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The Best Films Of All Time

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


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    Cloud Atlas

    #994 on the original list
    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

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    Casablanca

    #20 on the original list
    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

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    The Silence of the Lambs

    #14 on the original list
    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

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    Network

    #220 on the original list
    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

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    Gladiator

    #15 on the original list
    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

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    Inherit the Wind

    #1073 on the original list
    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. 

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    Once Upon a Time in the West

    #119 on the original list
    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

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    Amadeus

    #94 on the original list
    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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    JFK

    #280 on the original list
    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

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    Ben-Hur

    #111 on the original list
    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

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    A Streetcar Named Desire

    #276 on the original list
    Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden

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    Star Wars

    #4 on the original list
    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Forrest Gump

    #5 on the original list
    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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    The Sound of Music

    #93 on the original list
    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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    Fight Club

    #10 on the original list
    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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    Titanic

    #28 on the original list
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    It's a Wonderful Life

    #42 on the original list
    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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    Birdman

    #927 on the original list
    Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton

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    The Matrix

    #12 on the original list
    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Gravity

    #1218 on the original list
    Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

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    Pan's Labyrinth

    #121 on the original list
    Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

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    Witness for the Prosecution

    #634 on the original list
    Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power

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    12 Monkeys

    #146 on the original list
    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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    Sleuth

    #1857 on the original list
    Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Eve Channing

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    Pulp Fiction

    #3 on the original list
    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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    Hotel Rwanda

    #347 on the original list
    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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    Citizen Kane

    #24 on the original list
    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

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    Inception

    #26 on the original list
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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    Braveheart

    #23 on the original list
    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    The Shawshank Redemption

    #2 on the original list
    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    WALL-E

    #90 on the original list
    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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    Apocalypse Now

    #22 on the original list
    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    The Dark Knight

    #6 on the original list
    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    The Lion King

    #62 on the original list
    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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    12 Angry Men

    #53 on the original list
    Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Lee J. Cobb

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    Seven

    #27 on the original list
    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    Blade Runner

    #46 on the original list
    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    The Lion in Winter

    #4251 on the original list
    Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole

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    Dances with Wolves

    #147 on the original list
    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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    Good Will Hunting

    #71 on the original list
    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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    The Tree of Life

    #1063 on the original list
    Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

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    Hero

    #919 on the original list
    Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li, Maggie Cheung

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    American Beauty

    #60 on the original list
    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari

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    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    #466 on the original list
    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal

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    V for Vendetta

    #96 on the original list
    Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving

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    Toy Story

    #52 on the original list
    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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    Jurassic Park

    #41 on the original list
    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Black Swan

    #500 on the original list
    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

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    Smiles of a Summer Night

    #1838 on the original list
    Bibi Andersson, Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson

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