AFI's 100 Greatest Movies

The 100 Greatest Movies were selected by a panel of leaders from the movie community.

Citizen Kane
Regarded as one of the finest films ever made, Citizen Kane tells the story of idealism corrupted by wealth. Prominant publisher, William Randolph Hearst, saw the film as a thinly disguised version of his career and attempted to suppress it. The controversy has faded, but not the film's power and brilliance. Directed by and Starring Orson Welles. NR
"You must remember this ... ". For the sentimentalists among us, Casablanca is the great movie of all times: exotic locale, Nazi villains, a bitter-sweet love triangle, and the 1940's Warner Brothers stock company fighting World War II as it should have been fought-- "Play it, Sam." Directed by Michael Curtiz. Starring Humphry Bogart & Ingrid Bergman.  NR
The Godfather
A chilling portrait of the Sicilian clan's rise and near fall from power in America, masterfully balancing the story between the Corleone's family life and the ugly crime business in which they are engaged. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  Starring Marlon Brando & Al Pacino. Starring Al Pacino. Based on the book The Godfather by Mario Puzo. R
Gone with the Wind
Set during the American Civil War, this story focuses on the lives and loves of Southerners during this period and the hardships they endured. Directed by Victor Fleming.  Starring Clark Gable & Vivien Leigh. Based on the book Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. NR
Lawrence of Arabia
The story of T.E. Lawrence , assigned to Arabia during World War I. Lawrence courageously unites the warring Arab factions into a strong guerrilla front and leads them to brilliant victories in treacherous desert battlefields where they eventually defeat the ruling Turkish Empire. Directed by David Lean.  Starring Peter O'Toole. Based on the book Seven Pillars of Wisdom: a Triumph by T. E. Lawrence. PG
The Wizard Of Oz
Based on L. Frank Baum's treasured series, The Wizard of Oz was judged the best family film of all time by the American Film Institute. And this never-before-seen restoration looks and sounds better than ever. We invite you to embark for the Emerald City on the most famous road in movie history. Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and Cowardly Lion await you on the Yellow Brick Road and Over the Rainbow. Directed by Victor Fleming.  Starring Judy Garland. Based on the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. G
The Graduate
A recent college graduate from an affluent family comes of age and finds himself by being led into an affair with the wife and the daughter of his father's business partner. Directed by Mike Nichols.  Starring Dustin Hoffman & Anne Bancroft. Based on the book The Graduate by Charles Webb. PG
On the Waterfront
Ex-fighter Terry Malloy could have been a contender but now toils for boss Johnny Friendly on the gang-ridden waterfront . Terry is guilt-stricken, however, when he lures a rebellious worker to his death. But it takes the love of Edie Doyle, the dead man's sister, to show Terry how low he has fallen. And when the brutality hits even closer to home, Terry battles to crush Friendly's underworld empire. Directed by Elia Kazan.  Starring Marlon Brando. NR
Schindler's List
Oskar Schindler uses Jews to start a factory in Poland during the war. He witnesses the horrors endured by the Jews, and starts to save them.  Directed by Stephen Spielberg.  Starring Liam Neeson & Ben Kingsley. Based on the book Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally. R
Singin' In The Rain
Set in Hollywood of the 1920s, silent movies are giving way to talkies - and a hoofer-turned-matinee idol is caught in the bumpy transition, as well as his buddy, a prospective ladylove and his shrewish co-star. Silence may be golden, but not when you have such magical numbers as "Good Mornin'," "Make 'Em Laugh," the "Broadway Melody" ballet and the title tune, " Singin ' in the Rain."  Directed by Stanley Donan.  Starring Gene Kelly. G
It's A Wonderful Life
A man is prevented from committing suicide by an elderly angel who takes him back through his life to see what good he has done and how the world would be if he had not been born. Directed by Frank Capra.  Starring James Stewart & Donna Reed. NR
Sunset Boulevard
Pursued by creditors, Joe swerves into a driveway of a seemingly abandoned Sunset Boulevard mansion. He finds Norma, an ex-screen queen dreaming of a dramatic comeback and her husband/servant living there. She takes a fancy to Joe and, learning that he is a scriptwriter, persuades him to help her with her comeback screenplay. Being broke he accepts. He falls in love with young script reader, but Norma breaks up their romance. Thinking she is mad, he tries to leave, but Norma kills him. scene which she believes is the highlight of her comeback movie.  Directed by Billy Wilder.  Starring William Holden & Gloria Swanson. NR
The Bridge on the River Kwai
British soldiers captured by the Japanese during World War II are forced to construct a strategic railroad bridge which a commando team is instructed by the British High Command to destroy.  Directed by David Lean.  Starring William Holden & Alec Guinness. Based on the book by Peter Boulle. NR
