The Movie Blog’s Top 100 Films of All Time

Hey there guys. Well, I’ve had a number of you tell me that I need to put up my personal Top 100 Films of all time list since the AFI and the OFC’s lists have come out. So here it is.

Now, keep in mind that film is subjective… that means NO ONE will agree with my list because we all see things differently. And just so you know, I ranked these between an equal balance of my ENJOYMENT of the film, and the MERRIT of the film 50/50, so that will give you some insight into how I came up with the list.

So here you go. The Movie Blog’s Top 100 Films of all time:

1. Lord of the Rings, The: The Return of the King (Jackson, 2003)

2. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Lucas, 1977)

3. Shawshank Redemption, The (Darabont, 1994)

4. Life is Beautiful (Benigni, 1997)

5. Highlander (Mulcahy, 1986)

6. Godfather, The (Coppola, 1972)

7. Usual Suspects, The (Singer, 1995)

8. Spartacus (Kubrick, 1960)

9. Ben-Hur (Wyler, 1959)

10. Braveheart (Gibson, 1995)

11. Lawrence of Arabia (Lean, 1962)

12. Lord of the Rings, The: The Fellowship of the Ring (Jackson, 2001)

13 Lord of the Rings, The: The Two Towers (Jackson, 2002)

14. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (Marquand, 1983)

15. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg, 1981)

16. Lion King, The (Allers/Minkoff, 1994)

17. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Gilliam/Jones, 1975)

18. Gandhi (Attenborough, 1982)

19. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Kershner, 1980)

20. 40 Year Old Virgin, The (Apatow, 2005)

21. To Kill a Mockingbird (Mulligan, 1962)

22. Untouchables, The (De Palma, 1987)

23. It’s a Wonderful Life (Capra, 1946)

24. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (Kramer, 1967)

25. Bridge on River Kwai, The (Lean, 1957)

26. Moulin Rogue (Luhrmann, 2001)

27. Princess Bride, The (Reiner, 1987)

28. Schindler’s List (Spielberg, 1993)

29. In the Heat of the Night (Jewison, 1967)

30. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Spielberg, 1989)

31. An American Werewolf in London (Landis, 1981)

32. A Fish Called Wanda (Chrichton/Cleese, 1988)

33. Die Hard (McTiernan, 1988)

34. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)

35. Blazing Saddles (Brooks, 1974)

36. Borat (L. Charles, 2006)

37. Broadcast News (Brooks, 1987)

38. Gladiator (R. Scott, 2000)

39. Butch Cassidy and theSundance Kid (Hill, 1969)

40. Infernal Affairs (Lau, 2002)

41. Caddyshack (Ramis, 1980)

42. Casablanca (Curtiz, 1942)

43. Departed, The (Scorsese, 2006)

44. Elephant Man, The (Lynch, 1980)

45. Toy Story 2 (Lasseter, 1999)

46. Descent, The (Marshall, 2005)

47. Snatch (Ritchie, 2000)

48. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa, 1954)

49. Incredibles, The (Bird, 2004)

50. E.T. (Spielberg, 1982)

51. Army of Darkness (Raimi, 1992)

52. Beauty and the Beast (Trousdale and Wise, 1991)

53. 12 Angry Men (Lumet, 1957)

54. Aliens (Cameron, 1986)

55. Glengarry Glenn Ross (Foley, 1992)

56. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Cameron, 1992)

57. Silence of the Lambs, The (Demme, 1991)

58. Miracle on 34th Street (Seaton, 1947)

59. X2: X-Men United (Singer, 2003)

60. Spider-Man 2 (Raimi, 2004)

61. Matrix, The (Wachowski/Wachowski, 1999)

62. Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The (Leone, 1966)

63. Jaws (Spielberg, 1975)

64. Tootsie (Pollack, 1982)

65. Million Dollar Baby (Eastwood, 2004)

66. Cool Hand Luke (Rosenburg, 1967)

67. Alien (R. Scott, 1979)

68. Rocky (Avildsen, 1976)

69. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Verbinski, 2003)

70. Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro, 2006)

71. Good Will Hunting (Van Sant, 1997)

72. Grosse Point Blank (Armitage, 1997)

73. Toy Story (Lasseter, 1995)

74. True Lies (Cameron, 1994)

75. Amelie (Jeunet, 2001)

76. Dances With Wolves (Costner, 1990)

77. Iron Giant, The (Bird, 1999)

78. Tombstone (Cosmatos, 1993)

79. Passion of the Christ, The (Gibson, 2004)

80. Dead Poet’s Society (Weir, 1989)

81. American History X (Kaye, 1998)

82. Back to the Future (Zemeckis, 1985

83. Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The (Ford, 1962)

84. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Meyer, 1991)

85. Blues Brothers, The (Landis, 1982)

86. Jurassic Park (Spielberg, 1993)

87. Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World (Weir, 2003)

88. Airplane! (Zucker/Abrahams, 1980)

89. Singin’ in the Rain (Donen/Kelly, 1952)

90. Das Boot (W/ Petersen, 1981)

91. Batman Begins (Nolan, 2005)

92. Se7en (Fincher, 1995)

93. Fight Club (Fincher, 1999)

94. Groundhog Day (Ramis, 1993)

95. A Beautiful Mind (Howard, 2001)

96. Slap Shot (Hill, 1977)

97. Roger & Me (Moore, 1989)

98. Shaun of the Dead (Wright, 2004)

99. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Black, 2005)

100. Clerks 2 (Smith, 2006)

Now, lists are useless without conversation… so now head into the comments and make sure to leave your thoughts. What films on there do you think have no business being there… which ones aren’t there that you feel should absolutely have a spot?

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80 thoughts on “The Movie Blog’s Top 100 Films of All Time

  1. Here’s my top twenty:

    1.Pan’s Labyrinth (best movie I’ve ever seen)
    2.Titanic (aw, screw you, that movie was great!)
    3.Lord of the Rings (It’s only one movie that had to be split up in order for us to not be in the theaters for 11 hours)
    4.Ben-Hur (who knew the 50’s could make violent movies!)
    5.Braveheart (one of the most thrilling history movies I’ve ever seen)
    6.Star Wars (I had to choose between Ben-Hur and this at #6)
    7.Saving Private Ryan (first time I almost cried at a movie)
    8.The Godfather (You gotta be crazy if you don’t like this)
    9.Forrest Gump (Run, Forrest, Run!)
    10.Gladiator (Crowe is awesome in this)
    11.Sweeney Todd (The first and last musical I will ever like)
    12.Iron Man (Totally)
    13.Blazing Saddles (Back when rascism became funny)
    14.Beowulf (He beats up 9 sea monsters and then still has enough tank to screw a mermaid. Awesome)
    15.Spider-Man 2 (Totally)
    16.The Princess Bride (Funniest fight scene ever!)
    17.Harry Potter 4 (Best of the series)
    18.I Am Legend (Emotional and scary)
    19.History of the World, Part 1 (That movie was so funny)
    20.Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Incredible)

    I’d do more but I’m outta time…See ya!

  2. Tastes are sure different. This is not even close to what I would put in a top 100. Don’t have time for that, but here’s my top 20, for what its worth:
    3. BATMAN (1989)
    7. DEAD END
    11. POPEYE
    13. AIRPLANE
    14. SPIDER-MAN
    17. HEAD

  3. Well thats my list. I know i may have put a bit too many comedies in but again these are my personal favorites not necessarily the best directed or best acted movies. At least i didnt post stupid commments without contributing a list of my own. i did forget a couple of of my favorites like heat,harvey,the untouchables and catch me if you can.

  4. ok here is my top 100 favorites in my collection. note its not 1-100 best to worst. im seperating it into genre.

    1. donnnie darko
    2. pans labyrinth
    3. the princess bride
    4. army of darkness
    5. the exorcist
    6. the grudge
    7. interveiw with a vampire
    8. saw
    9. the thing
    10. the vanishing (original)
    11. braveheart
    12. enemy at the gates
    13. fight club
    14. full metal jacket
    15. gladiator
    16. the godfather
    17. kill bill 1 & 2
    18. the mechanic
    19. misery
    20. ong-bak
    21. pulp fiction
    22. saving private ryan
    23. silence of the lambs
    24. shogun assassin
    25. spiderman 2
    26. 300
    27. troy
    28. true romance
    29. u-571
    30. american beauty
    31. american history x
    32. basketball diaries
    33. beat street
    34. belly
    35. blow
    36. boiler room
    37. casino
    38. cool hand luke
    39. good fellas
    40. grapes of wrath
    41. the hustler
    42. the mack
    43. menace to society
    44. memento
    45. mr. majestyk
    46. one flew over the cuckoos nest
    47. owning mahowny
    48. the quiet man
    49. raging bull
    50. scarface
    51. taxi driver
    52. walk the line
    53. culpepper cattle co.
    54. a fistfull of dollars
    55. the great silence
    56. hombre
    57. the life & times of judge roy bean
    58. my name is nobody
    59. once upon a time in the west
    60. the outlaw josey wales
    61. the sons of katie elder
    62. the war wagon
    63. the wild bunch
    64. ace ventura 1 & 2
    65. anchorman
    66. the big lebowski
    67. blades of glory
    68. the burbs
    69. dodge ball
    70. dumb & dumber
    71. 40 year old virgin
    72. half baked
    73. happy gilmore
    74. the jerk
    75. kung pow
    76. kingpin
    77. the ladies man
    78. lock, stock, & two smoking barrels
    79. made
    80. raising arizona
    81. robin hood men in tights
    82. saving silverman
    83. snatch
    84. spaceballs
    85. stir crazy
    86. super troopers
    87. swingers
    88. talladega nights
    89. theres something about mary
    90. tommyboy
    91. white men cant jump
    92. akira
    93. appleseed
    94. berserk
    95. the dagger of kumui
    96. escaflowne
    97. final fantasy advent children
    98. fist of the north star (original)
    99. princess mononoke
    100. spirited away

