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Citizen Kane

Directed by Orson Welles | 119 min | 1941

Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.


The Godfather

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | Rated R | 175 min | 1972

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.


Casablanca

Directed by Michael Curtiz | Rated PG | 102 min | 1942

In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.


Schindler's List

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated R | 195 min | 1993

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.


Taxi Driver

Directed by Martin Scorsese | Rated R | 113 min | 1976

A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.


Pulp Fiction

Directed by Quentin Tarantino | Rated R | 154 min | 1994

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.


Lawrence of Arabia

Directed by David Lean | Rated PG | 216 min | 1962

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.


The Godfather: Part II

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | Rated R | 202 min | 1974

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba.


Apocalypse Now

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | Rated R | 153 min | 1979

During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.


Goodfellas

Directed by Martin Scorsese | Rated R | 146 min | 1990

Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy.


Chinatown

Directed by Roman Polanski | Rated R | 130 min | 1974

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder.


The Searchers

Directed by John Ford | 119 min | 1956

A Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from an Indian tribe.


All About Eve

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz | 138 min | 1950

An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.


On the Waterfront

Directed by Elia Kazan | 108 min | 1954

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.


Bicycle Thieves

Directed by Vittorio De Sica | 89 min | 1948

Set in Post-WWII Italy, a working class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.


It's a Wonderful Life

Directed by Frank Capra | Rated PG | 130 min | 1946

An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.


Seven Samurai

Directed by Akira Kurosawa | 207 min | 1954

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.


Gone with the Wind

Directed by Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Rated G | 238 min | 1939

A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War.


A Clockwork Orange

Directed by Stanley Kubrick | Rated X | 136 min | 1971

In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan.


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Directed by Milos Forman | Rated R | 133 min | 1975

A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.


Sunset Boulevard

Directed by Billy Wilder | 110 min | 1950

A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.


Raging Bull

Directed by Martin Scorsese | Rated R | 129 min | 1980

An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.


The Best Years of Our Lives

Directed by William Wyler | 172 min | 1946

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.


Jaws

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated PG | 124 min | 1975

When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.


The Bridge on the River Kwai

Directed by David Lean | Rated PG | 161 min | 1957

After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.


The Hurt Locker

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow | Rated R | 131 min | 2008

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.


The Graduate

Directed by Mike Nichols | 106 min | 1967

A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.


Tokyo Story

Directed by Yasujirô Ozu | 136 min | 1953

An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.


The Silence of the Lambs

Directed by Jonathan Demme | Rated R | 118 min | 1991

A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.


Directed by Federico Fellini | 138 min | 1963

A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.


The Apartment

Directed by Billy Wilder | 125 min | 1960

A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.


Sunrise

Directed by F.W. Murnau | 94 min | 1927

A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife.


City Lights

Directed by Charles Chaplin | 87 min | 1931

With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.


To Kill a Mockingbird

Directed by Robert Mulligan | 129 min | 1962

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice.


The Gold Rush

Directed by Charles Chaplin | 95 min | 1925

A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.


Forrest Gump

Directed by Robert Zemeckis | Rated PG-13 | 142 min | 1994

Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.


The Rules of the Game

Directed by Jean Renoir | 110 min | 1939

A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau.


Nashville

Directed by Robert Altman | Rated R | 159 min | 1975

Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed.


Rashomon

Directed by Akira Kurosawa | 88 min | 1950

A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.


The Shining

Directed by Stanley Kubrick | Rated R | 146 min | 1980

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Directed by Peter Jackson | Rated PG-13 | 201 min | 2003

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.


West Side Story

Directed by Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | 152 min | 1961

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.


Modern Times

Directed by Charles Chaplin | Rated G | 87 min | 1936

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.


Fargo

Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Rated R | 98 min | 1996

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.


American Beauty

Directed by Sam Mendes | Rated R | 122 min | 1999

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.


Boyhood

Directed by Richard Linklater | Rated R | 165 min | 2014

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.


The Grapes of Wrath

Directed by John Ford | 129 min | 1940

A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.


There Will Be Blood

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson | Rated R | 158 min | 2007

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.


All the President's Men

Directed by Alan J. Pakula | Rated PG | 138 min | 1976

"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.


L.A. Confidential

Directed by Curtis Hanson | Rated R | 138 min | 1997

As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.


Mean Streets

Directed by Martin Scorsese | Rated R | 112 min | 1973

Following the life of a small-time hood who struggles with a moral crisis regarding his friends, family, business, and his conflicting religious beliefs.


