66. City Lights (1931)
directed by Charles Chaplin
If you know anyone who still thinks silent films are second tier entertainment, permanently flawed for their lack of sound dialogue, make them watch City Lights. Charlie Chaplin’s poignant comedy, made a full three years after sound had arrived, is an elegant and hilarious punctuation to the untimely death of an art form. The Tramp is mistaken for a rich man by a blind flower girl. His love-at-first-sight prompts his sincere attempt to find money for an operation to restore her vision, a pursuit weighted with humor and sacrifice. The final moment bests many modern films with a deeply moving mixture of joy, embarrassment, and love.