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Hollywood Top Ten Movies of All Time

Updated on July 10, 2011

Ever wondered what the Hollywood top ten movies are? Here's the top ten list of the best Hollywood movies of all time according to IMDB. If you haven't seen some of them, better go and get your hands on the DVD. These are the movies everyone should watch for the cultural enrichment and for the real magical movie experience that seems to be rare now in recent Hollywood movies.

Without further ado, here's the Top Ten Hollywood Movies of all time.

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Number 1: The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American prison drama film, written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on the Stephen King novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. The film stars Tim Robbins as Andrew "Andy" Dufresne and Morgan Freeman as Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding.

The film portrays Andy spending nearly two decades in Shawshank State Prison, a fictional penitentiary in Maine, and his friendship with Red, a fellow inmate. This movie exemplifies the potential gap between initial box office success and ultimate popularity. Despite a lukewarm box office reception that was barely enough to cover its budget, The Shawshank Redemption received favorable reviews from critics and has since enjoyed a remarkable life on cable television, home videotape, DVD and Blu-ray. It continues to be hailed by critics and audiences alike, 15 years after its initial release, and is ranked among the greatest films of all time.

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Number 2: The Godfather

The Godfather is an American 1972 crime drama film based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay by Puzo, Coppola, and Robert Towne, who was not credited.[3] It stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte and Diane Keaton, and features John Cazale and Abe Vigoda. The story spans ten years from 1945 to 1955 and chronicles the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family.

The Godfather received Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay, and has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. In addition, it is ranked as the second greatest film in American cinematic history, behind Citizen Kane on the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) list by the American Film Institute.


Number 3: The Godfather: Part 2

The Godfather Part II is an American 1974 crime drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script co-written with Mario Puzo. The film is both a sequel and a prequel to The Godfather, chronicling the story of the Corleone family following the events of the first film while also depicting the rise to power of the young Vito Corleone. The film stars Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, John Cazale, and Talia Shire. New cast members include Robert De Niro, Michael V. Gazzo and Lee Strasberg.

The Godfather Part II was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won six, including Best Picture[1] and Best Supporting Actor for Robert De Niro, and it has been selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry.


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Number 5: The Good, The Bad And the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Italian: Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo) is a 1966 Italian epic spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach in the title roles. The screenplay was written by Age & Scarpelli, Luciano Vincenzoni and Leone, based on a story by Vincenzoni and Leone. Director of photography Tonino Delli Colli was responsible for the film's sweeping widescreen cinematography and Ennio Morricone composed the famous film score. It is the third and final film in the Dollars trilogy following A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965). The plot centers around three gunslingers competing to find a fortune in buried Confederate gold amid the violent chaos of gunfights, hangings, and Civil War battles and prison camps.[2]

Opening on December 15, 1966 in Italy and in the U.S. on December 23, 1967, the film grossed $6.1 million,[2] but was criticized for its depiction of violence.[3] Leone explains that "the killings in my films are exaggerated because I wanted to make a tongue-in-cheek satire on run-of-the-mill westerns... The west was made by violent, uncomplicated men, and it is this strength and simplicity that I try to recapture in my pictures."[4] To this day, Leone's effort to reinvigorate the timeworn Western is widely acknowledged:[5] The Good, the Bad and the Ugly has been described as European cinema's best representative of the Western genre film,[6] and Quentin Tarantino has called it "the best-directed film of all time."[7]


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Number 6: Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction (1994) is an American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino, who cowrote its screenplay with Roger Avary. The film is known for its rich, eclectic dialogue, ironic mix of humor and violence, nonlinear storyline, and host of cinematic and pop culture references. The film was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture; Tarantino and Avary won for Best Original Screenplay. It was also awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. A major commercial success, it revitalized the career of its leading man, John Travolta, who received an Academy Award nomination, as did costars Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman.

The film's title refers to the pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels popular during the mid-20th century, known for their graphic violence and punchy dialogue. Pulp Fiction is self-referential from its opening moments, beginning with a title card that gives two dictionary definitions of "pulp". The plot, in keeping with most of Tarantino's other works, is presented out of chronological sequence. The picture's self-reflexivity, unconventional structure, and extensive use of homage and pastiche have led critics to describe it as a prime example of postmodern film. Pulp Fiction is viewed as the inspiration for many later movies that adopted various elements of its style. The nature of its development, marketing, and distribution and its consequent profitability had a sweeping effect on the field of independent cinema. A cultural watershed, Pulp Fiction's influence has been felt in several other popular media.


