Top 100 films of the century

To celebrate 100 years at Laurier, Cord editors Wade Thompson, Rebecca Vasluianu and Sarah Murphy decided on for the best films of the last 100 years. The earliest film to make an appearance on our list is the 1925 Soviet masterpiece Battleship Potemkin, while 2010’s Inception closes out the compilation. Read on to find out how other classics fared

  1. Casablanca (1942, Curtiz)
  2. Vertigo (1958, Hitchcock)
  3. Citizen Kane (1941, Welles)
  4. The Godfather (1972, Coppola)
  5. Singin’ in the Rain (1953, Kelly/Donen)
  6. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Fleming)
  7. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, Capra)
  8. Rear Window (1954, Hitchcock)
  9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975, Forman)
  10. Goodfellas (1990, Scorsese)
  11. The Shawshank Redemption (1994, Darabont)
  12. Gone With The Wind (1939, Fleming)
  13. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004, Gondry)
  14. Psycho (1960, Hitchcock)
  15. The Godfather Part II (1974, Coppola)
  16. Jaws (1975, Spielberg)
  17. Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, Kubrick)
  18. It Happened One Night (1934, Capra)
  19. On the Waterfront (1954, Kazan)
  20. Seven Samurai (1955, Kurosawa)
  21. Taxi Driver (1976, Scorsese)
  22. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969, Hill)
  23. Modern Times (1936, Chaplin)
  24. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003, Jackson)
  25. 12 Angry Men (1957, Lumet)
  26. Sunset Blvd. (1950, Wilder)
  27. City Lights (1931, Chaplin)
  28. Chinatown (1974, Polanski)
  29. Annie Hall (1977, Allen)
  30. Schindler’s List (1993, Spielberg)
  31. Metropolis (1927, Lang)
  32. Raging Bull (1980, Scorsese)
  33. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966, Leone)
  34. The Grapes of Wrath (1940, Ford)
  35. The Great Escape (1963, Sturges)
  36. Memento (2000, Nolan)
  37. Some Like it Hot (1959, Wilder)
  38. Toy Story (1995, Lassetter)
  39. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962, Mulligan)
  40. 8 1/2 (1963, Fellini)
  41. Cool Hand Luke (1967, Rosenberg)
  42. Sullivan’s Travels (1941, Sturges)
  43. The Producers (1967, Brooks)
  44. The Manchurian Candidate (1962, Frankenheimer)
  45. The Apartment (1960, Wilder)
  46. The Searchers (1956, Ford)
  47. No Country For Old Men (2007, The Coen Brothers)
  48. Rashomon (1950, Kurosawa)
  49. City of God (2002, Meirelles)
  50. Fight Club (1999, Fincher)
  51. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, Spielberg)
  52. American Graffiti (1973, Lucas)
  53. Bonnie and Clyde (1967, Penn)
  54. Back to the Future (1985, Zemeckis)
  55. Pulp Fiction (1994, Tarantino)
  56. Rocky (1976, Avildsen)
  57. The Empire Strikes Back (1980, Kerschner)
  58. The Departed (2006, Scorsese)
  59. The Sting (1973, Hill)
  60. Zodiac (2007, Fincher)
  61. Boogie Nights (1997, Anderson)
  62. The Maltese Falcon (1941, Huston)
  63. Saving Private Ryan (1998, Spielberg)
  64. North by Northwest (1959, Hitchcock)
  65. Alien (1979, Scott)
  66. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, Lean)
  67. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968, Leone)
  68. Cabaret (1972, Fosse)
  69. Aliens (1986, Cameron)
  70. There Will Be Blood (2007, Anderson)
  71. Titanic (1997, Cameron)
  72. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, Lean)
  73. The Dark Knight (2008, Nolan)
  74. Battleship Potemkin (1925, Eisentstein)
  75. Beauty and the Beast (1991, Trousdale/Wise)
  76. The Rules of the Game (1939, Renoir)
  77. Laura (1944, Preminger)
  78. Groundhog Day (1993, Ramis)
  79. Dog Day Afternoon (1975, Lumet)
  80. Reservoir Dogs (1992, Tarantino)
  81. Platoon (1986, Stone)
  82. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, Anderson)
  83. American Beauty (1999, Mendes)
  84. Ben-Hur (1959, Wyler)
  85. Trainspotting (1996, Boyle)
  86. The Wild Bunch (1969, Peckinpah)
  87. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Kubrick)
  88. Amélie (2001, Jeunet)
  89. Network (1976, Sidney Lumet)
  90. Blade Runner (1982, Scott)
  91. The Conversation (1974, Coppola)
  92. Die Hard (1988, McTiernan)
  93. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979, Benton)
  94. In the Heat of the Night (1967, Jewison)
  95. Lost in Translation (2003, Coppola)
  96. Oldboy (2003, Park)
  97. Double Indemnity (1944, Wilder)
  98. Chicago (2002, Marshall)
  99. A Hard Day’s Night (1964, Lester)
  100. Inception (2010, Nolan)

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