  5. @ Kristina

    “As mush as John loved Transformers, there is NO WAY IN HELL that he could put that on the top 100 all-time list with a straight face. No way. Top 100 summer movies ever, sure. Top 100 of ALL TIME? NO.”

    What about:

    33. Die Hard (McTiernan, 1988)
    59. X2: X-Men United (Singer, 2003)
    74. True Lies (Cameron, 1994)
    84. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Meyer, 1991)

    ? I’m not saying they don’t deserve to be on a list. (I had Die Hard o mine) I just don’t see how they’re any different than The Transformers if this list is based on personal taste as well as importance.

  6. @Ash

    As mush as John loved Transformers, there is NO WAY IN HELL that he could put that on the top 100 all-time list with a straight face. No way. Top 100 summer movies ever, sure. Top 100 of ALL TIME? NO.

  7. Great list but where’s anchorman that movie was hilarious c’mon. and i didn’t see if u put eternal sunshine of the spotless mind also really good movie.

  8. Great list. I probalby would have included: Man Without a Face, Pleasantville, Thirteen Days, Contact, Scent of a Women, Shakespeare in Love, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Tampopo. If you were expanding the definition of film to include documentaries, I would include Ric Burn’s New York, and Ken Burn’s Jazz and Baseball to the list.

  9. Ok, starting that we have as a topic “Top 100 Films of All Time”, I’d like just to review some facts: Lumiere brothers invented the film camera at the end of XIX century. Since those times, people are making movies, sometimes not like we know it nowadays, but finally movies.

    Why “Citizen Kane” (1941) just in 34, right after Die Hard? Orson Wells changed the way to make movies with that one. Is not enought to be considered one of the best movies ever?
    And the movies from Italy after World War 2? Those directors knew that making movies is not only about entertaining, but also a way to show their own reality to the rest of the world.

    Film industry is not only Hollywood (Thanks god). Beside the fact that Hoollywood makes one kind of entertainment, there’s muche more…
    Making movies is telling a story, learning about different cultures and learning to deal with them.

    A few examples of, both old film industry and actual film industry (not just Hollywood) are:

    (no particular order)

    Ladri di biciclette (1948) Vittorio da Sica
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Michel Gondry
    Ying xiong (2002) Yimou Zhang
    A Clockwork Orange (1971) Stanley Kubrick
    Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock
    Cidade de Deus (2002) Fernando Meirelles
    Det Sjunde inseglet (1956) Ingmar Bergman
    La casa del ángel (1957) Leopoldo Torre Nilsson
    Die unendliche geschichte (1984) Wolfgang Petersen
    La Marche de l’empereur (2005) Luc Jacquet

    I’m not saying that this films you’ve just mentioned are not “enjoyable” films, but they’re quite “easy seeing” films… Maybe, the topic “100 films of all time” should be more assertive, rather than subjective. As it was said before, just my thoughts.

  10. What happened to TRANSFORMERS????? and you even put 40 Year Old Virgin in 20th spot, and no transformers! I mean sure 40 year old virgin was good, but you talked up TRANSFORMERS it s big big way! Ah well. I will try and post my list when I get some time to generate it… oh dear that will take a while!

  11. That’s a good list, but I would have to find room for Godfather II, Pulp Fiction, Raging Bull, Reservoir Dogs, The Shining and Taxi Driver at least.

