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The best films of all time, based on influence, originality, popularity, and personal affections.

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Cloud Atlas Halle Berry, Tom Hanks Susan Sarandon - Time magazine called it the worst movie of 2012, but I'm calling it the best movie ever made.  It's about as polarizing a movie as there is; you either love it or you hate it.  It's often misunderstood because of the rapidly ...

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Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart Peter Lorre - "We'll always have Paris."  Most of us weren't even alive when this came out, but it's stood the test of time and continues to rank high on best ever lists.  I have it at number 2 because of its intelligence, ...

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The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins Chris Isaak - Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter might have the best on-screen chemistry in history.  This is their greatest scene together- one in which Dr. Lecter really probes the depths of Clarice's mind.  A+ acting and interesting ...

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Network Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway William Holden - Network is another film that had multiple actors at the top of their game.  Five of them were nominated for Academy Awards, five- simply incredible.  Here we see Ned Beatty go off on a subdued Peter Finch for attempting to ...

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Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix Michael Sheen - Gladiator has one of the strongest endings of any historical fiction.  The emotions, the music; the epic conclusion of a man who fell from grace, only to rise from the ashes in the name of revenge.  "He was a soldier of ...

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Inherit the Wind Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly Harry Morgan - The title comes from a passage in the Bible, so it's not an atheist manifesto.  It's a high-brow courtroom drama about the battle between science and religion during the 1925 Scopes Trial.  I ranked it really high because ...

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Once Upon a Time in the West Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale Charles Bronson - This is just beautiful.  I don't normally rank westerns among my favorites, but this one gets an easy pass.  It has an ethereal atmosphere with unforgettable music, perfectly-casted characters, and some great shots of the ...

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Amadeus Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon Christine Ebersole

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JFK Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman Kevin Bacon

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Ben-Hur Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins Hugh Griffith

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A Streetcar Named Desire Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh Karl Malden

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Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher Mark Hamill

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Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell Sally Field

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen Liv Tyler

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The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer Eleanor Parker

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Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto Helena Bonham Carter

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Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet Kathy Bates

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It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed Lionel Barrymore

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Birdman Emma Stone, Naomi Watts Edward Norton

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The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving Carrie-Anne Moss

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Gravity Sandra Bullock, George Clooney Ed Harris

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Pan's Labyrinth Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero Sergi López i Ayats

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Witness for the Prosecution Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton Tyrone Power

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12 Monkeys Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis Christopher Plummer

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Sleuth Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier Eve Channing

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Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis Uma Thurman

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Hotel Rwanda Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix Don Cheadle

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Citizen Kane Orson Welles, Alan Ladd Agnes Moorehead

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Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy Marion Cotillard

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Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau Brendan Gleeson

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The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth Tim Robbins

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WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman Kathy Najimy

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Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford Robert Duvall

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The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman Gary Oldman

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The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons Matthew Broderick

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12 Angry Men Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman Lee J. Cobb

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Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow Morgan Freeman

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Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah Sean Young

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The Lion in Winter Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn Peter O'Toole

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Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell Charles Rocket

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Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams Matt Damon

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The Tree of Life Brad Pitt, Sean Penn Jessica Chastain

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Hero Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li Maggie Cheung

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American Beauty Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening Mena Suvari

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton George Segal

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V for Vendetta Natalie Portman, John Hurt Hugo Weaving

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Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen Don Rickles

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Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum Richard Attenborough

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Black Swan Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis Winona Ryder

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Smiles of a Summer Night Bibi Andersson, Eva Dahlbeck Harriet Andersson