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The 15 Most Influential Classic Movies of All Time

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | April 14, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | April 14, 2009 |


Turner Classic Movies, as part of its new TCM Dailies website, has released what they are calling the 15 most influential classic movies of all time, in celebration of the network’s 15th Anniversary. Basically, it’s 15 movie you had to watch in Film 101 back in college — most are more influential than they were entertaining, It’s not as compelling as AFI’s Top 100 Movies or even Yahoo’s 100 Movies You Should See Before You Die, but it’s a good starting point for folks who want to study the history of film.

Anyway, here’s the list, and for full write-ups, check out the website:

1. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
2. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
3. Metropolis (1927)
4. 42nd Street (1933)
5. It Happened One Night (1934)
6. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
7. Gone with the Wind (1939)
8. Stagecoach (1939)
9. Citizen Kane (1941)
10. The Bicycle Thief (1947)
11. Rashomon (1950)
12. The Searchers (1956)
13. Breathless (1959)
14. Psycho (1960)
15. Star Wars (1977)



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