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. My Top 10 list is based on movies I wouldn’t mind watching time and again as well as films that, in my humble opinion, reinvigorated certain movie ideas or franchises…

    1)Lord of the Rings Trilogy (if I must pick just one then ‘The Return of the King’)
    2)Shutter Island
    3)The Avengers
    4)Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
    5)Toy Story 3
    6)The Muppets Christmas Carol
    7)Star Trek (2009)reinvigorated the Star Trek movie franchise
    8)Forrest Gump
    10)Casino Royale- reinvigorated the James Bond franchise

    Honourable mentions:
    Terminator 2
    Life is Beautiful
    American Pie 3
    The Wedding Singer
    Let Me In
    Ip Man
    500 Days of Summer
    Father of the Bride (1991) with Steve Martin
    Home Alone
    Enter the Dragon
    The Ten Commandments
    Slumdog Millionaire

  2. I’m the only one that has Gojira (Godzilla) and Seven Samurai in my top 10? Does nobody think that Japanese films shouls be in the top 10 (other than me)?

    • That’s the problem with these lists, all the great japanese films that America ripped off but still managed to make a great film outright. Gojira… yeah, but what about King Kong? Magnificent Seven… yeah, but what about Seven Samurai? The Hidden Fortress or Star Wars? It’s impossible to choose so you just give up and type Iron Man, ironically. :)

  3. I’m totally shocked by how many times Aliens is mentioned rather than Alien.

    • Sadly, I’m not shocked at all. Most peeps I talk to rave about Aliens.

      Makes no sense to me. Ridley Scott’s ” Alien ” (1979) is #1 on my list. The Blu Ray is impeccable. I don’t even own Cameron’s ” Aliens. ” It’s a fine film but not better than Alien.

      Well, to each their own!

  4. More:

    1. Chinatown
    2. Don’t Look Now
    3. Rosemary’s Baby
    4. LA Confidential
    5. Lost Highway
    6. On The Waterfront
    7. The Haunting (original, for god’s sake!!!)
    8. The Getaway (ditto)
    9. Night Of The Demon
    10. Le Samourai

  5. It’s amazing how many people have movies on their top 10 list that I can’t stand and will never, EVER watch again in my life. The Godfather movies are the biggest snoozefests I ever watched and having to listen to Marlon Brando try to talk with a mouthful of marbles was agonizing. I couldn’t make it through Pulp Fiction (or any other Tarentino film). I had to watch Citizen Kane in college and fought to keep my eyes open. Just goes to show how subjective these lists really are.

    • I’m like that with The Shawshank Redemption, The Dark Knight, Citizen Kane, and 2001. Like you say, nothing more subjective.

    • I liked Pulp Fiction but I agree with The Godfather films. Goodfellas was superior.

      • Goodfellas was pretty epic with Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta. I liked Pulp Fiction, but only the first time, people keep mentioning it like it’s the best thing since sliced bread, but I don’t see it. I didn’t hate it but I don’t think it’s awesome, it’s just OK. But the rest of tarantino’s films besides Reservoir Dogs, which I find OK like Pulp Fiction, are terrible, the Kill Bill movies were some of the dumbest movies ever made and they still managed to bore me to death even being as dumb as they were…

        The Shawshank Redemption, I liked the individual stories and the acting, but the actual plot was so full of coincidences it was just too ridiculous. It’s like it so happens he had a motive to kill his wife, and it so happens he planned to kill his wife, and on that exact night it so happens someone else killed his wife, while he throws his gun away that so happens to use the same ammo. I mean, seriously??? Sounds to me like he made that all up and he’s really guilty… Like 99.99% of the time when a convict tells you a tale like that to say he’s innocent, it’s exactly that, a tale…

  6. 1. Stand by Me
    2. The Princess Bride
    3. Blade Runner
    4. Raising Arizona
    5. The Breakfast Club
    6. Reservoir Dogs
    7. Brazil
    8. The Natural
    9. Legend
    10. Platoon

  7. Must… stop commenting… must… go back… to the real worl..

    1. Apocalypse Now
    2. Exorcist 3: Legion
    3. Wall Street
    4. The Kid Stays In The Picture
    5. Point Blank
    6. Touch Of Evil
    7. The Devil In Miss jones (!)
    8. Eraserhead
    9. Night Of The Iguana

  8. In no particular order:

    Children of men
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Star Wars Episode IV
    Pulp Fiction
    The Matrix
    Batman Begins
    Ghost in the Shell

  9. Wow. Love Ben’s list! He pretty much chose everything I would’ve chosen besides Inception. Kudos for showing love for the Last Crusade. I always thought it was the best Indy film. Fond memories as a kid watching that movie over and over on vhs with my younger brothers.

