Jurassic Park. Elijah Wood, Plus, it’s the perfect primer to get kids into subtitled movies.—Ian Freer, Popcorn pictures hit hyperdrive after George Lucas unveiled his intergalactic Western, an intoxicating gee-whiz space opera with dollops of Joseph Campbell–style mythologizing that obliterated the moral complexities of 1970s Hollywood. 115 min John Huston Like an Hieronymus Bosch masterpiece, the images here can never be unseen.—Phil de Semlyen, Writer-director Michael Mann’s heist masterpiece put two of our greatest actors, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, together onscreen for the first time—one as a stoic master criminal, the other as the obsessive cop determined to bring him down. A rescue mission? As Max von Sydow’s medieval knight travels the land witnessing the apocalypse, loads of life-affirming moments lighten the load. He was able to turn out impeccable ghost stories (Ugetsu) and backstage dramas (The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums), but his greatest trait was a deep, unshakable empathy for women, beaten down by the patriarchy but heartbreaking in their suffering. 151 min As director, producer, cowriter and star, Welles cemented his status as an innovator. Oscar Nominations: 8 Still, City Lights was something else. 541,020 | | Director: This is not merely a niche film, but a window onto a universal condition, depicted in a concentrated structuralist style. This one truly has it all: flashbacks, murder, shadows and cigarettes galore, and, of course, a devious femme fatale (Barbara Stanwyck). Richard Dreyfuss, Jon Favreau Spielberg proved that less is more when it comes to crafting a feeling of dread, barely even showing us the beast that went on to haunt a whole generation.—Dave Calhoun, The deliciously dark, stylish genre of film noir simply wouldn’t exist without Double Indemnity. 1. BAFTA Nominations: 2 Shape-shifting her way through Edith Head’s transformational costumes, Kim Novak haunts in two roles: Madeleine Elster and Judy Barton, both objects of desire for James Stewart’s curious ex-cop. Ian McKellen, Humphrey Bogart, Toy Story 4 Director: Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead. National Geographic Adventure Magazine (April 2004) Boy loses train. Ke Huy Quan, BAFTA Nominations: 11 Biography, Crime, Drama. So, what does he do? None, though, is fit to tie the laces on John McClane’s quickly discarded shoes. As one of the great directors of Hollywood’s golden age, Billy Wilder excelled across a variety of cinematic types, but this hard-boiled gem is his most influential work.—Abbey Bender, The first in a five-film autobiographical series, Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows is the story of Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud)—stuck in an unhappy home life but finding solace in goofing off, smoking and hanging with his friends—and it’s cinema’s greatest evocation of a troubled childhood. 60 Best Adventure Movies of All Time << Rotten Tomatoes – Movie and TV News | Gross: Raging Bull (1980) 5. A sexy fling between petty thief Jean-Paul Belmondo and Sorbonne-bound gamine Jean Seberg morphs into an oddly touching, existential meditation. On the simplest of frameworks—a poor farming community pools its resources to hire samurai to protect them from the brutal bandits who steal its harvest—Akira Kurosawa mounts a finely drawn epic, by turns absorbing, funny and exciting. $260.00M, Oscars: 3 Golden Globes: 0 Golden Globes: 0 En route, there’s surfing, a thrilling helicopter raid, napalm smelling, tigers and Playboy bunnies, until Sheen steps off the boat and into a different zone of madness—or is it genius? Action, Adventure, Fantasy. | Scored by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood (himself emerging as a major composer), Anderson’s mournful epic is the true heir to Chinatown’s bone-deep cynicism. Viggo Mortensen, Harrison Ford, Golden Globe Nominations: 4, PG “Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines.”—Phil de Semlyen, Hypnotic, bewitching, thought-provoking, disturbing, horrifying: However you react to it, you won't forget Jonathan Glazer's startling adaptation of Michel Faber's woman-who-fell-to-earth novel. Kate Capshaw, Roy Scheider, Peter Jackson Zoe Saldana, the Extra-Terrestrial” Steven Spielberg's classic sci-fi story of an extraterrestrial stranded on planet Earth is pure movie magic. Since The Sopranos aired in 1999, the history of cinema changed forever. Golden Globes: 0 Singularly ahead of its time, Daughters mourns the enduring tragedy of enslavement. 127 min | Gross: Director: Stars: We think so (and not just because we can’t turn it off whenever we catch it midstream on TV). One of the most romantic films ever made about the pains and purity of first love, the immaculately styled The Umbrellas of Cherbourg challenged the lighter Hollywood musicals of the era (like The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady) and launched the sensational Catherine Deneuve into international stardom. Director: 98%: Zootopia (2016) 293: 9. Action, Adventure, Fantasy. Sam Worthington, Recounting the Algerian uprising against French colonial occupiers in the 1950s, The Battle of Algiers boldly examines terrorism, racism and even torture as a means of intelligence-gathering. Luke Skywalker’s quest to rescue a princess instantly elevated B-movie bliss to billion-dollar-franchise sagas.—Stephen Garrett, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s classic tale of the trial of Joan of Arc is somehow both austere and maximalist. BAFTA Awards: 1 William Holden, With this in mind, here is a countdown of 10 of the best adventure movies for that dose of heroism that is needed to defeat evil. There’s the famously real-looking Julie Christie–Donald Sutherland sex scene (they didn’t do it, honest), the shocking ending and the eerie way the film did for Venice what The Shining did for ski resorts. But Alien claims masterpiece status with its subversive gender politics (this is a movie that impregnates men), its shocking chestburster centerpiece and industrial designer H.R. But there once was a moment when he needed to get serious, and this is it.