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100 Best Movies of the Last 100 Years, According to Critics

During the early weeks of the pandemic lockdown, restless Americans turned to streaming services as a lifeline and haven’t looked back. Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus have all gained millions of subscribers in the U.S. and worldwide since the first quarter of 2020. 

It’s no surprise that when faced with stressful circumstances and perhaps a plethora of free time, people have chosen to consume art in the forms of TV and film. Cinema has always had the ability to move people to anger, tears, compassion, and action. A great movie can shed light on another’s experience despite any cultural or demographic differences with the viewer. The movies with the broadest appeal highlight the most universal human emotions and trials.

Using information generated by the American Film Institute, 24/7 Tempo has compiled the 100 best American movies of the last 100 years, according to top directors, producers, film critics, and more. 

The director with the most movies in the mix is none other than Stephen Spielberg, with Alfred Hitchcock and Billy Wilder also boasting several movies on the list. Spanning the years 1915 to 1996, from Charlie Chaplin’s silent films to modern classics like “Pulp Fiction” and “Fargo,” these movies are loved by critics and viewers alike.

Perhaps it’s time to pick up another pandemic hobby: watching all 100 of the greatest American movies. What better time to tap into the universality of human experience than during a global pandemic? Here are another 25 activities to make staying at home easier during the pandemic.

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