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100 years... 100 Movies (2007) - 1 to 50
 
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1
Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane [(DVD)videorecording]

An all-powerful press magnate, Kane, dies in his fabulous castle Xanadu, his last word being "Rosebud", which leads a reporter to seek the meaning behind the word and find the meaning of Kane. Prominant publisher, William Randolph Hearst, saw the film as a thinly disguised version of his career and attempted to suppress it.

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The Godfather
The Godfather [(DVD)videorecording]

Explores the history and influence of a U.S. Mafia family. Don Corleone, the family patriarch, tries to ensure that his sons will inherit his position and power over rival Mafioso factions.

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Casablanca
Casablanca [(DVD)videorecording]

In World War II Morocco, seething with European refugees desperate for passage to neutral Lisbon, only a world-weary and bitter nightclub owner can help his former lover and her Resistance-hero husband escape from the Nazis.

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Raging Bull
Raging Bull [(DVD)videorecording]

Robert De Niro stars as Jake La Motta, the controversial prize fighter of the 1940's, who rose from the streets of the Bronx to the heights of his sport, only to find disillusionment and corruption as well as fame.

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Singin' in the Rain
Singin' in the Rain [(DVD)videorecording]

Actors are caught in the bumpy transition to talking pictures; a Spoof of the early days of "talkie" films.

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Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind [(DVD)videorecording].

Focuses on the life and loves of the beautiful and selfish Scarlett O'Hara. The story begins on the O'Haras' Georgia plantation of Tara in antebellum days and moves through the Civil War and Reconstruction."

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Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia [(DVD)videorecording]

The story of T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole), the heroic and troubled man who organized the Arab nations to fight the Turks in World War I and then, having reached a pinnacle of power in Mideast politics, retired to postwar military obscurity.

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8
Schindler's Lis
Schindler's List [(DVD)videorecording]

The story of a Catholic war profiteer, Oskar Schindler, who risked his life and went bankrupt in order to save more than 1,000 Jews from certain death in concentration camps. He employed Jews in his crockery factory manufacturing goods for the German army. At the same time he tries to stay solvent with the help of a Jewish accountant and negotiates business with a vicious Nazi commandant who enjoys shooting Jews as target practice from the balcony of his villa that overlooks the prison camp he commands.

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9
Vertigo
Vertigo [(DVD)videorecording]

Scottie Ferguson, a San Francisco police detective is forced to retire when a freak accident gives him a severe case of acrophobia. Ferguson is hired by a rich shipbuilder to follow his wife who is behaving suspiciously and might be planning suicide. He falls in love with her, she is later murdered and Ferguson becomes demonic in his desire to re-create her in another woman.

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10
Wizard of Oz
Wizard of Oz [(DVD)videorecording]

When a nasty neighbor tries to have her dog put to sleep, Dorothy takes her dog, Toto, and starts to run away. A tornado appears and carries her to the magical land of Oz. Wishing to return home, she begins to travel to the city of Oz where a great wizard lives. On her way she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. They all hope the all-mighty Wizard of Oz will help them, but they have to get to the Emerald City before the Wicked Witch of the West catches up with them.

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11
City Lights
 
City Lights [DVD videorecording] : a comedy romance in pantomime

A tramp wins the love of a blind flower girl and attempts to obtain money from a millionaire to help her regain her sight.



12
The Searchers
The Searchers [(DVD)videorecording]

Wayne plays ex-Confederate soldier Ethan Edwards, an Indian-hater who believes more in bullets than words. He's out to find his young niece, who's been taken captive by the renegade Comanches who massacred her family.

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13
Star wars. Episode IV
Star wars. Episode IV, [(DVD)videorecording].

A rebel ship is being boarded by the tyrannical Darth Vader. Luke Skywalker, with his new allies, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Ben Kenobi, C-3PO, R2-D2, attempt to rescue rebel leader, Princess Leia, from the clutches of the Empire. The conclusion is culminated as the Rebels, including Skywalker and flying ace Wedge Antilles make an attack on the Empires most powerful and ominous weapon, the Death Star.



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Star wars. Episode IV
Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho [(DVD)videorecording]

Horror melodrama in which a woman disappears after spending the night in an isolated motel which adjoins an eerie Victorian mansion, inhabited by a disturbed young man and his mother.

