King Kong (1933)
In 1933, King Kong saved RKO from bankruptcy and became an all-time classic, ranking 43rd on the American Film Institute's list of "Top 100 American Movies."
Memorable moments abound: a moviemaking expedition on a fantastic isle filled with dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures; the giant simian's lovestruck obsession with the film shoot's blonde starlet (scream queen Fay Wray); Kong's capture; his Manhattan rampage; and the fateful finale atop the Empire State Building, where Kong cradles his palm-sized beloved and swats at machine-gunning airplanes.
"It was beauty killed the beast." But in these and other great scenes, Kong lives forever.