What are the best movies?

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    #1The Godfather

    The Godfather

    The Godfather tells the intimate story of the Corleone family at the core of the Italian-American in the 40s. It was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel of Mario Puzo which won three Oscar awards and seven nominations. 


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    Henry Walsh
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Without a doubt of the best movies that exist of all-time says a good amount of people. It's very plot-based and is incredibly well-acted so I can't say it doesn't belong there."
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    #2Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane was the first movie directed by Orson Welles and stands as one of the best movies ever made. Based on the life of media tycoon William Randolph-Hearst, Citizen Kane tells the story of a media Emperor and his life, but what changed movie story was its script, its filming and the whole movie as a piece of narrative art.


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    Joy Kang
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Orson Wells is a legend and when you watch one of his earlier films like Citizen Kane you know why he is remembered by many as one of the greatest it really is a piece of art "
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    #3A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    Alex is the leader of a small gang of thugs who enjoy doing illegal and violent felonies. One day, he gets captured, and with the main goal of his rehabilitation into society, he is forced to undergo some controversial techniques to change his behavior. 


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    Arjun Rangan
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "A Clockwork Orange is a true classic. Violent, graphic, shocking, and even more thought-provoking, this is a fantastic adaptation of a fantastic book. Malcolm McDowell is perfect in the protagonist's role, and skillfully makes the audience feel every emotion towards him, from revulsion to deep sympathy--just as the film requires. This might not be Kubrick's best but it's still a classic and a true must-see film."


Did you know that On with the Show! was the very first all-talking and all-color feature-length movie? Released by Warner Bros., the musical was directed by Alan Crosland. It premiered in New York City back on May 28, 1929, and was promoted as the first 100% natural color picture with an all-singing production. However, it is not the very first motion picture to have sound. It was another Warner Bros. and Alan Crosland musical flick The Jazz Singer. Though it was not the first colored movie, it was the first to not only have a synced recorded musical score but also the first to have a lip-synced singing and speech in some sequences.

Also, in 1929, public demand for motion pictures with sound increased. In line with this, movie attendance ballooned to 110 million, and movie houses rushed to have sound equipment in their facilities. The Academy didn't applaud these auditory elements of a film until 1929 when it began to awarding movies with Best Sound Mixing. The Academy Award for Best Original Score was awarded 5 years later, and the Best Sound Editing after almost three decades in 1963. Unfortunately, only the black and white film prints of On with the Show! were kept by the Library of Congress because the original color print is already lost. Although they're almost a century old already, interested audiences can still search where to watch these movies as the internet has a lot of sites to offer.

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    #4Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    Schindler's List, a work of Steven Spielberg, is about the story of Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist that puts his life and his family's lives at risk by helping 1,100 Jews survive the extermination camps.


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    San Francisco police detective Scottie Fergusson develops a fear of heights and is forced to retire when a colleague falls to his death during a chase. One of the most Alfred Hitchcock acclaimed movie.

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    Gary Lopez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I'm a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock movies so I would likely give it an initial high score just for that alone. I however have not seen this movie. The concept sounds interesting though, and depending on how the premise was used I think it could be a very entertaining movie."
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    #6Annie Hall

    Annie Hall

    Alvy Singer (Woody Allen), a neurotic comedian from New York, falls in love with Annie (Diane Keaton). The movie explores the ups and downs of modern relationships.


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    Wayne Baker
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "annie all is a pretty decent movie, my mom likes it a whole bunch "
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    #7Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is the first movie in the Indiana Jones series. It is about Indiana Jones, an archaeology professor racing to find the legendary Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis do and use it for bad purposes.


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    Leonardo Amador
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "A rousing adventure that kicks off the series made so famous by Harrison Ford's portrayal of a relic hunting academic. Arguably the best in the series as well."
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    #8Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    Blade Runner is a 1982 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott. Rick Deckard is a blade runner which must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. 


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    Jaime Vázquez
    Written on May 3, 2018
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    #9Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    Directed by Stanley Donen, Singin' in the Rain is a classic 1952 film from Metro Goldwyn Mayer. The movie is about a silent film production company and cast makes a difficult transition to sound


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    Brandon Valdez
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "One of my all time favorite live-action musicals, and a great introduction to classical films for children. As much of a staple in early film and musical classes as Moby Dick or To Kill A Mockingbird would be for any English class."
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    Casablanca is a 1943 American romantic drama film set during World War II in the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca. The film was directed by Michael Curtiz and starred Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.


