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Top Films from Medium-Sized Studios in North America

The lists below sometimes incorporate more than one entity with the same name.

DreamWorks

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Saving Private Ryan 1998 Steven Spielberg 91
2 American Beauty 1999 Sam Mendes 113
3 Gladiator 2000 Ridley Scott 133
4 Shrek 2001 Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson 304
5 Almost Famous 2000 Cameron Crowe 427
6 A Beautiful Mind 2001 Ron Howard 581
7 A.I.: Artificial Intelligence 2001 Steven Spielberg 620
8 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 2004 Adam McKay 648
9 Minority Report 2002 Steven Spielberg 652
10 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 2005 Steve Box and Nick Park 655
11 Chicken Run 2000 Peter Lord and Nick Park 947
12 How to Train Your Dragon 2010 Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders 953
13 Letters from Iwo Jima 2006 Clint Eastwood 1039
14 The Ring 2002 Gore Verbinski 1084
15 Galaxy Quest 1999 Dean Parisot 1087
16 Old School 2003 Todd Phillips 1121
17 Meet the Parents 2000 Jay Roach 1149
18 Catch Me If You Can 2002 Steven Spielberg 1157
19 Road to Perdition 2002 Sam Mendes 1176
20 Shrek 2 2004 Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon 1183
21 Cast Away 2000 Robert Zemeckis 1262
22 Seabiscuit 2003 Gary Ross 1286
23 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007 Tim Burton 1295
24 War of the Worlds 2005 Steven Spielberg 1418
25 Munich 2005 Steven Spielberg 1619
26 Band of Brothers 2001 David Frankel, Mikael Salomon, Tom Hanks, David Leland, Richard Loncraine, David Nutter, Phil Alden Robinson, and Tony To 1710
27 Collateral 2004 Michael Mann 2017
28 Kung Fu Panda1 2008 Mark Osborne and John Stevenson 2049
29 Transformers 2007 Michael Bay 2123
30 Flags of Our Fathers 2006 Clint Eastwood 2153
31 The Help 2011 Tate Taylor 2182
32 Dreamgirls 2006 Bill Condon 2407
33 Lincoln 2012 Steven Spielberg 2419

Miramax Films

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Pulp Fiction 1994 Quentin Tarantino 11
2 There Will Be Blood 2007 Paul Thomas Anderson 271
3 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 2003 Quentin Tarantino 276
4 No Country for Old Men 2007 Ethan and Joel Coen 302
5 Clerks. 1994 Kevin Smith 343
6 The English Patient 1996 Anthony Minghella 387
7 Shakespeare in Love 1998 John Madden 407
8 Sin City1 2005 Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez 477
9 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 2004 Quentin Tarantino 508
10 Good Will Hunting 1997 Gus Van Sant 517
11 Scream1 1996 Wes Craven 527
12 Chicago 2002 Rob Marshall 597
13 Jackie Brown 1997 Quentin Tarantino 826
14 The Others1 2001 Alejandro Amenábar 882
15 The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 Anthony Minghella 903
16 Sling Blade 1996 Billy Bob Thornton 1010
17 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 Peter Weir 1067
18 Kids 1995 Larry Clark 1074
19 Cinderella Man 2005 Ron Howard 1094
20 The Hours 2002 Stephen Daldry 1097
21 Gangs of New York 2002 Martin Scorsese 1195
22 Finding Neverland 2004 Marc Forster 1222
23 Fahrenheit 9/11 2004 Michael Moore 1294
24 The Crow 1994 Alex Proyas 1363
25 Flirting with Disaster 1996 David O. Russell 1461
26 The Aviator 2004 Martin Scorsese 1469
27 Chocolat 2000 Lasse Hallström 1499
28 From Dusk Till Dawn1 1996 Robert Rodriguez 1541
29 Exotica 1994 Atom Egoyan 1730
30 Smoke 1995 Wayne Wang 1818
31 Velvet Goldmine 1998 Todd Haynes 1837
32 Madonna: Truth or Dare 1991 Alex Keshishian 2046
33 Frida 2002 Julie Taymor 2059
34 Bullets over Broadway 1994 Woody Allen 2094
35 Gone Baby Gone 2007 Ben Affleck 2101
36 The Mist1 2007 Frank Darabont 2162
37 Bad Santa1 2003 Terry Zwigoff 2258
38 Citizen Ruth 1996 Alexander Payne 2262
39 Everyone Says I Love You 1996 Woody Allen 2299
40 Scream 21 1997 Wes Craven 2391

