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The MFF Top 100: The Best Films of All Time According to Critics and Audiences

June 29, 2016

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I love coming up with hybrid lists that feature combined critic and audience scores. There is something about combining critic/audience scores that makes me feel like a nerdy rebel. No one will ever agree on any list, but if you combine them together they form a Frankensteined creation that looks unruly but feels right. If you’ve been following MFF for some time you’ve read some random lists that highlight all things 21st century and horror franchises.  I’ve been on a massive AFI top 100 tear as of late and it got me thinking about the highest rated films of all time. There was a fantastic Reddit post last year that reconfigured the top films into a massive list of 1,001. The results were really cool, and I loved the conversations it sparked. With this post I decided to take a less elegant angle and simply combine the lists I love. My hope is the 100 movies represent all facets of film making and judging by #50-55 it turned out pretty good.

50. Spirited Away (2001)  – Top critic/audience rated film of the 21st centuryCheck out the list

51. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

52. Inside Out (2015)

53. Alien (1979) 

54. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) 

55. Battleship Potemkin (1925) 

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Spirited Away is the #1 ranked critc/audience ranked film of the 21st century!

According to Empire, the number one sci-fi moment of all time is Hal shutting down in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Here is what I did. I found seven fantastic lists that represent the best according to critics and audiences. I started with the #1 on each list  and worked my through them. The 100 films below showcase the top movies in all of the lists. Many of these films appeared in more than one list so I just used the best ranking for each

Here is the order of the top 100.

#1 = #1 AFI’s 100 Greatest America Films of All Time Citizen Kane

# 2 = #1 – The 500 Greatest Movies of all Time – Empire  – The Godfather

#3 = #1 – IMDb Top 250  – The Shawshank Redemption

#4 = #1 – 1,001 “Greatest” Movies of all Time – Reddit – The Godfather was the #1 pick, but it was #1 on Empire’s list. Thus, the #2 Seven Samurai jumped into the #4 spot – Once again it isn’t pretty but it gets the job done.

#5 = #1 –  Top 100 Movies of all Time – Rotten Tomatoes – The Wizard of Oz

#6 = #1 – The 2015 Reddit Top 250 Pulp Fiction

#7 = #1 – They Shoot Pictures Don’t They? – The 1,000 Greatest Films Vertigo

#8 = #2 on AFI’s list. The list repeats like so.

This list isn’t elegant but it showcases an eclectic bunch of films that can appeal to cinephiles, critics and modern cinema lovers.

  1. Citizen Kane (1941)
  2. The Godfather (1972)
  3. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  4. Seven Samurai (1954)
  5. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  6. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  7. Vertigo (1958)
  8. Casablanca (1942)
  9. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  10. The Godfather Part II (1974)
  11. 12 Angry Men (1957)
  12. The Third Man (1949)
  1. Fight Club (1999)
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  3. Raging Bull (1980)
  4. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  5. The Dark Knight (2008)
  6. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  7. All About Eve (1950)
  8. Whiplash (2014)
  9. Tokyo Story (1953)
  10. Singing in the Rain (1952)
  11. Jaws (1975)
  12. Schindler’s List (1993)
  13. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  14. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
  15. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
  16. The Rules of the Game (1939)
  17. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  18. Gone With the Wind (1939)
  19. Goodfellas (1990)
  20. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
  21. M (1931)
  22. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
  23. 8 1/2 (1963)
  24. Apocalypse Now (1979)
  25. Forrest Gump (1994)
  26. Modern Times (1936)
  27. The Departed (2006)
  28. City Lights (1931)
  29. The Apartment (1960)
  30. Sunrise (1927)
  31. Inception (2010)
  32. Modern Times (1936)
  33. Metropolis (1927)
  34. Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
  35. The Searchers (1956)
  36. Chinatown (1974)
  37. Bicycle Thieves (1948)
  38. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  39. Spirited Away (2001)
  40. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
  41. Inside Out (2015)
  42. Alien (1979)
  43. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  44. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
  45. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
  46. The Matrix (1999)
  47. Rear Window (1954)
  48. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  49. No Country for Old Men (2007)
  50. City of God (2002)
  51. Breathless (1960)
  52. It Happened One Night (1934)
  53. Toy Story (1995)
  54. Psycho (1960)
  55. Taxi Driver (1976)
  56. Se7en (1995)
  57. Rashomon (1950)
  58. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
  59. A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
  60. Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
  61. The Graduate (1967)
  62. Blade Runner (1982)
  63. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  64. On the Waterfront (1954)
  65. The Man With a Movie Camera (1929)
  66. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)
  67. There Will Be Blood (2007)
  68. The General (1927)
  69. Back to the Future (1985)
  70. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  71. The 400 Blows (1959)
  72. L’ Atalante (1934)
  73. Laura (1944)
  74. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  75. Some Like it Hot (1959)
  76. Die Hard (1988)
  77. The Usual Suspects (1995)
  78. Fanny and Alexander (1982)
  79. Persona (1966)
  80. Boyhood (2014)
  81. The Big Lebowski (1998)
  82. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
  83. Aliens (1986)
  84. Life is Beautiful (1997)
  85. Paths of Glory (1957)
  86. Andrei Rublev (1966)
  87. North by Northwest (1959)
  88. The Shining (1980)
  89. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. John Leavengood permalink
    June 29, 2016 11:13 am

    I hope commenters aren’t douchebags about this meta-list.

    This is a pretty fair list. When combining lists we shouldn’t quibble (as most commenters so often do) on the “order” of these films, but rather “what films are simply on the list.” And that took some scores to figure out, yes. The writer had to start somewhere. The placement of Pulp Fiction vs The Godfather is irrelevant as I truly wouldn’t know how to compare two such films…I’m just thrilled to see them both here. And Aliens and ET and OMG Die Hard!

    Really a list I can appreciate!

  2. July 1, 2016 12:25 am

    I like this list, because it has movies from all eras. I respect the AFI lists, but there are barely any modern films on those lists. This list has The Dark Knight at 16, and Grand Budapest at 45 which I thought was very interesting. It’s also interesting to see that Citizen Kane is still on top after all these years.

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