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Number 7: The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is part of Nolan's Batman film series and a sequel to 2005's Batman Begins. Christian Bale reprises the lead role. The film follows Bruce Wayne/Batman (Bale), District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Assistant D.A. Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal), and Police Commissioner James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and their struggles and journey in combating the new rising threat of a criminal who goes by the name of the "Joker" (Heath Ledger). His identity is left a mystery in the film, while Dent's transformation from heroic district attorney to disfigured killer Two-Face is presented entirely. Nolan's inspiration for the film was the Joker's comic book debut in 1940, and the 1996 series The Long Halloween, which retold Two-Face's origin. The Dark Knight was filmed primarily in Chicago, as well as in several other locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. Nolan used an IMAX camera to film some sequences, including the Joker's first appearance in the film.

On January 22, 2008, after he had completed filming The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger died from a toxic combination of prescription drugs, leading to intense attention from the press and moviegoing public. Warner Bros. had initially created a viral marketing campaign for The Dark Knight, developing promotional websites and trailers highlighting screen shots of Ledger as the Joker, but after Ledger's death, the studio refocused its promotional campaign.[2][3] The film was released on July 16, 2008 in Australia, on July 18, 2008 in North America, and on July 24, 2008 in the United Kingdom. Before its box office debut in North America, record numbers of advanced tickets were sold for The Dark Knight. It was greeted with positive reviews upon release,[4] and became only the second film to earn more than $500 million at the North American box office, setting numerous other records in the process. It is also the fourth highest grossing film worldwide, and only the fourth film to earn more than $1 billion. Following its critical and commercial success, The Dark Knight has gone to garner multiple awards ranging from Best Picture to Best Special Effects.


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Number 8: One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is an American 1975 drama film directed by MiloŇ° Forman. The film is an adaptation of the 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. The movie was the first to win all five major Academy Awards (Best Picture, Actor in Lead Role, Actress in Lead Role, Director, Screenplay) since It Happened One Night in 1934, an accomplishment not repeated until 1991, by The Silence of the Lambs. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is frequently called one of the greatest films in the history of American cinema.

There had been an earlier stage version of the book, in 1963, but the film does not use the script of the stage version.

The movie was filmed at Oregon State Hospital in Salem, Oregon, which was the setting of the novel.


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Number 9: 12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men is a 1957 American drama film adapted from a play. Directed by Sidney Lumet, the film tells the story of a jury made up of 12 men as they deliberate the guilt or innocence of a defendant on the basis of reasonable doubt. The film is notable for its almost exclusive use of one set: with the exception of two short scenes at the beginning and the end of the film set on the steps of the court building and two short scenes in an adjoining washroom, the entire movie takes place in the jury room.

Apart from two of the jurors swapping names while leaving the courthouse, no names are used in the film: the defendant is referred to as "the boy" and the witnesses as the "old man" and "the lady across the street".

In 2007, 12 Angry Men was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".


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Number 10: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. The screenplay, based on a story by George Lucas, was written by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan. It was the second film released in the Star Wars saga, being followed by Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, and the fifth in terms of internal chronology.

The film is set three years after the destruction of the Death Star. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, and the rest of the Rebel Alliance are being pursued by Darth Vader and the elite forces of the Galactic Empire. While Han and Leia are chased across the galaxy by the Empire, Luke studies the Force under Jedi Master Yoda. Vader is secretly plotting a trap for Luke that will lead to a vicious confrontation and a shocking revelation.

Following a difficult production, The Empire Strikes Back was released on May 21, 1980, and received mixed reviews from critics, though it has since grown in esteem to become one of the most well-regarded chapters of the saga and one of the most highly rated films in history.[3][4][5][6] It earned more than US$538 million worldwide over the original run and several re-releases, making it the highest grossing film of 1980. When adjusted for inflation, it is the 12th highest grossing film of all time in the United States.



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      sagar 5 years ago

      I think Forrest gump is the Right choice instead of star wars

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      Johnny 5 years ago

      @ ALIAS&Papu! Titanic is not worth a damn. It is just an overrated romantic cliche with bad script and avg acting. How can it be compared with a great western classic like The Good The Bad and The Ugly? You both have a shittiest taste in movies.

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      manish 5 years ago

      The Dark Knight is one of the best. I think Godfather should be no one.

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      Dhruvraj 5 years ago

      my top ten movies

      the sixth sense




      forest gump

      angels and demons

      the last samurai

      fight club



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      malaika 5 years ago

      where is titanic man the list is incomplete without it

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      tweegy 5 years ago

      good list

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      haerrtes 5 years ago

      where the hell is titanic it should be no.1

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      rabih 6 years ago

      my top movies are


      there will be blood

      indiana jones

      green miles

      da vinci cod

      silence of the lambs

      donnie brasco

      shuter island


      midnight run

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      Mayur 6 years ago

      Where is the terminator, judgement day and pradator

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      chirag 6 years ago

      i personally feel that "one flew over the cuckoo's nest"must be rated much higher n alo names like "apocolypse now","requim for a dream " are missing .

