Home > Other Topics > Download Online Video > The 100 Best Movies You Must See

The 100 Best Movies You Must See

Part 1. List of top 100 movies of all time

Part 2. Breif introductions to the 10 greatest movies

Part 3. How to download classic movies with ease

Part 1. List of top 100 movies ever

It is never easy to create a list of the best 100 movies ever. Many have tried to come up with such list with varying degrees of success. What can be classified as a good movie to one person may not be to another. After all, movies are subjective and film is a subjective art form and people's taste varies infinitely. Over time, many knowledgeable and intellectual people have listed out what they deem to be the best movies of all time and revise it decade after decade. You can find such lists generated by organizations like the AFI (American Film Institute). Without further ado, here is the list of top 100 movies.

Rank Movie Release Year Director Stars
1 The Godfather 1972 Francis Ford Coppola Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton
2 The Shawshank Redemption 1994 Frank Darabont Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler
3 Schindler's List 1993 Steven Spielberg Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall
4 Raging Bull 1980 Martin Scorsese Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent
5 Casablanca 1942 Michael Curtiz Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
6 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 Milos Forman Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman, Peter Brocco
7 Gone with the Wind 1939 Victor Fleming Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil
8 Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead
9 The Wizard of Oz 1939 Victor Fleming Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr
10 Titanic 1997 James Cameron Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates
11 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 David Lean Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins
12 Sunset Blvd. 1950 Billy Wilder William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson
13 The Godfather: Part II 1974 Francis Ford Coppola Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton
14 Psycho 1960 Alfred Hitchcock Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin
15 Vertigo 1958 Alfred Hitchcock James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore
16 On the Waterfront 1954 Elia Kazan Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger
17 Forrest Gump 1994 Robert Zemeckis Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field
18 The Sound of Music 1965 Robert Wise Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn
19 West Side Story 1961 Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn
20 Star Wars 1977 George Lucas Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness
21 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 Steven Spielberg Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace
22 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 Stanley Kubrick Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter
23 The Silence of the Lambs 1991 Jonathan Demme Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons
24 Chinatown 1974 Roman Polanski Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez
25 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 David Lean William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa
26 Singin' in the Rain 1952 Stanley Donen
Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen
27 It's a Wonderful Life 1946 Frank Capra James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell
28 12 Angry Men 1957 Sidney Lumet Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler
29 Chicago 2002 Rob Marshall Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs
30 Shakespeare in Love 1998 John Madden Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson
31 Amadeus 1984 Milos Forman F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice
32 Apocalypse Now 1979 Francis Coppola Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest
33 Gandhi 1982 Richard Attenborough Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox
34 The Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King
2003 Peter Jackson Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom
35 Gladiator 2000 Ridley Scott Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed
36 From Here to Eternity 1953 Fred Zinnemann Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed
37 Saving Private Ryan 1998 Steven Spielberg Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns
38 Unforgiven 1992 Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris
39 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 Steven Spielberg Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies
40 Rocky 1976 John G. Avildsen Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers
41 Some Like It Hot 1959 Billy Wilder Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft
42 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 William Wyler Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright
43 A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 Elia Kazan Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden
44 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964 Stanley Kubrick Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn
45 The Philadelphia Story 1940 George Cukor Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey
46 To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 Robert Mulligan Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy
47 My Fair Lady 1964 George Cukor Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White
48 Ben-Hur 1959 William Wyler Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet
49 Doctor Zhivago 1965 David Lean Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger
50 Jaws 1975 Steven Spielberg Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary
51 Patton 1970 Franklin J. Schaffner George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong
52 Dances with Wolves 1990 Kevin Costner Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant
53 Braveheart 1995 Mel Gibson Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen
54 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Sergio Leone Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè
55 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 George Roy Hill Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin
56 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 John Huston Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett
57 High Noon 1952 Fred Zinnemann Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges
58 The Apartment 1960 Billy Wilder Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston
59 Platoon 1986 Oliver Stone Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David
60 The Pianist 2002 Roman Polanski Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox
61 Goodfellas 1990 Martin Scorsese Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco
62 The Exorcist 1973 William Friedkin Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb
63 The Deer Hunter 1978 Michael Cimino Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage
64 All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 Lewis Milestone Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Arnold Lucy
65 The French Connection 1971 William Friedkin Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco
66 City Lights 1931 Charles Chaplin Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers
67 It Happened One Night 1934 Frank Capra Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns
68 A Place in the Sun 1951 George Stevens Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere
69 Midnight Cowboy 1969 John Schlesinger Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver
70 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 Frank Capra James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold
71 An American in Paris 1951 Vincente Minnelli Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary
72 Annie Hall 1977 Woody Allen Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane
73 Rain Man 1988 Barry Levinson Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen
74 The Grapes of Wrath 1940 John Ford Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin
75 Out of Africa 1985 Sydney Pollack Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen
76 Good Will Hunting 1997 Gus Van Sant Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård
77 Terms of Endearment 1983 James L. Brooks Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito
78 Tootsie 1982 Sydney Pollack Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman
79 Fargo 1996 Joel Coen William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
80 Shane 1953 George Stevens Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde
81 Giant 1956 George Stevens Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker
82 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 Steven Spielberg Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon
83 Network 1976 Sidney Lumet Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall
84 Nashville 1975 Robert Altman Keith Carradine, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Shelley Duvall
85 Wuthering Heights 1939 William Wyler Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Flora Robson
86 The Graduate 1967 Mike Nichols Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels
87 American Graffiti 1973 George Lucas Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith
88 Pulp Fiction 1994 Quentin Tarantino John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis
89 The African Queen 1951 John Huston Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull
90 Stagecoach 1939 John Ford John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine
91 Mutiny on the Bounty 1935 Frank Lloyd Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin
92 The Maltese Falcon 1941 John Huston Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre
93 A Clockwork Orange 1971 Stanley Kubrick Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke
94 Taxi Driver 1976 Martin Scorsese Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks
95 Double Indemnity 1944 Billy Wilder Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr
96 Rebel Without a Cause 1955 Nicholas Ray James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus
97 Rear Window 1954 Alfred Hitchcock James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter
98 The Third Man 1949 Carol Reed Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard
99 North by Northwest 1959 Alfred Hitchcock Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis
100 Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942 Michael Curtiz James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf

