#32. The Wizard of Oz (1939)


– Directors: George Cukor, King Vidor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Victor Fleming

– Metascore: 92

– Runtime: 102 minutes

One of America’s all-time classics won an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song, for “Over the Rainbow,” and another Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score. The Munchkins were played by a troupe of European actors, many of whom were Jewish and remained in the United States to escape Nazi persecution. Star Judy Garland grew close to the dog who played Toto and wanted to adopt her, but her owner did not want to give her up. Lines from the movie are among cinema’s most iconic: “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain,” “There’s no place like home,” and “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”