With the Wind (1939)
This Civil War-era love story with Clark Gable and Vivien
Leigh has seduced generations of moviegoers.
Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
George Lucas' space western with aliens, revolutionaries
and high-tech effects spawned sci-fi's biggest franchise
of six films.
- The Sound of Music
Julie Andrews headlines the von Trapp family saga that celebrates
the triumph of good over Nazism.
T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Spielberg enchants audiences by showing how suburban kids
could help a magical, little alien get back home.
- Titanic (1997)
Romance, life-or-death stakes and spectacular effects make household names of
director James Cameron and star Leonardo DiCaprio.
- The Ten Commandments
Sex, violence, religion and Charlton Heston as Moses fuel a Biblical epic that's
become an Easter tradition on TV.
Spielberg defines summer blockbuster with a shark flick featuring
one of the most memorable theme songs in movie history.
- Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Julie Christie and Omar Sharif make love as Russia explodes
into war in this epic romance.
- The Exorcist (1973)
A pop-cultural touchstone: Cursed set, pea soup puke, and
young Linda Blair making heads turn -- including her own.
White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Arguably Walt Disney's best, this animated feature combines
sentiment and timeless storytelling seamlessly.
- 101 Dalmatians (1961)
A fashionista wants a spotted coat made of puppy hides. Sounds
creepy but this animated pic is actually fun.
- Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes
A suave Billy Dee Williams gets added to the canny Star Wars
recipe of old-school drama and gee-whiz sci-fi trappings.
A little history, a dash of religion, a thrilling chariot
race, and Charlton Heston ripped and ready for redemption.
- Avatar (2009)
3-D visuals make James Cameron's sci-fi spin on "cold
civilization vs. nature-loving natives" fresh again.
- Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the
Jabba the Hutt, Carrie Fisher in a bikini and Luke's showdown
with Darth Vader wraps the first Star Wars trilogy.
Everyone loves Spielberg's stars, not Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, but those
awesome CGI dinosaurs.
Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Fans rush back to the future, giving Liam Neeson and Natalie
Portman a thumbs up and Jar Jar Binks a big thumbs down.
- The Lion King (1994)
Disney reclaims its reputation for first-rate animated features with this coming
of age story and its Elton John score.
- The Sting (1973)
A clever caper with Paul Newman and Robert Redford in their
prime making this Depression-era comedy a hit.
- Raiders of the
Lost Ark (1981)
Spielberg's vintage adventure tale turns the dashing archaeologist
Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) into a modern-day hero.
Fresh out of college, a young Dustin Hoffman tries to decide
what to do when not distracted by the cougar Mrs. Robinson.
After 30 years, this union of Mickey Mouse, dancing hippos
and classical music turns a profit and then some.
Marlon Brando and Al Pacino help Francis Ford Coppola turn
a Mario Puzo's novel into the ultimate gangster pic.
- Forrest Gump (1994)
Gump appeals to heart and head thanks to technology that
inserts Tom Hanks' simple character into great historic
- Mary Poppins (1964)
What kid doesn't want a sly Julie Andrews for a nanny after
seeing Disney's musical ode to non-traditional families?
- Grease (1978)
1950s nostalgia transforms this high-school musical, showcasing Olivia Newton-John
and John Travolta, into a sweet treat.
- Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
The highly-anticipated 3-D superhero tale produced by Disney-owned Marvel Studios
brought together, under Nick Fury's peace-keeping S.H.I.E.L.D, a team of
superhumans (Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America) to save the Earth
from Loki and his army.
- Thunderball (1965)
Sean Connery's fourth Bond movie gave fans more gadgets,
more sharks and more very sexy Bond girls.
- The Dark Knight (2008)
Christian Bale's brooding Batman and Heath Ledger's scary
Joker gave this comic-book movie reboot real emotional
- The Jungle Book (1967)
This animated flick about a feral child and his animal friends
is voiced by George Sanders and Louis Prima among others.
- Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Almost ten years in the making, Disney's third princess
movie remains a favorite of 12-year-old girls of all ages.
- Shrek 2 (2004)
Kids love the rude, stinky-but-goodhearted green troll (voiced
by Mike Myers); adults identify with his nemesis in-laws.
- Ghostbusters (1984)
A profitable combination of goofy ghosts and snarky ghost
chasers Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.
