History: History: 9 Great Movies From Nine Decades

The very first issue of TIME, in March 1923, had film reviews. It called Charlie Chaplin "gorgeously funny." Much has changed about the movies since then, but great films have always got the magazine's attention. Here, from film critics Richard Schickel and Richard Corliss, is the best film of each decade since TIME began.

METROPOLIS 1927; FRITZ LANG

Lang's epic poem of urban dystopia and class warfare set the standard for imagining the future—and how it might feel to be a part of it. Even now, in the age of CGI, his dark vision remains unsurpassed.

DODSWORTH 1936; WILLIAM WYLER

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