1 Produced or co-produced by Dimension Films.

New Line Cinema

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 Peter Jackson 35
2 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 Peter Jackson 42
3 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 Peter Jackson 57
4 Seven 1995 David Fincher 114
5 Magnolia 1999 Paul Thomas Anderson 217
6 Boogie Nights 1997 Paul Thomas Anderson 284
7 A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 Wes Craven 336
8 Short Cuts1 1993 Robert Altman 537
9 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery 1997 Jay Roach 567
10 American History X 1998 Tony Kaye 600
11 Glengarry Glen Ross 1992 James Foley 685
12 Dancer in the Dark1 2000 Lars von Trier 709
13 Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2001 John Cameron Mitchell 724
14 Punch-Drunk Love 2002 Paul Thomas Anderson 731
15 Dark City 1998 Alex Proyas 788
16 The Notebook 2004 Nick Cassavetes 829
17 My Own Private Idaho 1991 Gus Van Sant 838
18 Dumb & Dumber 1994 Peter Farrelly 1012
19 Pleasantville 1998 Gary Ross 1106
20 The Wedding Singer 1998 Frank Coraci 1212
21 Elephant1 2003 Gus Van Sant 1246
22 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me 1992 David Lynch 1265
23 Hairspray 1988 John Waters 1415
24 Menace II Society 1993 Albert and Allen Hughes 1558
25 The Mask 1994 Chuck Russell 1608
26 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle 2004 Danny Leiner 1769
27 Wedding Crashers 2005 David Dobkin 1774
28 Gummo1 1997 Harmony Korine 1795
29 Wag the Dog 1997 Barry Levinson 1812
30 Elf 2003 Jon Favreau 1819
31 Blade 1998 Stephen Norrington 1878
32 About Schmidt 2002 Alexander Payne 1887
33 Little Children 2006 Todd Field 1977
34 The New World 2005 Terrence Malick 2068
35 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 Jay Roach 2099
36 Friday 1995 F. Gary Gray 2117
37 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 Peter Jackson 2312

1 Produced by Fine Line Features.

Orion Pictures Corporation

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Silence of the Lambs 1991 Jonathan Demme 33
2 Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 Woody Allen 395
3 RoboCop 1987 Paul Verhoeven 411
4 Caddyshack 1980 Harold Ramis 434
5 The Purple Rose of Cairo 1985 Woody Allen 739
6 Eight Men Out 1988 John Sayles 810
7 Zelig 1983 Woody Allen 909
8 Arthur 1981 Steve Gordon 1408
9 Excalibur 1981 John Boorman 1438
10 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 1988 Frank Oz 1508
11 Desperately Seeking Susan 1985 Susan Seidelman 1647
12 Radio Days 1987 Woody Allen 2066
13 Mississippi Burning 1988 Alan Parker 2279

RKO Radio Pictures

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles 4
2 King Kong 1933 Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack 49
3 Bringing Up Baby 1938 Howard Hawks 64
4 Notorious 1946 Alfred Hitchcock 118
5 Top Hat 1935 Mark Sandrich 245
6 Out of the Past 1947 Jacques Tourneur 275
7 The Magnificent Ambersons 1942 Orson Welles 369
8 Cat People 1942 Jacques Tourneur 455
9 Swing Time 1936 George Stevens 663
10 I Walked with a Zombie 1943 Jacques Tourneur 759
11 They Live by Night 1948 Nicholas Ray 959
12 Gunga Din 1939 George Stevens 1108
13 The Set-Up 1949 Robert Wise 1234
14 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 1949 John Ford 1236
15 Stage Door 1937 Gregory La Cava 1480
16 Murder, My Sweet 1944 Edward Dmytryk 1545
17 The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1939 William Dieterle 1601
18 Little Women 1933 George Cukor 1672
19 The Informer 1935 John Ford 1752
20 The Curse of the Cat People 1944 Robert Wise and Gunther von Fritsch 1933
21 Stromboli 1950 Roberto Rossellini 1946
22 The Seventh Victim 1943 Mark Robson 2000
23 Love Affair 1939 Leo McCarey 2270
24 The Gay Divorcee 1934 Mark Sandrich 2352

Samuel Goldwyn Company

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 William Wyler 166
2 Wuthering Heights 1939 William Wyler 716
3 The Pride of the Yankees 1942 Sam Wood 828
4 Dodsworth 1936 William Wyler 977
5 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 Peter Weir 1067
6 Ball of Fire 1941 Howard Hawks 1273
7 Stella Dallas 1937 King Vidor 1387
8 Guys and Dolls 1955 Joseph L. Mankiewicz 1400
9 The Little Foxes 1941 William Wyler 1584
10 The Squid and the Whale 2005 Noah Baumbach 1689
11 The Westerner 1940 William Wyler 2301
12 Dead End 1937 William Wyler 2338

United Artists

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Network 1976 Sidney Lumet 221
2 Rain Man 1988 Barry Levinson 451
3 Gun Crazy 1950 Joseph H. Lewis 536
4 Casino Royale 2006 Martin Campbell 660
5 Ghost World 2001 Terry Zwigoff 775
6 Hotel Rwanda 2004 Terry George 995
7 Showgirls 1995 Paul Verhoeven 1335
8 The Secret of NIMH 1982 Don Bluth 1405
9 Richard III 1995 Richard Loncraine 1612
10 Ronin 1998 John Frankenheimer 1667
11 The Birdcage 1996 Mike Nichols 1716
12 Fame 1980 Alan Parker 1756
13 GoldenEye 1995 Martin Campbell 1777
14 Rocky IV 1985 Sylvester Stallone 1866
15 Yentl 1983 Barbra Streisand 1930
16 Rocky III 1982 Sylvester Stallone 2044
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