Roger Ebert: The Great Movies

We live in a box of space and time. Movies are windows in its walls. They allow us to enter other minds-not simply in the sense of identifying with the characters, although that is an important part of it, but by seeing the world as another person sees it. François Truffaut said that for a director it was an inspiring sight to walk to the front of a movie theater, turn around, and look back at the faces of the audience, turned up to the light from the screen. If the film is any good, those faces reflect an out-of-the-body experience: The audience for a brief time is somewhere else, sometime else, concerned with lives that are not its own.…

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  • Casablanca
  • Ikiru
  • Vertigo
  • A Hard Day's Night
  • Monsieur Hulot's Holiday
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • The Third Man
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • La Dolce Vita
  • L'Avventura
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • The Godfather
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Floating Weeds
  • Walkabout
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  • The Exterminating Angel
  • Being There
  • The General
  • Le Samouraï
  • The Big Sleep
  • Pickpocket
  • Body Heat
  • M
  • Notorious
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Nosferatu
  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • My Darling Clementine
  • Gates of Heaven
  • The Lady Eve
  • Days of Heaven
  • City Lights
  • Day for Night
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • Written on the Wind
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Swing Time
  • Red River
  • Wings of Desire
  • Pandora's Box
  • Raging Bull
  • Citizen Kane
  • Detour
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Nights of Cabiria
  • Touch of Evil
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • Blow-Up
  • Pinocchio
  • Psycho
  • Double Indemnity
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • The Music Room
  • Goldfinger
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • On the Waterfront
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Peeping Tom
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • My Dinner with Andre
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Star Wars
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Belle de Jour
  • The 400 Blows
  • Great Expectations
  • Yellow Submarine
  • Dracula
  • Grand Illusion
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • House of Games
  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Greed
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Broken Blossoms
  • Chinatown
  • Rear Window
  • The Last Laugh
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Dekalog
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Orpheus
  • 8½
  • All About Eve
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  • Duck Soup
  • The Producers