Movie Rankings

by CMTiago | created - 10 Nov 2013 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

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1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

6 | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

89 Metascore

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 341,584 | Gross: $7.27M


A movie I cherish more and more with each viewing. Obligatory Christmas watch.

2. Gone with the Wind (1939)

AL | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 257,196 | Gross: $198.68M


A grand epic movie that forever etches the names of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in cinema history. One of my all time favorites.

3. Casablanca (1942)

AL | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 461,824 | Gross: $1.02M


"Here's looking at you kid" "Play it Sam" "We'll always have Paris" "Round up the usual suspects"

Iconic quotes are just one of the many aspects that make Casablanca an adored classic. The wartime romance for all generations.

4. Citizen Kane (1941)

14 | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

100 Metascore

Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 353,694 | Gross: $1.59M


Orson Welles debuts with a bang. A fantastic achievement in directing,writing, acting and just about everything else that makes this movie stand out among the greats.

5. Modern Times (1936)

AL | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

96 Metascore

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford

Votes: 182,495 | Gross: $0.16M


Fantastic Charlie Chaplin film. A funny and moving romp.

6. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

AL | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett

Votes: 50,004


Delightful screwball comedy with Hepburn and Grant shining in zany mishaps.

7. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

129 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold

Votes: 95,618 | Gross: $9.60M


Another fantastic Capra movie that showcases what democracy should be all about. One for all time.

8. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

AL | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

100 Metascore

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 342,731 | Gross: $22.20M


The wonderful land of Oz never looked as beautiful as it did in this 1939 fantasy classic. A trip to the land Over The Rainbow is definitely recommend.

9. Het gebeurde op 'n avond (1934)

AL | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

87 Metascore

A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 82,321 | Gross: $4.36M


Terrific chemistry from Gable and Colbert make this one of the best RomComs of all time. Wonderful.

10. The General (1926)

67 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines.

Directors: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley

Votes: 69,339


One of the best of the silent era, The General is a fantastic film from Buster Keaton's library. Funny with its outlandish situations and exciting with the brilliantly shot chase sequences this is one you can't miss.

11. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

94 min | Drama, Romance

An allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh - one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing

Votes: 41,658


Wonderful F.W. Murnau film with a love filled story, including a winning performance from Janet Gaynor, and great visual storytelling.

12. City Lights (1931)

14 | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers

Votes: 140,523 | Gross: $0.02M


Enchanting love story with the usually comic situations make this one of Chaplin's best. One for the ages.

13. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

126 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf

Votes: 12,654 | Gross: $11.80M


Cagney shines in an amazing, complete performance that will raise your spirits anytime.

14. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

129 min | Drama, History

95 Metascore

A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin

Votes: 78,859 | Gross: $0.06M


Harrowing reality for The Joads during The Great Depression. Ford directs an assured social drama about human despair and triumph.

15. De bronzen godin (1940)

18 | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

96 Metascore

When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 57,124


Charming romantic comedy with Hepburn, Grant & Stewart at the height of their powers.

16. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

AL | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

96 Metascore

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

Votes: 137,015


Bogie shines in his breakthrough leading role. A highlight in film-noir.

17. Double Indemnity (1944)

18 | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

95 Metascore

An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr

Votes: 122,846 | Gross: $5.72M


Solid film-noir with the performances elevating it for me.

18. Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)

163 min | Drama, History

The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Mae Marsh, F.A. Turner

Votes: 12,447 | Gross: $2.18M


With a terrific production behind it, Intolerance suceeds in showcasing grand set pieces for its four interwoven stories. As a response to Griffith's previous film, the controversial "The Birth Of A Nation", it works pretty well as it conveys peace and understanding as invalueable virtues. Overall, a must see for film buffs

19. Sneeuwwitje en de zeven dwergen (1937)

G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

95 Metascore

Exiled into the dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother, a princess is rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of their household.

Directors: William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne, Roy Atwell

Votes: 158,778 | Gross: $184.93M


Historic for what it meant for the Walt Disney brand, the movie falters more today than it did in 1937. Still a great achievement for film.

20. De danskoning (1936)

AL | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick

Votes: 10,665


Astaire & Rogers shine with a servicable plot. Definitely worth it for the music and dancing.

21. The Gold Rush (1925)

95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman

Votes: 86,559 | Gross: $5.45M


Chaplin's The Gold Rush is a revereed film among his works. With a wild Northern setting The Tramp is pitted against the harsh nature of the mountain region with his usual mishaps along the way. The results are as expected and the movie is an enjoyable one from the legend.

22. Sullivan's Travels (1941)

90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about life, which gives him a rude awakening.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest

Votes: 21,169


A good story of the human spirit. Not too impressed with it though.

23. King Kong (1933)

100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher

Votes: 72,328 | Gross: $10.00M


Innovative film when it comes effects work. Didn't thrill as much as I wanted to.

24. A Night at the Opera (1935)

14 | 96 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies.

Directors: Sam Wood, Edmund Goulding | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Kitty Carlisle

Votes: 28,050


The stateroom scene.

25. De dictator (1933)

68 min | Comedy, Musical, War

Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx

Votes: 51,412


Not a big Marx Brothers fan. Entertaining in parts.

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