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Description: Feature films that scored in the top 30 and scored 8.0 or higher in IMDb votes for the decade (with more than 10,000 votes) and/or won significant awards. IMDb ratings as of January 2009 and may be subject to change.

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8 1/2 (1963)
   starred   
Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale and Anouk Aimée
IMDB:8.2/10. Director: Federico Fellini. Won 2 Oscars incl. Best Foreign Language Film.
12 Angry Men (1957)
   starred   
Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam and Lee J. Cobb
IMDB: 8.8/10. Director: Sidney Lumet. #10 in IMDb Top 250 movies. Nominated for 3 Oscars. Winner of Bafta - Best Foreign Actor: Henry Fonda . National Film Preservation Board Award.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
   starred   
Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood and William Sylvester
IMDB:8.4/10. Director: Stanley Kubrick. 1 Oscar win, 3 Baftas and National Film Preservation Board Award.
The African Queen (1951)
   starred   
Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and Robert Morley
IMDB: 8.1/10. Director: John Huston. Best Actor Oscar to Humphrey Bogart.
Alien (1979)
   starred   
Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver and John Hurt
IMDB:8.5/10. Director: Ridley Scott. Won 1 Oscar, 2 Baftas, and National Film Preservation Board Award.
All About Eve (1950)
   starred   
Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders and Celeste Holm
IMDB: 8.4/10. Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Won 6 Oscars including Best Picture. Won a Bafta Awarda and a Golden Globe Award. National Film Preservation Board Award.
All the President's Men (1976)
   starred   
Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford and Jack Warden
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: Alan J. Pakula. Won 4 Oscars.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
   starred   
James Stewart, Lee Remick and Ben Gazzara
IMDB: 8.1/10. Director: Otto Preminger. Nominated for 7 Oscars.
Annie Hall (1977)
   starred   
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton and Tony Roberts
IMDB:8.2/10. Director: Woody Allen. Won 4 Oscars incl. Best Picture, 5 Bafta, 1 Golden Globe and National Film Preservation Board Award.
The Apartment (1960)
   starred   
Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray
IMDB:8.4/10. Director: Billy Wilder. 5 Oscar wins incl. Best Picture. 3 Baftas, 3 Golden Globes and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
   starred   
Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall
IMDB:8.8/10. Director: Francis Ford Coppola. Won 2 Oscars, 2 Baftas, 2 Golden Globes and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Barry Lyndon (1975)
   starred   
Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson and Patrick Magee
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: Stanley Kubrick. Won 4 Oscars and 2 Baftas
Ben-Hur (1959)
   starred   
Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins and Haya Harareet
IMDB: 8.2/10. Director: William Wyler. Winner of 11 Oscars including Best Picture.
Blazing Saddles (1974)
   starred   
Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Slim Pickens, Cleavon Little
IMDB:7.9/10. Director: Mel Brooks. Nominated for 1 Oscar. National Film Preservation Board
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
   starred   
Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and Michael J. Pollard
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Arthur Penn. Won 2 Oscars, 2 Baftas and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
   starred   
Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard and Patricia Neal
IMDB:7.8/10. Director: Blake Edwards. Won 2 Oscars.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
   starred   
William Holden, Alec Guinness and Jack Hawkins
IMDB: 8.5/10. Director: David Lean. Won 7 Oscars including best picture. Won 4 Baftas & 3 Golden Globes. National Film Preservation Board Award.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
   starred   
Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katharine Ross
IMDB:8.2/10. Director: George Roy Hill. Won 4 Oscars, 9 Baftas incl. Best Film, 1 Golden Globe and National Film Preservation Board Award.
