Empire Top 100 (2017)

In the July 2017 issue of Empire magazine (Issue #338) the magazine held one of their semi-regular reader polls to determine the greatest 100 movies of all time. I’m already making my way through a few of the past iterations of this list, so figured I may as well tack this one on there too! As part of the poll the Empire team also contacted some of the greatest or most readily available directors working today, and requested their individual top 10 lists as well, so seeing as the voted-for top 100 didn’t really add much I’m not already going to cover (the only new additions are Interstellar, La La Land, Captain America: Civil War and Arrival, at least two of which I expect to appear in the 1001 List later this year) then I figured why not add all the director lists too? It turns out there’s some pretty big reasons why, but it’s too late, I’ve made the decision, so at some point I’ll be watching a bunch of movies I never thought I would, such as the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (thanks Adam Wingard) the entire Pink Panther franchise (cheers Matthew Vaughn) and a bunch of movies with numbers in the title, because Garth Jennings is a sadist.

1    1972    Godfather, The
2    1980    Star Wars: Episode V – the Empire Strikes Back
3    2008    Dark Knight, The
4    1994    Shawshank Redemption, The
5    1994    Pulp Fiction
6    1990    Goodfellas
7    1981    Raiders of the Lost Ark
8    1975    Jaws
9    1977    Star Wars: Episode IV – a New Hope
10    2001    Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring
11    1985    Back to the Future
12    1974    Godfather Part II, The
13    1982    Blade Runner
14    1979    Alien
15    1986    Aliens
16    2003    Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King
17    1999    Fight Club
18    2010    Inception
19    1993    Jurassic Park
20    1988    Die Hard
21    1968    2001: A Space Odyssey
22    1979    Apocalypse Now
23    2002    Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers
24    1999    Matrix, The
25    1991    Terminator 2: Judgement Day
26    1995    Heat
27    1966    Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The
28    1942    Casablanca
29    1998    Big Lebowski, The
30    1995    Seven
31    1976    Taxi Driver
32    1995    Usual Suspects, The
33    1993    Schindler’s List
34    2014    Guardians of the Galaxy
35    1980    Shining, The
36    2006    Departed, The
37    1982    Thing, The
38    2015    Mad Max: Fury Road
39    1998    Saving Private Ryan
40    1957    12 Angry Men
41    2004    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
42    2007    There Will Be Blood
43    1975    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
44    2000    Gladiator
45    2011    Drive
46    1941    Citizen Kane
47    2014    Interstellar
48    1991    Silence of the Lambs, The
49    1996    Trainspotting
50    1962    Lawrence of Arabia
51    1946    It’s a Wonderful Life
52    1968    Once Upon a Time in the West
53    1960    Psycho
54    1958    Vertigo
55    2006    Pan’s Labyrinth
56    1992    Reservoir Dogs
57     2015    Whiplash
58    2009    Inglourious Basterds
59    1982    E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
60    1999    American Beauty
61    1994    Forrest Gump
62    2016    La La Land
63    2001    Donnie Darko
64    1997    L.A. Confidential
65    2012    Avengers Assemble
66    1983    Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
67    2000    Memento
68    1984    Ghostbusters
69    1952    Singin’ in the Rain
70    1994    Lion King, The
71    2007    Hot Fuzz
72    1954    Rear Window
73    1954    Seven Samurai
74    2001    Mulholland Drive
75    1996    Fargo
76    1971    A Clockwork Orange
77    1995    Toy Story
78    2003    Oldboy
79    2016    Captain America: Civil War
80    2001    Spirited Away
81    2010    Social Network, The
82    1959    Some Like It Hot
83    1993    True Romance
84    1976    Rocky
85    1994    Leon
86    1989    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
87    1987    Predator
88    1973    Exorcist, The
89    2004    Shaun of the Dead
90    2007    No Country For Old Men
91    2006    The Prestige
92    1984    Terminator, The
93    1987    Princess Bride, The
94    2003    Lost in Translation
95    2016    Arrival
96    1997    Good Will Hunting
97    1997    Titanic
98    1999    Amelie
99    1980    Raging Bull
100    1986    Stand By Me

Colin Trevorrow
Cinema Paradiso
The Manchurian Candidate
Small Change
Annie Hall
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
The Lives of Others
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Tampopo
Double Indemnity
Back to the Future

Edgar Wright
Raising Arizona
An American Werewolf in London
Carrie
Raiders of the Lost Ark
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Taxi Driver
Don’t Look Now
Dirty Harry
The Driver
This is Spinal Tap!
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Boogie Nights
Reservoir Dogs
Alien
Phantom of the Paradise
Brazil
Evil Dead II
Psycho
Mad Max: Fury Road
Dames
Halloween
Suspiria
The Blues Brothers
Rosemary’s Baby
The Last of Sheila
Black Narcissus
The Wild Bunch
Notorious
Duck Soup
Take the Money and Run
Paper Moon
Run Lola Run
Singin’ in the Rain
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
The Silence of the Lambs
Goodfellas
The French Connection
Moonrise Kingdom

Ava DuVernay
Ashes and Embers
Daughters of the Dust
Kille of Sheep
Mo’ Better Blues
West Side Story
The Piano
Restless City
Volcano (2011)
Bal
In the Mood For Love

Neill Blomkamp
Alien
Dr. Strangelove
There Will Be Blood
The Tree of Life
Punch-Drunk Love
The Elephant Man
The Matrix
The Fly
Stalker
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Scott Derrickson
Ikiru
Taxi Driver
Apocalypse Now
Blade Runner
8 1/2
Seven
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Wings of Desire
Suspiria
Do the Right Thing

