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best hollywood movies of all time,most watched hollywood movies,hollywood movies 2021> Who better to judge the best movies of all time than the people who make them? Studio chiefs, Oscar winners and TV royalty all were surveyed as THR publishes its first definitive entertainment-industry ranking of cinema’s most superlative.

Is it wrong to already declare this the No. 1 movie list of all time?

After all, there are other movie lists. Lots and lots of others. So many lists, you couldn’t list them all. But this is the first to ask the entertainment industry itself to pick its choices for the best pictures ever made. In May, THR sent an online ballot all over town — to every studio, agency, publicity firm and production house on either side of the 405. Not everybody was initially thrilled to participate.

“I reject the idea,” Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan told THR. “To me, it’s the equivalent of having a party-size bag of Nacho Doritos, then being told to eat only five.” In the end, though, he sent in his favorites (one of which is 1961’s Yojimbo), as did a total of 2,120 industry members, including Fox chief Jim Gianopulos, Disney’s Alan Horn, director Gary Ross, producer Frank Marshall, Warners’ Sue Kroll, agent Robert Newman, attorney John Burke, filmmaker John Singleton and many more. These are the results: the greatest movies ever made, according to Hollywood.

There are some surprises here. It’s a far more commercial list than the usual critics’ picks. Who knew, for instance, that Back to the Future would get more love than Lawrence of Arabia? There also are shocking omissions — The 400 BlowsLa Dolce VitaThe Gold Rush and dozens of other undeniably great films. And there are interesting differences of opinion along professional divides: Directors, writers and agents all agreed on their choice for the greatest movie ever (hint: It rhymes with “Schmodfather”), while cinematographers chose 2001: A Space Odyssey and entertainment lawyers, the big softies, picked The Shawshank Redemption.

Whether you agree with their choices or not, there’s lots to enjoy on these pages, from the reunion photographs to the whereabouts of famous props to THR critic Todd McCarthy’s own assessment of Hollywood’s top pick. But keep in mind, movie lists aren’t forever. As Michael Bay points out, “Your favorite film could change every day.”

  1. Jurassic Park

    (1993)

    Universal Pictures/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

    Director: Steven Spielberg

    Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $686,198,500

    Famous quote: “Hold on to your butts.” — Ray Arnold

    There was a four-way bidding war for Michael Crichton‘s novel: Warner Bros. wanted it for Tim Burton, Fox liked it for Joe Dante, Columbia chased it for Richard Donner, but Universal won for Spielberg.

    Read THR’s 1993 review.

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    Rear Window

    (1954)

    Paramount Pictures/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

    Director: Alfred Hitchcock

    Cast: James Stewart, Grace Kelly

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $375,542,200

    Famous quote: “When two people love each other, they come together – WHAM – like two taxis on Broadway.” — Stella

    It’s the only movie in which you can watch Kelly smoke a cigarette — if you’re into that sort of thing.

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    The Usual Suspects

    (1995)

    Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

    Director: Bryan Singer

    Cast: Kevin Spacey, Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $42,712,400

    Famous quote: “After that my guess is that you will never hear from him again. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that… he is gone.” — Verbal

    “Who is Keyser Soze?” was the question that drove the summer of 1995. Shot on a $6 million budget, Singer’s breakthrough crime thriller would win Oscars for Spacey and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie.

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    Some Like It Hot

    (1959)

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    Director: Billy Wilder

    Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): No numbers available

    Famous quote: “I’m a boy. I’m a boy. I wish I were dead. I’m a boy. Boy, oh boy, am I a boy. Now, what am I gonna do about my engagement present?” — Jerry

    “Everybody quotes me as saying kissing Marilyn was like kissing Hitler,” Curtis told a reporter a few years before his death. “I never said that. I said that kissing Marilyn was like f–ing her, the way she would grind against me.”

    Read THR‘s 1959 review. 

    Saving Private Ryan

    (1998)

    Director: Steven Spielberg

    Cast: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $364,146,700

    Famous quote: “I just know that every man I kill the farther away from home I feel.” — Captain Miller

    Spielberg used real amputees wearing prosthetics to simulate soldiers losing their limbs during the opening Omaha Beach battle scene.