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15
2001, a Space Odyssey
2001, a Space Odyssey [(DVD)videorecording]

A science fiction film which moves from the pre-historic birth of intelligence toward the emergence of man as pure thought somewhere in the future.

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16
Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard [(DVD)videorecording]

Pursued by creditors, Joe swerves into a driveway of a seemingly abandoned Sunset Boulevard mansion. He finds Norma, an ex-screen queen dreaming of a dramatic comeback and her husband/servant living there. She takes a fancy to Joe and, learning that he is a scriptwriter, persuades him to help her with her comeback screenplay. Being broke he accepts. He falls in love with young script reader, but Norma breaks up their romance. Thinking she is mad, he tries to leave, but Norma kills him. scene which she believes is the highlight of her comeback movie.

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Sunset Boulevard
The Graduate [(DVD)videorecording]

Uncertain of what he wants to do with his life, college graduate Benjamin Braddock returns home. And when the wife of his father's business partner, the sexy Mrs. Robinson, seduces him, the affair only deepens his confusion. That is, until he meets the girl of his dreams. But there's one problem-- she's Mrs. Robinson's daughter.

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18
The General
The General [(DVD)videorecording].

A comedy about a young Southerner who repeatedly tried to enlist in the Confederate army but was refused because he was of more value to the cause as the engineer of the General.

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19
On the Waterfront
On the Waterfront [(DVD)videorecording]

A young dockworker tries to break the hold of a waterfront boss. Filmed in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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20
It's a Wonderful Life
Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life [(DVD)videorecording]

George Bailey, a desperate and suicidal man, is visited by a guardian angel who shows him how important he has been to those around him in his life.

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21
Chinatown
Chinatown [(DVD)videorecording]

Los Angeles private eye Jake Gittes (Nicholson) is approached by a mysterious woman (Dunaway) who wishes to have her husband investigated. As the case unfolds, though, he discovers it to be much more complex and dangerous than he had expected, involving politics, powerful men, and terrible family secrets.

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22
Some Like it Hot
Some Like it Hot [(DVD)videorecording]

Two unemployed muscians accidently witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and flee to Miami disguised as female musicians.

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23
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath [(DVD)videorecording]

The migration of the Joad family to California from their dust-bowl farm in Oklahoma during the Great Depression.



24
E.T., the Extra-terrestrial
E.T., the Extra-terrestrial [(DVD)videorecording]

A 10-year old boy befriends a creature from another planet that has been stranded on earth.

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25
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird [(DVD)videorecording]

The setting is a dusty Southern town during the Depression. A white woman accuses a black man of rape. Though he is obviously innocent, the outcome of his trial is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him--except the town's most distinguished citizen. His compassionate defense costs him many friendships but earns him the respect and admiration of his two motherless children.

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26
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington [(DVD)videorecording]

Washington's youngest senator exposes corruption in high places, almost at the cost of his career.

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27
High Noon
High Noon [videorecording]

A retired marshal's wedding is interrupted when he learns a killer he had sent to jail will return to town on the noon train to seek revenge. The townspeople refuse to help him, so he is forced to take up his badge and guns again, alienating his new bride, a Quaker who is opposed to violence.

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28
All about Eve
All about Eve [(DVD)videorecording]

From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door, Eve Harrington moves relentlessly towards her goal: taking the reins of power from the great actress Margo Channing. The cunning Eve maneuvers her way into Margo's Broadway role, becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in the lives of Margo's director boyfriend, her playwright and his wife. Only the cynical drama critics see through Eve, admiring her audacity and perfect pattern of deceit.

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29
Double Indemnity
Double Indemnity [(DVD)videorecording]

Walter Neff is a smooth talking insurance salesman who meets the very attractive Phyllis Dietrichson when he calls to renew her husband's automobile policy. The couple are immediately drawn to each other and have an affair. They scheme together to murder Phyllis' husband for life insurance money with a double indemnity clause. Unfortunately, all does not go as planned. Barton Keyes is the wily insurance investigator who must sort things out.

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30
Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now [(DVD)videorecording]

A United States Army officer/trained assassin is sent into the depths of a southeast Asian jungle to seek out a renegade colonel and terminate his command during the Vietnam War.

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31
The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon [(DVD)videorecording]

After the death of his partner, private eye Sam Spade is dragged into a quest for a priceless statuette.

