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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!

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as ...more

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for ...more

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan was from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. It was produced by ...more

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. ...more

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the ...more

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District ...more

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay, with George Lucas writing the film's story ...more

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas ...more

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American black comedy crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. The film is known for its eclectic dialogue, ironic ...more

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan. It is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. The film stars Leonardo ...more

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a ...more

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an ...more

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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, ...more

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief who ...more

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall. ...more

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Set in New York City soon after the end of the Vietnam War, the film ...more

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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter ...more

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard Inception is a 2010 science fiction heist thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, ...more

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Up is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting ...more

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Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole Amadeus - Directors Cut is a 1984 biography drama film written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Milos Forman.

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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in the Vietnam War. The film ...more

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones The Fugitive is a 1993 American action film based on the 1960s television series of the same name created by Roy Huggins. The film was directed by Andrew Davis and stars Harrison Ford and Tommy ...more

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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir crime film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same title, the third book in his L.A. Quartet series. Like the book, the film tells the story of a ...more

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Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft Blazing Saddles is a 1974 satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, the film was written by Brooks, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Norman ...more

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The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical social science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Peter Weir and written by Andrew Niccol. The cast includes Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, Laura ...more

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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. After training with his mentor (Liam Neeson), Batman (Christian Bale) begins his fight to ...more

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Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, from a story co-written by executive producer George Lucas. It is the third installment in the ...more

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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, an office worker who has a midlife crisis when he becomes ...more

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Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring Kevin Costner. It is a film adaptation of the 1988 book of the same name by Michael Blake and tells ...more

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop 2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by ...more

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more

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Casino is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, James Woods Casino is a 1995 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film ...more

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The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the 1963 novel The Graduate by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams ...more

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Cool Hand Luke is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 American prison drama film directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring Paul Newman and featuring George Kennedy in an Oscar-winning performance. Newman stars in the title ...more

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Platoon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe Platoon is a 1986 American war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen. It is the first film of a trilogy of Vietnam War films by ...more

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Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
but chickens double d added Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel through his British company, Horizon ...more

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
but chickens double d added James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes the cold war fears of a ...more

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Close Encounters of the Third ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 science fiction film, written and directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, ...more

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Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical black-and-white sports drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler and adapted by Paul Schrader and Mardik ...more

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Indiana Jones and the Temple o... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the second installment in the Indiana Jones franchise and a prequel to the 1981 film ...more

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Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who also wrote the screenplay, adapting W. P. Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe. It stars Kevin Costner, Amy ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster drama film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars ...more

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This Is Spinal Tap is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher, Anjelica Huston This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock music mockumentary written, scored by, and starring Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. The film portrays the fictional ...more

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Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit. It tells the fictional story of a teenage journalist ...more