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Each issue of the Empire magazine since #167 features a two-page essay on a film deemed a masterpiece by the magazine. These are all the films featured in this feature in order of appearance.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is regarded as one entry in the official numbering.

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    Raging Bull

    1980, in 30 top lists Check
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 30 top lists Check
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    The Shawshank Redemption

    1994, in 21 top lists Check
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    Casablanca

    1942, in 36 top lists Check
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    Blade Runner

    1982, in 32 top lists Check
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    La dolce vita

    1960 — a.k.a. La Dolce Vita, in 20 top lists Check
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    The Shining

    1980, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Third Man

    1949, in 32 top lists Check
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    Les quatre cents coups

    1959 — a.k.a. The 400 Blows, in 24 top lists Check
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    His Girl Friday

    1940, in 19 top lists Check
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    Schindler's List

    1993, in 31 top lists Check
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    The Godfather

    1972, in 39 top lists Check
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    King Kong

    1933, in 27 top lists Check
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    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 33 top lists Check
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    Fight Club

    1999, in 17 top lists Check
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    Tôkyô monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Tokyo Story, in 25 top lists Check
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    Annie Hall

    1977, in 31 top lists Check
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    Bride of Frankenstein

    1935, in 18 top lists Check
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946, in 29 top lists Check
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    This Is Spinal Tap

    1984, in 20 top lists Check
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    1991, in 32 top lists Check
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    L'Atalante

    1934, in 21 top lists Check
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    L.A. Confidential

    1997, in 24 top lists Check
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    The Searchers

    1956, in 25 top lists Check
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    Do the Right Thing

    1989, in 20 top lists Check
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    Brief Encounter

    1945, in 20 top lists Check
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    Brazil

    1985, in 20 top lists Check
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    On the Waterfront

    1954, in 28 top lists Check
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    1975, in 33 top lists Check
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    Roma città aperta

    1945 — a.k.a. Rome, Open City, in 23 top lists Check
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    The General

    1926, in 31 top lists Check
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    Deliverance

    1972, in 14 top lists Check
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    The French Connection

    1971, in 19 top lists Check
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    La battaglia di Algeri

    1966 — a.k.a. The Battle of Algiers, in 25 top lists Check
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    Das Boot

    1981, in 15 top lists Check
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    Don't Look Now

    1973, in 17 top lists Check
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    Vertigo

    1958, in 41 top lists Check
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    2001, in 26 top lists Check
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    2002, in 22 top lists Check
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    2003, in 25 top lists Check
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    Some Like It Hot

    1959, in 33 top lists Check
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    The Wizard of Oz

    1939, in 33 top lists Check
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    Le salaire de la peur

    1953 — a.k.a. The Wages of Fear, in 24 top lists Check
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    Belle de jour

    1967 — a.k.a. Belle de Jour, in 20 top lists Check
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    El espíritu de la colmena

    1973 — a.k.a. The Spirit of the Beehive, in 21 top lists Check
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    Die Hard

    1988, in 16 top lists Check
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    A Clockwork Orange

    1971, in 33 top lists Check
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    Performance

    1970, in 16 top lists Check
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    Bringing Up Baby

    1938, in 21 top lists Check
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    Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

    1966 — a.k.a. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in 24 top lists Check
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Last updated on Jan 2, 2020 by Gorro; source