4. Raging Bull (1980)
Martin Scorsese's fierce biography of self-destructive boxer Jake LaMotta is tour-de-force filmmaking. Robert De Niro plays LaMotta, a man tormented by demons both in and out of the ring. Jake is a frightening, unforgettable character unable to control his basic instincts. The fight scenes are brutal black-and-white ballets.
5. My Darling Clementine (1946)
Called one of the most perfect Westerns ever made, John Ford's poetic version of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral is a beautiful masterpiece. Ford's direction of a Sunday church social framed against the open sky is one of the great scenes in cinema history.
6. Schindler's List (1993)
Filmed in Poland, Steven Spielberg's masterpiece ranks among the greatest films ever made about the Holocaust. It's a haunting motion picture about heroism and despair. Spielberg doesn't flinch from the horror of this subject matter, and the result is a stark examination of the eventual strength of the human spirit.
7. Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Writer-director Preston Sturges's classic film remains his most unforgettable screen effort. Sturges combines romance, Hollywood satire and a social message into a screwball package. John Sullivan (Joel McCrea), is a successful director of Hollywood fluff, but he's now determined to create cinematic art. Sullivan hits the road disguised as a tramp. His journey eventually leads to a darker, depressed world having little use for the socially realistic movies our hero wishes to make. Sturges' profound conclusion reveals a surprising emotional truth about filmmaking art.
8. Night of the Hunter (1955)
This grim masterpiece - the only movie directed by actor Charles Laughton - mixes German expressionism, religion and fantasy in an intensely furious brew. Robert Mitchum plays a demented preacher who stalks a boy and his sister because he suspects the kids know where a stash of stolen money is hidden. Unforgettable imagery includes the preacher's ominous shadow, a magical boat ride down a teeming river and the sinister tattoos of LOVE and HATE. A haunting, influential work of art.
9. Metropolis (1926)
Fritz Lang's legendary silent sci-fi is a classic example German expressionism. Brilliant, vibrant images of a futuristic society and an oppressed workers' revolt are amazing for their time. Symbolic and disturbing, this film is a cautionary tale about a future where machines dominate man.
10. Psycho (1960)
No film has ever really matched the impact of Alfred Hitchcock's horrifying masterwork. More than just a demented shocker, Psycho is also a creepy character study where Hitchcock skillfully fools you into identifying with Norman Bates, and then pounds us with the shower scene - the most famous moment in cinema history. Anthony Perkins is brilliant as Bates, the awkward manager of the Bates Motel. The blood runs black in this film, and it has never been more terrifying.