The Best Films Of All Time !!!

by JoeKulik | created - 02 Sep 2015 | updated - 02 Sep 2015 | Public

"Film will only become an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper." - Jean Cocteau

"Hollywood has melted everyone's brains. In the old days you had one murder and that was enough for a story. Now you have to kill 300,000 people just to get the audience's attention." - Aki Kaurismaki

This list is NOT in any order of preference or ranking.

All foreign films have English subtitles.

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1. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold

Votes: 101,021 | Gross: $9.60M

James Stewart

A classic portrayal of the well worn tale of the young, naïve idealist who takes on the corrupt Establishment.

2. The Rules of the Game (1939)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély

Votes: 24,997

This film was booed in Paris when it was released in 1939, and the critics in 1939 all gave it a thumbs down because it hit too close to home in its portrayal of the phoniness of French social norms of the day. After running only a few weeks in 1939, it disappeared until being re-re-released in the 1950's and has been very favorably considered a Renoir classic since then both by film fans and by film critics.

3. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

100 Metascore

Following the death of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 375,282 | Gross: $1.59M

Orson Welles.

4. Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Not Rated | 66 min | Drama, History, Thriller

In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barskiy, Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Ivan Bobrov

Votes: 49,700 | Gross: $0.05M

silent film.

5. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,503,289 | Gross: $134.97M

6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 564,369 | Gross: $56.95M

screenplay: Stanley Kubrick et al. dir: Stanley Kubrick.

available at Amazon.com Instant Video.

7. Russian Ark (2002)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

86 Metascore

A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Sergey Dreyden, Mariya Kuznetsova, Leonid Mozgovoy, Mikhail Piotrovsky

Votes: 17,825 | Gross: $0.04M

The first and only film in the History Of World Cinema that was filmed in just one continuous take. That is, there are NO edit breaks in this film because the camera was turned on at the start of filming and was not turned off until 90 minutes later when the film was finished.

8. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

PG | 122 min | Drama

96 Metascore

Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden

Votes: 93,992 | Gross: $8.00M

Marlon Brando. Vivian Leigh. Karl Malden. Tennessee William's play.

9. East of Eden (1955)

PG | 118 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother's girlfriend.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, Burl Ives

Votes: 37,986

James Dean,

James Dean gives a brilliant portrayal of the classic dilemma of a boy who just can't get his father's approval & validation, no matter how hard he tries.

10. The Maiden Danced to Death (2011)

100 min | Drama

There were two brothers - two dancers - in Communist Hungary. One defected, the other stuck it out. One gave his soul to commerce, the other to the Party. After twenty years, they meet again. And the dance begins.

Director: Endre Hules | Stars: Endre Hules, Bea Melkvi, Deborah Kara Unger, Zsolt László

Votes: 115

dir: Endre Hules. screenplay: Endre Hules. lead actor: Endre Hules.

available at Fandor.com.

20 Stars !!!

11. Ida (2013)

PG-13 | 82 min | Drama

91 Metascore

A novice nun about to take her vows uncovers a family secret dating back to the German occupation.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela

Votes: 48,898 | Gross: $3.83M

dir Pawel Pawlikowski. screenplay: Pawel Pawlikowski et al.

available at Fandor.com.

20 Stars !!!

12. Persona (1966)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personae are melding together.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Björnstrand

Votes: 91,723

Available at Criterion.com/Hulu.

The very best Ingmar Bergman film that I've seen yet. Heavy psychological storyline. Radical editing that complements the intensely psychological character of this screenplay. Never have seen another film that I could say has more artistic merit than this one. Liv Ullman as Lisbeth doesn't speak even one word for the entire film. Must see this film if only because it is so unique-You'll never view another one quite like it.

13. The Human Voice (1966 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 50 min | Drama

A monologue of a woman talking on the phone with her longterm lover who is about to marry another girl.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Star: Ingrid Bergman

Votes: 245

A one character play written by Jean Cocteau in 1930 & first performed on stage in Paris in 1930.

Available on YouTube-search: "The Human Voice TV 1966 Ingrid Bergman". On YouTube channel "cris313nes's channel".

14. The Great Beauty (2013)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama

86 Metascore

Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso

Votes: 74,996 | Gross: $2.85M

dir: Paulo Sorrentino. screenplay: Paulo Sorrentino et al.

available at Fandor.com.

20 Stars !!!

15. Zazie dans le Métro (1960)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy

With her mother away for the weekend, a brash and precocious ten-year-old country-girl sets out to explore Paris during a Métro strike, under her uncle's not-so-watchful eye. Can a little girl cause so much chaos in the heart of the city?

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Catherine Demongeot, Philippe Noiret, Hubert Deschamps, Carla Marlier

Votes: 4,957

dir: Louis Malle. screenplay (adaptation): Louis Malle.

available at Criterion.com/Hulu.

16. I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967)

X | 121 min | Drama

Lena, aged twenty, wants to know all she can about life and reality. She collects information on everyone and everything, storing her findings in an enormous archive. She experiments with ... See full summary »

Director: Vilgot Sjöman | Stars: Lena Nyman, Vilgot Sjöman, Börje Ahlstedt, Peter Lindgren

Votes: 3,356 | Gross: $20.24M

dir: Vilgot Sjoman. screenplay: Vilgot Sjoman.

available at Criterion.com/Hulu.

17. I Am Curious (Blue) (1968)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama

The same movie with the same characters, cast and crew as I am Curious (Yellow), but with some different scenes and a different political slant. The political focus in Blue is personal ... See full summary »

Director: Vilgot Sjöman | Stars: Maj Hultén, Vilgot Sjöman, Lena Nyman, Börje Ahlstedt

Votes: 1,236

dir: Vilgot Sjoman. screenplay: Vilgot Sjoman.

available at Criterion.com/Hulu.