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    Titanic

    (1997)

    Paramount Pictures/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

    Director: James Cameron

    Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $1,021,633,200

    Famous quote: “I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go.” — Rose

    Both were the biggest of their day (882 feet for the vessel; $200 million for the film). But the boat sank, while the film went on to become the second-largest grosser in history (after Avatar).

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    The Matrix

    (1999)

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    Directors: Andy and Lana Wachowski

    Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $268,696,900

    Famous quote: “This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” — Morpheus

    A virtual-reality prison. Sentient computer programs. Downloadable abilities. Bullet-time. Whoa. No wonder it was the first DVD to sell a million copies.

    Read THR‘s 1999 review.

  7. Toy Story

    (1995)

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    Director: John Lasseter

    Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $349,191,900

    Famous quote: “To infinity, and beyond!” — Buzz Lightyear

    Each CGI frame took from four to 13 hours to render, nearly as long as the last iPhone update.

    Read THR‘s 1995 review.

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    Alien

    (1979)

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    Director: Ridley Scott

    Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, John Hurt

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $250,359,100

    Famous quote: “You are my lucky star. You… Lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky.” — Ripley

    When they shot the film’s most famous scene — the alien bursting through Hurt’s chest — the filmmakers didn’t tell the cast what would happen. The horror on their faces is real.

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    Psycho

    (1960)

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    Director: Alfred Hitchcock

    Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $339,626,800

    Famous quote: “They’re probably watching me. Well, let them. Let them see what kind of a person I am. I’m not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching… they’ll see. They’ll see and they’ll know, and they’ll say, ‘Why, she wouldn’t even harm a fly…’” — Norman Bates

    Hitch’s serial killer thriller was a shocker — but not just because of the shower scene. It was the first film to show a toilet.

    Fight Club

    (1999)

    Twentieth Century Fox/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

    Director: David Fincher

    Cast: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $57,957,800

    Famous quote: “Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!” — Tyler Durden

    Bonham Carter’s line after her sex scene with Pitt — “That was the best f– I’ve had since grade school” — was a replacement. The original, more offensive line: “I want to have your abortion.”

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    The Shining

    (1980)

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    Director: Stanley Kubrick

    Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $130,252,200

    Famous quote: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” — Jack Torrance

    Kubrick realized that the shot of Nicholson repeatedly typing “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” would make no sense to European audiences, so he had the line typed in Italian, German and Spanish.

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    When Harry Met Sally

    (1989)

    Director: Rob Reiner

    Cast: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $186,114,700

    Famous quote: “I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” — Harry Burns

    Talk about great acting. According to sources on the set, Crystal and Ryan hated each other’s guts. (Although Crystal denies it, saying he and Ryan had a great working relationship.)

    Read THR‘s 1989 review. 

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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    (1964)

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    Director: Stanley Kubrick

    Cast: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $78,439,100

    Famous quote: “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room.” — President Merkin Muffley

    Sellers was the first actor to be nominated for a single Oscar for playing three characters (he lost on all three counts to Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady).

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    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

    (1986)

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    Director: John Hughes

    Cast: Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Jennifer Grey, Alan Ruck

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $150,481,300

    Famous quote: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” — Ferris Bueller

    Hughes paid homage to his earlier movies via the license plates on the characters’ cars: “VCATION” for National Lampoon’s Vacation, “MMOM” for Mr. Mom and “TBC” for The Breakfast Club.

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    A Clockwork Orange

    (1971)

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    Director: Stanley Kubrick

    Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $124,500,700

    Famous quote: “It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.” — Alex

    It’s the film that began the debate over violence in cinema. Kubrick was so horrified by a copycat murder in England that he pulled the movie from U.K. theaters.

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    American Beauty

    (1999)

    DreamWorks/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

    Director: Sam Mendes

    Cast: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $198,483,000

    Famous quote: “Remember those posters that said, ‘Today is the first day of the rest of your life?’ Well, that’s true of every day but one — the day you die.” — Lester Burnham

    Chevy ChaseKevin Costner, and John Travolta all reportedly were considered for the part of Lester Burnham (which, incidentally, is an anagram for “Humbert learns,” one of the film’s many hat tips to Lolita).

