All Time 100 Best Films - Time Magazine

Time Magazine critics Richard Corliss & Richard Schickel select the 100 best films of all time.  The list is unranked and presented alphabetically.

Aguirre, The Wrath of God
A band of Spanish conquistadors, led by Pizarro, go up the Amazon in search of gold. As the soldiers battle starvation, Indians, the forces of nature and each other, Don Lope de Aguirre (the self-styled " Wrath of God ") is consumed by visions of conquering all of South America and leads a revolt, but Aguirre 's megalomania turns the expedition into a death trip. Directed by Werner Herzog. Starring Klaus Kinski. NR
The Apu Trilogy (Pather Panchali, Aparjito, & The World of Apu)
The Awful Truth
Before their divorce becomes final, Jerry and Lucy Warriner both do their best to ruin each other's plans for remarriage, Jerry to haughty socialite Molly Lamont, she to oil-rich bumpkin Daniel Leeson. Directed by Leo McCarey. Starring Irene Dunne & Cary Grant. NR
Baby Face

Bande à part

Barry Lyndon
The rise and fall of a young 18th century Irishman bent on achieving fame and fortune, mainly by marriage. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Starring Ryan O'Neal. Based on the book The Memoris of Barry Lyndon, Esq. by William Makepeace Thackeray. PG
Berlin Alexanderplatz

Blade Runner
Rick Deckard prowls the steel and microchip jungle of 21st century Los Angeles. He's a " blade runner " stalking genetically-made criminal replicants. His assignment: kill them. Their crime: wanting to be human. Directed by Ridley Scott. Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, & Sean Young. Based on the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. R
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
A daydreaming bureaucrat becomes involved with an underground superhero and a beautiful mysterious woman and becomes the tragic victim of his own romantic illusions. Directed by Terry Gilliam. Starring Jonathan Pryce & Robert De Niro. R
Bride of Frankenstein
Dr. Frankenstein and his monster both turn out to be alive, not killed as previously believed. Dr. Frankenstein abandons evil experiments, but when a mad scientist, Dr. Pretorius, kidnaps his wife, Dr. Frankenstein agrees to help him create a new creature: a woman to be the companion of the monster. Directed by James Whale. Starring Boris Karloff & Elsa Lanchester. NR
Tragic heroine who must sacrifice her own happiness in order to prove her love. Directed by George Cukor. Starring Greta Garbo & Robert Taylor. Based on the book Camille by Alexandre Dumas. 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
A trio of crooks relentlessly pursues a young American through Paris for the fortune her dead husband stole from them. Directed by Stanley Donen. Starring Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn. NR
Children of Paradise
Drama about the theater and the individuals that made the stage their life. Includes the love story of four men for one woman. Directed by Marcel Carné. 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
Chungking Express
Two interwined romantic tales take place inside the Ch?ung-ch?ing high-rise shopping center in downtown Hong Kong: A policeman falls in love with a snack bar waitress while a house detective gets involved with a female drug dealer. Directed by Kar Wai Wong. Starring Brigitte Lin & Tony Leung Chiu Wai. PG-13
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
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
City of God
The world's most notorious slum, Rio de Janeiro's City of God , where combat photographers and police rarely go. The true story of a young man who grew up on these streets and whose ambition as a photographer is our window in and his only way out. Directed by Fernando Meirelles & Katia Lund. Starring Alexandre Rodrigues & Leandro Firmino. R
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Day for Night (La Nuit américaine)
Frictions and personality clashes beset the making of a romantic film in Nice. Directed by François Truffaut. Starring Jacqueline Bisset. PG
The Decalogue
Ten films that each feature one of the Ten Commandments as a thematic construct. Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski. NR
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (La Charme discret de la bourgeoisie)
An upper-class sextet sits down to dinner but never eats, their attempts continually thwarted by a vaudevillian mixture of events both actual and imagined. Directed by Luis Buñuel. PG
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
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. PG
Drunken Master II
When the British government is discovered smuggling precious Chinese artifacts out of the country, folklore hero Wong Fei Hong uses his uniquely outlandish style of martial arts ... Drunken Boxing ... to fight the conspirators and salvage the valuables before it's too late. And the more Hong drinks, the more agile he becomes -- able to fend off numerous attacks with unbelievable moves! With Chinese treasures and family pride on the line, Hong steps up to every challenge. Directed by Chia-Liang Liu. Starring Jackie Chan. 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
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Fellini 's autobiographical film about a famous film director who loses his inspiration in the midst of making a film. Directed by Federico Fellini. Starring Marcello Mastroianni & Claudia Cardinale. NR
The 400 Blows
Fourteen-year-old Antoine Doinet lives in a cramped apartment with his mother and stepfather, neglected by them and unlucky at school. Living an intense imaginative life of his own he gets into trouble and is finally committed to reform school from which he escapes and runs towards the sea, which he has never seen. Directed by François Truffaut. NR
Farewell My Concubine
Story that spans more than 50 years in the lives of two men at the Peking Opera, friends since childhood, and the woman who comes between them. Also an absorbing drama of the period in Chinese history from the warlord era through the Cultural Revolution. Directed by Kaige Chen. Starring Leslie Cheung & Fengyi Zhang. Based on the book Ba wang bie ji by Lillian Lee. R
Finding Nemo
The fretful Marlin and his young son Nemo become separated from each other in the Great Barrier Reef. Nemo , a clown fish, is unexpectedly taken from his home and thrust into a fish tank in a dentist's office overlooking Sydney Harbor. Buoyed by the companionship of a friendly fish named Dory, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero. Directed by Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich. Produced by Pixar & Walt Disney. G
The Fly
An over-ambitious scientist accidentally merges with a housefly while conducting a bizarre teleporting experiment. A journalist suddenly finds herself caring for a horrifying creature whose insect half gradually begins to take over. Directed by David Cronenberg.  Starring Jeff Goldblum & Geena Davis. R
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
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
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
During the height of the American Civil War, a mysterious gunman roams the western frontier. He has no home, no loyalties and no companions until he meets two strangers who are as ruthless and detached as he is. Thrown together by fate, the three men join forces to track down a fortune in stolen gold. Directed by Sergio Leone. Starring Clint Eastwood. R
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
A Hard Day's Night
A lively, good-natured spoof of "Beatlemania" portraying a frantic 36 hours in the lives of the rock group. Directed by Richard Lester. Starring The Beatles. NR
His Girl Friday
An unscrupulous newspaper editor uses every dirty trick in the book to keep his ace reporter/ex-wife from retiring and remarrying in this twist on The front page. Directed by Howard Hawks. Starring Cary Grant & Rosalind Russell. Based on the play The Front Page by Ben Hecht. NR
Discovering that he is in the terminal stages of cancer, a clerk spends his last months in search of the meaning to life. After his pursuit of pleasure has failed, he finds self-realization in bringing about the building of a children's playground in the slums and dies quiety fulfilled. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Starring Takashi Shimura. PG
In A Lonely Place

Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Plant-like extraterrestrials have invaded Santa Mira, a small town in California, replicating the villagers in giant seed "pods" and taking possession of their souls while they sleep. In a terrifying race, for his life, Dr. Bennell escapes to warn the world of the deadly invasion of the pod people. Directed by Don Siegel. Starring Kevin McCarthy & Dana Wynter. NR
It's a Gift
Harold Bissonette is a bungling, henpecked grocer who dreams of California's golden sunshine. A small inheritance from his Uncle Bean tempts Harold to sell everything and buy an orange ranch sight unseen. Along the way, he matches wits with dogs, kids, and chicken feathers, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat at the last madcap minute. Directed by Norman Z. McLeod.  Starring W.C. Fields. NR
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
Nafas, an Afghan-born Canadian journalist, returns to her homeland in a desperate attempt to reach her sister, who, overcome with grief after being injured by a landmine and her despair over the Taliban's oppression of women, has vowed that she will commit suicide at the time of the next solar eclipse, only three days away. Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Starring Nelofer Pazira. NR
Kind Hearts and Coronets
Impatient to become duke, the ninth in line decides to eliminate the eight relatives standing in his way in this tart black comedy. Obstructing the path to his title is Alec Guinness, in one of his greatest performances, playing all eight relatives. Directed by Robert Hamer. Starring Dennis Price & Alec Guinness. Based on the book by Roy Horniman. 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 Lady Eve
A conniving father and daughter meet up with the heir to a brewery fortune-- a wealthy but naive snake enthusiast-- and attempt to bamboozle him at a cruise ship card table. Their plan is quickly abandoned when the daughter falls in love with their prey. But when the heir gets wise to her gold-digging ways, she must plot to re-conquer his heart. Directed by Preston Sturges. Starring Barbara Stanwyck & Henry Fonda. NR
The Last Command

