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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Source: Film School Rejects

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  1. 1. Looper
    2. Shawshank Redemption
    3. Pulp Fiction
    4. The Avengers
    5. Braveheart
    6. The Matrix
    7. Pan’s Labyrinth
    8. Forrest Gump
    9. The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King
    10. The Dark Knight Rises

    Honorable Mention: How To Train Your Dragon, Shaun of The Dead, Iron Man, Kill Bill, Inception, Reservoir Dogs, The Boondock Saints, Point Break

    • Looper?

      Seriously?

  2. 1. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
    2. Gangs Of New York
    3. Pulp Fiction
    4. Lincoln
    5. WALL•E
    6. The Time Traveller’s Wife
    7. The Bourne Films
    8. Spider-Man 1/2/3
    9. The Lion King 1/2/3
    10. King Kong (1933 or 2007)

  3. good list, would you tell me more about lists of movies please? sorry for my english

  4. My list is the best.
    1. SLC punk
    2. Requiem For A Dream
    3. The Pianist
    4. Pineapple Express
    5. The Matrix
    6. Half Baked
    7. 3000 Miles To Graceland
    8. Signs
    9. Pulp Fiction
    10. Forrest Gump

    But there are so many other movies that could have made it.

  5. 1. Blow
    2. The town
    3. saving private ryan
    4. the dark knight rises
    5. the dark knight
    6. argo
    7. the perks of being a wild flower
    8. the butterfly effect
    9. lawless
    10. warrior

    maybe i could have changed a few or added the movie flight or forrest gump or even a bronx tale but i like my post :)

  6. are you all kidding? No. one, widest appeal to all ages, passions-

    THE WIZARD OF OZ!!

  7. my top 10..not in any particular order..
    Oldboy
    The Apu Trilogy
    The third man
    Seven Samurai
    Memento
    Thin red line(the most underrated movie of all time in my opinion)
    Taxidriver
    Paths of Glory
    Rear Window
    Apocalypse now

  8. 1.Shawshank Redmption
    2.Persuit of Happiness
    3.Notorious
    4.Godfather
    5.Carlitos Way
    6.Happy Gilmore
    7.Matrix
    8.Hangover 1 and 2
    9.Boyz n The Hood
    10.Friday

    Probably forgotten a lot but..

  9. My Top 10 (I’m 7):1. Ghostbusters 2. Princess Bride 3. American Tale 4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3: Dog Days 5. Star Wars Episode 4 6. Bee Movie 7. A Bug’s Life 8. Spongebob the Movie 9. Bugs Bunny Roadrunner Movie 10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    • You are not 7.

      OR

      you are the most retro 7 year old I have ever seen.

  10. In no particular order (this is tough enough)
    Die Hard
    The Doors
    Schindler’s List
    Caddy shack
    Breakfast Club
    Monty Python & Holy Grail
    Major League
    All the Bourne movies
    Casablanca
    Cool Hand Luke

  11. 1. Empire Strikes Back
    2. Saving Private Ryan
    3. The Dark Knight Trilogy
    4. Fight Club
    5. Caddyshack
    6. Platoon
    7. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    8. Jaws
    9. Toy Story 3
    10. Slap Shot

    • For fun…worst 10 ;-)
      1. Batman and Robin
      2. Pearl Harbor
      3. Expendables Franchise
      4. Superman 3
      5. The Spirit
      6. Speed 2
      7. Catwoman
      8. Pluto Nash
      9. Highlander 2
      10. Love Guru

  12. No Particular order:

    Pulp Fiction
    Fight Club
    Forrest Gump
    Schindler’s List
    Inception
    Casablanca
    Saving Private Ryan
    Memento
    The Godfather
    There Will Be Blood

  13. Top 10 movies….10)The Exorcist…(9)Oliver…(8)Young Frankenstein…(7)Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid…(6)To Kill a Mockingbird…(5)Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty…(4) The Defiant Ones…(3)Schindler’s List…(2)Jason and the Argonauts-1963…(1) 2001 a space odyssey…

  14. My top 10 favorite movies:

    1) The Lord of the Rings trilogy
    2) Star Wars episodes 4 – 6
    3) 17 Miracles
    4) The Dark Knight
    5) The Princess Bride
    6) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    7) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    8) Raiders of the Lost Ark
    9) How to Train Your Dragon
    10) The Matrix

  15. my list is of film series and next to it will be the best film the order is from best to the last one
    the lord of the rings trilogy- the return of the king
    pixar films- toy story 3
    marvel cinematic universe- the avengers
    firefly- sereinty
    indiana jones trilogy- raiders of the lost ark
    star wars original trilogy- the empire strikes back
    james bond- skyfall
    men in black- mib 1
    pirates of the Caribbean- dead mans chest
    the dark knight trilogy- the dark knight rises
    and one more for luck
    Jurassic park

  16. 1. The Godfather
    2. Pulp Fiction
    3. GoodFellas
    4. The Godfather Part II
    5. Raging Bull
    6. The Departed
    7. Casablanca
    8. Vertigo
    9. Reservoir Dogs
    10. Taxi Driver

    • Not a bad list, not bad at all.

  17. 10. Unforgiven /The Green Mile /The Hurricane/Remember the Titans /
    Gran Torino /Gladiator/Taxi Driver/ Freedom Writers/Million Dollar Baby/ Enemy at the Gates / Jaws/Friday /Frozen River/No Mans Land
    9. Hoosiers
    8. Half Baked
    7. Psycho
    6. Pulp Fiction
    5. A beautiful Mind
    4. The Shining/The Silence of the Lambs
    3. The Exorcist
    2. The Usual Suspects
    1. The Shawshank Redemption.

