100 Greatest Movies Of All Time

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100 Greatest Movies

Welcome to Total Film's 100 Greatest Movies! To compile this list we trawled through our back catalogue of issues - 13 years worth - and picked out all of our 5-star reviews in search of our top 100 films.

In those 13 years, 160-some films were regarded worthy of a 5-star review, and after some cutting, whittling and massaging (Talladega Nights anyone?), we've culled that original shortlist down to the one hundred five-star reviews we think represent the 100 Greatest Movies.

If a film isn't on the list, it may mean that we haven't reviewed it in our tenure, or that for some reason we only gave it a 4-star review.

For films that came out before 1997, we've relied on the DVD review, for films post-1997 that have both cinema and DVD reviews, we've used the original cinema review (hence no Hidden - criminally given only 4-stars on release).

And lastly, this list is not a count-down, it's alphabetical - we're not playing favourites here.

So sit back, and scroll and click your way through our 100 Greatest Movies, and no doubt leave us a comment about something not being included...

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All Time2001: A Space Odyssey

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeAlien

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All Time  All About Eve

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All Time  Amadeus

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeAmelie

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All Time  American Graffiti

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeAnnie Hall

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All Time  The Apartment

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeApocalypse Now

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeAvatar

 

 

 

Next: Back To The Future, Badlands, Bambi[page-break]

  

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeBack To The Future

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeBadlands

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeBambi

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeThe Battle Of Algiers

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All Time  Belle De Jour

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeThe Bicycle Thieves

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeThe Big Lebowski

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All Time  Black Narcissus

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeBlade Runner

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All Time  Blue Velvet

 

 

 

Next: Bonnie And Clyde, Boogie Nights, Brazil[page-break]

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeBonnie And Clyde

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All Time  Boogie Nights

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeBrazil

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeThe Cabinet of Dr Caligari

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All Time  Casablanca

 

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeChinatown

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeCinema Paradiso

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeCitizen Kane

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeCity of God

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeThe Conversation

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeThe Dark Knight

 

 

 

Next: Das Boot, The Deer Hunter, Die Hard[page-break]

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeDas Boot

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeThe Deer Hunter

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeDie Hard

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeDirty Harry

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All Time  Donnie Darko

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All Time  Don't Look Now

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeDouble Indemnity

 

 

 


100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeDr Strangelove

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeET: The Extra-Terrestrial

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeThe Exorcist

 

 

 

Next: Fargo, Fight Club, Finding Nemo[page-break]

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeFargo

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeFight Club

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeFinding Nemo

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeGladiator

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeGlengarry Glen Ross

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeThe Godfather

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeGoldfinger

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeGone With The Wind

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeGoodfellas

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeHalf Nelson

 

 

 

Next: Halloween, Heat, His Girl Friday[page-break]

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeHalloween

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeHeat

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeHis Friday Girl

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All Time

It's A Wonderful Life

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeJaws

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeKing Kong

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeL.A. Confidential

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeLawrence Of Arabia

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeThe Lord of the Rings Trilogy

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeM

 

 

 

Next: Manhattan, Metropolis, Miller's Crossing[page-break]

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeManhattan

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeMetropolis

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeMillers Crossing

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeMonty Python's Life Of Brian

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeNashville

 

 

 

  

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeNetwork

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeNight Of The Living Dead

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeNo Country For Old Men

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeNorth By Northwest

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeOne Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

 

 

 

Next: The Passion Of Joan Of Arc, Persona, Psycho[page-break]

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeThe Passion of Joan of Arc

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimePersona

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeThe Philadelphia Story

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimePsycho

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimePulp Fiction

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeRaging Bull

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeRaiders Of The Lost Ark

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeRear Window

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeReservoir Dogs

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeThe Seventh Seal

 

 

 

Next: Sideways, Sin City, Singin' In The Rain[page-break]

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeSideways

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeSingin' In The Rain

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeSome Like It Hot

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeStar Wars Ep IV: A New Hope

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeStar Wars Ep V: The Empire Strikes Back

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeSunset Boulevard

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeThe Sweet Smell of Success

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeThere Will Be Blood

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeThe Third Man

 

 

 

Next: This Is England, This Is Spinal Tap, Tokyo Story[page-break]

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All Time

This Is England

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeThis Is Spinal Tap

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeTokyo Story

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeTouch Of Evil

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeThe Truman Show

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeVertigo

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeWest Side Story

 

 

 

 

When We Were Kings

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeWithnail and I

 

 

 

 

100 Greatest Movies Of All TimeThe Wrestler

 

 

 

 

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    • reviwer

      Feb 5th 2010, 15:05

      Good List. [Link removed. Please don't spam your own site/blog].

