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Lists from Individual Film Fans

These sites post best film list from users (that is, you).

Top 100 Movie Lists Public's Top 100—Most of the lists on this site are top-100 film lists, but a few of the lists are longer or shorter.

Polls of Film Fans

The following links are to lists derived from large sample (i.e., minimum of 500 respondents) polls of film fans. Some are ongoing polls and are updated frequently. Others have finished polling. These polls tend to favor the popular taste.

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) My Favourite Film—Viewers voted on the best films of all time in a popular/mainstream list.

Amazon.co.uk Top 100 Movies of All Time—A strongly mainstream list that also leans popular derived from a poll of over 50,000 people.

BBC The Film 99 top 100—Viewers voted on the best films of all time.

Britmovie Viewers Top 100 British Films—An ongoing user poll of the best British films.

Channel Four Top Movie Lists—The British television network used to run periodic fan polls. Some are of top films, and others are broader with most of the finalists being films. Specific lists include The 100 Greatest Films (a mainstream list that leans popular), The 100 Greatest Musicals, The 100 Greatest Scary Moments, The 100 Greatest Sexy Moments, The 100 Greatest Tearjerkers, The 100 Greatest War Films, The 100 Greatest Family Films, and The 50 Greatest Comedy Films. Another series selected the 50 Best British Films. These links are from the Internet Archive.

Cinema Top 100 Filme [Top 100 Films]—The German film magazine presented the results of a 2000 reader poll of the best films of all time in a popular list that also leans mainstream.

Cinema Die 100 besten Filme aller Zeiten [The 100 best films of all time]—Six years later, the magazine conducted a new poll, which resulted in a strongly popular list.

Cinema Die 100 besten Filme aller Zeiten [The 100 best films of all time]—Four years later, the magazine conducted yet another new poll that resulted in a strongly popular list.

Daily Film Dose The Fanboy 100—The film review blog responded to the American Film Institute's 2007 list by inviting users to submit their votes using the AFI's ballot, resulting in a very strongly mainstream/popular list.

DVDBeaver The Top 100 Blu-Rays and DVDs—A list of desert island DVDs and blu rays selected in a poll of over 700 respodents who are Michael Powell fans.

Empire Your 100 Greatest Movies Ever/100 Greatest Movies of All Time—Readers pick their favorite films in polls conducted in 1999 and in 2003. The second list is strongly popular and mainstream. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site via the Internet Archive.

Empire Ultimate Movie Poll—Empire readers pick their 50 favorite films in a popular/mainstream list. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site via the Internet Archive.

Empire The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time—Empire readers, along with a few filmmakers and critics, once again voted for their favorite films of all time in a popular/mainstream list.

Empire The 301 Greatest Movies of All Time—Empire was a little more conservative in 2014 and presented just the top-301 films of all time.

Everyone's a Critic The Top 200—The now-defunct site took user ratings to create a balanced mainstream list that also leans both popular and highbrow. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Film Heritage of World Cinema Filmove dedictví 2007 [Film Heritage 2007]—A Czech language site presented the results of two polls, one of experts and one of film fans.

FilmAfinity—The top films as rated by users of the site. The list leans mainstream.

FilmCrave Top 100 Movies of All-Time—Films are ranked based on user ratings in a very strongly popular list that also leans mainstream.

Flickchart The Best Movies of All Time—Users are asked to pick their favorite from a pair of films. After voting on a few million pairs, a user should get something that resembles her or his top-film list. This popular list is a compilation of all users' votes.

Flicks.co.nz The 100 Greatest Movies Ever MadeThe result of a poll of approximately 3,000 film fans in New Zealand.

FNAC/Le Monde Les Grands Films du Siecle [The Greatest Films of the Century]—The results of a fan poll in France. English speaking film fans should be able to figure out most of the titles. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Groovy Movie Coolest Films Ever—Users voted on the films that they considered to be the "coolest" in a popular list. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Groovy Movie Top 100 Poll—Users voted on the films that they considered to be the best rather than the "coolest" in a popular/mainstream list. This link is from the Internet Archive.

The Guardian The Big 50—A Guardian panel selected its top 50 adaptations of novels into films and presented a reader poll ranking these 50 films.

Internet Movie Database Top 250 films—Users of the internet's most important web site on film choose their top films in a popular/mainstream list.

Internet Movie Questionnaire Top 100 Movies—A user poll created a popular/mainstream list. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Internettive Top 100—An ongoing poll that results in a strongly popular list.

InterSites 100 Greatest Films—The web site presents the results of a user poll of the best films of all time in a strongly popular list that also leans mainstream.

Jackpot Hollywood Fabulous 50 Favorite Flicks—Presents the results of an online poll. This link is from the Internet Archive.

L.A. Daily News Greatest Films—A readers poll using the 400 nominees for the AFI's 100 Years… 100 Movies list. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site.

Landmark Theatres Favorite Foreign Film Poll—Customers of Landmark Theatres and Borders Books voted for their favorite "foreign" films in a highbrow leaning list. Of course, the films were foreign only to those in English-speaking nations.

Letterboxd Top Films by Rating—The site lists its top films by average user rating.

Magical Movies—A popular leaning list of users' top three most inspiring films. It is the least highbrow list analyzed by this site. This link comes from the Internet Archive.

Mr. Showbiz Centurama—Users pick the top films of the past century. This link comes from the Internet Archive.

Mr. Showbiz Readers' 100 Best Movies of All Time—Users of the web site voted on their top films. This link comes from the Internet Archive.

MUBI The best movies ever—The most popular films on the site.

The Observer Your most memorable film moments—The newspaper presented the results of a reader poll on the best film moments of all time. The films mentioned make up a mainstream/popular list.

The Observer The last laugh: your favourite 50—The newspaper presented the results of a reader poll on the best comedies of all time. Another page contains films #26-50.

PBS The 100 “Greatest” Documentaries—Viewers of the televsion show, POV, voted on their top documentaries of all time, including various miniseries that aired on the Public Broadcasting Service.

Ranker The Best Movies of All Time—The result of various up and down votes from users.

Rate Your Music Top Films of All Time—Users of the music rating site can also rate films. This is the list of the highest rated films.

SFX Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Movies of All Time—A fan poll selected the best 100 genre films of all time with an unusual number of older films for a fan poll. This link is from I Check Movies.

Sisqua.com 100 Greatest Movies of All Time—A fan poll results in a strongly popular list that also leans mainstream. This link is from BRmovie.com via the Internet Archive.

Sky Premier channel Top 100 Films—The results of a fan poll. This link is from the BBC's website.

Time Out Readers' Top 100 Films—A poll of the film magazine's readers. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site.

Total Film The 50 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Ever—A fan poll selected some of the best science-fiction films in a popular leaning list. This link is from the Internet Archive

Total Film Totalfilm.com's 100 Favourite Movies—Another fan poll presents an unranked popular list of users's favorite films.