- Butch Cassidy and
the Sundance Kid (1969)
One part Western, two parts star power (Paul Newman and
Robert Redford), one part "Raindrops Keep Falling
on My Head."
- Love Story (1970)
Everybody cries at this tale of doomed young lovers (Ali
McGraw and Ryan O'Neal). The "disease movie" of
- Spider-Man (2002)
Tobey Maguire convinces us that high-school nerd Peter
Parker could become a superhero when bit by a spider.
- Independence Day (1996)
The ultimate war movie for nervous times proves that no one
cares when bug-eyed monsters get their alien butts kicked.
- Home Alone (1990)
Precocious Macaulay Culkin foils buffoonish burglars after
his parents accidentally abandon him during Christmas vacation.
- Pinocchio (1940)
Funny, action-packed and a little scary, this animated feature
targets kids between Dumbo and The Lion King age.
- Cleopatra (1963)
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton front a cast of thousands
and lavish sets for this big screen epic.
- Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
A good cop thriller that showcases the young Eddie Murphy's
signature mix of sweetness and street smarts.
- Goldfinger (1964)
With Sean Connery oozing charm, a golden girl and Honor Blackman
as Pussy Galore, the third Bond movie is the charm.
- Airport (1970)
The template for modern disaster movies has an all-star cast:
Burt Lancaster, Jacqueline Bisset, Dean Martin, etc.
- American Graffiti
Before George Lucas conquered the universe, he reworked his
past in a coming-of-age story set in early '60s California.
- The Robe (1953)
Pomp, piety, and pop psych (and CinemaScope) lure moviegoers
to an epic about a Roman (Richard Burton) who won Christ's
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's
This sequel adds a monster, a ghost ship and the tentacle-bearded
Davy Jones to Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow.
- Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
A little Jules Verne adventure, a lot of globe-trotting locations
and an avalanche of movie-star cameos.
- Bambi (1942)
From the hand-drawn images to its unsentimental story of
a fawn's journey to adulthood, a Disney watermark.
- Blazing Saddles
The tiny western town of Rock Ridge gets a black sheriff
(Cleavon Little) in Mel Brooks' rudely hilarious spoof.
- Batman (1989)
Thanks in part to Jack Nicholson's Joker, the Michael Keaton
reboot of the superhero legitimizes comic-book movies.
- The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
An easy-going priest (Bing Crosby) and a feisty nun (Ingrid
Bergman) save a faltering Catholic school.
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of
the King (2003)
Building on the success of the first two installments, the
last Lord of the Rings movie tops the awards and box office.
- Finding Nemo (2003)
A sad clownfish stops at nothing to find his missing son in this animated feature
(also one of the bestselling DVDs ever).
- The Towering Inferno (1974)
Following Airport's lead, this disaster movie trots out big names like
Paul Newman, Fred Astaire, and Steve McQueen.
- Spider-Man 2 (2004)
This sequel which adds Doc Oc (Alfred Molina) to Spidey's
problems more than holds its own.
- My Fair Lady (1964)
Audiences thrill to Audrey Hepburn's transformation from
guttersnipe to elegant lady in the ultimate makeover movie.
- The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Cecil B. De Mille's Oscar-winning circus spectacular stars
Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton and James Stewart as a sad
- National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
Comedian John Belushi raucously celebrated
rude fraternity hijinks.
- The Passion of the Christ (2004)
While traditional religious movies glorify transcendence,
Mel Gibson's Aramaic-language drama zeroes in on Jesus'
pain and agony.
- Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of
the Sith (2005)
The last of three Star Wars prequels, Revenge of
the Sith benefits from being the final link between old and new.
- Back to the Future (1985)
Eighties teen heartthrob Michael J. Fox meets his parents
when they were teens themselves in this time travel comedy.
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The first Rings sequel turns the Tolkien hit about Frodo
the Hobbit into a cultural phenomenon.
Dark Knight Rises (2012)
In the last of director Christopher Nolan's trilogy of Batman films, the caped
superhero Dark Knight battled a masked villain to save Gotham City.
- The Sixth Sense (1999)
How many didn't guess the twist ending of this thriller about troubled shrink
Bruce Willis and a child (Haley Joel Osment) who sees ghosts?
- Superman (1978)
Pitched between camp and cute, this fantasy put an old-fashioned
hero (Christopher Reeve) in a brave new world.
