The Ten Greatest Movies Ever Made Part 1

Our one year anniversary is upon us, and we wanted to do something fun, and a little epic, so we’re picking the ten greatest films ever made. Brian and I carefully picked this list of 45 films we wanted to consider for the ten best ever. Each day until our anniversary on Thursday, we will remove ten films from the list and explanation why. The Movie Brothers, Brian and Matt, each picked five films to cut from the list each day.

Here are the list of 45 films, in no particular order, we will consider for the ten greatest movies ever made. Let us know which ones you think should stay, and which should go — and maybe some films you thought should have been in the mix. The top ten will be revealed on our one year anniversary this Thursday, March 17, 2011.

Forest Gump
Seven Samurai
Wizard of Oz
Paths of Glory
Pulp Fiction
Taxi Driver
Raging Bull
The Exorcist
The Shawnshank Redemption
The Wrestler
Life is Beautiful
Born Into Brothels
Spirited Away
On the Waterfront
8 1/2
Boogie Nights
Passion of the Christ
Singin’ in the Rain
Black Swan
Citizen Kane
It’s a Wonderful Life
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
The Kid
Rear Window
Clockwork Orange
Gone With The Wind
Duck Soup
Star Wars
Schindlerโ€™s List
Saving Private Ryan
Blade Runner
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Apocalypse Now

Here’s someone’s video on 100 great movies:

38 responses to “The Ten Greatest Movies Ever Made Part 1

  1. I just wrote my dissertation using Pulp Fiction and Citizen Kane as the case studies – so they got to stay as they stood the test of time. Love them or hate the.
    Like wise way way too early to add Black Swan – so that can go.
    Do do keep Dr Strangelove.
    And I wont come back if you remove 2001….
    I collect RanDoM films – as I love different films for different occasions.

  2. Casablanca, Citizen Kane, and Gone With the Wind get my top ten vote thus far.
    Ones that weren’t mentioned that I would lean towards- Rio Bravo, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Touch of Evil, Godfather, Godfather II, Rocky and E.T.
    I like The Outlaw Josey Wales more than Unforgiven.
    I like Fight Club about 100 times more than Boogie Nights.
    I’d like to see Forest Gump stricken from the list first, I know it won all the awards, but it’s very similar in structure to Little Big Man.
    Good article guys, the interactive March Madness theme should garner some attention.

  3. The big labowski is on the top for me, which isn’t in there ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  4. Matt ruled Godfather out. It would have been high on my list. I’m a huge fan of Fight Club and David Fincher in general but Boogie Nights was a better movie in my opinion. Forrest Gump is a terrific story and deserves to be considered. Unforgiven is better than Josey Wales. And, Butch Cassidy is good but highly overrated. Thanks for the feedback though.; Love it and keep those comments coming. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. The Big Lebowski is a funny film and I love it. But, it’s nowhere in the best discussion of the greatest films ever. Sorry…

  6. I like your list~
    Unforgiven is overrated, though…
    I’m also not too crazy about Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan either,
    – or Space Odyssey, but I know I am alone with that one:)

    Love the other ones, especially Blade Runner, Inception, Star Wars, Dr. Strangelove.
    Cool you included Seven Samurai and a documentary (Born into Brothels)
    and kids movies (Dumbo, Wizard of Oz)

    Where’s Lord of the Rings?

    Elke (kidsmakemovies)

    • I think Lord of the Rings in stuck somewhere else fortunately. Fallen into a volcano?
      But I’m with you on support for Blade Runner. You have to take into account when movies are made – and it was way out in front of the pack when it came out.

  7. Goodfellas is the best so all the rest can go.
    Should have had One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Aliens on the initial list, in my opinion.

  8. You’ll just have to keep following every day to see which films get removed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Oh yes – got to add the Big Lebowski and Pans Labyrinth. My top ten would definitely include those two – plus Leon and Young Frankenstein and Usual Suspects, Amelie…. However, from the list, I’m rooting for Pulp Fiction, Jaws, Goodfellas, Spirited Away, Up and Psycho. Those are my definites. Can’t decide with the others. Loved Gone With the Wind – but in fairness thought the book was better. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. WHAAT??! I’m appalled, no Gladiator!

  11. u need to add old disney such as lion king but keep
    pulp fiction
    taxi driver
    colckwork orange
    and where is fight club??!!!!

    • Dumbo and Up made the list. We both felt they were Disney’s best. We also considered other animation, like The Triplets of Bellville, which I love. There is also Spirited Away on the list.

  12. wtf??? where is Plan 9 from Outer Space?

  13. Gladiator is a great film but it’s not Ridley Scott’s best work. Blade Runner is and you can see it’s on the list. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I’d be interested to find out why The Godfather was ruled out. If Goodfellas is on there, which is a fantastic movie, Godfather should be.

  15. Joe,

    We did this as a veto system. I felt Godfather should have been in but Matt felt that Goodfellas was the superior mob film, which I agreed with. So, because we wanted several genres to be represented, we went with Goodfellas. It was done on a veto system and Matt vetoed Godfather very early in the process.

    • I’d have to say that is the first thing I’ve disagreed with on the site so far. It was bound to happen at least once.

      I can see Goodfellas being the better film in the sense that it is easier for the viewer to see how mob life and “normal every-day” life co-exist. It’s a little harder to relate to the Corleone family for most viewers. Also being a Scorcese film, it’s much more visually stimulating, and has a great Soundtrack that changes as the years in the story does.

      I’ll let this one slide…..;)

  16. Again, this isn’t my top 10 or Matt’s top 10. This is the Movie Brothers top 10. So, it’s what you end up with after we veto one another’s choices and end with 10.

  17. What?!?!? You mean you guys didn’t include “Waterworld”??? What is this??

    Hahaha..ok, just kidding. But Duvall was fun in that.

    I love the list you compiled, although I’d have to do a more thorough once-over to give deeper thought to it. I mean, a list like this needs deeper thought. And I have a special place for some of these movies. Pleasant surprise to see “Born Into Brothels” on the list…I mean, that wouldn’t make most people’s list, (or maybe it would…?)…I’m just glad to see a film of its importance recognized.

    I’ll be checking back more in the next week!


  18. Wow, a great list going. It’ll be interesting to see how things shake out.

  19. Run Lola Run would have definitely been on my long list. Was it considered?
    I am content with the Kid and Seven Samurai being there. I have’t even seen Up but from its ripple effect it’s a reasonable choice.
    Apocalypse Now has definitely earned its place but do you really need Forest Gump?

    • Run Lola Run was entertaining but I would give it a 7. So, no, it would have never been under consideration.

    • I think Forest Gump deserves to be on the list. Rewatch it sometime. It holds up extremely well.

      • Ok, it’s a deal, if it makes your final top ten I will. As I am impressed by the rest of your list. I may watch some the others I missed first though as I like your rationale for inclusion/exclusion so far…
        (PS I did enjoy FG – but I dont recall it as ‘great’).

  20. everything by Troma pictures should be on the list. I’m just saying.

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