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      Anil 6 years ago

      TOP TEN,

      1)BENHUR (its my default no 1)

      2)GODFATHER 1


      4)12 ANGRY MEN


      6)STAR WARS-


      8)MAD MAX



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      ALIAS 6 years ago

      I agree w/Papu, where's TITANIC. It's at least a rank 4,5 on this list because it was wayyyyy better than the good, bad, and ugly, but it's not better than GODFATHER! C'mon Dude.

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      Papu 6 years ago

      Where is titanic , this must be a must see movie

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      Deepu 6 years ago

      I can say that this is the best choice of movies. I watched almost all.

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      Animesh Ray 6 years ago

      Good List. The top one "The Shawshank Redemption" is the best movies that I had ever seen.

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      rahul 6 years ago


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      ManSimran Singh 6 years ago

      I hope 'my sister's keeper' will also make in to this list oneday best touching movie i had ever seen....

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      kk 6 years ago

      bad list........

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      Emil 6 years ago

      Where is number 4?

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      shivani 6 years ago

      I liked information about these movies but still short summary of thhese movies are required in 300 words.I hope for an answer soon

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      shivani 6 years ago

      summary of these movies in 300 words

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      chandan 6 years ago

      good list but u miss some movies like gladiator,transformer e.t.c

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      Cogerson 7 years ago from Virginia

      Since you wrote this excellent hub nearly two years ago...IMDB has changed some of their Top 10....Empire is out , Inception is in.....I enjoyed reading this hub

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      aditi 7 years ago

      i don't find dis list dat commendable..i guess the choice ws made by a persn who is essentially isn't an old flick list of hollywood movies can evr be complete widt 'gone wid d wind' n 'casablanca'..dere r many oders as well lik citizen kane,battleship potemkin,bicycle thief apart frm a few that hv already bn mentioned in d prev comments..12 angry men n star wars shudn't hv made to dis list..i'm found d list too restrictive..

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      madan 7 years ago

      khub bhalo.....

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      Pelak 7 years ago

      Hey! have some thrilling pictures list

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      rupen 7 years ago

      pirates of carabian are greatest movies than all other movies

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      NICK GAHLOT 7 years ago


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      Kamran  7 years ago

      You missed a great movie like PAPPILON

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      Sergiu B 7 years ago

      The 4th is missing :)

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      Snudo 7 years ago

      hey where the hell is schlinders list!!!!!????????

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      anand 7 years ago

      Gandhi is of course the best movie of all time. Such great movie is remembered for life time.

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      happy 7 years ago

      that collection of movies is not good.if have a suspense, thrial, action, comady & romance movies send me name.

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      Kristy 7 years ago

      Godfather is really the best movie of all time

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      Shrikant Kale. 7 years ago

      There should be

      "Schindler's List" on the list ...awesome and heart touching movie..!!

      Must see...!

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      film critic 7 years ago

      I read everything but the first paragraph on my first read. I went back to see what I was missing before commenting, and realize that you are using imdb as your source for generating the list, and it makes sense.

      The problem is that imdb is relatively new in relation to the length of time movies have been around. I went to college in the 90's and it was only during my second senior year that e-mail had even been made available on campus, and that was an archaic version with green characters on a black screen.

      The votes represent what people have seen over the last ten years (which is why I am also surprised that 12 Angry Men would have made it to the list.)

      The other problem is that a lot of voting is influenced by marketing dollars and popularity, not on the quality of a film.

      The Shawshank Redemption is a very good movie, but best of all time?

      Still, a good hub, and thanks for making me spin my head.

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      swati 7 years ago

      i think u skip some movies

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      ayur 8 years ago

      nice collection but skip some movies

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      muhammad jawad kamla 8 years ago

      Saw them,enjoyed them,loved them and now i hate them

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      ipodmovies 8 years ago

      Wait to you see the new Sherlock Holmes movies. You will add it to your list!

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      Ahsan 8 years ago

      A list without Forrest Gump doesn't seem complete.

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Oh okay. Thanks for the info. Now I think I'm going to revisit 12 Angry Men! And Cuckoo's Nest! :D

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      Kudlit 8 years ago from Laguna

      This is based on the votes of the members of IMDB. And there hundreds of thousands of votes. Thanks for dropping by girly_girl09 and my idol, Cris A.

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hey I've seen all these great movies - the movie buff that I am I should've! LOL

      Though I'm quite surprised with 12 Angry Men as it normally does not get mentioned in lists such as this - but i don't mean it's not good or anything. Actually it's great, it's just not a popular choice.

      Anyways, how did IMDB come up with their list?

      Cool hub! Lurve it! :D

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      girly_girl09 8 years ago from United States

      Very cool hub. I never would've thought that some of these would be the Top 10! I have only seen a few of them: some of the Godfather's, Pulp Fiction, and Star Wars. I guess I have some new movies to rent on netflix! :)

      I wonder if these are based on sales volume, revenue or just the personal opinion of a few editors at IMDB?