The 1000 Greatest Films of All Time

by gibboanx | created - 03 Jan 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Updated constantly. It's taken me 12 years to reach a 1000 films. The first DVD I bought was The Spy Who Shagged Me when i was 11. Every film on this list I've seen and reviewed. Also it constantly changes as I watch about 3 films a day. AH old age virginity here I come. *also I had nothing to do with these beeps.

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1. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

The Godfather follows Vito Corleone, Don of the Corleone family, as he passes the mantel to his unwilling son, Michael.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,724,576 | Gross: $134.97M

"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." Not only is Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece true cinematic ecstasy, it also happens to be the greatest film ever made. Every aspect is perfect, right down to the sound mixing. I challenge anyone to point out a single flaw in this epic New York crime drama.

2. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 1,083,171 | Gross: $46.84M

"What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?" This is Martin Scorsese's masterpiece and the career high for everyone involved. My favourite type of film is organised crime, The Godfather and this, are the two finest examples of the genre. Many filmmakers like PTA, have successfully imitated it's energetic style.

3. Pulp Fiction (1994)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis

Votes: 1,930,562 | Gross: $107.93M

"Any of you fucking pricks move, and I'll execute every motherfucking last one of ya!" I've always loved Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece. So much so that about 20 years ago I ripped the audio off the DVD & converted it to a MP3. The finest ever movie dialogue.

4. The Usual Suspects (1995)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

77 Metascore

A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin

Votes: 1,037,909 | Gross: $23.34M

"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist." The amount of people who have told me they're ashamed to watch this perfect movie is bewildering. Just because Kevin Spacey (the greatest actor of the 90s) & Bryan Singer are dodgy characters doesn't mean this masterpiece doesn't deserve the worship. The scene in which Verbal walks out of the police station, is for me, the greatest film scene of all time.

5. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War

94 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 636,380 | Gross: $83.47M

" I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell? The whole hill. Smelled like... victory. Someday this war's gonna end." Francis Ford Coppola's 70s films are easy to review because they're all extraordinary. Okay, so this is the greatest ever; war film, movie I've seen in the cinema, performance from Martin Sheen, & it has the most beautiful cinematography ever put to celluloid.

6. Trainspotting (1996)

R | 93 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd

Votes: 661,256 | Gross: $16.50M

"There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?" Danny Boyle's masterpiece is without question, the greatest British film ever made. A perfect piece of work. It's the film I've seen the most. If you've never seen it, choose Trainspotting. It's got the greatest soundtrack of all time.

7. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

66 Metascore

An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soap maker form an underground fight club that evolves into much more.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Votes: 1,967,917 | Gross: $37.03M

"The things you own end up owning you." I know I'm breaking Tyler Durden's first and second rule right now, but this is one of my all time favourites. David Fincher's masterpiece is an anarchic & anti-materialist bible with glorious levels of ultraviolence.

8. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

94 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,280,186 | Gross: $96.90M

"It's Hebrew, it's from the Talmud. It says, "Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire."" Steven Spielberg's masterpiece. No other filmmaker could have found exactly the right balance between respect & entertainment in a Holocaust film. He told a German's story while simultaneously reminding the world how much devastation the Jews suffered.

9. Boogie Nights (1997)

R | 155 min | Drama

85 Metascore

Back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, an idealistic porn producer aspires to elevate his craft to an art when he discovers a hot young talent.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 252,863 | Gross: $26.40M

"I got a feeling that behind those jeans is something wonderful just waiting to get out." It blows my mind that Paul Thomas Anderson was just 26 years old when he made his masterpiece, one of those rare perfect films. It has everything I want from a movie. It's Trainspotting's closest rival to the greatest soundtrack of all time. PTA what a genius.

10. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn

Votes: 967,455 | Gross: $2.83M

"I don't give a good fuck what you know, or don't know, but I'm gonna torture you anyway, regardless." I doubt anyone would disagree with the reality that Quentin Tarantino's first full-length feature film is the greatest directorial debut of all time. Possibly the greatest screenplay ever written.

11. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Votes: 2,501,449 | Gross: $28.34M

"Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things & no good thing ever dies." Frank Darabont's perfect masterpiece is the greatest prison film ever made. Andy & Red reuniting with a hug on a beach in Zihuatanejo might be the happiest ending ever.

