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A Statistical Definition of "Classic Movie":
The Top 100 Classic Movies

 

(This report is based on data collected throughout 2018 during the first year of an ongoing study. Email rbechtel@rkbechtel.com to contact its author. For a print-friendly PDF of this report, click here.)

Contents

  • Study's Premises and Rationale
  • Top Three Films Per Year, 1927-1989
  • Observations Regarding Poor Showings by Best Picture Winners and #1 Box Office Hits
  • Top 100 Classic Movies


  • What is a classic movie? Dictionaries agree that a classic is a work judged over time to be a superior example of its kind. However, how this definition is applied to motion pictures depends on the eye of the beholder. One person’s “Rear Window” is another’s “RoboCop.”

    If we look to literature for an objective metric, a classic is an older work “still in print,” that is, a work available for purchase as a new book. The early decades of cinema did see a parallel in the profitable rereleases of box office hits. However, in the 1950’s, television presentations of films began to supplant theater rereleases. Television’s growing demand for content soon led to presentations of forgotten A-movie box office flops such as “Citizen Kane” (1941) and “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946). The demand for content grew exponentially with cable television and today that demand ensures practically any movie that can be shown will be shown.  A little patience and one can watch every film that stars Huntz Hall.

    To identify movie classics quantitatively, we must rely on a fundamental principle of the motion picture industry: That which is watched is shown; that which is shown is watched. When applied to new film releases, this means the number of screens devoted to a film after its opening weekend will be adjusted according to the film’s box office. A new release can only be a box office hit if it is screened more than most of its competition. 

    When applied to older films, the principle means a classic film is one televised significantly more than most older films. To be a classic, a film must continually be seen and appreciated more than other films by those who have never seen the film before. When televised less, a film is discovered by fewer people, which lessens demand for the film, which results in even fewer presentations.

    Of course, older films are also streamed on the Internet or viewed “on demand.” Although comprehensive data for this is unavailable, sources for these films are largely the same networks surveyed for this study. It follows that the frequency with which a network presents a film reflects its streaming and on-demand popularity.

    What, then, do we mean by “older films?” This study defines older films as those released from 1927 (when sound was introduced) through 1989. A generation in time, 29 to 30 years, seems the appropriate minimum period for a film to be considered older. Surveyed for this study were pre-1990 films televised nationally by Turner Classic Movies (TCM), American Movie Classics (AMC), IFC, FX Movie Channel (FXM), Paramount, Syfy, This TV, Movies! TV Network, and the multiple channels of Home Box Office (HBO), Showtime, Cinemax, Starz and The Movie Channel (TMC). In all, our data includes 4,779 movies that accounted for 24,196 presentations during 2018. (A list of these films and their respective presentations is available at http://www.hollywoodlexicon.com/classics2018.pdf.)

    Not all networks which present movies were included in our survey. However, those excluded present movies sporadically and pre-1990 releases sparingly. At best their presentations might alter the rankings within our top 100 list, but not the list itself.

    We begin below by listing films whose numbers of presentations during 2018 (noted in parentheses) placed them in the top three among films released the same year. Also included for comparison are each year’s top box office film (designated by “$”) and the film that would win the Academy Award for best picture (designated by “O”).  More often than not, today’s classics are not yesteryear’s box office and critical hits.


    Number of Films: 96
    Total Presentations: 1,602
    Average: 16.7

    1. Born on the Fourth of July (125)
    2. Back to the Future Part II (91)
    3. Road House (82)

    $: Batman (11)
    O: Driving Miss Daisy (30)


    Number of Films: 102
    Total Presentations: 1,189
    Average: 11.7

    1. Coming to America (150)    
    2. Scrooged (120)
    3. Die Hard (68)

    $: Rain Man (63)
    O: Rain Man (63)


    Number of Films: 84
    Total Presentations: 907
    Average: 10.8

    1. Beverly Hills Cop II (104)
    2. Predator (68)
    3. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (67)

    $: Three Men and a Baby (0)
    O: The Last Emperor (0)



    Number of Films: 77
    Total Presentations: 768
    Average: 10.0

    1. Platoon (76)
    2. Star Trek: The Voyage Home (67)
    3. Aliens (56)

    $: Top Gun (55)
    O: Platoon (76)


    Number of Films: 75
    Total Presentations: 794
    Average: 10.6

    1. Back to the Future (123)    
    2. Weird Science (48)
    3. Fletch (47)

    $: Return of the Jedi (0)
    O: Out of Africa (0)


    Number of Films: 76
    Total Presentations: 881
    Average: 11.6

    1. Footloose (66)
    2. Star Trek: The Search for Spock (65)
    3. Tightrope (60)

    $: Beverly Hills Cop (7)
    O: Amadeus (0)



    Number of Films: 60
    Total Presentations: 589
    Average: 9.8

    1. Flashdance (62)
    2. Psycho II (52)
    3. Christine (50)

    $: Return of the Jedi (0)
    O: Terms of Endearment (35)