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    Fargo

    (1996)

    Gramercy Pictures/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

    Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen

    Cast: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $43,930,100

    Famous quote: “Just keep it still back there, lady, or we’re going to have to, you know, shoot you.” — Carl Showalter

    This is one of four films on the list to have inspired hit TV shows that are current Emmy contenders. The other shows are Bonnie and ClydeHannibal and Bates Motel.

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    The Empire Strikes Back

    (1980)

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    Director: Irvin Kershner

    Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $627,743,400

    Famous quote: “No. I am your father.” — Darth Vader

    An almost Shakespearean tragedy. The hero loses a hand but gains a father. And his best friend is frozen solid. Try and imagine the second installment of another giant sci-fi franchise that ends on such a downer. Go ahead.

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    The Princess Bride

    (1987)

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    Director: Rob Reiner

    Cast: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $62,820,500

    Famous quote: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” — Inigo Montoya

    Hardly anyone saw Rob Reiner‘s adaptation of William Goldman‘s comic-fantasy novel in theaters. But this was back when video could create a cult hit — and that’s precisely what happened.

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    (1975)

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    Director: Milos Forman

    Cast: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $427,335,400

    Famous quote: “What do you think you are, for Chrissake, crazy or somethin’? Well you’re not! You’re not! You’re no crazier than the average asshole out walkin’ around on the streets and that’s it.” — McMurphy

    Kirk Douglas optioned Ken Kesey‘s book in the early ’60s but decided he was too old to play McMurphy, so he gave the rights to his son, Michael, who produced it instead.

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    Blade Runner

    (1982)

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    Director: Ridley Scott

    Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $74,672,700

    Famous quote: “Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? That’s what it is to be a slave.” — Batty

    Despite studio tinkering (adding a voiceover, slapping in aerial footage shot for Kubrick’s The Shining to give the ending a sunny feel), it remains the ultimate noir, sci-fi detective movie.

     

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    The Graduate

    (1967)

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    Director: Mike Nichols

    Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $680,698,700

    Famous quote: “For god’s sake, Mrs. Robinson. Here we are. You got me into your house. You give me a drink. You put on music. Now you start opening up your personal life to me and tell me your husband won’t be home for hours … Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.” — Benjamin

    Which of these actresses was not considered for Mrs. Robinson: Deborah KerrJudy GarlandLana TurnerRita HayworthDoris DayShelley WintersAva GardnerPatricia Neal or Ingrid Bergman? Trick question: All supposedly were up for the part.

     

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    The Breakfast Club

    (1985)

    Universal Pictures/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

    Director: John Hughes

    Cast: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Paul Gleason, John Kapelos, Ally Sheedy

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $102,863,800

    Famous quote: “We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.” — Andrew

    More proof that men and women are different: Hughes’ after-school detention drama was the ninth most-popular film for female respondents, but 75th for males.

     

    Singin’ in the Rain

    (1952)

    MGM/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

    Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

    Cast: Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $1,741,800

    Famous quote: “Lina. She can’t act, she can’t sing, she can’t dance. A triple threat.” — Cosmo Brown

    Reynolds once said that making this film and giving birth were the two hardest things she’d ever done. Kelly reportedly was a tyrant on the set.

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    The Sound of Music

    (1965)

    20th Century Fox/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

    Director: Robert Wise

    Cast: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $1,133,626,400

    Famous quote: “When the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.” — Maria

    Such a cheery spirit-lifter, during the Cold War the BBC reportedly planned to air the film after a nuclear strike to improve the morale of survivors. “So Long, Farewell” being the perfect post-apocalyptic melody.

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    Jaws

    (1975)

    Universal Pictures/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

    Director: Steven Spielberg

    Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $1,019,507,400

    Famous quote: “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” — Brody

    The original summer blockbuster. It cost only $9 million to make and grossed nearly as much its first weekend alone. And yet … the shark still looks fake.

