Leonard Maltin's 4 Star Movies (2010 Edition)

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  1. A Nour la Liberte (1931)
  2. Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
  3. Adam's Rib (1940)
  4. Adventures of Robin Hood, The (1938)
  5. African Queen, The (1951)
  6. Alexander Nevsky (1938)
  7. All About Eve (1950)
  8. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
  9. All the King's Men (1949)
  10. All the President's Men (1976)
  11. America, America (1963)
  12. Anastasia (1956)
  13. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
  14. And Then There Were None (1945)
  15. Andrei Roublev (1966)
  16. Anna Karenina (1935)
  17. Annie Hall (1977)
  18. Apartment, The (1960)
  19. Atlantic City (1980)
  20. Babette's Feast (1987)
  21. Bambi (1942)
  22. Bananas (1971)
  23. Band Wagon, The (1953)
  24. Bank Dick, The (1940)
  25. Barbarian Invasions, The (2003)
  26. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
  27. Beauty and the Beast (1946)
  28. Becket (1964)
  29. Belle de Jour (1967)
  30. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)
  31. Best Boy (1979)
  32. Best of Youth (2003)
  33. Best Years of Our Lives, The (1946)
  34. Bicycle Thieves (1947)
  35. Big Parade, The (1925)
  36. Big Sleep, The (1946)
  37. Birth of a Nation, The (1915)
  38. Bite the Bullet (1975)
  39. Black Narcissus (1947)
  40. Body and Soul (1947)
  41. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  42. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  43. Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957)
  44. Brief Encounter (1945)
  45. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  46. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  47. Butley (1974)
  48. Caine Mutiny, The (1954)
  49. Captains Courageous (1937)
  50. Casablanaca (1942)
  51. Cavalcade (1933)
  52. Childern of Paradise (1945)
  53. China Syndrome, The (1979)
  54. Chinatown (1974)
  55. Christmas Carol, A (1951)
  56. Christmas Story, A (1983)
  57. Cider House Rules (1999)
  58. Circle of Deceit (1981)
  59. Citizen Kane (1941)
  60. City Lights (1931)
  61. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  62. Conversation, The (1974)
  63. Counsellor at Law (1933)
  64. Court Jester, The (1956)
  65. Crowd, The (1928)
  66. Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The (2008)
  67. Dances with Wolves (1990)
  68. Danton (1982)
  69. David Copperfield (1935)
  70. Day in the Country, A (1946)
  71. Day the Earth Stood Still, The (1951)
  72. Days of Thrills and Laughter (1961)
  73. Dead of Night (1945)
  74. Deer Hunter, The (1978)
  75. Defiant Ones, The (1958)
  76. Deliverance (1972)
  77. Destry Rides Again (1939)
  78. Dinner at Eight (1933)
  79. Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The (1972)
  80. Docks of New York, The (1928)
  81. Dodsworth (1936)
  82. Double Indemnity (1944)
  83. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
  84. Duck Soup (1933)
  85. Dumbo (1941)
  86. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  87. Earrings of Madmae de..., The (1953)
  88. Earth (1930)
  89. East of Eden (1955)
  90. Edge of the City (1957)
  91. 8 1/2 (1963)
  92. El Norte (1983)
  93. Empire Strikes Back, The (1980)
  94. Everyman for Himself and God Against All (1975)
  95. Fanny and Alexander (1983)
  96. Fast Runner, The (2002)
  97. Father of the Bride (1950)
  98. Fist in his Pocket (1966)
  99. Fitzcarraldo (1982)
  100. Five Easy Pieces (1970)
  101. Follow the Fleet (1936)
  102. For Heaven's Sake (1926)
  103. Foreign Correspondent (1940)
  104. 42nd Street (1933)
  105. 4 Clowns (1970)
  106. Four Feathers (1939)
  107. Four Hundred Blows (1959)
  108. 4 Little Girls (1997)
  109. Fox and his Friends (1975)
  110. French Connection, The (1971)
  111. Freshman, The (1925)
  112. Friendly Peruasion (1956)
  113. From Here to Eternity (1953)
  114. Front, The (1976)
  115. Frost/Nixon (2008)
  116. Garden of Finzi-Continis, The (1971)
  117. General, The (1927)
  118. Giant (1956)
  119. Gigi (1958)
  120. Gimme Shelter (1970)
  121. Glory (1989)
  122. Godfather, The (1972)
  123. Godfather Part II, The (1974)
  124. Going My Way (1944)
  125. Gold Rush, The (1925)
  126. Golden Age of Comedy, The (1957)
  127. Gone with the Wind (1939)
  128. Good Earth, The (1937)
  129. Gospel According to St. Matthew, The (1964)
  130. Graduate, The (1967)
  131. Grand Hotel (1932)
  132. Grand Illusion (1937)
  133. Grapes of Wrath (1940)
  134. Great Escape, The (1963)
  135. Great Expectations (1946)
  136. Greed (1925)
  137. Green for Danger (1946)
  138. Gunga Din (1939)
  139. Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
  140. Hamlet (1948)
  141. Hard Day's Night, A (1964)
  142. Harvest (1937)
  143. Heiress, The (1949)
  144. Henry V (1945)
  145. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
  146. High Noon (1952)
  147. His Girl Friday (1940)
  148. How Green Was My Vally (1941)
  149. Howard's End (1992)
  150. Hud (1963)
  151. Hustler, The (1961)