    Number of Films: 56
    Total Presentations: 998
    Average: 17.8

    1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (99)  
    2. Conan the Barbarian (83)
    3. The Thing (82)

    $: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (99)  
    O: Chariots of Fire (0)


    Number of Films:50
    Total Presentations: 448
    Average: 9.0

    1. Nighthawks (42)
    2. Friday the 13th Part 2 (36)
    3. An American Werewolf in London (34)

    $: Raiders of the Lost Ark (14)
    O: Ghandi (0)



    Number of Films: 50
    Total Presentations: 629
    Average: 12.6

    1.The Blues Brothers (82)
    2. Nine to Five (65)
    3. Raging Bull (47)

    $: The Empire Strikes Back (0)
    O: Ordinary People (8)


    Number of Films: 55
    Total Presentations: 589
    Average: 10.7

    1. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (64)
    2. The Electric Horseman (51)
    3. The Warriors (50)

    $: Kramer vs. Kramer (2)
    O: Kramer vs. Kramer (2)


    Number of Films: 53
    Total Presentations: 580
    Average: 10.9

    1. Grease (109)
    2. The Deer Hunter (64)
    3. Animal House (43)

    $: Grease (109)
    O: The Deer Hunter (64)



    Number of Films: 48
    Total Presentations: 313
    Average: 6.5

    1. The Spy Who Loved Me (30)
    2. Annie Hall (26)
    3. Slap Shot (24)

    $: Star Wars (0)
    O: Annie Hall (26)


    Number of Films: 54
    Total Presentations: 456
    Average: 8,4

    1. Rocky (54) 
    2. The omen (33)
    3. Return of a Man Named Horse (28)

    $: Rocky (54)   
    O: Rocky (54) 


    Number of Films:57
    Total Presentations: 413
    Average: 7.2

    1. The Eiger Sanction (58)
    2. Jaws (44)
    3. Rooster Cogburn (36)

    $: Jaws (44)
    O: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (0)



    Number of Films: 48
    Total Presentations: 234
    Average: 4.9

    1. The Man with the Golden Gun (23)
    2. Young Frankenstein (23)
    3. Death Wish (17)

    $: Blazing Saddles (5)
    O: The Godfather Part II (13)


    Number of Films: 81
    Total Presentations: 492
    Average: 6.1

    1. High Plains Drifter (53)
    2. Serpico (34)
    3. Live and Let Die (33)

    $: The Sting (17)
    $: The Sting (17)


    Number of Films: 67
    Total Presentations: 407
    Average: 6.1

    1. Joe Kidd (50)
    2. The Poseidon Adventure (28)
    3. Blacula (25)

    $: The Godfather (12)
    O: The Godfather (12)



    Number of Films: 64
    Total Presentations: 533
    Average: 8.3

    1. Willard (44)
    2. The Beguiled (31)
    3. The French Connection (29)

    $: Fiddler on the Roof (8)
    O: The French Connection (29)


    Number of Films: 48
    Total Presentations: 220
    Average: 4.6

    1. Two Mules for Sister Sara (49)
    2. Adios, Sabata (23)
    3. Beneath the Planet of the Apes (20)

    $: Love Story (2)
    O: Patton (8)


    Number of Films: 74
    Total Presentations: 536
    Average: 7.2

    1. True Grit (71)
    2. Once Upon a Time in the West (58)
    3. The Italian Job (34)

    $: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (29)
    O: Midnight Cowboy (16)



    Number of Films: 72
    Total Presentations: 337
    Average: 4.7

    1. Night of the Living Dead (37)
    2. Rosemary’s Baby (27)
    3. Bandolero (22)

    $: 2001: A Space Odyssey (4)
    O: Oliver (3)


    Number of Films: 87
    Total Presentations: 537
    Average: 6.2

    1. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (53)
    2. Hombre (40)
    3. El Dorado (30)

    $: The Graduate (9)
    O: In the Heat of the Night (19)


    Number of Films: 73
    Total Presentations: 396
    Average: 4.7

    1. The Night of the Grizzly (30)
    2. Batman (24)
    3. The Appaloosa (20)

    $: The Bible (2)
    O: A Man for All Seasons (1)



    Number of Films: 95
    Total Presentations: 397
    Average: 4.2

    1. Thunderball (27)
    2. The Great Sioux Massacre (25)
    3. Arizona Raiders (24)

    $: The Sound of Music (0)
    O: The Sound of Music (0)


    Number of Films: 85
    Total Presentations: 376
    Average: 4.4

    1. Goldfinger (29)
    2. Rio Conchos (26)
    3. The Quick Gun (26)

    $: My Fair Lady (2)
    O: My Fair Lady (2)


    Number of Films: 65
    Total Presentations: 270
    Average: 4.2

    1. The Birds (35)
    2. From Russia with Love (30)
    3. McIntock! (28)

    $: Cleopatra (10)
    O: Tom Jones (1)