  12. My only wish is that we could give negative scores to some films that were in the ranking that you positively dislike on the list:

    Life is Beautiful
    The Shawshank Redemption (Don’t hate the film, but fail to see how it belongs in any top 100 — ugh)
    Batman Begins is highly overrated and has more than a few glaring faults.

  13. Gregz123 – Thanks for the shout out. I’m really surprised that there was not more Billy Wilder on the list, but the nomination process yielded 502 films out of the entire history of cinema (oi!). So unless 3 of the voters had a film on the initial list, you couldn’t vote for it. Many more obscure and foreign stuff didn’t have as many of the support (or it was too widely varied and things didn’t make the 502 list). I think less than 1/2 of my original list made it, then 1/2 of the voted list that I chose didn’t make it. So I was in the minority on this venture (most likely along with Peter Nelhaus, Dennis Cozzalio and Damian Arlyn)

  14. John, I like the list for the most part, but there are a few things I need to say about it and a few questions for you too.

    1. I noticed that you only have a few horror movies on the list like the Descent, which I really liked but is it really better than John Carpenters Halloween, and Romeros Night of the Living Dead and also the original Dawn of the Dead, I don’t think so.

    2. Why no Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, I think that the other two are better the Doom but I still thought Doom was outstanding.

    3.I’m glad you have all of the original Star Wars Trilogy on the list, but I think Empire was better than Return of the Jedi and I think Empire should be higher than where you had Jedi.

    4.John I’m also glad you had the balls to put Batman Begins on the list, because it is proably the 2nd best comic book movie ever just behind Spiderman 2.

  15. And I know everyone LOVES Borat, but one of the best FILMS of ALL TIME? One of the best comedies, sure, I’ll give you that, but one of the all time great films? I can’t give you that:)

  16. And I’m glad to see Disney get shown so much love on the list. Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King are two of my all-time favorites. You don’t want to see what happens to me when I watch the opening sequence to The Lion King:)

  17. Wow.

    All of these people telling you you’re wrong about your own taste in movies. It’s a fine list John. I don’t agree with all of your choices, but at least I’m not so self centered as to pretend that my choices are superior to your own (unlike JS, B, ANDREI, JS, LARRY(XGDFALCON), JOSH). Yes, I know I said JS twice, he just made an ass of himself more than once. I appreciate the people here who made good contributions to the discussion without being rude (SKIP, KRISTINA, PHIL FROM LI NY, DAN, etc…too many to mention you all). Disagreeing is fine, but a few of you did so inappropriately, thus taking away from the discussion at hand. Here are a couple of MY disagreements:

    1. Personally, I would have put ESB before ROTJ.
    2. Movies that WOULDN’T have made my list: Life is Beautiful, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Amelie, Roger & Me, Borat.
    3. Movies you didn’t add, but I would: The Last Samurai, The Natural, Field of Dreams.

  18. John:

    “so now head into the comments and make sure to leave your thoughts”… may i ask why you always say that, if then you’re not taking “our thoughts” like in:

    “I love it when people say something is “invalid” if it’s not in accordance with their opinion. Next time I’ll check with you first.
    So I must ask… it invalidates the list according to whom?”

    Does your opinion counts much much more than any other’s else?

    Personally, I liked many of the films there listed, but c’mon… BORAT, 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN, and no Clockwork orange, nor Big Fish?

    And I agree as you, 300 is not that good, enjoyable, but not an all-time movie at all!


  19. After reading TMB for a while, I was surprised LOTR beat Star Wars.

    Also, I’m sure it was not planned, you have both Fincher movies back to back. I found that amusing

  20. I took the liberty of making a shortened list of your films, only including ones that actually deserve to be on a Top 100 list.

    2. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Lucas, 1977)
    3. Shawshank Redemption, The (Darabont, 1994)
    6. Godfather, The (Coppola, 1972)
    8. Spartacus (Kubrick, 1960)
    9. Ben-Hur (Wyler, 1959)
    11. Lawrence of Arabia (Lean, 1962)
    15. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg, 1981)
    18. Gandhi (Attenborough, 1982)
    23. It’s a Wonderful Life (Capra, 1946)
    24. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (Kramer, 1967)
    25. Bridge on River Kwai, The (Lean, 1957)
    27. Princess Bride, The (Reiner, 1987)
    28. Schindler’s List (Spielberg, 1993)
    29. In the Heat of the Night (Jewison, 1967)
    34. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
    39. Butch Cassidy and theSundance Kid (Hill, 1969)
    42. Casablanca (Curtiz, 1942)
    48. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa, 1954)
    50. E.T. (Spielberg, 1982)
    53. 12 Angry Men (Lumet, 1957)
    62. Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The (Leone, 1966)
    63. Jaws (Spielberg, 1975)
    67. Alien (R. Scott, 1979)
    68. Rocky (Avildsen, 1976)
    82. Back to the Future (Zemeckis, 1985
    83. Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The (Ford, 1962)


    Although I do agree with you on some of these, I think you’ve gone and lost your mind John. “Jedi” and “A New Hope” definitely rank behind “Empire” but whatever. Where are films like “Bicycle Thieves” or “A bout de Souffle?”

