J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum’s Midnight Movies

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1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical

58 Metascore

A newly-engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must seek shelter at the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-n-Furter.

Director: Jim Sharman | Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien

Votes: 126,368 | Gross: $139.88M

2. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror

89 Metascore

A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman

Votes: 110,253 | Gross: $0.09M

3. Freaks (1932)

Not Rated | 64 min | Drama

80 Metascore

A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates

Votes: 40,118

4. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

G | 92 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 74,309

5. The Invisible Man (1933)

Not Rated | 71 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, Henry Travers

Votes: 28,186

6. Forbidden Planet (1956)

G | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens

Votes: 43,347 | Gross: $3.00M

7. Tarantula (1955)

Approved | 80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A spider escapes from an isolated Arizona desert laboratory experimenting in giantism and grows to tremendous size as it wreaks havoc on the local inhabitants.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll, Nestor Paiva

Votes: 8,125 | Gross: $1.10M

8. Invasion of the Triffids (1963)

Approved | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

After an unusual meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, a merchant navy officer must find a way to conquer tall, aggressive plants which are feeding on people and animals.

Directors: Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis | Stars: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore

Votes: 6,974

9. Curse of the Demon (1957)

Not Rated | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

American professor John Holden arrives in London for a parapsychology conference, only to find himself investigating the mysterious actions of Devil-worshiper Julian Karswell.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham

Votes: 11,321

10. When Worlds Collide (1951)

Passed | 83 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

As a new star and planet hurtle toward a doomed Earth, a small group of survivalists frantically work to complete the rocket which will take them to their new home.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen, John Hoyt

Votes: 6,750

11. The Maids (1975)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Romance

A film version of Genet's play. Two house cleaners, Solange and Claire, hate their employers and, while they are out, take turns at dressing up as Madame and insulting her.

Director: Christopher Miles | Stars: Glenda Jackson, Susannah York, Vivien Merchant, Mark Burns

Votes: 366

12. Shirley Thompson Versus the Aliens (1972)

80 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

A group of aliens plans to invade Australia as a means of taking over the Earth. In order to communicate with the people of Earth, they bring a statue of the long-dead Duke of Edinburgh to life.

Director: Jim Sharman | Stars: Jane Harders, June Collis, Tim Elliott, Marion Johns

Votes: 33

13. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 570,779 | Gross: $56.95M

14. Gimme Shelter (1970)

GP | 91 min | Documentary, Music, Thriller

80 Metascore

A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts

Votes: 10,192 | Gross: $0.25M

15. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 721,784

16. Performance (1970)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama

A violent gangster seeks refuge from the mob in the Bohemian home of a former rock star.

Directors: Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg | Stars: James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, Michèle Breton

Votes: 8,906 | Gross: $0.19M

17. Monterey Pop (1968)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, History, Music

77 Metascore

A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar, Country Joe McDonald

Votes: 3,496 | Gross: $0.00M

18. Brewster McCloud (1970)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Fantasy

72 Metascore

An introverted loner living in the bowels of the Astrodome plots to develop - with the aid of a mysterious guardian angel - a pair of wings that will help him fly.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Bud Cort, Shelley Duvall, Sally Kellerman, Michael Murphy

Votes: 3,957 | Gross: $1.05M

19. It Happened Here (1965)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

In 1940, the Nazis invade Britain and transform it into a fascist state where some Britons collaborate and others resist. In 1944, an apolitical Irish nurse becomes a reluctant player in the fight between the two sides.

Directors: Kevin Brownlow, Andrew Mollo | Stars: Pauline Murray, Sebastian Shaw, Bart Allison, Reginald Marsh

Votes: 980

20. Privilege (1967)

103 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Steven Shorter is the ultimate British music star. His music is listened to by everyone from pre-teens to grandparents. He has no trace of public bad habits or drug involvement. Everyone in... See full summary »

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Paul Jones, Jean Shrimpton, Mark London, William Job

Votes: 1,013

21. Charlie Bubbles (1968)

89 min | Comedy, Drama

A married writer has an affair with his secretary.

Director: Albert Finney | Stars: Albert Finney, Colin Blakely, Billie Whitelaw, Liza Minnelli

Votes: 585

22. Leo the Last (1970)

R | 104 min | Drama, Comedy

A social satire about the last heir of a dethroned family of European monarchs whose plans to return to power through revolution become secondary after he becomes fascinated by the life of a poor London black girl and her boyfriend.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Billie Whitelaw, Calvin Lockhart, Glenna Forster-Jones

Votes: 499

23. El Topo (1970)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Western

A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, José Legarreta, Alfonso Arau

Votes: 24,032 | Gross: $0.04M

24. Pink Flamingos (1972)

NC-17 | 93 min | Comedy, Crime

47 Metascore

Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive".

