The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter

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"Showcasing 52 Essential films from the golden age to the present, Turner Classic Movies invites you into a world filled with stirring performances, dazzling musical numbers, and bold directorial visions that mark the greatest moments in film history. These are movies that define what it means to be a classic."!

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    Metropolis

    1927, in 34 top lists Check
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    All Quiet on the Western Front

    1930, in 17 top lists Check
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    City Lights

    1931, in 33 top lists Check
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    Grand Hotel

    1932, in 4 top lists Check
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    King Kong

    1933, in 27 top lists Check
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    Duck Soup

    1933, in 23 top lists Check
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    It Happened One Night

    1934, in 27 top lists Check
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    The Thin Man

    1934, in 13 top lists Check
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    Bride of Frankenstein

    1935, in 18 top lists Check
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    Swing Time

    1936, in 12 top lists Check
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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    1939, in 14 top lists Check
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 29 top lists Check
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    The Lady Eve

    1941, in 19 top lists Check
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    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 37 top lists Check
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    Now, Voyager

    1942, in 12 top lists Check
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    Casablanca

    1942, in 37 top lists Check
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    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 36 top lists Check
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    Meet Me in St. Louis

    1944, in 15 top lists Check
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    Leave Her to Heaven

    1945, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 29 top lists Check
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    Out of the Past

    1947, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Red Shoes

    1948, in 25 top lists Check
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    Ladri di biciclette

    1948 — a.k.a. Bicycle Thieves, in 34 top lists Check
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    The Third Man

    1949, in 34 top lists Check
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    White Heat

    1949, in 15 top lists Check
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    Adam's Rib

    1949, in 8 top lists Check
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    Winchester '73

    1950, in 7 top lists Check
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    Sunset Blvd.

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunset Boulevard, in 33 top lists Check
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    Gun Crazy

    1950, in 16 top lists Check
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    All About Eve

    1950, in 24 top lists Check
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    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 36 top lists Check
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    Roman Holiday

    1953, in 12 top lists Check
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    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 34 top lists Check
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    On the Waterfront

    1954, in 30 top lists Check
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    Rear Window

    1954, in 30 top lists Check
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    1956, in 19 top lists Check
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    The Searchers

    1956, in 24 top lists Check
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    Some Like It Hot

    1959, in 34 top lists Check
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    North by Northwest

    1959, in 28 top lists Check
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    Ben-Hur

    1959, in 24 top lists Check
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    À bout de souffle

    1960 — a.k.a. Breathless, in 27 top lists Check
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962, in 37 top lists Check
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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    1962, in 19 top lists Check
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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop...

    1964, in 34 top lists Check
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    1967, in 29 top lists Check
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    In the Heat of the Night

    1967, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Graduate

    1967, in 27 top lists Check
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    C'era una volta il West

    1968 — a.k.a. Once Upon a Time in the West, in 26 top lists Check
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    Jaws

    1975, in 28 top lists Check
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    Rocky

    1976, in 19 top lists Check
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