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Roger Ebert's Favorite Movies

He spent 46 years at the ''Chicago Sun-Times,'' where he won a Pulitzer Prize and became the most celebrated film critic in America; every year until his death in 2013, he chose a No. 1 movie and here they all are

Bonnie and Clyde, 1967
Director: Arthur Penn
Cast: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway
Why Ebert Loved It: ”A milestone in the history of American movies, a work of truth and brilliance. It is also pitilessly cruel, filled with sympathy, nauseating, funny, heartbreaking, and astonishingly beautiful.”

The Battle of Algiers, 1968
Director: Gillo Pontecorvo
Cast: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin
Why Ebert Loved It: ”It may be a deeper film experience than many audiences can withstand: too cynical, too true, too cruel and too heartbreaking.”

Z, 1969
Director: Costa-Gavras
Cast: Yves Montand, Jean-Louis Trintignant
Why Ebert Loved It: ”It is no more about Greece than The Battle of Algiers was about Algeria. It is a film of our time. It is about how even moral victories are corrupted. It will make you weep and will make you angry. It will tear your guts out.”

Five Easy Pieces, 1970
Director: Bob Rafelson
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Karen Black
Why Ebert Loved It: ”The movie is joyously alive to the road life of its hero. We follow him through bars and bowling alleys, motels and mobile homes, and we find him rebelling against lower-middle-class values even as he embraces them.”

The Last Picture Show, 1971
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Cast: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges
Why Ebert Loved It:The Last Picture Show has been described as an evocation of the classic Hollywood narrative film. It is more than that; it is a belated entry in that age — the best film of 1951, you might say.”

The Godfather, 1972
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino
Why Ebert Loved It: ”It is significant that the first shot is inside a dark, shuttered room. The story views the Mafia from the inside. That is its secret, its charm, its spell.”

Cries and Whispers, 1973
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Cast: Harriet Andersson, Kari Sylwan
Why Ebert Loved It: ”Envelops us in a red membrane of passion and fear. We slip lower in our seats, feeling claustrophobia and sexual disquiet, realizing that we have been surrounded by the vision of a filmmaker who has absolute mastery of his art.”