     

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    Lawrence of Arabia

    (1962)

    Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

    Director: David Lean

    Cast: Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $426,376,100

    Famous quote: “There may be honor among thieves, but there’s none in politicians.” — Lawrence

    Steven Spielberg once estimated that remaking it today would cost close to $300 million. Also, these days, they’d probably need to add some estrogen; the 227-minute movie has not a single line spoken by a woman.

    The Silence of the Lambs

    (1991)

    Orion Pictures/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

    Director: Jonathan Demme

    Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $247,200,400

    Famous quote: “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.” — Hannibal Lecter

    The only horror film ever to win best picture. It also won best director, adapted screenplay, actress and actor (for Hopkins’ 25-minute turn, the second-shortest performance to win that trophy behind Peter Finch‘s in Network).

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    Chinatown

    (1974)

    Paramount Pictures/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

    Director: Roman Polanski

    Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $124,295,200

    Famous quote: ” ‘Course I’m respectable. I’m old. Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.” — Noah Cross

    This is the first of three Nicholson films to make the 100. But he’s beaten by Robert Duvall and Robert De Niro (both with four) and by Marlon Brando and Harrison Ford (with five apiece).

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    It’s a Wonderful Life

    (1946)

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    Director: Frank Capra

    Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): No numbers available

    Famous quote: “Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.” — Zuzu Bailey

    It was Capra’s favorite, and Stewart’s, too, but it bombed when it first was released. Like George Bailey, though, it got a second chance, becoming a holiday classic thanks to endless Christmas TV showings.

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    Goodfellas

    (1990)

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    Director: Martin Scorsese

    Cast: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $88,219,800

    Famous quote: “For as long as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster. To me that was better than being president of the United States. To be a gangster was to own the world.” — Henry Hill

    Scorsese’s first film on this list is remembered for many things (like Pesci’s “You think I’m funny?” riff), but it made the record books by dropping the F-bomb more than any other movie up till then (300 times). It was surpassed last year by The Wolf of Wall Street, which used the F-word 569 times.

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    Annie Hall

    (1977)

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    Director: Woody Allen

    Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $136,538,700

    Famous quote: “A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.” — Alvy Singer

    For years there have been rumors of a bootleg cut of an original, much longer version — titled Anhedonia — which supposedly was more of a surreal murder mystery than a love story. Please let THR know if you’ve got a copy.

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    Apocalypse Now

    (1979)

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    Director: Francis Ford Coppola

    Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $249,848,900

    Famous quote: “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” — Kilgore

    Harvey Keitel got fired. Brando showed up overweight and unprepared. Sheen had a heart attack and nearly died. And storms destroyed many of the sets. Has a better film ever been made from worse circumstances?

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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    (1962)

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    Director: Robert Mulligan

    Cast: Gregory Peck, Robert Duvall, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): No numbers available

    Famous quote: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” — Atticus Finch

    More than 50 years later, this is still a pitch-perfect portrait of race and rural America during the Great Depression. No wonder it’s Superman’s favorite movie (according to Clark Kent’s Wikipedia page, at any rate).

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    Gone With the Wind

    (1939)

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    Director: Victor Fleming

    Cast: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $1,592,000,000

    Famous quote: “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.” — Scarlett

    It’s still the longest film to win best picture (nearly four hours) and the first to have an African-American cast member win an Oscar (Hattie McDaniel). Ironically, its only surviving star is Olivia de Havilland, 97, whose character was the main one to die.

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    Forrest Gump

    (1994)

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    Director: Robert Zemeckis

    Cast: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $625,223,100

    Famous quote: “My momma always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’” — Forrest Gump

    The mind-blowing CGI — from the floating feather to removing Sinise’s legs — helped put Gump over the top in one of the most competitive best picture races in memory. The Shawshank Redemption (No. 4) and Pulp Fiction (No. 5) also were nominated that year.

