Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Empire's 301 Greatest Movies of All Time

Source: empireonline.com
This month, as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations, Empire Magazine published a list of the 301 Greatest Films, as voted by the readers.

There are a huge number of changes and, perhaps not surprisingly, a lot of new additions since their last poll 6 years ago. Empire even pointed out a number of surprising 'new' additions, including Charlie Chaplin's City Lights, which was made way back in 1931.

Another observation I've made is that sequels have made their originals popular again. Forget King Kong (1933) once again dominating its Peter Jackson remake, this list contains another new addition in the 1980's film Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, showing the growing popularity of the "geekier" sibling of Star Wars which had never been properly celebrated in film until J.J. Abrams reboot.

This list though, highlights the issues with undertaking polls. A number of modern films have been included that would never make this list in 10 years' time. Both Hunger Games films and Battle Royale? Sure, they're good, but in the top 301? No.

This brings me onto my final point, and an ongoing issue from the 5-star 500. Some films form excellent series, but are reasonably average on their own (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has no conclusion, for example). The series as a whole forces each film up the list regardless of its individual merits, often at the expense of other very good standalone films.

While I agree it is not right to group the films into the trilogies (each Lord of the Rings is arguably good enough for the list), it doesn't automatically mean each film should be on the list just because the series is good (note the unsurprisingly lack of The Godfather: Part 3).