    • Cheers! Yah, I know people love Raiders but for me Last Crusade was always my favorite.

    • I agree! I think Indy 1 is just a weebit better but Indy 3 is close. The other two aren’t even on the same level. No idea why people say 3 wasn’t that great, it had Sean Connery in it! C’mon!

    • Exactly, not only it’s the best Indy film; but that honour also makes it one of THE best adventure/fantasy films out there!

  10. 1) Lonesome Dove* (see below)
    2) True Grit (remake)
    3) Wall-e
    4) Waterworld (i know)
    5) o’ brother where are thou
    6) Star Trek (09)
    7) Dirty Mary, Crazy larry
    8) Friday
    9) Dumb and Dumber
    10) Open range
    * i know its a miniseries but its still my favorite form of film/tv PERIOD.

    • Open range was a movie with Kevin Costner. It was a good movie.

      • Yea i know i was saying lonesome dove was a miniseries

  11. A few Thst people might have forgotten:
    Saving private Ryan
    Something about Mary
    Groundhog day
    Bridge on the River Kwai
    Crouching Tiger

    • Lol @ Something About Mary
      But I agree, Saving Private Ryan is part of my top 10 also!

  12. 1. Amadeus
    2. The Goonies
    3. Searching for Bobby Fisher
    4. Star Wars: A New Hope
    5. A Nightmare on Elm Street
    6. The Lost Boys
    7. Back to the Future
    8. Ghostbusters
    9. The Monster Squad
    10. The Lord of the Rings
    11. Blade Runner
    12. The Crow
    13. E.T.
    14. Gremlins
    15. Sunshine

    This is really hard. Amadeus HAS to be #1, it’s a masterpiece. I’m really surprised it didn’t make the lists. The rest, plus a few more, could pretty much be interchangeable.

    • It might HAVE to be #1 on your list, but if I never see that movie again in my life it’d be soon.

      • I think it’s one where either you love it or you can’t stand it. :) That’s one of the fun things about these lists, looking at people’s choices and thinking “Are you *$%!ing kidding me?”.

  13. my top 10 according to my Flickchart page

    1. Star Wars a new hope
    2. Raiders of the lost ark
    3. Die Hard
    4. The Big Lebowski
    5. American Psycho
    6. The Dark Knight
    7. Back to the Future
    8. Pulp Fiction
    9. The Avengers
    10. Night of the Living dead (original romero one)

  14. 1) Lonesome Dove* (see below)
    2) True Grit (remake)
    3) Wall-e
    4) Waterworld (i know)
    5) o’ brother where are thou
    6) Star Trek (09)
    7) Dirty Mary, Crazy larry
    8) Friday
    9) Dumb and Dumber
    10) Open range
    * i know its a miniseries but its still my favorite form of film/tv PERIOD.

  15. I’m currently into my third year of film study and don’t think it’s entirely appropriate to label a film the “best”. Film-making is an art; and art is one of those things that is purely subjective, so it’s impossible to say one piece of art is better than another. Having said that, these would be my top 10 favourite films
    thus far…

    1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
    2. The Lord of the Rings (2001,2002,2003)
    3. Psycho (1960)
    4. Blade Runner (1982)
    5. Taxi Driver (1976)
    6. Lolita (1962) In my opinion, one of Kubrick’s most underappreciated films.
    7. District 9 (2009)
    8. Citizen Kane (1941)
    8. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    10. Goodfellas (1990)

    Honourable mentions:

    11. Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2
    12. Casablanca (1942)
    13. Sin City (2005)
    14. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    15. Fight Club (1999)
    16. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
    17. Scarface (1932)
    18. Forrest Gump (1994)
    19. Léon: The Professional (1994)
    20. Inception (2010)

    Come at me ;)

  16. Yeah ok, I’ll play

    1. Lost In Translation
    2. In The Mouth Of Madness
    3. Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
    4. Event Horizon
    5. Pulp Fiction
    6. Superman
    7. Return Of The Jedi
    8. Star Trek (09)
    9. Melancholia
    10. Taken

    • I frickin’adore ”Madness” – as you know!

    • @DrSamBeckett
      Kudos on having In The Mouth Of Madness on your list.
      While it’s not on mine I recently watched it about a month ago and was really impressed. For some reason it just fell through the cracks with me and I had no idea of what I was missing.

