comedy, Romance
> Directed by: Woody Allen
> Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts

Perhaps the most acclaimed of Woody Allen’s movies, “Annie Hall” was at one point titled “Anhedonia,” a term that refers to a person’s inability to experience pleasure. Allen’s film won four Academy Awards in 1978, including Best Director for Allen, who did not attend the Oscars because he was playing with his jazz group in Manhattan.

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87. King Kong (1933)
> Genre: Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
> Directed by: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
> Starring: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot

“King Kong” pairs blonde beauty (Fay Wray), the original scream queen, with a 50-foot ape in a frightening twist on the Beauty and the Beast tale. The movie’s special effects were revolutionary at the time and continue to deliver a certain creepiness to this day. “King Kong” has a 98% Freshness score among critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

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86. Some Like It Hot (1959)
> Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance
> Directed by: Billy Wilder
> Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

Some movie buffs consider this to be the funniest movie of all time. Maybe it’s because stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon spend much of the movie in drag, as members of an all-female band trying to elude mobsters. Or maybe it’s because of Curtis’ imitation of Cary Grant as a lonely millionaire seeking love. Critics appreciated the genius of Billy Wilder by giving the film a 95% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with 94% of audiences liking the movie.

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85. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
> Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
> Directed by: Michel Gondry
> Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson

“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” stands out thanks to its relentless creativity, driven by film director Michel Gondry and co-writer Charlie Kaufman. The film won the Best Writing – Screenplay Oscar in 2005. The clever direction and original screenwriting help highlight a story of heartbreak, in which two former lovers attempt to remove all memories of their failed relationship.

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84. The Shining (1980)
> Genre: Drama, Horror
> Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
> Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd

Stanley Kubrick’s Stephen King adaptation famously deviates from its source material, and despite its relatively simple premise, “The Shining” is endlessly intriguing. Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, a writer who agrees to oversee a deserted hotel through a long, snowy winter accompanied by his wife and young, psychic son. “The Shining” is yet another horror film that received a lukewarm critical welcome upon its release but has since grown to be loved by critics and audiences alike. It was called the first epic horror film by Newsweek.

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83. On the Waterfront (1954)
> Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
> Directed by: Elia Kazan
> Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb

Eight Academy Awards honored this gritty waterfront gangster drama, including Best Picture, Best Director, and, for Marlon Brando, Best Actor. He plays a washed-up boxer (his “I coulda been a contendah” speech is famous) who eventually agrees to go up against the crooked union boss. The Hollywood Reporter called it a “brutal, violently realistic drama…[that] packs a terrific wallop that results in topflight entertainment.”

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82. The Little Mermaid (1989)
> Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy
> Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
> Starring: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Rene Auberjonois

Before it became a box office smash, “The Little Mermaid” was a project of Walt Disney’s that was originally conceived in the 1930s but remained on the shelf until studio execs revived it in 1984, ushering a new era of animation for the Disney studios. The story, about a mermaid princess who makes a dangerous deal with a sea witch to become human, features the voices of comedians Pat Carroll and Buddy Hackett and enjoys a 93% Freshness rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes

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81. Toy Story 2 (1999)
> Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
> Directed by: John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack

“Toy Story 2” eclipsed the success of the original, grossing nearly $500 million worldwide, compared with about $363 million for “Toy Story.” In the sequel, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) tries to save Woody (Tom Hanks) from a toy collector. The beloved film currently has a 100% Freshness rating from critics and an 86% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.