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
   starred   
Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer and Van Johnson
IMDB: 8.1/10. Director: Edward Dmytryk. Nominated for 7 Oscars
Chinatown (1974)
   starred   
Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston
IMDB:8.6/10. Director: Roman Polanski. Won 1 Oscar, 3 Baftas, 4 Golden Globes and National Film Preservation Board Award.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
   starred   
Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee and Michael Bates
IMDB:8.5/10. Director: Stanley Kubrick. Nominated for 4 Oscars.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
   starred   
Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut and Teri Garr
IMDB:7.9/10. Director: Steven Spielberg. Won 2 Oscars, 1 Bafta and National Film Preservation Board
The Conversation (1974)
   starred   
Gene Hackman, John Cazale and Allen Garfield
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Francis Ford Coppola. Nominated for 3 Oscars. Won 3 Baftas and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
   starred   
Paul Newman, George Kennedy, J. D. Cannon
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Stuart Rosenberg. 1 Oscar win - George Kennedy for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and National Film Preservation Board Award.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
   starred   
Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal and Hugh Marlowe
IMDB: 8.1/10. Director: Robert Wise. Won Golden Globe for Best Film Promoting International Understanding
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
   starred   
Edward Fox, Terence Alexander, Michel Auclair
IMDB:7.9/10. Director: Fred Zinneman. Nominated for 1 Oscar. Won 1 Bafta.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
   starred   
Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep
IMDB:8.2/10. Director: Michael Cimino. on 5 Oscars incl. Best Picture, 2 Bafta, 1 Golden Globe and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
   starred   
Omar Sharif, Julie Christie and Rod Steiger
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: David Lean. Won 5 Oscars and 5 Golden Globes.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
   starred   
Al Pacino, John Cazale and Penelope Allen
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Sidney Lumet. Won 1 Oscar and 2 Baftas
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
   starred   
Peter Sellers, George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden
IMDB:8.7/10. Director: Stanley Kubrick. 4 Oscar Nominations. Won 3 Baftas incl. Best British Film. (Or 'How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb'). National Film Preservation Board Award.
East of Eden (1955)
   starred   
Julie Harris, James Dean, Burl Ives and Raymond Massey
IMDB: 8.1/10. Director: Elia Kazan. 4 Oscar nominations resulting in 1 win. James Dean's first major screen role.
The Exorcist (1973)
   starred   
Ellen Burstyn, Peter Masterson and Linda Blair
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: William Friedkin. Won 2 Oscars, 4 Golden Globes
The Fiends (1955)
   starred   
Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot and Paul Meurisse
IMDB: 8.3/10. Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot. (Alternative titles: Les Diaboliques; Diabolique). Won 'New York Film Critics Circle Awards'
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
   starred   
Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Gian Maria Volontè
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Sergio Leone. 'Per Qualche Dollaro in Più'
The French Connection (1971)
   starred   
Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey and Roy Scheider
IMDB:7.9/10. Director: William Friedkin. Won 5 Oscars incl. Best Picture, 2 Baftas, 3 Golden Globes and National Film Preservation Board Award.
The Godfather (1972)
   starred   
Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall
IMDB:9.0/10. Director: Francis Ford Coppola. #2 in IMDb Top 250 movies. Won 3 Oscars incl. Best Picture, 1 Bafta, 5 Golden Globes and National Film Preservation Board Award.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
   starred   
Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton
IMDB:9.0/10. Director: Francis Ford Coppola. #3 in IMDb Top 250 movies. Won 6 Oscars incl. Best Picture, 6 Baftas, 6 Golden Globes and National Film Preservation Board Award.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1968)
   starred   
Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef
IMDB:9.0/10. Director: Sergio Leone. #4 in IMDb Top 250 movies. 'Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo'.
The Graduate (1967)
   starred   
Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross
IMDB:8.2/10. Director: Mike Nichols. 1 Oscar win for Best Director, 5 Baftas incl. Best Film, 5 Golden Globes and National Film Preservation Board Award.
The Great Escape (1963)
   starred   
Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough
IMDB:8.4/10. Director: John Sturges. 1 Oscar nomination.
High Noon (1952)
   starred   
Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges and Katy Jurado
IMDB: 8.3/10. Director: Fred Zinnemann. 4 Oscars and 4 Golden Globes. National Film Preservation Board Award.
The Hustler (1961)
   starred   
Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason and George C. Scott
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Robert Rossen. 2 Oscar wins, 2 Baftas and National Film Preservation Board Award.
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
   starred   
Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger and Warren Oates
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Norman Jewison. Won 5 Oscars incl. Best Picture, 2 Baftas, 3 Golden Globe and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Jaws (1975)
   starred   
Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Steven Spielberg. Won 3 Oscar, 1 Bafta, 1 Golden Globe and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
   starred   
Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster and Richard Widmark
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Stanley Kramer. 2 Oscars, 2 Golden Globes.
The Killing (1956)
   starred   
Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray and Vince Edwards
IMDB: 8.2/10. Director: Stanley Kubrick.
The Last Picture Show (1971)
   starred   
Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: Peter Bogdanovich. Won 2 Oscars, 3 Baftas, 1 Golden Globe and National Film Preservation Board
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
   starred   
Peter O’Toole, Alec Guiness, Anthony Quinn and Omar Sharif
IMDB:8.6/10. Director: David Lean. 7 Oscar wins incl. Best Picture. 4 Baftas, 4 Golden Globes and National Film Preservation Board Award.
