The 300 Greatest Movies of All Time...# 251- # 300

The Great Films of Movie History

I've been compiling this list for a long time. I think it's very good. This is the first of six hubs. This one covers films 300-251. Let me know what you think.




298) THE GREEN MILE (1999) Frank Darabont USA

297) THE MATRIX (1999) The Wachowski Brothers USA

296) THE MUSIC MAN (1962) Morton Da Costa USA

295) THE RIGHT STUFF (1983) Philip Kaufman USA

294) BLOW UP (1966) Michelangelo Antonioni BRITISH/ITALIAN



293) HALLOWEEN (1978) John Cartenter USA

290) IMMORTAL BELOVED (1990) Bernard Rose USA

289) THE KID (1921) Charlie Chaplin USA Silent

287) UP (2009) Peter Doctor/Bob Peterson USA Animated


285) LOLITA (1962) Stanley Kubrick BRITISH

284) THE INFORMER (1935) John Ford USA

283) McCABE & MRS. MILLER (1971) Robert Altman USA

282) MYSTIC RIVER (2003) Clint Eastwood USA

281) PRIDE & PREJUDICE (1940) Robert Z. Leonard USA

280) THE PRISONER OF ZENDA (1937) John Cromwell USA

279) YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) Mel Brooks USA

278) TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942) Ernst Lubitsch USA

277) THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAM (1939) William Dieterle USA

276) ED WOOD (1994) Tim Burton USA

275) RED RIVER (1948) Howard Hawks USA

274) HOTEL RWANDA (2004) Terry George USA

273) HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (1941) John Ford USA

272) ZORBA THE GREEK (1964) Michael Cacoyannis USA

271) KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE (1989) Hayao Miyazaki JAPAN Animated

270) LILIES OF THE FIELDS (1963) Ralph Nelson USA

269) THE INCREDIBLES (2004) Brad Bird USA Animated

268) DONNIE DARKO (2001) Richard Kelly USA

267) ON THE TOWN (1949) Gene Kelly USA

266) CRASH (2005) Paul Haggis USA

265) THE LADY VANISHES (1938) Alfred Hitchcock BRITISH

264) GOING MY WAY (1944) Leo McCarey USA

263) MILDRED PIERCE (1945) Michael Curtiz USA

262) MIRACLE ON 34th STREET (1947) George Seaton USA

261) SOLARIS (1972) Andrei Tarkovsky RUSSIAN

260) SUNRISE (1927) F. W. Murnau USA/GERMANY Silent

259) LORD of the RINGS:FELLOWSHIP of the RING (2001) Peter Jackson USA

258) LITTLE WOMEN (1933) George Cukor USA

257) INTOLERANCE (1916) D. W. Griffith USA Silent

256) NETWORK (1976) Sidney Lumet USA

255) SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS (1942) Preston Sturges USA

254) BLADE RUNNER (1982) Ridley Scott USA

253) The SIXTH SENSE (1999) M. Night Shyamalan USA

252) TOY STORY (1995) John Lasseter USA Animated

251) SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998) Steven Speilberg USA

Continued next Hub with numbers 250-201.

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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Interesting list.Some of these I have seen but not others.

I am not sure what constitutes a "great" movie.I would be inclined to include almost anything with Alec Guiness, but that is personal taste.

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Robwrite 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY Author

Alec Guiness was a fantastic actor. One of the all-time greats. It's too bad he's mostly remembered as Obi Wan Kenobi, because he had such an incredible career.

As for what makes a great film, I guess the definition varies depending on who you'd ask. I like to use the criteria of British critic Derek Malcolm who said a great movie is any film he could not bear the thought of seeing it disappear, never to be seen again by future generations. I think some films have an artistic value for our culture and some don't. I'm trying to rank the ones that I think should be saved in a time capsule if the human race was going to disappear.

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Some I don't know but the once I knew you choosen well.

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Robwrite 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY Author

Thanks HH. I like to think I did indeed choose well. I appreciate the feedback.

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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

I have seen 29 of these films. I have heard of every one of them except #271. The most recent film I've seen is Up. The oldest film I've seen is The Kid.

Personally, I hate Blow Up because it was advertised as a suspense film and didn't deliver. Pretty Maids in a Row starring Rock Hudson was just as much filled with sex as Blow Up was, but the mystery of who the serial killer was is solved. In Blow Up, the premise is that Hemmings takes a picture of a murder, but nothing is solved. I was so disappointed with the ending as it was so famous a film.

My ten favourites in alphabetical order are:

Going My Way

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Kid

The Lady Vanishes-my favourite on the list-Hitchcock

Lolita (even though Sellers is miscast, Mason is superb)

Lilies of the Field

Mildred Pierce

The Music Man

On the Town

Young Frankenstein

Notice the large number of suspense films, musicals, and studio era films.

The other films I have seen not mentioned yet are, in descending numerical order are:

Kind Hearts and Coronets

The Girl with a Pearl Earring

Great Expectations

The Informer

Mrs. McCabe and Mrs. Miller

Mystic River

Pride and Prejudice

The Prisoner of Zenda

To Be or Not To Be

Ed Wood

How Green Was My Valley

Zorba the Greek


Miracle on 34th Street



Sulivan's Travels

Blade Runner

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Robwrite 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY Author

Hi Flora; "Blow Up", like a lot of foreign films of the period, left things very ambiguous. Look at "La Avventura" for instance.

"Kiki's Delivery Service" is an animated Japanese classic by the great Miyakai. (You may be interested in my hub on Hayao Miyazaki.)

You've seen a good number of these classics, and you still have a lot to look forward to.


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Hey Rob, I did not realize you had put together this massive list.....of films. So copying Flora's answers....I have seen 32 of the 50 movies you list. The only one I am not really aware of is #300 Kind Hearts and Cornets....which I think was on Greensleeves Top 100 the other day....which was the first time I have heard of it.

Three of them would make my Top 100 list #254 Blade Runner #253 The Sixth Sense and #252 Toy Story.

I think Saving Private is a great movie...but after the first 30 minutes....the rest of the movie is not as I think 251 is a good place for it.

I think the only movie on the list that I have watched and did not like was Zorba the Greek....Quinn is fine as Zorba but the movie did not have much of a story....and was very slowly paced....great list...sorry it took me 8 months to discover this hub....especially since I know I have checked out your older hubs on more than one occasion.

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Robwrite 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY Author

Hi Cogerson. Glad you found this old hub. I spent a lot of time compiling this list, so I like it when someone occasionally stumbles upon it.

"Kind Hearts and Coronets" is an excellent film, although a bit morbid in its humor. "Blade Runner", "Sixth Sense" and "toy Story" are all top-notch films, but there are so many great ones, that these three got pushed down the list a bit. Actually, some of the numbers are a bit fungible and arbitrary and could easily be moved around, but I think the list is pretty solid as it stands.

Thanks, as always, for reading.


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