This page shows you the list charts. By default, the movies are ordered by how many times they have been marked as a favorite. However, you can also sort by other information, such as the total number of times it has been marked as a dislike.
Of the movies that I have seen, these are the ones that I have deduced to be the best in terms of: artistic merit, entertainment value, movie-making finesse, ingenuity, and overall cinematic achievement.
Published in January 2017
Two things quickly become evident when putting together a list of the 100 Best Superhero Movies of All Time. First, this is the Golden Age for such films, a decade where technology, long-unrequited fandom and surging popular awareness have all combined to thrill moviegoers and make Hollywood billions of dollars. Second, it’s still fair to say that most superhero films are not that good. There’s no real contradiction at play here. The niche just lacks the pedigree of its fellow movie genres. Though superhero comic books may have started to make a dint in popular culture 75 years ago (give or take), technology only crossed over from hindrance to enabling force in the last 20 years or so. As a result, while curating a 100 Best Westerns of All Time or 100 Best Documentaries of All Time list requires the exclusion of arguably good films to select the best 100—for superhero movies? The pickings get slim after 40. In fact, the real challenge for this list was choosing amongst the dreck (some of it beloved dreck!) that would fill out the bottom half. It turns out it’s much easier to argue for or against a top 10 film’s exact placement (and frankly, compelling arguments could be made for almost any of our top 5 as deserving the #1 position), than weighing the relative “merits” of Masters of the Universe, Swamp Thing and Elektra.
This also means the bottom half of this list will change swiftly compared to, say, The Best B-Movies of All Time. In fact, it’s a safe assumption if there are 15 superhero movies in the next three years, at least 14 of them will knock numbers 86-99 off this list. (Our #100 is a bit of a wild card.)
Finally, some criteria. To be considered for this list, a film must possess at least two of the following three qualities: 1) It must involve costumed shenanigans, 2) It must involve a superpowered protagonist and/or 3) the protagonist must exist in a world where the supernatural/extraordinary is demonstrably present. These criteria are why meta-commentary films like Kick-Ass and Super are not on this list. And it’s also why some films with pulpy characters like Zorro, Tarzan and Conan are not, while others like The Phantom are. (Zane’s costume combined with the Skulls of Touganda do the trick.) Admittedly, the lines gets blurry. Also absent from this list is any consideration of foreign superhero films. That’s not because some are not worthy—especially given the movie quality issue mentioned at the top—it’s just an area we’d rather get better versed in before pouring into this list. Next year, perhaps.
The three Matrix films were counted as a single entry in the source list.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results with general film data from iCheckMovies (incl. # of Official Top Lists) and IMDb to reveal the 1001 'Greatest' Movies of All Time.
A list created during the turn of the 100-year anniversary of Indian cinema. It was a painstaking process, and a lot of research was done to give this list an objective feel. The list is based off AFI's list of 100 Greatest American Films and Johnathan Rosenbaum's Alternative 100. Films of all Indian languages are present, from Hindi to Marathi to Tamil to Telugu, to even Assamese. Three major criteria were considered for this list, in order of priority:
1. Cultural/artistic impact on India and the world - most important
2. Critical acclaim in India and abroad - 2nd most important
3. Popularity/cult status - 3rd (and least) important
Some of the best, and most obvious, advice to give anyone trying to get into cinema is to just be patient, and pay attention at all times. It is axiomatic for sure, but this advice is even more prevalent when considering slow, meandering cinema. It can be tempting to wander off and lose focus, but remaining diligent is what is going to provide the best understanding and enjoyment of the content over anything else.
The history of slow cinema runs the gauntlet of auteur legends such as Carl Theodor Dreyer, Ingmar Bergman, Chantal Akerman, Yasujiro Ozu, and Michelangelo Antonioni. Since the infamous boos and jeers directed towards the groundbreaking L’Avventura at Cannes, slow film has always seemed to have an uphill struggle to find a proper home. Now many filmmakers are applauded for such “relentless” pacing.
In fact, from an academic and historical point-of-view, slow film is entirely antithetical to classical style filmmaking. Old (and new) films are dominated by successive cutting, varying of shots/angles, and utilizing the Kuleshov effect to its fullest for easier plotting. Usually classic Hollywood films did this so the editor could cover up any mistakes or discrepancies.
Now it seems as if newer, mainstream films are vying for audience attention with as much visual stimuli as possible. However, many slow films like to have the mise-en-scène at such a minimum to where it seems as if nothing is happening. Some directors have a preference for keeping the camera at a long or medium-long shot to maintain verisimilitude, letting the scene play out in sequence.