Some Like It Hot
When Chicago musicians Joe and Jerry accidentally witness a gangland shooting, they quickly board a southbound train to Florida, disguised as Josephine and Daphne, the two newest -- and homeliest -- members of an all-girl jazz band.  Directed by Billy Wilder.  Starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, & Jack Lemmon. NR
Star Wars
A young Luke Skywalker begins to discover his destiny when, searching for a lost droid, he is saved by reclusive Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi. As civil war rages in the galaxy, and Rebel forces struggle against the evil Galactic Empire, Luke and Obi-Wan enlist the aid of hotshot pilot Han Solo. Directed by George Lucas.  Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, & Carrie Fisher. PG
All About Eve
From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door, Eve Harrington moves relentlessly towards her goal: taking the reins of power from the great actress Margo Channing. The cunning Eve maneuvers her way into Margo's Broadway role, becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in the lives of Margo's director boyfriend, her playwright and his wife. Only a cynical drama critic sees through Eve , admiring her audacity and perfect pattern of deceit. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.  Starring Bette Davis. Based on the short story Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr. NR
The African Queen
Two very different people find themselves thrown together in the war-torn African jungle in 1914 and together they embark on a dangerous mission to destroy a German gunboat. Directed by John Huston.  Starring Humphrey Bogart & Katharine Hepburn. Based on the book The African Queen by C.S. Forester. NR
When Marion Crane steals money from her employer and escapes out of town, her getaway takes her to the Bates Motel, run by a young man with his own terrible secrets.  Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Starring Anthony Perkins & Janet Leigh. Based on the book Psycho by Robert Bloch. NR
Jake Gittes is a private eye living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one unforgettable night.  Directed by Roman Polanski.  Starring Jack Nicholson & Faye Dunaway. R
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Tells the adventures of a free-spirited mental ward inmate whose rebelliousness pits him against the repressive head nurse, and whose charm wins him the loyalty of his fellow inmates. Directed by Milos Forman.  Starring Jack Nicholson. Based on the book One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. R
The Grapes Of Wrath
Oklahoma in the Thirties is a dustbowl and dispossessed farmers migrate westward to California. After terrible trials en route, they become little more than slave labor. But among the throng are the Joads, who refuse to knuckle under. Directed by John Ford.  Starring Henry Fonda. Based on the book The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. NR
2001: A Space Odyssey
A science fiction film which moves from the pre-historic birth of intelligence toward the emergence of man as pure thought somewhere in the future.  Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Based on the book 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke. G
The Maltese Falcon
A gallery of high-living lowlifes will stop at nothing to get their seaty hands on a jewel-encrusted falcon . Detective Sam Spade wants to find out why - and who's gonna take the fall.  Directed by John Huston.  Starring Humphry Bogart & Mary Astor. Based on the book The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. NR
Raging Bull
Based on the true story of Jake La Motta, a boxer whose psychological and sexual complexities erupt into violence both in and out of the ring. Directed by Martin Scorsese.  Starring Robert De Nero. Based on the book by Jake La Motta. R
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
A ten-year-old boy befriends a creature from another planet that has been stranded on earth. Directed by Stephen Spielberg.  Starring Henry Thomas & Dee Wallace-Stone. PG
Dr. Strangelove
Fueled by paranoia and a fanatical sense of patriotism, two psychotic generals - U.S. Air Force Commander Jack D. Ripper and Joint Chief of Staff "Buck" Turgidson - trigger an ingenious, irrevocable scheme to attack Russia's strategic targets with nuclear bombs. Funny and frightening, this black comedy about a group of military men who plan a nuclear apocalypse seems as relevant todayas ever. Directed by Stanley Kubrick.  Starring Peter Sellers & George C. Scott. Based on the book Red Alert by Peter George. PG
Bonnie And Clyde
A mixture of comedy and brutal violence, this film is based on the exploits of the notorious American outlaws of the 1930's, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Directed by Arthur Penn.  Starring Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway. R
Apocalypse Now
A special services officer is assigned to find and terminate the command of a renegade officer who has disappeared in the jungles of Cambodia where he is waging a war of his own. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  Starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, & Martin Sheen. Inspired by Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. R