    Number of Films: 81
    Total Presentations: 204
    Average: 2.5

    1. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (40)
    2. Dr. No (30)
    3. Requiem for a Heavyweight (14)

    $: Lawrence of Arabia (8)
    O: Lawrence of Arabia (8)


    Number of Films: 68
    Total Presentations:334
    Average: 4.9

    1. West Side Story (46)
    2. The Last Sunset (46)
    3. The Hustler (16)

    $: West Side Story (46)
    O: West Side Story (46)


    Number of Films: 68
    Total Presentations: 361
    Average: 5.6

    1. Psycho (65)
    2. From the Terrace (23)
    3. One Foot in Hell (22)

    $: Spartacus (2)
    O: The Apartment (10)



    Number of Films: 87
    Total Presentations: 342
    Average: 3.9

    1. Gunfight at Dodge City (22)
    2. Holiday for Lovers (21)
    3. The Oregon Trail (18)

    $: Ben Hur (2)
    O: Ben Hur (2)


    Number of Films: 91
    Total Presentations: 348
    Average: 3.6

    1. The Bravados (32)
    2. Vertigo (20)
    3. Cattle Empire (16)

    $: South Pacific (0)
    O: Gigi (2)


    Number of Films: 104
    Total Presentations: 409
    Average: 3.9

    1. The Lonely Man (21)
    2. The True Story of Jesse James (21)
    3. Man in the Shadow (19)

    $: The Bridge on the River Kwai (13)
    O: The Bridge on the River Kwai (13)



    Number of Films: 100
    Total Presentations: 330
    Average: 3.3

    1. The King and I (23)
    2. The Man Who Knew Too Much (21)
    3. 23 Paces to Baker Street (17)

    $:The Ten Commandments (0)
    O: Around the World in 80 Days (9)


    Number of Films: 91
    Total Presentations: 348
    Average: 3.8

    1. House of Bamboo (18)
    2. Destry (17)
    3. The Trouble with Harry (16)

    $: Cinerama Holiday (0)
    O: Marty (4)


    Number of Films: 81
    Total Presentations: 381
    Average: 4.7

    1. Rear Window (33)
    2. River of No Return (19)
    3. Taza, Son of Cochise (18)

    $: Rear Window (33)
    O: On the Water Front (5)



    Number of Films: 87
    Total Presentations: 342
    Average: 3.9

    1. Shane (51)
    2. Seminole (18)
    3. Hondo (18)

    $: The Robe (0)
    O: From Here to Eternity (13)


    Number of Films: 93
    Total Presentations: 238
    Average: 2.6

    1. High Noon (15)
    2. Way of the Gaucho (13)
    3. Kansas City Confidential (11)

    $: The Greatest Show on Earth (0)
    O: The Greatest Show on Earth (0)


    Number of Films: 86
    Total Presentations: 337
    Average: 3.9

    1. Rawhide (28)
    2. Let's Make It Legal (19)
    3. The Day the Earth Stood Still (16)

    $: Quo Vadis (2)
    O: An American in Paris (4)



    Number of Films: 94
    Total Presentations: 314
    Average: 3.3

    1. Rio Grande (33)
    2. Branded (21)
    3. Sunset Boulevard (16)

    $: King Solomon's Mines (6)
    O: All About Eve (0)


    Number of Films: 99
    Total Presentations: 284
    Average: 2.9

    1. Sands of Iwo Jima (29)
    2. The Fighting Kentuckian (20)
    3. Thieves’ Highway (14)

    $: Samson and Delilah (8)
    O: All the King’s Men (3)


    Number of Films: 96
    Total Presentations: 228
    Average: 2.4

    1. Yellow Sky (22)
    2. My Dear Secretary (17)
    3. That Lady in Ermine (11)

    $: The Red Shoes (1)
    O: Hamlet (1)



    Number of Films: 96
    Total Presentations: 277
    Average: 3.3

    1. The Red Stallion (39)
    2. Captain from Castile (15)
    3. Miracle on 34th Street (14)

    $: Unconquered (0)
    O: Gentleman's Agreement (0)


    Number of Films: 95
    Total Presentations: 291
    Average: 3.1

    1. Down Missouri Way (20)
    2. My Darling Clementine (16)
    3. The Dark Corner (13)

    $: The Best Years of Our Lives (5)
    O: The Best Years of Our Lives (5)


    Number of Films: 87
    Total Presentations: 171
    Average: 2.0

    1. Dakota (18)
    2. The Woman in Green (17)
    3. Flame of the Barbary Coast (12)

    $: The Bells of St. Mary’s (2)
    O: The Lost Weekend (0)



    Number of Films: 76
    Total Presentations: 184
    Average: 2.4

    1. Pin Up Girl (12)
    2. Can't Help Singing (12)
    3. Jane Eyre (10)

    $: Going My Way (0)
    O: Going My Way (0)


