Films With the Best Chance of Receiving a Significant Rating Upgrade (+0.5 increase or more)

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  1. Chinatown - Polanski (1974)
  2. Current Rating: 8.6/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 9.2/10

  3. Satantango - Tarr (1994)
  4. Current Rating: 8.6/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.9/10

  5. The Man With A Movie Camera - Vertov (1928)
  6. Current Rating: 8.6/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.6/10

  7. Wings of Desire - Wenders (1987)
  8. Current Rating: 8.5/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 9.0/10

  9. What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? - Aldrich (1962)
  10. Current Rating: 8.4/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.9/10

  11. Sunrise - Murnau (1927)
  12. Current Rating: 8.4/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.9/10

  13. Blow Up - Antonioni (1966)
  14. Current Rating: 8.3/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.9/10

  15. Shock Corridor - Fuller (1963)
  16. Current Rating: 8.3/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.3/10

  17. Faust - Murnau (1926)
  18. Current Rating: 8.3/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.9/10

  19. The Seventh Seal - Bergman (1957)
  20. Current Rating: 8.3/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.9/10

  21. Wild Strawberries - Bergman (1957)
  22. Current Rating: 8.3/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.9/10

  23. The Terminator - Cameron (1984)
  24. Current Rating: 8.3/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.3/10

  25. The Last Laugh - Murnau (1924)
  26. Current Rating: 8.2/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.2/10

  27. A Face in the Crowd - Kazan (1957)
  28. Current Rating: 8.2/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.2/10

  29. Leon: The Professional - Besson (1994)
  30. Current Rating: 8.2/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.8/10

  31. A Clockwork Orange - Kubrick (1971)
  32. Current Rating: 8.2/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.9/10

  33. Wild at Heart - Lynch (1990)
  34. Current Rating: 8.2/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.2/10

  35. Hard Boiled - Woo (1992)
  36. Current Rating: 8.2/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.2/10

  37. Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? - Yong-kyun (1989)
  38. Current Rating: 8.2/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.4/10

  39. Dressed To Kill - De Palma (1980)
  40. Current Rating: 8.1/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.2/10

  41. Splendor in the Grass - Kazan (1961)
  42. Current Rating: 8.1/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.4/10

  43. The Blue Angel - Von Sternberg (1931)
  44. Current Rating: 8.1/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 9.0/10

  45. The Color of Paradise - Majidi (1998)
  46. Current Rating: 8.1/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.9/10

  47. Red - Kieslowski (1994)
  48. Current Rating: 8.1/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.6/10

  49. Dr. Strangelove - Kubrick (1964)
  50. Current Rating: 8.1/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.1/10

  51. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - Huston (1948)
  52. Current Rating: 8.1/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.6/10

  53. Othello - Welles (1952)
  54. Current Rating: 8.1/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.1/10

  55. Limelight - Chaplin (1952)
  56. Current Rating: 8.1/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.9/10

  57. The General - Keaton (1926)
  58. Current Rating: 8.1/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.1/10

  59. Maborosi - Kore-eda (1995)
  60. Current Rating: 8.1/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.4/10

  61. Hiroshima, Mon Amour - Resnais (1959)
  62. Current Rating: 8.0/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 9.3/10

  63. After Life - Kore-eda (1998)
  64. Current Rating: 8.0/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.0/10

  65. Hour of the Wolf - Bergman (1968)
  66. Current Rating: 8.0/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.1/10

  67. Psycho - Hitchcock (1960)
  68. Current Rating: 8.0/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 9.0/10

  69. The Big Heat - Lang (1953)
  70. Current Rating: 8.0/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.8/10

  71. Sunset Boulevard - Wilder (1950)
  72. Current Rating: 8.0/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.9/10

  73. Star Wars - Lucas (1977)
  74. Current Rating: 7.8/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 7.8/10

  75. Modern Times - Chaplin (1936)
  76. Current Rating: 7.7/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 9.2/10

  77. Birth of a Nation-Griffith (1915)
  78. Current Rating: 7.6/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.2/10

  79. Intolerance - Griffith (1916)
  80. Current Rating: 7.6/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 8.2/10

  81. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Ford (1962)
  82. Current Rating: 7.5/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 7.5/10

  83. Paris, Texas - Wenders (1983)
  84. Current Rating: 7.5/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 7.5/10

  85. The Seventh Continent - Haneke (1989)
  86. Current Rating: 7.5/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 7.5/10

  87. The Piano - Campion (1993)
  88. Current Rating: 7.4/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 7.5/10

  89. Days of Heaven - Malick (1978)
  90. Current Rating: 7.4/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 9.0/10

  91. Giant - Stevens (1955)
  92. Current Rating: 7.4/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 7.5/10

  93. Life is Beautiful - Benigni (1997)
  94. Current Rating: 7.4/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 7.7/10

  95. Forrest Gump - Zemeckis (1994)
  96. Current Rating: 7.4/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 7.5/10

  97. Badlands - Malick (1973)
  98. Current Rating: 7.4/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 7.8/10

  99. Manhattan - Allen (1979)
  100. Current Rating: 7.4/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 7.5/10

  101. The Shanghai Gesture - Von Sternberg (1941)
  102. Current Rating: 7.4/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 7.3/10

  103. World on a Wire - Fassbinder (1973)
  104. Current Rating: 7.4/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 7.3/10

  105. All About My Mother - Almodovar (1999)
  106. Current Rating: 7.3/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 7.7/10

  107. The Eel - Imamura (1997)
  108. Current Rating: 7.3/10 / Highest Rating Achieved: 7.3/10

Author Comments: 

I considered those films that I feel have the best chance of receiving a rating upgrade of 0.5 or more, or 0.3 or more if that would include moving up into the all-time masterpiece range (8.8/10+).

Modern Times was a 9.2/10 once? I'm surprised, though I rate it a 8/10 in your scale. Chaplin's best I think. :)

Yea, about 2-3 years ago, it was a 9.2 and hung around the 8.8-9.2 range for a few months over the course of 2 or 3 viewings.