30. The Search (1948)
> Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
> Starring: Montgomery Clift, Ivan Jandl, Aline MacMahon
> Genre: Drama, War
> Available on: Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Apple iTunes, FandangoNOW
Montgomery Clift starrs as an American private stationed in post-war Berlin who helps a lost Czech boy find his mother. Four-time Oscar winner Fred Zinnemann directed the film, which won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story, for Richard Schweizer and David Wechsler. Ivan Jandl won the statue for his outstanding juvenile performance. “The Search” holds a 100% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 92% rating among viewers.
29. 7 Men From Now (1956)
> Directed by: Budd Boetticher
> Starring: Randolph Scott, Gail Russell, Lee Marvin
> Genre: Action, Western
> Available on: Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Apple iTunes
Randolph Scott, one of cinema’s most recognizable stars of Westerns, plays an ex-sheriff who blames himself for his wife’s death during a robbery and vows to find and kill the seven men involved. “7 Men From Now” was the first of seven Western film pairings of director Budd Boetticher and Scott between 1956 and 1960. The film holds a 100% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and a rating of 81% among audiences.
28. The Mark of Zorro (1940)
> Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
> Starring: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone
> Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance
> Available on: Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Amazon Video, Epix, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW
Tyrone Power plays a swashbuckling Spanish aristocrat who uses a secret identity to bring justice to 19th-century California. Basil Rathbone portrays a corrupt police captain, one of the many such roles he played in the 1930s and 1940s. Critic Dennis Schwartz called the film “one of the all-time great swashbucklers.” The movie is famous for its sword duel between Rathbone and Power. “The Mark of Zorro” has a 91% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and 79% of audiences liked the movie.
27. Killer of Sheep (1978)
> Directed by: Charles Burnett
> Starring: Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy
> Genre: Drama
> Available on: Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Netflix, AMC on Demand, Microsoft Store, Redbox, Vudu, FandangoNOW, Hoopla, Apple iTunes
Charles Burnett wrote and directed the film about a slaughterhouse worker in the Watts section of Los Angeles and the toll this job takes on him and his family. Boston Globe critic Wesley Morris called the film a “milestone of eloquent understatement that captures the daily life of have-nots as few American movies have.” The film has a 97% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and 84% of audiences liked the movie. The Library of Congress has included “Killer of Sheep” on the National Film Registry, and the National Society of Film Critics chose it as one of the “100 Essential Films.”
26. Random Harvest (1942)
> Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
> Starring: Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Philip Dorn
> Genre: Drama, Romance
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Amazon Video, DIRECTV, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW
“Random Harvest” is about an amnesiac WWI veteran who marries a music hall performer, then has an accident that restores his memory of his former life as a wealthy man and expunges his post-war experiences. Mervyn LeRoy’s film, which stars Ronald Colman and Greer Garson, was nominated for seven Academy Awards. The movie has a 89% Freshness rating among critics and audiences on Rotten Tomatoes.