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
Framed by ruthless politicians out to destroy him, a young idealist takes on the entire U.S. Senate.  Directed by Frank Capra.  Starring James Stewart & Jean Arthur. NR
The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre
Gold in the hills, avarice in the hearts of men. Two hard-luck drifters and a grizzled prospector discover gold. Then greed and paranoia set in.  Directed by John Huston.  Starring Humphrey Bogart. Based on the book The Treasure of Sierra Madre by B. Traven. NR
Annie Hall
Romantic adventures of neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer and his equally neurotic girlfriend Annie Hall.  Directed by Woody Allen.  Starring Woody Allen & Diane Keaton. PG
The Godfather Part II
The rise of gangster Vito Corleone in the early 20th century and the ascendancy of his son Michael in the 1960s and 70s. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  Starring Al Pacino. Based on the book The Godfather by Mario Puzo. R
High Noon
A retired marshal's wedding is interrupted when he learns a killer he had sent to jail will return to town on the noon train to seek revenge. The townspeople refuse to help him, so he is forced to take up his badge and guns again, alienating his new bride, a Quaker who is opposed to violence.  Directed by Fred Zinnemann.  Starring Gary Cooper. NR
To Kill A Mockingbird
The setting is a dusty Southern town during the Depression. A white woman accuses a black man of rape. Though he is obviously innocent, the outcome of his trial is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him--except the town's most distinguished citizen. His compassionate defense costs him many friendships but earns him the respect and admiration of his two motherless children.  Directed by Robert Mulligan.  Starring Gregory Peck & Robert Duvall. Based on the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. NR
It Happened One Night
Spoiled Ellie Andrews escapes from her millionaire father, who wants to stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. En route to New York, Ellie gets involved with an out-of-work newsman, Peter Warner. When their bus breaks down, the bickering couple set off on a madcap hitchhiking expedition. Peter hopes to parlay the inside story of their adventures into a job. But complications fly when the runaway heiress and brash reporter fall in love.  Directed by Frank Capra.  Starring Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert. Based on the short story Night Bus by Samuel Hopkins Adams. NR
Midnight Cowboy
A Texas " cowboy " takes a bus to New York in search of lonely, rich women who will pay for his sexual services, but spends a hard winter helping a con man. Directed by John Schlesinger.  Starring Dustin Hoffman & Jon Voight. Based on the book Midnight Cowboy by James Leo Herlihy. R
The Best Years of Our Lives
Recounts the problems faced by three returning veterans of WWII as they attempt to pick up the threads of their lives . Captain Derry is returning to a loveless marriage, Sergeant Stephenson is a stranger to a family that's grown up without him, and sailor Parrish is tormented by the loss of his hands. Directed by William Wyler.  Starring Myrna Loy & Fredric March. Based on the book by MacKinlay Kantor. NR
Double Indemnity
A man becomes increasingly accident prone only after his wife and a smooth-talking insurance agent encourage him to sign a double -indemnity policy. Then the partners in crime plan the perfect murder to collect on the insurance.  Directed by Billy Wilder.  Starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, & Edward G. Robinson. Based on the book Double Indemnity by James M. Cain. NR
Doctor Zhivago
A film about the Russian Revolution as seen through the eyes of a doctor /poet. Doctor Zhivago sees his life torn apart by the Revolution and the alterations also affect the lives of many around him, including the gentle woman he marries and the fascinating other woman he cannot forget.  Directed by David Lean.  Starring Omar Sharif & Julie Christie. Based on the book Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. PG-13
North By Northwest
Suspense film in which a suave Madison Avenue ad man is mistaken for a federal intelligence agent by foreign spies. When he is falsely implicated in a murder, he flees cross-country, followed by spies, counterspies, police, and a beautiful blonde.  Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, & James Mason. NR
West Side Story
This musical sets the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of the rivalry of two street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, in New York of the 1950s. A young woman who is sister to the Sharks leader has her first taste of love with the former head of the Jets.  Directed by Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise.  Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, & Rita Moreno. NR
Rear Window
