One of the never ending discussions among the movie fans is which movie can hold the title of the best movie of all time – “Top 20 Movies of All Time”. There are millions of lists ranking movies according to their plots, characters, cinematography, etc.
While there is no list set in stone and due to personal preferences people may disagree with every list, Metacritic is the most objective when it comes to selecting the best of the best “Top 20 Movies”.
Below you can check out which movies stood the test of time and also which recent projects earned their spot among the greatest “Top 20 Movies”.
1. Citizen Kane (1941)
Orson Welles’ masterpiece, Citizen Kane, is often named as one of the best movies ever. Welles directed, produced, worked on the script and also starred as Charles Foster Kane. This epic tale of the newspaper magnate is still dazzling audiences and critics all over the world.
2. The Godfather (1972)
Francis Ford Coppola’s most popular film is definitely The Godfather. Beloved by the cinema-goers, the first installment of the Corleone family trilogy is hailed as the best one and one that established the likes of Al Pacino and Marlon Brando as film icons.
3. Rear Window (1954)
Starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly, Hitchcock’s Rear Window tells the story of a photographer bound to his flat due to his leg injury. This doesn’t stop him from getting entangled into his neighborhood’s business which also includes a possible murder.
4. Casablanca (1943)
Unforgettable Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca brought us the story of former lovers who meet again under dangerous circumstances.
One interesting trivia about this famous movie is that Bogart wore platform shoes during its filming. Bergman was taller than him and directors couldn’t have a taller main actress than the main hero.
5. Boyhood (2014)
A surprise entry on the list is Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. A majestic feat, which was filmed for 12 years with the same cast, managed to encapsulate and give an honest portrayal of growing up.
6. Three Colors: Red (1994)
The final installment of the Three Colors trilogy by Krzysztof Kieslowski won the hearts of the audience. We are following the happenings in the lives of a model and a retired judge, whose stories become intertwined.
7. Vertigo (1958)
It is no surprise that the master of suspense has a few movies mentioned on this list. Next one up is Vertigo, starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. The unsettling story of switched identities and murder is as aesthetically pleasing as ever.
8. Notorious (1946)
Hitchcock’s Notorious presents a typical spy thriller which is a bit different take than Hitch’s usual mix of mysteries and murders. Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman play on-screen spies who fall in love with each other in this classic film-noir.
9. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Cinema crowd’s favorite musical of all time is Gene Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain. It tells the story of those times, that is, a silent film production company struggling to introduce sound to their movies.
10. City Lights (1931)
Can a list of an all-time best movies really be without a Charlie Chaplin flick? City Lights made its entry on to this list as one of Chaplin’s most beloved classics. Chaplin directed and starred in this movie as Tramp, who falls in love with a blind girl and wishes to collect money to help her. It is noted that Chaplin once mentioned that this was his personal favorite.
11. Moonlight (2016)
Another recent film that managed to score the title as one of the greatest, is Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins. A story of a black man’s struggles told in three segments of his life won an Academy Award for Best Film and is one not to be missed.
12. Pinocchio (1940)
The fairytale of Pinocchio, a puppet who only wished to become a real boy, is the most loved Disney movie of all time according to Metacritic.
13. Touch of Evil (1958)
Another Welles’ movie, Touch of Evil is a film noir true to its genre. Starring Welles as a crooked police chief, while the rest of the cast includes Janet Leigh, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Marlene Dietrich.
14. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Another Bogart movie and surprisingly, this time it’s not a noir, but a western. Teamed up with Tim Holt and Walter Huston, he’s searching for supposed treasure buried in Mexico.
15. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth gives us the story about young Ofelia who enters a labyrinth which is somewhere between her imagination and reality.
16. North by Northwest (1959)
Another Hitchcock’s movie with Cary Grant, North by Northwest is a classic adventure and thriller movie, mixed with a bit of romance.
17. Rashomon (1951)
Kurosawa’s Rashomon is one of the most groundbreaking films in history when it comes to storytelling techniques. A gruesome, but a timeless tale.
18. All About Eve (1950)
Bette Davis stars as Margo Channing who offers help to a fan, a decision which almost ruins Channing. All About Eve shows Davis at the peak of her career.
19. Hoop Dreams (1994)
The only documentary film on this list, Hoop Dreams tells a story of two boys who strive to become professional basketball players.
20. My Left Foot (1990)
One of the most memorable roles by Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot brings the true story of a man who suffered from cerebral palsy, but followed his dreams and became a painter, poet, and writer.
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