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    Christian Aguilar
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Casablanca is and always will be an classic film. I always wondered what the hype about Humphrey Bogart was until I watched the film. Wow, he has an incredible range. I also like that the characters stand up to the Nazis. Elsa was amazingly beautiful too."
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    #11The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back is the second film of the original Star Wars trilogy, which follows the adventures of Luke Skywalker and his friends as they go in different ways. This is directed by Irvin Kershner and was released in 1980.


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    Sara Medina
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I heard tell from the comments section the possibility of the original unaltered edtions of the classic movies. Just a heads up for those of you looking to buy from Amazon Digital Video. THESE ARE THE ALTERED EDITIONS. I only bought Empire and then fast forwarded to the most glaring change in the movie. The one with the Emperor. Ugh. I haven't seen these movies in years so I'm sick of waiting for a tolerable edition. At least my favorite of the bunch wasn't messed with that bad. I WON'T be buying the others if the reviews of the DVD copies are true."
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    #12The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs is a crime, drama, and thriller movie directed by Jonathan Demme and launched on February 14, 1991. Starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, the plot follows the story of a psychopath Buffalo Bill.


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    Nathan Knight
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This 1991 classic will chill viewers to the bone even today! The greatest horror film since Hannibal, without a doubt."
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    #13The Great Dictator

    The Great Dictator

    The Great Dictator is a 1940 political satire film by Charlie Chaplin. The film is about an amnesiac Jewish barber escaping from the persecution of the Tomainian dictator Adenoid Hynkel.


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    Harold Garrett
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The Great Dictator is a controversial masterpiece staring Charlie Chaplin. It offers both a cutting caricature of Adolf Hitler and a sly tweaking of Chaplin's own comic persona.The Great Dictator is a film directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin."
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    #14The Green Mile

    The Green Mile

    Oscar nominated best picture adaptation of a Stephen King novel about a gentle giant of a prisoner with supernatural powers who brings a sense of spirit and humanity to his guards. Directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse and Sam Rockwell. 


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    Sharon Thompson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Green Mile is a staple in any movie-phile's life. There's nothing else to say, you need to watch it."
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    #15The Apartment

    The Apartment

    The Apartment is an American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Billy Wilder and stars Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. The story is about a man who tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts.


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    Ernesto Velázquez
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I tried watching The Apartment because I received a recommendation from a friend who swore it was one of the best comedies of all time. Despite the great cast, the movie itself is just kind of a dud, plodding, unfunny, and unoriginal, even my 1960's standards."
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    #16The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and adapted from the Stephen King short story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.


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    Kevin Price
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I feel this movie touches on so many levels. The despair a person can feel to literally have your freedom stripped away from you. To be forced in a cage illustrating the height of societies depravity. I feel it explores how a man can have his very humanity dissolved and yet find some form of redemption through friendship and fellowship"
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    #172001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey is a sci-fi film by Stanley Kubrick. The film follows a team of scientists in a space expedition to Jupiter, seeking signs of extraterrestrial life. They are guided by the artificial intelligence HAL 9000 who gains sentience. 


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    Jack Murray
    Written on April 25, 2018
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    #18The Searchers

    The Searchers

    An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches. The Searchers is a 1956 Western film directed by John Ford, starring John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, and Natalie Wood.


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    Juan Carlos Santillán
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Searches is definitely one of the best movies of all time with one of the best actors of all time (John Wayne) in the best genre of all time (Westerns). You definitely will not be disappointed if you pick up this classic revenge flick!"
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    #19Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    This masterpiece directed by Martin Scorsese is one of the most powerful and disturbing portrays of a man, an era, and a mentality ever made in cinema history. Besides, it's an incredible lesson of cinema, at the height of movies like The Godfather. 


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    Gabriel Barron
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Pure cinema drama. This movie made me feel uneasy after watching but some good films in this genre should. Worth a watch. "
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    Psycho is a mystery thriller film revolving around a secretary who is on the run for embezzling money. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and based on the novel by Robert Bloch. This movie stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, and Vera Miles.


