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Top 10 Greatest Movies of all time

Top 10 Greatest Movies of all time

10. Metropolis (1927)

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This influential German science-fiction film presents a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. When the privileged youth Freder discovers the grim scene under the city, he becomes intent on helping the workers. He befriends the rebellious teacher Maria (Brigitte Helm), but this puts him at odds with his authoritative father, leading to greater conflict.

Initial release: January 10, 1927 (Germany)
Director: Fritz Lang
Running time: 3h 30m
Screenplay: Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou
Cinematography: Karl Freund, Walter Ruttmann, Günther Rittau

9.E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

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After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.

Initial release: June 11, 1982 (USA)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Running time: 2h 1m
Screenplay: Melissa Mathison
Awards: Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

8.The Godfather (1972)

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Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, this mob drama, based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name, focuses on the powerful Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). When the don’s youngest son, Michael (Al Pacino), reluctantly joins the Mafia, he becomes involved in the inevitable cycle of violence and betrayal. Although Michael tries to maintain a normal relationship with his wife, Kay (Diane Keaton), he is drawn deeper into the family business.

Initial release: March 15, 1972 (New York City)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Running time: 2h 58m
Film series: The Godfather
Featured songs: Speak Softly Love, I Have But One Heart.

7.A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

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The Beatles in their feature film debut, one of the greatest rock-and-roll comedy adventures ever. The film has a fully restored negative and digitally restored soundtrack. The film takes on the just-left-of-reality style of mock-documentary, following “a day in the life” of John, Paul, George, and Ringo as fame takes them by storm.

Initial release: July 6, 1964 (United Kingdom)
Director: Richard Lester
Music director: The Beatles, George Martin
Distributor: United Artists, Janus Films, Universal Studios, Miramax

6.Modern Times (1936)

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This comedic masterpiece finds the iconic Little Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) employed at a state-of-the-art factory where the inescapable machinery completely overwhelms him, and where various mishaps keep getting him sent to prison. In between his various jail stints, he meets and befriends an orphan girl (Paulette Goddard). Both together and apart, they try to contend with the difficulties of modern life, with the Tramp working as a waiter and eventually a performer.

Initial release: February 5, 1936 (New York City)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
Featured song: The Nonsense Song
Awards: Jussi Award for Best Foreign Filmmaker
Cinematography: Roland Totheroh, Ira H. Morgan
 

5.The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

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At a carnival in Germany, Francis (Friedrich Feher) and his friend Alan (Rudolf Lettinger) encounter the crazed Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss). The men see Caligari showing off his somnambulist, Cesare (Conrad Veidt), a hypnotized man who the doctor claims can see into the future. Shockingly, Cesare then predicts Alan’s death, and by morning his chilling prophecy has come true — making Cesare the prime suspect. However, is Cesare guilty, or is the doctor controlling him?

Initial release: 1920 (Poland)
Director: Robert Wiene
Running time: 1h 20m
Cinematography: Willy Hameister
Producers: Erich Pommer, Rudolf Meinert

4.All About Eve (1950)

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Backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington. Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing, telling a melancholy life story to Margo and her friends. Margo takes Eve under her wing, and it appears that Eve is a conniver that uses Margo.
Initial release: October 13, 1950 (New York City)
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Screenplay: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Adapted from: The Wisdom of Eve
Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck

3.Citizen Kane (1941)

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When a reporter is assigned to decipher newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane’s (Orson Welles) dying words, his investigation gradually reveals the fascinating portrait of a complex man who rose from obscurity to staggering heights. Though Kane’s friend and colleague Jedediah Leland (Joseph Cotten), and his mistress, Susan Alexander (Dorothy Comingore), shed fragments of light on Kane’s life, the reporter fears he may never penetrate the mystery of the elusive man’s final word, “Rosebud.”

Initial release: May 1, 1941 (New York City)
Director: Orson Welles
Cinematography: Gregg Toland
Featured songs: The Union Forever, Oh, Mr. Kane, Belgian March, In a Mizz, Una voce poco fa
Production companies: RKO Pictures, Mercury Productions

2.The Third Man (1949)

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Set in postwar Vienna, Austria, “The Third Man” stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, who arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime (Orson Welles), only to find him dead. Martins develops a conspiracy theory after learning of a “third man” present at the time of Harry’s death, running into interference from British officer Maj. Calloway (Trevor Howard) and falling head-over-heels for Harry’s grief-stricken lover, Anna (Alida Valli).

Initial release: August 31, 1949 (United Kingdom)
Director: Carol Reed
Music director: Anton Karas
Screenplay: Orson Welles, Carol Reed, Graham Greene
Story by: Graham Greene, Alexander Korda

1.The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to earn his help.

Release date: January 6, 1952 (India)
Directors: Victor Fleming, Mervyn LeRoy, King Vidor, George Cukor,Norman Taurog
Adapted from: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Screenplay: Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Yip Harburg, Noel Langley

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