Polls of Film Scholars, Critics, and Filmmakers

The links below are to polls of film scholars, critics, and filmmakers. With the exception of the American Film Institute polls, the number of people participating in these polls is usually much smaller than the number participating in the polls of film fans. Many polls are composites of top-10 lists submitted by respondents, although the American Film Institute polls use a ballot.

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Top 100 Films List—The AFWJ selected its top-100 film list in response to the fact that the nominees for the American Film Institute's 2007 list included very few films directed by women.

American Film Institute 100 Years… 100 Movies—This is arguably the most familiar list of top films. Several of the links on this page are to lists inspired by or in response to this list. There is also a list of nominees in a PDF file.

American Film Institute 100 Years… 100 Laughs—The AFI lists top American comedies. There is also a list of nominees in a PDF file.

American Film Institute 100 Years… 100 Thrills—The AFI presents the top American thrillers in a list that leans toward the mainstream taste. The list has a very loose definition of "thriller" that includes Casablanca (1942) and The Godfather (1972). There is also a list of nominees in a PDF file.

American Film Institute 100 Years… 100 Passions—The AFI presents top American romantic films. There is also a list of nominees in a PDF file.

American Film Institute The Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time—The AFI selected a smaller list of the best musicals. There is also a copy of the ballot in a PDF file.

American Film Institute 100 Years… 100 Cheers—The AFI presents the most inspiring films in another list. There is also a list of nominees in a PDF file.

American Film Institute 100 Years… 100 Movies - 10th Anniversary Edition—The AFI decided to update its list of the best American films of all time. It resulted in a very strongly mainstream list. There is also a copy of the ballot in a PDF file.

American Film Institute AFI's 10 Top Ten—Rather than create a sinlge list, the AFI in 2008 created top-ten lists in each of ten genres: animation, fantasy, romantic comedy, science-fiction, western, gangster, sports, courtroom drama, mystery, and epic. Put together, these form a mainstream leaning list.

BBC Culture The 100 greatest American films—This is the result of a poll of 62 film critics.

British Film Institute Favorite British Films of the 20th Century—The BFI does for British films what the AFI did for American films. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site.

British Film Institute Watch This! Top fifty films for children up to the age of 14—The BFI conducted a debate of the most important films for children to see. This link is from the Daily Mail Online.

Cahiers du cinema 100 films pour une cinémathèque idéale—The film magazine published the results of a poll of French film writers and critics in a highbrow list. Cinemarealm has an English translation of the list.

Cinemarati 100 A Few of Our Favorite Movies—The results of a collection of Top-100 film lists from online critics is a mainstream/popular list. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Film Comment Top 150 Unreleased Foreign Language Films of the Nineties—In 1997. the magazine polled approximately 80 critics and film scholars for the best films of the 1990s that were not yet released in the United States. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Film Heritage of World Cinema Filmove dedictví 2007 [Film Heritage 2007]—A Czech language site presented the results of two polls, one of experts and one of film fans.

The Hollywood ReporterHollywood's 100 Favorite Films—The film trade paper claims that this is the "first definitive entertainment-industry ranking." Some of the other polls in this section might want to challenge that assertion.

IRAThe Top 100 Films of All Time—This link is from the Huffington Post.

Kinema Junpo Greatest foreign films—The results of a poll of various Japanese critics and professionals who appear to be Clint Eastwood fans. In this case, "foreign" means not Japanese, so it includes English-language films. This link is from MUBI.

John Kobal Poll—The result of a poll of various critics and filmmakers. This link is from the Combustible Celluloid site.

Motion Picture Editors GuildThe 75 Best Edited Films—On the 75th anniversary of the Society of Motion Picture Film Editors, the guild voted on the best edited films.

El Mundo Las 100 Mejores Películas [The 100 Best Films]—The newspaper polled 100 international critics. [Scroll approximately 2/3 to 3/4 of the way down the page]. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Online Film Critics Society Top 100 Sci-Fi Films of all Time—In 2002, members voted on the best science-fiction feature films in a popular leaning list. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Online Film Critics Society Top 100 Animated Features of all Time—In 2003, members voted on the best animated feature films. As one might predict, the final list is heavy on Disney and anime films. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Online Film Critics Society 100 Best First Films—Members voted on the best first films from directors. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Out Magazine 50 Essential Gay Films—Some of the magazines favorite directors, artists, and entertainers voted on the best films attracted to films of the same sex.

El País 100 películas que cambiaron su vida [The 100 films that changed their lives]—Various Latin American filmmakers voted on the films that changed their lives.

Positif—A poll of critics' top-10 lists. There is also a collection of the top-10 lists used to make up the list. These links are from Eric C. Johnson's site.

Rotten Tomatoes Best of Rotten Tomatoes—The site lists its best reviewed films from the critics that it surveys.

San Francisco State University Films Anyone Serious About Cinema Should See—A faculty poll created a highbrow list of films that should be seen by film students.

Sight and Sound—Every 10 years, the British film magazine asks critics and directors for their top-10 film lists. Another site includes a list of all films getting 3 or more votes on the 1992 poll. These links are from CinePad and Eric C. Johnson's site.

Sight and Sound 2002 Poll—Ten years later, the magazine once again polled critics and directors resulting in a strongly highbrow/mainstream.

Sight and Sound 2012 Poll—After another ten years, the magazine once again polled critics and directors. Also see the Phi-Phenomenon's analysis of this poll's results.

Sight and Sound Critics' 50 Greatest Documentaries of All Time—The film magazine polled 340 critics and filmmakers for the best documentaries of all time.

TCM Spain Las películas de nuestra vida [The films of Our Lives]—The film channel polled various filmmakers on the films that most influenced them. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Time Out Centenary Top 100 Films—The London magazine polled filmmakers and critics to create this list. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site.

Time Out Beijing or Time Out Shanghai 100 best Mainland Chinese films—A list of the best films from the People's Republic of China.

Time Out London The 100 best horror films—The London branch of Time Out polled various horror filmmakers for their top horror films.

Time Out London The 100 best romantic movies—The London branch of Time Out polled various actors, writers, directors, "cultural heroes," and others for their top romantic films.

Time Out London and Time Out New York The 100 best animated movies—Both cities collaborate on (or at least present) a poll of animators, "animation experts," and Disney/Pixar "creatives" on the top animated films of all time, including special effects films such as King Kong (1933).

Time Out New York The 100 best movies of all time—The result of a poll of 73 actors's top-ten lists. Another page includes the actors who participated and their top-ten lists.

Time Out Paris The 100 best French films—A poll of "industry experts," mostly from France, selected the top French films.

Total Film The Definitive 25 Greatest Horror Movies Ever Made—Presents the top-ten horror film lists from various horror film critics and filmmakers.

