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Who will judge the best films of all time better than the people who make them? Studio bosses, Oscar winners, and TV royalty were all surveyed as THR is publishing the first comprehensive entertainment-industry list of the most excellent in cinema. There are a few surprises in here. This is much more of a commercial list than the regular selections from the critics.
For example, who knew that back to the Future would receive more love than Lawrence of Arabia?
There are also shocking omissions-the the four hundred Blows, La Dolce Vita, The Gold Rush, and dozens of other undeniably great movies.
And there are fascinating differences of opinion between professional divisions: producers, authors, and agents all decided on their option for the most important film ever (hint: it rhymes with “Schmodfather”). At the same time, filmmakers selected 2001: Space Odyssey and movie lawyers, the major softies, collect, Shawshank Redemption.
Either you agree with their choices or not; there is plenty to enjoy on these pages, from the photos of the reunion to the locations of famous props to THR critic Todd McCarthy’s evaluation of Hollywood’s top pick. But keep in mind the film lists aren’t forever. “Your favorite movie could change every day,” as Michael Bay points out.
Best Movies of All Time
1. The Seven Samurai (1954)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Cast: Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune
Domestic lifetime gross: (On inflation, adjusted, 2014): $367,500
Famous quote: “What’s the point of thinking about your beard when it is about to take your head”? — Eisaku. It is the only Japanese film on the list and was later re-recast as The Magnificent Seven, with Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson as a Western film.
2. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Director: Arthur Penn
Cast: Faye Dunaway, Warren Beatty
Domestic lifetime gross (On inflation, adjusted, 2014): No numbers available
Famous quote: “That is Miss Bonnie Parker here.
My name is Clyde Barrow. We’re robbing banks.” — Clyde Barrow
One of the movies that buried the Hays Code, although it looks like a simple cable as danger today.
3. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney, SteveBuscemi, Harvey Keitel
Domestic lifetime gross (On inflation, adjusted 2014): $5,432,000
Famous quote: “I don’t want to see someone killed. But I have to get come out of that door. And you stand in my path, one path or the other, and you get out of my way.” — Mr. Pink
It’s not the debut feature of Tarantino; the first movie he directed was the birthday of My Best Friend in 1987, most of which was lost in a laboratory fire.
4. Airplane (1980)
Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Cast: Julie Hagerty, Robert Hays, Leslie Nielsen
Domestic lifetime gross (On inflation, adjusted 2014): $246,948,000
Famous quote: “There is no need to be worried, and hopefully, you will enjoy the rest of your trip. Incidentally, there is someone on board who knows how to pilot a plane?” — Elaine Dickinson
This film changed people’s way of thinking about the Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Barbara Billingsley, Peter Graves, and particularly Nielsen forever.
5. Pan’s Labyrinth (2010)
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Ariadna Gil, Ivana Baquero, Sergi Lopez
Domestic lifetime gross (On inflation, adjusted, 2014): $43,542,400
Famous quote: “Her father, the King, had always known that the soul of the Princess would come back at another time, maybe in another body, in another place. And he would wait until he took his last breath before the world would stop spinning…” — Pan
This is the only Spanish-speaking film to make a list.
6. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Director: David Lean
Cast: Julie Christie, Omar Sharif
Domestic lifetime gross (On inflation, adjusted, 2014): $988,118,200
Famous quote: “Why are you going to turn down my sugar? What are you for denying something to me??” — Komarovski. Peter O’Toole declined the title role, so Lean decided on another Arabia.
The star that is how Sharif went from playing an Arab prince to a Russian doctor.
7. The Deer Hunter (1978)
Director: Michael Cimino
Cast: Christopher Walken, John Savage,Robert De NiroJohn Cazale, Meryl Streep
Domestic lifetime gross (On inflation, adjusted, 2014): $166,613,400
Famous quote: “You have to think of a single arrow. The one-shot is all there is to it. You have to take one shot of a deer.” — Michael
The studio decided to recast when John Cazale got sick while shooting, but Streep threatened to walk off the picture if it did.
8. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Francois Truffaut, Richard Dreyfuss
Domestic lifetime gross (On inflation, adjusted, 2014): $395,943,500
Famous quote: “How do I know that much? What the hell is happening around here? Who are you fuckin??” — Roy Neary
John Williams played with hundreds of five-note melodies before finding an impossible-to-forget theme just right.
