Monday, 6 May 2013

The Ultimate Greatest Films of All Time #34th-76th

For the last couple of months I've been compiling a greatest film list based on other greatest film lists. Here are the results of the films from 34th to 76th. Check back soon for 1st to 33rd. If you want to know how I got the results, click here. You can click on a film title for my review.

=34th (13 points)  8 ½ (1963)
The second Fellini film to feature, 8 ½ is a beautifully made, introspective film which features prominently on the Sight and Sound poll as well as on four others.

=34th (13 points) Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Another Italian movie, appearing on five lists, Vittorio De Sica's film is an obvious example of neorealism and was honoured with an Honorary Academy Award in 1950 and was the top film on Sight and Sound's first poll in 1952.

=34th (13 points) GoodFellas (1990)
Martin Scorsese's third film to feature, GoodFellas is both a cult classic and critical darling. It is the movie for which Scorsese's name has become the most widely known and remains one of the greatest gangster pictures of all time.

=34th (13 points) Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
The winner of a joint record breaking eleven Oscars, Return of the King is the highest placed Lord of the Rings film and generally regarded as the best of the trilogy, a rare occurrence for a third film.

=34th (13 points) M (1931)
Fritz Lang's crime thriller M is still brilliant after more than eighty years and marks some of the director's finest work. It appears on six lists.

=34th (13 points) Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The second Star Wars film is also the second to appear on this list. Originally released to mix reviews, it has grown in stature over the years and remains as popular as any film on this list.

=34th (13 points) The 400 Blows (1959)
This French drama is recognised on five of the lists I used and is one of the defining films of the French New Wave.

=41st (12 points) Blade Runner (1982)
Loved by fans and critics alike, this futuristic noir is one of the best loved science fiction movies of all time.

=41st (12 points) E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Another Spielberg classic, as popular now as it ever was. It appeared on six lists and was the highest grossing film of all time for eleven years until it was overtaken by another of Spielberg's movies.

=41st (12 points) Modern Times (1936)
A near perfect silent movie made nearly a decade after the advent of sound, Modern Times is a satire of the modern world by a man who was afraid of it. Regarded as one of Charlie Chaplin's finest, it is his highest ranking movie on this list.

=41st (12 points) Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Leone's epic Western is famous for its ultra widescreen cinematography and leitmotifs.

=41st (12 points) The Apartment (1960)
The third Billy Wilder film on this list, The Apartment is a laugh out loud comedy which was a smash hit with critics and cinema goers. It also won five Oscars including Best Picture.

=46th (11 points) 12 Angry Men (1957)
Sidney Lumet's directorial debut is a masterclass in film making and should be shown to every film student and law student. It only features on three of the twelve lists I used.

=46th (11 points) Aliens (1986)
A rare example of a sequel ranked higher than the original, Aliens is one of the greatest sequels and greatest horror movies ever made.

=46th (11 points) Fight Club (1996)
A huge cult hit, Fight Club features prominently on the Empire and IMDb lists and includes a now well known but still great twist.

=46th (11 points) Rules of the Game (1939)
Jean Renoir's classic gained most of it's points from the Sight and Sound list where it has been a mainstay for seventy years. It is currently forth in that poll.

=46th (11 points) Touch of Evil (1958)
Though it sounds like an 80s horror, Touch of Evil is in fact one of the last examples of original film noir and was written, directed by and starred Orson Welles.

=46th (11 points) Toy Story (1995)
The first animated feature on this list and separated from its sequel by precedent only, Toy Story ushered in a new medium of computer animation which is now the norm for the genre. Not only was it the first, it's still one of the best.

=46th (11 points) Toy Story 2 (1999)
With ten of its eleven points coming from its placing on the Rotten Tomatoes poll, Toy Story 2 might be a surprise companion for the first movie. Though not generally considered as good as the first film it is still one of the stand outs in the genre.

=53rd (10 points) Annie Hall (1977)
For such a prolific and critically successful film maker, Annie Hall is Woody Allen's first film on the list at 53. Generally regarded as his best it won three Oscars, two for Allen himself.