- Tootsie (1982)
"I was a better man… as a woman... than I ever
was with a woman, as a man," says a cross-dressing
- Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
On initial release, only Star Wars out-grossed Burt Reynolds'
southern-fried action comedy, fueled by the CB radio fad.
Side Story (1961)
This Romeo and Juliet musical on Manhattan's mean streets
somehow made dancing gang members dangerously cool.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Richard Harris, Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman made the first
Harry Potter adaptation downright respectable.
- Lady and the Tramp (1955)
A pampered cocker spaniel and a mangy mutt find love in Disney's
first CinemaScope animated feature.
- Close Encounters
of the Third Kind (1977/1980)
New Ageism meets UFOlogy when regular guy Richard Dreyfuss'
life is turned upside down by extraterrestrials.
of Arabia (1962)
This stunning, psychologically rich bio of T.E. Lawrence
(Peter O'Toole) inspired Steven Spielberg to make movies.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Perverse alien Dr. Frank-n-furter (Tim Curry) corrupts innocent
sweethearts Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick in a glam
- Rocky (1976)
Struggling actor Sylvester Stallone writes himself a good
part which leads to the biggest boxing movie franchise
Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Post-WWII sentiment gave this drama about veterans adjusting
to civilian life a timely relevance.
- The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
A cavalcade of stars -- Shelley Winters, Gene Hackman and
Leslie Nielsen -- seeks to escape an upended cruise ship.
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship
of the Ring (2001)
In the first of the series, world-class actors Ian McKellen,
Hugo Weaving, and Viggo Mortensen play wizards, elves and
- Twister (1996)
Professional storm chasers (Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton) with
complicated personal lives track extreme weather outbreaks.
- Men in Black (1997)
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones look like boring bureaucrats
but are actually top secret agents monitoring aliens in
this ultra-snarky comedy.
Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
During WWII, British prisoners are put to the test when ordered
to build a strategically useful bridge for their captors.
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
The robots that turn into cars and guns return in a sequel
that outperforms the original.
- It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Nearly every star in Hollywood had a cameo in this comedy
about a race to recover a fortune in California's Santa
Rosita State Park.
- Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
A shipwrecked family pulls together to survive natural hardships
and vicious pirates in this live-action Disney hit.
Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
The anarchic spirit of '60s idealism is crushed by the establishment
in this bitterly funny dramedy with Jack Nicholson.
- M*A*S*H (1970)
Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould helm Robert Altman's
dark comedy about Korean-War medics.
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Alongside Gremlins, this boundary-pushing prequel prompted
the MPAA to create its first new rating in 12 years: PG-13.
- Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the
Introducing the new Luke Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) plus
an opportunity to find out who the clones are.
- Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Wacky hijinks ensue when divorced dad Robin Williams masquerades
as a frumpy housekeeper to be near his kids.
- Aladdin (1992)
Allegations of cultural insensitivity didn't stop this Arabian
Nights-inspired Disney feature from enchanting American
- Toy Story 3 (2010)
Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the toys must face
the fact children grow up and put away childish things:
- Ghost (1990)
Romantics swoon over this fantasy about a murdered man (Patrick
Swayze) who defies death to become visible to his girlfriend
- Duel in the
The Western romance, a.k.a. "Lust in the Dust" takes place between
a half-breed girl (Jennifer Jones) and an anglo cowboy (Gregory Peck).
- The Hunger Games (2012)
The big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best-selling book was an action-packed
survival story set in a dystopian future.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse
of the Black Pearl (2003)
Johnny Depp's show-stealing Captain Sparrow made it a hit
and spawned a few sequels.
- House of Wax (1953)
3D gave this Vincent Price remake of the classic horror flick
Mystery of the Wax Museum extra audience appeal.
The only Hitchcock film in the top 100 is about laid-up photographer
(James Stewart) who suspects his neighbor is a wife-killer.
Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
"Taking dinosaurs off this island is the worst idea in the long, sad history
of bad ideas," says pessimistic scientist Jeff Goldblum. He's right.
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Cool archaeologist Jones (Harrison Ford) and his even cooler
dad (Sean Connery) go after the Holy Grail.
- Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Pixar's fourth feature-length animated film, a comedy about
two power plant monster-employees (John Goodman and Billy
- Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Spider-Man fans turned out for this sequel that was star
Tobey Maguire's swan song in the franchise.