Be honest: How many times have you told someone to "go to the mattresses"? When is it right to work those Halloween ruby slippers into your daily wardrobe? Why is it that even Charlie Chaplin didn't say a dang word, his films are more gripping than the last 5 Shyamalans? Welcome to the sign of a true classic film. The kind that stick with us long after that first (or fourth or fourteenth) viewing. These are the films that are the true definition of "movie magic."
Using Nielsen viewership data, PrettyFamous figured out the top 50 films of all time.
Now be honest again: How many have you REALLY seen?
50 - Sunrise
via: Fox Film Corporation
Smart Rating: 95.44
Release date (U.S.): 09/23/27
Starring: George O’Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston
A woman (Margaret Livingston) from the city tempts a farmer (George O’Brien) to kill his wife (Janet Gaynor).
49 - The Great Dictator
Smart Rating: 95.45
Release date (U.S.): 10/15/40
Starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie
A Jewish barber looks like Adenoid Hynkel (Charles Chaplin), dictator of Tomania, who meets Benzino Napaloni (Jack Oakie), dictator of Bacteria.
48 - The Philadelphia Story
Smart Rating: 95.49
Release date (U.S.): 12/01/40
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Starring: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart
A snooty socialite (Katharine Hepburn) fights with her ex-husband (Cary Grant) and flirts with a reporter (James Stewart).
47 - Patton
Smart Rating: 95.49
Release date (U.S.): 01/25/70
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Starring: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates
Flamboyant Gen. George S. Patton (George C. Scott) receives accolades and censure as he fights World War II.
46 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
Smart Rating: 95.56
Release date (U.S.): 04/02/68
Genre: Science Fiction
Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester
Supercomputer HAL 9000 guides astronauts (Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester) on a trip to find the origins of humans.