What are the best movies of all time?

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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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    Leo Huang
    Written on February 13, 2017
    "The Godfather is a well known classic. It is a must watch movie for the ages and I don't believe that will ever change. The actors that were cast all fill their roles so perfectly that it is difficult to imagine them as anyone else. The dialogue is so compelling it is difficult to realize it is only a movie."
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    #2Schindler'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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    Kelly Stanley
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "I do like this move which details a German who helps Jews survive the horrible camps the Nazi's put them in. I remember watching this movie in high school and thinking how sad it is what the Jews went through this and thinking how nearly historically accurate the movie was. However will say that there are better movies out there."
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    #3The 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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    Madison May
    Written on June 26, 2017
    "The Shawshank Redemption is an excellent movie. I saw this well after it was released and didn't think it could possibly live up to the hype, but it really, really did. Just an exceptional movie, one of the best ever. Unexpected and touching in a way you wouldn't expect with the best performances from Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman."
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    #4Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive is a suspense and mystery drama directed by David Lynch. It was released in 2001 and starred Naomi Watts and Laura Harring. It is about an aspiring actress who found herself mired in a startling conspiracy.

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    Jacob Perry
    Written on May 2, 2017
    "Prepare to get lost in the dream that is Muloholland Driven. It is difficult to quantify what makes this movie great, but that is mostly because it is just as difficult to explain what it is that you watched when you are finished with it."
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    #5The 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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    Gregory Franklin
    Written on June 8, 2017
    "I heard Silence of the Lambs was one of the best scariest movies ever made. I watched it and thought it was a good movie but didn't think it was nearly as scary and great as some people said. Maybe I was expecting too much. Still, I can understand some people thinking it's one of the best movies of all time."
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    #6Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road is the 4th film in the Mad Max film series. A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

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    Philip Little
    Written on May 6, 2017
    "I went into this with a bit of apprehension. I loved the Mel Gibson movies and wondered how Tom Hardy would do as Max. I had nothing to worry about, he nailed it. The story was fresh and really moved along really nicely. The cast was incredible and the effects really made the movie that much better. For a non stop action packed thrill ride, check this one out. NOW!"
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    #7Vertigo

    Vertigo
    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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    Benjamin Adams
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I am a huge fan of James Stewart and also I like the movie Vertigo. But even before Vertigo, there should be other movies of him which are must-seen like Rear Window. Also these are just James Stewart movies; there are lots of other movies and actors which can be considered as the best movies."
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    #8The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    The Batman trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan reaches its peak with this second movie. The Dark Knight was released in 2008 and has featured Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Christian Bale, and the late actor Heath Ledger.

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    Albert Simmons
    Written on March 14, 2017
    "The Dark Knight is easily the best Batman superhero movie to date. The setting, the actors, the dialogue, all perfect. Heath Ledger's role as the Joker is one of the most bone chilling on screen villians to ever be seen. The only thing that isn't perfect about this movie is Christian Bale's odd choice for Batman's voice. A must see for all fans of the genre."
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    #9Alien

    Alien

    Alien is a fantasy and mystery motion picture that features Sigourney Weaver, Henry Dean Stanton, and John Hurt. The movie was first released in 1979 and was directed by Ridley Scott was written by Dan O'Bannon.

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    Shaurya Khan
    Written on May 20, 2017
    "Alien is objectively one of the best horror movies to have ever graced the genre. Even to this day with our modern effects, this 1979 movie is terrifying. It stays away from a lot of the classic horror tropes of the era and has a fantastic strong female lead. If you have never seen this before, you need to!"
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    #10Out of Africa

    Out of Africa

    Out of Africa is a 1985 American epic romantic drama film directed and produced by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. The film sets in 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.

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    Vincent Ortiz
    Written on March 10, 2017
    "Perfect chemistry between the two stars, Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, made watching Out of Africa a most enjoyable experience for me. Based on the writings of Baroness Karen Blixen who ran a coffee plantation on the slopes of Kilimanjaro and wrote books about the experience. This is a love story told with a thoughtfulness that involves you in the passions of the characters."
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    #11The 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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    Sai Rodrigues
    Written on September 30, 2017
    "While this is a very good movie, I don't think anyone can dispute that....but I am not a large fan of Westerns. I feel like under "best movies of all time" should transcend their genre, but this at the end of the day, feels like a Western to me, and only that."
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    #12West Side Story

    West Side Story

    West Side Story is a 1961 American musical romantic drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

