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The Best Classic Films of the Twentieth Century

The Best Classic Films of the Twentieth Century

A list of the best movies of the twentieth century would have to include:

“Citizen Kane” (1941), a biographical story of fictional tycoon Charles Foster Kane. Orson Welles, the director, created a heightened sense of reality here with original camera angles and lighting effects. The story told of a super-rich man unable to find love and unable to recapture the innocence of the childhood he pined for.

“Casablanca” (1942) was a combination love story and war picture, with some elements of film noir thrown in. Humphrey Bogart plays Rick, a tough-talking saloon owner whose old flame Ilsa comes to town with her heroic, freedom fighter husband. The sentimental ending is perfect, and the movie is surprisingly funny.

“The Godfather” (1972), directed by Francis Ford Coppola, told the story of power in a Mafia family passing from a beloved patriarch to his stoic son. This epic is haunting and always beautiful to look at.

“GoodFellas” (1990), director Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece, is about a boy who grows up to be a New York City mobster and winds up in the witness protection program. The film crackles with energy, from the oldies on the soundtrack to the shocking bursts of violence throughout.

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