Leonard Maltin's Must-See Films of the 20th Century

Maltin's Must See Films of the 20th Century were listed in Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide for 2000.

1915 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
1916 Intolerance

1923 Our Hospitality
A New York man returns to his southern antebellum home to find himself embroiled in a longstanding feud between his family and that of the woman he loves. Directed by John G. Blystone & Buster Keaton.  Starring Buster Keaton. NR
1924 Greed

1925 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
1925 Battleship Potemkin

1925 The Big Parade

1925 The Freshman

1926 Metropolis
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
1927 The General
A locomotive is beloved by its engineer, who sets out to win the Civil War single handedly. Directed by Clyde Bruckman.  Starring Buster Keaton. NR
1927 Sunrise
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

1928 The Crowd

1930 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
1931 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
1931 M

1931 Dracula
The most famous and enduring screen version of Bram Stoker's chilling tale of the granddaddy of all vampires. Directed by Tod Browning.  Starring Bela Lugosi.  Based on the book Dracula by Bram Stoker. NR
1931 Frankenstein
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
1932 Trouble in Paradise
When thief Gaston Monescu meets his true love in pickpocket Lily, they embark on a scam to rob lovely perfume company executive Mariette Colet. But when Gaston becomes romantically entangled with Mme. Colet, their larcenous ruse is jeopardized and Gaston is forced to choose between two beautiful women. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch.  Starring Miriam Hopkins & Herbert Marshall. Based on the play by Laszlo Aladar. NR
1933 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
1933 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
1933 Sons of the Desert
The boys try to get away from their wives to attend a national convention of the Sons of the Desert. Directed by William A. Seiter. Starring Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy. NR
1934 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
1934 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
1935 A Night at the Opera
The Marx Brothers take on high society. Two lovers who are both in opera are prevented from being together by the man's lack of acceptance as an operatic tenor. Pulling several typical Marx Brothers' stunts, they arrange for the scheduled tenor to be absent so that the young lover can get his chance. Classic Marx Brothers moments abound, including five minutes in Groucho's stateroom that make up one of the funniest scenes ever filmed. Directed by Sam Wood.  Starring Groucho, Chico, & Harpo Marx. NR
1935 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
1935 The 39 Steps
Follows the excapades of Richard Hanney, who stumbles into a conspiracy that involves him in a hectic chase across the Scottish moors. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Based on the book The 39 Steps by John Buchan. NR
1936 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
1936 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
1936 Dodsworth

1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Longfellow Deeds , a small- town poet, inherits $20 million from his uncle and wants to give it away to needy people. Petty moochers, greedy relatives, conniving lawyers and big executives, who all want a piece of the pie, attempt to have Deeds declared incompetent. Directed by Frank Capra.  Starring Gary Cooper & Jean Arthur. NR
1937 Grand Illusion
In this classic tale of adventure duty and honor conflict in a German prisoner-of-war camp when an aristocratic French officer becomes friends with the commandant while cooperating with his comrades in a daring escape. Directed by Jean Renoir. NR
1937 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
1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood
Rebel outlaw Robin Hood outwits the Sheriff of Nottingham and Guy of Gisbourne, and saves the throne for the absent King Richard I. Directed by Michael Curtiz & William Keighley.  Starring Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland. NR
1938 The Lady Vanishes
Enroute back to England by train from Switzerland, an old lady disappears and two young people investigate. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Starring Margaret Lockwood & Michael Redgrave.  Based on the book The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White. NR
1939 Stagecoach
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 book Stage to Lordsburg by Ernest Haycox. NR
1939 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
1939 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
1940 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
1940 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
1940 Fantasia
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
1941 Sullivan's Travels
A successful Hollywood director disguises himself as a bum and sets off to see America from the bottom up. In the midst of the brutality and despair, he makes a valuable discovery-- that what the downtrodden need most is laughter. Directed by Preston Sturges.  Starring Joel McCrea & Veronica Lake. NR
1941 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
1941 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
1941 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
1942 Casablanca
"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
1943 The Ox-Bow Incident
When a rancher is reported murdered by cattle rustlers, the people of Ox-Bow decide to take justice into their own hands and lynch the alleged killers. Directed by William A. Wellman.  Starring Henry Fonda. Based on the book The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark. NR
1944 The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
A spoof on motherhood. Trudy attends a farewell party for local servicemen and is shocked when she discovers her unfortunate condition after that hazy night. Her 4-F idolater offers himself as a substitute father. Directed by Preston Sturges.  Starring Eddie Bracken & Betty Hutton. NR
1944 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
1946 My Darling Clementine
Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday meet the Clantons at the famous shoot-out at the O.K. Corral. Directed by John Ford.  Starry Henry Fonda & Victor Mature. NR
1946 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
1946 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
1946 Great Expectations
In the gloom of a country graveyard, a young boy encounters an escaped convict, a chance meeting that years later leads the boy to tragedy, mystery and wealth. Directed by David Lean.  Starring John Mills. Based on the book Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. NR
1948 The Bicycle Thief
Story of an unemployed man and his son in war devastated Rome. The father finds a job pasting up posters, work requiring a bicycle to get around. The bicycle is stolen; panic stricken at being unable to recover his bicycle and at the prospect of losing his job, the father is compelled to steal a bicycle , only to be caught and humiliated in front of his son. Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Based on the book Ladri di biciclette by Luigi Bartolini. NR
1948 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
1949 Gun Crazy

