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The best 101 movies ever part 1

Updated on April 12, 2015

Don't mess with this princess!


This was a fun but tedious project.

Here is why they ranked where they did. My list will cause some controversy I am sure. That is why I have an explanation for each. Please tell me your favorites in the comment section below!

A classic scene.

Probably the best black and white movie ever

A collection of lions, and Little Pretties, and poppies, Oh My!

Here they are.

20. The Grapes of Wrath - (1940) It tells the story of a family living in tough times when they are forced off of their land. Henry Fonda...doesn't that say it all? He was at his best.

19. E.T. (1982) - This at the time, was an outstanding movie about a different alien for what we had seen, that was stranded here. His antics and powers were tremendous fun for the whole family.

18. Star Wars Episode 4, The New Hope- (1977) This was the movie that spawned the entire saga. This is one of the best stories ever told, and my favorite fantasy movie.

17. The Maltese Falcon- (1941) A very valuable statuette is stolen. A private detective (Bogart) takes the case and soon in for more than he bargained for.

16. Star Wars Episode 5 ,The Empire Strikes Back- There was non stop action, great character development, ans of course a twist like no other.

15. Lawrence of Arabia- (1962) Alec Guinness and Peter O'toole play British soldiers in WW1.The acting and writing was amazing.

14. Spartacus - The Kurt Douglass classic. Like number one, it had a great cast that put on their best ever.

13. Bridge Over River Kwia- Alec won his only Oscar for this. Before mastering the force, he mastered the role of a British war hero.

12. Schindler's List- This was a very powerful story about courage and love through an awful time in history.The cast proved to be top notch. Look at Liam now!

11. Frankenstein- This rarely gets the praise it deserves! Karloff was terrifying and amazing at the same time.

10. Psycho - (1961) Hitchcock had many masterpieces and this was probably the scariest. It only had 30 seconds of violence and used chocolate syrup for blood. The master could make a classic out of any story!

9. It's a Wonderful Life- James Stewart and Donna Reed were right on in this one. The story development went through several intense turns, and came out perfect.

8. The Sound of Music- This was Christopher Plummer's and Julia Andrews' best work, by far. The rest of the cast was excellent too.

7. The Wizard of Oz- The unforgettable story about a girl and her little dog too. Margaret Hamilton and Frank Morgan were unforgettable!

6. High Noon- This movie lasted the exact same time as the story did. That is almost impossible to do. And it was until Coop, Grace, Lon Jr., Lloyd . Harry Morgan and Lee Van Cleef came along.

5. Gone with the Wind- Set in the old South during the Civil War, this was as good as the book!

4. The God Father- This was the monster of the mob movies! It was often imitated, no one will ever duplicate it.

3.On the Waterfront- A very gutsy tale about an American phenomena that is hardly ever discussed or dissected in a movie- Unionized Greed! Malden and Brando were perfect together.

2. Citizen Kane 1941- Like High Noon, this movie had so many attributes never achieved before. Orson Wells too was a master, and this of course was his best. I thought that only one was slightly better.

Number One is...

The Shaw Shank Redemption (1994) - This takes the top spot for many reasons. The cast was very good but they all seemed to give their best performances ever. This was also tough to watch because of how real it was. I can't find a flaw that would knock it out of this spot!

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    • MikeSyrSutton profile image

      MikeSyrSutton 3 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Thank you both! This type of list is a lot harder than I thought it would be.

      Shawshank is one where I can't find a flaw. Plus it had a great cast, and all of them gave their best performances ever. I can't leave that one off.

      So, what are some more of YOUR favorites?

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      You've made some great choices. Of course everyone will have favorites that are missing but that's why there's vanilla and chocolate, everybody likes something different.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Shawahank is my fav ever too. Still haven't got a chance to see Citizen Kane. Great list.