1931: City Lights

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– Director: Charles Chaplin

– Stacker score: 95.8

– Metascore: 99

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– IMDb user rating: 8.5

– Runtime: 87 minutes

Even as talkies surged in popularity, Charlie Chaplin stuck to his silent-era roots when making 1931’s “City Lights.” It finds The Tramp, played by Chaplin, resorting to various extremes as he tries to raise money for a beautiful blind girl. The work was in production for more than three years before reaching completion.