    John I want you to look at this list next year and realize what you’ve done.

  22. Pretty solid list John. As evident by responses there are differences in individual taste but your list is representative of many other’s choices.

    Didn’t you rank SW above LOTR a short while ago?

    Great to see so many classics on your list like To Kill A Mockingbird as an example.

  23. you are not a big horror guy I see…..

    and I know this is a personal list and all but 40 year old virgin the second best comedy of all time?? really????
    fair enough…to each their own…

    and I know everyones tastes are different but to the commentor afew posts up who said airplane is terrible you are a fool….

    i might have to put together my own top 100 i think…..

  24. Well I was ALSO part of the contributors of the OFC but the list I sent in is different to my PERSONAL favourite films of all time. Here is that list (remember this is a PERSONAL list so films like Saw and Con Air are only on there because I love them and they are certainly not the BEST of all time):

    100) The Machinist
    99) Ichi The Killer
    98) Mystic River
    97) Matchstick Men
    96) Lost Highway
    95) Equilibrium
    94) Taxi Driver
    93) Labyrinth
    92) Forrest Gump
    91) A Bittersweet Life
    90) United 93
    89) 2001: A Space Odyssey
    88) This Is Spinal Tap
    87) Psycho
    86) The Prestige
    85) Rain Man
    84) Glengarry Glen Ross
    83) Aliens
    82) The Departed
    81) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    80) Sin City
    79) A Beautiful Mind
    78) A Clockwork Orange
    77) Batman
    76) Groundhog Day
    75) Anchorman
    74) Desperado
    73) Office Space
    72) The Bourne Identity
    71) Brick
    70) Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    69) Minority Report
    68) Blade
    67) Little Miss Sunshine
    66) Man on Fire
    65) Children of Men
    64) Collateral
    63) The 40 Year Old Virgin
    62) Crash
    61) Die Hard With a Vengeance
    60) Face/Off
    59) Clerks II
    58) Friday
    57) 12 Monkeys
    56) Pan’s Labyrinth
    55) Blue Velvet
    54) American Psycho
    53) Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
    52) 28 Days Later
    51) Brazil
    50) The Faculty
    49) Training Day
    48) Ocean’s Eleven
    47) Catch Me If You Can
    46) Unbreakable
    45) The Descent
    44) Saving Private Ryan
    43) V For Vendetta
    42) Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    41) Die Hard
    40) Alien
    39) Leon
    38) Life of Brian
    37) Saw
    36) The Truman Show
    35) The Shining
    34) Fargo
    33) Jackie Brown
    32) Toy Story
    31) Battle Royale
    30) Raiders of the Lost Ark
    29) Kill Bill Vol.1
    28) Shaun of the Dead
    27) Goodfellas
    26) Requiem for a Dream
    25) Con Air
    24) Big Trouble In Little China
    23) Dumb and Dumber
    22) Mulholland Drive
    21) Beetlejuice
    20) City of God
    19) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    18) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    17) Oldboy
    16) The Matrix
    15) Snatch
    14) From Dusk Till Dawn
    13) Kill Bill Vol.2
    12) Batman Begins
    11) The Usual Suspects
    10) Se7en
    9) American History X
    8) The Big Lebowski
    7) American Beauty
    6) The Shawshank Redemption
    5) Memento
    4) Reservoir Dogs
    3) Fight Club
    2) Donnie Darko
    1) Pulp Fiction

  25. no casino royale john? ur list is shit :-)

    I mean you brought up the fact that 300 only had a 61% on rotten tomatoes.

    Casino Royale was the highest rated wide release film of ’06 (96%)

  26. Finally a top 100 list thats more my taste, thank you kurt! I was wondering if anyone enjoyed Billy Wilder films any more, at least you mentioned double indemnity. Also Apocalypse Now and the Conversation are both great additions aside from the “top 100 movies” favorite The godfather. How could anyone forget Romero, good add!! Good list Kurt

  27. Oi, I was a part of the voting process for this top 100. most of my pics didn’t seem to make it, but just for fun, I’ll post ’em here. I think my film tastes differ than the average Movie Blog reader, certainly miles apart from John’s but variety is the spice of life.

