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Lincoln 2012,  PG-13)
By and large the best film to be made in some time, "Lincoln" is a modern masterpiece, blending humor, history and a slew of brilliant performances to create a fiercely enjoyable, deeply moving production.
Toy Story 1995,  G)
Toy Story
"Toy Story" is Pixar's first in a long line of triumphs and remains to this day a benchmark of quality animation and brilliant, human storytelling.
Akira 2001,  R)
Like all great science fiction, "Akira" dares to raise questions about the nature of humanity and the unknown, and it does so with impeccable form; the animation is fantastically detailed, the story is emotionally and intellectually rich and the action is riveting. It remains a landmark in the field of animation and a classic of the science fiction genre, with a final act that will leave you captivated.
Brazil 1985,  R)
Possibly one of the strangest films ever, "Brazil" is witty and effective as both a science fiction film and a satire of one.
A History of Violence 2005,  R)
A History of Violence
"A History of Violence" is a subtle piece about violence breeding violence and its effects on a family man with a dark secret.
Lost In Translation 2003,  R)
Lost In Translation
Subtle and moving, "Lost in Translation" is a boldly minimalistic drama thats poignancy and heart are strongly owed to Bill Murray's career-best performance.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 1982,  PG)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Riveting and poignent, this is a Spielberg effort that masterfully blends elements of science fiction and sentimental coming-of-age drama, making for the best film of 1982 and one of the greatest of all time.
Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy 2004,  PG-13)
Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
One of the best comedies ever (yes, ever), "Anchorman" is endlessly quotable and hilariously inspired.
Airplane! 1980,  PG)
In an age where spoof films have become the lowest common denominator, "Airplane!"s wit and hilarity are all the more admirable.
Silver Linings Playbook 2012,  R)
Silver Linings Playbook
Perfect performances are everywhere In the second best film of 2012, a smart, hilarious, honestly romantic experience that you'll want to watch over and over again.
Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) 1999,  PG-13)
Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)
One of the greatest in the history of animation, "Princess Mononoke" is a brilliant epic, marked by deep characterization, adult themes and violence.
Schindler's List 1993,  R)
Schindler's List
Brutal and incredibly moving, "Schindler's List" is a masterpiece in every sense of the word and a landmark in the history of cinema.
Moulin Rouge! 2001,  PG-13)
Moulin Rouge!
A joyous experience from start to finish, "Moulin Rouge!" is a wildly original and entertaining experience featuring great performances from Kidman and McGregor and brilliantly fresh direction from Baz Luhrmann. The best film of 2001.
The Tree of Life 2011,  PG-13)
The Tree of Life
It will yield unique reactions from different filmgoers, but if you can get lost in the message and the visuals, you'll understand why some (myself included) consider "The Tree of Life" one of the most original, masterful pieces of art ever created.
Monty Python's Life of Brian 1979,  R)
Monty Python's Life of Brian
Let's just say this: It features a random space chase complete with aliens and a series of men being crucified who break out into a happy song about looking on the bright side of life, all while being an extremely intelligent comment on religion.
WALL-E 2008,  G)
Arguably Pixar's masterpiece and inarguably one of the greatest films in cinema history, "WALL-E" is supremely intelligent, touching, and nostalgic, with characters and themes more poignant than most live-action pictures could only dream of possessing.
Rosemary's Baby 1968,  R)
Rosemary's Baby
Driven by Polanski's modern direction and a knock-out performance from Farrow, "Rosemary's Baby" is a terrifying story of a mother, her baby, and the friendly neighborhood satanist cult living next door.
No Country for Old Men 2007,  R)
No Country for Old Men
Quiet, suspenseful and occasionally very funny, "No Country for Old Men" is possibly the Coen brothers' most poignant work, in part due to some brilliantly minimalistic performances from it's talented cast.
Brokeback Mountain 2005,  R)
Brokeback Mountain
"Brokeback Mountain" is a truly tragic masterpiece, with a brilliant cast and sympathetic direction from Ang Lee.
Bridesmaids 2011,  R)
Featuring an outstanding ensemble led by SNL veteran Kristen Wiig, "Bridesmaids" is one of the smartest and most flat-out hilarious comedies in recent memory. An instant classic.
Zero Dark Thirty 2013,  R)
Zero Dark Thirty
A gripping dramatization of the hunt for Osama bin Laden that succeeds on all fronts, boasting tight direction from Kathryn Bigelow, a smart script, and an absolutely captivating central performance from Jessica Chastain.
There Will Be Blood 2007,  R)
There Will Be Blood
Intelligent, complex and featuring a typically brilliant performance from Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood" is Paul Thomas Anderson's masterpiece on the morality of capitalism.
West Side Story 1961,  PG)
West Side Story
A smart retelling of the Shakespearian classic, "West Side Story" has it all: witty dialogue, beautiful direction and a grasp on the economic and racial issues that plague the America of legend.
Carrie 1976,  R)
Featuring one of the greatest, most gleefully terrifying climaxes ever, "Carrie" is a classic of the horror genre.