Village Voice 100 Best Films of the 20th Century—The newspaper polled critics on the best film of the century. The result is a highbrow leaning list. This link is from Tim Dirk's Greatest Films site.

Writers Guild of America 101 Greatest Screenplays—Guild members voted on the best of over 1,400 nominated screenplays to create a strongly mainstream list.

Writers Guild of America 101 Funniest Screenplays—Guild members voted on the best comedies.

Lists from Individual Film Scholars, Film Critics, and Filmmakers

All of these lists represent the personal opinion of a single identified film scholar, critic, or filmmaker.

Alain Bergala The 208 Films That You Must Have Seen—The French film critic proposed films to serve as a foundation to an education in film. This link is from I Check Movies.

Nick Burns Film List—A film professor makes his recommendations on films to see in a list that leans mainstream and highbrow.

Edward Buscombe 100 Westerns—A list of the top film westerns. This link is from I Check Movies.

BuzzFeed 58 Romantic Comedies You Need To See Before You Die—Reporter Louis Peitzman listed his top romcoms.

Charles Champlin 100 Best American Sound Films—At the request of the library at the California State University at Los Angeles, the former Los Angeles Times writer presents his mainstream list of best films.

Chicago Reader Alternate 100—Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum responded to the AFI's 100 Years… 100 Movies list by picking 100 American films not on the original list.

Chicago Tribune 100 Best Films of the Century—Critic Michael Wilmington picks his top 100 films (really 128) in a highbrow list. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Cincinnati Enquirer—Critic Margaret A. McGurk presents her ballot for the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies poll.

360 Classic Feature Film Project—David Meeker of the British Film Institute collected 360 (really 363) classic films. This link is from Alex Fung's page via the Internet Archive.

Cleveland Plain Dealer The 68 Greatest Sci-fi Films of All Time—In honor of a couple of classic science-fiction films from 19689, critic John Petkovic selected his top-68 science-fiction films.

Combustible Celluloid 100 Great Movies—Critic Jeffrey M. Anderson selects his top films in a highbrow leaning list.

Bosley Crowther The 50 Best Films of All Time—The former New York Times critic chose his 50 best films in 1967. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Frank Darabont Greatest Movies Of All Time—As part of Empire's Masterpieces series, director Frank Darabont selected his favorite films in each of 22 genres in a mainstream/popular leaning list.

Roger Ebert 100 great movie moments—The Chicago Sun Times critic's 100 memorable moments in film.

Roger Ebert The Great Movies—A highbrow/mainstream list of the Chicago Sun-Times critic's biweekly column. His (nonidentical) top ten lists can be found at his site and at Sight & Sound.

Jim Emerson 101 Movies You Must See Before You Die—The editor of Roger Ebert's web page created a mainstream list that also leans highbrow of the films that he believes everyone should see before it is too late. The Webmaster does not know what to make of the fact that he can die after seeing only two more films.

Entertainment Weekly 100 Best Movie Soundtracks—Music critic Chris Willman selected the best examples of great film music in a mainstream leaning list.

Pino Farinotti 5-Star Films—The top rated films from an Italian film guide. This link is from Google Docs.

Philip French The Top 50—the film critic from The Observer selected his top films made since 1960.

The Independent 100 Best Films—Critic Anthony Quinn picked his 100 favorite films in a mainstream/highbrow leaning list.

Satoshi Kon 100 Movies chosen by The Dreaming Machine team—An anime filmmaker selected some favorite films in a popular leaning list. This link is from Makiko Itoh's blog.

Sergey Kudryavtsev Kudryavtsev's List, Part 1 Part 2 contains films that are a bit more obscure.

Akira Kurosawa Top 100 Movies—The webmaster's favorite director's top films.

Spike Lee Essential List of Films for Filmmakers—The director listed the films that all aspiring filmmakers should see.

Los Angeles Times 129 DVDs You Must Own—Film critic Peter Rainer selected a highbrow leaning list of his favorite 129 films that are available on DVD. He favors films directed by Satyajit Ray and Preston Sturges. This link is from the Best of Movies site via the Internet Archive.

Derek Malcolm Century of Film—The critic from The Guardian presents his favorite film from each of 100 directors in a highbrow leaning list. The author's top-10 list is at Leonard Maltin 100 Must-See Films of the 20th Century—The critic presents a top-100 film list. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site. Maltin also presents a top-10 list at Entertainment Scene, which contains a film not on his top-100 list. This second list is from the Internet Archive.

Paolo Mereghetti 4-Star Films—The top rated films from an Italian film guide.

Morando Morandini 5-Star Films—The top rated films from another Italian film guide.

Bill Mousoulis Top 50 films of all time—An Australian filmmaker presents two top-50 lists, one with a limit of one film per director and one without that limit.

Jürgen Müller 100 All-Time Favorite Movies—The German film historian picked his top films.

The New York Times Essential Library 100 Recommended Children's Movies—Critic Peter Nichols selected 100 films appropriate for family viewing in a mainstream leaning list. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site.

Barry Norman 100 Greatest Films of All Time!—The film critic picks his top 100 films of all time in a mainstream list that also leans highbrow. Norman's top-10 list is at Sight and Sound.

Barry Norman Best British Films—The film critic picked his 49 top films and let the public choose a 50th.

O Magazine 50 Greatest Chick Flicks—Critic Karen Durbin chose her top-50 female empowerment films. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site.

Ottawa Citizen My favorite 100 films of the century—Critic Jay Stone picked his 100 favorite films in a mainstream list, even if he did not remember all of the titles. This link is from the Internet Archive.

El País Semanal—Critic Antonio Albert presented his top-ten films in each of ten genres. [Scroll approximately 40% of the way down the page.] This second list is from the Internet Archive.

Parade Magazine See the Films George Clooney Loves!—The actor/director presents his favorite films made between 1964 and 1976.

Gerald Peary 100 Films for Film Literacy—The film critic presents a highbrow list of important films that also leans mainstream.

Otto Penzler 101 Greatest Films of Mystery & Suspense—The author chooses the top mystery and suspense films, broadly defined. This link is from the Lists of Bests site.

Reader's Digest The 100+ Funniest Films—Stefan Kanfer composed his list of the greatest comedies.

Reel Views Berardinelli's All-Time Top 100—Online critic James Berardinelli presents his top films in a mainstream list.

Jonathan Rosenbaum 1000 Essential Films—The Chicago Reader film critic selected his top 1,000 favorite films in a highbrow leaning list.

Charles Saatchi Overlooked at the Oscars: 109 movies not nominated for best picture—The film critic picked films missed at the Academy Awards.

Paul Schrader Film Canon—The writer/director selected 60 films for his film canon in a highbrow leaning list.

David C. Simmons (Word file)—The film professor selected his canon of 500 films.

Toledo Blade Our Top 100 American Films (PDF file)—Christopher Borrelli responded to the American Film Institute's 2007 list with a mainstream leaning list of his own.

