Top 20 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

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
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
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
 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

 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

 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

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
 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

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

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

 

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

 
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

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
 

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

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 
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
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

 

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

 
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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