Empire Top 500

In the November 2008 issue of Empire magazine, 10,000 readers, 50 notable film critics and 150 film makers (including Quentin Tarantino, Sam Mendes, David Fincher, Pedro Almodovar, Mike Leigh, Hans Zimmer, Roger Deakins, Cameron Crowe, Edgar Wright, Julian Fellowes, Kevin Feige and, um, Uwe Boll) all voted for their top 10 movies of all time. The lists were collated, and a supposedly definitive top 500 was compiled. It’s clear that the critics and film makers votes were given a slightly heavier weighting than the general public. This does make sense, as they know more about film than the rest of us, but it leads to some obscure choices (I Am Cuba number 112? Personally I’d never heard of it, now I know it’s terrible).

6              1990       Goodfellas
7              1979       Apocalypse Now
12           1960       Apartment, The
14           1968       Once Upon a Time in the West
20           1982       Blade Runner
21           1949       Third Man, The
26           1964       Dr. Strangelove
27           1959       Some Like It Hot
30           1986       Aliens
31           1939       Gone With the Wind
39           1999       Matrix, The
41           1959       400 Blows, The
42           1949       Kind Hearts and Coronets
46           1954       On the Waterfront
47           1982       E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
48           1984       This is Spinal Tap
51           1963       8 ½
55           1960       Dolce Vita, La
59           1977       Close Encounters of the Third Kind
60           1985       Come and See
63           1950       Sunset Boulevard
64           2003       Oldboy
69           1994       Three Colours: Red
76           1979       Manhattan
77           1960       Spartacus
78           1968       Rosemary’s Baby
79           1998       Thin Red Line, The
82           1963       Great Escape, The
85           1986       Blue Velvet
87           1983       King of Comedy, The
90           1989       When Harry Met Sally
92           1983       Once Upon a Time in America
93           1973       Spirit of the Beehive, The
96           1999       American Beauty
97           1992       Reservoir Dogs
102         1961       Hustler, The
104         1939       Rules of the Game, The
106         1966       A Man For All Seasons
108         1978       Tree of Wooden Clogs, The
109         1958       Touch of Evil
111         1982       Fitzcarraldo
113         2004       Anchorman
115         1974       Blazing Saddles
116         1959       Rio Bravo
118         1987       Withnail and I
120         1965       Battle of Algiers, The
122         1987       Princess Bride, The
123         1974       A Woman Under the Influence
126         1973       Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
128         2003       Lost in Translation
129         1950       Harvey
130         1975       Man Who Would Be King, The
131         1992       Last of the Mohicans, The
132         2006       Pan’s Labyrinth
135         1933       Duck Soup
136         1984       Amadeus
139         1981       Blow Out
142         2000       Almost Famous
146         1975       Shampoo
148         1969       Z
151         2000       Gladiator
153         1961       Innocents, The
154         1986       Betty Blue
159         2001       Royal Tenenbaums, The
160         1979       Being There
161         1982       Year of Living Dangerously, The
164         1956       Searchers, The
165         1936       A Camping Party
167         1973       Don’t Look Now
172         1939       Wizard of Oz, The
175         1998       Rushmore
177         2002       City of God
178         1941       Hellzapoppin’
181         1970       Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
183         1967       Samourai, Le
187         1958       Big Country, The
188         2003       School of Rock
193         1994       Ed Wood
194         1948       Bicycle Thieves
195         1946       It’s a Wonderful Life
202         1989       Killer, The
203         1979       Monty Python’s Life of Brian
205         1995       Addiction, The
207         1961       Misfits, The
212         1931       M
214         1969       Army of Shadows
215         1997       Jackie Brown
216         1971       Sunday Bloody Sunday
221         1971       McCabe and Mrs. Miller
224         1988       Distant Voices, Still Lives
226         1996       Romeo + Juliet
229         1998       Festen
230         2004       Howl’s Moving Castle
237         1991       Delicatessen
241         1947       Brighton Rock
244         1993       Dazed and Confused
245         2004       Downfall
246         1940       Philadelphia Story, The
248         1929       Pandora’s Box
249         1946       My Darling Clementine
