Frank Darabont's Greatest Movies of All Time

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The Empire Magazine asked Frank Darabont to write about his one movie masterpiece. Instead he chose 224. Two remarks about his selection:

1. What follows is not to be confused with a 'best' list. I hate 'best' lists. They are compiled by arrogant fools for the satisfaction of provoking other arrogant fools into spewing angry rebuttals, and before you know it everybody's all puffed-up and dancing around like mountain apes. Stop it, really. Just because I have my favorites, it doesn't mean I think yours suck. I offer my list as highly subjective opinion, not empirically provable fact. If you disagree with it, don't freak out. Instead, be constructive and send me your list so I can fill some of the gaps in my film education.

2. Films are not listed in order of preference, and my genre headings are loose definitions at best. Yes, I'm painfully aware that The Godfather could just as well be listed under 'drama' as 'gangster film'. Yes, Rollerball might be deemed 'science-fiction' rather than 'sports'. Whatever your opinion on these matters, you're absolutely right."

10 movies are selected for each genre, with some exceptions. Order of genres in the list:

Drama
Science Fiction
Comedy
War
Western
Horror
Film Noir
Thriller
Epic/Adventure (11)
Costume Drama
Crime
Music/Musical
Sports
Action
Prison
Biographical
Silent Era
Fantasy (12 movies)
Animated
Gangsters (11 movies)
Socio-Political
Romantic Comedy

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  1. 1 new

    Casablanca

    1942, in 39 top lists Check
  2. 2 new

    The Grapes of Wrath

    1940, in 24 top lists Check
  3. 3 new

    The Verdict

    1982, in 7 top lists Check
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    1975, in 35 top lists Check
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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    1962, in 18 top lists Check
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    Kramer vs. Kramer

    1979, in 8 top lists Check
  7. 7 new

    Tender Mercies

    1983, in 4 top lists Check
  8. 8 new

    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 39 top lists Check
  9. 9 new

    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 30 top lists Check
  10. 10 new

    Hope and Glory

    1987, in 7 top lists Check
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 45 top lists Check
  12. 12 new

    A Clockwork Orange

    1971, in 37 top lists Check
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    Blade Runner

    1982, in 36 top lists Check
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    Planet of the Apes

    1968, in 16 top lists Check
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    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    1951, in 12 top lists Check
  16. 16 new

    Forbidden Planet

    1956, in 9 top lists Check
  17. 17 new

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    1982, in 30 top lists Check
  18. 18 new

    Star Wars

    1977, in 40 top lists Check
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    THX 1138

    1971, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Time Machine

    1960, in 1 top list Check
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    Some Like It Hot

    1959, in 35 top lists Check
  22. 22 new

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop...

    1964, in 37 top lists Check
  23. 23 new

    Young Frankenstein

    1974, in 14 top lists Check
  24. 24 new

    Blazing Saddles

    1974, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Producers

    1967, in 14 top lists Check
  26. 26 new

    Ruthless People

    1986, in 1 top list Check
  27. 27 new

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    1975, in 23 top lists Check
  28. 28 new

    Grosse Pointe Blank

    1997, in 4 top lists Check
  29. 29 new

    His Girl Friday

    1940, in 21 top lists Check
  30. 30 new

    A Fish Called Wanda

    1988, in 8 top lists Check
  31. 31 new

    Paths of Glory

    1957, in 26 top lists Check
  32. 32 new

    Saving Private Ryan

    1998, in 28 top lists Check
  33. 33 new

    The Deer Hunter

    1978, in 26 top lists Check
  34. 34 new

    Das Boot

    1981 — a.k.a. The Boat, in 15 top lists Check
  35. 35 new

    Kelly's Heroes

    1970, in 0 top lists Check
  36. 36 new

    The Dirty Dozen

    1967, in 8 top lists Check
  37. 37 new

    Platoon

    1986, in 21 top lists Check
  38. 38 new

    Glory

    1989, in 5 top lists Check
  39. 39 new

    Cross of Iron

    1977, in 3 top lists Check
  40. 40 new

    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 37 top lists Check
  41. 41 new

    The Wild Bunch

    1969, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Outlaw Josey Wales

    1976, in 11 top lists Check
  43. 43 new

    Unforgiven

    1992, in 24 top lists Check
  44. 44 new

    The Long Riders

    1980, in 3 top lists Check
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    Giù la testa

    1971 — a.k.a. Duck, You Sucker, in 4 top lists Check
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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    1969, in 22 top lists Check
  47. 47 new

    High Plains Drifter

    1973, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    1962, in 16 top lists Check
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    The Magnificent Seven

    1960, in 11 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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Last updated on Mar 29, 2012; source