When professional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbors play out across the courtyard. When he suspects a salesman may have murdered his nagging wife, he actively enlists the help of his glamorous socialite girlfriend to investigate the highly suspicious chain of events. Events that ultimately lead to one of the most memorable and gripping endings in film history.  Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Starring James Stewart & Grace Kelly. Based on the short story by Cornell Woolrich.  NR
King Kong
Adventure story of the giant ape King Kong , discovered on Skull Island, his voyage to New York and his fatal attraction to a young woman leading to death and destruction as he pursues her.  Directed by Merian Cooper & Ernest Schoedsack.  Starring Fay Wray & Robert Armstrong. NR
The Birth Of A Nation
Two brothers, Phil and Tom Stoneman, visit their friends the Camerons in Piedmont, South Carolina. This friendship is tested by the Civil War, as the Stonemans and Camerons must join opposite armies. The consequences of the war in their lives are shown in connection to major historical events: the development of the Civil War itself, Lincoln's assassination, and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.  Directed by D.W. Griffith.  Starring Lillian Gish. Adapted from The Clansman by Thomas Dixon. NR
A Streetcar Named Desire
An uncensored version of the story of a repressed widow who visits her sister in New Orleans and is raped and driven mad by her brother-in-law.  Directed by Elia Kazan.  Starring Vivien Leigh & Marlon Brando. Based on the play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. PG
A Clockwork Orange
Depicts a harrowing journey through a near-future world of decaying cities, murderous adolescents and nightmarish technologies of punishment and crime.  Directed by Stanley Kubrick.  Starring Malcolm McDowell. Based on A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. R
Taxi Driver
Story about a psychotic cabbie driven to violence in an attempt to "rescue" a teenage prostitute. Propelled by this obsession and his rejection by a beautiful political campaigner, the cabbie begins his violent rampage that includes an attempted assassination of a presidential candidate.  Directed by Martin Scorsese.  Starring Robert De Niro & Cybill Shepherd. R
A police chief, a scientist, and a grizzled sailor set out to kill a shark that is menacing the seaside community of Amity Island.  Directed by Stephen Spielberg.  Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, & Richard Dreyfuss. Based on the book Jaws by Peter Benchley. PG
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
This first full-length animated feature relates the fairy tale of how Snow White, thwarted by her vain and wicked stepmother and aided by the seven Dwarfs --Dopey, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Bashful, Happy and Doc--finds romance with the Prince. Produced by Walt Disney. Based on the fairy tale Snow White by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm. G
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
Butch and Sundance are the two leaders of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. Butch is all ideas, Sundance is all action and skill. The west is becoming too civilized and when Butch and Sundance rob a train once too often, a special posse begins trailing them no matter where they run. Over rock, through towns, across rivers, the group is always just behind them. When they finally escape through sheer luck, Butch has another idea: "Let's go to Bolivia." Based on the exploits of the two historical characters.  Directed by George Roy Hill.  Starring Paul Newman & Robert Redford. PG
The Philadelphia Story
Here comes the bride! And the ex-husband. And a gossip-rag columnist on assignment. One of the great comedy romances, a witty, luminous tale about a faultfinding, bride-to-be socialite who gets her comeuppance and an unexpected Mr. Right. Directe by George Cukor.  Starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, & James Stewart. Based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry. NR
From Here to Eternity
A powerful portrait of a peacetime military camp stationed in Hawaii just before the attack on Pearl Harbor.   Directed by Fred Zinnemann.  Starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, & Donna Reed. Based on the book From Here to Eternity by James Jones. PG-13
It's 1781 and Antonio Salieri is the competent court composer to Emperor Joseph II. When Mozart arrives at court, Salieri is horrified to discover that the godlike musical gifts he desires for himself have been bestowed on a bawdy, impish jokester. Maddened by envy, he plots to destroy Mozart by any means he can employ. Perhaps even murder. Did Salieri silence one of the world's true musical geniuses? The mystery - and the music - remain.  Directed by Milos Forman.  Starring F. Murray Abraham & Tom Hulce. Based on the play Amadeus by Peter Shaffer. PG
All Quiet on the Western Front
A group of young World War I German recruits pass from idealism to disillusionment with war. Directed by Lewis Milestone. Based on the book All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.  NR
The Sound of Music