9. Up (2009)
Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
Cast: Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai
Domestic lifetime gross (On inflation, adjusted, 2014): $312,619,300
Famous quote: “There’s Adventure out there!” — Charles Mutz
Pixar has estimated in the animated film that it will take 26.5 million balloons to lift the tower.
10. Rocky (1976)
Director: John G. Avildsen
Cast: Talia Shire, Burt Young, Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers
Domestic lifetime gross (On inflation, adjusted, 2014): $438,118,200
Famous quote: “Yo, and Adrian! I am Rugged.” — Rocky
Stallone out down the first draft of the script in just three days but refused to sell it until he was cast into the lead role.
11. Memento (2000)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
Domestic lifetime gross (On inflation, adjusted, 2014): $35,925,300
Famous quote: “Experience can change a room’s
Shape, can change a car’s color. And this can distort memories. It’s just an idea, it’s not a record, and it’s meaningless if you have the truth.” — Leonard Shelby
Nolan reportedly would cast Alec Baldwin in the role of Pearce, but he must have forgotten that.
12. Braveheart (1995)
Director: Mel Gibson
Cast: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan
Domestic lifetime gross (On inflation, adjusted, 2014): $138,108,400
Famous quote: “Each man dies, not every man lives in fact.” — William Wallace
Gibson hadn’t wanted to play the role — he felt he was too old — but without him, Paramount wouldn’t make the movie.
13. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto
Domestic lifetime gross (On inflation, adjusted, 2014): $156,672,200
Famous quote: “When someone asks me a question, I’ll tell them the answer.” — Jamal Malik
It initially went straight to DVD but ended up winning the Oscars after it was granted a theatrical release by Fox Searchlight.
14. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Director: Peter Jackson
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom
Domestic lifetime gross (On inflation, adjusted, 2014): $489,843,600
Famous quote: “It originally went straight to DVD, but ended up winning the Oscars after Fox Searchlight granted it a theatrical release.” — Gimli Only one respondent in the poll claimed to be over 100 years old, and that was one of his top picks. Good to hear Gandalf is fond of online voting.
15. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Cast: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White
Domestic lifetime gross (On inflation, adjusted, 2014): $278,327,100
It was the first film ever nominated for best picture animation.
16. Seven (1995)
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt
Domestic lifetime gross (On inflation, adjusted, 2014): $182,770,700
Famous quote: “What’s in the box?” — David Mills
The studio was not pleased with the ending of the “head in a box,” but if it had changed, Pitt and Freeman declined to promote the film.
17. Inception (2010)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard
Domestic lifetime gross (On inflation, adjusted, 2014): $292,944,200
Famous quote: “A train awaits you. A train that will take you backwards. You know where you can expect this train to take you. But obviously, you cannot know.” — Cobb
Nolan is a lucid dreamer himself, which he said has influenced most of the film.
18. Die Hard (1988)
Director: John McTiernan
Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia
Domestic lifetime gross (On inflation, adjusted, 2014): $160,766,500
Famous quote: “Yippee Ki-Yay, motherf*cker!” — John McClane
The minimart on Olympic Boulevard where Twinkies were bought by Reginald Vel Johnson now is a dry cleaner.
19. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Director: Peter Jackson
Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom
Domestic lifetime gross (On inflation, adjusted, 2014): $433,579,200
Famous quote: “You can’t
Get over it! I am a Silent Fire servant, wielder of the Anor Fires. The dark fire, Flame of Udun, will not do you any good! Go back down into the darkness. You are not about to leave!” — Gandalf.
There were a lot of unsucceeded attempts at a live-action adaptation of LOTR, dating back to the 1960s when The Beatles asked Stanley Kubrick to direct a version for them to star in.
20. Amadeus (1984)
Director: Milos Forman
Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge
Domestic lifetime gross (On inflation, adjusted, 2014): $117,767,500
Famous quote: “Everywhere, Mediocrities … I want to absolve you … I want to absolve you … I want to absolve you … I want to absolve you … I absolve anyone of you.” — Salieri
Hulce studied piano for the part for four hours a day, but the music ended up being dubbed anyway.