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 CorporationSmart Rating: 95.44 Release date (U.S.): 09/23/27 Genre: Drama 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
via: GraphiqSmart Rating: 95.45 Release date (U.S.): 10/15/40 Genre: Comedy 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
47 - Patton
46 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
45 - Rebecca
44 - A Hard Day's Night
43 - The Maltese Falcon
via: Warner BrosSmart Rating: 95.63 Release date (U.S.): 10/03/41 Genre: Crime Drama Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre Private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) encounters sundry characters (Mary Astor, Peter Lorre), all seeking a coveted statuette.
42 - Paths of Glory
41 - Some Like It Hot
40 - Double Indemnity
via: Paramount PicturesSmart Rating: 95.7 Release date (U.S.): 09/06/44 Genre: Crime Drama Starring: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson An insurance man (Fred MacMurray) helps a platinum blonde (Barbara Stanwyck) kill her husband, but all does not go as planned.
39 - Chinatown
via: Paramount PicturesSmart Rating: 95.73 Release date (U.S.): 06/20/74 Genre: Crime Drama Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston A 1930s gumshoe named Jake (Jack Nicholson) sticks his nose into a sordid mess over Los Angeles land and water.
38 - The Gold Rush
via: Silent FilmSmart Rating: 95.75 Release date (U.S.): 06/26/25 Genre: Comedy Starring: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray Mostly isolated in the Yukon, the little tramp (Charles Chaplin) cooks a shoe, falls in love, hangs from a cliff and strikes it rich.
37 - The 400 Blows
36 - Yojimbo
35 - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
via: Warner Bros Pictures
34 - The Wages of Fear
33 - The Bicycle Thief
32 - All About Eve
31 - On the Waterfront
30 - Vertigo
29 - The Adventures of Robin Hood
via: Warner BrosSmart Rating: 95.96 Release date (U.S.): 02/11/38 Genre: Adventure Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone The Sherwood Forest outlaw (Errol Flynn) and his men save King Richard and Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) from Prince John and Sir Guy (Basil Rathbone).
28 - The Third Man
27 - Cool Hand Luke
26 - Citizen Kane
25 - Witness for the Prosecution
24 - It's a Wonderful Life
23 - Sunset Blvd.
via: Paramount PicturesSmart Rating: 96.12 Release date (U.S.): 08/10/50 Genre: Drama Starring: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim Hack screenwriter Joe (William Holden) moves in with Hollywood has-been Norma (Gloria Swanson) and her chauffeur, Max (Erich von Stroheim).
22 - Ikiru
via: Toho CompanySmart Rating: 96.13 Release date (U.S.): 10/09/52 Genre: Drama Starring: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori A rigid clerk (Takashi Shimura) resolves to do something of lasting importance after learning that he is dying of cancer.
21 - M
20 - Singin' in the Rain
19 - The Kid
18 - The Night of the Hunter
17 - The Battle of Algiers
16 - City LightsSmart Rating: 96.27 Release date (U.S.): 01/30/31 Genre: Comedy Drama Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Harry Myers A little tramp (Charlie Chaplin) gets money from a drunken millionaire (Harry Myers) for an operation to restore a flower girl's (Virginia Cherrill) sight.
15 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
14 - North by Northwest
via: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerSmart Rating: 96.3 Release date (U.S.): 07/17/59 Genre: Thriller Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason Mistaken identity spurs a foreign spy (James Mason) to pursue an innocent New Yorker (Cary Grant), all the way to Mount Rushmore.
13 - Psycho
12 - Monty Python and the Holy Grail
11 - Metropolis
10 - Casablanca
via: Warner BrosSmart Rating: 96.67 Release date (U.S.): 11/26/42 Genre: Drama Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid A cynical nightclub owner (Humphrey Bogart) protects an old flame (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband (Paul Henreid) from Nazis in Morocco.
9 - The Wizard of Oz
8 - Rear Window
7 - Modern Times
6 - Lawrence of Arabia
5 - Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
4 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
3 - 12 Angry MenSmart Rating: 97.67 Release date (U.S.): 04/20/57 Genre: Drama Starring: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley One (Henry Fonda) of 12 jurors holds out in the case of a boy from the slums who is accused of killing his father.
2 - Seven Samurai
1 - The Godfather
via: Paramount PicturesSmart Rating: 100 Release date (U.S.): 03/15/72 Genre: Drama, Crime Drama Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan Crime boss Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) and his sons (Al Pacino, James Caan) rule their New York empire with Mafia justice.