Kenneth Turan Fifty-Four Favorites From a Lifetime of Film—The Los Angeles Times film critic selected 54 of his favorite films for a new book.

Vancouver Sun 100 Greatest Films—Critic Dominic Patten selected what is closer to a 100 greatest DVDs and DVD collections list.

Vulture The 50 Best Foreign-Language Movie-Musicals Ever—Critic Bilge Ebiri selected the top musicals (i.e., not documentaries, animated films, or operas) in languages other than English.

Lists from Media Sources

Some of these lists result from collaborations between critics at a particular media outlet. Other lists are of unspecified origin but are presented by the media outlet.

The Advocate The Top 175 Essential Films of All Time for LGBT Viewers—The magazine picked its top films through a poll of its staff and its readers.

Asia Weekly Magazine 100 Strongest Chinese Films of the 20th Century—The magazine picked its top 100 Chinese films. This link is from A Chinese Cinema Page.

BBC Top 100 Movie List—The BBC's list as posted on Aaron and Mark Caldwell's site.

Boston.com Top 50 scariest movies of all time—The web site affiliated with the Boston Globe selected its best horror films.

Boston.com Top 50 funniest movies of all time—This time, a list of best comedies.

Boston.com 50 Best College Movies—Films focused on 18-22 year olds.

Boston.com Top 50 holiday movies of all time

Bravo 100 Scariest Movie Moments—The cable television channel selected its scariest moments in horror films. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Bravo 100 Funniest Movie Moments—The cable television special listed the 100 funniest movie moments selected by people who have never heard of Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Laurel & Hardy, the Marx Brothers, Bringing Up Baby, Some Like It Hot, or any film made before 1964 or in any language other than English. This link is from the Film Spectrum.

Bravo Magazine 100 Essential Films—This link is from I Check Movies.

Cinema Top-Actionfilme auf DVD [The Best Action Movies on DVD]—The Germany film magazine recommends that lovers of art films go elsewhere.

Cinescape Top 100 Sci-Fi, Horror & Fantasy Films—Critics from the science-fiction magazine voted on the best genre films of all time in a popular leaning list.

Complex.com The 50 Most Ground-Breaking Movie Special Effects—The magazine's web site listed films that influenced animation and special effects.

Complex.com The 50 Best Movie Twists—A list of the best twists, surprise endings, and misdirections in film.

Complex.com The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time—The magazine's web site listed its most thrilling horror films.

Complex.com The 50 Most Disturbing Movies—A list of some of the more edgier films.

Complex.com The 50 Greatest Action Movies of All Time—A list of top action films.

Complex.com 50 Movies That Are Better Than The Book—Some of the best films adapted from books (or, possibly films adapted from really terrible books).

Complex.com The 50 Best Action Movies of All Time—A standard list of action films.

Complex.com 50 Movie Remakes That Don't Suck—Filmed remakes that meet a rather low standard.

Complex.com The 50 Best Villains in Movie History—Some of the better film villains.

Complex.com The 50 Best Animated Movies of All Time—a list of animated films.

Complex.com 100 Movies You Need to See Before You Die—Complex.com joins the list of pushy folks who know what needs to be done before death.

Complex.com 50 Indie Movies You Need to See Before You Die—Seeing the films in the above list is apparently not enough to satisfy the listmakers.

Complex.com The 50 Funniest Movies of All Time—A list of comedy films.

Complex.com The 50 Greatest Movie Endings of All Time—It is a safe bet that this list is full of spoilers.

Complex.com 50 Foreign Films to See Before You Die—Another task. It is a wonder that anyone gets to die.

Complex.com Documentaries to See Before You Die—A list of documentaries.

Cowboys & Indians Magazine The 100 Best Westerns Ever Made—The magazine selected its top westerns of all time. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Current TV 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die—The former cable television network selected its top documentaries.

Edmunds.com Top 102 Movie Cars of All Time—An automobile website chose its top cars in film. The list is rather heavy on the Fast and Furious franchise.

Empire 5 Star Reviews—The web site for the film magazine presents every film that has received a five-star rating in a highbrow list that also leans popular and mainstream.

Empire The 50 Greatest Independent Films—The British film magazine lists its top 50 films allegedly made outside the studio system. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Empire The 50 Greatest 18 Rated Movies—In honor of the magazine's 18th year, editors selected the best films that should be seen only by people older than the magazine in a popular list.

Empire The 250 Greatest Films You've Never Seen—For each of ten categories, the Australian edition of the film magazine selected 25 films that most of its readers have probably never seen. This link is from the Lists of Bests.

Empire The 100 Essential DVDs You Must Own—The film magazine made helpful suggestions for how its readers should spend their money in the form of a popular list that also leans mainstream.

Empire 50 Greatest Movie Sequels: The Follow-Ups that Achieve Greatness in Their Own Right—A listing of the best sequels of all time.

Empire Remakes That Worked: The 50 best movie do-overs—A list of the best remakes of all time using the magazine's criteria for remakes.

Empire The 100 Best Films of World Cinema—A list of the best films in languages other than English in a highbrow list.

Empire Become a War Films Expert in Ten Easy Movies—A selection of ten definitive war films along with other films for "further reading."

Empire Become a Gangster Movies Expert in Ten Easy Steps—This time, a selection of ten definitive gangster films along with other films for "further reading."

Empire The 50 Greatest American Independent Movies—A list of the best American films made outside the studio system.

Empire The 100 Best British Films Ever—A list of the best British films made within and out the studio system.

Empire The 50 Greatest Sports Movies—A list of the top films about sports.

Entertainment Weekly The 100 Greatest Movies of All Time—The magazine picked the greatest films. This link is from from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site.

Entertainment Weekly Top 50 Cult Movies—The magazine presented its list of the best films adored by a few film fans and unknown to the rest. This link is from the Lists of Bests.

Entertainment Weekly Top 100 Movie Moments—Although it was not designed to be a top film list, it does contain a mainstream list. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Entertainment Weekly The 50 Best High School Movies—The magazine presented its list of the best films focusing on students between 14 and 18 years old.

Entertainment Weekly Best Tearjerkers Ever—The magazine updated a list from 2003 of the films most likely to make viewers cry.

Entertainment Weekly 50 Sexiest Movies Ever—The magazine selected the best 50 films for "a good old-fashioned turn-on." A different link contains films #26-50.

Entertainment Weekly 50 Best Biopics Ever—The magazine selected the best 50 films about real people. A different link contains films #26-50.

Entertainment Weekly 50 Best Movies You've Never Seen—A list of rarely seen films with the assumption that the reader has already seen every film worth seeing that was made before 1984.

Entertainment Weekly The Greatest Films Ever—The magazine's critics moved past genre-specific lists to create a simple best film list.

Entertainment Weekly The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before They Turn 13)—A list of the top films for kids in recommended viewing order.

