The Internet Selects the 10 Greatest Movies of All Time

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10 Greatest Movies of All Time The Internet Selects the 10 Greatest Movies of All Time

Screen Rant owner Vic Holtreman originally founded this site with the intention of providing readers with a middle-ground/average person perspective on movie news and reviews – hence our old mantra “movie and TV news without the sugar coating.” While the site has certainly evolved – we now cover a wider range of genres and provide readers with a variety of diverse “voices” – our willingness to champion both entertaining and/or artistic movies (at least on a case by case basis) hasn’t changed.

Which is why we (Vic and myself) jumped at the chance to participate in Film School Reject‘s recent article the “10 Greatest Movies of All Time (According to the Internet).” Now the results are in.

The original idea (read the full FSR list), drummed-up by the host of their popular podcast (Reject Radio), Cole Abaius, was a response to Sight & Sound‘s acclaimed “Greatest Films Poll” – which is revisited every ten years (the 2012 list should be revealed soon). That said, while previous Sight and Sound lists are certainly full of celebrated films – FSR was more interested in discovering which entries would make the cut if the “greatest movies” list was decided by a younger generation of Internet-based personalities (plus, as mentioned, a few bonus filmmakers).

Check out the 2002 Sight and Sound “Critics Top 10 Poll” list below, followed by FSR‘s compiled list of the “10 Greatest Movies of All Time (According to the Internet)”:

2002 Sight and Sound “Critics Top 10 Poll”

  1. Citizen Kane (46 mentions)
  2. Vertigo (41 mentions)
  3. La Règle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game) (30 mentions)
  4. The Godfather and The Godfather Part II (23 mentions)
  5. Tokyo Story (22 mentions)
  6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (21 mentions)
  7. The Battleship Potemkin (19 mentions)
  8. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (19 mentions)
  9. (18 mentions)
  10. Singin’ in the Rain (17 mentions)
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10 Greatest Movies of All Time (According to the Internet) [2012]
  1. Citizen Kane (73 points)
  2. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (61)
  3. The Godfather (57)
  4. Raiders of the Lost Ark (53)
  5. Casablanca (48)
  6. (44)
  7. Back to the Future (44)
  8. 2001: A Space Odyssey (43)
  9. Bicycle Thieves (41)
  10. Vertigo (40)

FSR was intentionally vague about how respondents should interpret the word “greatest” – which certainly allows for more ambiguity than a similar word such as “Best.” As a result, not only were contributor lists presented individually, everyone was also allowed a brief explanation detailing why they selected the films on their list – which, no doubt, offered interesting insight into how online writers approached deciding which films are the “greatest.”

You can check out the full list of contributors over on the original Film School Rejects article – but I have included the lists (and explanations) put forth by Vic and myself below. Without question, our choices should (if nothing else) stir some interesting debate in the comments.

Aliens Queen The Internet Selects the 10 Greatest Movies of All Time

Vic Holtreman (Owner/Editor-In-Chief, Screen Rant)

  1. Aliens
  2. It’s a Wonderful Life
  3. Casablanca
  4. The Godfather Part 2
  5. Goodfellas
  6. The Princess Bride
  7. Die Hard
  8. The Matrix
  9. The Incredibles
  10. Rocky

On His List: Call me a populist, I don’t care – for me, movies that make my overall top 10 list are those that I can watch over and over again and never tire of them – mostly movies that entertain me, not movies with some deep, meaningful message (if I want that, I’d rather read a novel). Really, I could add another 10-15 films to the list above and just jumble them in no particular order as favorites, but as of the moment when I assembled the list, this is where I stand.

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Ben Kendrick (Screen Rant Editor and Host of the Screen Rant Underground Podcast)

  1. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
  2. The Dark Knight
  3. Pulp Fiction
  4. Up
  5. The Godfather
  6. Inception
  7. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  8. The Sixth Sense
  9. Se7en
  10. The Avengers

On His List: While other contributors will no-doubt have a list of superiorly-crafted dramas chock-full of Academy Award winners (and for good reason), I tend to think about the “Top 10 Movies of All Time” in terms of the lasting effect they had on moviegoers and the industry alike. Plenty of my selections could be picked apart for cheesy dialogue and awkward directing choices, among other technical shortcomings. However, these films either set the standard for future entries in their respective genres, offered some genuinely interesting core story ideas, and/or provided flat-out fun moviegoing experiences worthy of repeat viewings – all while remaining grounded in memorable and intriguing character moments.

I’m sure I’ll take a lot of guff for including The Avengers as one of the “greatest” movies of all time (the answer was, admittedly, intended to be a fun underdog choice at #10) but that’s why the FSR list is, ultimately, an enjoyable opportunity for moviegoers – because we all have a few guilty pleasures.

We’d love to hear your lists for the “10 Greatest Movies of All Time” in the comments below – and be sure to check out the full list over at Film School Rejects.

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  1. No particular order, just gonna go until I hit 10, trying to take one movie from every genre.