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    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    (1981)

    Paramount Pictures/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

    Director: Steven Spielberg

    Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation 2014): $614,823,400

    Famous quote: “You want to talk to God? Let’s go see him together, I’ve got nothing better to do.” — Indiana Jones

    Dreamed up while George Lucas and Spielberg were vacationing in Hawaii, Raiders indulged Lucas’ desire to make an old-fashioned serial and scratched Spielberg’s itch to make a globe-trotting James Bond film (incredibly, the 007 producers had turned down his services). When Jeff Bridges said no to the role of Indiana Jones (initially named Smith) and Tom Selleck couldn’t get out of his Magnum P.I. contract, Lucas turned to his Han Solo.

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    Back to the Future

    (1985)

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    Director: Robert Zemeckis

    Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $470,043,200

    Famous quote: “If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour… you’re gonna see some serious shit.” — Dr. Emmett Brown

    Fox was filming Family Ties when Zemeckis tapped the 24-year-old television star to play unwitting time traveler Marty McFly. (He was replacing Eric Stoltz, who had shot a few scenes but proved the wrong fit.) Fox worked nights and weekends, which explains why he looks so exasperated in most of the film.

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    Star Wars

    (1977)

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    Director: George Lucas

    Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation 2014): $1,136,162,800

    Famous quote: “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.” — Han Solo

    Star Wars set the bar for lots of things: special effects, box-office receipts, the incorporation of mythological storytelling structure, the number of aliens that can fit comfortably into a bar. But its real legacy is The Deal: Lucas negotiated rights to both the merchandising and the sequels — deemed worthless by Fox in 1977, but today they are worth billions.

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    Schindler’s List

    (1993)

    Universal Pictures/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

    Director: Steven Spielberg

    Cast: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $183,022,100

    Famous quote: “Stern, if this factory ever produces a shell that can actually be fired, I’ll be very unhappy.” — Oskar Schindler

    The most shocking thing about this emotionally wrenching black-and-white drama isn’t that it’s about an act of heartbreaking kindness during the Holocaust; it’s that Spielberg released it only months after his other big hit of 1993, the one with the dinosaurs. Unlike Jurassic Park, this film took home seven Oscars, including best director and best picture (the first black-and-white movie to win that statuette since 1960’s The Apartment).

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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    (1968)

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    Director: Stanley Kubrick

    Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $344,621,600

    Famous quote: “Well, I don’t think there is any question about it. It can only be attributable to human error. This sort of thing has cropped up before, and it has always been due to human error.” — Hal

    It was the first outer-space movie to take outer space — and special effects — seriously (so seriously Kubrick had the sets destroyed after production to make sure they didn’t turn up in subsequent inferior sci-fi films). Sure, it creaks beside its successors, including Close Encounters and Star Wars, but 2001 does have one of the most famous match-cuts in movie history (the bone turning into a spaceship). And even though the smooth-talking computer in the film has an operating system that’s 46 years old, people still want to own it: The HAL 9000 app on iTunes has been downloaded an estimated quarter-million times.

     

  39. 8
    100

    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

    (1982)

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    Director:  Steven Spielberg

    Cast: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace

    Domestic lifetime gross: (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $989,737,100

    Famous quote: “Be good.” — E.T.

    It’s the first Spielberg film on the list but hardly the last (he has seven). And it totally makes sense that E.T. would be his most popular because it’s basically The Wizard of Oz in reverse. Think about it: A 3-foot-tall munchkin lands on Earth, where he’s befriended by a trio of locals (and their little dog) who help him phone to no-place-like-home until, at the end, where does E.T. go in his spaceship? That’s right — over the rainbow. “I never thought of that before,” said Spielberg a few years ago when the theory was presented to him. “Do you mind if I steal that?”

  40. 7
    100

    The Godfather: Part II

    (1974)

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    Director: Francis Ford Coppola

    Cast: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $202,374,900

    Famous quote: “There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” — Michael Corleone

    Arguments over which Godfather is greater, the first or second, began as soon as the sequel was released. The first film has the edge among this poll’s respondents, but Part II has die-hard fans as well. “It’s one of those movies,” says producer Albert Berger, “that has every element of cinema working at the highest level. And it’s entertaining, and it says something about our country.”