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    Rose Campbell
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "You have to watch this movie. Sure it has some flaws here and there, but what movie doesn't? This film is an all around American classic and Norman Bates is one of the best known psychopaths - who hasn't heard of the Bates motel? It was even featured on an episode of Fear Factor! Do yourself a favor and watch it to see what all the hype is about. "
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    #21The Shining

    The Shining

    The Shining is a 1980 horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the book with the same title. The story is about a family that goes to a remote hotel during winter where an evil and paranormal presence influences the father into violence.


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    Daisy Wu
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Love The Shining, Jack Nicholson is fantastically creepy and the setting is just amazing ! Enough to give you Cabin Fever just imagining what it would be like to spend months in an empty hotel , let the hallucinations begin ! Love it , One of my Favorite movies. I can't imagine anyone but Jack Nicholson pulling off this character as well as he did"
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    #22To Have and Have Not

    To Have and Have Not

    To Have and Have Not is a 1944 American romance-war-adventure film directed by Howard Hawks. During World War II, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sensuous lounge singer. The story is based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway and stars Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, and Lauren Bacall.


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    Benjamin Stewart
    Written on May 1, 2018
    ""To Have and Have Not" might be considered a classic by some but it is nowhere near being widely considered as one of the best ever made. Especially now, in 2018, majority of the movie lovers will not appreciate its charm and won't be appealing to them and it is quite understandable. The solution should some of the movies which have been released at the end of the 20th century or even more recently than that to be fully understood by modern movie viewer. "
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    #23Raging Bull

    Raging Bull

    Raging Bull is a biographical sports drama directed by Martin Scorsese and released in 1980. It features Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, and depicts the story of Jake LaMotta as he destroys his life through his career.


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    Omar Velázquez
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Ranging Bull is a cult classic that should be on every movie lovers MUST SEE list. A timeless classic, Robert De Niro showcases his talent in a masterpiece, directed by non other than Martin Scorsese. I first saw this movie with my Father, and I'm so glad he opened me up to such a great film."
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    #24The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. It tells about a bounty hunting scam joined by two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race. 


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    Irma Duarte
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I wasn't a huge fan of the extended version that came out in the 2014 trilogy blu-ray because of added scenes with the older voices of the original actors. When I got Kino Lorber's 2017 50th anniversary blu-ray of the original US theatrical cut I was expecting it would be of equal or better quality minus the added scenes. However, I can't say that's the case. I don't think the yellow tint in the 2014 version is terrible or all that distracting. In fact I never noticed it before, but it is noticeable when I compare it to the 2017 version. The contrast seems lighter in 2017 and the blacks aren't as black as in 2014. I am watching this with an Epson 3020 projector so the blacks may not be as crisp anyway, but there is a difference between 2014 and 2017 versions."
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    #25Bringing Up Baby

    Bringing Up Baby

    Bringing Up Baby is a classic 1938 Screwball Comedy about a madcap heiress who upsets the staid existence of a rigid zoology professor. The film was directed by Howard Hawks, and starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and a leopard.


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    Kenneth Bowman
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Not really a fan of black and white movies. Cover makes you think it will be in color but it isn't. The comedy is decent enough to make up for that big turnoff."
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    #26The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath is a 1940 drama film directed by John Ford with Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell and John Carradine. This film is based on John Steinbeck's novel of the same name and tells the migration of a poor Midwest family in the great depression.


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    Ralph Berry
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a good classic movie. If you like classic black and white movies this is a must see. If you want to see something in color and newer I’d recommend something else."
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    #27Chariots of Fire

    Chariots of Fire

    A devout Christian and a determined jew compete in the 1924 Olympics. Each of one has his own reasons and his own motivations. but they are united for one simple thing: the passion for running. 


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    Song Zhao
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "great movie"
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    Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, Patton is a biography, drama, and war movie about the famous general. Released on April 2, 1970, the movie shows the life and actions of this charismatic general feared by the Nazis during World War II.


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    Eugene Allen
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Patton is quite an interesting movie with an awesome story line. It has rich american history on the military. brilliant actors are involved in making this movie come alive. i love it and would recommend it for anyone."


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