12. Jaws (1975)

PG | 124 min | Adventure, Thriller

87 Metascore

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on beach community off Long Island, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary

Votes: 569,761 | Gross: $260.00M

"You're gonna need a bigger boat." When Steven Spielberg made his first perfect film, he wasn't just making a monster movie, he was also inventing the summer blockbuster & creating the greatest horror film ever made. There are so many genius elements but John William's score has to be the highlight. I'm still terrified of the water.

13. Taxi Driver (1976)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks

Votes: 770,714 | Gross: $28.26M

"Loneliness has followed me my whole life, everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There's no escape. I'm God's lonely man." Martin Scorsese's bleak drama was his first perfect film. The finest character study told in the first person. Martin Scorsese & Robert De Niro's second collaboration produced one of the most iconic characters, Travis Bickle. He's the ultimate characterisation of the human race that deteriorates due to seclusion & disconnection in the grimy inferno of 70s New York City.

14. L.A. Confidential (1997)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

90 Metascore

As corruption grows in 1950s Los Angeles, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger

Votes: 557,838 | Gross: $64.62M

"... Rollo Tamasi." The late great, Curtis Hanson, gave the cinematic world the perfect delight that was L.A. Confidential (the greatest crime neo-noir) back in 1997. And although I'm a fan of Titanic, it never deserved to win Best Picture over this phenomenal masterpiece.

15. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

87 Metascore

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 1,126,431 | Gross: $210.61M

"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads." Great Scott!, Robert Zemeckis' masterpiece is 35 years old this, a sci-fi classic that's pure escapism cinema at its best. One of those super-rare perfect popcorn movies that I adored when I first saw it aged 3 & I know I'll love til the day I die.

16. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

R | 202 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,196,735 | Gross: $57.30M

"Keep your friends close and your enemies closer." Francis Ford Coppola's examination of the corrupting influence of power is still the greatest sequel ever made. An epic chocked-full of extraordinary achievements, making the career of Robert DeNiro & providing Al Pacino with his finest ever performance.

17. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Thriller

85 Metascore

Minnesota car salesman Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 649,036 | Gross: $24.61M

"Well the little one wasn't circumcised." The Coen Brothers' masterpiece is the greatest comedy ever made. All their usual collaborators are here and have never been better.

18. The Dark Knight (2008)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

Votes: 2,451,339 | Gross: $534.86M

"some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn" Christopher Nolan's masterpiece features the finest ever portrayal of The Joker, a role for which Heath Ledger deservedly won a posthumous Oscar.

19. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

When a beautiful stranger leads computer hacker Neo to a forbidding underworld, he discovers the shocking truth--the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,784,624 | Gross: $171.48M

"There is no spoon" The Wachowskis' cyberpunk masterpiece is one of the greatest action movies of all-time. The groundbreaking visuals blew everyone's minds back in 1999 but the reason The Matrix has stood the test of time is the Baudrillard (the theorist of simulation) inspired mythology. I only recently got the opportunity to see it in the cinema for the first time. There were 18 films I considered perfect, there are now 19.

20. Magnolia (1999)

R | 188 min | Drama

77 Metascore

An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 301,977 | Gross: $22.46M

"Respect the cock! And tame the cunt!" Paul Thomas Anderson's epic awesome melodrama gave Tom Cruise the opportunity to do his best ever work. Frank T.J. Mackey is a fascinating character, a charlatan televangelist who preaches male chauvinism as therapy.

21. Scarface (1983)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 787,523 | Gross: $45.60M

"Say hello to my little friend!" Al Pacino's Tony Montana is still the ultimate portrayal of the rise & fall of a gangster. Brian De Palma's crime masterpiece is definitely one of the best crime movies of all time. It's ironic that Oliver Stone wrote it to deal with his cocaine addiction.

22. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

The eccentric members of a dysfunctional family reluctantly gather under the same roof for various reasons.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller

Votes: 279,900 | Gross: $52.36M

"I always wanted to be a Tenenbaum, you know?" I just adore Wes Anderson's masterpiece. I first saw it in 2001, ever since; I haven't stopped listening to Elliott Smith, Paul Simon & Nico, and I have dressed up as Ritchie Tenenbaum for fancy dress many times.

23. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 770,050 | Gross: $1.48M

"I hope that when the world comes to an end, I can breathe a sigh of relief, because there will be so much to look forward to." Richard Kelly's's masterpiece about a troubled young man and his visions of a demonic 6-foot rabbit is one of my favourite films.