    Prison – Shawshank Redemption.
    Crime – The Godfather (I & II)
    Drama – Citizen Kane.
    CBM – The Dark Knight.
    Sci-fi – Star Wars. BladeRunner. 2001. (I love sci-fi, they get 3)
    Drug Culture – Requiem for a Dream.
    Western – Unforgiven.
    Comedy – Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
    Action – Die Hard.
    Horror – Silence of the Lambs.
    Heist – Reservoir Dogs.
    WTF? – Donnie Darko

    Oops, went a little past 10.

  2. I think in reading some of the top ten lists people have posted, I’ve come to accept that the apocalypse is shortly upon us… Pineapple express?!?! Up?!? Bill and Teds excellent adventure?!?! If pineapple express makes your list, and shawshank or the godfather doesn’t, you should be excluded from voting in presidential elections. Now I see how Barack Obama could actually be in the white house.

  3. Btw dragonarcher23, you nailed it buddy! Awesome list

  4. No particular order and these are just 10 of the greatest films I know(don’t believe in an absolute greatest/best) not my favorites.

    8 1/2
    Decalogue
    Godfather Part 1-2
    Grand Illusion
    Man With the Movie Camera
    Raging Bull
    Seven Samurai
    Seventh Seal
    Solaris(1972)
    Stalker

  5. This is based purely on the overall quality of the movie; I.E. Direction, Screenwriting, Editing, Acting, Cinematography, Music Composition etc.

    This list also takes into account the entertainment and rewatchability of the films as well.

    My Top Ten:

    1. Taxi Driver ( Martin Scorsese )
    2. Apocalypse Now ( Francis Ford Coppola )
    3. Raging Bull ( Martin Scorsese )
    4. Pulp Fiction ( Quentin Tarantino )
    5. Blade Runner ( Ridley Scott )
    6. The Godfather Parts 1 & 2 ( Francis Ford Coppola )
    7. Once Upon a Time in The West ( Sergio Leone )
    8. Jaws ( Steven Spielberg )
    9. Platoon ( Oliver Stone )
    10. No Country For Old Men ( Joel & Ethan Coen/ The Coen Brothers )

    Honourable mentions in no particular order:

