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The Great Best Movie of All Time Controversy

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TR Robertson — This should be a fun read for anyone who been to the movies at any time or who has watched movies on television at any point in their life. Given all of the movies that have been made since the appearance of “The Great Train Robbery”, opening in 1903 in New York City and costing each person five cents each for the 12 minute movie, there have been thousands of movies that have appeared on the “silver screen”. There have been numerous surveys, studies, critical analysis and arguments over what movies deserve the right to be called the Greatest Movies of All Time. Everyone has an opinion on their favorite movies, some which could be considered in the Greatest category. With the movie theatres currently closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, I thought this would be a good time to take a look at movies we can watch on T.V. and the different listing of Greatest Movies of All Time that have appeared.

I have a friend who collects movies says he always makes sure he purchases the winner of the Oscars for Best Movie for that year. When you look at some of the lists, many of the winners of the Oscars have not even made it to the top ten. When classifying Greatest of All Time, the criteria for making the list is tremendously different than deciding an Oscar for each year. You will definitely see a similarity in several of the selections from the different lists I was able to uncover. So, here we go, starting with the top six from the American Film Institute”

American Film Institute

  • #1 – “Citizen Kane” – 1941
  • #2 – “Casablanca” – 1942
  • #3 – “The Godfather” – 1972
  • #4 – “Gone With the Wind” – 1940
  • #5 – “Lawrence of Arabia” – 1962
  • #6 – “The Wizard of Oz” – 1939

The Hollywood Reporter

  • #1 – “The Godfather”
  • #2 – “The Wizard of Oz”
  • #3 – “Citizen Kane”
  • #4 – “The Shawshank Redemption” – 1994
  • #5 – “Pulp Fiction” – 1994
  • #6 – “Casablanca”

Empireonline.com

  • #1 – “The Godfather”
  • #2 – “The Empire Strikes Back” –
  • #3 – “The Dark Knight” – 2008
  • #4 – “The Shawshank Redemption”
  • #5 – “Pulp Fiction”
  • #6 – “Goodfellas” – 1990

Imdb.com

  • #1 – “The Godfather”
  • #2 – “The Shawshank Redemption”
  • #3 – “Schindler’s List” – 1993
  • #4 – “Raging Bull” – 1980
  • #5 – “Casablanca”
  • #6 – “Citizen Kane”

businessinsider.com

  • #1 – “Citizen Kane”
  • #2 – “The Godfather”
  • #3 – “Rear Window” – 1954
  • #4 – “Casablanca”
  • #5 – “Boyhood” – 2014
  • #6 – “Three Colors: Red” – 1994

Rolling Stone

  • #1 – “The Godfather Trilogy”
  • #2 – “Vertigo” – 1958
  • #3 – “The Searchers” – 1956
  • #4 – “2001: A Space Odyssey”
  • #5 – “Citizen Kane”
  • #6 – “Raging Bull”

Some of the more unusual results were found in the following 2 lists:

bfi.org

  • #1 – “Vertigo”
  • #2 – “Citizen Kane”
  • #3 – “Tokyo Story” – 1953
  • #4 – “La Regle du jeu” – 1939
  • #5 – “Sunrise a Song of Two Humans” – 1927
  • #6 – “2001: A Space Odyssey”

timeout.com

  • #1 – “2001: A Space Odyssey”
  • #2 – “The Godfather”
  • #3 – “Citizen Kane”
  • #4 – “Jeanne Dielman, 23” – 1975
  • #5 – “Raiders of the Lost Ark” – 1981
  • #6 – “La Dolce Vita” – 1960

The most interesting and “wild” list came from Rotten Tomatoes.

Rottentomatoes.com

  • #1 – “Black Panther” – 2018
  • #2 – “Avengers – Endgame” – 2019
  • #3 – “Us” – 2019
  • #4 – “Toy Story 4” – 2019
  • #5 – “Lady Bird” – 2017
  • #6 – “Mission Impossible Fallout” – 2018

Rotten Tomatoes has “The Wizard of Oz at #8, “Citizen Kane” at #9, “Casablanca” at #18 and believe it or not, the #1 or #2 in most other lists, they had “The Godfather” at #38.

So there you have it. What do you think? Do you agree with any of these lists? Have you seen most of the Top Movies of All Time listed here? With more T.V. time available, find some of these movies on the various outlets available and check them out.

Next up we are going to take a look at movies broken down into categories and see which ones have been selected as the best in different categories.

Make sure you are sanitizing, wearing gloves when needed and above all, Staying Safe.

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3 Comments

  1. Tom Bloomquist says:

    TR,

    No Caddyshack??

  2. Cheryl Arney says:

    My “Greatest Movies List” which is subject to change depending on my mood!
    1. Citizen Kane
    2. Casablanca
    3. Lawrence of Arabia
    4. The Searchers
    5. The Shawshank Redemption
    6. 2001: A Space Odyssey

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