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    • kardom1

      Feb 5th 2010, 15:25

      I'm sure you have reviewed all these films in your time so I am a bit surprised to see no Schindler's List, Close Encounters, Saving Private Ryan, Taxi Driver, Shawshank Redemption or Police Academy 3

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    • kardom1

      Feb 5th 2010, 15:27

      Actually I'll go on, no Terminator 1 or 2 or Godfather Part 2 dare I say it Aliens. I know why you haven't put Forrest Gump as everyone in the world apart from me apparently hates it and I don't think you gave it five stars but the rest I'm sure you did

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    • ChrisWootton

      Feb 5th 2010, 15:45

      Police Academy 3? I'm sure you've got your numbers mixed up, it should be 5 thats in there. Poor show.

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    • PulpFiction87

      Feb 5th 2010, 16:51

      Um...The Matirx?? I know the sequels were weaker, but the first.....come on, its gotta be in there!

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    • zBenny

      Feb 5th 2010, 17:01

      Any attempt at such a list is really ridiculous. Maybe if you spent 2-3 years compiling it and actually devoted to it, maybe you'd get something but even then, it's still just a personal oppinion. One short example is that Sideways (a good film) is on that list yet Eisenstein isn't. I think you should've just named this list 100 Great Movies of All Time, but surely you can't expect to have compiled a list of "GREATEST 100 movies of all time". Because this really isn't it.

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    • kardom1

      Feb 5th 2010, 17:03

      Re: to number 4: What you mean the one where Tackleberry points a gun at a shark and tells him to leave.....you must be mad. It's 3 all the way for me :)

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    • casinoheat

      Feb 6th 2010, 12:43

      'The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford' should be in the list

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    • mrmojo76

      Feb 6th 2010, 16:21

      Good list. Nice Range of films. But is Finding Nemo really the greatest Pixar movie? Surely not. I agree with zbenny, it should be 100 GREAT movies, not GREATEST. Nice try TF!

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    • Raybros

      Feb 7th 2010, 15:03

      where Taxi Driver and The Godfarther 2?

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    • bont91

      Feb 7th 2010, 15:07

      I didnt actually see a sin city there.... sort it out!

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    • DonisFun

      Feb 8th 2010, 12:32

      Where's Dead Mans Shoes!!! ok you may not have give it 5 stars, but you could make a typo error and put it in at least!!

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    • fezdaferret

      Feb 8th 2010, 20:18

      what, no Toy Story? quite clearly the best animated film of all time and it isnt in the list?! yet Nemo is... bit fishy

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    • Rasputin

      Feb 9th 2010, 17:05

      Calling 'His Girl Friday' 'His Friday Girl' kinda changes the film's tone a bit.

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    • lancerocke

      Feb 11th 2010, 4:45

      I think the Wicked Witch of the East put a hex on your list; where's The Wizard of Oz and The Graduate and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and Cries and Whispers and The Manchurian Candidate and The Women and Airplane! and The Hangover and Mulholland Drive?

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    • ColouredPurple

      Feb 14th 2010, 17:39

      Where the hell is Wizard of Oz? It's a groundbreaking classic, and you gave it five stars after all. If you put in the LOTR as a trilogy why not the Godfather, and Scream while we're at it even though you only gave it four. Horror is unrepresented here.

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    • ColouredPurple

      Feb 14th 2010, 17:41

      One more thing. The list is impossible to draw up but thanks for trying. I have to watch all the ones I haven't watched yet now, especially Persona because a mate of mine keeps banging on about how great it is. One day you should draw lists on different genres. That would be fairer.

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    • willos23

      Mar 20th 2010, 15:17

      I was working my way through the last top 100 on here which has now been over written! Does anyone happen to have a copy? Most of the films listed above were on there interestingly enough.

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    • DanielMcA

      Apr 8th 2010, 23:10

      If we agree to include Police Academy 3 can we bump Avatar? Afterall, of the 2 films PA3 has the more original storyline and has more rounded characters. Also, the dialogue in Avatar was more wince-inducing than a vindaloo enema.

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    • Faers

      May 5th 2010, 16:32

      This Is England?! Are you kidding me!!! One of the most overrated films I have ever seen! If you was just looking to include Shane Meadows, the correct answer was Dead Man's Shoes - Paddy has never been better. I could go on with what should/shouldn't be included, but that would turn into an essay. Oh, and Police Academy 3 is clearly the best one - all hail Zed!