Época 300 Filmes para assistir antes de morrer [300 films to see before you die]—The Brazilian magazine came to the conclusion that one may not die without seeing Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) at least once. This link is from Letterboxd

Esquire The 75 Movies Every Man Should See—The magazine picked films that all men should see without indicating whether women should see these films as well.

Expressen Århundradets 100 bästa filmer [Century's 100 best films]—The Swedish newspaper picked its top films.

Fansided 50 Best Sports Movies Ever—The sports website lists its top sports films.

FIAF Centenary List—A list from the film publication. This link is from Aaron and Mark Caldwell's site.

Film.com The 50 Best Coming-of-Age Movies—A list of the best films focusing on teenagers.

Film.com The Top 50 Horror Movies of All Time—A list of the best horror films.

Film.com The 50 Best Movie Musicals of All Time—A similar list as above, only with musical films.

Film.com The Top 50 Movies Never Nominated For Best Picture at the Oscars—A list of the best films that the Academy snubbed.

Film.com The Top 50 Best Picture Nominees That Lost The Oscar—A list of the best losers in Academy Award history.

Film.com The 50 Best Opening Scenes of All Time—A list of the films that great at least during the first few minutes.

Film.com The 50 Greatest Summer Blockbusters of All Time—A list of the best big-budget (or big revenue) films released from May through August since 1975.

Film.com The 50 Best First Films Ever Made—A list of the best debut feature films from directors, except for a few films that are shorts and/or are not really the director's first film.

Film.com The 50 Best Criterion Collection Releases—A list of the top DVDs from one of the most prominent distributors of classic films.

Film.com The 50 Greatest Last Shots in Film History—A spoiler-heavy list.

Film.com The 50 Greatest Musical Numbers in Movie History—A list of the top musical moments.

Film Comment Soundtracks 101 – Essential Movie Music: A Listener's Guide—A list of top soundtracks. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site.

Film Review Centenary Lists—A list from the film magazine. This link is from Aaron and Mark Caldwell's site.

Film: The Critic's Choice 150 Masterpieces of World Cinema—The authors of this book divided filmdom into ten categories, usually by era and/or continent. For each category, one or two critics pick 15 top films. The picks are combined to form a list with a curious love of vampire films. This link is from the Best of Movies site via the Internet Archive.

Film4 50 Films to See before You Die—The British film channel's critics selected their top films.

Film4 50 Science Fiction Films To See Before You Die—The British film channel's critics selected their favorite science-fiction films in a popular leaning list. This link is from the Lists of Bests.

Film4 50 Sports Movies To See Before You Die—The British film channel's critics selected their favorite sports films.

The Guardian 1000 films to see before you die—The British newspaper presented its list of must-see films in a highbrow list that also leans popular.

The Guardian The best films of all time, by genre—The newspaper selected the best films in each of seven genres in a highbrow/popular leaning list.

Guinness Book of Film The Top 100—The film guide picks its top five films in each of 20 categories. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site.

History Net 100 Greatest Sports Movies—A ranked list of the best sports films of all time.

Hollywood.com The Ultimate Movie Bucket List: Top 100 Movies of All Time—Perhaps to nobody's surprise, The Bucket List does not appear on this list.

IFC The 50 Greatest Sex Scenes in Cinema—The cable channel selected 50 films with scenes that are heavily repeated on DVDs.

IFC The 50 Greatest Opening Title Sequences of All Time—The cable channel selected 50 films that open well.

LOGO The 50 Greatest LGBT films—The American cable channel picked its best films. This link is from Lists of Bests.

Maxim 100 Greatest Guy Movies Ever—The magazine identifies the best films aimed at slightly less than half of the potential audience. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site.

Maxim The 300 Movies You Must See Before You Die!—The magazine selected various must-see films in a variety of genres from action to nudity (consider the source) in a popular list. This link is from Lists of Bests.

Men's Journal 50 Best Guy Films Ever—Another magazine identifies the best films aimed at slightly less than half of the potential audience. These films promise "big guns, fast cars, dumb jokes, and huge explosions." This link comes from the Internet Archive.

Movie Insider 100 Movies That Deserve More Love—The magazine presents some of its favorite overlooked and underrated films. This link is from the Lists of Bests site.

Moviefone The 101 Best Sports Movies of All Time—Another list of the top sports films.

Movieline 100 Best Movies Ever Made—Critics Virginia Campbell and Edward Margulies chose their 100 best English-language films.

Movieline 100 Greatest Foreign Films—Critics Michael Atkinson, Stephen Rebello, and David Thomson choose their 100 best non English-language films.

The Moving Arts Film Journal 100 Greatest Movies of All Time—An openly subjective best film list that is a mainstream/highbrow blend.

Mr. Showbiz 100 Best Movies of All Time—Critics at the now defunct web site pick their top 100 films in a very strongly mainstream list. This link comes from the Internet Archive.

MSN 50 Greatest Science-Fiction Movies of All Time—A list of the best science fiction films of all time, including some that are not cheesy 1950s films.

MSN 50 horror flicks that give us the chills and thrills—A list of top horror films.

MSN The Greatest Movie Couples Ever—A list of top romance films.

National Review Best Conservative Movies—The magazine selected the best films that fit its ideological viewpoint.

National Review The Best Conservative Movies—The magazine created a new list for 2009. Compared to their earlier list, conservatives still love war, but they have forgotten about Michale Curtiz and seem to be as entranced with coprophilia as they are with Christianity (at least when taking extended DVD cuts into account).

Nerve The 50 Greatest Cult Movies of All Time—A list of top films based on the "intensity and selectiveness of a movie's appeal."

New York Times The 1,000 Best Movies Ever Made—The newspaper's critics pick their top 1,000 (approximately) films of the sound era in a highbrow/mainstream leaning list.

The Observer 50 Lost Movie Classics—A panel of film writers and British filmmakers selected their favorite overlooked films.

The Observer The 50 greatest film soundtracks—A "star-studded panel of big screen connoisseurs" selected the top soundtracks.

Palm Beach Post Top 50 Sports Movies of All-Time—The Florida newspaper selected its best sports films.

Paste Magazine The 50 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time—A list of films that fall under a strict definition of romantic comedy.

Paste Magazine The 100 Best "B Movies" of All Time—A list of obscure low-budget films that are allegedly entertaining.

Paste Magazine The 100 Best Martial Arts Movies of All Time—A list of top fight films.

Paste Magazine The 100 Best Documentaries of All Time—A list of the top non-fiction films.

Paste Magazine The 100 Best Silent Films of All Time—A list focusing on the best silent films rather than the most significant films.

Paste Magazine The 100 Best Film Noirs of All Time—This list contains neo-noirs and films that stretch the definition of "noir."

Popular Mechanics The 100 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time—The technology magazine picked its best science-fiction films..

