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The following if a list of the top 50 movies on Rotten Tomatoes including director, percentage rating, actors, and a brief summary of the plot.

1.) The Wizard of Oz (1939): Director- Victor Fleming: Starring- Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, and Ray Bolger: Rating- 99%: Plot- When a girl in Kansas was swept away by a tornado into a special land, she will travel with her new friends to find the Wizard of Oz to help her get home.

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2.) Citizen Kane (1941): Director- Orson Welles: Starring- Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, and Dorothy Comingore: Rating- 100%: Plot- This is a movie about two reporters struggling to figure out the meaning of a famous man’s last words. Along the way they will figure out more and more secrets about this man’s life.

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3.) The Third Man (1949): Director- Carol Reed: Starring-  Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, and Alida Valli: Rating- 100%: Plot- This movie is about a man named Holly Martins who travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend of his.

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4.) Get Out (2017): Director- Jordan Peele: Starring-  Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, and Bradley Whitford: Rating- 99%: Plot- When it becomes time for an African American to meet his white girlfriends parent he will have to confront that the secluded house in the woods will give way to a nightmare and not everything is fine.

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5.) The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920): Director-  Robert Wiene: Starring- Wernur Krauss, Conrad Veidt, and Fredrich Feher: Rating- 100%: Plot- A hypnotist named Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist to commit multiple murders.

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6.) Mad Max: Fury Road (2015): Director- George Miller: Starring- Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult: Rating- 97%: Plot- A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia because sh eis in search of her homeland because she wants to help a group of female prisoners.

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7.) All About Eve (1950): Director-  Joseph L. Mankiewicz: Starring- Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, and George Sanders: Rating- 100%: Plot- This is a movie about an aging actress who puts herself in a company of established stage actors.

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8.) Inside Out (2015): Director- Pete Doctor: Starring- Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, and Lewis Black: Rating- 98%: Plot- This is a movie about a girl who is uprooted from her home and moved to a new place, but also this is about the emotions inside her head.

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9.) The Godfather (1972): Director- Francis Ford Coppola: Starring-  Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and James Caan: Rating- 99%: Plot- This movie is about an aging criminal lord leader who steps down leaving his power to his reluctant son.

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10.) Metropolis (1927): Director- Fritz Lang: Starring- Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, and Gustav Frohlich: Rating- 99%: Plot- This is  a movie about a futuristic city that has been separated and the story of two different people who fall in love with each other.

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11.) ET (1982): Director- Steven Spielberg: Starring- Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, and Peter Coyote: Rating- 98%: Plot- When a young boy finds an alien in his town he and his siblings will try to find ways to get this alien home.

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12.) Modern Times (1936): Director- Charlie Chaplin: Starring- Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, and Henry Bergman: Rating- 100%: Plot- When a young boy struggles to live in a modern industry world he will seek the help of a young homeless lady.

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13.) It Happened one Night (1934): Director- Frank Capra: Starring- Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, and Walter Connolly: Rating- 98%: Plot- A young heiress runs away from her family and gets help from a nice young an who turns out out be a reporter in need of a story.

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14.) Singin’ in the Rain (1952): Director- Stanley Donen: Starring- Gene Kelly, Donald O’ Connor, and Debbie Reynolds: Rating- 100%: Plot- This is a musical movie based off a song called ” Singin’ in the Rain”

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15.) Casablanca (1942): Director- Michael Curtiz: Starring- Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid: Rating- 97%: Plot- In Casablanca in December 1941 an ex patriot will encounter his former lover, and with the love will come many complications and issues.

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16.) Boyhood (2014): Director- Richard Linklater: Starring- Ellar Coltrain, Patricia Arquette, and Ethan Hawke: Rating- 98%: Plot- This is a movie that if you read the title you would guess what it is about…a boys life. 

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17.) A Hard Days Night (1964): Director- Richard Lester: Starring- John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison: Rating- 98%: Plot- This movie is basically a typical day in the life of the Beatles including many of their famous songs.

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18.) Laura (1944): Director- Otto Preminger: Starring- Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, and Clifton Webb: Rating- 100%: Plot- A man is investigating a murder and falls in love with the woman whose murder he in investigating.

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19.) Nosferatu (1922): Director- F. W. Murnau: Starring- Max Schreck, Greta Schroder, and Ruth Landshoff: Rating- 97%: Plot- This movie is about a Vampire named Count Orlok who expresses interest in a new residence, a and real estate agent’s wife.

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20.) Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937): Director- David Hand: Starring- Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, and Lucille La Verne: Rating- 98%: Plot- When a young girl’s evil step mother banishes her from her castle she will run away to a house and live with 7 dwarves.

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21.) Moonlight (2016): Director- Berry Jenkins: Starring- Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, and Duan Sanderson: Rating- 98%: Plot- This movie is about a young African American gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

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22.) The Battle of Algiers (1967): Director- Gillo Pontecorvo: Starring- Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, and Yacef Saadi: Rating- 99%: Plot- This movie takes place during the 1950’s where peole will violently fight the French Government.

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23.) Grand Illusion (1937): Director- Jean Renior: Starring- Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, and Pierre Fresnay: Rating- 97%: Plot- During World War I two of the French soldiers were captured and sent to a German POW camp. At the camp the two soldiers will make many attempts to escape.

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24.) North by North West (1959): Director- Alfred Hitchcock: Starring- Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason: Rating- 100%: Plot- When an innocent New York advertiser is mistaken for a government agent, he will be chased across the country looking for ways to survive.