250         1927       Sunrise
251         1965       Darling
252         1963       Leopard, The
254         1982       Verdict, The
255         1939       Ninotchka
256         1938       Port of Shadows, The
257         1934       Black Cat, The
259         1993       Groundhog Day
261         1953       Roman Holiday
264         1973       American Graffiti
267         1989       Crimes and Misdemeanors
269         1951       A Place in the Sun
270         2005       Death of Mr. Lazarescu, The
271         1985       Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
274         2005       Sin City
275         1988       My Neighbour Totoro
276         2004       Layer Cake
277         1949       On the Town
278         1993       Carlito’s Way
279         1978       Animal House
281         1994       Interview with the Vampire
283         1985       Ran
284         1983       Scarface
285         1972       Solaris
287         1996       Secrets & Lies
288         1988       Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
291         1960       Rocco and His Brothers
293         1973       Mother and the Whore, The
295         1987       Untouchables, The
299         1942       Palm Beach Story, The
300         1953       Sawdust and Tinsel
301         1975       Love and Death
302         1946       Best Years of Our Lives, The
303         2000       Together
304         1987       Radio Days
306         1989       Indiana Jones Last Crusade
307         1969       Midnight Cowboy
310         1984       Gremlins
311         1998       American History X
316         1996       Trainspotting
321         1957       Funny Face
324         1996       Lone Star
325         2003       Kill Bill Vol. 1
327         1993       Nightmare Before Christmas
329         2006       Lives of Others, The
334         1942       Magnificent Ambersons, The
335         1957       Seventh Seal, The
339         2001       Spirited Away
340         1963       High and Low
341         1975       Passenger, The
342         1925       Gold Rush, The
344         1978       Last Waltz, The
345         1987       Fatal Attraction
346         1945       Leave Her to Heaven
349         1981       Arthur
351         1964       Zulu
352         1948       Unfaithfully Yours
353         1976       Bugsy Malone
356         1927       Napoleon
357         1973       Long Goodbye, The
359         1941       Lady Eve, The
360         2003       Return, The
361         1994       Clerks
364         1994       Natural Born Killers
366         1987       Predator
368         1980       Airplane!
377         1973       Mean Streets
381         1975       Monty Python and the Holy Grail
382         2005       Hidden
384         1940       Shop Around the Corner, The
386         1968       Great Silence, The
392         1984       Paris, Texas
394         2008       Cloverfield
396         2007       Assassination of Jesse James
398         1977       Killer of Sheep
399         1924       Greed
402         2006       Little Miss Sunshine
410         1964       A Hard Day’s Night
414         1991       Double Life of Veronique
416         1987       Bad Taste
417         2005       Lords of Dogtown
418         2005       V for Vendetta
419         1978       Days of Heaven
420         1996       Jerry Maguire
421         1987       Lethal Weapon
423         2004       Kill Bill Vol. 2
424         1944       To Have and Have Not
426         2004       Enduring Love
427         1948       Springtime in a Small Town
428         1974       Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, The
429         1968       Danger: Diabolik
435         2000       American Psycho
438         1987       Lost Boys, The
439         1997       Grosse Point Blank
440         1988       Akira
441         1999       Being John Malkovich
446         2000       High Fidelity
447         2002       Ten
448         2005       A History of Violence
456         2002       28 Days Later
457         1987       Full Metal Jacket
459         1952       Ikiru
462         2004       Dead Man’s Shoes
465         1995       Twelve Monkeys
466         2000       Snatch
467         1978       Deer Hunter, The
468         1994       Crow, The
469         1998       Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
472         1962       Doulos, Le
476         1989       Santa Sangre
478         1968       Flesh
479         1947       Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The
480         2001       Son’s Room, the
483         1980       Big Red One, The
492         2000       Amores Perros
493         1997       In the Company of Men
495         1957       Jailhouse Rock
497         2000       Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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