Anyway, enough nattering - here is the list in full:
  1. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
  2. The Godfather
  3. The Dark Knight
  4. The Shawshank Redemption
  5. Pulp Fiction
  6. Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope
  7. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
  8. Jaws
  9. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
  10. Inception
  11. Blade Runner
  12. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
  13. Goodfellas
  14. Fight Club
  15. The Godfather Part II
  16. Avengers Assemble
  17. Back To The Future
  18. Jurassic Park
  19. Aliens
  20. Apocalypse Now
  21. Alien
  22. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  23. The Matrix
  24. The Big Lebowski
  25. Schindler's List
  26. Casablanca
  27. Gladiator
  28. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  29. There Will Be Blood
  30. American Beauty
  31. Lawrence Of Arabia
  32. The Usual Suspects
  33. Citizen Kane
  34. Forrest Gump
  35. Gravity
  36. Heat
  37. Seven
  38. The Breakfast Club
  39. Die Hard
  40. It's A Wonderful Life
  41. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
  42. Once Upon A Time In The West
  43. Vertigo
  44. Taxi Driver
  45. Skyfall
  46. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
  47. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
  48. Magnolia
  49. Drive
  50. Pan's Labyrinth
  51. 12 Angry Men
  52. Gone With The Wind
  53. The Shining
  54. A Clockwork Orange
  55. The Departed
  56. Leon
  57. Seven Samurai
  58. Toy Story
  59. Memento
  60. Trainspotting
  61. OldBoy
  62. Titanic
  63. Ghostbusters
  64. The Thing
  65. E.T. — The Extra-Terrestrial
  66. The Lion King
  67. The Silence Of The Lambs
  68. Amélie
  69. Raging Bull
  70. Psycho
  71. Rear Window
  72. The Dark Knight Rises
  73. Lost In Translation
  74. Stand By Me
  75. Reservoir Dogs
  76. Saving Private Ryan
  77. The Third Man
  78. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
  79. L.A. Confidential
  80. Some Like It Hot
  81. Inglourious Basterds
  82. Spirited Away
  83. North By Northwest
  84. Donnie Darko
  85. The Wolf Of Wall Street
  86. Django Unchained
  87. The 400 Blows
  88. City Of God
  89. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan
  90. Serenity
  91. True Romance
  92. Withnail And I
  93. Fargo
  94. Kill Bill Vol. 1
  95. Rocky
  96. Singin' In The Rain
  97. Almost Famous
  98. No Country For Old Men
  99. The Blues Brothers
  100. Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
  101. Mulholland Dr.
  102. Once Upon A Time In America
  103. The Truman Show
  104. The Apartment
  105. The Master
  106. Brazil
  107. The Terminator
  108. Predator
  109. The Green Mile
  110. Avatar
  111. Up
  112. Evil Dead II
  113. The French Connection
  114. Groundhog Day
  115. The Princess Bride
  116. Requiem For A Dream
  117. Good Will Hunting
  118. Chinatown
  119. 12 Years A Slave
  120. Star Wars: Episode VI — Return Of The Jedi
  121. Superman: The Movie
  122. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  123. The Wizard Of Oz
  124. Robocop
  125. Annie Hall
  126. Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
  127. À Bout De Souffle
  128. Dirty Dancing
  129. Life Of Brian
  130. In Bruges
  131. Boogie Nights
  132. To Kill A Mockingbird
  133. Halloween
  134. Wall•E
  135. The Royal Tenenbaums
  136. The Exorcist
  137. Amadeus
  138. Batman Begins
  139. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
  140. Scarface
  141. The Goonies
  142. Zulu
  143. Dawn Of The Dead
  144. Children Of Men
  145. Hot Fuzz
  146. Moulin Rouge!
  147. Toy Story 3
  148. The Social Network
  149. Cinema Paradiso
  150. Unforgiven
  151. When Harry Met Sally
  152. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part II
  153. Watchmen
  154. American History X
  155. Airplane!
  156. American Psycho
  157. Beauty And The Beast
  158. The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
  159. Frozen
  160. Casino Royale
  161. A Matter Of Life And Death
  162. Shaun Of The Dead
  163. Her
  164. The Thin Red Line
  165. The Deer Hunter
  166. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
  167. Monty Python And The Holy Grail
  168. The Last Of The Mohicans
  169. Clerks
  170. Edward Scissorhands
  171. The Raid
  172. The Searchers
  173. (500) Days Of Summer
  174. Braveheart
  175. Dr Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
  176. Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
  177. Downfall
  178. Dazed And Confused
  179. Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom
  180. Silver Linings Playbook
  181. The Great Escape
  182. Sin City
  183. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  184. Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl
  185. The Fifth Element
  186. Top Gun
  187. City Lights
  188. Star Trek
  189. Sunset Blvd.
  190. Kick-Ass
  191. Field Of Dreams
  192. Grease
  193. Point Break
  194. The Sound Of Music
  195. 8 1/2
  196. An American Werewolf In London
  197. Synecdoche, New York
  198. The Fountain
  199. The Lives Of Others
  200. Ben-Hur
  201. Platoon
  202. Little Miss Sunshine
  203. Princess Mononoke
  204. Les Misérables
  205. Let The Right One In
  206. Planet Of The Apes
  207. Life Is Beautiful
  208. Moon
  209. Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
  210. Miller's Crossing
  211. Rushmore
  212. Cool Hand Luke
  213. Full Metal Jacket
  214. The Seventh Seal
  215. Suspiria
  216. My Neighbour Totoro
  217. On The Waterfront
  218. The Incredibles
  219. The Sting
  220. The Maltese Falcon
  221. Goldfinger
  222. Brokeback Mountain
  223. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone
  224. Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge Of The Sith
  225. Black Swan
  226. Dances With Wolves
  227. The Tree Of Life
  228. Finding Nemo
  229. Grosse Point Blank
  230. The Untouchables
  231. Tokyo Story
  232. Zodiac
  233. Before Sunrise
  234. All About Eve
  235. Casino
  236. Akira
  237. La Règle Du Jeu
  238. Moonrise Kingdom
  239. Iron Man
  240. JFK
  241. The Crow
  242. Iron Man 3
  243. The World's End
  244. Dumb And Dumber
  245. Star Trek Into Darkness
  246. The Warriors
  247. The Graduate
  248. The Red Shoes
  249. District 9
  250. Home Alone
  251. Metropolis
  252. Scream
  253. The Hunger Games
  254. The Wild Bunch
  255. Transformers
  256. Eyes Wide Shut
  257. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut
  258. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  259. Atonement
  260. Blazing Saddles
  261. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
  262. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  263. Dead Man's Shoes
  264. Labyrinth
  265. Rio Bravo
  266. The English Patient
  267. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  268. Dirty Harry
  269. M
  270. Blue Velvet
  271. Network
  272. The Little Mermaid
  273. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  274. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
  275. The Lost Boys
  276. The Wicker Man
  277. Sideways
  278. BeetleJuice
  279. Fantasia
  280. How To Train Your Dragon
  281. Persona
  282. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  283. In The Mood For Love
  284. The Bridge On The River Kwai
  285. 300
  286. Man Of Steel
  287. Prometheus
  288. Batman
  289. Battle Royale
  290. Come And See
  291. Conan The Barbarian
  292. King Kong
  293. Local Hero
  294. Back to the Future Part II
  295. West Side Story
  296. Love Actually
  297. A Nightmare On Elm Street
  298. Captain Phillips
  299. 28 Days Later...
  300. Andrei Rublev
  301. Bicycle Thieves

1 comment:

  1. There are a lot of films here that I too would include in a best list, but several I wouldn't. I agree about some of the choices being just because they were more recent. Frozen? I didn't see it and probably won't, but I can't imagine it being in this list. Prometheus? maybe in the 300 worst list--I hated that movie.

    Interesting choices here, but I can see how this was an audience vote and not from a panel of critics.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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