The public has been fascinated by cinema since 1895, when Auguste and Louis Lumière used a cinematographic machine to project moving images onto a screen. Naturally, movies have come a long way from the early days of 50-second reels, resulting in a rich variety of styles, many of which are easily streamed directly from home. Meanwhile, each cinematic era presented its respective list of timeless masterpieces.
The best movies arguably represent the pinnacle of artistic achievement in the modern era and that makes them worth celebrating over and over again. To explore the top 100 movies of all time, Stacker to analyse IMDb Ratings and Metascores to create a single score balancing the two. Only English language films released in the United States were considered for the list. Additionally, each film required at least 20,000 votes on IMDb, and if the film had no Metascore, it was not included.
Why most movies age poorly while a few seem to get even better with time comes down to auteurism. The greater the creative stamp a filmmaker can put on their work, the better the chance that the work will appreciate over time.
A noticeable trend in the upcoming list is that many movies don’t take place in their respective time periods. Depicting the past or the future – or a completely separate world – is often a safer bet than depicting present reality.
Great films usually deliver the goods on several fronts. That means everything from the writing to the music to the acting is memorable, if not downright iconic. Ultimately, of course, there’s no one answer as to what makes a great movie, just as there isn’t just one type of great movie.
Counting from #100, here are the best movies of all time.
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