Best movies of before 2000

The Godfather(1972)

Combined Rating:
91
Combined Critics Rating: 87

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.



Lawrence of Arabia(1962)

Combined Rating:
90
Combined Critics Rating: 86

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.



American Beauty(1999)

Combined Rating:
90
Combined Critics Rating: 85

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.



Almost Famous(2000)

Combined Rating:
89
Combined Critics Rating: 85

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.



Star Wars(1977)

Combined Rating:
89
Combined Critics Rating: 84

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee, and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.



Schindler's List(1993)

Combined Rating:
89
Combined Critics Rating: 84

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.



Saving Private Ryan(1998)

Combined Rating:
89
Combined Critics Rating: 83

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.



Toy Story 2(1999)

Combined Rating:
89
Combined Critics Rating: 84

When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends vow to rescue him, but Woody finds the idea of immortality in a museum tempting.



Chicken Run(2000)

Combined Rating:
88
Combined Critics Rating: 85

When a cockerel apparently flies into a chicken farm, the chickens see him as an opportunity to escape their evil owners.



Psycho(1960)

Combined Rating:
88
Combined Critics Rating: 83

A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.



Beauty and the Beast(1991)

Combined Rating:
88
Combined Critics Rating: 83

A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell.



Pulp Fiction(1994)

Combined Rating:
88
Combined Critics Rating: 82

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.



The Truman Show(1998)

Combined Rating:
88
Combined Critics Rating: 82

An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.



Being John Malkovich(1999)

Combined Rating:
88
Combined Critics Rating: 83

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.



Memento(2000)

Combined Rating:
87
Combined Critics Rating: 81

A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.



Blade Runner(1982)

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Combined Rating:
87
Combined Critics Rating: 81

A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.



L.A. Confidential(1997)

Combined Rating:
87
Combined Critics Rating: 81

As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.



Shakespeare in Love(1998)

Combined Rating:
87
Combined Critics Rating: 82

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.



Amadeus(1984)

Combined Rating:
86
Combined Critics Rating: 80

The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.



Goodfellas(1990)

Combined Rating:
86
Combined Critics Rating: 79

The story of Henry Hill and his life through the teen years into the years of mafia, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.




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