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Wait Until Dark (1967)
Audrey HepburnAlan Arkin, et al.


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4.7 out of 5 stars
 


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Audrey Hepburn's last Oscar nomination was for this adaptation of Frederick Knott's famed stage thriller about a blind woman, a con man (Alan Arkin), and a doll full of heroin. Thanks to Hepburn's husband, a photographer who does a good deal of traveling, she's unknowingly come into possession of... Read more

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The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
William HoldenAlec Guinness, et al.


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4.7 out of 5 stars
 


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Director David Lean's masterful 1957 realization of Pierre Boulle's novel remains a benchmark for war films, and a deeply absorbing movie by any standard--like most of Lean's canon, The Bridge on the River Kwai achieves a richness in theme, narrative, and characterization that transcends genre.

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Rear Window (1954)
James StewartGrace Kelly, et al.


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4.9 out of 5 stars
 


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Like the Greenwich Village courtyard view from its titular portal, Alfred Hitchcock's classic Rear Window is both confined and multileveled: both its story and visual perspective are dictated by its protagonist's imprisonment in his apartment, convalescing in a wheelchair, from which both he and the... Read more

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12 Angry Men (1957)
Henry FondaLee J. Cobb, et al.


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5.0 out of 5 stars
 


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Sidney Lumet's directorial debut remains a tense, atmospheric (though slightly manipulative and stagy) courtroom thriller, in which the viewer never sees a trial and the only action is verbal. As he does in his later corruption commentaries such as Serpico or Q & A, Lumet focuses on the lonely... Read more

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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Gregory Peck, et al.


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4.7 out of 5 stars
 


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Ranked 34 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest American Films, To Kill a Mockingbird is quite simply one of the finest family-oriented dramas ever made. A beautiful and deeply affecting adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, the film retains a timeless... Read more

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From Here to Eternity (1953)
Burt LancasterMontgomery Clift, et al.


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4.7 out of 5 stars
 


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Here's a model for adapting a novel into a movie. The bestseller by James Jones, a frank and hard-hitting look at military life, could not possibly be made into a film in 1953 without considerably altering its length and bold subject matter. Yet screenwriter Daniel Taradash and director Fred... Read more

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Romeo and Juliet (1968)
Leonard WhitingOlivia Hussey, et al.


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4.7 out of 5 stars
 


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Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was unique in its day for casting kids in the play's pivotal roles of, well, kids. Seventeen-year-old Leonard Whiting and 15-year-old Olivia Hussey play the titular pair, the Bard's star-crossed lovers who defy a running feud... Read more

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Persuasion (1995)
Amanda RootCiar�n Hinds, et al.


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4.3 out of 5 stars
 


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Movie adaptations of Jane Austen's classic novels were all the rage (relatively speaking) in the mid-1990s. Clueless updated Austen's Emma, which was more conventionally adapted in another version (Emma) starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Emma was produced yet again, this time for British television, as were... Read more

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Strangers on a Train (British Version) (1951)
Farley GrangerRobert Walker, et al.


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4.5 out of 5 stars
 


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From its cleverly choreographed opening sequence to its heart-stopping climax on a rampant carousel, this 1951 Hitchcock classic readily earns its reputation as one of the director's finest examples of timeless cinematic suspense. It's not just a ripping-good thriller but a film student's delight... Read more

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Sergeant York (1941)
Gary CooperWalter Brennan, et al.


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4.5 out of 5 stars
 


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Gary Cooper plays Alvin York, the real-life country lad and sharpshooter drafted to fight during World War II but blocked from killing by his pacifist sentiments. Howard Hawks makes a rousing, heroic film out of the tale, and Cooper gives one of his best performances (for which he won an Oscar). The... Read more

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The Godfather (1972)
Marlon BrandoAl Pacino, et al.


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4.8 out of 5 stars
 


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Generally acknowledged as a bona fide classic, this Francis Ford Coppola film is one of those rare experiences that feels perfectly right from beginning to end--almost as if everyone involved had been born to participate in it. Based on Mario Puzo's bestselling novel about a Mafia dynasty, Coppola's... Read more

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On the Waterfront (1954)
Marlon BrandoKarl Malden, et al.


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4.9 out of 5 stars
 


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Marlon Brando's famous "I coulda been a contenda" speech is such a warhorse by now that a lot of people probably feel they've seen this picture already, even if they haven't. And many of those who have seen it may have forgotten how flat-out thrilling it is. For all its great dramatic and cinematic... Read more

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Notorious (1946)
Cary GrantIngrid Bergman, et al.


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4.7 out of 5 stars
 


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One of Alfred Hitchcock's classics, this romantic thriller features a cast to kill for: Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, and Claude Rains. Bergman plays the daughter of a disgraced father who is recruited by American agents to infiltrate a post-World War II spy ring in Brazil. Her control agent is Grant,... Read more

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Rebecca (1940)
Laurence OlivierJoan Fontaine, et al.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
 


"Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again..." From the first classic line of this unforgettable film, Rebecca casts its spell. David O. Selznick brought Alfred Hitchcock to the United States in order to give this adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel the proper atmosphere. The resulting film... Read more

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Casablanca (1943)
Humphrey BogartIngrid Bergman, et al.


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4.7 out of 5 stars
 


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A truly perfect movie, the 1942 Casablanca still wows viewers today, and for good reason. Its unique story of a love triangle set against terribly high stakes in the war against a monster is sophisticated instead of outlandish, intriguing instead of garish. Humphrey Bogart plays the allegedly... Read more

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Goodfellas (1990)
Robert De NiroRay Liotta, et al.


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4.5 out of 5 stars
 


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Martin Scorsese's 1990 masterpiece GoodFellas immortalizes the hilarious, horrifying life of actual gangster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), from his teen years on the streets of New York to his anonymous exile under the Witness Protection Program. The director's kinetic style is perfect for recounting... Read more

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Becket (1964)
Richard BurtonPeter O'Toole, et al.


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4.7 out of 5 stars
 


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Made in 1964, but set in 12th-century England, this is the fact-based story of Henry II (Peter O'Toole) and his dear friend, the Archbishop of Canterbury (Richard Burton). When the king appoints his former drinking buddy to the high religious office, he believes he has placed an ally into power.... Read more

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Double Indemnity (1944)
Fred MacMurrayBarbara Stanwyck, et al.


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4.6 out of 5 stars
 


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Director Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard) and writer Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep) adapted James M. Cain's hard-boiled novel into this wildly thrilling story of insurance man Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray), who schemes the perfect murder with the beautiful dame Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara... Read more

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Jean ArthurJames Stewart, et al.


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4.9 out of 5 stars
 


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Political heavyweights decide that Jefferson Smith (James Stewart), an obscure scoutmaster in a small town, would be the perfect dupe to fill a vacant U.S. Senate chair. Surely this naive bumpkin can be easily controlled by the senior senator (Claude Rains) from his state, a respectable and... Read more

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Citizen Kane (1941)
Orson WellesJoseph Cotten, et al.


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4.0 out of 5 stars
 


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Arguably the greatest of American films, Orson Welles's 1941 masterpiece, made when he was only 26, still unfurls like a dream and carries the viewer along the mysterious currents of time and memory to reach a mature (if ambiguous) conclusion: people are the sum of their contradictions, and can't be... Read more

 

   

 

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