18. Tout Va Bien (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

Godard examines the structure of movies, relationships and revolutions through the life of a couple in Paris.

Directors: Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin | Stars: Yves Montand, Jane Fonda, Vittorio Caprioli, Elizabeth Chauvin

Votes: 2,896

dir: Jean-Luc Godard. Writer: Jean-Luc Godard et al.

available at Criterion.com/Hulu.

19. Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms, he kills a dragon and finds a treasure, the Hort. He helps Gunther to... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Paul Richter, Margarete Schön, Theodor Loos, Gertrud Arnold

Votes: 4,841

silent film. Available on Fandor.com under the title of Siegfried. run time is actually 148 minutes.

Part 1 of the 2 part epic Die Nibelungen.

20. Marty (1955)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

A middle-aged butcher and a school teacher who have given up on the idea of love meet at a dance and fall for each other.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli

Votes: 19,930

Ernest Borgnine

21. Sleepers (1996)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

49 Metascore

After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized. Thirteen years later, an unexpected random encounter with a former guard gives them them a chance for revenge.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert De Niro, Kevin Bacon, Brad Pitt, Jason Patric

Votes: 179,242 | Gross: $49.10M

Brad Pitt. Kevin Bacon. Robert De Niro.

An innovative, creative, & well thought out variation of the age old revenge story.

22. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Jack Carson

Votes: 42,190 | Gross: $17.57M

Paul Newman. Elizabeth Taylor. Burl Ives. Tennessee William's play.

23. The Long, Hot Summer (1958)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

Accused barn burner and conman Ben Quick (Paul Newman) arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Orson Welles

Votes: 9,243

Paul Newman. Joanne Woodward. Orson Welles.

24. The Sting (1973)

PG | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning

Votes: 227,910 | Gross: $159.60M

Paul Newman. Robert Redford.

25. Dead Man Walking (1995)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama

80 Metascore

A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.

Director: Tim Robbins | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry

Votes: 84,678 | Gross: $39.39M

Susan Sarandon. Sean Penn.

26. Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | 126 min | Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 799,869 | Gross: $138.43M

Matt Damon. Robin Williams. Ben Affleck. Minnie Driver.

A brilliant & inspiring story of how a young man's low self image was keeping from realizing his true potential.

27. The Crossing Guard (1995)

R | 111 min | Drama, Thriller

46 Metascore

Freddy Gale is a seedy jeweller who has sworn to kill the drunk driver who killed his little girl.

Director: Sean Penn | Stars: Jack Nicholson, David Morse, Anjelica Huston, Robin Wright

Votes: 12,266 | Gross: $0.83M

Jack Nicholson. David Morse. Anjelica Huston. Director & Writer: Sean Penn.

Nicholson delivers a brilliant portrayal of a man whose obsession with revenge is destroying his life & driving him to the brink of insanity.

28. Get Low (2009)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Mystery

77 Metascore

A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive.

Director: Aaron Schneider | Stars: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black

Votes: 21,526 | Gross: $9.18M

Robert Duvall. Bill Murray. Sissy Sapcek.

After 30 years in seclusion in the wilderness, a hermit contacts the undertaker at his nearby hometown to arrange conducting a funeral for himself while he's still alive & wants to invite the whole town to attend.

29. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

PG | 99 min | Drama

81 Metascore

An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone

Votes: 92,263 | Gross: $106.59M

Morgan Freeman. Jessica Tandy. Dan Aykroyd.

30. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 635,675 | Gross: $4.36M

Henry Fonda & a great ensemble supporting cast.

On a jury of 12 White men, only one man has the guts to stand up & argue that they can not just throw away a young man's life with a hasty decision, even if he is a poor, lower class Latino.

31. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

R | 133 min | Drama

83 Metascore

A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where he rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson, Michael Berryman

Votes: 860,845 | Gross: $112.00M

Jack Nicholson. Ken Kesey's novel.

32. The Odd Couple (1968)

G | 105 min | Comedy

86 Metascore

Two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day.

Director: Gene Saks | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Herb Edelman

Votes: 29,900 | Gross: $44.53M

Jack Lemmon. Walter Matthau. Neil Simon's play.

33. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

78 Metascore

An African-American man is hired to find a woman, and gets mixed up in a murderous political scandal.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals, Don Cheadle

Votes: 16,466 | Gross: $16.03M

Denzel Washington. Don Cheadle.

Like a noir film, but with African American characters.

34. The Producers (1967)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Music

96 Metascore

A stage-play producer devises a plan to make money by producing a sure-fire flop.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Estelle Winwood, Renée Taylor

Votes: 47,505 | Gross: $0.11M

Zero Mostel. Gene Wilder. Writer & Director: Mel Brooks.

35. Pressure Point (1962)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

A black prison psychiatrist is assigned the distasteful task of helping a paranoid American Nazi charged with sedition.

Directors: Hubert Cornfield, Stanley Kramer | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Bobby Darin, Peter Falk, Carl Benton Reid

Votes: 1,171

Sidney Poitier. Bobby Darin.

36. Fear and Desire (1953)

Not Rated | 62 min | Drama, Thriller, War

Four soldiers trapped behind enemy lines must confront their fears and desires.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Frank Silvera, Kenneth Harp, Paul Mazursky, Stephen Coit

Votes: 8,607

dir: Stanley Kubrick.

available at Fandor.com.



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