Toy Story 3 2010,  G)
Toy Story 3
By and large the best film of 2010, "Toy Story 3" is about as perfect as film can get, bringing the series to a close with style, humor, and deep emotional resonance.
Spirited Away 2001,  PG)
Spirited Away
This is a fairytale of the highest order, as Miyazaki engrosses his audience in the rich world of adolescence with ghosts, magic, and love while bringing his young heroine through the trials of maturation. A masterpiece of both animation and film in every respect.
Black Swan 2010,  R)
Black Swan
Stunningly acted by Portman and thrilling in execution, "Black Swan" is a masterfully made portrait of a woman's descent into madness in the pursuit of perfection and one of the very best of 2010.
Annie Hall 1977,  PG)
Annie Hall
Filled with Woody Allen's typically intelligent humor and charm, Annie Hall is an expertly acted romantic comedy that manages to be cynical and touching at the same time.
Pan's Labyrinth 2006,  R)
Pan's Labyrinth
A stunning gothic fantasy rooted in realism, Guillermo del Toro has crafted a piece that will stand the test of time.
Unforgiven 1992,  R)
A classic-style western imbued with realism and stripped of idealism, Clint Eastwood has created nothing short of a masterpiece.
Planet of the Apes 1968,  G)
Planet of the Apes
Science fiction of the highest order, "Planet of the Apes" backs up its action with social commentary and a legendary final twist.
Melancholia 2011,  R)
Strange, beautiful and poignant, "Melancholia" is an intelligent and artful study of depression.
Mystic River 2003,  R)
Mystic River
Dark, extremely well-acted and haunting, Clint Eastwood delivers yet again.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008,  PG-13)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Beautifully directed and powerfully acted, this is an absolute masterpiece of a film.
The Aviator 2004,  PG-13)
The Aviator
Impeccably directed, artfully photographed and powerfully acted by DiCaprio and Blanchett, "The Aviator" is a masterpiece.
The Graduate 1967,  PG)
The Graduate
Widely misinterpreted as some kind of romantic tale, "The Graduate" is ultimately a critique of the idealized narcissistic love that naive 20-somethings buy into, and is especially important in the year 2013 when such a resurgence of this ignorant idealism (down to even the "vintage" visual style) is so prominent.
The Artist 2011,  PG-13)
The Artist
A brilliant homage to classic hollywood that never overplays its hand or loses its sense of joy.
Tokyo Story (Tky monogatari) 1953,  G)
Tokyo Story (Tky monogatari)
By examining the subtleties of the everyday, Ozu achieves a sense of grandness and a certain emotional power not seen in many films that all result in a poignant critique on the disintegration of family.
Gravity 2013,  PG-13)
A visual masterpiece that's crushingly cloustrophobic even in the infinite nature of space, gloriously life-affirming, daring in its vision and brilliantly acted by Bullock. Words cannot describe the experience.
Jaws 1975,  PG)
Iconic in almost every respect, "Jaws" thrills in all the ways current directors try so hard to emulate.
The Truman Show 1998,  PG)
The Truman Show
The themes of breaking past societal & religious falsity, existentialism, celebrity worship, and the nature of escapism through television are brilliantly presented here, but The Truman Show also works on the simple level of entertainment that it comments on. A masterful film in every respect.
12 Years a Slave 2013,  R)
12 Years a Slave
"12 Years a Slave" strips the hollywood gloss from America's most disgraceful period, McQueen's realist direction and the cast's awards-worthy performances capturing the horror and bleakness of the life of a slave that is altogether required viewing.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974,  R)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
A landmark horror film boasting outstanding camerawork and gruesomely-innovative set pieces.
Holy Motors 2012,  Unrated)
Holy Motors
Wildly ambitious and wholly engrossing, "Holy Motors" is an experimental masterpiece.
Her 2013,  R)
An introspective study of human interaction conveyed with a warm, deeply resonant tone that's never maudlin, never kitsch. This is a film about the infinite nature of our being, the love we feel, the growth we experience, the entirety of our person shared with each other and the one we love. "Her" is a masterwork that will leave you a better person.
American Hustle 2013,  R)
American Hustle
Stunningly filmed, brilliantly scripted, and deliriously enjoyable, American Hustle is one of the most well-acted pieces of cinema in the last decade with outstanding performances across the board, especially from the absolutely hilarious Jennifer Lawrence.
Frances Ha 2013,  R)
Frances Ha
Touching on topics of class, pretension, and finding a direction, "Fances Ha" succeeds where so many "New York" works fail due to a real sense of heart and the otherworldly charms of Gerwig.
Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire) 1922,  Unrated)
Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire)
It's impact is undeniable; "Nosferatu" is a silent-era classic.
Fantasia 1940,  G)
The pairing of classic musical masterpieces with gorgeous accompanying imagery results in a resplendent, powerful experience unlike any other; "Fantasia" is a truly original work of artful animation.
