Top 101 Films

Read the explained list here, or click on the name of the film to go directly to its explanation.

Criteria

101. THE BIG LEBOWSKI   (Joel Coen, 1998)
100. THE DARK KNIGHT   (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
99. FIELD OF DREAMS   (Phil Alden Robinson, 1989)
98. TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY   (James Cameron, 1991)
97. THE MATRIX   (Andy & Larry Wachowski, 1999)
96. DIE HARD   (John McTiernan, 1988)
95. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND   (Steven Spielberg, 1977)
94. EASY RIDER   (Dennis Hopper, 1969)
93. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS   (Jonathan Demme, 1991)
92. THE WILD BUNCH   (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)
91. THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS   (Wes Anderson, 2001)
90. PLATOON   (Oliver Stone, 1986)
89. THRONE OF BLOOD   (Akira Kurosawa, 1957)
88. FORREST GUMP   (Robert Zemeckis, 1994)
87. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK   (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
86. BLADE RUNNER   (Ridley Scott, 1982)
85. A NIGHT AT THE OPERA   (Sam Wood, 1935)
84. TOY STORY   (John Lasseter, 1995)
83. THE APARTMENT   (Billy Wilder, 1960)
82. AMERICAN BEAUTY   (Sam Mendes, 1999)
81. NETWORK   (Sidney Lumet, 1976)
80. THE DEER HUNTER   (Michael Cimino, 1978)
79. MIDNIGHT COWBOY   (John Schlessinger, 1969)
78. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE   (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
77. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE   (Nicholas Ray, 1955)
76. UNFORGIVEN   (Clint Eastwood, 1992)
75. THE THIRD MAN   (Carol Reed, 1949)
74. LA STRADA   (Federico Fellini, 1954)
73. THE FRENCH CONNECTION   (William Friedkin, 1971)
72. THE 400 BLOWS   (François Truffaut, 1959)
71. THE GOLD RUSH   (Charlie Chaplin, 1925)
70. WEST SIDE STORY   (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961)
69. SHANE   (George Stevens, 1953)
68. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE   (Elia Kazan, 1951)
67. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES   (William Wyler, 1946)
66. JAWS   (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
65. ALL ABOUT EVE   (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950)
64. HIGH NOON   (Fred Zinnemann, 1954)
63. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION   (Frank Darabont, 1994)
62. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY   (George Cuckor, 1940)
61. 12 ANGRY MEN   (Sidney Lumet, 1957)
60. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID   (George Roy Hill, 1969)
59. THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE   (John Huston, 1948)
58. MODERN TIMES   (Charlie Chaplin, 1936)
57. THE MALTESE FALCON   (John Huston, 1941)
56. AMADEUS   (Milos Forman, 1984)
55. FARGO   (Joel Coen, 1996)
54. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING   (Peter Jackson, 2001)
53. NORTH BY NORTHWEST   (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
52. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT   (Frank Capra, 1934)
51. BONNIE AND CLYDE   (Arthur Penn, 1967)
50. THE GRADUATE   (Mike Nichols, 1967)
49. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD   (Robert Mulligan, 1962)
48. SUNSET BOULEVARD   (Billy Wilder, 1950)
47. THERE WILL BE BLOOD   (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
46. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN   (Steven Spielberg, 1998)
45. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON   (Frank Capra, 1939)
44. THE WIZARD OF OZ   (Victor Fleming, 1939)
43. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL   (Steven Spielberg, 1982)
42. CITY LIGHTS   (Charlie Chaplin, 1931)
41. DOUBLE INDEMNITY   (Billy Wilder, 1944)
40. GRAND ILLUSION   (Jean Renoir, 1937)
39. THE SEARCHERS   (John Ford, 1956)
38. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST   (Milos Forman, 1975)
37. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN   (Joel & Ethan Coen, 2007)
36. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK   (Steven Spielberg, 1981)
35. SOME LIKE IT HOT   (Billy Wilder, 1959)
34. REAR WINDOW   (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
33. M   (Fritz Lang, 1931)
32. BREATHLESS   (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)
31. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI   (David Lean, 1957)
30. PULP FICTION   (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
29. PSYCHO   (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
28. SEVEN SAMURAI   (Akira Kurosawa, 1954)
27. VERTIGO   (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
26. ON THE WATERFRONT   (Elia Kazan, 1954)
25. GONE WITH THE WIND   (Victor Fleming, 1939)
24. RASHOMON   (Akira Kurosawa, 1951)
23. GOODFELLAS   (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
22. DR. STRANGELOVE   (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
21. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN   (Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, 1952)
20. THE GRAPES OF WRATH   (John Ford, 1940)
19. THE SEVENTH SEAL   (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
18. ANNIE HALL   (Woody Allen, 1977)
17. 8 ½   (Federico Fellini, 1963)
16. DUCK SOUP   (Leo McCarey, 1933)
15. APOCALYPSE NOW   (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
14. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY   (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
13. THE BICYCLE THIEF   (Vittorio de Sica, 1948)
12. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE   (Frank Capra, 1946)
11. TAXI DRIVER   (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
10. CHINATOWN   (Roman Polanski, 1974)
9. THE GODFATHER PART II   (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
8. STAR WARS   (George Lucas, 1977)
7. THE RULES OF THE GAME   (Jean Renoir, 1939)
6. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA   (David Lean, 1962)
5. CASABLANCA   (Michael Curtiz, 1943)
4. SCHINDLER’S LIST   (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
3. CITIZEN KANE   (Orson Welles, 1941)
2. THE GODFATHER   (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
1. RAGING BULL   (Martin Scorsese, 1980)

Top Directors (In terms of number of films on list. Don’t be fooled, Martin Scorsese is the greatest filmmaker of all time.)
Steven Spielberg: 6 (95, 66, 46, 43, 36, 4)
Alfred Hitchcock: 4 (53, 34, 29, 27)
Billy Wilder: 4 (83, 48, 41, 35)
Martin Scorsese: 3 (23, 11, 1)
Francis Ford Coppola: 3 (15, 9, 2)
Joel Coen: 3 (101, 55, 37)
Frank Capra: 3 (52, 45, 12)
Charlie Chaplin: 3 (71, 58, 42)
Stanley Kubrick: 3 (78, 22, 14)
Akira Kurosawa: 3 (89, 28, 24)

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