There are many fantastic slow films, but these 20 films are emblematic of what the style/technique has to offer.
The only way to make a list of The 100 Greatest Films of All Time is to look at what has come before. So, a decision was made to review a selection of lists made by respected critics and others from around the globe. The commonality of these choices has helped form Alice's overall selection. The most famous poll since 1952 is Sight & Sound magazine's compilation, whereby every 10 years the world's leading film critics and directors are asked for their top 10 choices. Other sources utilised include the AFI (American Film Institute), the BFI (British Film Institute), the National Society of Film Critics, Cahiers du Cinema, Time, Time Out, Empire and so on. In all, 22 Top 100 lists featuring 2200 titles were cross-referenced and tweaked to arrive at this amazing collection that we feel truly represents the best that cinema can offer.
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International cinephile community A Band Apart in august of 2011 has organized voting in order to make the list of the greatest films in history of a cinema (Greatest Films Poll 2011). The sample took place with the participation of 125 film critics, bloggers, journalists and several directors from 18 countries of the world (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Estonia, USA, Canada, Indonesia, Philippines, India, Brazil, UK, Greece, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and France). The wide geography of composers has provided a variety of tastes and opinions. In the final list there are presented 130 films from 17 countries and four parts of the world. In the top-list there are mentioned all decades, since 1920's. Also there is maintained balance between English-speaking and non-English-speaking films. All individual lists of participants can be looked here.
The first place in the top-list has taken by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, which outstripped in the general offset Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. Top-5 has completed with Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker and Ingmar Bergman’s Persona. The best film of 21 century by quantity of mentions has turned out to be David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. (6th place).
The oldest film of the list has appeared to be a silent movie The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), and the newest – 2011 Palme d'Or winner Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life. The list included 7 films of Stanley Kubrick, 5 films of Ingmar Bergman and Andrei Tarkovsky, 4 films of David Lynch, Krzysztof Kieslowski and Terrence Malick at once. On the basis of mentions, in lists has also been made top-50 of best directors. In total, by composers in their lists have been mentioned 3469 films and over 1500 directors.
The final list included at once 9 pictures of the Soviet production. Except Andrei Tarkovsky’s 4 pictures, there are Sergei Eisenstein, Elem Klimov, Larisa Shepitko, Dziga Vertov, and Mikhail Kalatozov movies at the list. Also have been mentioned films of Parajanov, Muratova, Sokurov, Aleksei German, Kozincev, Dovzhenko, Balabanov, Shaunas Bartas and other directors of the Soviet and post-Soviet cinema.
P.S. The community A Band Apart has been created in 2009 in order to popularize little-known pictures, to exchange impressions of cinema and to make top-lists of the best films. Sample of 2011 has already become the third annual. By results of the first sample in 2009, has been made the list of 59 films (the winner was Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction). By results of the second sample in 2010, has been made the list of 120 films (the winner was Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver).
This list is inspired by the article "No Country for Bad Movies" from the June, 2011 issue of Texas Monthly. Their panel was limited by criteria such as no documentaries, nothing made-for-TV, and each film "had to really feel as if it could only have been made in Texas". Their official results comprise listings 1-10 below, in no particular order.
Everything after #10 is an at-large selection made by me based on looser guidelines, namely anything partially set in or partially filmed in Texas.
Below is a subset of Roger Ebert's list of great films containing only those in his book "The Great Movies II", published in 2005. Originally I only listed three full-length feature films in lieu of Ebert's "Buster Keaton" chapter, but I have since brought this list in line with the official iCheck version of Ebert's Great Movies. Now Buster's body of work "from 1920 to 1929" is represented by selections 18-48 below.
An excerpt from Ebert's introduction to the book:
"One of my delights in these books ... has been to include movies not often cited as 'great' ... We go to different movies for different reasons, and greatness comes in many forms."
Below is a subset of Roger Ebert's list of great films containing only those in his book "The Great Movies", published in 2002. The Apu Trilogy, Decalogue, and Up Documentaries are all broken out separately, hence more than 100 listings.
An excerpt from Ebert's introduction to the book:
"They are not 'the' 100 greatest films of all time, because all lists of great movies are a foolish attempt to codify works which must stand alone. But it's fair to say: If you want to make a tour of the landmarks of the first century of cinema, start here."
We asked you to rack your brains, ransack your Blu-ray collections and vote for your favourite films of all time. And in your thousands, you did. Here are the results of Empire's 100 Greatest Movies poll.
Empire asked readers to rack their brains, ransack their Blu-ray collections and vote for your favourite films of all time.
And in their thousands, they did.
Here is a list of Empire's 100 Greatest Movies poll.