1950 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
1950 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
1950 Rashomon
Set in the Middle Ages, the nature of truth and subjective reality are probed in a series of flashbacks from four viewpoints to present the case history of a man's murder and the rape of his wife by a bandit. Directed by Akira Kurosawa.  Based on Yabu no naka and Rashomon and other stories by Ryunosuki Akutagawa. NR
1951 Strangers on a Train
A tennis star is harassed on a train by a psychotic who wants to swap murders, and who then proceeds to carry out his part of the unconfirmed bargain. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Starring Farley Granger & Ruth Roman. Based on the book Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith. NR
1952 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
1952 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
1954 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly to marry him that same day. They return to his backwoods home. Only then does she discover he has six brothers -- all living in his cabin. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers' loneliness... kidnap the women they want! Directed by Stanley Donen.  Starring Jane Powell & Howard Keel. NR
1954 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
1954 The Seven Samurai
A 16th century Japanese village hires professional warriors to fend off bandits. When the samurai arrive, a spectacular series of battles begins. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. NR
1956 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
1957 Paths of Glory
During World War I on the French front, a regiment of soldiers are set up for suicide missions and are generally manipulated in ways that show no regard for their lives. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Starring Kirk Douglas. Based on the book by Humphrey Cobb. NR
1957 The Seventh Seal
In medieval Sweden a knight returns from war only to find a ravaged homeland. He meets up with a group of travelling players and eventually confronts the embodiment of death with whom he engages in a game of chess for his life. The knight and Death play as the cultural turmoil envelopes the people around them as they try, in different ways, to deal with the upheaval the plague has caused. Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Starring Gunnar Björnstrand & Bengt Ekerot. NR
1958 Vertigo
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. NR
1959 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
1959 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
1959 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
1960 Psycho
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
1962 La Dolce Vita
A journalist ventures into the decadent society of modern Rome and finds that his values are being destroyed, leaving him totally disillusioned. Directed by Federico Fellini. Starring Marcello Mastroianni & Anita Ekberg. NR
1962 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
1963 8 1/2
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
1964 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
1964 Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins is a lovable nanny who flies out of the windy London skies and into the home of a no-nonsense banker and his two mischievous children. Hoping to bridge the gap between them, the nanny magically turns every chore into a game and every day into a whimsical adventure. Directed by Robert Stevenson.  Starring Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke. Based on the book Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. G
1966 Blow-Up
A photographer who is talented but aimless has photographed violence and pain without feeling any involvement. When he takes pictures of a couple in a park, he finds that he may have discovered a mystery, one that insists on involving him. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni.  Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, & David Hemmings. NR
1967 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
1967 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
1968 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
1969 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
1969 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
1972 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. Based on the book The Godfather by Mario Puzo. R
1973 Mean Streets
The future is set for Tony and Michael - owning a neighborhood bar and making deals in the mean streets of New York City's Little Italy. For Charlie, the future is less clearly defined. A small-time hood, he works for his uncle, making collections and reclaiming bad debts. He's probably too nice to succeed. In love with a woman his uncle disapproves of (because of her epilepsy) and a friend of her cousin, Johnny Boy, a near psychotic whose trouble-making threatens them all, Charlie can't reconcile opposing values. A failed attempt to escape moves them all a step closer to a bitter, almost preordained future. Directed by Martin Scorsese.  Starring Robert De Niro & Harvey Keitel. R
1974 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
1974 The Conversation
A paranoid and personally-secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Starring Gene Hackman. PG
1974 Blazing Saddles
The new sheriff and his sidekick, retired gunfighter Waco Kid, protect the town of Rock Ridge from the men who want to run the railroad through the town. Directed by Mel Brooks.  Starring Cleavon Little & Gene Wilder. R
1975 Jaws
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
1975 Nashville
Set in Tennessee, Nashville interweaves the stories of 24 characters during five days in the capital of country music. More than a portrait of these 24 people, the film is a penetrating commentary on America at a particular time. Directed by Robert Altman.  Starring Ned Beatty & Shelley Duvall. R
1977 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
1977 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
1978 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
1979 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
1980 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
1982 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
1990 Goodfellas
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
1993 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
1994 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
1996 Fargo
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