  152. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
  153. I Know Where I'm Going (1945)
  154. I Vitelloni (1953)
  155. if... (1968)
  156. Ikiru (1952)
  157. In Cold Blood (1967)
  158. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
  159. In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
  160. In Which We Serve (1942)
  161. Innocent, The (1967)
  162. Intolerance (1916)
  163. It Happened One Night (1934)
  164. It's a Gift (1934)
  165. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
  166. Ivan the Terrible, Part One (1943)
  167. Jaws (1975)
  168. Judgement at Nuremberg (1961)
  169. Jules and Jim (1961)
  170. Julia (1977)
  171. Kagemusha (1980)
  172. Kid Brother, The (1927)
  173. Killers, The (1946)
  174. King Kong (1933)
  175. Knife in the Water (1962)
  176. Koyaanisqatsi (1983)
  177. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
  178. La Chienne (1931)
  179. La Strada (1954)
  180. La Terra Trema (1947)
  181. La Traviata (1982)
  182. Lacombe, Lucien (1974)
  183. Lady for a Day (1933)
  184. Lady Vanishes, The (1938)
  185. L'Age d'Or (1930)
  186. Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)
  187. Last Command, The (1928)
  188. Last Picture Show, The (1971)
  189. Last Waltz, The (1978)
  190. L'Atalante (1934)
  191. Laura (1944)
  192. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  193. Lenny (1974)
  194. Leopard, The (1963)
  195. Letter to Three Wives (1949)
  196. Libeled Lady (1936)
  197. Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The (1943)
  198. Life of Emile Zola, The (1937)
  199. Life with Father (1947)
  200. Lili (1953)
  201. Lion in Winter, The (1968)
  202. Little Big Man (1970)
  203. Little Children (2006)
  204. Little Women (1933)
  205. Little Women (1994)
  206. Lives of a Bengal Lancer, The (1935)
  207. Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, The (1962)
  208. Long Day's Journey into Night (1962)
  209. Longest Day, The (1962)
  210. Lost Horizon (1937)
  211. Lost Patrol, The (1934)
  212. Lost Weekend, The (1945)
  213. Louisiana Story (1948)
  214. Love Me Tonight (1932)
  215. Lust for Life (1956)
  216. M (1931)
  217. Magic Box, The (1951)
  218. Magnificent Ambersons, The (1942)
  219. Major Barbara (1941)
  220. Maltese Falcon, The (1941)
  221. Man for All Seasons, A (1966)
  222. Man of Aran (1934)
  223. Man of Marble (1977)
  224. Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The (1962)
  225. Mart/Sade (1966)
  226. Mary Poppins (1964)
  227. MASH (1970)
  228. Matter of Life and Death, A (1946)
  229. Mean Streets (1973)
  230. Medium Cool (1969)
  231. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  232. Memory of Justice, The (1976)
  233. Metropolis (1927)
  234. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  235. Miracle of Morgan's Creek, The (1944)
  236. Mister Roberts (1955)
  237. Modern Times (1936)
  238. Mon Oncle (1958)
  239. Moonlighting (1982)
  240. Moonstruck (1987)
  241. Motorcycle Diaries, The (2004)
  242. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
  243. Mr Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
  244. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
  245. My Architect (2003)
  246. My Darling Clementine (1946)
  247. Napoleon (1927)
  248. Nashville (1975)
  249. National Velvet (1944)
  250. Network (1976)
  251. Night at the Opera, A (1935)
  252. Night My Number Came Up, The (1955)
  253. Night to Remember, A (1958)
  254. Nights of Cabiria (1957)
  255. No End in Sight (2007)
  256. North by Northwest (1957)
  257. Nowhere in Africa (2001)
  258. O Lucky Man! (1973)
  259. Odd Man Out (1947)
  260. Of Mice and Men (1939)
  261. Official Story, The (1985)
  262. Oliver Twist (1948)
  263. Olympia (1936)
  264. On the Beach (1959)
  265. On the Town (1949)
  266. On the Waterfront (1954)
  267. One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest (1975)
  268. One, Two, Three (1961)
  269. Open City (1945)
  270. Ordet (1955)
  271. Ordinary People (1980)
  272. Othello (1965)
  273. Our Hospitality (1923)
  274. Overcoat, The (1959)
  275. Ox-Bow Incident, The (1946)
  276. Pandora's Box (1928)
  277. Paper Moon (1973)
  278. Passion of Joan of Arc, The (1928)
  279. Paths of Glory (1957)
  280. Patton (1970)
  281. Pawnbroker, The (1965)
  282. Pepe Le Moko (1937)
  283. Petulia (1968)
  284. Philadelphia Story, The (1940)
  285. Pinocchio (1940)
  286. Pixote (1981)
  287. Play Time (1967)
  288. Postman Always Rings Twice, The (1946)
  289. President's Analyst, The (1967)
  290. Pride and Prejudice (1940)
  291. Pride of the Yankees (1942)
  292. Princess Yang Kwei-fei (1955)
  293. Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
  294. Private Life of Henry VIII, The (1933)
  295. Psycho (1960)
  296. Pygmalion (1938)
  297. Quartet (1948)
  298. Queen Christina (1933)
  299. Quiet Man, The (1952)
  300. Raging Bull (1980)
  301. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  302. Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