    1 Once Upon a Time in the West (Leone, 1968)
    2 Chinatown (Polanski, 1974)
    3 Conversation, The (Coppola, 1974)
    4 Maltese Falcon, The (Huston, 1941)
    5 Blue Velvet (Lynch, 1986)
    6 L’Avventura (Antonioni, 1960)
    7 Alien (R. Scott, 1979)
    8 Picnic at Hanging Rock (Weir, 1975)
    9 Aguirre: Wrath of God (Herzog, 1972)
    10 Seven Samurai (Kurosawa, 1954)
    11 In the Mood For Love (Wong, 2000)
    12 Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang, 1991)
    13 Dr. Strangelove or: How ILearned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Kubrick, 1964)
    14 Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
    15 Blade Runner (R. Scott, 1982)
    16 Barry Lyndon (Kubrick, 1975)
    17 Apocalypse Now (Coppola, (1979)
    18 City of God (Meirelles, 2002)
    19 400 Blows, The (Truffaut, 1959)
    20 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)
    21 Fargo (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1996)
    22 Killer, The (Woo, 1989)
    23 Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954)
    24 Third Man, The (Reed, 1949)
    25 Jaws (Spielberg, 1975)
    26 Three Colours: Red (Kieslowski, 1994)
    27 Carrie (De Palma, 1976)
    28 Blow Up (Antonioni, 1966)
    29 8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)
    30 Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976)
    31 Fight Club (Fincher, 1999)
    32 Das Boot (W/ Petersen, 1981)
    33 M (Lang, 1931)
    34 Night of the Living Dead (Romero, 1968)
    35 Rashomon (Kurosawa, 1950)
    36 King Kong (Cooper/Shoedsack, 1933)
    37 Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
    38 Double Indemnity (Wilder, 1944)
    39 Cabaret (Fosse, 1972)
    40 Princess Mononoke (Miyazaki, 1997)
    41 Godfather, The (Coppola, 1972)
    42 Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The (Leone, 1966)
    43 Hard Boiled (Woo, 1992)
    44 Goodfellas (Scorsese, 1990)
    45 La Dolce Vita (Fellini, 1960)
    46 Magnolia (Anderson, 1999)
    47 Metropolis (Lang, 1927)
    48 Brazil (Gilliam, 1985)
    49 Modern Times (Chaplin, 1936)
    50 Lord of the Rings, The: The Fellowship of the Ring (Jackson, 20 Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994)
    52 Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg, 1981)
    53 Patton (Schaffner, 1970)
    54 Nosferatu (Murnau, 1922)
    55 Grave of the Fireflies (Takahata, 1988)
    56 Grand Illusion (Renoir, 1937)
    57 Ghostbusters (Reitman, 1984)
    58 General, The (Keaton/Bruckman, 1927)
    59 Evil Dead II (Raimi, 1987)
    60 Eternal Sunshine of theSpotless Mind (Gondry, 2004)
    61 Die Hard (McTiernan, 1988)
    62 Do the Right Thing (S Lee, 1989)
    63 Seventh Seal, The (Bergman, 1957)
    64 Shining, The (Kubrick, 1980)
    65 Singin’ in the Rain (Donen/Kelly, 1952)
    66 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Kershner, 1980)
    67 Thin Red Line, The (Malick, 1998)
    68 Searchers, The (Ford, 1956)
    69 Robocop (Verhoeven, 1987)
    70 Suspiria (Argento, 1977)
    71 Thing, The (Carpenter, 1982)
    72 Requiem for a Dream (Aranofsky, 2000)
    73 Planet of the Apes (Schaffner, 1968)
    74 Life of Brian (Jones, 1979)
    75 Infernal Affairs (Lau, 2002)
    76 Se7en (Fincher, 1995)
    77 Terminator, The (Cameron, 1984)
    78 This is Spinal Tap (Reiner, 1984)
    79 Wizard of Oz, The (Fleming, 1939)
    80 Cinema Paradiso (Tornatore, 1988)
    81 Catch Me if You Can (Spielberg, 2002)
    82 Children of Men (Cuarón, 2006)
    83 Little Children (Field, 2006)
    84 Dawn of the Dead (Romero, 1978)
    85 An American Werewolf in London (Landis, 1981)
    86 Badlands (Malick, 1973)
    87 Miller’s Crossing (Coen, 1990)
    88 Bonnie & Clyde (Penn, 1967)
    89 Raging Bull (Scorsese, 1980)
    90 Hustler, The (Rossen, 1961)
    91 Glengarry Glenn Ross (Foley, 1992)
    92 12 Angry Men (Lumet, 1957)
    93 True Romance (Scott, 1993)
    94 Trial, The (Welles, 1962)
    95 Unforgiven (Eastwood, 1992)
    96 Untouchables, The (De Palma, 1987)
    97 Videodrome (Cronenberg, 1983)
    98 Wings of Desire (Wenders, 1987)
    99 Sweet Hereafter, The (Egoyan, 1997)
    100 A Clockwork Orange (Kubrick, 1971)

