Leonard Maltin's 100 Must-See Films of the 20th Century

Published as a preface to his 2000 Movie Guide, and probably several times since. The films are listed chronologically.

(My opinion: Maltin is a lover of classic movies, so it's no surprise that his list is heavily skewed toward pre-1980 films. While there's really not a single bad film on this list, glossing over the final twenty years seems like a gross oversight. Lists are personal, though, so it's useless to argue.)

  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
  • Our Hospitality
  • Greed
  • The Gold Rush
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • The Big Parade
  • The Freshman
  • Metropolis
  • The General
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • The Crowd
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • City Lights
  • M
  • Dracula
  • Frankenstein
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • King Kong
  • Duck Soup
  • Sons of the Desert
  • It Happened One Night
  • It's a Gift
  • A Night at the Opera
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • The 39 Steps
  • Swing Time
  • Modern Times
  • Dodsworth
  • Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
  • Grand Illusion
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • The Lady Vanishes
  • Stagecoach
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • His Girl Friday
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • Fantasia
  • Sullivan's Travels
  • Citizen Kane
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • The Lady Eve
  • Casablanca
  • The Ox-Bow Incident
  • The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
  • Double Indemnity
  • My Darling Clementine
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • The Best Years of Our Lives
  • Great Expectations
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • Gun Crazy
  • All About Eve
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Rashomon
  • Strangers on a Train
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • High Noon
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  • On the Waterfront
  • Seven Samurai
  • The Searchers
  • Paths of Glory
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Vertigo
  • North by Northwest
  • The 400 Blows
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Psycho
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • 8½
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Mary Poppins
  • Blow-Up
  • The Graduate
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Wild Bunch
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • The Godfather
  • Mean Streets
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • The Conversation
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Jaws
  • Nashville
  • Annie Hall
  • Star Wars
  • The Deer Hunter
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Raging Bull
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • GoodFellas
  • Schindler's List
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Fargo