A movie is both entertainment and art. Some enjoy movies mainly as entertainment and others are considering it as an art form. Movies are also part of its industry and, therefore, a commercial factor exists that sometimes interfere with artistic intentions.
The greatest movies are often the combination of different components there excitement, fascination and delight meets the storytelling, the visual craft and the actors conception of a character. You will find tons of movie tips on this site from the greatest directors, actors and top lists dedicated to genres and periods in the history of film.
The Greatest Movies of All Time can never be presented in any objective or "true" way. It does exist a canon, but there are lots of people disagreeing to a such standard. Here you will find list of the highest ranked movies from both the critics and the ordinary audience. Here follows a collection of list from some of the biggest authorities in the industry.
The American Film Institute (AFI) has presented many top lists over the years. In 2007 they celebrated 100 years and did of course present a list of the 100 best movies of all time. One thing to be noted regarding the lists from AFI is that American movies are premiered.
1. Citizen Kane
2. The Godfather
4. Raging Bull
5. Singin’ In the Rain
6. Gone with the Wind
7. Lawrence of Arabia
8. Schindler’s List
10. The Wizard of Oz
→ See the whole list of AFI’s 100 Movies.
Sight & Sound is one of the highest regarded British film magazines. Since the 1950s Sight & Sound has presented top ten lists made by critics once every decade. The latest list is from 2012 and the following movies are included:
2. Citizen Kane
3. Tokyo Story
4. La Règle du jeu (The Rules of the Game)
5. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey
7. The Searchers
8. Man with a Movie Camera
9. The Passion of Joan of Arc
In 2008 the film magazine Empire made an ambitious attempt to nominate the 500 greatest movies in history by a big voting in which readers (10,000) participated together with movie makers (150) and critics (50). The top ten of this list looked like this:
1. The Godfather
2. Raiders of The Lost Ark
3. The Empire Strikes Back
4. The Shawshank Redemption
7. Apocalypze Now
8. Singin’ In the Rain
9. Pulp Fiction
10. Fight Club
In 2004 New York Times published a list of 1,000 movies edited by Peter M. Nichols. In this case the movies were not ranked and instead ordered alphabetically.
→ Go to The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made.
And don't forget to check out the The 100 Best Movies In History according to GreatestMovies.org.
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