  17. My list in no order

    1. Die hard
    2. Teenage muntant ninjas turtles (89)
    3. Blazing saddles
    4. Munich
    5. The untouchables
    6. Coming to america
    7. Saving private ryan
    8. Goodfellas
    9. Oscar (stallones best acting)
    10. Airplane

    Man that was hard. So many movies, too many movies.

    • Munich is a top choice, it would be in my top 20.

      • I agree with you DSB, Munich would be in my top 20.

  18. When it comes to X-Men II and III, I just cannot figure out the reasoning behind killing off everyone. Since the X-Men franchise has never-ever had a movie series, up until now, would not Marvel want to keep everyone around for further economic success? They shot themselves in the foot and face at the same time.

    As for “Batman: The Dark Knight”, I consider it to be a pretty good movie. I do not care about what percentages of the population likes or dislikes the movie. I like some of the realism in “Batman: The Dark Knight”; however, I also think this movie embraced too much of it. I had to watch Michael Keaton’s “Batman” to remember the ‘fun’ nature the franchise was while I grew up. It is a movie about a ‘comic book’. It should be fun and exciting.

  19. I like Ben’s list, a lot.

    The Dark Knight, Inception, Shutter Island is all I can think of off the top lol

    • Cheers! Shutter Island could have been an honorable mention for me…

  20. I like movies where the main character is flawed, far from perfect, sad or just twisted, angry, etc. Main characters like that make for far more interesting stories. And stories with a twist, something that’ll have you saying “whoa, did that just really happen?”, something that’ll have you scratching your head without being boring.

  21. 1. Superman (1978) – Brought superheroes to the big screen for real
    2. Star Wars (1977) – almost 4.5 BILLION

  22. Grr! Stupid keyboard!!

    1. Superman (1978) – Brought Superheroes to the big screen for real
    2. Star Wars (1977) – 4.5 BILLION box office sales for the series to date
    3. One flew over the cuckoo’s Nest (1975) – A crazy Jack Nicholson
    4. The Goonies (1985) – Harry Potter notwithstanding, still the best kid adventure film ever made.
    5. The Matrix (1999) – Changed film-making forever.
    6. 300 (2006) – Filmography, story, action, and historical all in one.
    7. Avengers (2012) – “Let’s raise that bar a bit.. shall we?”
    8. Wizard of Oz (1939) – Inspired a legion of new idea’s and imagination in us all
    9. Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind- SE (1977) – Not all Aliens are evil
    10. Alien (1979) – Some Aliens are way past evil. Took scary to a whole new level.

    This was Fun!!!

  23. 1. The Dark Knight.
    2. Empire Strikes Back.
    3. Kingdom of Heaven.
    4. In The Mouth Of Madness
    5. The Prestige
    6. Iron Man
    7. The Fellowship of the Ring
    8. Open Range
    9. Pride and Prejudice ( 2005 )
    10. Event Horizon

  24. In no particular order:

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    Red Cliff
    House of Flying Daggers
    Inn of The Sixth Happiness
    Curse of The Golden Flower
    The Warlords
    Angel Heart
    China Town
    Psycho (original)
    Fiddler On The Roof

    Honourable mentions: The Truman Show, The Game, Seven, Fight Club, Casablanca, Silence of The Lambs, Goodfellas


    Star Wars Ep IV
    Star Wars Ep V
    The Day The Earth Stood Still (original)
    War of The Worlds (original)
    The Time Machine (original)
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Journey To The Centre of The Earth (original)
    Children of Men
    Terminator 2: Judgement Day

    Honourable mentions: The Terminator, Star Trek (09), Conan The Barbarian (original Arnie version), Forbidden Planet

    Some other great flicks:

    Das Boot
    The Enemy Below
    Saving Private Ryan
    Enemy At The Gates
    In Which We Serve
    The Cruel Sea
    Tora, Tora, Tora
    Reach For The Sky
    Band of Brothers
    Generation Kill

    • Yes, Band of Brothers and Generation Kills were TV stuff, but they were filmed so brilliantly they feel like very long, drawn out, really good flicks!

  25. in no order.
    1. Back to the Future
    2. Mean Streets
    3. The Dark Knight
    4. Training Day
    5. 300
    6. Superbad
    7. Memento
    8. Ferris Buellers Day Off
    9. Scarface
    10. Heat

  26. WOW no Jaws!