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The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars 

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List Rules Movies 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!

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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

Released: 1972

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo. The aging patriarch (Marlon Brando) of an organized crime dynasty transfers ...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

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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, Sally Field, Robin Wright

Released: 1994

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

Released: 1995

Directed by: John Lasseter

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

Released: 1990

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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Indiana Jones and the Ra... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

Released: 1981

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Star Wars Episode V: The... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1980

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

Released: 1979

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

Released: 1975

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

Released: 1995

Directed by: Ron Howard

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Cool Hand Luke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy

Released: 1967

Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1976

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

Released: 1996

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

Released: 1976

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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No Country for Old Men ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Willy Wonka & the Ch... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

Released: 1971

Directed by: Mel Stuart

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Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 1993

Directed by: Andrew Davis

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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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Up is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

Released: 2009

Directed by: Pete Docter

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Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars
Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

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