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    Madison White
    Written on April 12, 2017
    "West Side Story is a good musical, but I think it's an exaggeration to call it one of the best movies of all time. It has entertaining songs and engaging acting, but it's a fairly standard adaptation of a Broadway musical, and doesn't break a lot of new ground. You won't regret watching this movie, but I can't honestly describe it as one of the best movies of all time. "
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    #13Citizen 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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    Rachel Johnston
    Written on September 26, 2017
    "Citizen Kane...has the best of everything: a great director and star, innovative cinematography, dreamlike - even nightmarish - art direction, a sonorous musical score, a skillful screenplay in which comic passages intensify the movie's tragic qualities by means of their grotesque juxtaposition (how lifelike!), a psychological / narrative form that predates our contemporary "psycho-histories" by at least 40 years, and best of all, a memorial word that, when spoken, recalls the film out of thin air."
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    #14The 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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    Sai Mehta
    Written on September 21, 2017
    "I'm probably going to get hate mail for this, but I didn't like this film at all. Yeah, I know it's a classic but it's boring and holds no interest for me at all. I'm not into history much and have always been a city boy. I'll take a good modern story of sci-fi anytime over this stuff."
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    #15The Quiet Man

    The Quiet Man

    The Quiet Man is a 1952 Technicolor American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Ford and stars John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, and Barry Fitzgerald and tells the story of a retired American boxer that returns to his native village in Ireland.

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    Doris Holmes
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "America's favorite golden hero, John Wayne stars in "The Quiet Man", playing a retired boxer who moves to Ireland and falls in Love. Also stars Maureen O' Hara who plays his sister who is struck by love on her own; sweet movie and highly recommended."
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    #16Blade 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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    Andrew Owens
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Blade Runner is a great science fiction movie from the 80's that held its own pretty well through out the years. The actors in the film are all great and the story is thought-provoking and exiting. The special effects are great for its time and still is good to where it can compete with the special effects of the movies today."
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    #17Indiana 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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    Jason Ray
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "All of the Indiana Jones movies are a good watch, with Raiders of the Lost Ark being one of the best, if not the best. The movie gets really high scores from both critics and people that watched it. If you want to watch an action type film, this is one of the top ones to watch."
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    #18Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope is an epic space-opera motion picture starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and more. Written and directed by George Lucas, the 1977 film became the first of the original Star Wars trilogy.

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    Juan Antonio Ortega
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "While this is not my favorite of the original Star Wars trilogy, it is definitely a great movie. It sets the scene for what is to come. I don't consider it one of the best movies of all time though. Episode V is much better in my opinion but you would need to see this one before being able to enjoy the 5th."
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    #19Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

    Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

    Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is the second film of the original 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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    Philip Turner
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "This is an old movie but the best Star Wars movie off all time in my opinion (way better than the new ones). I remember going to see this in theaters when I was 9 years old. I was blown away by the special effects and pulled in by the very distinct Star Wars sounds. We're talking total immersion for a young kid in 1980 with his life ahead of him. This movie easily holds its own in today's market and I highly recommend anyone to see this space classic. Even if you aren't really a fan of the modern Star Wars movies, give this one a try and you might be surprised at how good it is!"
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    #20Singin' 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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    Aaron Day
    Written on October 1, 2017
    "While I agree singing in the rain is a decent movie it is by no means a exceptional one. Movies like Mary poppins did the whole musical bit much better and the fact that folks rank this high is baffling. Citizen Kane is a far superior movie."
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    #21Casablanca

    Casablanca

    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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    Patrick Carroll
    Written on October 1, 2017
    "After seeing Casablanca I can say that this cannot be considered the best movie of all time. The film is over 70 years old and modern audiences simply do not relate to an old black and white film."
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    #22The 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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    Angela Fuller
    Written on August 27, 2017
    "A funny and classical movie of it's time. I love the actors and the style of this movie, and love to watch it on quiet weekend evenings when I just want to let my cares go and have a laugh."
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    #23Stagecoach

    Stagecoach

    Stagecoach is a classic Western movie directed by John Ford and features Claire Trevor, John Wayne, and Andy Devine. It tells the story of a group of people traveling while aboard a stagecoach.

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    Bruce Yang
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "So I have never watched this movie or really never heard of it. So I am lead to Amazon where the movie has a lot of positive reviews. Many do regard it as a western classic. So going by their reviews, if you want to see one of the best westerns of all time, buy Stagecoach."
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    #24Once Upon a Time in the West

    Once Upon a Time in the West

    A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. Once Upon a Time in the West is a 1968 epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone. It stars Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, and Jason Robards.

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    Debra Diaz
    Written on October 4, 2017
    ""They don't make movies like they used to" definitely comes to mind when I think of this movie. A typical American Western with a star-studded cast. Full of excitement and adventure, this is a movie that I can watch over and over again. In an age of computerized, over the top movies, it is great to watch a good old Western where you know that good will win over evil."
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    #25The 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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    Paul Daniels
    Written on July 26, 2017
    "This is a Clint Eastwood classic for a reason. Anyone who is a fan of spaghetti westerns or classic action cinema has no excuse for not adding this to their collection! I first saw it as a child, and I grew up on old movies - to be frank, many of them put modern cinema to shame. Back when they couldn't CGI everything, actors had to really act and writers had to really write. Take a trip back to yesteryear with this classic!"
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    #26Unforgiven

    Unforgiven

    Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. Unforgiven is a 1992 Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and Richard Harris.