  18. the Godfather

    the dark knight

    the Godfather 2

    se7en

    Inglorious bastards

    fight club

    lord of the rings-all 3

    scarface

    silence of the lambs

    the shining

    these movies are my top 10 with another mentions like-

    the exorcist,reservoir dogs,shawshank redemption,the dictator(1940′s),the big lebowski,alien,schindler’s list,forrest gump,casino royale,lincoln,oldboy.(not in that particular order)

    • Hi Deval,
      Greetings from Bulgaria!
      I love your list! One of the best movies EVER! Cheers! :)

  19. movies should entertain you so that when you exit the theater you will feel that you have seen something that
    made a real profound impression on you and something that you will remember for a long time.

  20. my top 10

    1. THE DARK KNIGHT
    2. THE GODFATHER
    3. THE GODFATHER II
    4. SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
    5. SHOLAY (INDIA)
    6. LEON THE PROFESSIONAL
    7. TERMINATOR II: JUDGEMENT DAY
    8. BRAVEHEART
    9. ANAND (INDIA)
    10. 3 IDIOTS (INDIA)

  21. My list based on repeatable viewing: In other words, if could only grab 10 movies before a trip to Mars – what would I take.

    1) JAWS
    2) A Wonderful Life
    3) Casablanca
    4) 2001 Space Od
    5) Wizard of Oz
    6) Gone with the Wind
    7) Blazing Saddles
    8) Moonstruck
    9) Saving Private Ryan
    10)Forest Gump

  22. my top 10 in no particular order (btw im 12)
    10 oz the great and powerful
    9 pride and prejudice
    8 silver linings playbook
    7 Sidney white
    6 princess bride
    5 world war z
    4 snow white an the huntsman
    3 red riding hood
    2 peter pan 2003
    1 jack the giant slayer

  23. How The Avengers is in anyone’s top 10 makes no sense to me, the first 3/4 of the movie makes me want to kill myself. The only thing that saves it is the action at the very end of the movie. That being said my top 10 in no particular order is…

    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    Star Wars V The Empire Strikes Back
    Braveheart
    Dr. Strangelove
    The Princess Bride
    The Godfather Trilogy
    Goodfellas
    Aladdin
    Pulp Fiction
    Gladiator

  24. 10: BACK TO THE FUTURE 1/2/3
    9: DIE HARD 2
    8: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
    7: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2
    6: ROCKY 2/3
    5: HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE
    4: THE DARK KNIGHT
    3: TITANIC
    2: SKYFALL
    1: DIE HARD

    PS: WE ARE BOTH ONLY 12. PPS: JUSTIN BIEBER IS A TWAT :-P

  25. 1. Silence of the lambs
    2. Fight club
    3. Apocalypse now
    4. Citizen kane
    5. Shawshank redemption
    6. Scent of a woman
    7. Goodfellas
    8. Psycho
    9. Up
    10. One flew over the cuckoos nest

  26. 1. Pirates of the Caribbean curse of Black Pearl
    2. Pirates of the Caribbean dead mans chest
    3. Pirates of the Caribbean at worlds end
    4. The lone ranger
    5. The mexican
    6. Lord of the war
    7. Secret window
    8. The godfather
    9. The godfather II
    10. The godfather III

    • In no order

      Ben Hur
      The Big Sleep
      Lawrence of Arabia
      2001
      Once Upon A Time in the West
      The Third Man
      Black Narcissus
      A Clockwork Orange
      Duck Soup
      Doctor Zhivago

  27. Braveheart
    Minority Report
    Gladiator
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    The Matrix
    V for Vendetta
    Law Abiding Citizen
    The Island
    Face Off
    Inception

  28. MY LIST, THIS IS HOW IT GOES

    1) BLACK HAWK DOWN
    2) BEHIND THE ENEMY LINES
    3) SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
    4) TAKING OF PEHLAM 1 2 3
    5) UNSTOPPABLES
    6) ZERO DARK THIRTY
    7) ARGO
    8) THE HURT LOCKER
    9) DAY BREAKERS
    10)SILVER LININGS

  29. The concept of a list like this is ridiculous, but I still find it interesting to read serious, individual “Top Tens”. Anyway, here are mine, from oldest to newest:

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (Murnau, 1927)
    La règle du jeu (The Rules of the Game) (Renoir, 1939)
    Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
    Casablanca (Curtiz, 1942)
    Ikiru (Kurosawa, 1952)
    La Dolce Vita (Fellini, 1960)
    2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)
    Raging Bull (Scorsese, 1980)
    Grave of the Fireflies (Takahata, 1988)
    The Hurt Locker (Bigelow, 2008)

    But any of the following have just as good a chance of being considered in my “Top” picks:

    The Passion of Joan of Arc
    City Lights
    Duck Soup
    Pinocchio
    Notorious (1946)
    The Bicycle Thief
    The Third Man
    Singin’ in the Rain
    On the Waterfront
    The Searchers
    Les quatre cents coups (The 400 Blows)
    Floating Weeds
    Lawrence of Arabia
    8 ½
    Dr. Strangelove
    Bonnie and Clyde
    Cries and Whispers
    Aguirre, the Wrath of God
    Nashville
    Apocalypse Now
    My Dinner with Andre
    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
    Hannah and Her Sisters
    Do the Right Thing
    GoodFellas
    Schindler’s List
    Fargo
    Princess Mononoke
    Almost Famous
    Million Dollar Baby
    Pan’s Labyrinth
    Up
    The Tree of Life
    A Separation
    Life of Pi