Original source: IMDb.com

Part 2. Reviews of the top 10 classic movies

1 The Godfather

There probably exists no guy on the planet who can't endlessly quote the movie. Francis Ford Coppola's gangster movie, now the template for all gangster films forever, depicts the trials and tribulations of La familia Corleone.

2 The Shawshank Redemption

The tale of how Andy Dufresne is wrongfully convicted to Shawshank prison and finds redemption in his dealings with his fellow inmates and the warden, Frank Darabont's wonderful take on Stephen King's book is, quite frankly, amazing.

3 Schindler's List

The amazingly emotional tale of how Oskar Schindler saves the lives of 1100 Jews from the Nazis. Steven Speilberg brings an amazing emotional heft to the film.

4 Raging Bull

Martin Scorsese directs this tale of (now) legendary boxer Jake LaMotta (played by extra-ordinarily good Robert DeNiro) deal with his mental and emotional issues both inside and outside the ring.

5Casablanca

Another Golden Age Hollywood classic, only this time its Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. And, quite frankly, he doesn't give a damn.

6One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Milos Forman's wonderfully bittersweet drama of how Jack Nicholson's R.P McMurphy falsely (and intentionally) enters a mental institute and bonds with the other patients there.

7Gone with the Wind

A classic from Hollywood's golden age. Watch how Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh find love during the American Civil War.

8Citizen Kane

Just what is Rosebud? Orson Welles' instant classic. The movie is one of the most talked-about movies of all time and one of the most studied movies by film scholars.

9The Wizard of Oz

A movie every human being on the planet (regardless of age) has probably seen by now, Judy Garland plays Dorothy and (to put it mildly) finds out she isn't in Kansas anymore.

10Titanic

James Cameron's epic masterpiece (although many claim Avatar super seeds it; I personally do not), Titanic tells the tale of the grandiose (if somewhat simplistic) romance with plenty of visual splendor.

Part 3. The easiest way to download movies

Now that you have seen the top 100 movies of all time list, you probably want to watch at least a couple of them. So how can you watch them anywhere and anytime you like? One easy way for you is to download content using Aimersoft YouTube Downloader.

This program fabulous program lets you easily download movies from 1000+ websites like YouTube, Hulu, Vimeo, Dailymotion, BBC, CBS so on and so forth. The movie downloader has a clear and simple interface and makes the downloading process very simple.With one simple click, you are able to get the movies you are longing for. And the built-in media player enables you to enjoy the classic movies with HD picture quality. This smart tool is not only a movie downloader, but also a movie converter. With its help, you can easily and quickly convert the downloaded files to any format you prefer.

YouTube Downloader is fully compatible with Windows 8/7/XP/Vista. For Mac users, please download and install YouTube Downloader for Mac. It works well in Mac OS X 10.6 or later (Mavericks included).

Download Windows VersionDownload Mac Version

1 Locate the movie you want to download

After launching the program, you can then open the web browser on your computer and search for the movies you want to download. After finding the results, play the video on the website as you would usually.

Tips: The Video Downloader for Win is built in for a browser (which is located at the Online Video section of the software) with which you can directly search for the movies you are looking for.

2 Download the movie with one click of the mouse

While the video is playing, a pop-up button will emerge on the video window, which reads as Download. Click on the button and select the resolution of the video you want to download it in.

top 100 movies

Another simple way to download the movie is to copy the video URL and then come back to the software and click the Paste URL button. Mac version also allows users to save the movie by dragging and dropping the video UL to the program.

3 Convert the video to other format (Optional)

If you'd like to convert the movie to fit various devices, you can go to the Finished menu and click the Convert button beside the target clip. Then select a format you prefer in the Output window.

top 100 movies list

Voila! You can now download all the movies and videos you want to, which you can enjoy at your comfort.

Download Windows VersionDownload Mac Version

Related Articles

Back to top