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The 100 Greatest Movie Moments 1950-2000

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1. Francis Ford Coppola’s family jewel, The Godfather
2. Janet Leigh showers in Psycho
3. Marlon Brando bellows in A Streetcar Named Desire
4. Star Wars’ F/X blast other movies to smithereens
5. Steven Spielberg makes the best of Jaws
6. Stanley Kubrick looks ahead in 2001: A Space Odyssey
7. Charlton Heston parts the Red Sea in The Ten Commandments
8. Robert De Niro is hailed in Taxi Driver
9. Pulp Fiction blasts onto screens
10. Marilyn Monroe does grate things for Seven Year Itch
11. Gene Kelly makes a splash in Singin’ in the Rain
12. The desert appears in Lawrence of Arabia
13. Marlon Brando walks On the Waterfront
14. Sean Connery, as 007, battles Dr. No
15. Indies come of age with Sex, Lies and Videotape
16. Al Pacino delivers the kiss of death in The Godfather Part II
17. Homeliness triumphs in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
18. James Dean sees red in Rebel Without a Cause
19. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis find Some Like It Hot
20. Vertigo baffles the critics
21. Mookie throws the trash can in Do the Right Thing
22. Magnetic Video releases the first movies on tape
23. Bonnie and Clyde blows critics and moviegoers away
24. Dennis Hopper inhales in Blue Velvet
25. Film in England swings with Tom Jones, Darling, and Alfie
26. All About Eve and Sunset Boulevard explore the dark side of stardom
27. Tom Hanks mainstreams homosexuality with Philadelphia
28. American Graffiti launches nostalgia — and careers
29. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton make Annie Hall
30. Titanic launches Leonardo DiCaprio
31. Midnight Cowboy and True Grit duke it out
32. John Cassavetes’ Faces creates the independent film
33. John Travolta gives us Saturday Night Fever
34. Faye Dunaway finds darkness on the edge of Chinatown
35. The new wave breaks with Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows
36. The Weinsteins form Miramax and unleash the indie era
37. The devil goes into heavy rotation in The Exorcist
38. Westerns reach a new peak with The Searchers
39. Glenn Close springs from the tub in Fatal Attraction
40. “Singin'” turns ecstasy to evil in A Clockwork Orange
41. Robert De Niro wins Best Actor for Raging Bull
42. Schindler’s List is set free
43. Disney resurfaces on the sturdy fins of The Little Mermaid
44. Dustin Hoffman submerges himself in The Graduate
45. Dr. Strangelove goes boom
46. Robert Altman’s Nashville introduces the company of many
47. West Side Story’s Natalie Wood weeps for Tony
48. Steven Spielberg takes Omaha Beach in Saving Private Ryan
49. Ben-Hur’s sweet chariot race

50. Oliver Stone shows that war really is hell with Platoon
51. Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis hit the gas in Thelma & Louise
52. This Is Spi*nal Tap brews a new genre: the mockumentary
53. Otto Preminger breaks the Code with The Moon Is Blue
54. Sigourney Weaver gets into the action in Aliens
55. Blazing Saddles lets it rip
56. Meryl Streep speaks in tongues in Sophie’s Choice
57. Starling meets Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs
58. Jimmy Stewart cuts a back-end deal with Winchester ’73
59. Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
60. America embraces Italy’s sexual revolution
61. Rocky loses
62. The Wild Bunch shoot-out pushes the bloody envelope
63. Airplane! sets a jokes-per-minute record
64. Judy Garland shines again in A Star Is Born
65. The Lion King roars
66. Boyz N the Hood brings tragedy home
67. Shirley MacLaine lets loose in Terms of Endearment
68. Network’s Peter Finch sees the light
69. Dustin Hoffman does drag in Tootsie
70. Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai redefines the Western
71. Oliver Stone gets into hot water with Natural Born Killers
72. Pauline Kael is fired after panning The Sound of Music
73. Shaft breaks the color barrier
74. Robert Duvall loves the smell of napalm in the morning in Apocalypse Now
75. Barbra Streisand stars in Funny Girl
76. Pretty Woman gets her man
77. John Belushi shares his food in Animal House
78. Clint Eastwood gets down and dirty in Dirty Harry
79. Close Encounters and Alien define the look of extraterrestrials
80. Tom Hanks and Forrest Gump go together like peas and carrots
81. Eddie Murphy arrives in 48 HRS.
82. Tom Cruise shows his shady side in Risky Business
83. Sci-fi discovers the Cold War
84. Warren Beatty creates the epic Reds
85. Foreign film goes mainstream with The Seventh Seal
86. The Blair Witch Project takes to the Internet
87. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor shout a blue streak in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
88. Sidney Poitier demands we call him Mr. Tibbs in In the Heat of the Night
89. “Keep the Secret!” The Crying Game seals our lips
90. The Poseidon Adventure makes catastrophe trendy
91. Seeing the good in greenbacks in Wall Street
92. Charlton Heston sees the Statue of Liberty in Planet of the Apes
93. Marge Gunderson thinks she’s gonna barf in Fargo
94. The Beatles run for their lives in A Hard Day’s Night
95. Life Is Beautiful becomes the most successful import ever
96. Kramer vs. Kramer does divorce American-style
97. Cleopatra breaks records
98. Sharon Stone is cross-examined in Basic Instinct
99. Ordinary People uncovers the dysfunctional family
100. Movies get bigger

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