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.
Every year since 1967 the famed film critic Roger Ebert has released a list of his ten favorite films of the year. In some recent years he has divided up the lists, making separate top tens (or twenties) for documentaries and foreign-language films. I've included all the lists here.
The 100 favorite films of film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum. All of these appear on his extended top 1000, but for those looking for a more manageable list of his biggest recommendations, here it is.
1508 movies up to year 1992. Movies from every part of the world selected and analyzed by Jacques Lourcelles, a french cinema critic. A lot of movies (mostly french) you won't find on any other lists
Each year's top 10 lists between 1956-1965 that been published in Cahiers du Cinema when Godard worked there as a movie critic, plus "Ten Best American Sound Films" and "Six Best French Films since the Liberation" lists. In 1962, Godard included his own film "Vivre sa Vie", the only movie by Godard in this list, in his top ten list as number six.
This list contains all movies mentioned in Kim Newman's "Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s"; an encycopaedic critical reference guide to modern horror, taking Night of the Living Dead (1968) as its starting point, and continuing to the publication date of the second edition in 2011. While chiefly concerned with the evolution of the horror film, the book will occasionally mention non-horror to compare and contrast.
#1-119: Chapter 1 - Shoot 'Em in the Head! or The Birth of the Hate Generation
#120-273: Chapter 2 - The Indian Summer of the British Horror Film
#274-396: Chapter 3 - The Changing Face of Classical Gothic:
#397-563: Chapter 4 - Devil Movies or: "If the mousse tastes chalky, don't eat it."
#564-687: Chapter 5 - Deep in the Heart of Texas or: The Down-Home, Up-Country, Multi-Implement Massacre Movie
#688-1245: Chapter 6 - Paranoia Paradise or: Five Things to Worry About
#1246-1460: Chapter 7 - Tales of Ordinary Madness or: The Close-Up Crazies
#1461-1595: Chapter 8 - Auteurs
#1596-1764: Chapter 9 - The Weirdo Horror Film or: Cult, Kitsch, Camp, Sick, Punk and Pornography
#1765-1889: Chapter 10 - Psycho Movies or: "I didn't Raise my Girl to be a Severed Head"
#1890-1977: Chapter 11 - Ghost Stories
#1978-2162: Chapter 12 - Return to the past
#2163-2331: Chapter 13 - Cannibal Zombie Gut-Crunchers - Italian Style!
#2332-2398: Chapter 14 - Fun with the Living Dead
#2399-2428: Postscript: The Post-Modern Horror Film
#2429-2723: Chapter 2.1 - The Lecter Variations
#2724-3133: Chapter 2.2 - Vampires and Other Stereotypes
#3134-3604: Chapter 2.3 - Scream and Scream Again: Franchises, Post-Modernism, Remakes
#3605-3973: Chapter 2.4 - At First Just Ghostly
#3974-4151: Chapter 2.5 - Virtual Realities and Imaginary Friends
#4152-4351: Chapter 2.6 - Why Are Your Doing This to Me?
#4352-4439: Chapter 2.7 - More Auteurs
#4440-4720: Chapter 2.8 - Zombie Apocalypse Now!
#4721-4725: Postscript: There will still be blood
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."
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 III", published in 2010.
An excerpt from Ebert's introduction to the book:
"I believe great movies are a civilizing force. They allow us to empathize with those whose lives are different than our own. I like to say they open windows in our box of space and time. Here's a third book filled with windows."
All films mentioned in Thomson's book.
+ "Band of Brothers", "Berlin Alexanderplatz", "Boardwalk Empire", "Brideshead Revisited", "Deadwood", "Dexter", "Downtown Abbey", "I Love Lucy", "John Adams", "Mad Men", "Mission: Impossible", "Monty Python's Flying Circus", "Perry Mason", "Rawhide", "Sex and the City", "Six Feet Under", "The Sopranos", "Starsky and Hutch", "Star Trek", "True Blood", "24", "Twin Peaks", "The Wire", "The World at War" and "You Bet Your Life" among other TV-(mini)series.
Also included are "Cathy Come Home" and "The Century of the Self".
"Leonard Maltin's Must See Movies 2011 features a full year's worth of great films, each and every one of which Leonard Maltin would personally recommend to anyone. From classics to indies, slapstick comedies to documentaries, family films to edgier fare - no genre is unexplored. Cast and director information accompanies Mr. Maltin's incisive and witty capsule reviews, and every film is available on DVD. Coming from the worlds of Hollywood, independent cinema, and abroad, these 365 films promise inspiration and entertainment for the year ahead, making them truly must-see movies."