Double Indemnity

Directed by Billy Wilder | 107 min | 1944

An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.


The Night of the Hunter

Directed by Charles Laughton, Robert Mitchum, Terry Sanders | 92 min | 1955

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.


Brokeback Mountain

Directed by Ang Lee | Rated R | 134 min | 2005

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.


Touch of Evil

Directed by Orson Welles | Rated PG-13 | 95 min | 1958

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.


The Sound of Music

Directed by Robert Wise | Rated G | 174 min | 1965

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.


Midnight Cowboy

Directed by John Schlesinger | Rated X | 113 min | 1969

A naive hustler goes to New York to seek personal fortune but in the process finds himself a new friend.


The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Directed by John Huston | 126 min | 1948

Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.


The 400 Blows

Directed by François Truffaut | 99 min | 1959

Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.


Saving Private Ryan

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated R | 169 min | 1998

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.


Battleship Potemkin

Directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein | 66 min | 1925

A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre.


Do the Right Thing

Directed by Spike Lee | Rated R | 120 min | 1989

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.


Mulholland Drive

Directed by David Lynch | Rated R | 147 min | 2001

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.


The Shawshank Redemption

Directed by Frank Darabont | Rated R | 142 min | 1994

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.


12 Years a Slave

Directed by Steve McQueen | Rated R | 134 min | 2013

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.


Gandhi

Directed by Richard Attenborough | Rated PG | 191 min | 1982

Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.


The Deer Hunter

Directed by Michael Cimino | Rated R | 183 min | 1978

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.


A Streetcar Named Desire

Directed by Elia Kazan | Rated PG | 122 min | 1951

Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.


Notorious

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | 101 min | 1946

A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?


Ben-Hur

Directed by William Wyler | Rated G | 212 min | 1959

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.


Gladiator

Directed by Ridley Scott | Rated R | 155 min | 2000

When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.


Persona

Directed by Ingmar Bergman | 83 min | 1966

A nurse is put in charge of an actress who can't talk and finds that the actress's persona is melding with hers.


The Social Network

Directed by David Fincher | Rated PG-13 | 120 min | 2010

Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.


The Dark Knight

Directed by Christopher Nolan | Rated PG-13 | 152 min | 2008

When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice.


Amadeus

Directed by Milos Forman | Rated R | 160 min | 1984

The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.


Titanic

Directed by James Cameron | Rated PG-13 | 194 min | 1997

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.


Rosemary's Baby

Directed by Roman Polanski | Rated R | 136 min | 1968

A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.


Network

Directed by Sidney Lumet | Rated R | 121 min | 1976

A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.


Doctor Zhivago

Directed by David Lean | Rated PG-13 | 197 min | 1965

The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution.


L'Avventura

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni | 143 min | 1960

A woman disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip. During the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other.


A Man for All Seasons

Directed by Fred Zinnemann | 120 min | 1966

The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage.


Slumdog Millionaire

Directed by Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan | Rated R | 120 min | 2008

A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"


The Sting

Directed by George Roy Hill | Rated PG | 129 min | 1973

In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.


Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated PG | 137 min | 1977

After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.


Blue Velvet

Directed by David Lynch | Rated R | 120 min | 1986

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.


La Dolce Vita

Directed by Federico Fellini | 174 min | 1960

A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.


The Red Shoes

Directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | 133 min | 1948

A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.


The French Connection

Directed by William Friedkin | Rated R | 104 min | 1971

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.


Manhattan

Directed by Woody Allen | Rated R | 96 min | 1979

The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.


Tootsie

Directed by Sydney Pollack | Rated PG | 116 min | 1982

Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap.


Nomadland

Directed by Chloé Zhao | Rated R | 107 min | 2020

After losing everything in the Great Recession, a woman embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.


12 Angry Men

Directed by Sidney Lumet | 96 min | 1957

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.


Rocky

Directed by John G. Avildsen | Rated PG | 120 min | 1976

Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.


Moonlight

Directed by Barry Jenkins | Rated R | 111 min | 2016

A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.


Dog Day Afternoon

Directed by Sidney Lumet | Rated R | 125 min | 1975

A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.


Frankenstein

Directed by James Whale | 70 min | 1931

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.


Unforgiven

Directed by Clint Eastwood | Rated R | 131 min | 1992

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.


The Passion of Joan of Arc

Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer | 114 min | 1928

A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.


Cinema Paradiso

Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore | Rated R | 155 min | 1988

A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.


Breathless

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard | 90 min | 1960

A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.

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