Maria is a spirited young woman who leaves the convent and becomes a governess to the seven unruly children of Captain von Trapp. Maria's warmth, charm and songs soon win the hearts of the children and their father. But when Nazi Germany unites with Austria, Maria is forced to attempt a daring escape with her new family.  Directed by Robert Wise.  Starring Julie Andrews & Christopher Plummer. G
Satire of a Mobile Army surgical hospital during the Korean War. Directed by Robert Altman.  Starring Donald Sutherland & Elliott Gould. Based on the book by Richard Hooker. PG
The Third Man
American pulp novelist Holly Martins arrives in a bombed out post-war Vienna as the guest of his old pal Harry Lime. Almost immediately his problems begin when he learns that good old Harry is dead. Instead of going home, as he is strongly urged to do, Martins decides to investigate the nebulous facts and a mysterious " third man " who witnessed Harry's "accidental death." Directed by Carol Reed.  Starring Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli, & Orson Welles. Based on the book The Third Man by Graham Greene. NR
An extraordinary blend of magnificent music and classic Disney animation, featuring a host of unforgettable images, including Mickey Mouse as The Sorcerer's apprentice. Directed by James Algar & Samuel Armstrong.  Produced by Walt Disney. G
Rebel Without A Cause
The teen-aged son of a well-to-do family gets involved in violence when he attempts to win the approval of a gang of high-school hoodlums.  Directed by Nicholas Ray.  Starring James Dean & Natalie Wood. NR
60. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
Indiana Jones, an archeologist, embarks on a thrilling quest to locate the mystical Ark of the Covenant. Accompanied by his fiesty ex-flame Marion Ravenwood, Indy must discover the Ark before the Nazis do, and he has to survive poison, traps, snakes and treachery to do so. Directed by Stephen Spielberg.  Starring Harrison Ford & Karen Allen. PG
Scottie Ferguson, an acrophobic detective, is hired to shadow a friend's suicidal wife, Madeleine. After he saves her from drowning in the bay, Scottie's interest shifts from business to fascination with the icy, alluring blonde. When tragedy strikes and Madeleine dies, Scottie is devastated. But when he finds another woman remarkably like his lost love, the now obsessed detective must unravel the secrets of the past to find the key to his future. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Starring James Stewart & Kim Novak. Based on the book D'Entre les Morts by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac. PG
Michael Dorsey is an out-of-work actor who makes himself up as a woman to get a job. When his girlfriend, Sandy, fails an audition for a soap opera, Michael dresses up as "Dorothy Michaels" and lands the part. All goes well until "Dorothy" falls in love with beautiful co-star, Julie, and Julie's father, Les, falls for "Dorothy." Directed by Sydney Pollack.  Starring Dustin Hoffman & Jessica Lange. PG
Nine disparate travelers are thrust together in a perilous journey, a ride on a stagecoach destined for Apache territory. Directed by John Ford.  Starring John Wayne & Claire Trevor. Based on the story Stage to Lordsburg by Ernest Haycox. NR
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
A line worker, after an encounter with UFOs, feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. Directed by Stephen Spielberg.  Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, & François Truffaut. PG
The Silence of the Lambs
FBI agent Clarice Starling is sent to interview imprisoned killer Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter. She hopes he might reveal information about another crazed killer known only as "Buffalo Bill," who is abducting young women, starving them, and then killing them. Lecter's brilliant mind is intrigued by the beautiful Starling, and he begins giving her mystifying clues which could be helpful or merely a game. The terror builds as "Buffalo Bill" grabs another victim and the countdown to death begins again. Finding the madman means Starling must get inside Lecter's mind. To stop the killer, she must enter a terrifying race against death. Directed by Jonathan Demme.  Starring Jodie Foster & Anthony Hopkins. Based on the book Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. R
A satirical look at the politics and power struggles of television executives as a network news anchorman turns the tables on the "ratings". Directed by Sidney Lumet.  Starring Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, & Robert Duvall. R
The Manchurian Candidate
Ask Major Bennett Marco and he'll say that Sergeant Raymond Shaw is a hero worthy of the Medal of Honor. But despite what he says, Marco suspects otherwise. A bizarre, recurring nightmare gives him the uneasy feeling that Shaw is something far less heroic and far more insidious. Is it possible that Shaw is a traitor? Can Marco convince the Army of his suspicions? How does Shaw's power-mad mother figure into all of this? So many questions. So precious little time. Directed by John Frankenheimer.  Starring Frank Sinatra, Lawrence Harvey, & Janet Leigh. Based on the book The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon. PG-13