Premiere 100 Most Daring Movies Ever Made—The film magazine picks a highbrow leaning list of films that were good despite the filmmakers' desire to be different. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site.

Premiere The 100 Greatest Movie Characters—The film magazine picks memorable characters that largely come from great films in a mainstream list. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Premiere The Best Action DVDs—The film magazine picks its favorite films in this genre. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Premiere The 50 Greatest Comedies of All Time—The film magazine picks the best comedies. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site.

Rolling Stone 100 Maverick Movies of the Last 100 Years—The magazine, in its End of the Millennium issue (published one year before the real end of the millennium), presented films that best exemplified the rock 'n' roll spirit in a mainstream list that also leans highbrow. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site.

San Francisco Bay Guardian All Century Mix—Critics for the alternative newspaper pick the best films of the last century. This link is from Combustible Celluloid.

San Francisco Chronicle Vintage Video—Critics Mick LaSalle and Edward Guthmann pick some films of interest. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site.

Scholastic Parent & Child 100 Greatest Movies for Kids—The magazine selected the best films for children under 14 years old.

Sight & Sound Forgotten pleasures of the multiplex—The film magazine asked contributors to nominate underrated mainstream films released from 1981 through 2010.

Sky Movies 100 Best Comedy Films—A list of the best comedies

Sky Movies 100 Best Horror Films—S0me of the best horror films.

Sky Movies The Top 100 Documentaries—Some of the best documentary films

Sky Movies 100 Best Family Movies—A list of the best films for the whole family.

Sky Movies Top 50 Tearjerkers—Fifty films that sky movies guarantees will make audiences cry.

Sky Movies Top 50 Traditional Animations—A list of the best "traditional" animated films. Most (but not all) of these films are cell-animated.

Sky Movies Top 50 Movie Thrillers—A list of the top thrillers.

Sky Movies 50 Best Action Movies—A list of the top action films.

Sky Movies 50 Best Bollywood Movies—A list of the top films from what is arguably the most neglected genre in film.

Sky Movies 50 Best Biopics—Yet another list, this time of biographical films.

Sky Movies Top 100 Westerns—A list of the best westerns with an unusual number of silent films for its genre.

Slant Magazine 100 Essential Films—The online magazine selects great films with an emphasis on films that are generally overlooked by other lists.

Slant Magazine 50 Essential LGBT Films—The online magazine selects great films with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender themes.

Slant Magazine 100 Greatest Horror Films of All Time—The online magazine selects its top horror films. Another page contains #101-200.

The Spectator 50 Essential Films— The British publication selected 50 of the most important films of all time in a highbrow leaning list.

Sports Illustrated The Greatest Sports Movies—The sports magazine tries film criticism and picks the best films about baseball, boxing, horse racing etc. This link is from the Lists of Bests site.

Stuff 50 Most Dangerous/Forgotten Movies—The men's magazine picks films that it believes its readers would choose to watch if they did not have to worry about what their female partners would want to watch. This link comes from the Best of Movies site.

Tablet Magazine 100 Greatest Jewish Films—A list of the best Jewish films, with a very broad definition of "Jewish."

Telecine 100 Great Movies—The Brazilian television channel picked some of its top films. Most of the text is in Portuguese, but the film titles are in their original language. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Telegraph The 100 Best Films—The British newspaper selected its top-ten films in each of ten genres: drama, thriller/action, kids, musicals, comedy, horror, documentary, world cinema, romance, and animation.

The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph 500 Must-See Films—The newspaper selected 500 (actually 499) films that everyone must see. The list is divided into various genres and includes its critics' top film lists. This link is from Letterboxd.

The Telegraph 75 films that could only have been made in Britain—A list of some of the most British films of all time.

The Telegraph The 100 greatest movie quotes of all time—A list of top film quotes.

Time Magazine All Time 100 Movies—Critics Richard Corliss and Richard Schickel chose their top 100 films of all time in a mainstream leaning list.

Time Out Hong Kong The 100 Greatest Hong Kong Films—A list of the best films from Hong Kong.

Time Out London 50 greatest music films ever—A list of the top biopics and biographical documentaries about musicians.

Time Out London 50 essential sci-fi films—A selection of some of the most important science-fiction films, including every Star Trek film and only one Star Wars film. This link is from the Internet Archive

Time Out London 50 greatest music films ever—A list of the top biopics and biographical documentaries about musicians.

Time Out London 50 greatest monster movies—A list of the top monster films.

Time Out London The 50 greatest World War Two movies—The film site next focused on movies from filmmakers' favorite historical event.

Time Out London 50 greatest directorial debuts of all time—The film site selected the best films from inexperienced directors.

Time Out London 50 greatest animated films—The film site selected the best animated films.

Time Out London The 50 greatest sports movies—Another list, this time of sports films.

Time Out London The 50 greatest westerns—Another list, this time of westerns.

Time Out London The 100 best British films—Another list, this time of British films.

Time Out London 100 best comedy movies—Another list, this time of comedies.

Time Out London The 100 best Bollywood movies—A list of the top Bollywood films of all time.

Time Out London The 50 best fantasy movies—A list of the top fantasy films of all time.

Time Out London The 50 best romcoms of all time—A list of the top romantic comedies of all time.

Time Out Los Angeles 50 films that best capture the essence of LA—The Los Angeles branch joins the fun with a list of films about L.A.

Time Out New York The top 50 foreign films of all time—The New York branch gets in the action with a list of foreign films in a highbrow list.

Time Out New York The 50 best documentaries of all time—The New York branch next lists the best nonfiction films.

Time Out New York The 50 most controversial movies ever—The New York branch next takes on controversial films.

Time Out New York The 50 most romantic movies of all time—The New York branch next takes on love films.

Time Out New York The 50 best food-on-film moments of all time—A list of the best films with memorable scenes involving food.

Time Out New York The 50 best movie villains of all time—A list of the best evil characters of all time.

Time Out New York The 50 greatest war films of all time—A list of the best war films with a focus "on the distinctly human condition of fighting" rather than on large battle scenes, although the latter is hardly absent in the list.

Time Out New York The 50 most special effects of all time—A list that also includes makeup effects written by people who love Steven Spielberg and also like James Cameron and David Cronenberg.

Time Out New York The 100 best films set in New York City—Contains four films each from Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese and three films each from Sidney Lumet and Spike Lee.

Time Out New York The top 50 sports films of all time—Some top films about sports.

Time Out New York The top 50 movies to watch as a family—Various films that parents can watch with their kids.

Time Out New York The 50 best youth-gone-wild films—Top films about young rebels.

Time Out New York 50 American films, 50 states: One iconic movie for each state—A list of films representative of various states, even if 95% of North Dakota's film takes place in Minnesota and if most of Kansas's film takes place in Oz.

Time Out New York The 100 best movie sex scenes of all time—A list of the top NSFW scenes of all time.

