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The 300 Greatest Films Ever Made...# 151-200

Updated on September 22, 2010

The Great Films of All Time

This is the Third of six hubs listing the 300 Greatest films ever made. This Hub covers films 151-300.

200) SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) Billy Wilder USA

199) DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990) Kevin Costner USA

198) PRINCESS MONONOKE (1997) Hayao Miyazaki JAPAN Animated

197) JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG (1961) Stanley Kramer USA

196) SANSHO THE BAILIFF (1954) Kenji Mizoguchi JAPAN

195) FITZCARRALDO (1982) Werner Herzog USA

194) TOOTSIE (1982) Stanley Pollack USA

193) GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) Ivan Reitman USA

192) THE PLANET OF THE APES (1968) Frank Schaffner USA

191) THE PRODUCERS (1968) Mel Brooks USA

190) SERGEANT YORK (1941) Howard Hawks USA

189) FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956) Fred McCloud USA

188) THE MARK OF ZORRO (1940) Reuben Mamoulian USA

187) GOODFELLOWS (1990) Martin Scorsese USA

186) The CREATURE FROM the BLACK LAGOON (1954) Jack Arnold USA

185) FINDING NEMO (2003) Andrew Stanton USA Animated

184) THE BIRDS (1963) Alfred Hitchcock USA

183) IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967) Norman Jewison USA

182) INHERIT THE WIND (1960) Stanley Kramer USA

181) THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) Alex Makendrick USA

180) PAN’S LABYRINTH (2006) Guillermo Del Toro SPAIN/MEXICO

179) THEM (1954) Gordon Douglas USA

178) HANNAH & HER SISTERS (1986) Woody Allen USA

177) HARRY POTTER & the PRISONER of AZKABAN (2004) Alfonso Cuaron USA/BRITISH


175) THE STING (1973) George Roy Hill USA

174) YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942) Michael Curtiz USA

173) WILD STRAWBERRIES (1969) Ingmar Bergman SWEDEN

172) TOP HAT (1935) Mark Sandrich USA

171) THE WILD BUNCH (1969) Sam Peckinpah USA

170) WAY OUT WEST (1937) James Horne USA

169) TOPPER (1937) Norman McCleod USA

168) GIANT (1958) George Stevens USA

167) THE GOLEM (1920) Paul Waggoner GERMAN Silent

166) LITTLE CAESAR (1930) Mervyn LeRoy USA

165) THE MUMMY (1932) Karl Freund USA

164) THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (1975) John Houston USA

163) GIGI (1958) Vincent Minnelli USA

162) GOLDFINGER (1964) Guy Hamilton USA

161) THE CAINE MUTINY (1954) Edward Dmyrky USA

160) THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951) Christian Nyby USA

159) THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1919) Robert Wiene GERMANY Silent

158) CABARET (1972) Bob Fosse USA

157) HARVEY(1950) Henry Kostner USA

156) MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN (1936) Frank Capra USA

155) HAMLET (1948) Laurence Olivier BRITISH

154) THE BIG SLEEP (1946) Howard Hawks USA

153) THE LEOPARD (1963) Lucianno Visconti FRANCE/ ITALY

152) BECKETT (1964) Peter Glenville USA


To be continued on my next Hub, which will cover films 101-150.


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    • Robwrite profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      Cogerson; It's fun to look back on what we liked back in our younger days. (I have to say I never liked the "Porkys" films.)

    • Robwrite profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      Flora; Maybe I'll do that. Thanks for the idea.


    • Cogerson profile image


      7 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for the thinking behind the hub....while I figure how I am going to do my list, I stumbled across a Top 50 movies list I made all the way back in 1988(I was 21). I was thinking about posting that one first....and use it as a comparison......that list has some great movies....but it also has some movies...that you really wonder if I know a good movie or not.....just as an example one of the movies from that list was Porky's. I will say that to this day I have never heard laughter in theaters like I did while watching Porky's. It felt like so many people were laughing that the theater seemed to shake.

    • FloraBreenRobison profile image


      7 years ago

      Maybe some day you could publish a list of your *favourite* top ten movies, based solely on your personal preferences as another angle.

    • Robwrite profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      Well, there are so many great films, I never thought 100 was enough. I started with 150 and I kept adding and adding. I reached about 280, so I rounded it off to 300. I could have kept going, but i had to cut it off somewhere.

      I used various criteria to decide what a "great" movie was.

      1) Reputation--what is generally thought of it.

      2) Critical reception and the AFI ranking.

      3) How iconic it is...Did it resonate with popular culture?

      4) Has it stood the test of time or was it just hype?

      5) Awards it won

      6) Did it change film-making and start a new trend/genre?

      7) Was it original and unique

      8) Was it thought-provoking? Did it say Anything?

      9) How good was the script, the directing, the performances, etc.

      Obviously, not every film on the list meets all these categories. But I think these are the main things to look for when determining whether something is a great film or not.