An American in Paris
Presents the romantic adventures of a carefree young artist in post-WWII Paris. Directed by Vincente Minnelli.  Starring Gene Kelly & Leslie Caron. NR
A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler-rancher conflict forces him to act. Directed by George Stevens.  Starring Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, & Van Heflin. Based on the book Shane by Jack Schaefer. NR
The French Connection
New York City detectives "Popeye" Doyle and Buddy Russo hope to break a narcotics smuggling ring and ultimately uncover the French connection . But when one of the criminals tries to kill Doyle, he begins a deadly pursuit that takes him far outside the city limits. Directed by William Friedkin.  Starring Gene Hackman. Based on the book by Robin Moore. R
Forrest Gump
Through three turbulent decades, Forrest rides a tide of events that whisks him from physical disability to football stardom, from Vietnam hero to shrimp tycoon, from White House honors to the arms of his one true love. Directed by Robert Zemeckis.  Starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright Penn, & Gary Sinise. Based on the book Forrest Gump by Winston Groom. PG-13
Judah Ben -Hur is a Jewish nobleman in Palestine. His heroic odyssey includes enslavement by the Romans, a bold escape from an embattled slave gallery, vengeance against his tormentors during a furious arean chariot race and fateful encounters with Jesus Christ.  Directed by William Wyler.  Starring Charlton Heston. Based on the book Ben-Hur: a Tale of Christ by Lew Wallace. G
Wuthering Heights
A tortured love affair ends between Heathcliff and Cathy when Cathy marries the wealthy Edgar. Heathcliff's savage retaliation upon the woman he loves explodes in a stunning climax. Directed by William Wyler.  Starring Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, & David Niven. Based on the book Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. NR
The Gold Rush
Chaplin is a prospector who goes to Alaska in search of gold . During a storm, he becomes trapped in a cabin with another prospector and an outlaw. The outlaw goes out for help, but is killed in an avalanche. Out of food and on the brink of starvation, the other prospector has visions of Chaplin as his next meal but Chaplin manages to keep himself from becoming dinner. Surviving all this, Chaplin goes on to fall in love with a Yukon dance hall girl. Directed by & starring Charles Chaplin. NR
Dances with Wolves
Rewarded for his heroism in the Civil War, Lt. John Dunbar wants to see the American frontier before it is gone. He is assigned to an abandoned fort, where a Sioux tribe is his only neighbor. Directed by Kevin Costner.  Starring Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, & Graham Greene. Based on the book Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake. PG-13
City Lights
A tramp wins the love of a blind flower girl and attempts to obtain money from a millionaire to help her regain her sight. Directed by & starring Charles Chaplin. NR
American Graffiti
The misadventures of four California high school graduates one late summer night in 1962. Directed by George Lucas.  Starring Richard Dreyfuss & Ron Howard. PG
Rocky Balboa, the underdog, gets his million-to-one shot at love, self-respect and the world heavyweight boxing crown and comes out a winner. Directed by John G. Avildsen.  Starring Sylvester Stallone & Talie Shire. PG
The Deer Hunter
Tracks a group of steelworker pals from a Pennsylvania blast furnace to the coal hunting grounds of the Alleghenies to the lethal cauldron of Vietnam. It is a drama of friendship and courage and of what happens to these qualities under stress. Directed by Michael Cimino.  Starring Robert De Niro. R
The Wild Bunch
Outlaws on the Mexican-U.S. frontier face the march of progress, the Mexican army and a gang of bounty hunters led by a former member while they plan a robbery of a U.S. army train. No one is innocent in this gritty tale of desperation against changing times. Directed by Sam Peckinpah.  Starring William Holden & Ernest Borgnine. R
Modern Times
A devastating satire on the effects of mass production on the lives of factory workers. Shows Charlie as a factory worker, jailbird, night watchman, and a singing waiter. Primarily a silent film with music and sound effects, but voices emanate from TV sets and radios. Directed by & starring Charles Chaplin. NR
Bick Benedict, his society-gilded wife and three generations of land-rich Texas sons and daughters love, swagger, connive and clash in a monumental drama of family strife, racial bigotry and conflict between cattle barons and newly-rich oil tycoons. Directed by George Stevens.  Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, & James Dean. Based on the book Giant by Edna Ferber. G
A gritty and emotional look at the lives of a platoon of American soldiers as they patrol, fight and die in the jungles of Vietnam, as seen through the eyes of a young recruit. Two veteran sergeants clash when one of them precipitates a massacre of villagers. The first movie in Vietnam veteran Oliver Stone 's Vietnam trilogy. Directed by Oliver Stone.  Starring Tom Beringer, Willem Dafoe, & Charlie Sheen. R
