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The 300 Greatest Films of All Time...# 1- # 50.

Updated on September 24, 2010

The Great Films of All Time

This is the sixth and final Hub in a series, covering the 300 Greatest films of All Time. This one covers films 1-50.  So what do you think of the list?

50) THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962) John Frankenheimer USA

49) ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930) Louis Millstone USA

48) THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971) William Freidken USA

47) THE THIRD MAN (1949) Carol Reed USA

46) THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957) David Lean USA

45) THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965) Robert Wise USA

44) M.A.S.H. (1970) Robert Altman USA

43) FANTASIA (1940) Walt Disney USA Animated

42) AMADEUS (1984) Milos Foreman USA

41) FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) Fred Zimmerman USA

40) THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940) George Cuckor USA

39) A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) Stanley Kubrick USA

38) TAXI DRIVER (1976) Martin Scorsese USA

37) WEST SIDE STORY (1961) Robert Wise USA

36) A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951) Elia Kazan USA

35) BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (1925) Sergei Eisenstein RUSSIA Silent

34) 2001: A SPACE ODESSEY (1968) Stanley Kubrick USA

33) ON THE WATERFRONT (1954) Elia Kazan USA

32) IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934) Frank Capra USA

31) REAR WINDOW (1954) Alfred Hitchcock USA

30) CITY LIGHTS (1931) Charlie Chaplin USA Silent

29) HIGH NOON (1952) Fred Zinnemannn USA

28) SINGING IN THE RAIN (1952) Gene Kelly USA

27) MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939) Frank Capra USA

26) TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962) Robert Mulligan USA

25) Dr. STRANGELOVE (1964) Stanley Kubrick USA

24) RAGING BULL (1980) Martin Scorsese USA

23) THE GODFATHER; PART 2 (1974) Francis Ford Coppella USA

22) PSYCHO (1960) Alfred Hitchcock USA

21) DUCK SOUP (1933) Leo McCarey USA

20) ALL ABOUT EVE (1950) John Mankiewicz USA

19) KING KONG (1933) Merian C. Cooper USA

18) ANNIE HALL (1977) Woody Allen USA

17) ONE FLEW OVER THE CUKOO’S NEST (1975) Milos Foreman USA

16) SUNSET BLVD. (1950) Billy Wilder USA

15) THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) John Houston USA

14) RASHAMON (1950) Akira Kurasawa JAPAN

13) THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940) John Ford USA

12) THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951) John Houston USA

11) LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) David Lean USA

10) RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) Steven Spielberg USA

9) CHINATOWN (1974) Roman Polanski USA

8) JAWS (1975) Steven Spielberg USA

7) GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) Victor Fleming USA

6) APOCALYPSE NOW (1979) Francis Ford Coppella USA

5) THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) Victor Fleming USA

4) CASABLANCA(1942) Michael Curtiz USA

3) THE GODFATHER (1972) Francis Ford Coppella USA

2) CITIZEN KANE (1941) Orsen Wells USA

1) THE SEVEN SAMURAI (1954) Akira Kurasawa JAPAN

 Any input or opinions on my list are welcome.

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      Marlin 55 6 years ago from USA

      I love film Rob and I have seen many of these more than once. They are all my favorites for different reasons. Nice job putting an awesome list together.

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Thanks Marlin. As you can guess, I'm an avid film buff and I've seen all 300 of the films of the list; some many times over. It was hard putting the list in order but it was a labor of love.

      I appreciate your taking the time to comment.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Well done Rob. It's nice to see: Gone with the Wind, the sound of music and the God Father. There's a few I'd like to check out.

      Great compilation.

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Thanks Lady E. I think every film on the list is worth seeing, at least once. I appreciate the feedback.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      A perfect choice.

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Thank you, HH. I think Kurasawa was an incredible filmmaker and the "7 Samurai" is unequaled in cinema.

      I appreciate your taking the time to comment.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      I see I'll have to make a trip to the video store - there are a couple here I haven't seen!

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Good to hear from you again, Habee. I think you'll like all the ones I've picked. Thanks for the feedback.

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      In don't see Monty Python, so this list is way to classy for me. :)

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Monty Python's "The Life of Brian" is on the list. It just didn't make the top 50. But thanks for the feedback.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice and beautiful list. I haven't born at that time. But I love vintage movie. Thank you very much.

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      I love the old films, too. Glad you liked my list. Thanks for reading.

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      kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

      I'll take number 17 for free lol

      Great collection, wow!

      Kimberly

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Yes, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is a great classic. Gotta Love Nicholson in that one.

      That's for reading and leaving a nice comment.

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      So many movies to see! Thanks for a great list. Must try to get to see your number 1 which I have not seen.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      You should definitely see it, if you're a film lover. I think "The Seven Samurai" is brilliant beyond words. Just be prepared for a 3 hour subtitled foreign film.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, Tony.