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    Charles Gibson
    Written on June 15, 2017
    "Personally I found this movie to be a bit boring. I find that Clint Eastwood produces excellent movies but I prefer something a-la Grand Turino, sometimes less action is more. Morgan Freeman does an excellent job portraying his character but Richard Harris leaves quite a bit to be desired. Westerns are not for everyone and this one certainly isn't on my list of best movies."
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    #27The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a 1962 American Western film directed by John Ford starring James Stewart and John Wayne.

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    Christopher Mason
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "I am such a big movie fan. I’m always look for the best movies to watch. One movie that I watched recently that was really good and a definite classic was the The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. This move was amazing and had very interesting story."
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    #28Modern Times

    Modern Times

    The Tramp struggles to live in a modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. Modern Times is a 1936 comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin.

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    Susana Castellanos
    Written on April 22, 2017
    "It's hard in this day and age to appreciate silent film, but Modern Times does showcase how unique a talent Charlie Chaplin was and how much can be conveyed through silent films. This is a comedy, but it's more than that, it has social awareness and isn't just about getting a laugh out of you. One of Chaplin's best and one of the best movies of all time."
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    #29The 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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    Alan Jenkins
    Written on January 17, 2017
    "This is a classic movie, with an important topic. The run time is a bit long, but it has great reviews from everyone across the board."
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    #30To 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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    Kenneth Stevens
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "The link is to an Amazon Video page for the movie To Have and Have Not (1945). The movie To Have and Have Not stars Humphrey Bogart as a Martinique charter boat skipper who gets mixed up with beautiful Lauren Bacall and underground French resistance operatives during WWII."
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    #31Bringing 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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    Daniel Ramos
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Bringing Up Baby is one of those "classics" that, frankly, hasn't aged well. Don't get me wrong, I love all sorts of classic cinema - this just isn't one of them. Honestly, it may get some historical credit for pushing frontiers in comedy, but other movies built on it enough that they have simply done it better. Unless you're a fan of the actors or director, I'd give this one a pass."
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    #32Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins 1964 is a Disney classic and winner of five Academy Awards, including best actress to Julie Andrews, best song, and best visual effects. The movie is about a magical English nanny. A 2018 sequel called Mary Poppins Returns stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins.

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    Jose Rice
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "This movie is a classic and still amazes me to this day. It's just an overall good feeling movie that is appropriate for any age. "
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    #332001: 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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    Pamela Butler
    Written on October 18, 2017
    "A Space Odyssey is one of those classic movies that just defies time. It's always been one of my absolute favorites and I can remember very clearly, watching it as a child with my parents."
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    #34Braveheart

    Braveheart

    Braveheart tells the epic tale of the Scottish warrior William Wallace who united the clans of Scotland to fight the tyranny of Scotland's English overlords. Mel Gibson stars and directs while Patrick McGoohan plays King Edward I.

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    #35Raging Bull

    Raging Bull

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


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    Gerald Reed
    Written on December 22, 2017
    "Raging Bull is one of my favorite movies of all time. The gritty feel created by Scorsese's camera work and De Niro's acting combine into a powerful film."
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    #36Gladiator

    Gladiator

    Gladiator is a historical film directed by Ridley Scott. The film was released in 2000 and features Russell Crowe as the Roman General Maximus and Joaquin Phoenix as Emperor Commodus. Its runtime is 155 minutes - 171 minutes extended.

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    Víctor Hugo Rangel
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a great story of the gladiators in the rome, I Love it, I strongly recommend it."
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    #37Gandhi

    Gandhi

    Gandhi is a British-Indian historical drama film directed by Richard Attenborough and released in 1983. The film covers the life of Gandhi, played by Ben Kingsley, from 1893 to his assassination and funeral in 1948.

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    Helen Scott
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "The most spiritual leader the world has even know portrayed in a perfect way. This is my favorite movie of all time. Helped me to understand the situation with perfect clarity."
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    #38Anand

    Anand

    Anand is an Indian drama film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and released in 1971. It stars Rajesh Khanna who plays the role of a terminally ill man who wishes to live life to the full before the inevitable occurs.

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    Samuel Fox
    Written on February 18, 2018
    "This movie may be good, but it is in another language. I really only want to see movies that are in the same language as my search, and this one also doesn't even seem to have that many user reviews. It could be a great movie for the target audience or original region, but it doesn't really fit with what I expect for this search."

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Best What are the best movies of all time
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The GodfatherMovies 72 Paid
2Schindler's ListMovies 64 Paid
3The Shawshank RedemptionMovies 63 Paid
4Mulholland DriveMovies 59 Paid
5The Silence of the LambsMovies 58 Paid
6Mad Max: Fury RoadMovies 55 Paid
7VertigoMovies 53 Paid
8The Dark KnightMovies 49 Paid
9AlienMovies 49 Paid
10Out of AfricaMovies 45 Paid
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