    Number of Films: 87
    Total Presentations: 192
    Average: 2.2

    1. Shadow of Doubt (16)
    2. Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (9)
    3. Crash Dive (7)

    $: For Whom the Bell Tolls (1)
    O: Casablanca (Released 1942)


    Number of Films: 100
    Total Presentations: 234
    Average: 2.5

    1. The Spoilers (25)
    2. Flying Tigers (12)
    3. Casablanca (8)

    $: Mrs. Miniver (2)
    O: Mrs. Miniver (0)



    Number of Films: 116
    Total Presentations: 265
    Average: 2.3

    1. The Shepherd of the Hills (23)
    2. Penny Serenade (15)
    3. Riders of the Purple Sage (11)

    $: Sergeant York (3))
    O: How Green Was My Valley (8)


    Number of Films: 67
    Total Presentations: 255
    Average: 3.8

    1. The Dark Command (20)
    2. The Blue Bird (13)
    3. His Girl Friday (9)

    $: Rebecca (0)
    O: Rebecca (0)


    Number of Films: 120
    Total Presentations: 253
    Average: 2.1

    1. Destry Rides Again (16)
    2. The Three Musketeers (13)
    3. They Made Me a Criminal (10)

    $: Gone with the Wind (3)
    O: Gone with the Wind (3)



    Number of Films: 88
    Total Presentations: 156
    Average: 1.8

    1. The Lady Vanishes (9)
    2. The Baroness and the Butler (8)
    3. Holiday (5)

    $: Alexander's Ragtime Band (0)
    O: If You Can't Take It with You (4)


    Number of Films: 101
    Total Presentations: 185
    Average: 1.8

    1. Make Way for Tomorrow (7)
    2. Born Reckless (7)
    3. Maytime (6)

    $: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1)
    O: The Life of Emile Zola (2)


    Number of Films: 99
    Total Presentations: 203
    Average: 2.5

    1. Rhythm of the Range (14)
    2. The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (12)
    3. Stowaway (9)

    $: San Francisco (1)
    O: The Great Ziegfeld (3)



    Number of Films: 93
    Total Presentations: 208
    Average: 2.2

    1. Bride of Frankenstein (24)
    2. Call of the Wild (11)
    3. The Lawless Frontier (7)

    $: Mutiny on the Bounty (1)
    O: Mutiny on the Bounty (1)


    Number of Films: 89
    Total Presentations: 162
    Average: 1.8

    1. Blue Steel (9)
    2. Bright Eyes (6)
    3. The Thin Man (6)

    $: The Merry Widow (5)
    O: It Happened One Night (5)


    Number of Films: 91
    Total Presentations: 159
    Average: 1.7

    1. Cavalcade (7)
    2. King Kong (6)
    3. Little Women (6)

    $: Cavalcade (7)
    O: Cavalcade (7)



    Number of Films: 65
    Total Presentations: 103
    Average: 1.6

    1. The Mummy (7)
    2. Love Affair (5)
    3. NA

    $: Shanghai Express (4)
    O: Grand Hotel (3)


    Number of Films: 43
    Total Presentations: 95
    Average: 2.2

    1. Frankenstein (28)
    2. Dracula (14)
    3. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (5)

    $: Frankenstein (28)
    O: Cimarron (1)


    Number of Films: 28
    Total Presentations: 34
    Average: 1.2

    1. NA
    2. NA
    3. NA

    $: Tom Sawyer (0)
    O: All Quiet on the Eastern Front (2)



    Number of Films: 24
    Total Presentations: 34
    Average: 1.4

    1. The Virginian (8)
    2. Piccadilly (3)
    3. NA

    $: The Broadway Melody (1)
    O: Wings (0)


    Number of Films: 7
    Total Presentations: 8
    Average: 1.1

    1. West of Zanzibar (2)
    2. NA
    3. NA

    $: The Singing Fool (0)
    O: NA


    Number of Films: 14
    Total Presentations: 18
    Average: 1.3

    1. Spring Fever (2)
    2. The Unknown (2)
    3. NA

    $: The Jazz Singer (0)
    O: NA

    The above data begs the question:  How could popular films such as “Rebecca” (1944), “The Sound of Music” (1965), “Ben Hur” (1959), “Star Wars” (1977) and “Ghostbusters” (1984) barely register in this survey if at all?

    Reasons vary:

    1. Films Were Presented on Networks Not Surveyed

      As noted, networks not included in this survey occasionally present films, but none to the extent that would impact this study. This is true even for networks that on rare occasions depart from their usual programming to televise film “marathons.” These include the repetition of a series of films and even the repetition of a single film, such as TNT’s 24-hour repetition of 1983’s “A Christmas Story.” The latter consisted of 12 presentations. By contrast, the 1983 film “Flashdance” was presented 62 times.