Director: John Waters | Stars: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole

Votes: 20,952 | Gross: $0.18M

25. That Hamilton Woman (1941)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, History, Romance

The story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton, including her relationships with Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Horatio Nelson and her rise and fall, set during the Napoleonic Wars.

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Alan Mowbray, Sara Allgood

Votes: 3,787

26. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

63 Metascore

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 193,568 | Gross: $163.21M

27. French Cancan (1955)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

This comedy drama from Jean Renoir chronicles the revival of Paris' most notorious dance as it tells the story of a theater producer who turns a humble washerwoman into a star at the Moulin Rouge.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean Gabin, Françoise Arnoul, María Félix, Anna Amendola

Votes: 3,483

28. Verboten! (1959)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Thriller, War

A young American serviceman, stationed in Germany after the fall of the Third Reich, jeopardises his position with the Marshall Plan relief effort by breaking the non-fraternisatiom rule ... See full summary »

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: James Best, Susan Cummings, Tom Pittman, Paul Dubov

Votes: 764

29. Attack (1956)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Drama, War

In 1945, an American Infantry company sets up an artillery observation post, but tensions between Captain Cooney and Lieutenant Costa run high.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Jack Palance, Lee Marvin, Eddie Albert, Robert Strauss

Votes: 4,472

30. Jezebel (1938)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance

In 1850s Louisiana, a free-spirited Southern belle loses her fiancé due to her stubborn vanity and pride, and vows to win him back.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 11,333

31. The Nanny (1965)

Unrated | 93 min | Mystery, Thriller

There's just something not quite right when Bette Davis stars as an English nanny. And is her 10-year-old charge an emotionally disturbed murderer or just an insolent brat?

Director: Seth Holt | Stars: Bette Davis, Wendy Craig, Jill Bennett, James Villiers

Votes: 5,055

32. All About Eve (1950)

Passed | 138 min | Drama

98 Metascore

An ingénue insinuates herself into the lives of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm

Votes: 114,330 | Gross: $0.01M

33. The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956)

Approved | 84 min | Drama

After being shown what hypnotism can do, a doctor starts to study it in depth. When he experiments on a friend's wife, she regresses into an early life--that of Bridey Murphy. Several ... See full summary »

Director: Noel Langley | Stars: Teresa Wright, Louis Hayward, Nancy Gates, Kenneth Tobey

Votes: 161

34. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

87 Metascore

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus

Votes: 79,443

35. Giant (1956)

G | 201 min | Drama, Western

84 Metascore

Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker

Votes: 32,403 | Gross: $35.00M

36. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" into action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth, the lives of the living are in danger.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore

Votes: 34,770

37. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 151,549 | Gross: $1.24M

38. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Mystery

In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff, Françoise Bertin

Votes: 19,097 | Gross: $0.06M

39. The Prodigal (1955)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama

A wealthy young Hebrew traveling in Damascus renounces his faith after he is seduced by an alluring pagan priestess and cheated of his fortune by the High Priest as well.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Lana Turner, Edmund Purdom, Louis Calhern, Audrey Dalton

Votes: 540

40. Jeanne Eagels (1957)

Not Rated | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The life of 1920s actress Jeanne Eagels.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Kim Novak, Jeff Chandler, Agnes Moorehead, Charles Drake

Votes: 599

41. Flesh (1968)

R | 89 min | Drama

A man desperate for money and no income, turns prostitute and interplays with a variety of clients and hustlers.

Director: Paul Morrissey | Stars: Joe Dallesandro, Geraldine Smith, Patti D'Arbanville, Candy Darling

Votes: 2,192

42. Myra Breckinridge (1970)

R | 94 min | Comedy

After undergoing gender reassignment surgery, an aspiring actress travels to Hollywood, where she also wants to make a claim on her wealthy uncle's estate.

Director: Michael Sarne | Stars: Mae West, John Huston, Raquel Welch, Rex Reed

Votes: 2,723 | Gross: $8.72M

43. The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)

Approved | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life story of the famous pianist and band-leader of the 1930s and 1940s.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Tyrone Power, Kim Novak, Victoria Shaw, James Whitmore

Votes: 1,592