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    • Faers

      May 5th 2010, 16:37

      Just checked - you gave Dead Man's Shoes four stars?! Shocking...

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    • moncaster01

      May 16th 2010, 9:29

      hmm just reading this and nice list but im surprised at some of the choices not one of these following films made the grade?? shawshank redemption scarface the matrix training day twelve angry men the usual suspects seven memento american history x the departed green mile schindlers list oh well could be worse just read a top 100 where kes was listed as the greatest film of all time! haha really!!??

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    • jceaser

      May 22nd 2010, 0:16

      this is england !!!! was this some inside joke.

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    • woodstock101

      Jul 13th 2010, 1:49

      a strange list. errr the Matrix?? no? OK. Coloured purple is right sequels should be included for others...Back to the Future 2, The Godfather 2... This is England...wow

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    • woodstock101

      Jul 13th 2010, 1:49

      a strange list. errr the Matrix?? no? OK. Coloured purple is right sequels should be included for others...Back to the Future 2, The Godfather 2... This is England...wow

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    • 84jensiboi

      Sep 18th 2010, 5:35

      The wild bunch, a clockwork orange, Platoon, wizard of oz, Seven, Schindlers list, The Matrix, Taxi driver and twelve monkeys could and should be in your list, at least 3 of them. Avatar visually stunning but dialogue very weak, it could easily be swapped with any of the movies above I have mentioned. Godfather should be changed to Godfather 1&2, seeing that LOTR is counted as trilogy. Finding Nemo can be questioned here, especially when I feel Toy Story seems to be overlooked. This is England shouldn't be in the list but it is a decent film. It is a good list, I generally agree with most of it, most gutted that the wild bunch wasn't there.

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    • Darby

      Dec 18th 2010, 0:05

      dont know about everyone else, but i love the lion king. surely got to rival this is england for a place though.

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    • Darby

      Dec 18th 2010, 0:06

      like everyone else has said, quite a few films missing that would be in mine but its an impossible task to make a list everyone agrees with. good effort though

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    • Jovetic

      Jan 13th 2011, 23:59

      Excuse me, where is the Dollars trilogy? And did I not see a Terminator movie in there?

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    • glegs

      Jan 22nd 2011, 6:42

      Two huge faults I: No The Good the Bad and the Ugly and no Trainspotting!? And I just have to assume that the lack of Kubrick films must be because they are just to insanely good for any list.

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    • VaughnEl

      Feb 2nd 2011, 17:42

      Where is Shawshank??? The Matrix???

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    • cheevrr

      Feb 6th 2011, 7:56

      What about "A Star is Born" (1954 Judy Garland)???

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    • niall29

      Mar 4th 2011, 16:29

      This list has a lot of the obvious. Casablanca, Bicycle thieves, M, etc etc etc. But the amount of movies missing is absolutely shocking at the expense of mediocre This is england, Finding nemo and so on. The fact there are approx 11 or 12 inclusions NOT in the english language is the most farcical part of all when you consider that there is no Kurosawa, Ozu, Fellini, Almodavar, Vischonti, and i could go on and on. I would suggest there are 40 films missing from this list.

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    • joefoster

      Nov 8th 2011, 18:41

      What about silence of the lambs, scarface, godfather 2 and signs

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    • mrth2003

      Nov 15th 2011, 23:53

      No Cadyshack? that's got to make the list.. how about fletch lives? dirty dancing or Grease for the ladies. All time classics.

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    • FBCCarter

      Nov 17th 2011, 13:41

      " His Girl Friday" NOT "His Friday Girl"- Morons!

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    • HannahG

      Mar 7th 2012, 15:04

      I agree with a lot of the films of this list but I really think the Hurt Locker should be up there.

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    • ThePrestige85

      Jun 28th 2012, 6:49

      No Memento???

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    • coffeeguy78046

      Aug 7th 2012, 20:59

      I am surprised Scarface, three amigos, Unforgiven, Gran Torino, Ferris Beullers Day off or The Wizard of Oz is on the list.

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    • BDSTAT

      Sep 25th 2012, 1:04

      No "Schindler's List"??? No "V For Vendetta"??? You have some stuff missing on here.

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    • sellerbuyer

      Sep 26th 2012, 19:01

      Great list but a lot of amazing movies are missing...this list has some of the greatest movies...check it out http://thebloggur.blogspot.ca/2012/09/greatest-movies-of-all-time.html

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