Movies: All-Time Greatest, Nos. 25-11
25. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Kubrick's science-fiction masterpiece is a cosmic jaw-dropper of unearthly beauty, whether we're watching ships glide through space to ''The Blue Danube'' or charting the showdown between two astronauts and a computer that seems to have feelings. The ending can still blow your mind.
24. The Sound of Music (1965)
Directed by Robert Wise
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about the von Trapp family singers gets turned into a famously square movie. But it's remarkably, wholesomely impassioned, with an incandescent Julie Andrews as the would-be nun who finds herself as a choral den mother.
23. Notorious (1946)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Hitchcock's hypnotically suspenseful saga of love and espionage, starring Cary Grant as a supersuave secret agent and Ingrid Bergman as the woman who engages him in one of the longest kisses in screen history.
22. Toy Story (1995)
21. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Directed by Billy Wilder
One of the most perfect of all farcical comedies, about two musicians who dress in drag to join an all-girl band because...well, nobody's perfect.
20. The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)
Directed by Marcel Ophüls
In documenting the history of the Nazi occupation of France with exhaustive patience, Ophüls' film plumbs vital questions of truth and memory.
19. Pulp Fiction (1994)
18. Jaws (1975)
17. Seven Samurai (1954)
16. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
15. Blue Velvet (1986)
14. Bambi (1942)
Directed by David Hand
It's gorgeous and touching. When hunters kill Bambi's mother, it's a sentimental shock that sends the young deer on a primal journey.