—Joshua Rothkopf, Forget The Artist—sorry Uggie—and relish instead the sheer, serotonin-enhancing verve of MGM’s glorious epitaph to cinema’s silent era. Only English-language movies released in the U.S. were considered for the list, and each movie needed both a Metascore and at least 20,000 votes on IMDb to qualify. 120,956 Paul Freeman, | 106 min BAFTA Awards: 1 © 2020 Time Out America LLC and affiliated companies owned by Time Out Group Plc. 124 min Silent classics, noir, space operas and everything in between: Somehow we managed to rank the best movies of all time. 100%: Rio Bravo (1959) 43: 54. 60%. Idris Elba, Votes: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), 90. A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape. BAFTA Nominations: 10 That’s not to say Tobe Hooper’s masterpiece doesn’t deliver. Stars: | Gross: | Gross: By entering your email address you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and consent to receive emails from Time Out about news, events, offers and partner promotions. R | 178 min | Western John Sturges Since replayed in the Wild West (The Magnificent Seven), in space (Battle Beyond the Stars) and even with animated insects (A Bug’s Life), the original still reigns supreme.—Ian Freer, Can a film really be an instant classic? My lists are not based on my own personal favorites; they are based on the true greatness and/or success of the person, place or thing being ranked. Wong Kar-wai guides us through the narrow streets and stairs of ’60s Hong Kong and into the lives of two neighbors (Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung) who discover their spouses are having an affair. Stars: The twist contest at Jack Rabbit Slim’s? 212 min The turning point was Seven, the first time that Fincher’s fearsome vision arrived uncut. Best Western Movies of All Time. BAFTA Awards: 0 There’s a reason why superhero movies are taken so seriously nowadays—even by the Oscars—and this is basically it.—Bilge Ebiri, Charlie Chaplin’s total vision remains awe-inspiring: He wrote, directed, produced, edited and starred in his own movies, which he also scored with an orchestra. Golden Globe Nominations: 0, PG From peacetime to frontlines, from coming home to left behind: Rotten Tomatoes presents the 100 best-reviewed war movies of all time, ranked by Adjusted Tomatometer with at least 20 reviews each. There’s since been “Die Hard on a boat” (Under Siege), “Die Hard in a hockey arena” (Sudden Death) and even “Die Hard in a private school” (1997’s Masterminds). | Gross: TV series have never been as popular as they are right now. Without him, there’s no David Lynch, no Wong Kar-wai—even Alfred Hitchcock was a fan. If you love words, you’ll love this movie.—Joshua Rothkopf, You could stick nearly every Powell and Pressburger film on this list; such was the dynamic duo’s stellar output. Franklin J. Schaffner After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader and a bounty hunter named Boba Fett all over the galaxy. Golden Globes: 0 :), PG If the movie were any more hard-boiled, you’d crack your teeth on it.—Phil de Semlyen, Exploding drummers, amps that go to 11, tiny Stonehenges, “Dobly”: This spoof rock documentary—rockumentary, if you must—is monumentally influential on cinema, cringe comedy and, possibly, the music industry itself. | Welcome to Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the 100 best-reviewed Western movies of all time, sorted by Adjusted Tomatometer with at least 20 reviews for each selection. Oscar Nominations: 4 We just couldn't resist. Make no apologies for your tears; everyone else will be crying, too.—Joshua Rothkopf, Mournful, challenging and mesmerizing, Soviet director Andrei Tarkovsky’s epic portrait of the life and times of one of Russia’s most famous medieval icon painters foregrounds qualities such as landscape and mood over story and character. Top 25 Best Medieval Movies since 1990, ranked from good to best. In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers. Harrison Ford, Orson Welles’s iconic film, made when he was just 25, forever altered the language of cinema and set the auteur on a long path of fiercely iconoclastic work (and the Hollywood misunderstandings that unfortunately came with it). Chaplin, reticent to give up the visual techniques he’d mastered, insisted on making his new comedy a silent film even as viewers were growing thirsty for sound. | Golden Globe Nominations: 4, PG-13 IMDB rating: 8.1/10. Undeniably one of the best sci-fi movies out there, The Matrix also totally holds it’s own as one of the best action movies of all time. 2019, Ridley Scott’s vision of a dystopian future is one of the most stylish sci-fi films of all time. De Niro’s monstrous portrayal is miraculously empathetic, but what’s truly revolutionary is Scorsese’s technique: Like a modern-day Verdi, the Italian-American auteur elevates the profane to the operatic.—Stephen Garrett, David Fincher is the most signature director of his era: a crafter of iconic music videos and decade-defining dramas like Zodiac and The Social Network. But Roeg’s real genius was for inhabiting his films with guttural emotions. So much of how we view fame still dates back to this film; it even gave us the word paparazzi.—Bilge Ebiri, It’s the easiest 207 minutes of cinema you’ll ever sit through. Stars: Jack Hawkins, Votes: | The artistic greatness of films (and other works of art) can never be rated or quantified, although critics, reviewers, and fans still make ten best lists, hundred best lists, all-time greatest lists, favorites lists, awards lists, and generate results of polls.