La Dolce Vita (1960)
   starred   
Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg and Anouk Aimée
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Federico Fellini. Won 1 Oscar.
Life of Brian (1979)
   starred   
Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Terry Gilliam
IMDB:8.2/10. Director: Terry Jones.
The Lion in Winter (1968)
   starred   
Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Hopkins
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Anthony Harvey. Won 3 Oscars, 2 Baftas and 2 Golden Globes.
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
   starred   
Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury and Janet Leigh
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: John Frankenheimer. 1 Oscar nomination and Golden Globe to Angela Lansbury for Best Supporting Actress
Manhattan (1979)
   starred   
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton and Michael Murphy
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: Sidney Lumet. Won 4 Oscars, 1 Bafta, 4 Golden Globe and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Mary Poppins (1964)
   starred   
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and David Tomlinson
IMDB:7.7/10. Director: Robert Stevenson. Won 5 Oscars, 1 Baftas and 1 Golden Globe
MASH (1970)
   starred   
Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould and Tom Skerritt
IMDB:7.9/10. Director: Robert Altman. Won 1 Oscar, 1 Bafta, 1 Golden Globe and National Film Preservation Board
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
   starred   
Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller and Leo McKern
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Fred Zinnerman. Won 6 Oscars incl. Best Picture, 7 Baftas and 4 Golden Globes.
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
   starred   
Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight and Sylvia Miles
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: John Schlesinger. Won 3 Oscars incl. Best Picture, 6 Baftas, 1 Golden Globe and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
   starred   
Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Terry Gilliam
IMDB:8.4/10. Directors: Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones. Also starring Eric Idle and Terry Jones
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
   starred   
John Wayne, James Stewart and Vera Miles
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: John Ford. 1 Oscar nomination and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Network (1976)
   starred   
Faye Dunaway, William Holden and Peter Finch
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: Woody Allen. Nominated for 2 Oscars, Won 2 Baftas incl. Best Picture and National Film Preservation Board Award.
North by Northwest (1959)
   starred   
Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason
IMDB: 8.7/10. Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Nominated for 3 Oscars. National Film Preservation Board Award.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
   starred   
Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale and Jason Robards
IMDB:8.8/10. Director: Sergio Leone. #19 in IMDb Top 250 movies.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
   starred   
Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher and William Redfield
IMDB:8.8/10. Director: Milos Forman. #8 in IMDb Top 250 movies. Won 5 Oscars incl. Best Picture, 1 Bafta, 6 Golden Globes and National Film Preservation Board Award.
On the Waterfront (1954)
   starred   
Marlon Brando, Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb
IMDB: 8.4/10. Director: Elia Kazan. Won 8 Oscars including best picture. 4 Golden Globes. National Film Preservation Board Award.
Paper Moon (1973)
   starred   
Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal and Madeline Kahn
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Peter Bogdanovich. Won 1 Oscar and 1 Golden Globe.
Papillon (1973)
   starred   
Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman and Victor Jory
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: Franklin J. Schaffner. Nominated for 1 Oscar.
Paths of Glory (1957)
   starred   
Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker and Adolphe Menjou
IMDB: 8.6/10. Director: Stanley Kubrick. Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. National Film Preservation Board Award.
Patton (1970)
   starred   
George C. Scott, Karl Malden and Stephen Young
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Franklin J. Schaffner. Won 7 Oscars incl. Best Picture, 1 Golden Globe and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Persona (1966)
   starred   
Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann and Margaretha Krook
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Ingmar Bergman. 1 Bafta nomination.
The Planet of the Apes (1968)
   starred   
Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: Franklin J. Schaffner. 2 Oscar nomnations and Honorary Award to John Chambersfor his outstanding make-up achievement in the movie. National Film Preservation Board Award.
Psycho (1960)
   starred   
Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles
IMDB:8.7/10. Director: Alfred Hitchcock. 4 Oscar Nominations. Golden Globe to Janet Leigh for 'Best Actress in a Supporting Role'. National Film Preservation Board Award.
Rashômon (1950)
   starred   
Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô and Masayuki Mori
IMDB: 8.5/10. Director: Akira Kurosawa. One Oscar nomination.
Rear Window (1954)
   starred   
James Stewart, Grace Kelly and Wendell Corey
IMDB: 8.8/10. Director: Alfred Hitchcock. #16 in IMDb Top 250 movies. Nominated for 4 Oscars. National Film Preservation Board Award.
Rocky (1976)
   starred   
Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: John G. Avildsen. Won 3 Oscars incl. Best Picture, 1 Golden Globe and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Roman Holiday (1953)
   starred   
Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn and Eddie Albert
IMDB: 8.1/10. Director: William Wyler. 10 Oscar nominations resulting in 3 wins.
