Tim Dirks' Greatest Films

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This selection of 100 Greatest Films in the last century of film-making covers, by conscious choice, a wide range of genres, decades, stars and directors. Emphasis in these selections is purposely directed toward earlier, more classic Hollywood/American films than more recent films, although some recent films (and British films) are included. (An Additional 100 Greatest Films, and Third 100 Greatest Films are also indexed here.) The Greatest Films selected do not include foreign films or non-English language films for purposes of specialization and focus. Negative judgment on foreign films or non-English language films is not intended or implied.

Over a long period of time, the English-language films found here have repeatedly appeared on all-time best film lists and are often noted in the collective responses of film viewers and critics. Arguably, there has been reasonable consensus by most film historians, critics, movie-lovers, and reviewers that the selections chosen by this site are among cinema's most critically-acclaimed, significant "must-see" films (of predominantly Hollywood-American production). They are the films almost every educated person with a solid knowledge of film history and cinema would be expected to know and be literate about.

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    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    1938, in 17 top lists Check
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    The African Queen

    1951, in 10 top lists Check
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    All About Eve

    1950, in 23 top lists Check
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    All Quiet on the Western Front

    1930, in 17 top lists Check
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    An American in Paris

    1951, in 17 top lists Check
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    Annie Hall

    1977, in 31 top lists Check
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    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 36 top lists Check
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    Ben-Hur

    1959, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 26 top lists Check
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    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 19 top lists Check
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    The Birth of a Nation

    1915, in 21 top lists Check
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    Blade Runner

    1982, in 30 top lists Check
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    1967, in 27 top lists Check
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    Bride of Frankenstein

    1935, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    1957, in 30 top lists Check
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    Bringing Up Baby

    1938, in 21 top lists Check
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    Casablanca

    1942, in 36 top lists Check
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    Chinatown

    1974, in 29 top lists Check
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    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 37 top lists Check
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    City Lights

    1931, in 31 top lists Check
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    The Crowd

    1928, in 18 top lists Check
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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop...

    1964, in 33 top lists Check
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    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 31 top lists Check
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    Duck Soup

    1933, in 23 top lists Check
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    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    1980, in 23 top lists Check
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    1982, in 28 top lists Check
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    Easy Rider

    1969, in 16 top lists Check
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    Fantasia

    1940, in 20 top lists Check
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    42nd Street

    1933, in 11 top lists Check
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    The General

    1926, in 32 top lists Check
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    The Godfather

    1972, in 38 top lists Check
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    The Godfather: Part II

    1974, in 27 top lists Check
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    The Gold Rush

    1925, in 28 top lists Check
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 30 top lists Check
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    The Graduate

    1967, in 26 top lists Check
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    1940, in 22 top lists Check
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    Greed

    1924, in 20 top lists Check
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    High Noon

    1952, in 19 top lists Check
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    His Girl Friday

    1940, in 19 top lists Check
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    Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    1916, in 23 top lists Check
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    It Happened One Night

    1934, in 25 top lists Check
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946, in 28 top lists Check
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    Jaws

    1975, in 27 top lists Check
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    King Kong

    1933 — a.k.a. The Eighth Wonder, in 27 top lists Check
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    The Lady Eve

    1941, in 18 top lists Check
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962, in 40 top lists Check
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    Letter from an Unknown Woman

    1948, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Magnificent Ambersons

    1942, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 26 top lists Check
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    Meet Me in St. Louis

    1944, in 14 top lists Check