Night of the Living Dead (1968)
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Considering when and how this was made, it's incredible how terrific the finished product is. So influential, so ahead of its time, and it still holds up well today! Easily one of the greatest horror movies, period.
I like how this movie has the archetypes that would be used in zombie movies in the decades to come. You've got the girl who's too shocked to do a whole lot, the guy who keeps his head and manages to do well, the irrational guy who does everything he can to get everyone killed... it's all here. What a classic and a setting of the stage for what was to come.
The ending gives the movie even more profound meaning.
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This movie ranks #8 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
This movie ranks #17 in Grindhouse Cinema Database's Top Grindhouse Classics
This movie ranks #19 in IMDb's Horror Top 50
This movie ranks #60 in BFI's 100 American Independent Films
This movie ranks #93 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills
This movie ranks #171 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #177 in Badmovies.org's Best B-Movies
This movie ranks #241 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #278 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #285 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #326 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
This movie ranks #396 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #397 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #483 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #563 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #605 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #628 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #655 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #1106 in The Criterion Collection