     

  41. 6
    100

    Casablanca

    (1942)

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    Director: Michael Curtiz

    Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $4,452,100

    Famous quote: “Here’s looking at you, kid.” — Rick

    Not surprisingly, Rick and Ilsa’s war-torn romance was a big favorite among seasoned poll respondents. Among those in their 60s, it was the third-most-popular picture, while among those in their 20s, it was 37th. Also not a big shocker, men and women had different opinions: Casablanca was males’ third-favorite film and females’ 14th. But then, men always prefer their love stories with Nazis in them.

  42. 5
    100

    Pulp Fiction

    (1994)

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    Director: Quentin Tarantino

    Cast: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $202,078,200

    Famous quote: “If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions.” — Jules

    “Quentin has always been a student of film, and after Reservoir Dogs he said to me: ‘The second movie from a filmmaker is almost more important than the first. We’ve got to get it right,'” recalls Lawrence Bender, Tarantino’s longtime producing partner. Tarantino got it right, all right. In fact, Miramax’s Pulp Fiction might be the most influential movie made during the 1990s, inspiring scads of imitators (nicknamed Tarantinies) and dozens of knockoffs. “We didn’t think we were taking a big risk,” says Bender. “We just though we were making something really cool.”

     

  43. 4
    100

    The Shawshank Redemption

    (1994)

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    Director: Frank Darabont

    Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $53,014,600

    Famous quote: “Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” – Andy Dufresne [in letter to Red]

    Of all the adaptations of Stephen King stories — and they are legion because he is the most-adapted living writer — this is only one of two (along with The Shining) to make the list.

    All that Shawshank love apparently came after the film’s unexceptional theatrical release, when it began popping up on cable TV nearly as regularly as Geico commercials. In 2013, 151 hours of basic cable time was devoted to airing the 142-minute movie. That’s about six days of watching Robbins try to escape from prison.

  44. 3
    100

    Citizen Kane

    (1941)

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    Director: Orson Welles

    Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $2,998,000

    Famous quote: “It isn’t enough to tell us what a man did. You’ve got to tell us who he was.” — Rawlson

    Critics have hailed this for decades as “the greatest American movie ever made,” making it an all-too-easy pick for anyone’s greatest-movie list. But not all moviegoers, especially younger ones, are enthralled with the story of Charles Foster Kane and his long-lost sled. Among poll respondents in their 20s, for instance, it was only the 26th-favorite film. Among the under-20s, it was 53rd. Among those over 60, though, it was No. 1 or 2.

  45. 2
    100

    The Wizard of Oz

    (1939)

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    Director: Victor Fleming

    Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $32,950,500

    Famous quote: “Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!” — Dorothy

    “If I was on a desert island, I’d bring The Wizard of Oz with me,” says Elizabeth Daley, dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. “It always makes me feel alive. I could watch it over and over.” And people have, generation after generation. In fact, it’s the most-watched film of all time, according to the Library of Congress, thanks to regular showings on broadcast television since the mid-1950s (and on cable since the ’90s). That’s not including sequels and prequels, which Hollywood keeps releasing each decade like swarms of flying monkeys. The most recent, Oz the Great and Powerful, starring James Franco as a hunky young wizard, grossed more than $230 million domestically. That yellow brick road clearly is made of gold.

  46. 1
    100

    The Godfather

    (1972)

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    Director: Francis Ford Coppola

    Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire

    Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $626,025,500

    Famous quote:“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” — Don Corleone

    The Godfather came into this world, in the form of Mario Puzo‘s novel, as pulp. In a feat of creative alchemy arguably unsurpassed before or since, Coppola and his collaborators turned the Mafia melodrama into popular art that satisfies on every possible level — as a family drama, a crime saga, a visual and musical ravishment and an impeccable evocation of a historical period.

    Godfather is 42 years old, meaning anyone who saw it when it came out in 1972 is pushing 60 or older. This suggests its narrative power, extraordinary performances and mythic values register as strongly for younger viewers as they did at the time. The film also happens to stand at the precise midpoint between the arrival of sound films and the present. It is both classical and modern, traditional in its storytelling and contemporary in its critical perspective. It’s a film that does it all. — Todd McCarthy

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    Source: hollywoodreporter.comk

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