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32
The Godfather part II
The Godfather part II [(DVD)videorecording]

In this sequel, two stories are told: the roots and rise of a young Don Vito and the ascension of Michael as the new Don.

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33
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest [(DVD)videorecording]

The story of a man whose rebelliousness pits him against the head nurse of a mental ward and the full spectrum of institutional repression.

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34
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [videorecording]

This first full-length animated feature relates the fairy tale of how Snow White, thwarted by her vain and wicked stepmother and aided by the seven Dwarfs--Dopey, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Bashful, Happy and Doc--finds romance with the Prince. Includes a brief promotional introduction.

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35
Annie Hall
Annie Hall [(DVD)videorecording]

Woody Allen's semiautobiographical portrait of his amorous, but ultimately mismatched, relationship with co-star Diane Keaton. Allen uses satire and comedy to portray this "nervous romance" for modern times.

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36
The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai [(DVD)videorecording]

British soldiers captured by the Japanese during World War II are forced to construct a strategic railroad bridge which a commando team is instructed by the British High Command to destroy.

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37
The Best Years of our Lives
The Best Years of our Lives [(DVD)videorecording]

Recounts the problems faced by three returning veterans of WWII as they attempt to pick up the threads of their lives.

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38
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre [(DVD)videorecording]

Two hard-luck drifters and a grizzled prospector seek gold in the mountains in Mexico. They start off as friends, but after they discover the lode the greed and paranoia set in.

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39
Dr. Strangelove, or, How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb
Dr. Strangelove, or, How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb [(DVD)videorecording]

A satire in which the U.S. president and his military advisors struggle ineptly to avert a holocaust after a psychotic Air Force general launches a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union because he fears that the Russians are poisoning the water supply in the United States.

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40
The Sound of Music
Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music [(DVD)videorecording]

A young girl named Maria is uncertain about her decision to enter a religious order. While deciding what to do, she becomes the governess of the seven Von Trapp children who live with their widowed father, a former captain in the Austrian navy.

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41
King Kong
King Kong [(DVD)videorecording]

Adventure story of the giant ape King Kong, discovered on Skull Island, his voyage to New York and his fatal attraction to a young woman leading to death and destruction as he pursues her.



42
Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde [(DVD)videorecording]

Adrift in the depression-era Southwest, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker embark on a life of crime. Includes original theatrical trailer.

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43
Midnight Cowboy
Midnight Cowboy [(DVD)videorecording]

Joe Buck moves to New York from Texas to make his fortune servicing women. Instead, he's conned into partnering up with small-time huslter Ratso Rizzo. Living together on the tattered edges of society, these two outcasts develop an unlikely bond that helps them transcend their cruel existence.

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44
The Philadelphia Story
The Philadelphia Story [videorecording]

A sophisticated romantic comedy about a rich, spoiled socialite who learns some things about who she is and what she really wants on the eve of her second marriage.

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45
Shane
Shane [(DVD)videorecording]

A drifter and retired gunfighter assists a homestead family terrorized by an aging cattleman and his hired gun.

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46
It Happened One Night
It Happened One Night [(DVD)videorecording]

A rich young woman marries an idle playboy against her father's will. Her father holds her captive on his yacht but she escapes and, while on her way to New York, becomes entangled with an unemployed news reporter.

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47
A Streetcar Named Desire
A Streetcar Named Desire [(DVD)videorecording]

An uncensored version of the story of a repressed widow who visits her sister in New Orleans and is raped and driven mad by her brother-in-law.

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48
Rear Window
Rear Window [(DVD)videorecording]

As a photographer with a broken leg, Stewart takes up the fine art of spying on his Greenwich Village neighbors during a summer heat wave. Things really begin to get hot when he suspects a salesman may have murdered his nagging wife and buried the body in a flower garden. He actively enlists the help of his girlfriend to investigate the highly suspicious chain of events. Events that ultimately lead to one of the most memorable and gripping endings in film history.

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49
Intolerance
Intolerance (DVD) [videorecording].

Four separate stories are interwoven: the fall of Babylon, the death of Christ, the massacre of the Huguenots, and a contemporary drama, all crosscut and building with enormous energy to a thrilling chase and finale.

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50
The Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring [(DVD)videorecording]

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-Earth still it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell, by chance, into the hands of the Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. On his eleventy-first birthday, Bilbo disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin, Frodo, the Ruling Ring, and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-Earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.

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