Top 50 movies of all time

1.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

9.3/10
 
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler
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2.
The Godfather (1972)
 
9.2/10
 
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton
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3.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
 
9.0/10
 
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba. (202 mins.)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton
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4.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
 
8.9/10
 
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè
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5.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
 
8.9/10
 
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis
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6.
Schindler’s List (1993)
 
8.9/10
 
In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis. (195 mins.)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall
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7.
12 Angry Men (1957)
 
8.9/10
 
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler
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8.
Inception (2010)
 
8.8/10
 
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe
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9.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
 
8.7/10
 
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (133 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman, Peter Brocco
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10.
The Dark Knight (2008)
 
9.0/10
 
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine
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11.
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
 
8.8/10
 
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams
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12.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
 
8.9/10
 
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron’s army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring. (201 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom
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13.
Seven Samurai (1954)
 
8.7/10
 
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki
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14.
Fight Club (1999)
 
8.9/10
 
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more… (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier
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15.
Goodfellas (1990)
 
8.7/10
 
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco
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16.
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope(1977)
 
 

8.7/10
 
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire’s world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness
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17.
Casablanca (1942)
 
 

8.6/10
 
In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
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18.
City of God (2002)
 
 

8.7/10
 
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
Director: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Matheus Nachtergaele, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen
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19.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

8.8/10
 
A meek Hobbit and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the One Ring and the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean
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20.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
 
 

8.6/10
 
Epic story of a mysterious stranger with a harmonica who joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. (175 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards
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21.
Rear Window (1954)
 
 

8.5/10
 
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter
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22.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
 
 

8.5/10
 
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies
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23.
Psycho (1960)
 
 

8.5/10
 
A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer’s client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin
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24.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
 
 

8.6/10
 
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup. (106 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin
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25.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
 
 

8.6/10
 
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons
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26.
Se7en (1995)
 
8.6/10
 
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Andrew Kevin Walker
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27.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
 
8.6/10
 
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell
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28.
Memento (2000)
 
8.5/10
 
A man creates a strange system to help him remember things; so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior
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29.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
 
8.3/10
 
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it’s up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren’t abandoned and to return home. (103 mins.)
Director: Lee Unkrich
Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty
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30.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers(2002)
 
8.7/10
 
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron’s new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. (179 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom
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31.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
 
8.5/10
 
A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson
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32.
Forrest Gump (1994)

8.8/10
 
Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field
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33.
Léon: The Professional (1994)
 
 

8.6/10
 
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin’s trade. (110 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello
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34.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
 

8.5/10
 
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn
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35.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
 
8.5/10
 
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (153 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest
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36.
Citizen Kane (1941)
 
8.4/10
 
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead
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37.
North by Northwest (1959)
 

8.4/10
 
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis
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38.
American Beauty (1999)
 
8.4/10
 
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter’s best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley
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39.
American History X (1998)
 
8.6/10
 
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D’Angelo, Jennifer Lien
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40.
Taxi Driver (1976)
 

8.3/10
 
A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks
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41.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

8.5/10
 
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick
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42.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
 
8.6/10
 
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns
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43.
Vertigo (1958)
 
8.4/10
 
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore
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44.
Alien (1979)
 
8.5/10
 
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source planet finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright
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45.
Amélie (2001)
 
8.4/10
 
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta
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46.
WALL·E (2008)
 
8.4/10
 
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard
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47.
Spirited Away (2001)
 
8.6/10
 
During her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi
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48.
The Shining (1980)
 
8.4/10
 
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers
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49.
Paths of Glory (1957)

8.5/10
 
After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them. (88 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready
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50.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
 
8.4/10
 
The story of TE Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War 1 in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
Stars: Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

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