Time Out Paris The 50 best films set in Paris—With lists of top Los Angeles Films and New York films, the Paris branch decided to create a list of the top films with obligatory shots of the Eiffel Tower.

The Times Fifty feelgood films revealed—Just in time for Christmas 2004, the London newspaper picked top uplifting films and episodes of television programs.

The Times—The editors selected the best French comedies, short films, dramas, thrillers, romances, "landmarks," nouvelle vague [new wave], cult films, modern classics, and icons.

The Times The 50 Best Movie Villains—The online edition of the British newspaper selected some of the most evil characters in film history in a popular leaning list.

Total Film 50 Movies That Shook The World—The film magazine picked 50 of the most important films ever made. This link is from Listal.

Total Film The 50 Greatest Horror Movies of All Time—The film magazine selects the best horror films.

Total Film The 50 Greatest British Movies... Ever—The film magazine picks 49 top British films with an eye to diversity. For example, the list includes films in which Michael Caine does not star. Readers elected the 50th film. This link is from Listal, which skips the fan-supported film (Monty Python and the Holy Grail).

Total Film The 100 Greatest Directors Ever—The film magazine picked its top 100 directors and nominated a "perfect picture" for each one, which make up a popular leaning list. Separate pages have #100-#81 and #80-#61.

Total Film The 67 Most Influential Films Ever Made—The film magazine selected some of the most important films.

Total Film's web site (now run by Games Radar) had been putting out a series of top-50 (usually) film lists on a variety of topics. These lists include:

TV Guide 50 Greatest Movies on TV and Video—The television magazine chooses the top 50 films, with an emphasis on how the film looks on a small screen. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site.

Vanity Fair 50 Greatest Films—The magazine presents its idea of the best films of all time in a mainstream list. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site.

Video Detective Top 100 Films of All Time—The video guide picks its top 100 films of all time. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site.

Wild West Magazine 100 Greatest Westerns—The magazine selected its best westerns of all time.

Yahoo! Movies 100 Movies to See before You Die: The All-Time Greats—The web portal chose the most important films to see while still alive in a mainstream list that leans popular. The Webmaster is a bit worried that he can die after seeing just two more films and wonders what are the most important films to see after he dies.

Yahoo! Movies 100 Movies to See before You Die: The Modern Classics—The web portal chose the most important recent films to see while still alive. This popular list suggests ten additional films for the Webmaster to see.

Yahoo! Movies 50 Documentaries to See before You Die—In order to avoid liability in case someone has seen all the films on the previous two lists, Yahoo presented its list of must-see documentaries. By listing only 49 of the 50 films, Yahoo ensured that nobody will ever know if she or he can die having seen every must-see documentary.

Yahoo! Movies 100 Funniest Movies to See before You Die—Now, Yahoo takes on comedies. In an optimistic move, Yahoo also added 20 More Funniest Movies to See, Should You Live a Little Longer.

Composite Lists

The links below are to lists formed by taking data from several different sources. Some are like this site in that they combine lists of top films. Other take into account data such as awards and ratings.

100 Evenings Illuminated The Canon Reworked—In a response to the 2012 Sight and Sound critics poll, participants reordered the top-100 films from the Sight & Sound poll based on their preferences (including a list from the Phi-Phenomenon's webmaster). There is also The Canon Reworked... Again, which uses a different methodology to analyze participant responses.

100 Evenings Illuminated The Alternative 100—In addition to the above poll, respondents also submitted lists of the top-100 films that were not in the top-100 films in the 2012 Sight & Sound critics poll. There is also an Auteurs Edition that lists the top film from each of the 100 directors who received the most votes.

Angel Critical Top 1000—A composite list posted as a spreadsheet at Google Docs.

At the Block Greatest Movies of All Time—A combination of eight different lists plus some critics' top ten lists and Academy Awards.

BestOnly.com "List to End All Lists" Top 100 of All Time—A very strongly mainstream list derived from other lists on their site. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Beyond the Canon 100 Films Deserving of Greater Attention—As a follow-up to the One-Line Review list below, various cinephiles contributed top-100 lists of films that do not appear that often on top-100 film lists (this also includes a list from the Phi-Phenomenon's webmaster).

Cinepad 100 Most Acclaimed Movies of All Time—A list derived mostly from polls and critics awards.

Claudio Colombo Migliori Film di Tutti i Tempi [The Best Movies of All Time]—Combines scores in Italian film guides and various web sites.

Cowboyangel The Greatest Films of All Time—A compilation of 30 lists with some analyses on regional tastes in films.

Desert Island Films—A strongly mainstream and highbrow list compiled from video guide ratings, awards won, and Internet Movie Database scores. This link is from the Internet Archive.

The Film Gourmand Highest Rated 1,000 movies—The site combines IMDb ratings, Kinopoisk ratings (a Russian equivalent of IMDb), and various awards to create its list.

Films101 Top Films—The site combines various awards and ratings to create a highbrow list that also leans mainstream of the best films that makes the master list on the Phi-Phenomenon look short.

Paul Hsieh Fixed IMDb rankings—Allegedly what the IMDb's Top 250 Films would look like if all votes were calculated according to the formula that the IMDb presents. The result is a popular list that also leans mainstream.

Gaurang Khetan Essential Movies—A compilation of various best film lists results in a mainstream list that leans toward highbrow and popular.

J.H. Kim Best Movies of All Time: The Top 50 Motion Pictures in Cinematic History—Combines IMDb ratings, Rotten Tomatoes scores, and box office receipts (adjusted for inflation).

Katie Kleinman Movie Lists—A combination of top films lists resulted in a very strongly mainstream list.

Moovee Moovee The 100 Best Movies of All Time—A composite of film ratings from 39 critics results in a mainstream list.

Obsessed about Movies The Top 100 Movies of All Time Based on Critics' Polls—A compilation of a few critic polls results in a highbrow/mainstream list. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Obsessed about Movies The Top 100 American Movies—This time, a compilation of a few mainstream polls results in (gasp!) a very strongly mainstream list. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Oktavian11 The IMDb top 250 by the 1000 top voters—This IMDb list tries to estimate what the IMDb top-250 film list would be if it used ratings only from the top-1,000 voters.

One-Line Review The 50 Greatest Films—The blog created a strongly highbrow and mainstream top-film list that also leans popular by combining top-50+ film lists from a variety of bloggers and other film fans.

They Shoot Pictures The 1,000 Greatest Films—This site presents a list of the top films of all time derived from top-10 lists created by critics and other film experts. It is very strongly highbrow and also mainstream.

Top10ner 1001 Greatest Movies of All Time—This list combines ratings from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and Letterboxd.

TopTenReviews Top of All Time—The review site combined reviews of films to create a strongly mainstream list of the best reviewed films of all time.

The Worlds Best Films The Top Ranked 1000 Films—Presents a compilation of various surveys and polls in a strongly highbrow and mainstream list that also leans popular.