=53rd (10 points) Blue Velvet (1986)
Another film maker making a surprisingly low first appearance, David Lynch's Blue Velvet is a surrealist picture that was originally slammed by mainstream critics. It's a rare colour film to appear on the Sight and Sound poll.

=53rd (10 points) Double Indemnity (1944)
Another Billy Wilder film, this film noir set the mould for which noir films followed. It was nominated for seven Oscars but failed to win any. 

=53rd (10 points) It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
A Christmas favourite, It's a Wonderful Life appears on six lists and is often regarded as one of the most aspirational films ever made.

=53rd (10 points) Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The first in the trilogy and second highest placed of the three on this list, The Fellowship of the Ring wowed audiences in 2001 with its stunning special effects and epic scale.

=53rd (10 points) Rashamon (1950)
Only the third Japanese film to appear so far, Rashamon is a period drama which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and received an Honorary Academy Award. It was written and directed by Akira Kurosawa and marks the director's second appearance on this list.

=53rd (10 points) Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
A joint winner of the top prize at the first ever Academy Awards, Sunrise marks a rare occurrence for a silent film on this list. A personal favourite of mine, it is widely regarded as one of the best films from the silent era.   

=53rd (10 points) The Dark Knight (2008)
The highest placed of Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy, the film is most famous for the performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker. The actor received a posthumous Oscar.

=53rd (10 points) The Gold Rush (1925)
The second Charlie Chaplin film to appear, The Gold Rush features some of the Tramp's most iconic moments on screen.

=53rd (10 points) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western is the final film in the Dollars Trilogy and stands out thanks to its cinematography and score.

=53rd (10 points) The Seventh Seal (1957)
This is Ingmar Bergman's second film to feature and helped to bring the Swedish director to the world stage. It appeared on five of the twelve lists I looked at.

=53rd (10 points) The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
One of just three films to win the 'big five' Oscars, it was also the first horror movie to win Best Picture.

=53rd (10 points) The Wild Bunch (1969) 
Notable for its multi angle, quick editing, The Wild Bunch appeared on five of the twelve lists I used.

=53rd (10 points) The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Still hugely popular after over seventy years, The Wizard of Oz features some of the most recognisable songs and images in cinema history.

=67th (9 points) A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Stanley Kubrick's film riled the censors in 1971 but remains popular due to its themes and violent images.

=67th (9 points) Alien (1979)
Though it appears here below its sequel Aliens, Alien is still regarded as one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time. It also crossed genres into horror.

=67th (9 points) Back to the Future (1985)
The first in a hugely successful and popular sequel, Back to the Future is a film which can be watched over and over again. It features heavily in the more populist polls.

=67th (9 points) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The third and final film in the trilogy to feature, it isn't considered quite as good as the other two but still made close to a billion dollars and won two Oscars.

=67th (9 points) Man on Wire (2008)
Receiving all of its 9 points from the Rotten Tomatoes list, Man on Wire is a tense and interesting documentary set around the World Trade Centre.

=67th (9 points) Metropolis (1927)
Fritz Lang's expressionist vision of the future is one of the gems of the silent period.

=67th (9 points) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
The second film to win the 'big five' Oscars.

=67th (9 points) Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
A rare appearance for an action film and the only Terminator film to feature on this list.

=67th (9 points) The Shining (1980)
Another Kubrick classic, The Shinning can still send shivers down the spine and has movie fans guessing and speculating more than thirty years on.

=67th (9 points) The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948)
One of the first Hollywood films to be shot on location almost entirely outside the United States, this film features on three of the lists I used.

77th-115th                                                                                                                   1st-33rd


  1. This chunk of the list is pretty great because it's a little more diverse with some classic sci fi and horrors thrown in there. Glad to see some of them getting so high in the list.

    1. I think that horror and sci fi are a little under represented but it's nice to see a few make it in and deservedly so.