      I don't count the film's success as a good yardstick, since so many clasic have been flops. (Citizen Kane, for instance) while some terrible films have made tons of money (Transformers 2). Nor do I put much stock in fan polls, like the IMDb top 250 films lists, since they are bias towards recent films, and successful films.

      I also tried not to let my personal preferences into it. There are films on the list I don't even like, while some of my favorite films aren't included at all.

      So that was my way of choosing my 300 greatest films. It took me over 6 months.

      I'll be very interested to see your list.


    • Cogerson profile image


      7 years ago from Virginia

      Just curious what made you decide on 300 movies? And what research tools did you use to rank the 300 movies? I ask because after reading your hub, Greensleeves hub and checking out Steve Lensman's profile page which lists his favorite 75 movies....I am thinking I should do one as well.

    • Robwrite profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      Hi cogerson. "Sancho the Bailiff" is a very depressing film but a great one. "the Golem" is one of the early silent horror classics.

      "Hannah and her sisters" suffers from the Woody Allen effect. Michael Caine's oscar winning performance was terrific.

      "Pan's Labyrinth" was one of the great modern classics.

      Great to hear your views. Thanks for commenting.


    • Cogerson profile image


      7 years ago from Virginia

      Ok....I have seen 33 of the 50 movies....with only 2 that I have not heard of #196 Sansho the Baliff and #167 The Golem.

      Movies that would make my Top 100....The Man Who Would Be King, Good Fellas, and probably PAN’S LABYRINTH.

      The one that I think should be lower....Hannah and Her Sisters....and I am a huge Michael Caine fan.....and I love his Oscar winning performance in the movie...but I watched this movie a few months ago....and it has not aged well with the times.

      So keeping track that is 7 movies for my Top 100....and maybe Pan's Labyrinth.

    • Robwrite profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      Hi Flora; "Judgement at Nuremberg' was a great film with a great cast. I just found it too long and too intense to really enjoy, which is why I ranked it as high as I did.

      I agree that the first "Planet of the Apes" film was the only genuine classic of the whole franchise, but I enjoyed them all anyway.

      "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" certainly was weird.

      "Giant" would have been rated higer if it didn't drag in spots. Too long.

      Thanks for the terrific comments,


    • FloraBreenRobison profile image


      7 years ago

      So far, this segment of your list has the highest number of films I've seen: 30 of them.

      The most recent film I've seen is Finding Nemo. The oldest film I've seen is Little Caesar. I'm a Hitchcock fan, although I admire The Birds more than I enjoy it. It does freak me out, but it is too gory for my preferences in relation to Hitch's career.

      Talking about greatest vs. favourite, I believe Judgement at Nuremberg is one of the best films ever made and should be closer to the top than 197. However, it is nearly impossible to watch.I can barely watch any of Richard Widmark's scenes, and I'm a big fan of his.

      Here are the movies I've seen which I count among my *favourite* movies of all time, written in descending order on your list:

      Some Like It Hot-my favourite of all Jack Lemmon's films


      The Planet of the Apes (only loved the first of the series, though I saw them all)

      The Producers-ooh, another musical

      The Mark of Zorro (although I prefer Fairbanks, Sr. version better)

      The Birds-I don't actually hate anything Hitch did

      In the Heat of the Night-another suspense film, big surprise.

      The Wings of Desire

      The Sting

      Top Hat

      Little Caesar



      The Caine Mutiny



      The Big Sleep(ooh, two Bogart films, what a surprise :))

      Others I've seen but admire more than I enjoy them are:

      Inherit the Wind

      The Sweet Smell of Success

      Wild Strawberries...once was enough

      Giant (length only problem)

      The Thing from Another World-I sobbed for hours after watching this film. Boy, is mankind horrible

      The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari-too weird for me to understand, but beautiful cinematography

      Cabaret-there is too much antisemitism in this for me to enjoy the fact that it is a musical

      The Magnificent Ambersons

    • Robwrite profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      Hi ruffridyer; I loved "Them". It's one of the great 1950's giant monster/atomic mutation films.

      The music in "Cabaret" was great and Joel Grey was a scene-stealer.

      Thanks for stopping by to comment;


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      7 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      I can't believe you included Them! That is my favorite giant insect movie, it was perfect. Cabaret was brillant. The way the musical numbers matched what was happening to the charactors.

    • Robwrite profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      I don't think I would either, Lady E. These films I've listed aren't necessarily my favorites. I just think these are the best examples of brilliant film making. These are great art. They are worth seeing at least once if you're a film lover, just to appreciate the skill that went into making such a great movie.

      Thanks for commenting, Lady E.

    • Lady_E profile image


      8 years ago from London, UK

      Another interesting list Rob - Dances with Wolves was such a loooong film. I don't think I could watch it again. lol.

    • Robwrite profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      Thank you, HH. I appreciate the feedback.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Chosen well.


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