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)
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.


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 Blade Runner!!

    • Exactly. These lists have a hole in them w/out Blade Runner on them. Also, R Scott’s original ALIEN.

      And no Peter Jackson LOTR flicks? That’s surprising. I felt they were a bit too long and I prefer the Tolkien books but Jackson’s ” The Two Towers ” is epic and on my list ( despite my ambivalence to hobbits lol.)

      And what about Donner’s first “Superman?”

  2. Strange. My comment didn’t show up, so excuse me if this is a double post.


    I have to agree with Vic that it all comes down to re-watchability. Because of this, my list is:

    1. Avengers
    2. Star Wars: Episode 5
    3. Ten Commandments (Heston version)
    4. Star Wars: Episode 4
    5. Ben Hur (Heston version)
    6. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    7. Terminator 2
    8. Aliens
    9. Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan
    10. Goodfellas

  3. Dear GOD, not “Citizen Kane”! I’d have to agree mostly with Kendrick, and add Jurassic Park. Talk about a guilty pleasure.

    • Seen Citizen Kane, it is good, but G.O.A.T is an overstatement

      *When greatest movies are decided, it is always best to divide them by decade, historical period, or generation, because films from different times are made differently (different values, mindsets, effects, etc.)*

      • The main reason why Citizen Kane is so highly regarded is because it revolutionized the way movies were made. All of today’s A-list directors rave about how the film was shot; it’s use of lighting and shadows and sound editing all were way ahead of it’s time. That coupled with a great script and superior acting. I’m anything but an expert on old films but I get it.

        • That’s fine from a technological standpoint, but as a viewer with no real desire to get into directing and just wanting to see a good story, I don’t think Citizen Kane is a movie that falls into “Greatest of All Time” category. That’s not to say it’s a bad movie at all, it’s a very good tale about looking back on a person’s life, but to say it’s a GoAT type of movie because of the technological and filming processes would be similar to putting Who Framed Rodger Rabbit into that category.

  4. There’s a new number one all time best movie. It’s called “Marvel’s The Avengers!” HULK SMASH!!!

  5. 1. Jurassic park
    2. T2
    3. Toy story
    3. Hard boiled
    4. Die hard
    5. Shogun assassin
    6. The iron giant
    7. The matrix
    8. The thing
    9. Casino
    10. Empire strikes back
    I could add 10-20 more. And depending what day it is the order may be flipped.

  6. Comparing movies from different genres and time periods is like comparing fruit from different nations (and time periods) all I can say is I have my own top 50 list that I can always talk about.

  7. I never agree with any of these because 9 times out of 10 they are all filled with movies before 1970. I mean yea, those were pretty good movies and such. But I’d rather stick with the new movies than the old ones.

  8. Personally, I can’t rate my ten favorite movies of all time in numerical order (it’s very difficult to decide which is the “best”), but here they are (in no particular order):
    Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope
    Star Wars Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
    Marvel’s The Avengers
    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    The Dark Knight
    Batman Begins
    Pulp Fiction
    The Godfather

    • I should just say: this list is kind of… relative though. Most of the movies on there, will stay there, but I could easily mention another 10 movies that deserve to be on the list just as much.

    • Good choices. I’m different than most in the ROTJ is my favorite Star Wars movie. In fact it is my all-time favorite movie. I could watch the original trilogy over and over again and never get tired of them

  9. The 2012 list isn’t bad, but I disagree with Back to the Future, though I liked it. Rear Window should be on the list.

    As for your list, Ben, the 6th Sense was mildly entertaining but definitely not one of the top 10 movies of all time!

    • Haha. Well, I just think the basic premise was genius – and there were actually really strong performances in the film.

      But that’s the fun with these lists – I can understand why a lot of people would disagree.

  10. I really hate ranking films, but I would say that I find The End of Evangelion to be the greatest ever made.

  11. No lord of the rings ? :o Come on.

  12. I’ll try this again:

    I have to agree with Vic that it all comes down to re-watchability. Because of this, my list is:

    1. Avengers
    2. Star Wars: Episode 5
    3. Ten Commandments (Heston version)
    4. Star Wars: Episode 4
    5. Ben Hur (Heston version)
    6. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    7. Terminator 2
    8. Aliens
    9. Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan
    10. Goodfellas

  13. 1. The One who Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
    2. 8 seconds
    3. Terminator 2
    4. The Dark Knight
    5. Superman
    6. The Lost Boys
    7. Saving Private Ryan
    8. Brothers
    9. Red Dawn
    10. Avengers
    These are in no particular order, but if I had to name a favorite it would be Lost Boys.

  14. Of all the movies listed under the “10 Greatest Movies of All Time (According to the Internet) [2012]“, I’ve probably only seen about 4 of them lol ;)

  15. Could’ve possibly added:

    Ten Commandments
    V for Vendetta
    LOTR: Return of the King
    Silence of the Lambs
    Star Wars: Episode III (tremendously underrated)
    The Usual Suspects (one of the few good twist films)
    Forrest Gump
    A Clockwork Orange

    • I agree. ROTS is vastly underrated. The only complaint I had with the film is that Jar Jar lived. I wanted him to suffer a gradual and painful death.

    • Wow, I have to agree. For the “old timers” in the article to not list Ben-Hur is a travesty of justice.

