1. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (George Roy Hill; 1969) 3 1/2 stars

One western that nearly everyone likes is this affable, picaresque, elegiac tale of two charming outlaws on the run: Paul Newman's feisty Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford's taciturn, enigmatic Sundance Kid. It's a big, comic western about a couple of larky robbers, their mutual ladylove, Etta Place (Katharine Ross), and the mysterious band of railroad detectives who chase them from the U.S. to Bolivia. ("Who are those guys?") (on DVD and video)

2. THE STING (George Roy Hill; 1973) 4 stars

With ex-cowboy mates Paul Newman and Robert Redford as sharpies supreme, "The Sting" won the Best Picture Oscar for 1973 and it's a great charmer -- with its shrewd comedy con games, sharp dialogue and irresistible ragtime score by Scott Joplin (orchestrated by Marvin Hamlisch). (DVD/video)

3. THE GREAT GATSBY (Jack Clayton; 1974) 3 1/2 stars

This plush adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's great novel -- of Jay Gatsby (Robert Redford) determined to crash society and win his "princess," and the tragic results of his attempt -- catches Fitzgerald's mood of romance and high society's bitter traps with high style and buried anguish. With Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black and Sam Waterston. (DVD/video)

4. THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR (Sydney Pollack; 1975) 3 1/2 stars

The main model for most of the paranoid political thrillers that followed it, "Three Days" casts Robert Redford as a CIA researcher who sees his team wiped out as part of an elaborate government scheme and has to run for his life from both sides. With Faye Dunaway, Max Von Sydow, Cliff Robertson, John Houseman. (DVD/video)

5. ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (Alan J. Pakula; 1976) 4 stars

How Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman) got hold of a story -- and some sources -- that toppled a U.S. president (Nixon). This edgy but polished movie established the modern myth of journalists-as-heroes: Crusaders in a corrupt world. With Jason Robards. (DVD/video)

Michael Wilmington is the Chicago Tribune movie critic.