Other Lists

ABA Journal The 25 Greatest Legal Movies—A panel of twelve lawyers with links to the film industry selected the 25 best legal films as well as 25 honorable mentions.

Academy Award Best Picture—Probably the most coveted award in film. The list of winners leans toward the mainstream taste.

American Screenwriters Association Best 100 Feature Film Screenplays of All Time—A panel of screenwriters, and other film industry professionals selected the best screenplays of all time in a very strongly mainstream list. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Bleacher Report The 100 Greatest Sports Movies of All Time—Another list of sport films.

Chicago Film Critics Association 100 Scariest Movies of All Time—The CFCA chose its top horror films of all time. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Chicago Film Critics Association 50 Top Holiday Films of All Time—The CFCA selected the best films dealing mostly with Christmas, although Thanksgiving, New Years Day, and Hanukkah films also make appearances. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Every year or so, the Chlotrudis Society puts out a list of the best films in a certain category. These lists include:

Committee for the Commemoration of the Centennial of Cinema in Portugal 100 Classics—A handful of Portuguese film scholars come up with a list. This link is from Lists of Bests.

Fernando Di Giammatteo & Cristina Bragaglia Dizionario dei capolavori del cinema [Dictionary of Cinema Masterpieces]—An Italian film guidebook of the best films of all time. It is understandably heavy on Italian film. It is lacking in documentaries and animated films. This link is from I Check Movies.

Eötvös Loránd University Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies Kötelezo filmlista az egyetemes filmtörténet tanulmányozásához [Required list of film study]—A list of required films for film students. There is also a longer recommended list.

Film Threat Back Talk’s Top 500 Films—The web site selected its top 500 films.

Filmcritic.com The Top 50 Movie Endings of All Time—The web site selected the best film endings. In case it is not incredibly obvious, the page is full of spoilers.

Five Colleges Film Studies Films to Know—Recommended films for film studies majors at the consortium of Massachusetts colleges.

Forum Cinema 50 Greatest Films—The Northampton, England film theater had weekly showings of its top 50 films that formed a list that leans mainstream. This link is from the BBC.

French Ministry of Foreign Affairs 100 films pour l'an 2000—The French governmental agency selected the best films that the nation had to offer over the 20th century.

Greatest Films 100 Greatest Films—Tim Dirks's site is arguably the best of the greatest film sites on the internet, at least as far as English-language films are concerned. It includes a very strongly mainstream list of top films.

Greatest Films Most Influential, Significant and Important Films in American Cinema—This site also provides a list of the most important films.

Haber Turk Sizin filminiz hangisi? [Is This Your Movie?]—A series of top-ten films in various categories.

Harvard Visual and Environmental Studies Faculty A Suggested/Suggestive Viewing List (PDF file)—The faculty selected a highbrow leaning list of films that undergraduates should see if they are interested in film and video.

IGN Top 100 Movie Moments—The entertainment web site lists its top moments, which are mostly memorable quotes. There are spoilers for classic films.

Jackpot Hollywood Top 100 Vintage Classic Hollywood Films—Presents a mainstream list of the top American films from 1930-1959 with a special love of films adapted from Ernest Hemingway novels. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Jackpot Hollywood Top 100 Magnificent Movies of the Modern Era—A mainstream/popular leaning list, this time of films from 1960-1999. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Mediafilm Les 73 chefs-d'oeuvre du cinéma [73 masterpieces of the cinema]—A French film site presents a strongly highbrow list of top films that also leans mainstream. Another page presents a longer list. Both of these links are from the Internet Archive.

Montreal Film Festival Les 100 Meilleurs Films [100 Best Films]—Results from a poll taken at the Montreal Film Festival. This link is from the Académie de Nice. English language readers should have no problem with this page.

National Film Preservation Board National Film Registry—The Board chooses 25 American films per year for the National Film Registry. The end result is a mainstream list.

National Film Review Top 70 of the Last Century—The organization's top films. For some reason, only 67 films are listed. This link comes from Aaron and Mark Caldwell's site.

National Film Theatre 50 Cinematic Masterpieces—The cinema, now known as BFI Southbank, selected a program of top films.

National Society of Film Critics 100 Essential Films—The National Society of Film Critics picks its top 100 film list in a mainstream list that leans highbrow. This link is from Tim Dirks's Greatest Films site.

National Taiwan University of Arts Must-See Films—A list of recommended "foreign" (i.e., not Taiwanese) films.

Pope John Paul II Vatican Movie List—The Vatican picked films that it believes Catholics should see. This link is from Cinepad.

PopMatters The 50 DVDs Every Film Fan Should Own—PopMatters selected 50 essential DVDs ranging from classic films to obscure B movies.

PopMatters 100 Essential Female Film Performances—The film site selected some of the most important performances by actresses.

PopMatters 100 Essential Male Film Performances—The site decided to be fair to male actors and highlight some of their best performances.

PopMatters 100 Essential Directors—The site moved behind the camera in a list that is not explicitly divided by gender. The site provides three key films and an underrated film for each director, which make up a highbrow list of films.

Princeton University Comparative Literature Reading Selection List—A list of films that may be of interest to comparative literature majors.

Qualitas Pro 100 Best Movies of All Time—A French website presents its top films of all time in a highbrow list that also leans mainstream. Curiously, there are only 91 films on the list, counting The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) and The Seven Samurai (1954) twice each. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Reel.com 20th Century's 25 Best—The web site chooses its top-25 action, animated, classic, comedy, cult, documentary, drama, erotic, foreign, independent, musical, romance, science-fiction, suspense, war, and western films. When combined, these films make up a mainstream leaning list. These links are from the Internet Archive.

Reel.com Top 100 Scary Movies—The web site decided not to stop at 25 and presented its top 100 horror films. This link is from the Internet Archive.

Rotten Tomatoes Top 100 Movies of All Time—The film review web site selected the films receiving the best reviews upon their release in a mainstream leaning list.

Rotten Tomatoes Best Animated Movies—The film review web site focused specifically on animated films.

San Francisco State University List of Core Films for Incoming Graduate Students (PDF file)—The faculty list the films that they believe that all graduate students in films should have seen already in a highbrow leaning list. This list particularly emphasizes short documentary films. This link is from the Internet Archive.

St. Mary's College of Maryland Core Film List for Film and Media Studies Major—A a list of 100 highly recommended films.

Technical University of Dortmund Film Recommendations List—A PDF file containing recommended films.

Toronto International Film Festival The Essential 100—A combination of a top-100 list from curators and a top-100 list from stakeholders results in a highbrow list that also leans mainstream.

University of Delaware Library 101 of the Greatest Films—The library chooses its top films.

University of New Orleans MFA Film List—Pages ten and eleven of this PDF file contain a list of films that are essential viewing for students in the program.

Yale University Film Canon—The films that Yale PhD students in film need to know.

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