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      zaini2009 6 years ago from (UK) Westyorkshire

      great hub & aswesame choice

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Thank you, Zaini. I appreciate the comments. Thanks for reading.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I saw High Noon at a drive-in in South Carolina as a boy. My cousin, a boy my age (more like brothers since we were the only boys), and I saw it together, and we talked of little else for months. I'm happy to see you placed it so highly.

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      "High Noon" is an all-time classic. Probably the finest western ever made.

      Thanks for the comments.

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      Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK

      An interesting list. Most would be considered as classics. Probably my favourites of the films listed above would be Jaws, African Queen or Raiders of the Lost Ark. But my all time favourite movie is The Big Country.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Greensleeves. "The Big country" had an excellent cast.

      Thanks for stopping by to comment.

      Rob

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      ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      Most of the best movies are the older ones.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      I agree with you, ruffridyer. Classic stuff.

      Thanks for the comment,

      Rob

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      I have seen 33 of these movies. There is not a single movie on this list that I haven't heard of before.

      GEneral themes.

      As I've mentioned before, I love Alfred Hitchcock and suspense films. I do not like Woody Allen. And I not enjoy gangster films where mafia are the heroes not the G-Men. I haven't seen any of the Godfather movies and do not plan to see them (which you probably know from Cogerson's hubs, even though I've never said so on one of your hubs)

      My favourite ten on this list-very hard to choose as I see more than ten multiple times a year- are in alphabetical order:

      The Bridge on the River Kwai-yes, a war film I love. odd genre for me

      Casablanca-another Bogart

      It Happened One Night-what a comedy? On My list?

      To Kill a Mokingbird-my favourite Peck film

      The Maltese Falcon

      The Manchurian Candidate

      Rear Window-my favourite Hitchcock

      Sunset Blvd-tremendously sad

      The Third Man

      The Wizard of Oz

      Notes about musicals-there were too many suspense films on this list for musicals to make the top ten but once.

      note about Hitchcock:

      Psycho is an excellent film but not a favourite of mine. It doesn't make my list of top ten Hitchcock favourites for me, going by favourite instead of greatest. I do not even own my own copy.

      Near misses of my top ten:

      Chinatown

      Citizen Kane

      Dr. Strangelove

      Fantasia

      High Noon

      Singing in the Rain

      Films I admire more than enjoy:

      All about Eve

      Lawrence of Arabia

      On the Waterfront

      Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

      A Streetcar Named Desire

      Films I Haven't seen but they are on the top of my to-see list:

      City lights

      Roshomon

      The seven samerai

      Films I Do Not Intend to See:

      A Clockwork Orange

      Godfather I and II

      Jaws

      Raging bull

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      I have seen 45 of the 50 movies you listed....I have not seen your number one movie...The Seven Samurai.

      The movies that stand out to me

      To Kill a Mockingbird, Godfather, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lawrence of Arabia, A Bridge on the River Kwai, Rear Window, and The Philadelphia Story.

      A movie I kept waiting to see but never showed up....Die Hard....which is considered to be the greatest action film ever....and like Pulp Fiction changed the way movies were made.

      Finally.....I appreciate you doing all of this work to present a very interesting Top 300 list....it was fun to read and gave me some suggestions of some movies to watch....voted way up.....you are the man, Rob.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi Flora; Glad to hear your views, as always. "Rear Window" is terrific, and I can see why its your favorite. I rate "Psycho" just a little higher because of the iconic images from the film that still resonate with fans today, but both are great.

      I really think you should give the "Godfather" films a look. Even if you don't like the characters, as a film fan, you'll have to appreciate the artistry that went into it. The acting, directing and script are all amazing.

      Thanks again for reading and commenting. Good to hear from you.

      Rob

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      Rob-I should see the films, I know. It is just that as an Italian I get tired of seeing movies about the mafia enjoying themselves. The studio system era portrayed them as villains.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi cogerson. 45 out of 50 is a great average. You're as much a film nut as I am. Some of the films on this list I've seen dozens of times and some only once, but as film buff and online critic, I felt I should try to see all the classics, even if the topic didn't interest me.

      If you ever have the opportunity to watch the "7 Samurai", it's an amazing film experience. Many people don't have the patience for a 3-and-a-half hour, subtitled, period era film. But it's sensational.

      I'm afraid I can't agree with "Die hard" being the best action film. I feel "Raiders of the Lost Ark", "Gunga Din", "Guns of Navarrone", "Battleship Potempkin" and some of the others I've listed are better in terms of plot, acting and directing. "Die Hard" did start the trend of the 'One guy vs. terrorists in an isolated location' films, but on the whole, I see it as a fun action film, but not a great film.

      Thanks, as usual, for reading and leaving some great comments. I appreciate it.

      Rob

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Hi flora; I understand what you're saying. That's one of the reasons I hated "the Sopranos".

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