  303. Raisin in the Sun, A (1961)
  304. Rashomon (1950)
  305. Rear Window (1954)
  306. Rebecca (1940)
  307. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
  308. Red River (1948)
  309. Red Shoes, The (1948)
  310. Repulsion (1965)
  311. Ride the High Country (1962)
  312. Rififi (1955)
  313. River, The (1951)
  314. Room at the Top (1955)
  315. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
  316. Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
  317. Rules of the Game, The (1939)
  318. Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
  319. Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)
  320. Say Amen, Somebody (1982)
  321. Scenes from a Marriage (1973)
  322. Schlinder's List (1993)
  323. Sea Hawk, The (1940)
  324. Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)
  325. Search, The (1948)
  326. Searchers, The (1948)
  327. Separate Tables (1958)
  328. Seven Beauties (1976)
  329. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
  330. Seven Days to Noon (1950)
  331. Seven Samurai (1954)
  332. Seventh Seal, The (1957)
  333. Shame (1968)
  334. Shane (1953)
  335. She Done Him Wrong (1933)
  336. Sherlock Jr. (1924)
  337. Sherman's March (1986)
  338. Ship of Fools (1965)
  339. Shoah (1985)
  340. Shoeshine (1946)
  341. Shoot the Piano Player (1960)
  342. Shop on Main Street, The (1965)
  343. Shot in the Dark, A (1964)
  344. Simon of the Desert (1965)
  345. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
  346. Sleuth (1972)
  347. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  348. Small Change (1976)
  349. Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
  350. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  351. Some Like it Hot (1959)
  352. Song of Bernadette, The (1943)
  353. Songcatcher (2001)
  354. Sorrow and the Pity, The (1970)
  355. Sounder (1972)
  356. Southerner, The (1945)
  357. Stage Door (1937)
  358. Stagecoach (1939)
  359. Stalag 17 (1953)
  360. Star is Born, A (1954)
  361. Stars Look Down, The (1939)
  362. Stolen Kisses (1968)
  363. Stop Making Sense (1984)
  364. Strangers on a Train (1951)
  365. Stray Dog (1949)
  366. Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951)
  367. Student Prince of Old Heidelberg, The (1927)
  368. Stunt Man, The (1980)
  369. Sullivan's Travels (1942)
  370. Sundowners, The (1960)
  371. Sunrise (1927)
  372. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
  373. Swept Away (1974)
  374. Swing Time (1936)
  375. Tale of Two Cities, A (1935)
  376. Talk of the Town, The (1942)
  377. Talk to Her (2002)
  378. Ten Commandments, The (1956)
  379. Ten From Your Show of Shows (1973)
  380. Terms of Endearment (1983)
  381. That's Entertainment! (1974)
  382. These Three (1936)
  383. They Were Expendable (1945)
  384. They Won't Forget (1937)
  385. Thief of Bagdad, The (1940)
  386. Thin Blue Line, The (1988)
  387. Thin Man, The (1934)
  388. Third Man, The (1949)
  389. 39 Steps, The (1935)
  390. 30 Years of Fun (1963)
  391. Three Sisters (1970)
  392. Throne of Blood (1957)
  393. Tight Little Island (1949)
  394. Tin Drum, The (1979)
  395. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  396. Tokyo Olympiad (1965)
  397. Tokyo Story (1953)
  398. Tom Jones (1963)
  399. Tootsie (1982)
  400. Top Hat (1935)
  401. Topkapi (1964)
  402. Touch of Evil (1958)
  403. Train, The (1964)
  404. Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)
  405. Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A (1945)
  406. Tree of Wooden Clogs, The (1978)
  407. Triumph of the Will (1935)
  408. Trouble in Paradise (1932)
  409. Tunes of Glory (1960)
  410. 12 Angry Men (1957)
  411. Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
  412. Twentieth Century (1934)
  413. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
  414. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  415. Two Women (1960)
  416. Umberto D (1952)
  417. Un Carnet de Bal (1937)
  418. Unbearable Lightness of Being, The (1988)
  419. Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
  420. Unmarried Woman, An (1978)
  421. Untouchables, The (1987)
  422. Verdict, The (1982)
  423. Vertigo (1958)
  424. Vincent, Francois, Paul and the Others (1974)
  425. Viva Zapata! (1952)
  426. War and Peace (1968)
  427. Way to the Stars, The (1945)
  428. Weavers: Wasn't that a Time, The (1982)
  429. Wedding March, The (1928)
  430. West Side Story (1961)
  431. When Comedy Was King (1960)
  432. Wild Bunch, The (1969)
  433. Wild Strawberries (1957)
  434. Wind, The (1928)
  435. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  436. Wizard of Oz, The (1939)
  437. Woodstock (1970)
  438. Woody Guthrie: Hard Travelin' (1984)
  439. World According to Garp, The (1982)
  440. World Without Sun (1964)
  441. Wuthering Heights (1939)
  442. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
  443. Yellow Submarine (1968)
  444. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)
  445. Yojimbo (1961)
  446. Zero for Conduct (1933)
Author Comments: 