Alice Lowe
Black Narcissus
Mulholland Drive
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Wizard of Oz
Taxi Driver
The Piano
The Red Shoes
The Shining
Kes
Withnail and I

Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Boogie Nights
Oldboy
The Good, The Bad & The Weird
The Host
Sunset Boulevard
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Thin Red Line
Annie Hall
Seven Samurai
The Conversation
Sullivan’s Travels
Leon

Rupert Wyatt
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Battle of Algiers
Harold and Maude
La Haine
Once Upon A Time in the West
Sorceror
Children of Men
Army of Shadows
Fitzcarraldo
Don’t Look Now

Christopher McQuarrie
The Big Country
Das Boot
Electra Glide in Blue
The Last Picture Show
The Natural
Paper Moon
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
The Thing
The Treasures of the Sierra Madre
The Verdict
Aliens
Die Hard

Lone Scherfig
The White Ribbon
The Deer Hunter
Lust, Caution
A Bout de Souffle
Goodfellas
The Godfather Part II
Songs From the Second Floor
Chinatown
East of Eden
The Apartment

Adam Wingard
The Shining
Alien
Gerry
Pulp Fiction
Jurassic Park
Dick Tracy
Ghostbusters
There Will Be Blood
Phantasm
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Possession
They Live
Cure (Kyua)
The Terminator
Face/Off

Corin Hardy
Evil Dead II
Jaws
The Thing
The Exorcist
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
Deliverance
RoboCop
Alien
The Devil’s Backbone
Cape Fear (1991)

Lynne Ramsay
Badlands
Days of Heaven
Teorema
Come and See
A Man Escaped
Mouchette
Beau Travail
The Shining
Full Metal Jacket
The Mirror
Nan’s Childhood
Andrei Rublev
The Elephant Man
Blue Velvet
Persona
The Virgin Spring
Midnight Cowboy
La Strada

James Mangold
The Verdict
Sweet Smell of Success
The Magnificent Ambersons
A Story of Floating Weeds
The Apartment
Black Narcissus
Shadow of a Doubt
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Jaws

Joe Cornish
Baxter!
Nobody Knows
All About Lily Chou-Chou
Christine F
Adam & Paul
Over the Edge
Altered States
The Innocents
The Return
The Boys of Paul Street

Gareth Evans
Raging Bull
Magnolia
Amelie
La Haine
Hana-Bi
After Life
North By Northwest
The Wild Bunch
Commando

Joe Dante
Citizen Kane
8 1/2
To Be Or Not To Be
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Rosemary’s Baby
Sunset Boulevard
Psycho
Dr. Strangelove
The Night of the Hunter
Mulholland Drive

Garth Jennings
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To Die For
Three Amigos
Four Brothers
Five Children and It
Six Degrees of Separation
Seven
8 1/2
Nine
10

Richard Curtis
Human
The Godfather
The Godfather Part II
This is Spinal Tap
The Son’s Room
Brief Encounter
Lost in Translation
Annie Hall
It’s A Wonderful Life
Elf

John Landis
Dr. Strangelove
King Kong
Casablanca
The Wild Bunch
His Girl Friday
The General
Throne of Blood
Singin’ in the Rain
It’s A Gift
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek

Paul Feig
It’s A Wonderful Life
Bringing Up Baby
Dr. Strangelove
The Conversation
Manhattan
Napoleon Dynamite
Breakdown
Horse Feathers
It’s A Gift
The Blues Brothers

Taika Waititi
The Graduate
Badlands
Dr. Strangelove
Days of Heaven
Paper Moon
Stalker
Harold and Maude
Ghostbusters
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Memories of Murder

Chad Stahelski
The General
Safety Last!
Citizen Kane
Seven Samurai
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Police Story
Saving Private Ryan
Snatch
The Matrix

Paul Greengrass
The Battle of Algiers
A Bout de Souffle
The Gospel According to St. Matthew
The Godfather
The Godfather Part II
The Grapes of Wrath
It’s A Wonderful Life
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Citizen Kane
Step Brothers

Paul W. S. Anderson
2001: A Space Odyssey
Napoleon
Lawrence of Arabia
Apocalypse Now
Seven Samurai
Solaris
Citizen Kane
Drowning By Numers
Wings of Desire
Aliens

Matthew Vaughn
Dr. Strangelove
The Pink Panther franchise
Airplane!
Step Brothers
Bananas
Take the Money and Run
Being There
Sleeper
Hooper
They Call Me Trinity
Die Hard
Top Gun
Beverly Hills Cop
Where Eagles Dare
Saving Private Ryan
Rocky
Rocky II
Rocky III
Rocky IV
First Blood
The Matrix
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Kung Fu Hustle
Mad Max
Mad Max 2
True Lies
The Spy Who Loved Me
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Goldfinger
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
God of Gamblers
Face/Off
The Rock
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Superman: The Movie
X-Men 2
Batman Begins
Spider-Man 2
Flash Gordon
Iron Man
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
Aliens
The Terminator
Predator
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Blade Runner
Independence Day
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Godfather
The Godfather Part II
Heat
Scarface
Kramer Vs Kramer
The Champ
Lawrence of Arabia
Taxi Driver
Apocalypse Now
JFK
Wall Street
All the President’s Men
The Conversation
The French Connection
Terms of Endearment
The Exorcist
The Omen
Alien
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Return of the Living Dead
The Evil Dead
Evil Dead II
Rosemary’s Baby
The Thing
Halloween
A Nightmare on Elm Street

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