  16. 1. Casablanca
    2. Social Network
    3. All About Eve
    4. The Dark Knight
    5. Up in the Air
    6. Drive
    7. Manhattan
    8. La Haine (Hate)
    9. The Good,The Bad, The Wierd (Korean)
    10. Godfather

    Can’t beat Casablanca, great writing, acting and directing, after that this list can basically be mixed and it would still all fit in my top 10. Honorable mentions- The Avengers, The Prestige, and Annie Hall

    • Got to agree, it’s number two for me. But Casablanca top notch in every way. Still better than most of what’s being put out there years later.

    • The good the bad and the weird FTW!!!!!!!

  17. Take Ben’s list, but swap out Up for Toy Story 3 and you’ve got my list, give or take a few swapped positions.

    But seriously, considering the internet list is supposed to be the voice of the “younger generation”, Citizen Kane and Casablanca probably wouldn’t make the cut (what did Mark Twain say? “A classic is something everybody wants to have read, but no one wants to read”? I think that applies here), and I’ve never even heard of Bicycle Thieves.

    If we’re going off of general online opinion, than Dark Knight should be in the top 10 easily. Nice to see Back to the Future get the love it deserves, though.

  18. To be brutally honest, I almost half expected the list according to the internet to contain worst entries, but at the same time, it’s nice to see films that are still great films but otherwise be panned by critics for being too “mainstream” – for a lack of a better word – get recognition, even if they have no Oscars to their name.

  19. 1. Let the Right One In
    2. Martyrs
    3. The Shining
    4. Once Upon a Time in the West
    5. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    6. Citizen Kane
    7. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
    8. Psycho
    9. Alien
    10. Rear Window

  20. In no particular order

    The Shawshank Redemption
    The Godfather I and II
    The Dark Knight
    Silence of the Lambs
    Citizen Kane
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    To Kill A Mocking Bird

    I know that’s 11…had to Go with the Godfathers as one movie since the books covers elements of both.

  21. Toy story altered the way animated movies were viewed and made. Its a definite addition. Also, Avatar was the first real 3D movie, and has been a model/comparison of every 3D movie since. Really good movie that has had a great impact on cinema.

  22. No Fight Club love? Doesn’t anyone remember how amazing that film was?

  23. Aliens and not Alien? That always puts me off big time :/

  24. 1. Star Wars Episode VI Return of the Jedi
    2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: the Movie
    3. Avengers (2012, just so no one thinks of that god-awful film with Sean Connery, Ralph Fiennes, and Uma Thurman :)
    4. Courageous
    5. Rudy
    6. Dumb and Dumber
    7. Independence Day
    8. We Were Soldiers
    9. Tomorrow Never Dies (Brosnan is my 3rd favorite Bond but this is my favorite Bond film)
    10. Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark

    I could put a bunch more on this list

  25. Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid/The Sting
    Big Fish
    O Brother
    The Matrix
    Raiders of the Lost Ark/Last Crusade
    Shawshank Redemption
    Toy Story 3
    Empire Strikes Back
    …The Avengers

    More “my favorites” than the greatest of all time but, at least I didn’t include Speed Racer (I thought about it though…)

  26. I hate 2001: A Space Odyssey, most boring and uninteresting movie ever.

    My top 10 films of all time would be:

    1. The Avengers
    2. Gojira
    3. Seven Samurai
    4. Jurassic Park
    5. The Godfather
    6. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
    7. Fight Club
    8. Blade Runner
    9. The LOTR Trilogy (as one film)
    10. King Kong (the original)

    I’m like Vic in that my top ten are films that I can watch over and over again, and that have had an impact on my life. I dont understand why they include films that no one will ever see, even most film buffs like some French film from the 20s. No one will think that is the greatest, the greatest films are movies that have impacted you, have impacted the film industry, can be watched over and over again and still seem new every single time.

    • Hell my top 15 would round up with:

      11. The Boondock Saints
      12. Alien
      13. Star Wars Episdoe V: The Empire Strikes Back
      14. The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
      15. The Quiet Man

      • 1st mention of boondock saints i’ve noticed. classic film, absolutely loved it. probably wouldn’t make my top 10, but great film nonetheless.

  27. In no particular order:

    The Dark Knight
    Fight Club
    Pulp Fiction
    The Social Network
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
    The Lion King
    Jurassic Park
    Scott Pilgrim VS. The World
    Spirited Away

    Both 2001: A Space Odyssey and District 9 barely missed the cut.

  28. 1. The dark knight
    2. The departed
    3. Star wars a new hope
    4. Toy story 3
    5. The godfather part 1
    6. Inglorious bastards
    7. Inception
    8. Shawshank redemption
    9. Memento
    10. The lion king

    • Honorable mentions that can be swapped around the bottom 3. Fight club, gladiator, ironman, goodfellas

  29. Thanks for not putting citizen kane on your lists. I saw it and had to watch it again, not beause it was awesome…but because I thought I must have missed something that made it so great…but I didn’t. I’m kind of shocked neither of you put a non Pixar animation on your lists. For what it’s worth:

    1. Star Wars Ep. 4&5 (I always watch them back to back I pick both sue me)
    2. Casablance
    3. Jaws
    4. Silence of the Lambs
    5. Pulp Fiction
    6. Unforgiven
    7. Ninja Scroll
    8. Ghost Busters
    9. Predator
    10. No Country for Old Men / True Grit (John Wayne version)

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