The 50 best movies of all time, according to critics

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To find out which films have been the most critically acclaimed over time, Insider turned to the reviews aggregator Metacritic for this ranking, which scores films by their composite critical reception. 

The resulting list includes modern masterpieces like recent Oscar winners “Moonlight” and “Parasite” in contention with classics like “The Godfather” and “Citizen Kane.”

There’s also, not surprisingly, a lot of Hitchcock. 

Here are the 50 best movies of all time, according to Metacritic reviews:

John Lynch contributed to a previous version of this post.

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50. “Children of Paradise” (1945)

Critic score: 96/100

User score: 8.7/10

What critics said: “Few achievements in the world of cinema can equal it.”  — Chicago Sun-Times

49. “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940)

Critic score: 96/100

User score: 9.0/10

What critics said: “Gregg Toland captures the open spaces and big skies of rural America, while the normally conservative Ford puts forward a sympathetic but radical plea for workers’ rights and freedom for the people.” — Empire

48. “Don’t Look Now” (1973)

Critic score: 96/100

User score: 8.5/10

What critics said: “A haunting, beautiful labyrinth that gets inside your bones and stays there.” — San Francisco Chronicle

47. “Rocks” (2021)

Critic score: 96/100

User score: 6.1/10

What critics said: “With exuberant naturalism from its non-professional actors, and a standout performance from Kosar Ali as Rocks’s best friend, the film covers the highs and lows of female adolescence with compelling sensitivity.” — Globe and Mail

46. “Parasite” (2019)

Critic score: 96/100

User score: 8.9/10

What critics said: “Parasite begins in exhilaration and ends in devastation, but the triumph of the movie is that it fully lives and breathes at every moment, even when you might find yourself struggling to exhale.” — Los Angeles Times

45. “Ratatouille” (2007)

Critic score: 96/100

User score: 8.6/10

What critics said: “The subtle colors and textures of the food alone make Ratatouille a three-star Michelin evening.” — Time

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44. “Nashville” (1975)

Critic score: 96/100

User score: 8.8/10

What critics said: “One of the greatest American films of the ’70s, Nashville remains Altman’s crowning achievement.” — Entertainment Weekly

43. “Killer of Sheep” (2007)

Critic score: 94/100

User score: 6.9

What critics said: “You have to be prepared to see a film like this, or able to relax and allow it to unfold. It doesn’t come, as most films do, with built-in instructions about how to view it.” —

42. “12 Years a Slave” (2013)

Critic score: 96/100

User score: 8.0/10

What critics said: “A work that, finally, asks a mainstream audience to confront the worst of what humanity can do to itself.” — Boston Globe

41. “The Maltese Falcon” (1941)

Critic score: 96/100

User score: 7.9/10

What critics said: “This is one of the best examples of actionful and suspenseful melodramatic story telling in cinematic form.” — Variety

40. “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968)

Critic score: 96/100

User score: 8.2/10

What critics said: “The brilliance of the film comes more from Polanski’s direction, and from a series of genuinely inspired performances, than from the original story.” — Chicago Sun-Times

39. “Manchester by the Sea” (2016)

Critic score: 96/100

User score: 8.2/10

What critics said: “Despite his draw to tragic subjects, Lonergan holds onto a …read more

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