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 Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, Return of the King)
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord , forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-Earth still it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell, by chance, into the hands of the Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. On his eleventy-first birthday, Bilbo disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin, Frodo, the Ruling Ring, and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-Earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom. Directed by Peter Jackson. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, & Ian McKellen. Based on the The Lord of the Rings trilogy of books by J.R.R. Tolkien. PG-13
The Man With a Camera
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
Meet Me in St. Louis
The Smith family is crushed to learn of father's transfer to New York. The five children don't want to leave their friends, or, most of all, miss the the St . Louis World Fair. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Starring Judy Garland. Based on the book by Sally Benson. NR
The story of a 21st century city run by a "super trustee" and his collaborators who live in a paradise-like garden. Workers are totally enslaved by machines and condemned to live underground. In the midst of this misery, a young woman, Maria, arises and attempts to inspire the workers to throw off their oppressors. Directed by Fritz Lang. NR
Miller's Crossing
The control of the gangster-political boss of an eastern city is slipping. The situation is complicated by a woman- both the boss and his trusted lieutenant are in love with her. Then the boss's control is challenged by an upstart Italian underboss and his ruthless henchman. Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen. Starring Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, & Albert Finney. R
Mon oncle d'Amerique
Jean, René, Janine: two men and a woman from different generations and different backgrounds, whose paths meet at a crisis point in mid-life. Faced with disappointment and frustration, all three muse about a legendary "uncle in America", a guardian angel who gives them their hearts' desires and them exactly what they want to hear. Directed by Alain Resnais. Starring Gerard Depardieu. PG
A Soviet official in Paris soon turns to pleasure as she discovers the magic of Paris and finds herself succumbing to the special charms of a suave Frenchman named Leon D'Algout. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Starring Greta Garbo & Mervyn Douglas. NR
A beautiful woman with a tainted past is enlisted by American agent Devlin to spy on a ring of Nazis in post-war Rio. Her espionage work becomes life-threatening after she marries the most debonair of the Nazi ring, Alex. Only Devlin can rescue her, but to do so he must face his role in her desperate situation and acknowledge that he's loved her all along. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Cary Grant & Ingrid Bergman. NR
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
Once Upon a Time in the West
A story of a vicious villain coldly wiping out an entire family and leaving another man to be falsely accused of the slaughter. Directed by Sergio Leone. Starring Henry Fonda. PG-13
Out of the Past

An animated musical version of Carlo Collodi's story of a little puppet who dreams of being a real boy. Directed by Hamilton Luske & Ben Sharpsteen. Produced by Walt Disney. Based on the book The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. G
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
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 Purple Rose of Cairo
Cecilia is a poor waitress in a dumpy New Jersey diner who goes to movies to escape the realities of the Depression Era life. Her favorite is "The purple rose of Cairo ." When the leading man Tom Baxter decides to be with Cecilia, confusion abounds. Directed by Woody Allen. Starring Mia Farrow & Jeff Daniels. PG
A struggling young poet searches for fame and love. Directed by Guru Dutt. Starring Guru Dutt & Waheeda Rehman. 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
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
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 Le May. NR
Sherlock, Jr.
Dramatizes the uproarious exploits of a meek theater projectionist turned amateur sleuth. Directed by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbauckle & Buster Keaton. Starring Buster Keaton. NR
The Shop Around the Corner
In pre-World War II Europe, quiet, unassuming Kralik - who works long hours in a small gift shop owned by the demanding yet endearing Matuschek - adds color to his lackluster life through correspondence with an anonymous pen pal. As the letters turn towards the subject of love, not even his constant bickering with a new female co-worker can tarnish his newfound happiness. But when he's suddenly and inexplicably fired, all of his romantic aspirations crumble. Until, that is, he discovers the identity of his secret friend. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Starring Margaret Sullivan & James Stewart. NR
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. NR
The Singing Detective
Wracked by a terrible skin disease, the unsuccessful writer Philip Marlow looks cynically back on life from his bed in a busy National Health hospital, fantasising himself into one of his own pulp thrillers as a crooning '40s detective enmeshed in baffling murder cases. Directed by Jon Amiel. Starring Michael Gambon. NR
Smiles of a Summer Night

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
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 villager in love with a city woman tries to kill his wife; later he repents and spends a happy day with her. Directed by F.W. Murnau. Starring George O'Brien & Janet Gaynor. NR
Sweet Smell Of Success
A powerful film about a ruthless journalist and an unscrupulous press agent who'll do anthing to achieve success. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick. Starring Burt Lancaster & Tony Curtis. NR
Swing Time
Gambling man Lucky Garnett blows into the city, eager to make the ($) 25,000 that will allow him to marry his sweetheart back home. One glimpse of a pretty, no-nonsense dance instructor, however, and all bets are off. After all, what's 25 grand compared to a lovely Penny? Directed by George Stevens. Starring Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers. NR
Talk to Her
Two men hold vigil over the women they love as the lives of the four are further entwined and their relationships move toward a surprising conclusion. Directed by Pedro Almodovar. Starring Javier Camara & Dario Grandinetti. 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
Tokyo Story

A Touch of Zen
Ulysses' Gaze

Umberto D
Follow Umberto D ., an elderly pensioner, as he struggles to make ends meet during Italy's postwar economic boom. Alone, except for his dog, Flike, Umberto strives to maintain his dignity while trying to survive in a city where traditional human kindness seems to have lost out to the forces of modernization. Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Starring Carlo Battisti. 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
White Heat
James Cagney plays Cody Jarrett is a cold-blooded criminal and a psychological time bomb ruled by impulse. He murders a wounded accomplice and revels in the act. He neglects his sultry wife and adores his doting mother. It is among the most vivid screen performances of Cagney's career. Directed by Raoul Walsh. Starring James Cagney & Virginia Mayo. NR
Wings Of Desire
An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal. Directed by Wim Wenders. NR
In the year 1860, a wandering samurai-for-hire turns the war between two clans fighting for control of a small town to his own advantage. A satire on greed, violence, paranoia and human weakness. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Starring Toshirô Mifune & Tatsuya Nakadai. PG-13