    2. The TCM Business Model
                                                               
      Turner Classic Movies (TCM) repeats movies far less frequently than other networks. Instead, the network draws on its vast film library to feature a certain star, director, subject, theme, time and/or place. “The Maltese Falcon,” for instance, may be presented as one of several movies starring Mary Astor, or directed by John Huston, or set in San Francisco, or representative of film noir, etc. Although TMC does emphasize familiar titles in its programming, it rarely repeats a film in the same month let alone the same week. 

      Also, TCM’s business model extends to sponsoring film festivals, rereleases and CD sales. TCM, for instance, did not televise “The Sound of Music” in 2018 in order to sponsor the film’s rerelease in theaters. Unfortunately, the network’s additional profit centers do little to feed their films’ popularity.  Most people who pay for CDs, festivals and rereleases of older films have seen the films already.

    3. Franchise Profitability

      Old but still active franchises best build viewer interest in new films by televising recent films. Such is the case with Star Wars, which plans to release “Star Wars: Episode IX” in 2019. The franchise was dormant from 2008 until it released films in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. This left little promotional need for films released in 1979, 1981, 1983, etc. Moreover, Star Wars benefits from deemphasizing its initial trilogy because all three films were produced before the advent of computer-generated imagery (CGI). This visual-effects technology has led science fiction and fantasy to become Hollywood’s top box office genres and makes Star Wars’ first three films prime remake candidates. But also important is the matter of tie-in revenue.  Star Wars’ first six films grossed $20 billion in tie-in merchandise sales. The franchise’s merchandise today is tied mostly into recent sequels.

    4. Remake Competition

      Rarely is a remake thought to be a classic. On the other hand, the popularity of films once thought classics usually suffer when remade. One reason is that remakes often are occasioned by technological advancement—silence to sound, black-and-white to color, special effects to CGI visual effects—which appeals to the younger audience. Also, a remake will feature stars with whom younger moviegoers better identify.

      A remake can benefit an original when it debuts on television and the original is presented, usually by a competing network, to invite comparison. On the other hand, when HBO televised the 2016 remake of “Ghostbusters,” the 1984 original was nowhere to be seen save for CD. Of course, the Ghostbusters franchise was contemplating sequels to the 2016 version.

    5. Out-of-Favor Genre

      The popularity of a genre fluctuates. For instance, today’s least popular genre appears to be the ancient history epoch. This genre was the rage following World War II with films such as “Quo Vadis” (1951), “The Robe” (1953), “The Ten Commandments” (1956), “Ben Hur” (1959), “Sparticus” (1960), “King of Kings” (1961) and “Cleopatra” (1963). Investing heavily in “production value”—CinemaScope, technicolor, multiple stars, casts of thousands, period costumes, lavish sets—these widescreen extravaganzas were Hollywood’s foremost answer to competition from television. It appears today that television is taking its revenge.
    None of these explanations, however, alter the fact that a classic must be seen more than other films, and to be seen by more than other films, it must be presented more than other films. The one legitimate qualification to this rule is that presentation numbers should be adjusted to take into account our bias for films released during our lifetimes. Clear evidence of this bias is the fact that presentation numbers generally decline relative to the ages of films. Specifically, presentations of films released from 1980 to 1989 totaled 8,805, compared to 4,235 from 1970 to 1979, 3,748 from 1960 to 1969, 3,409 from 1950 to 1959, 2,381 from 1940 to 1949, and 1,558 from 1930 to 1939.

    To assess a film’s “classic value,” we must adjust its number of presentations according to the number lifetimes today that existed at its release. To do this, we first look to the United States Census, which recorded population growth of 7.3 percent from 1930 to 1940, 14.5 percent from 1940 to 1950, 18.5 percent from 1950 to 1960, 13.4 percent from 1960 to 1970, 11.4 percent from 1970 to 1980 and 9.8 percent from 1980 to 1990. We will assume the bias factor between 1927 and 1930 is negligible.

    The question now is: How should we compute incremental growth within each decade? Our solution is to divide each decade’s percentage growth by 10 and assign tenths of growth commensurate with a year’s second digit. For example, dividing by 10 the percentage growth between 1980 to 1990 gives us 0.98 percent. Therefore, the presentation numbers of films released in 1989 would be adjusted .98 percent lower than the presentation numbers of films released in 1988. Downward adjustments, of course, would also include the percentage of population growth between 1930 to 1980.

    However, population growth alone does not give us the number of new lives added to the population. For a population to grow, it must first replace lives lost to death. Accordingly, the population growth percentage must be added to the death rate percentage to give us the percentage growth of new lives. Accordingly, our formula for classics value is: CV = Presentation # ÷ % Population Growth since 1930 + % of Death Rate since 1930.

    For instance, presentations of the 1931 film “Frankenstein” totaled 28. The preceding year, 1930, saw a death rate of .0113. This added to 1931’s population growth of .0073 gives us an increase of .0186. This reduces 28 presentations to 27.4887 . . . (28 ÷ 1.0186) or 27.49 when rounded off.  (A table showing the figures used to calculate new lives appears at the bottom of our synopsis of statistics at http://www.hollywoodlexicon.com/classics2018.pdf..)