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25.) The Maltese Falcon (1941): Director- John Huston: Starring- Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, and Gladys George: Rating- 100%: Plot- When a private detective takes up the job of investigating a crime he will be stuck with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

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26.) Repulsion (1965): Director- Roman Polanski: Starring-  Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, and John Fraser: Rating- 100%: Plot- A sex-repulsed woman will sink into a depression filled with awful visions of violence and rape because of her disapproval for her sister’s boyfriend.

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27.) 12 Years a Slave (2013): Director- Steve McQueen: Starring- Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Michael Fassbender : Rating- 96%: Plot- In the slave ridden US a free black man in New York is abducted and sold into slavery.

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28.) Gravity (2013): Director- Alfonso Cuaron: Starring- Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, and Ed Harris: Rating- 96%: Plot- Two astronauts stranded in space will have to work together to survive.

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29.) Sunset Blvd. (1950): Director- Billy Wilder: Starring-  William Holden, Gloria Swanson, and Erich von Stroheim: Rating- 98%: Plot- When a famous screen writer has to write a script for a famous retired silent movie actress he will develop a dangerous relationship.

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30.) King Kong (1933): Director- Merian C. Cooper: Starring- Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, and Bruce Cabot: Rating- 98%: Plot- A film crew goes to an island to shoot for a movie and a giant gorilla takes shine for the female lead character which leads to the gorilla being brought back to New York.

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31.) The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938): Director- Michael Curtiz: Starring- Eroll Flynn, Olivia De Havilland, and Basil Rathbone: Rating- 100%: Plot- When the king leaves a town and the son who takes over starts treating the peasants awfully a man named Robin Hood will fight back and rebel.

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32.) Rear Window (1954): Director- Alfred Hitchcock: Starring- James Stewart, Grace Kelly, and Wendell Corey: Rating- 100%: Plot- This movie is a thriller about a wheel-chair bound photographer who thinks that neighbors have committed a murder.

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33.) Rashomon (1951): Director- Akira Kurosawa: Starring- Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, and Masayuki Mori: Rating- 100%: Plot- This movie is about the different views about a crime that was committed.

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34.) Psycho (1960): Director- Alfred Hitchcock: Starring- Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, and Vera Miles: Rating- 96%: Plot- When a secretary steals a large sum of money from her employer’s client sh eruns away and stays a a motel run by a psychopathic son and mother.

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35.) Taxi Driver (1976): Director-  Martin Scorsese: Starring-  Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, and Cybill Shepherd: Rating- 99%: Plot- A mentally unstable Vietnam War Vet has to feed his urge for extreme violence but at the same time he will try to save a young prostitute.

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36.) Spotlight (2015): Director- Tom McCarthy: Starring-  Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams: Rating- 96%: Plot- This is a biographical drama about the non fiction case where a priest was accused of molesting many children.

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37.) Selma (2014): Director- Ava DuVernay: Starring- David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, and Tim Roth: Rating- 99%: Plot- This movie is about Martin Luther King and his various campaigns about equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

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38.) Toy Story 3 (2010): Director- Lee Unkrich: Starring- Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and Joan Cusack: Rating- 99%: Plot- This is the third movie in the franchise about Woody’s toys being given away to a school.

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39.) Argo (2012): Director- Ben Affleck: Starring-  Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman: Rating- 96%: Plot- This movie is about someone acting undercover in the Entertainment industry scouting for a place to shoot film his movie that is about a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.

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40.) Toy Story 2 (1999): Director- Ash Brannon: Starring- Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and Joan Cusack: Rating- 100%: Plot- Woody and his other fellow toys are stolen by a toy collector.

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41.) The Bride of Frankenstein (1935): Director- James Whale: Starring- Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, and Colin Clive : Rating- 100%: Plot- This is about the mad scientist who builds a partner for his monster.

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42.) (1931): Director- Fritz Lang: Starring-  Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut: Rating- 100%: Plot- When a crime becomes to difficult for German officers a manhunt including criminals will be used to catch the child murderer.

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43.) The Philadelphia Story  (1940): Director- George Cukor: Starring-  Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart : Rating- 100%: Plot- Just before a planned remarriage a young woman will learn the truth about herself.

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44.) Alien (1979): Director- Ridley Scott: Starring-  Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt: Rating- 97%: Plot- When a space vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form.

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45.) Zootopia (2016): Director- Rich Moore: Starring-  Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba: Rating- 98%: Plot- In a city of anthropomorphic animals a rabbit and fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

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46.) Seven Samurai  (1956): Director- Akira Kurosawa: Starring- Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima: Rating- 100%: Plot- When a poor village is attacked seven warriors will help defend the city.

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47.) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948): Director- John Huston: Starring- Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt: Rating- 100%: Plot- 2 Americans searching for work in Mexico when they are convinced to go searching for gold.

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48.) Up (2009): Director- Pete Doctor: Starring- Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger: Rating- 98%: Plot- When an old man is threatened to have his house taken he will put a bunch of balloons on it and fly away with a young boy scout.

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49.) All Quiet on the Western Front (1930): Director-  Lewis Milestone: Starring- Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray: Rating- 100%: Plot- This movie is about the stories told during WWI.

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50.) 400 Blows (1959): Director-  Francois Truffaut: Starring- Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, and Claire Maurier: Rating- 100%: Plot- This is a movie about a young boy who delves into the life of crime.

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Top 50 Movies on Rotten Tomatoes