The Best Movies Ever Made (Top 40) (Greatest Films Of All Time)

In my opinion: these are really the best 40 movies ever made!!! Unfortunately I forgot to mention some movies like INTO THE WILD, LIFE OF PI or SHUTTER ISLAND (or INTERSTELLAR cause it came out after I’ve created this video)… BUT:
Movies like LORD OF THE RINGS, STAR WARS, FIGHT CLUB, GOODFELLAS, SCARFACE, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, 300, MAGNOLIA etc. or the whole old stuff like PSYCHO, CASABLANCA, CITIZEN KANE, 12 ANGRY MEN, THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY (entire Dollar-Trilogy),VERTIGO, CLOCKWORK ORANGE, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, THE KID, MODERN TIMES, THE GREAT DICTATOR, SEVEN SAMURAI, RAGING BULL, SHINING, JAWS, 2001 etc. etc. etc. most of them are great, even very great, of course!!! AND YES I’ve seen them all!!! But in my opinion, they can not be counted among the 40 best movies of all time only cause they are old, classic and have good ratings TODAY, most of them from people older than 60!!! Why am I emphasizing TODAY? Cause many of these todays “Big Classics” were nothing special at their time, some even have been hated and only many many years later and mostly after the death of the director they become classics!!! So what is the fault of the todays directors whose masterpieces came after the Hitchcocks, Kubricks & Co.?! Who can say what people gonna think about Nolan, Spielberg, Fincher, Cameron & Co. in 20, 30, 40 years (if they are even today legends)? Then their movies of the last years become classics! So what? In contrast to many of you, I have my own opinion and I’m not being influenced and impressed by the years and the todays status of a movie, what only additionally do manipulate and raise up the value and impression of it! And by the way… all the movies of my list have everywhere !!!extreme high!!! ratings too… you can check it yourself (for example at IMDb)!!!

I’m not really a Kubrick, Lynch or Hitchcock fan! (AND YES I’ve watched many of their movies!)


And for the critics here are the IMDb (by far the most credible rating stage) ratings of my movies:
Memento: 8,5
The Lion King: 8,5
Jurassic Park 8,1
The Exorcist: 8,0
The Last Samurai: 7,7 (lil bit underrated, could be an 8,0 as well!)
The Elephant Man: 8,2
Cast Away: 7,7 (underrated, deserves minimum 8,2)
Pulp Fiction: 9,0
Rain Man: 8,0
Inception 8,8
Se7en: 8,7
Good Will Hunting: 8,2
Million Dollar Baby: 8,1
Hachi: 8,2
Munich: 7,6 (extremely underrated – deserved minimum 8,4)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: 8,8
The Game: 7,8 (underrated – deserved minimum 8.4)
Gran Torino: 8,2
American Beauty: 8,5
Avatar: 7,9
Léon: 8,6
Blood Diamond: 8,0
Terminator: 8,1
Terminator 2: 8,5
Indiana Jones: – Raiders Of The Lost Ark: 8,6
– Temple Of Doom: 7,6 (underrated – deserved minimum 8,0)
– Last Crusade: 8,3
American History X: 8,6
The Pianist: 8,5
The Sixth Sense: 8,2
Life Is Beautiful: 8,6
Pan’s Labyrinth: 8,3 (Lil’ underrated – deserved minimum 8,6)
Titanic: 7,7 (underrated – deserved minimum 8,4)
The Shawshank Redemption: 9,3
The Godfather: 9,2
The Godfather Part II: 9,1
Alien: 8,5
Aliens: 8,4
Braveheart: 8,4 (underrated – deserved minimum 8,8)
The Matrix: 8,7
Forrest Gump: 8,8
Batman Begins: 8,3
The Dark Knight: 9,0
The Dark Knight Rises: 8,6
Gladiator: 8,5 (deserved 8,8)
The Green Mile: 8,5 (deserved minimum 8,9)
Schindler’s List: 8,9 (deserved minimum 9,3)

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  1. Please rename this list to GREATEST MODERN FILMS of ALL TIME…so as not to be misleading…otherwise you need to add a few you forgot…like Gone with the Wind, 12 Angry Men, Cool Hand Luke, and I could continue….

  2. Wow why don’t you listen to the interviews from some of the great directors you list citing their gratitude to the “old” films you scorn directed by such archaic guys as Hitchcock , Capra , Ford , Wilder the list is endless . But then you obviously think because you can edit together a list on you tube that your infantile tastes will convince people films like memento and pulp fiction will outlive Casablanca and mr Smith goes to Washington …. puh lease

  3. little big man, bullit, dirty harry, high noon, annie hall, parenthood, bruce almighty, the magnificent seven, saving private ryan, battle of Britain, bridge over the river kwai, troy, Thelma and louise, the duellists, the big sleep ( bogart version )

  4. Everyone has there own personal choices of classic movies, and yes there is many great movies on this list, but there is quite a lot missing, I'm not going to name any as many other people have, because this comment would be a very long one indeed, but thanks for your list

  5. From your selections I can only assume you're quite young (at least compared to me), I think the oldest movie you list is about 1974. In all honesty I was surprised by your choices, all I can say is that you're missing out on a lot of terrific films – classics, foreign, indies etc. your selections consist of primarily American commercial big budget hits (plenty of Spielberg & Cameron), to say these are the 'Greatest Hits of ALL Time' & the 'Best Movies EVER Made' tells me you've not seen many films or are limiting yourself. That isn't to say there are some really outstanding films on your list I loved the Pianist, Life is Beautiful, Life of Pi fondly remember Braveheart, Forrest Gump, thought Avatar & Inception were extremely creative, who can forget the Matrix. & I'm old enough to have seen the Godfather when it was 1st released. All in all I could probably count on 1 hand the movies on your list which I haven't seen & for the most part enjoyed those I did, each on its own merits – yes, the Indiana Jones series & Jurassic Park were fun, but there is a whole world out there. I kept thinking where's , Orson Welle's Citizen Kane, no Stanley Kubrick's 2001,where's Attenborough's Lawrence of Arabia, no Kurosawa, Bergman, Dassin, Antonioni, Rossellini, di Sica, Fellini,Visconti, Bunuel, Carol Reed, Fritz Lang, I could go on & on. These director's were no 1 hit wonders, each with a body of work which has withstood the test of time. I was late coming to their movies, taking a film study course at a community college while in my early 30's where I began to be exposed to movies I never knew existed. On my own I started exploring films in the Criterion Collection which is quite diverse in its selections, Hulu used to offer a lot of these for free. Now there are ever more options & resources for viewing. Please don't get me wrong, as I said I've enjoyed all the movies on your list except the 4 or 5 I've not seen, it is just that superlative claims of best EVER etc. means just that & to have not 1 film representative of the Golden Age of Cinema is a great disservice to some extraordinarily talented artists. There would be no Spielberg & Cameron if it weren't for those folks paving the way for them & there's no doubt in my mind that they would be the first to acknowledge as much.

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