  28. Clerks 2? I realize that maybe #100 should be a freebie, and I know you’ve said before that you liked it. But. Better than Chinatown? Better than Pulp Fiction? Better than Dr. Strangelove? Which also makes me wonder how Spartacus is #8 and there’s no other Kubrick to be found on this list. Those are the two main spots with which I have to take issue. My list would look very different than yours, John, but I certainly respect your choices.

    However, I do kind of question if you really went 50/50. To me, this list looks more like 80/20 because there are movies in these same genres (or by certain directors) that most would agree carry more merit than the ones you chose. Unless “MERRIT” is really some made up word you decided to sneak past us (yeah, I know, don’t complain about spelling, but maybe you, like, had your fingers crossed).

    Anyway, I applaud you for making a top 100 list, but now I may think twice about following your reviews (not b/c you’re wrong – just that you and I have different tastes – which is cool).

  29. I understand perfectly that this, as any other list is subjective… but Borat?
    Man, I just can’t believe it. It could be you totally enjoyed, but the fact you’ve enjoyed it doesn’t make it a very good movie. At least not that *good*.
    And what really pisses me off is that Borat is there but no “Unforgiven” or “ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST” would made it in a top 100 list.

    And Highlander is plain awesome, but no #5. At least for me.
    Also I would throw some Woody Allen’s films in, like Matchpoint, Annie Hall or Crimes and Misdemeanors.

    Oh, yeah, and frakking MAGNOLIA.

    It may seem I am coming after you, but:

    >>Hey JS,

    You said:

    “Borat being above Seven Samurai invalidates the list.”

    I love it when people say something is “invalid” if it’s not in accordance with their opinion. Next time I’ll check with you first.

    So I must ask… it invalidates the list according to whom?< According to historical sense. At least what I'm thinking.

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    You have to be high on crack to put the lord of the rings above star warw. Clerks 2 was crap, all of Kevin Smith’s films, sans Jersy Girl, are better than Clerks 2.


  31. I few disagreements, Empire for me is by far the best of the Star Wars trilogy, its got everything. The lack of any John Woo movie is disappointing, Hard Boiled or the Killer blow X 2 out of the water in my opinion. Though I loved Clerks 2 i thought Clerks was the better but Kevin Smiths best was Mall Rats. Great list though.

  32. I would add:
    Spirited Away (Miyazaki, 2001) – It’s still one of the best animated films I’ve ever seen, and it’s the film responsible for introducing me to anime

    Other than that, I agree with a lot of the list

  33. You have some awesome movies on that list. BUT Airplane?? in all honesty that probably would have been on one of my top 100 worst movies of all time list… I recall someone saying you were basicly stuck in the 90’s well your list sure does disprove that theory..

  34. btw, here was mine – If I were to have taken more time in it, I wouldnt have forgotten, for example: Capote, Ikiru, French Connection, Cinema Paradiso, and others… I made mine in haste.