24. Platoon (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

92 Metascore

Chris Taylor, a neophyte recruit in Vietnam, finds himself caught in a battle of wills between two sergeants, one good and the other evil. A shrewd examination of the brutality of war and the duality of man in conflict.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David

Votes: 398,298 | Gross: $138.53M

"The first casualty of war is innocence." Oliver Stone's masterpiece is based upon his experiences as a U.S. grunt in Vietnam. He was supposedly inspired to write the script after seeing how inarticulately the war was portrayed in John Wayne's The Green Berets.

25. Heat (1995)

R | 170 min | Action, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

A group of high-end professional thieves start to feel the heat from the LAPD when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight

Votes: 615,932 | Gross: $67.44M

"Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner." Folk always underestimate how much adoration there is for Heat. For example; a few years ago, I was fortunate enough to attend an evening with Al Pacino. Fans got to ask the film legend some questions & ninety percent of them were about Michael Mann's masterpiece.

26. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

84 Metascore

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Votes: 1,112,563 | Gross: $130.10M

"Look at me, jerking off in the shower... This will be the high point of my day; it's all downhill from here." One of those rare occasions when a director's feature film debut is also his masterpiece. Thanks to Sam Mendes' careful use of movie techniques, he made a outstanding dissection of American suburbia which owes a lot to Blue Velvet.

27. The Big Lebowski (1998)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Sport

71 Metascore

Ultimate L.A. slacker Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for a rug ruined by debt collectors, enlisting his bowling buddies for help while trying to find the millionaire's missing wife.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 773,138 | Gross: $17.50M

"I am the Walrus?" The Coen Brothers' stoner comedy classic is more quotable & has better characters than Casablanca.

28. Raging Bull (1980)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

89 Metascore

The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violence and temper that led him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent

Votes: 338,624 | Gross: $23.38M

"Did you fuck my wife?" Robert De Niro's performance as Jake La Motta, is the greatest acting achievement in film history. Only Martin Scorsese, could mix such a classy opening, with Mascagni opera music, followed by Joe Pesci saying, "Your mother sucks fuckin' big fuckin' elephant dicks".

29. A Prophet (2009)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

A young Algerian man is sent to a French prison.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb

Votes: 96,807 | Gross: $2.08M

"The idea is to leave here a little smarter." Glorious hyperbole time: Jacques Audiard's masterpiece is the greatest film of all time... that's not in the English language. I absolutely love it, the best rags to riches gangster movie since De Palma's Scarface.

30. The Departed (2006)

R | 151 min | Action, Crime, Drama

85 Metascore

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 1,253,730 | Gross: $132.38M

"I don't want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me." The Academy finally bestowed Martin Scorsese with an Oscar, 25 years after giving him his first nomination for Raging Bull, & boy it was worth the wait. A masterfully crafted, gangster classic full of electric performances & plenty of The Rolling Stones tunes.

31. There's Something About Mary (1998)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from high school, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, Lee Evans

Votes: 302,643 | Gross: $176.48M

"Is that... is that hair gel?" FACT: The Farrelly Brothers' masterpiece is the greatest romcom of all time. At its core it's about a load of sketchy men stalking a beautiful woman without any meaningful consequences. Perfect for a date night.

32. Léon: The Professional (1994)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. An unusual relationship forms as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

Votes: 1,094,896 | Gross: $19.50M

Can we use real bullets now?

33. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 727,499 | Gross: $7.56M

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

34. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

R | 229 min | Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan 35 years later, where he must once again confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams

Votes: 333,508 | Gross: $5.32M

Beautiful film. Leone's best. I know that's a big statement.

35. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

Eddy persuades his three pals to pool money for a vital poker game against a powerful local mobster, Hatchet Harry. Eddy loses, after which Harry gives him a week to pay back 500,000 pounds.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham

Votes: 559,935 | Gross: $3.90M

It was the first film that made me fall in love with English gangster films and for a period was my favourite film.

36. The Truman Show (1998)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 1,002,040 | Gross: $125.62M

Good morning, and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!

37. Toy Story (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

95 Metascore

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.

Director: John Lasseter | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney

Votes: 936,732 | Gross: $191.80M

You are a TOY!!

38. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

89 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, one of the crew is attacked by a mysterious life form and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 832,899 | Gross: $78.90M

The food ain't that bad baby!

39. Rushmore (1998)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

86 Metascore

A teenager at Rushmore Academy falls for a much older teacher and befriends a middle-aged industrialist. Later, he finds out that his love interest and his friend are having an affair, which prompts him to begin a vendetta.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel

Votes: 178,508 | Gross: $17.11M

She's my Rushmore

40. Se7en (1995)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery