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Time Magazine Ranks the All-Time Top 100 Movies

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Let the debating begin. Suggested first comment: “How did Finding Nemo make the list while ______ did not?” I say, where’s Jules Dassin’s brilliant Night and the City? Also, more Bergman please!

Here’s the list, in alphabetical order:

Aguirre: the Wrath of God (1972)

The Apu Trilogy (1955, 1956, 1959)

The Awful Truth (1937)

Baby Face (1933)

Bande à part (1964)

Barry Lyndon (1975)

Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)

Blade Runner (1982)

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Brazil (1985)

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Camille (1936)

Casablanca (1942)

Charade (1963)

Children of Paradise (1945)

Chinatown (1974)

Chungking Express (1994)

Citizen Kane (1941)

City Lights (1931)

City of God (2002)

Closely Watched Trains (1966)

The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)

The Crowd (1928)

Day for Night (1973)

The Decalogue (1989)

Detour (1945)

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

Dodsworth (1936)

Double Indemnity (1944)

Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop
Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Drunken Master II (1994)

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

8 1/2 (1963)

The 400 Blows (1959)

Farewell My Concubine (1993)

Finding Nemo (2003)

The Fly (1986)

The Godfather, Parts I and II (1972, 1974)

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)

Goodfellas (1990)

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

His Girl Friday (1940)

Ikiru (1952)

In A Lonely Place (1950)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

It’s A Gift (1934)

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Kandahar (2001)

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

King Kong (1933)

The Lady Eve (1941)

The Last Command (1928)

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Léolo (1992)

The Lord of the Rings (2001-03)

The Man With a Camera (1929)

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Metropolis (1927)

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

Mon oncle d’Amérique (1980)

Mouchette (1967)

Nayakan (1987)

Ninotchka (1939)

Notorious (1946)

Olympia, Parts 1 and 2 (1938)

On the Waterfront (1954)

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Out of the Past (1947)

Persona (1966)

Pinocchio (1940)

Psycho (1960)

Pulp Fiction (1994)

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

Pyaasa (1957)

Raging Bull (1980)

Schindler’s List (1993)

The Searchers (1956)

Sherlock, Jr. (1924)

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

The Singing Detective (1986)

Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Star Wars (1977)

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Sunrise (1927)

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Swing Time (1936)

Talk to Her (2002)

Taxi Driver (1976)

Tokyo Story (1953)

A Touch of Zen (1971)

Ugetsu (1953)

Ulysses’ Gaze (1995)

Umberto D (1952)

Unforgiven (1992)

White Heat (1949)

Wings of Desire (1987)

Yojimbo (1961)

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  • And here I am lamenting the lack of Groundhog Day.

  • Top film-makers from India comment on this list

    Adoor Gopalakrishnan, while dismissing the list as a “subjective selection of people who probably haven’t even seen all the films” refused to name his favourites; while Mrinal Sen refused to be restricted to Indian cinema despite our pleas

    The list doesn’t depict what the masses in this country would want to see. Why is Sholay missing? Even on an aesthetic basis, you cannot disqualify it—it’s like talking about world cinema and not including Godfather.

  • Eric Olsen

    exactly HW, and there are several better Woody Allen movies than Purple Rose

  • HW Saxton

    No Marx Brothers! Right on about that
    Eric.I’d vote for”A Night At The Opera”
    if they included a Marx Bros. flick.
    No Laurel & Hardy either! “Sons Of The
    Desert” isn’t classic comedy?

    These lists are subjective but it does
    seem to me some of these films such as:
    “Purple Rose Of Cairo” shouldn’t be on
    here.There are classic films the likes
    of “Red River” & “High Noon” for example
    that are definitely much better written,
    photographed and directed.

    I know that you cant please all of the
    people all of the time,etc. But leaving
    off “The Wizard Of Oz” seems to be just
    wrong. It’s blending of B & W,color,the
    special effects,cinematography,music and
    more all spell classic in my book.If it
    isn’t a “Classic” then I guess I don’t
    know what one is.

  • HW Saxton: “Night of the Hunter” is just one of many snubbed movies that should get on any list like this…well, at least “Out of the Past” made it…

  • Eric Olsen

    damn, I agree Finding Nemo is the LEAST of the Pixar films: that’s just perverse. And no Wizard of Oz, as Sunny says? No A Clockwork Orange, Animal House, Raiders of the Lost Ark, North By Northwest, and do my eyes deceive me, no Marx Brothers?

  • Sunny

    Gone with the Wind? Did I just miss it?

  • HW Saxton

    “Night Of The Hunter” was not on this
    list. Note to self: Just ignore this.

  • Sunny

    18 movies from the 50s? I don’t know what criteria were used to select these movies…but no Titanic? No WIZARD OF OZ?!?!

  • That is kind of a masterpiece, isn’t it? I love that movie.

  • Slingblade!!!

  • In no way is Finding Nemo better than Toy Story, Toy Story 2, or Monster’s Inc. And it’s a shame that The Lion King wasn’t on there. When will The Shawshank Redemption ever get its due love?

  • Ah – Having seen 73 of the 100, I know what needs to get on to the netflix list

    Some of these are more than one film – the Apu trilogy, and others take only one of a set – Star Wars and “The Good, Bad and Ugly”, for ex.

    Overall, well-represented list – 3 Indian films, I see