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Moderating: Leonard Maltin: 100 Must-See Films of the 20th Century

99 films in collection
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Fargo (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
Jerry's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of pregnant Marge Gunderson.
Pulp Fiction (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are two hitmen who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace. Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge is an aging boxer paid by Wallace to lose his next fight. The lives of these and other characters prove to be woven together in ways none of them could ever fully understand.
Schindler's List (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
Steven Spielberg's epic drama tells the compelling true story of German businessman Oskar Schindler (Neeson) who comes to Nazi-occupied Poland looking for economic prosperity and leaves as a savior. (History in Film)
Goodfellas (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
Henry Hill is a small time gangster, who takes part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to climb up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, is badly affected by his partners success, but will he stoop low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy ? (imdb)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
A group of Earth children help a stranded alien botanist return home (imdb)
Raging Bull (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter portrayed in this Martin Scorsese film by Robert De Niro. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his family's love, something always seems to come between them. Perhaps it's his violent bouts of paranoia and jealousy. This kind of rage helped make him a champ, but in real life, he winds up in the ring alone... (imdb)
Apocalypse Now (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
We follow Captain Willard on his mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Green Beret who has set himself up as a God among a local tribe (imdb)
The Deer Hunter (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
An in-depth examination of the way that the Vietnam war affects the lives of people in a small industrial town in the USA.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... Princess Leia (Fisher) is held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker (Hamill) and Captain Han Solo (Ford) team together with the lovable droid duo, R2-D2 and C-3PO, to rescue the beautiful princess and restore justice in the galaxy. (20th Century Fox)
Annie Hall (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall. (imdb)
Nashville (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
This movie tells the intersecting stories of various people connected to the music business in Nashville. (imdb)
Jaws (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
In 1975, director Steven Spielberg brought Peter Benchley's best-selling novel to the screen with stunning power and unbearable suspense. Jaws left an indelible mark upon the movie-going (and beach-going!) public, distilling a sea of fear from these five words: "Don't go in the water." Once the terror begins, Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw must join forces on a desperate quest to destroy a killer embodying nearly three tons of white death. (Universal Pictures)
Blazing Saddles (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. (imdb)
The Conversation (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
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.
The Godfather: Part II (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
The sequel to "The Godfather" continues the saga of two generations of successive power within the Corleone family. Coppola tells two stories in Part II: the roots and rise of a young Don Vito, played with uncanny ability by Robert De Niro, and the ascension of Michael (Al Pacino) as the new Don. (Paramount)
Mean Streets (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
A small-time hood struggles to succeed on the "mean streets" of Little Italy. (imdb)
The Godfather (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
Francis Ford Coppola's epic features Marlon Brando in his Oscar-winning role as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Director Coppola paints 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... (Paramount Pictures)
Midnight Cowboy (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
A naive male prostitute and his sickly friend struggle to survive on the streets of New York City. (imdb)
The Wild Bunch (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them (imdb)
2001: A Space Odyssey (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
A unique cinematic journey, "2001: A Space Odyssey" travels across enormous distances of both space and time. The story it tells is on the one hand about the collective adventure of human life on and off this planet. But it is also about something lying beyond the bounds of humanity, something lying in the true realms of the mysterious.
Bonnie and Clyde (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway are the legendary Depression-era bandits and lovers in this landmark film that won two Academy Awards and triggered a revolution in screen violence. (Warner Bros.)
The Graduate (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is trapped into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, who happens to be the wife of his father's business partner and then finds himself falling in love with her teenage daughter, Elaine (imdb)
Blow-Up (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
A photographer who is talented but aimless has photographed violence and pain without feeling any involvement... (imdb)
Mary Poppins (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
A magic nanny comes to work for a cold banker's unhappy family. (imdb)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. (imdb)
 (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies (imdb)
Lawrence of Arabia (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
Epic rumination on a flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during wartime service.(imdb)
La Dolce vita (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
Marcello is a young playboy journalist who spends his days between celebrities and rich people, seeking for ephemeral joy in parties and sex... (imdb)
Psycho (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
A young female embezzler arrives at the Bates Motel after stealing $40 thousand, which has terrible secrets of its own in the form of an odd proprietor and his domineering, never-seen mother.
Some Like It Hot (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all female band disguised as women, but further complications set in (imdb)
The 400 Blows (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
Antoine Doinel is a Parisian adolescent. His parents do not show much interest in him. He skips school to go to the movies and play with his friends. He discovers his mother has a lover (imdb)
North by Northwest (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
An advertising executive is mistaken for a spy and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.
Vertigo (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
Complex story about a San Francisco detective and his psychological troubles with fear of heights and obsession over a woman.(imdb)
The Seventh Seal (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (imdb)
Paths of Glory (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
When soldiers in WW1 refuse to continue with an impossible attack, their superiors decide to make an example of them (imdb)
The Searchers (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable. (imdb)
Seven Samurai (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
On the Waterfront (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers. (
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly to marry him that same day... (imdb)
High Noon (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. (imdb)
Singin' in the Rain (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (imdb)
Strangers on a Train (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
You'd like your wife killed, wouldn't you? I'll do it for you if you'll kill someone for me, and since we're strangers we'll be free of suspicion (imdb)
Rashomon (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (imdb)
Sunset Blvd. (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. (imdb)
All About Eve (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
An ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. (imdb)
Gun Crazy (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
Since he was a child, Bart Tare has always loved guns. After leaving the army, his friends take him to a carnival... (imdb)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
Frank Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.
Bicycle Thieves (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
A man and his son search for a stolen bicycle vital for his job (imdb)
Great Expectations (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. (imdb)
The Best Years of Our Lives (+) Apr 18, 2011 remove
Three WWII veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. (imdb)
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