The 50 Greatest Movies Ever Made

Ranking half a century of the finest films in cinematic history

43. Metropolis (1927)

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Fritz Lang’s masterpiece had an impact on sci-fi that simply can’t be measured, and is fully deserving of its reputation as one of the most important movies ever made. Another all-time classic that didn’t find universal acclaim right out of the gate, Lang’s ambitious and unprecedented method of cinematic storytelling was far, far ahead of its time.

There have been multiple restorations over the years, but any cut of Metropolis is enough to do justice to a visually stunning epic that set the standard all future sci-fi would need to live up to.