    ~ Alien ( Ridley Scott )
    ~ Gladiator ( Ridley Scott )
    ~ Terminator 1 & 2 ( James Cameron )
    ~ Aliens ( James Cameron )
    ~ Memento ( Christopher Nolan )
    ~ The Prestige ( Christopher Nolan )
    ~ Inception ( Christopher Nolan )
    ~ The Dark Knight ( Christopher Nolan )
    ~ Scarface ( Brian De Palma )
    ~ The Untouchables ( Brian De Palma )
    ~ A Fist Full of Dollars ( Sergio Leone )
    ~ The Good The Bad and The Ugly ( Sergio Leone )
    ~ Once Upon a Time in America ( Sergio Leone )
    ~ The Matrix ( The Wachowski Brothers )
    ~ 2001: A Space Odyssey ( Stanley Kubrick )
    ~ Dr Strangelove ( Stanley Kubrick )
    ~ The Shining ( Stanley Kubrick )
    ~ A Clockwork Orange ( Stanley Kubrick )
    ~ Full Metal Jacket ( Stanley Kubrick )
    ~ Star Wars Trilogy Episodes 4-6 ( George Lucas )
    ~ American Graffiti ( George Lucas )
    ~ The Lord of The Rings Trilogy ( Peter Jackson )
    ~ Saving Private Ryan ( Steven Spielberg )
    ~ Schindler’s List ( Steven Spielberg )
    ~ E.T. ( Steven Spielberg )
    ~ Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark ( Steven Spielberg )
    ~ Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ( Steven Spielberg )
    ~ Jurassic Park ( Steven Spielberg )
    ~ Minority Report ( Steven Spielberg )
    ~ Psycho ( Alfred Hitchcock )
    ~ Vertigo ( Alfred Hitchcock )
    ~ Rear Window ( Alfred Hitchcock )
    ~ Citizen Kane ( Orson Welles )
    ~ The Maltese Falcon ( John Huston )
    ~ Casablanca ( Michael Curtiz )
    ~ Tokyo Story ( Yasujiro Ozu )
    ~ On The Waterfront ( Elia Kazan )
    ~ The Wizard of Oz ( Victor Fleming )
    ~ Lawrence of Arabia ( Davis Lean )
    ~ L.A. Confidential ( Curtis Hanson )
    ~ Silence of the Lambs ( Jonathan Demme )
    ~ Chinatown ( Roman Polanski )
    ~ The Wild Bunch ( Sam Peckinpah )
    ~ Road to Perdition ( Sam Mendes )
    ~ American Beauty ( Sam Mendes )
    ~ One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest ( Milos Forman )
    ~ The Shawshank Redemption ( Frank Darabont )
    ~ Fight Club ( David Fincher )
    ~ Seven ( David Fincher )
    ~ Goodfellas ( Martin Scorsese )
    ~ Mean Streets ( Martin Scorsese )
    ~ Cape Fear ( Martin Scorsese )
    ~ Casino ( Martin Scorsese )
    ~ Gangs of New York ( Martin Scorsese )
    ~ The Departed ( Martin Scorsese )
    ~ Fargo ( The Coen Brothers )
    ~ The Big Lebowski ( The Coen Brothers )
    ~ Miller’s Crossing ( The Coen Brothers )
    ~ Reservoir Dogs ( Quentin Tarantino )
    ~ Jackie Brown ( Quentin Tarantino )
    ~ Kill Bill Vol 1 ( Quentin Tarantino )
    ~ Training Day ( Antoine Fuqua )
    ~ The Deer Hunter ( Michael Cimino )
    ~ Forrest Gump ( Robert Zemeckis )
    ~ Back to the Future ( Robert Zemeckis )
    ~ There Will Be Blood ( Paul Thomas Anderson )
    ~ The Thing ( John Carpenter )
    ~ Halloween ( John Carpenter )
    ~ Escape From New York ( John Carpenter )
    ~ Seven Samurai ( Akira Kurasowa )
    ~ Yojimbo ( Akira Kurasowa )
    ~ 8 1/2 ( Federico Fellini )
    ~ Unforgiven ( Clint Eastwood )
    ~ Million Dollar Baby ( Clint Eastwood )
    ~ Letters From Iwo Jima ( Clint Eastwood )
    ~ Dirty Harry ( Don Siegel )
    ~ Zulu ( Cy Endfield )
    ~ Bullit ( Peter Yates )
    ~ Dark City ( Alex Proyas )
    ~ The Bourne Identity ( Doug Liman )
    ~ Brazil ( Terry Gilliam )
    ~ 12 Monkeys ( Terry Gilliam )
    ~ Robocop ( Paul Verhoeven )
    ~ Total Recall ( Paul Verhoeven )
    ~ Basic Instinct ( Paul Verhoeven )
    ~ Starship Troopers ( Paul Verhoeven )
    ~ Donnie Darko ( Richard Kelly )
    ~ District 9 ( Neill Blomkamp )
    ~ Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon ( Ang Lee )
    ~ The Exorcist ( William Friedkin )
    ~ The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ( Tobe Hooper )
    ~ Braveheart ( Mel Gibson )
    ~ American Psycho ( Mary Harron )
    ~ Lethal Weapon ( Richard Donner )
    ~ First Blood ( Ted Kotcheff )
    ~ Rocky ( John G Avildsen )
    ~ Predator ( John McTiernan )
    ~ Die Hard ( John McTiernan )
    ~ The Mummy 1 & 2 ( Stephen Sommers )
    ~ Conan The Barbarian ( John Milius )
    ~ Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior ( George Miller )
    ~ Blade ( Stephen Norrington )
    ~ Pirates of The Caribbean ( Gore Verbinski )
    ~ Eraserhead ( David Lynch )
    ~ Blue Velvet ( David Lynch )
    ~ Mulholland Drive ( David Lynch )
    ~ The Warriors ( Walter Hill )
    ~ Chopper ( Andrew Dominik )
    ~ Bronson ( Nicholas Winding Refn )
    ~ Commando ( Mark L. Lester )
    ~ Enter The Dragon ( Robert Clouse )
    ~ Blood Diamond ( Edward Zwick )
    ~ The Fifth Element ( Luc Besson )
    ~ Leon: The Professional ( Luc Besson )
    ~ Taken ( Luc Besson )
    ~ Kiss of The Dragon ( Luc Besson )

    ETC…

  6. Mine:

    1. The Shawshank Redemption
    2. Schindler’s List
    3. It’s a Wonderful Life
    4. Life Is Beautiful
    5. Fight Club
    6. Memento
    7. Saving Private Ryan
    8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    9. The Godfather (counting parts 1-2 as one movie)
    10. Casablanca

  7. My list maybe not the best, but those that have had the deepest or most sustained impact upon me.

    1) Dr Strangelove
    2) Pulp Fiction
    3) Secrets and Lies
    4) Paths of Glory
    5) 2001
    6) Monty Python and The Holy Grail
    7) Grave of the Fireflies
    8) The Unforgiven
    9) Born on the Fourth of July
    10) Unbreakable

  8. 1 The Wicker Man (original naturally)
    2 Get Carter
    3 Grapes of Wrath
    4 High Plains Drifter
    5 Network
    6 Cache (Hidden)
    7 The Manchurian Candidate
    8 Straw Dogs
    9 The Godfather One and Two
    10 The Conversation

  9. 1.Forrest Gump
    2.Life of Pi
    3.The Dark Knight
    4.Star Wars episode V
    5.The Princess Bride
    6.Finding Nemo
    7.Back to the Future
    8.The Matrix
    9.Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
    10.Rocky IV

    My list is somewhat limited because I haven’t seen many old movies but here it is.

  10. What? No Forrest Gump or Shawshank? Whoa!

  11. Can’t forget Unforgiven. Top 5 easy. Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, and the late great Sir Richard Harris. Need I say more ladies and gents?

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