Best movies of before 2000

The Godfather(1972)

Combined Rating:
92
Combined Critics Rating: 88

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



Almost Famous(2000)

Combined Rating:
90
Combined Critics Rating: 86

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.



Lawrence of Arabia(1962)

Combined Rating:
90
Combined Critics Rating: 87

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.



L.A. Confidential(1997)

Combined Rating:
90
Combined Critics Rating: 85

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.



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.



Chicken Run(2000)

Combined Rating:
89
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:
89
Combined Critics Rating: 84

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.



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.



Beauty and the Beast(1991)

Combined Rating:
89
Combined Critics Rating: 84

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.



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: 84

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: 85

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.



Memento(2000)

Combined Rating:
88
Combined Critics Rating: 82

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



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: 83

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.



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.



Amadeus(1984)

Combined Rating:
87
Combined Critics Rating: 81

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



Toy Story(1995)

Combined Rating:
87
Combined Critics Rating: 81

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.



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.




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