Magazine selected The 100 Best Movies Ever Made (from silents
to Spielberg) in their December 1995 issue - 100 of the all-time greatest
English-language films - actually 101. The semi-serious article was written by Virginia Campbell and Edward Margulies, who admitted that they included one by Martin Scorsese and one by D.W. Griffith,
but they compensated for that by not including any films by David Lean
or Mike Nichols.
Facts and Commentary About The List:
- Since the list was presented alphabetically, there were no ranking issues or problems.
- This was the first list that Filmsite.org took seriously, although Movieline's descriptions were often too glib or cute. The list was developed and issued way back in 1995, about two and a half years before AFI began to rank the 100 Greatest American Films, and just before Filmsite.org in mid-1996 also started developing a list of 100 Greatest Films and created its own website. 49 of Filmsite.org's "100 Greatest Films" selections are also found on this list.
- The list was fairly balanced in terms of decades, directors, genre types, and the number of UK and Hollywood films, although it still had some unusual choices (The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), and True Lies (1994)). The earliest film on the list was Intolerance
(1916), and the latest film on the list was True Lies (1994).
- Films from the UK or from foreign directors included: Hitchcock's British film The 39 Steps (1935), The Third Man (1949), Paths of Glory (1957), Peeping Tom (1960), The Innocents (1961), The Haunting (1963), A Hard Day's Night (1964), Blowup (1966), Petulia (1968), Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971), Gallipoli (1981), The Road Warrior (1981), The Year of Living Dangerously (1983), and Witness (1985).
- Noted and memorable films not often found on "Best 100 Films" lists included: Sherlock, Jr. (1924), Sunrise (1927), The Wind (1928), Trouble in Paradise (1932), Dodsworth
(1936), My Man Godfrey (1936), Sullivan's Travels (1941), The Palm Beach Story (1942), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948), Gun Crazy (1949), In
a Lonely Place (1950), Strangers on a Train (1951), A Star Is Born (1954), The Night of the Hunter (1955), A Face in the Crowd (1957), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Five Easy Pieces (1970), The Last Picture Show (1971), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Badlands (1973), Don't
Look Now (1973), The Conversation (1974), Shampoo (1975), Being There (1979), Manhattan (1979), The Elephant Man (1980), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Blue Velvet (1986), and Miller's Crossing (1990).
- There were five films from the silent era: D.W. Griffith's Intolerance (1916), Buster Keaton's Sherlock, Jr. (1924), F. W. Murnau's exquisite Sunrise (1927), The Wind (1928), and Charlie Chaplin's City Lights (1931).
- Talkie films from the decade of the 30s included 13 films: Trouble
in Paradise (1932), King Kong (1933), Queen Christina (1933), John Ford's The Informer (1935), Hitchcock's The 39 Steps (1935), Dodsworth
(1936), My Man Godfrey (1936), Swing
Time (1936), Disney's animated Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), The
Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), and three from the year 1939: Gone With the Wind (1939), Love
Affair (1939), and The
Wizard of Oz (1939).
- There were 21 films from the decade of the 40s, including such expected films as: His Girl Friday (1940), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Rebecca (1940), Citizen Kane (1941), The Lady Eve (1941), Casablanca (1942), Double Indemnity (1944), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), It's A Wonderful Life (1946), Notorious (1946), and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).
- There were 19 films from the decade of the 50s, beginning with: All About Eve (1950) and Sunset Blvd. (1950), and ending with North by Northwest (1959) and Some Like It Hot (1959). In between were such classics as: The African Queen (1951), Singin' in the Rain (1952), Rear Window (1954), The Searchers (1956), Touch of Evil (1958) and Vertigo (1958).
- There were only 14 films from the decade of the 60s -- the most notable films in the 60s were Psycho (1960), West Side Story (1961), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), and two films from Stanley Kubrick: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying
and Love the Bomb (1964) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
- There were also 14 films in the decade of the 70s -- Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather, Part II (1974) were counted as one entry; also included were Cabaret (1972), Chinatown (1974) and Annie Hall (1977).
- In the 1980s, there were only 12 films -- most notably The
Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raging Bull (1980), Blade Runner (1982, the Director's Cut), and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
- The short 90s decade had only three films -- the Coen Brothers' Miller's Crossing (1990), Spielberg's Schindler's List (1993), and True Lies (1994).
See also Movieline Magazine's 100 Greatest
Foreign Films selections.
Note: The films that are marked with a yellow star
are the films that "The Greatest Films" site has selected as the "100