Romero lands spot on EW's top 100 movies

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .


We’re No. 79.

Doesn’t have quite the same ring as claiming the top spot but George A. Romero's “Night of the Living Dead” landed at No. 79 on Entertainment Weekly’s new list of the 100 greatest films ever.

“Citizen Kane” topped the roster while “The Godfather” was second, “Casablanca” third, “Bonnie and Clyde” fourth and “Psycho” fifth.

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” often underappreciated when such lists are compiled, was sixth. 

Here is what the magazine had to say about Romero’s 1968 classic:  “The ghouls run wild in Romero’s low-budget landmark of zombie terror, as pure a nightmare as any put on film. The grisly scenes of flesh-eating serve as bracing metaphors for Vietnam and an America coming apart.”

Another movie with a Pittsburgh connection, “The Silence of the Lambs,” was No. 61 (just ahead of “Network”) while native Gene Kelly danced his way into the 16th spot with “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Jimmy Stewart, a native of Indiana, Pa., not only turned up in the Christmas classic but  “Vertigo” and  “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”  

The magazine, a double issue dated July 5 and 12, has side lists for horror flicks, action films, family movies, comedies, foreign films, sexiest films and greatest documentaries.

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