Top 100 Films
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(Top 5 Films Per Genre)

by Filmsite


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Top 100 Films by Genre Type

Filmsite has selected a Top 100 Films (see below) comprised of the top 5 films for each of 20 different genres (including some sub-genres and other categories).

[Note an additional category of "Silent Films" has been added at the bottom.]

20 Major Genres or Categories
Action
Fantasy
Adventure
Film Noir (and Detective/Mystery)
Animated
Horror (and Supernatural)
Biopic
Musical-Dance
Comedy
Romance
Crime/Gangster
Science-Fiction (and Superheroes)
Cult
Sports
Disaster
Suspense-Thriller
Drama (and Melodramas)
War
Epic-Historical-Period
Western
Silent

The links above are directed to Filmsite's essays on Film Genres. The unranked selections below (in chronological order in each category) are based upon popularity, critical reviews and awards, box-office appeal, memorable films with the best screenplays (characters and stories), and classic status in the genre (or sub-genre) category. Some films could have appeared in more than one list, due to their hybrid nature, but each film was only allowed one category listing.

See also Filmsite's other detailed version of Top Films By Genre, The Guinness Book of Film's outdated Top 100 Films by Genre Type and AFI's somewhat dubious The Top 10 Films in 10 Genres.


Top 100 Films

by Genre Type


Action

The Road Warrior (1981) (aka Mad Max 2)
Aliens (1986)
Die Hard (1988)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Casino Royale (2006)

Fantasy

E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Harry Potter Franchise (2001-2011)
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Adventure

King Kong (1933)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Jurassic Park (1993)

Film Noir Detective/Mystery)

The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Out of the Past (1947)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Touch of Evil (1958)

Animated

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Fantasia (1940)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Toy Story (1995)
Spirited Away (2001)

Horror (and Supernatural)

Psycho (1960)
The Exorcist (1973)
Halloween (1978)
The Shining (1980)
The Sixth Sense (1999)

Biopic

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Patton (1970)
Amadeus (1984)
Malcolm X (1992)
Lincoln (2012)

Musical-Dance

Top Hat (1935)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Singin' in the Rain (1952)
My Fair Lady (1964)
The Sound of Music (1965)

Comedy

Duck Soup (1933)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Dr. Strangelove, Or:... (1964)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Airplane! (1980)

Romance

Casablanca (1942)
Brief Encounter (1945)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Annie Hall (1977)
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

Crime/Gangster

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
The French Connection (1971)
The Godfather (1972) & The Godfather Part II (1974)
Chinatown (1974)
GoodFellas (1990)

Science Fiction (and Superheroes)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Star Wars (1977) Franchise
Blade Runner (1982)
The Matrix (1999)
The Dark Knight (2008)

Cult

Easy Rider (1969)
Harold and Maude (1971)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The Big Lebowski (1998)

Sports

Rocky (1976)
Slap Shot (1977)
Raging Bull (1980)
Bull Durham (1988)
Hoop Dreams (1994)

Disaster

The Birds (1963)
Airport (1970)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972) & The Towering Inferno (1974)
Twister (1996)
Titanic (1997)

Suspense-Thriller

Rear Window (1954)
Vertigo (1958)
Jaws (1975)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
No Country For Old Men (2007)

Drama (and Melodramas)

Citizen Kane (1941)
It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
All About Eve (1950)
On The Waterfront (1954)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

War

Paths of Glory (1957)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Platoon (1986)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Epic/Historical/Period

Gone With The Wind (1939)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Schindler's List (1993)
Braveheart (1995)
Gladiator (2000)

Westerns

High Noon (1952)
The Searchers (1956)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Unforgiven (1992)

Silent

The General (1927)
Sunrise (1927)
Metropolis (1927)
City Lights (1931)
Modern Times (1936)



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