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
   starred   
Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes and Ruth Gordon
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Roman Polanski. 1 Oscar, 1 Bafta and one Golden Globe.
Seven Samurai (1954)
   starred   
Takashi Shimura, Toshirô Mifune and Yoshio Inaba
IMDB: 8.8/10. Director: Akira Kurosawa. #13 in IMDb Top 250 movies. Nominated for 2 Oscars
The Seventh Seal (1957)
   starred   
Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot and Max Von Sydow
IMDB: 8.4/10. Director: Ingmar Bergman. (Alternative title: Det Sjunde inseglet ) Cannes Film Festival Jury Special Prize.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
   starred   
Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds
IMDB: 8.4/10. Directors: Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly. Nominated for 2 Oscars. Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor Musical/Comedy. National Film Preservation Board Award.
Sleuth (1972)
   starred   
Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine and Alec Cawthorne
IMDB:8.2/10. Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Won 4 Oscars.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
   starred   
Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon
IMDB: 8.4/10. Director: Billy Wilder. Winner of 1 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Comedy.National Film Preservation Board Award.
The Sound of Music (1965)
   starred   
Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Eleanor Parker
IMDB:7.8/10. Director: Robert Wise. Won 5 Oscars incl. Best Picture, 2 Golden Globes and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Stalag 17 (1953)
   starred   
William Holden, Don Taylor and Otto Preminger
IMDB: 8.1/10. Director: Billy Wilder. Best Actor Oscar to William Holden
Star Wars (A New Hope) (1977)
   starred   
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher
IMDB:8.8/10. Director: George Lucas. #12 in IMDb Top 250 movies. Won 6 Oscars, 1 Bafta, 1 Golden Globe and National Film Preservation Board Award.
The Sting (1973)
   starred   
Paul Newman, Robert Redford & Robert Shaw
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: George Roy Hill. Won 7 Oscars incl. Best Picture and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Strangers on a Train (1951)
   starred   
Farley Granger, Ruth Roman and Robert Walker
IMDB: 8.3/10. Director: Alfred Hitchcock.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
   starred   
Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando and Karl Malden
IMDB: 8.1/10. Director: Elia Kazan. 12 Oscar nominations resulting in 4 wins
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
   starred   
Willian Holden, Gloria Swanson and Erich Von Stroheim
IMDB: 8.7/10. Director: Billy Wilder. Winner of 3 Oscars, numerous nominations. Winner of 4 Golden Globes. National Film Preservation Board Award
Taxi Driver (1976)
   starred   
Robert De Niro, Albert Brooks and Jodie Foster
IMDB:8.6/10. Director: Martin Scorsese. Nominated for 4 Oscars, won 3 Baftas and National Film Preservation Board Award.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
   starred   
Gregory Peck, Frank Overton and Mary Badham
IMDB:8.5/10. Director: David Lean. 3 Oscar wins . 3 Golden Globes and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Touch of Evil (1958)
   starred   
Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Orson Welles
IMDB: 8.4/10. Director: Orson Welles. National Film Preservation Board Award.
Vertigo (1958)
   starred   
James Stewart, Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes
IMDB: 8.6/10. Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Nominated for 2 Oscars. National Film Preservation Board Award.
The Wages of Fear (1953)
   starred   
Yves Montand, Charles Vanel and Folco Lulli
IMDB: 8.4/10. Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot. (Alternative title: Le Salaire de la peur) Won Bafta Award. Winner Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize of the Festival.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
   starred   
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and George Segal
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Mike Nichols. Won 5 Oscars incl. Elizabeth Taylor for Best actress and 3 Baftas.
The Wild Bunch (1969)
   starred   
William Holden, Ernest Borgnine and Robert Ryan
IMDB:8.2/10. Director: Sam Peckinpah. 2 Oscar nominations and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Wild Strawberries (1957)
   starred   
Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson and Ingrid Thulin
IMDB: 8.3/10. Director: Ingmar Bergman. Also known as 'Smultronstället'. Winner of Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film.
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
   starred   
Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton
IMDB: 8.3/10. Director: Billy Wilder. Nominated for 6 Oscars. Adapted from an Agatha Christie play.
Yojimbo the Bodyguard (1961)
   starred   
Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai and Yôko Tsukasa
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Akira Kurosawa. 1 Oscar nomination.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
   starred   
Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle and Marty Feldman
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: Mel Brooks. Nominated for 2 Oscars. National Film Preservation Board Award.


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