Empire The 100 Best Movies of All Time

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"It’s a big question: what are the best movies of all time? And it’s one with many answers – there are all kinds of reasons why the greatest films ever made endure in the way they do. They create unforgettable images, conjure overwhelming emotions, craft thrilling stories, and deliver characters who leap off the screen. There’s astonishing technical mastery that brings those stories to life, plots that twist and turn in all kinds of unexpected ways, performances that help us fall head-over-heels for people who don’t exist, and transcendent experiences that change our heads and hearts. The best films – from classic movies that have stood the test of time, to contemporary works that changed the game – offer heartwarming comfort, iconic scares, big laughs, and pulse-pounding suspense, becoming firm audience favourites and garnering critical acclaim.

In creating a list of the 100 best movies of all time, Empire asked readers to share their picks – a selection of movies that comfort, challenge, and pioneer. Films that blow your mind, help you see things from a new perspective, and that continue to shape cinema as we know it today. Films that make you feel something. Combining reader votes with critics’ choices from Team Empire, here we have it – read it in full below." --Empire Online

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    2001, in 31 top lists Check
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    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    1980, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Godfather

    1972, in 42 top lists Check
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    The Dark Knight

    2008, in 27 top lists Check
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    The Shawshank Redemption

    1994, in 24 top lists Check
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    Jaws

    1975, in 29 top lists Check
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    Pulp Fiction

    1994, in 38 top lists Check
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    Avengers: Infinity War

    2018, in 8 top lists Check
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    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    1981 — a.k.a. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, in 29 top lists Check
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    Goodfellas

    1990, in 31 top lists Check
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    Star Wars

    1977, in 40 top lists Check
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    Mad Max: Fury Road

    2015, in 23 top lists Check
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    Back to the Future

    1985, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Godfather Part II

    1974, in 32 top lists Check
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    Jurassic Park

    1993, in 23 top lists Check
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    Blade Runner

    1982, in 36 top lists Check
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    Aliens

    1986, in 24 top lists Check
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    Gisaengchung

    2019 — a.k.a. Parasite, in 22 top lists
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    Inception

    2010, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Matrix

    1999, in 30 top lists Check
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    Alien

    1979, in 30 top lists Check
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    Avengers: Endgame

    2019, in 8 top lists Check
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 45 top lists Check
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    1991, in 27 top lists Check
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    Fight Club

    1999, in 19 top lists Check
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    Die Hard

    1988, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    2003, in 29 top lists Check
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    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    1989, in 16 top lists Check
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    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 37 top lists Check
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    Heat

    1995, in 23 top lists Check
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    Interstellar

    2014, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Thing

    1982, in 20 top lists Check
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    Casablanca

    1942, in 39 top lists Check
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    2002, in 26 top lists Check
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    The Shining

    1980, in 28 top lists Check
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    2004, in 28 top lists Check
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    Se7en

    1995, in 29 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 29 top lists Check
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    Gladiator

    2000, in 25 top lists Check
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    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 39 top lists Check
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    1991, in 36 top lists Check
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    12 Angry Men

    1957, in 30 top lists Check
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    There Will Be Blood

    2007, in 20 top lists Check
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946, in 33 top lists Check
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    The Big Lebowski

    1998, in 26 top lists Check
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    Schindler's List

    1993, in 35 top lists Check
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    Do the Right Thing

    1989, in 25 top lists Check
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    Ghostbusters

    1984, in 13 top lists Check
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    Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

    2001 — a.k.a. Spirited Away, in 39 top lists Check
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    Vertigo

    1958, in 42 top lists Check
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Last updated on Jan 26, 2023; source