Numbered entries are the ones I have seen (so far).

I'm very curious. How did you compile this list? Did you go through page-by-page (I've been guilty of this before), or did you find it somewhere?

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I went through page by page. I have been hoping at some point they create an electronic version of the book that can be sorted and filtered by number of stars or years or director or whatever. Given the time, I wouldn't mind doing it myself. Maybe someday when I retire.

I've done this many times for music and movie guides, so I appreciate your great effort.

A few years back, his guide was integrated with IMDB, and a little playing produced all his four-star movies. Those were different times, though...

There is an electronic version available as an iPhone app, but I don't think you can filter by star ratings. Drats...

Great work!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Thank you for creating this list.

Question: Of the 324+ movies you have seen on the list, what percentage do you agree were worthy of four stars?

Brett

Brett,

Tough question as movie rating is so subjective. I am following this list because I agree with Maltin more times than I disagree with him. But I consider a 4 star movie one of the best I have ever seen. Using that criteria, in my humble opinion, I would rate a little over 100 of the ones I have seen so far as 4 star movies. But I am having fun following this list because I am seeing some good movies (not great but worth seeing) that I otherwise would never have seen.

That is rather excellent. I am surprised how difficult some of these are to even obtain. I'd really like to get a copy of Quartet, but I haven't had any luck getting my hands on a copy. I own a bunch of the ones you haven't seen, if you ever feel like doing a trade! (FYI, the 1951 "Christmas Carol" is absolutely the best version of the story ever filmed.)

By the way, I found at least once instance where one of the films listed did not actually receive four stars. In fact, Tokyo Olympiad (1965) gets a measly two and half stars, although he does say something like a different cut deserved three and a half stars.

Actually, I own very, very few of the ones I have seen. Most of them I get from our local library system, they have a great selection. If they don't have them, I can request from another cooperating library system in our state. One of the libraries in my state does have Quartet and I hope to get it from them. Turner Classic Movies is another good source for some of the older, more obscure movies on the list.

I am working from the 2010 Edition of the Maltin book. I have noticed that his ratings sometimes do change from year to year, edition to edition. That is why I chose one edition and am following that.

Wow, it's **1/2 in the 2009 edition! That's quite a change. They must have restored the film and put it on DVD. I didn't realize he tinkered with the ratings from year to year. Thanks for the info.

El Barto, I suggest you to modify Adam's Rib year of release: is not 1940 but 1949

The Ox-Bow Incident was not released in 1946 but 1943

Incredible. He didn't consider Notorious a four stars? Lol, this list starts to bore me.

The Searchers ---> 1956 and not 1948

I can't believe. He enlisted The Father of the Bride as one of the four best movies of 1950 and he didn't mention In a Lonely Place by Ray.... I surrender, at this point.

ahahahahah no mentions for Day of Wrath (1943) but a call for Bernadette.... What a dumb critic. an he get paid to judge movies....
In 1955 he forget The Night of the Hunter for Mister Roberts... puahh...

Correction: North by Northwest was released after Vertigo.
Other absurdities: he mentioned Gigi and not Top Hat....

My Gollie. I should start reading Maltin's list checking up 4 stars movies from 1988 to 2010. They are hilarious. No Lynch, the worst Almodovar in a decade of gems, no Mann, no Coen, no Anderson. To not mention no Taxi Driver, no Kubrick after 2001: A Space Odyssey. One of the worst lists ever.