From the book by Leger Grindon (2011). The filmography is arranged by a chronological progression of themes:
Transition to Sound (1930-1933)
World war II and the Homefront (1942-1946)
Post-War: Melancholy and Reconciliation (1947-1953)
The Comedies of Seduction: The Playboy, the Gold Digger, and the Virgin (1953-1966)
The transition through the counter-culture (1967-1976)
Nervous Romance (1977-1987)
Reaffirmation of Romance (1986-1996)
Grotesque and Ambivalent (1997-present)
On May 23, 2004, TIME Magazine published online their list of "100 estimable films since TIME began, with the March 3, 1923 issue." Critics Richard Corliss and Richard Schickel collaborated on the list, and their original 100 films comprise selections 1-106 below. TIME subsequently added 20 more titles in February of 2005, and they are included in titles 107-134.
In the process of making the original list, Corliss and Schickel had each started with a list of over 100 nominees. Of the 36 films on both lists, 31 made the original cut. Of the remaining five, one (All About My Mother) was included in the '05 addendum while the other four are items 135-138 below. Entries 139-234 represent the remaining nominees.
Combined the Critic ratings from Rotten Tomatoes (Average Rating & Tomatometer), Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results with general film data from IMDb and iCheckMovies (incl. Official Top Lists) to reveal the 500 Movies that the Critics love.
Jean-Louis Bory, the famously french movie critic. Critics from 1961 to 1979. From his 8 books : Des yeux pour voir, La nuit complice, Ombre vive, L'écran fertile, La lumière écrit, L'obstacle et la gerbe, Rectangle multiple, Dernières chroniques cinématographiques
These were listed by Total Film magazine as the most influential movies ever made in their May 2009 Issue. It covers a broad range of landmark movies from every decade and from every genre.
What is it about the samurai that captivates Westerners? The armor and swords, the reverent attitude and the reputation for supreme competence in warfare are all pretty impressive, but they don’t get to the heart of it. I believe it might be that at the core of every samurai is the code of bushido, the feudal Japanese equivalent of chivalry, with its one edict above all else: If the time should call for it, protect your lord with your life.
That self-abnegation in service of something greater than oneself is the question at the heart of the works of generation after generation of directors as they revisit the samurai film. And it’s why we’re so excited to present Paste’s list of the 50 Best Samurai Films of All Time.
This is a broad genre, just from a the standpoint of how much history falls within it. The American Western falls more or less within the bounds of the 19th Century, yet samurai films offer centuries of warfare, palace intrigue and a drawn-out end of an era for the history and film buff to chew on. Samurai flicks really have something for everyone. Fans of period pieces will love the intricate set design, costuming and portrayals of towering historical figures in the midst of epic conflict. If operatic drama is more your speed, you can sit back and watch committed actors dine upon lavish scenery. Action junkies get to watch riveting combat with cool-looking swords. And fans of film history in general will delight in tracing the lineage of some of the West’s cinematic touchstones to their forebears in the East, as well as some stellar Eastern adaptations of Western canon.
It is with solemn bushido reverence that I invite you to join us as we dive into 50 films that exemplify this mightiest of genres. We’ve formed this list with a careful eye toward the classic jidaigeki (Age of Civil War period piece) and chambara (swordfighting) films that typify the genre in Japan, but also to some of the weird and subversive outliers that challenge audience expectations or the mythic idea of the samurai code. And because this genre is so deeply steeped in the history of its homeland, we’ve also arranged this list in a loose sort of historical chronological order and added some context that might help clarify the settings of some of the movies.
In the interest of keeping things tight, we’ve excluded anime entries, but for a definitive list that includes some animated samurai action, check out Paste’s 100 Best Anime Films.
Published August 2017
Alfred Hitchcock perfected the thriller movie with a string of classics that remain unmatched. But from today’s perspective, there’s more to them than ice blondes and wrong-men scenarios. Every decade gets the thrillers it deserves, from post-World War II film noir and Nixon-era conspiracies to even the tawdry (but loveable) ’80s erotic thrillers. We had a hard time choosing our favourites, but after much interrogation under a naked light bulb, we did it.
List created in June 2018
From a book published in 1962 titled Classics of the Foreign Film, A Pictorial Treasury by Parker Tyler
"Out of thousands of films from abroad from "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" to the present, one of the nation's leading film authorities selects seventy-five he considers the greatest. With a perceptive commentary and hundreds of carefully selected photographs."
77 films are listed because the author included Olympia and Ivan the Terrible as single entries.