Category: top 100 movies

10. The Third Man (1949) 0

10. The Third Man (1949)

directed by Carol Reed Perhaps one of the most cynical movies ever made, The Third Man features an inept protagonist whose breezy attitude allows him to be easily-manipulated by everybody around him, from the local cops to mysterious women to...

11. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 0

11. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

directed by David Lean In order to fit a man in the same frame as the mountain he’s climbing, you’re going to lose most of the detail in the man. David Lean somehow found a way around that rule when...

12. The 400 Blows (1959) 0

12. The 400 Blows (1959)

directed by Francois Truffaut The 400 Blows is Francois Truffaut’s wild, whimsical tale of troubled childhood. In it, Truf faut created the character of Antoine Doinel, a semi-autobiographical wanderer, determined to find his way in life and love. Truffaut was...

13. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) 0

13. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

directed by Stanley Donen Singing’ in the Rain is one of those old-school musicals where someone had a bunch of songs and decided to write a story around them. But when Adolph Green and Betty Comden were handed the songs...

14. Fargo (1996) 0

14. Fargo (1996)

directed by Joel and Ethan Coen Fargo begins with a title card asserting that what you are about to see is based on a true story. Of course, that’s a complete lie but it sets up the Coen brothers teasing...

15. Schindler’s List (1993) 0

15. Schindler’s List (1993)

directed by Steven Spielberg There are more films about the holocaust than there are podcasts about movies on iTunes. So what makes Schindler’s List the big one? Spielberg’s story and storytelling hew to conventional standards, telling the almost happy tale...

16. Seven Samurai (1954) 0

16. Seven Samurai (1954)

directed by Akira Kurosawa Inspired by the rugged American westerns, Akira Kurosawa created an epic tale of noble warriors who commit their lives to save a town of peasants. With a well-crafted story and beautiful cinematography (his use of slow-motion...

17. The Searchers (1956) 0

17. The Searchers (1956)

directed by John Ford When we think of the 1950’s, we think of a time when America often wasn’t honest with itself. The nation’s television and advertising tried to present an ideal of pleasantness and contented conformity. So did most...

18. 12 Angry Men (1957) 0

18. 12 Angry Men (1957)

directed by Sidney Lumet Several strangers go into a room to decide the fate of a murder suspect and leave knowing only one thing for certain: they don’t know anything. As these men examine the details of the case, they...

19. Chinatown (1974) 0

19. Chinatown (1974)

directed by Roman Polanski As is always the case with the best film noir, a low level private detective starts investigating a seemingly innocuous adultery case, only to be pulled into a labyrinthine story of murder and betrayal. The specifics...