Jerry Lundegaard is bursting at the seams with debt, but has a plan to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. But as soon as the bumbling criminals get into town and casually off three locals, poor Jerry's plan goes awry. Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen.  Starring William H. Macy & Francis McDormand. R
Duck Soup
As Prime Minister Firefly of Freedonia, Groucho soon reduces the kingdom to shambles. Harpo and Chico are secret agents disguised as peanut vendors and Zeppo is Firefly's secretary. Directed by Leo McCarey.  Starring Groucho, Harpo, Chico, & Zeppo Marx. NR
Mutiny on the Bounty
The men serving on the ship HMS Bounty under the sadistic Captain Bligh, mutiny and take up residence on a small South Sea island. Directed by Frank Lloyd.  Starring Charles Laughton & Clark Gable. Based on the book Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall. NR
Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster in his laboratory but his dreams of perfection are thwarted when the monster becomes an uncontrollable beast.  Directed by James Whale.  Starring Boris Karloff. Based on the book Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. NR
Easy Rider
An alcoholic attorney hooks up with two part-time, drug-dealing motorcyclists in search of the "American dream." Heading from California to New Orleans, they sample the highs and lows of America the Beautiful in a stoned-out quest for life's true meaning. Directed by Dennis Hopper.  Starring Peter Fonda & Dennis Hopper. R
Story of General Patton in World War II, whose military brilliance was balanced by his inability to deal with the social and political aspects of war, causing him difficulties in his dealings with the War Department. Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner.  Starring George C. Scott & Karl Malden. Based on the factual material from Patton: Ordeal and Triumph by Ladislas Farago and A Soldier's Story by Omar Bradley. PG
The Jazz Singer
A cantor's son chooses a career on Broadway. Directed by Alan Crosland.  Starring Al Jolson. NR
My Fair Lady
The engaging tale of a Cockney flower girl being transformed by Professsor Henry Higgins into the belle of British society. Directed by George Cukor.  Starring Audrey Hepburn & Rex Harrison. Based on the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. G
A Place In The Sun
Clift is a poor young man determined to win a place in respectable society and the heart of beautiful socialite Elizabeth Taylor. Shelley Winters plays the factory girl whose dark secret threatens Clift's professional and romantic prospects. Consumed with fear and desire, Clift is ultimately driven to a desperate act of passion that unravels his world forever. Directed by George Stevens.  Starring Montgomery Clift & Elizabeth Taylor. Based on the book An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser. NR
The Apartment
An ambitious office clerk plans to get ahead by lending out his apartment to his boss, but falls in love with the boss's girlfriend. Directed by Billy Wilder.  Starring Jack Lemmon & Shirley MacLaine. NR
Henry Hill had always wanted to be a gangster, until three decades later when his life comes crashing down around him. Directed by Martin Scorsese.  Starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, & Joe Pesci. Based on the book Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family by Nicholas Pileggi. R
Pulp Fiction
Clever, dark film that tells 4 separate stories that are gradually brought together. Involved are two low-rent hit men, their boss and his sexy wife, a prizefighter and a pair of desperate robbers. Directed by Quentin Tarantino.  Starring John Travolta & Samuel L. Jackson. R
The Searchers
Ex-Confederate soldier Ethan Edwards is an Indian-hater who believes more in bullets than words. He's out to find his young niece, who's been taken captive by the renegade Comanches who massacred her family. He won't surrender to hunger, thirst, the elements or loneliness. And in his obsessive quest, Ethan finds something unexpected: his own humanity. Directed by John Ford.  Starring John Wayne. Based on the book The Searchers by Alan LeMay. NR
Bringing Up Baby
Susan Vance, an heiress, sets her sights on David Huxley, a stuffy zoologist. Susan and her "pet" - a leopard named " Baby " - makes David's life topsy-turvy when they all meet accidentally. Directed by Howard Hawks.  Starring Katharine Hepburn & Cary Grant. NR
An ex-gunslinger is drawn back into his murderous past when a bounty is put out to avenge an attack on a frontier town prostitute. Directed by Clint Eastwood.  Starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, & Richard Harris. R
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
When the daughter of well-to-do liberal parents plans to marry a black doctor, both families must sit down face to face and examine each other's level of intolerance. Directed by Stanley Kramer.  Starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, & Katharine Hepburn. NR
Yankee Doodle Dandy
A rousing musical depicting the life of George M. Cohan--playwright, entertainer, and composer. Directed by Michael Curtiz.  Starring James Cagney. NR