    1. This is Spinal Tap
    2. The Big Lebowski
    3. City of God
    4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    5. The Royal Tenenbaums
    6. Fargo
    7. Ratatouille
    8. Back to the Future
    9. The Iron Giant
    10. Leon (The Professional)
    11. Pan’s Labyrinth
    12. Adaptation
    13. Back to the Future Part II
    14. The Pianist
    15. Citizen Kane
    16. Downfall
    17. Gandhi
    18. Goodfellas
    19. Hoop Dreams
    20. Jackie Brown
    21. 12 Angry Men
    22. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    23. Shawshank Redemption
    24. Boogie Nights
    25. Rushmore
    26. Waiting For Guffman
    27. Dazed and Confused
    28. Dancer in the Dark
    29. Jaws
    30. Lost in Translation
    31. Pulp Fiction
    32. L.A. Confidential
    33. Die Hard
    34. Clerks
    35. The Empire Strikes Back
    36. Ed Wood
    37. Trainspotting
    38. Schindler’s List
    39. Children of Men
    40. A Clockwork Orange
    41. Paradise Lost 2: Revelations
    42. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
    43. Lord of the Rings: Two Towers
    44. American Psycho
    45. Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
    46. Alien
    47. Toy Story 2
    48. The Thing
    49. Aliens
    50. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    51. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
    52. Spirited Away
    53. Before Sunset
    54. Reservoir Dogs
    55. Usual Suspects
    56. The Graduate
    57. The Incredibles
    58. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders At Robin Hood Hills
    59. The Godfather
    60. Lawrence of Arabia
    61. The Godfather Part II
    62. The Nightmare Before Christmas
    63. Run Lola Run
    64. The Silence of the Lambs
    65. Unforgiven
    66. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    67. Monsters Inc
    68. Toy Story
    69. 12 Monkeys
    70. Almost Famous: Untitled (the Directors Cut)
    71. Kill Bill vol 2
    72. True Romance
    73. Finding Nemo
    74. The Departed
    75. Amadeus
    76. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    77. Oldboy
    78. Groundhog Day
    79. The Shining
    80. Memento
    81. Million Dollar Baby
    82. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    83. Star Wars
    84. Ghost World
    85. Dog Day Afternoon
    86. Brazil
    87. Do the Right Thing
    88. X2: X-Men United
    89. Kill Bill vol. 1
    90. Spider-Man 2
    91. Rope
    92. Roger & Me
    93. Grizzly Man
    94. Waking Life
    95. Big Trouble In little China
    96. Dark City
    97. Slacker
    98. Sin City
    99. Capturing the Friedmans
    100. The Man with the Golden Gun

  35. If you love movies (and you obviously do), you owe it to yourself to explore more pre-1950’s films.

    A few great ones to seek out if you haven’t seen them previously:

    THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN’S CREEK (Preston Sturges, 1944)
    THE GENERAL (Buster Keaton, 1927)
    HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Howard Hawks, 1940)
    THE THIRD MAN (Carol Reed, 1949)
    THE BANK DICK (Edward Cline, 1940)
    IT’S A GIFT (Norman McLeod, 1934)
    CITY LIGHTS (Charles Chaplin, 1931)

    I’d also recommend some Fellini (8 1/2, AMARCORD) and Altman (MCCABE & MRS. MILLER, NASHVILLE).

  36. Hey Mikey,

    I liked 300 a lot. But the reality is that it had some huge weaknesses. I still had a ton of fun with it… but in my personal opinon, it doesn’t even come close to belonging on this list. 61% on Rotten Tomatoes too.


  37. Hey JS,

    You said:

    “Borat being above Seven Samurai invalidates the list.”

    I love it when people say something is “invalid” if it’s not in accordance with their opinion. Next time I’ll check with you first.

    So I must ask… it invalidates the list according to whom?

  38. how about some Billy Wilder, “Double Indemnity” or “Sunset Boulevard” or maybe some Ashby love like “Harold and Maude”. and maybe Fargo or other Coen brother films. i must agree with mikey no 3000???

  39. @Mikey

    I ADORE 300, but one of the best movies of ALL TIME? ALL TIME? I don’t think so. But hey, these lists are subjective so… can’t go wrong with a bunch of half-naked men killing each other.

  40. NO 300?!?!?!?! Are you serious? Do like the fact that Lion King, Monty Python, and Die Hard are there…. really thought Good Will Hunting should have been higher….And no Remember the Titans… actually i found there to be a lack in sports movies in general…Caddyshack doesnt count

  41. i really can’t say that certain movies NEED or don’t need to be on your list…it’s YOUR list, i will say that it’s pretty good. do you consider movies like LOTR to be 3 seperate movies or one movie broken into three parts. it’s just that for that movie in particular it has (to me) a middle (the two towers) that drags, but i realy don’t see it as dragging when i combine the film into one story (movie)

  42. And I gotta agree with Skip about The Passion. That movie is just a guy getting his ass handed to him for two hours straight. That flick is more torture porn than Saw and Hostel combined.

  43. Wow, your probably the first person to think ST The Undiscovered Country is better then ST The Wrath of Khan. Other then that, I think your list is pretty good. Bottom line is, nobody will ever agree with anyones list.

  44. I personally prefer Hot Fuzz to Shaun of the Dead, not that Shaun isn’t brilliant, but since I love action flicks more than horror flicks, Hot Fuzz holds a special place in my heart.

    And John, BRAVO for ranking Moulin Rouge so high!

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