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The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

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List RulesMovies that Roger Ebert gave four stars

List of movies Roger Ebert gave four stars, ranked best to eh. This is NOT a complete list of all of Roger Ebert's four star movies. In fact, the famous critic gave nearly 1,000 movies 4-star reviews in his 46 year career writing for The Chicago Sun Times, many of which have long since dropped from the collective consciousness. So this list doesn't include all of them, but (hopefully) all of the ones you have actually heard of, plus a few that you should consider watching. If I missed any important ones, feel free to add them!

  • 1

    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field
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  • 2

    Toy Story

    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen
    Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar...  more

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  • 3

    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon
    Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film directed by Steven Spielberg. Set...  more

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  • 4

    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard
    Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars...  more

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  • 5


    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss
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  • 6

    The Sting

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford
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  • 7

    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd
    Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty...  more

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  • 8

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and...  more

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  • 9

    Young Frankenstein

    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks
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  • 10

    Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis
    Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob...  more

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  • 11

    Cool Hand Luke

    Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper
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  • 12

    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster
    Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin...  more

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  • 13

    The Fugitive

    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford
    This film is a 1993 American action film based on the 1960s television series of the same name...  more

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  • 14

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery
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  • 15


    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy
    Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and...  more

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  • 16

    Some Like It Hot

    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon
    Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder,...  more

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  • 17

    Blazing Saddles

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder
    Blazing Saddles is a 1974 satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring...  more

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  • 18

    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine
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  • 19

    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes
    Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by...  more

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  • 20
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  • 21

    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford
    Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced...  more

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  • 22


    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier
    Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. A small-time boxer...  more

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  • 23

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson
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  • 24

    No Country for Old Men

    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones
    No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel...  more

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  • 25


    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner
    Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar...  more

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