    Here then are the 100 top American film classics according to 2018 film presentations. Those that were top-grossing films are designated with a $. Those that won Oscars for best picture are designated with an O.

    1. Coming to America
      (1988) Comedy
      Director: John Landis
      Cast: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones
      CV: 65.46

    2. Back to the Future $
      (1985) Science Fiction/Adventure
      Director: Robert Zemeckis
      Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
      CV: 55.00

    3. Born on the Fourth of July
      (1989) Biography/War
      Director: Oliver Stone
      Cast: Tom Cruise, Kyra Sedgwick, Raymond Barry
      CV: 54.11

    4. Scrooged
      (1988) Comedy
      Director: Richard Donner
      Cast: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe
      CV: 52.37

    5. Grease $
      (1978) Musical/Romance
      Director: Randal Kleiser
      Cast: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing
      CV: 51.80

    6. Beverly Hills Cop II
      (1987) Crime/Suspense
      Director: Tony Scott
      Cast: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Jurgen Prochnow
      CV: 45.75

    7. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial $
      (1982) Science Fiction/Family
      Director: Steven Spielberg
      Cast: Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Henry Thomas
      CV: 45.39

    8. Back to the Future Part II
      (1989) Science Fiction/Adventure
      Director: Robert Zemeckis
      Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
      CV: 39.16

    9.  Psycho
      (1960) Horror/Mystery 
      Director: Alfred Hitchcock
      Cast: Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles
      CV: 37.99

    10.  The Blues Brothers
      (1980) Musical/Comedy
      Director: John Landis
      Cast: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd
      CV: 37.78

    11.  Conan the Barbarian
      (1982) Fantasy/Adventure
      Director: John Millius
      Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Sandahl Bergman
      CV: 37.60

    12.  John Carpenter’s The Thing
      (1982) Science Fiction/Suspense
      Director: John Carpenter
      Cast: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter
      CV: 37.60

    13.  Grease II
      (1982) Musical/Romance
      Director: Patricia Birch
      Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, Maxwell Caulfield, Lorna Luft
      CV: 37.14

    14.  True Grit 
      (1969) Western
      Director: Henry Hathaway
      Cast: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell 
      CV: 37.03

    15.  Road House
      (1989) Action/Thriller
      Director: Rowdy Herrington
      Cast: Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott
      CV: 35.50

    16.  Platoon O
      (1986) War
      Director: Oliver Stone
      Cast: Tom Berenger, William DeFoe, Charlie Sheen
      CV: 33.71

    17.  Shane 
      (1953) Western
      Director: George Stevens
      Cast: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin
      CV: 33.65

    18.  Annie
      (1982) Musical/Family
      Director: John Huston
      Cast: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Ann Reinking
      CV: 33.01

    19. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 
      (1982) Science Fiction
      Director: Nicholas Meyer
      Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
      CV: 33.01

    20. The War of the Roses                       
      (1989) Romance/Comedy
      Director: Danny DeVito
      Cast: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
      CV: 32.03

    21. Leviathan
      (1989) Action/Thriller
      Director: George Cosmatos
      Cast: Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Amanda Pays
      CV: 31.17

    22.  The Deer Hunter O
      (1978) Drama/War
      Director: Michael Cimino
      Cast: Robert De Niro, John Cazale, John Savage
      CV: 30.42

    23. Nine to Five
      (1980) Comedy
      Director: Colin Higgins
      Cast: Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman
      CV: 30.32

    24. Once Upon a Time in the West 
      (1969) Western 
      Director: Sergio Leone
      Cast: Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards 
      CV: 30.25

    25. Star Trek: The Motion Picture
      (1979) Science Fiction
      Director: Robert Wise
      Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
      CV: 30.13

    26. Predator 
      (1987) Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
      Director: John McTiernan
      Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura
      CV: 29.92

    27. Footloose
      (1984) Drama/Romance
      Director: Herbert Ross
      Cast: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow
      CV: 29.76

    28. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
      (1986) Science Fiction
      Director: Leonard Nimoy
      Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
      CV: 29.72

    29. Die Hard
      (1988) Crime/Action
      Director: John McTiernan
      Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia
      CV: 29.67

    30. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
      (1987) Comedy
      Director: John Hughes
      Cast: Steve Martin, John Candy, Kevin Bacon
      CV: 29.48

    31. Weekend at Bernie’s                        
      (1989) Crime/Adventure
      Director: Ted Kotcheff
      Cast: Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Catherine Stewart
      CV: 29.44

    32. The Verdict 
      (1982) Drama
      Director: Sidney Lumet
      Cast: Paul Newman, James Mason, Charlotte Rampling
      CV: 29.35

    33. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
      (1984) Science Fiction
      Director: Leonard Nimoy
      Cast: William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan
      CV: 29.31

    34. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
      (1967) Drama    
      Director: Stanley Kramer
      Cast: Spencer Tracey, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn
      CV: 28.32