Taxi Driver 1976,  R)
Taxi Driver
The lead is so complex (sometimes heinous, sometimes charming, always disturbed) and the criticisms of the Vietnam war so scathing that to refer to "Taxi Driver" as anything other than a masterpiece would be an inexcusable offense.
Apocalypse Now 1979,  R)
Apocalypse Now
Early on in the film, Sheen's character is explained the unspeakable savagery committed by Brando's Kurtz before looking straight into the camera; an indictment of the very America that allowed those atrocities to occur. Early chaos critiquing the machine-like corporation funding this jingoism-fueled insanity, the cyclical and unending nature of political violence, etc. ultimately gives way to the very madness that Willard first went to put an end to, with the last 45 minutes entirely encompassing the deranged horror of war as an idea. How anyone could interpret this film as pro-war is beyond me. "Apocalypse Now" is perhaps the most damning indictment of violence ever put to film; it's certainly one of the greatest pieces of cinema of all time. A brutal, animalistic masterpiece of operatic proportions.
Gone With the Wind 1939,  G)
Gone With the Wind
Accusations of problematic depictions of race and gender relations are entirely justified, but "Gone with the Wind" is still undeniably one of the greatest achievements in all of cinema, which boasts classic performances, ingenious set-design, and unbelievable scale.
Battleship Potemkin 1925,  Unrated)
Battleship Potemkin
Originating multiple troupes still found in modern filmmaking, "Battleship Potempkin" is an exhilarating, thought-provoking piece of work that ranks with the very best.
King Kong 1933,  Unrated)
King Kong
A pop-culture staple and a landmark piece of filmmaking, "Kong" is the king of all monster movies.
Nebraska 2013,  R)
Approaching a region that is so often insufferably referred to as "real America" with neither glorification nor degradation, "Nebraska" is an honest, touching, and simple piece of American filmmaking featuring a trio of wonderful performances from Bruce Dern, June Squibb, and Will Forte.
The LEGO Movie 2014,  PG)
The LEGO Movie
Ingenious in concept, "The Lego Movie" captures the creative spirit of its source material with such hilarious aplomb that it would be nearly impossible to claim that it isn't one of the greatest animated films of all time.
Mary Poppins 1964,  G)
Casablanca 1943,  PG)
The dialogue is endlessly quotable, the romance is driven by stellar performances, and that final scene is the stuff the cinema was made for; "Casablanca" is a masterpiece.
Metropolis 1927,  PG-13)
Perhaps the greatest of all silent films, "Metropolis" is a masterpiece of unparalleled innovation; the production is awe-inspiring, the messages of government oppression and workers' rights are nuanced, the duel-performance of Brigitte Helm is delightful, and its impact on the science fiction genre is unprecedented.
The Wind Rises 2014,  PG-13)
The Wind Rises
Blending the painterly visuals and bittersweet, poignant human drama considered staples of Studio Ghibli with Miyazaki's own passion for flight and classic Hollywood sweep, "The Wind Rises" stands with the the absolute best of the master's work.
Singin' in the Rain 1952,  G)
Singin' in the Rain
Energetic and perceptive, "Singin' in the Rain" is a hilarious send-up of Hollywood superficiality and fakery while, at the same time, reveling in its over-the-top spectacle.
Aleksandr Nevskiy (Alexander Nevsky) 1938,  Unrated)
Aleksandr Nevskiy (Alexander Nevsky)
Although robbed of his signature montage style, "Alexander Nevsky" proves that Eisenstein was versed in more conventional filmmaking techniques that can still astound.
Touch of Evil 1958,  PG-13)
Touch of Evil
Wells is the undisputed master of American filmmaking and here his technical prowess is on full display; his roving camera, the extreme use of shadow, the fluid and hypnotic editing capture the spirit of noir itself. Wells' performance as the larger-than-life Quinlan who's sunk into the filth of corruption (quite literally, by the film's conclusion) after decades of stagnation in a police outfit on the Mexican-American border, an all-encompasing symbol for one of the auteur's most thoroughly explored narrative themes; that of the rotten false idol and his eventual downfall in the name of progress. "Touch of Evil" defines a genre and is certainly one of the greatest films of all time.
Bringing Up Baby 1938,  Unrated)
Bringing Up Baby
A classic slapstick with a ridiculous amount of wacky, witty humor and featuring an outstanding performance from the marvelous Katharine Hepburn.
The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014,  R)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Although Anderson's films are known for their visual decadence, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" boasts production so impeccable, it would rival that of the silent era. Fittingly so, his most resplendent film is also his most personal, for inside the prim and proper storytelling lies his mission statement: no matter if his work is only one story that is to be told by one person and later read by another, it will be refined, it will be orderly, and it will be his own.
Umberto D. 1952,  Unrated)
Umberto D.
Subtle and profoundly moving, "Umberto D." is both crushingly depressing and gloriously life-affirming in equal measure.
The Exorcist 1973,  R)
The Exorcist
Using silence to generate genuine horror, "The Exorcist" is arguably the greatest of all scary movies; it's undeniably one of the best films of all time.

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