Best Movies of All Time – Top Rated Movies

“The Best Movies of all time” is a difficult list to put together.

The best movies ever might not be the ones you enjoy watching over and over. Top movies of all time might be the kind you only watch once, but they stay with you forever.

You develop admiration and reverence for great movies. They are whole, perfect and complete. That's we mean by “the best movies of all time”.

Best films of all time and top movie reviews, in no particular order:


Best Movies of all time – Seven Samurai (1954) by Akira Kurosawa

Best Movies of All Time - Seven Samurai (1954) by Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa is arguably the most influential filmmaker in history. He directed 30 movies, of which at least Rashomon (1950) and Seven Samurai (1954) are always on the top movies of all time lists.

Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ingmar Bergman – just a few from the long list of admirers who said that Akira Kurosawa movies had definitive influence on their own work.


Best Movies of all time – Citizen Kane (1941) by Orson Welles

Orson Welles was 25 years old when he created Citizen Kane, possibly the best movie ever. He co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in Citizen Kane. His name could be the definition for “auteur” – a director who does it all.

Orson Welles’ potential as a movie director was significantly undermined by Hollywood studios. His movies were often heavily edited or even refused release.

Best Movies of All Time - CItizen Kane (1941) by Orson Welles

Best Movies of all time – 8 ½ (1963) by Federico Fellini

Best Movies of All Time - 8 1/2 (1963) by Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini movies have been greatly admired and widely imitated, but remain unsurpassed. One of the most famous movie directors in the world, he received 4 best movie Oscar awards, the highest number of Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film, including one for his autobiographical masterpiece 8 ½ (1963).

Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Ingmar Bergman, David Lynch, David Cronenberg named it one of their favourite films.


The Godfather Trilogy and Apocalypse Now (1979) by Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola wasn't awfully excited about making The Godfather (1972), which many fans consider the best movie of all time. He had a more personal film planned - The Conversation (1974). But he needed money and he decided to do movie studio a favour. No one expected the film to become one of the best movies ever.

Apocalypse Now (1979) was a personal project. It became famous before its release for eating up a lot of money and being plagued by difficulties on set. It was all worth it in the end. The movie is frequently ranked as the best war movie.

Best Movies of All Time - The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola

Best Movies Ever – City Lights (1931) by Charlie Chaplin

Best Movies of All Time - City Lights (1931) by Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin is frequently cited as the most influential figure in the movie business. You need to be born on Mars not to know “the Tramp” character. Charlie Chaplin wrote, directed, starred in, produced and even wrote music for the majority of his movies.

City Lights was his finest movie accomplishment. Federico Fellini and Woody Allen praised the film. Orson Wells said it was his favorite movie.


Best Movies Ever - Bicycle Thieves (1948) by Vittorio de Sica

Vittorio de Sica wanted to make a movie that depicts postwar Italy realistically. He financed the project himself, because no movie studio would agree to produce it. He shot on location only and used non-actors for the main parts. Vittorio de Sica received an honorary Oscar for Bicycle Thieves. He later received two more best movie Oscars for Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963) and The Garden of Finzi-Continis (1970).

Best Movies of All Time - Bicycle Thieves (1948) by Vittorio de Sica

Top Movies of All Time - Taxi Driver (1976) by Martin Scorsese

Best Movies of All Time - Taxi Driver (1976) by Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese is the living legend. He initially wanted to be a priest, before deciding on the filmmaking career. Lucky us! Taxi Driver (1976), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), The Age of Innocence (1993), Casino (1995) are all among top movies of all time.

Taxi Driver established Scorsese as a powerful force. For Taxi Driver, he received the most prestigious award - Palme D’Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.


Top Movies of All Time - Forrest Gump (1994) by Robert Zemeckis

Forrest Gump became an instant movie classic upon its release. It made over $600 million on a budget of $50 million. People loved it. Critics loved it. The movie received several Academy Awards, including one for best movie director - Robert Zemeckis and one for best actor - Tom Hanks.

John Travolta was initially offered the role of Forrest Gump, but refused – a decision he regretted. John Travolta got his chance to shine in the next movie on this list.

Best Movies of All Time - Forrest Gump (1994) by Robert Zemeckis

Best Movies of All Time - Pulp Fiction (1994) by Quentin Tarantino

Best Movies of All Time - Pulp Fiction (1994) by Quentin Tarantino

Pulp Fiction (1994) came out the same year as Forrest Gump, but it is a completely different animal. Pulp Fiction imitates various movie genres and arrives at inventing its own. It is wildly entertaining. An instant cult classic, it showed Hollywood that it can take a different direction with movie making.

Quentin Tarantino made it on a budget of $8 million, of which $5 million was for actors’ salaries. Pulp Fiction is frequently cited as the best movie released in the last 20 years.


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