    35. The Red Stallion
      (1947) Western/Sports
      Director: Lesley Selander
      Cast: Robert Paige, Noreen Nash, Ted Donaldson
      CV: 28.20

    36. Flashdance
      (1983) Romance/Drama
      Director: Adrian Lyne
      Cast: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala
      CV: 28.19

    37. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
      (1989) Science Fiction
      Director: William Shatner
      Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
      CV: 28.14

    38. The Eiger Sanction
      (1975) Action/Adventure
      Director: Clint Eastwood
      Cast: Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, Vonetta McGee
      CV: 27.89

    39. RoboCop                  
      (1987) Crime/Science Fiction
      Director: Jose Padilha
      Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton
      CV: 27.72

    40. Frankenstein $
      (1931) Science Fiction/Horror
      Director: James Whale          
      Cast:  Colin Clive, Mae Clark, Boris Karloff
      CV: 27.49

    41. Rain Man $ O
      (1988) Drama
      Director: Barry Levinson
      Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise
      CV: 27.49

    42. Tightrope
      (1984) Crime/Mystery
      Director: Richard Tuggle
      Cast: Clint Eastwood, Genevieve Bujold, Dan Hedaya
      CV: 27.06

    43. West Side Story  $ O
      (1961) Crime/Musical
      Director: Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins
      Cast: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno
      CV: 26.53

    44. The Last Sunset 
      (1961) Western 
      Director: Robert Aldrich
      Cast: Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Dorothy Malone
      CV: 26.53

    45. High Plains Drifter
      (1973) Western 
      Director: Clint Eastwood
      Cast: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill 
      CV: 26.47

    46. Crimes and Misdemeanors
      (1989) Comedy/Drama
      Director: Woody Allen
      Cast: Alan Alda, Woody Allen
      CV: 26.41

    47. Rocky $ O
      (1976) Drama/Sports
      Director: John Avildsen
      Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
      CV: 26.16

    48. The Mighty Quinn
      (1989) Crime/Mystery
      Director: Carl Schenkel
      Cast: Denzel Washington, James Fox, Mimi Rogers
      CV: 25.97

    49. The Princess Bride                
      (1987) Fantasy/Romance
      Director: Rob Reiner
      Cast: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon
      CV: 25.96

    50. La Bamba                  
      (1987) Biography/Drama
      Director: Luis Valdez
      Cast: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Danielle von Zerneck
      CV: 25.96

    51. Two Mules for Sister Sara 
      (1970) Western 
      Director: Don Siegel
      Cast: Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine 
      CV: 25.26

    52. Joe Kidd
      (1972) Western
      Director: John Sturges
      Cast: Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John Saxon 
      CV: 25.23

    53. Major League
      (1989) Sports/Comedy
      Director: David Ward
      Cast: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen
      CV: 25.11

    54. The Great Outdoors             
      (1988) Family/Comedy
      Director: Howard Deutch
      Cast: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Catherine Stewart
      CV: 24.87

    55. Aliens
      (1986) Science Fiction
      Director: James Cameron
      Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser
      CV: 24.84

    56. Top Gun $
      (1986) Action/Drama
      Director: Tony Scott
      Cast: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer
      CV: 24.40

    57. Conan the Destroyer
      (1984) Fantasy/Adventure
      Director: Richard Fleischer
      Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones
      CV: 24.35

    58. The Electric Horseman
      (1979) Romance
      Director: Sydney Pollack
      Cast: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Valerie Perrine
      CV: 24.01

    59. The Warriors
      (1979) Crime/Suspense
      Director: Walter Hill
      Cast: Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright
      CV: 23.54

    60. Psycho II
      (1983) Crime/Mystery
      Director: Richard Franklin
      Cast: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly
      CV: 23.43

    61. Revenge of the Nerds
      (1984) Comedy
      Director: Jeff Kanew
      Cast: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards
      CV: 23.30

    62. Dracula
      (1979) Horror/Romance
      Director: John Badham
      Cast: Frank Langella, Lawrence Olivier, Kate Nelligan
      CV: 23.07

    63. Rio Grande 
      (1950) Western 
      Director: John Ford
      Cast: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Ben Johnson
      CV: 23.06

    64.  Alien
      (1979) Science Fiction/Horror
      Director: Ridley Scott
      Cast: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver
      CV: 23.07

    65. Tron 
      (1982) Science Fiction/Adventure
      Director: Steven Lisberger
      Cast: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner
      CV: 22.93

    66. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence
      (1962) Western  
      Director: John Ford
      Cast: James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin
      CV: 22.77

    67. Christine
      (1983) Horror
      Director: John Carpenter
      Cast: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul
      CV: 22.74

    68. The Golden Child                 
      (1986) Fantasy
      Director: Michael Ritchie
      Cast: Eddie Murphy, Charlotte Lewis, Charles Dance
      CV: 22.18

    69.  Bride of Frankenstein
      (1935) Science Fiction/Horror
      Director: James Whale
      Cast: Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive
      CV: 21.99

    70. Raging Bull
      (1980) Sports Biography
      Director: Martin Scorsese
      Cast: Robert De Niro, Kathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci
      CV: 21.92

    71. American Gigolo
      (1980) Crime/Mystery
      Director: Paul Schrader
      Cast: Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo
      CV: 21.92

    72. Overboard
      (1987) Romance/Drama
      Director: Garry Marshall
      Cast: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Edward Herrmann
      CV: 21.56

    73. Jaws $
      (1975) Adventure/Suspense
      Director: Steven Spielberg
      Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
      CV: 21.53

    74. Weird Science
      (1985) Science Fiction
      Director: John Hughes
      Cast: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock
      CV: 21.47

    75. Rear Window  $
      (1954) Crime/Mystery
      Director: Alfred Hitchcock
      Cast: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey
      CV: 21.38

    76. Hombre
      (1967) Western 
      Director: Martin Ritt
      Cast: Paul Newman, Fredric March, Richard Boone
      CV: 21.37

    77. The Natural
      (1984) Sports/Drama
      Director: Barry Levinson
      Cast: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close
      CV: 21.19

    78. Fletch
      (1985) Comedy/Mystery
      Director: Michael Ritchie
      Cast: Chevy Chase, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Joe Don Baker
      CV: 21.02

    79. Urban Cowboy
      (1980) Western/Romance
      Director: James Bridges
      Cast: John Travolta, Debra Winger, Scott Glenn
      CV: 20.99

    80.  Willard
      (1971) Science Fiction/Horror
      Director: Daniel Ward
      Cast: Bruce Davison, Elsa Lanchester, Ernest Borgnine 
      CV: 20.91

    81. The Fabulous Baker Boys
      (1989) Romance/Drama
      Director: Steve Kloves
      Cast: Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer
      CV: 20.78

    82. D.A.R.Y.L.                  
      (1985) Science Fiction/Family
      Director: Simon Wincer
      Cast: Mary Beth Hurt, Michael McKean, Kathryn Walker
      CV: 20.57

    83. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad                
      (1988) Comedy
      Director: David Zucker
      Cast: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Ricardo Montalban
      CV: 20.51

    84. National Lampoon’s Animal House
      (1978) Comedy
      Director: John Landis
      Cast: Tim Matheson, John Belushi, John Vernon
      CV: 20.44

    85. Sands of Iwo Jima 
      (1949) War 
      Director: Allan Dwan
      Cast: John Wayne, John Agar, Forrest Tucker
      CV: 20.61

    86. Fletch Lives
      (1989) Mystery/Comedy
      Director: Michael Ritchie
      Cast: Chevy Chase, Hal Holbrook, Julianne Phillips
      CV: 20.35

    87. The Breakfast Club   
      (1985) Comedy/Drama
      Director: John Hughes
      Cast: Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall
      CV: 20.13

    88. Private Benjamin
      (1980) Comedy
      Director: Howard Zieff
      Cast: Goldie Hahn, Eileen Brennan, Robert Webber
      CV: 20.06

    89. Cocktail                     
      (1988) Family Comedy
      Director: Roger Donaldson
      Cast: Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown
      CV: 20.04

    90. Dead Calm
      (1989) Suspense/Horror
      Director: Phillip Noyce
      Cast: Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman, Billy Zane
      CV: 19.91

    91. The Spoilers
      (1942) Western
      Director: Ray Enright
      Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, John Wayne
      CV: 19.87

    92. The Birds 
      (1963) Mystery/Horror 
      Director: Alfred Hitchcock
      Cast: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy
      CV: 19.66

    93. Night of the Living Dead
      (1968) Horror
      Director: George Romero
      Cast: Judith O’Dea, Duane Jones, Keith Wayne 
      CV: 19.64

    94. Psycho III                  
      (1986) Mystery/Horror
      Director: Anthony Perkins
      Cast: Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwild, Jeff Fahey
      CV: 19.52

    95. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
      (1978) Science Fiction/Horror
      Director: Philip Kaufman
      Cast: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy
      CV: 19.48

    96. The Bravados
      (1958) Western 
      Director: Henry King
      Cast: Gregory Peck, Joan Collins,  Stephen Boyd
      CV: 19.44

    97. Nighthawks
      (1981) Crime/Suspense
      Director: Bruce Malmuth, Gary Nelson
      Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Billy Dee Williams, Rutger Hauer
      CV: 19.41

    98. Rawhide 
      (1951) Western 
      Director: Henry Hathaway
      Cast: Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Hugh Marlowe
      CV: 19.31

    99. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
      (1982) Comedy/Drama
      Director: Amy Heckerling
      Cast: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold
      CV: 19.26

    100. The Shepherd of the Hills
      (1941) Western/Romance
      Director: Henry Hathaway
      Cast: John Wayne, Betty Field, Harry Carey
      CV: 18.66

     

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