The Telegraph's 500 Must-See Films

A two-part guide in The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph over the weekend of Saturday 2 and Sunday March 3, 2013.

List compiled by: Marc Lee, Robbie Collin, David Gritten, Jenny McCartney, Tim Robey

(There are only 499 films listed. In the Film Noirs section, Out of the Past was included twice, although it transpires this was only an oversight. Where films are repeated in different sections e.g. critics' lists sharing the same entry, a note has been made that the film has previously been listed.)

Films are ordered as follows:

1-20. Robbie Collin's 20 Best Films

21-41. 10 Best Musicals; The Best of the Rest

42-62. 10 Best Comedies; The Best of the Rest

63-79. David Gritten's 20…

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1

  • Trouble in Paradise

    2

  • The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    3

  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    4

  • Bicycle Thieves

    5

  • Singin' in the Rain

    6

  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    7

  • Ugetsu

    8

  • Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

    9

  • Vertigo

    10

  • The Apartment

    11

  • Harakiri

    12

  • Persona

    13

  • PlayTime

    14

  • Back to the Future

    15

  • Aliens

    16

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    17

  • Mulholland Drive

    18

  • Tropical Malady

    19

  • There Will Be Blood

    20

  • Top Hat

    21

  • The Wizard of Oz

    22

  • Meet Me in St. Louis

    23

  • Easter Parade

    24

  • An American in Paris

    25

  • Calamity Jane

    26

  • West Side Story

    27

  • A Hard Day's Night

    28

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    29

  • Grease

    30

  • Oklahoma!

    31

  • Carousel

    32

  • The King and I

    33

  • My Fair Lady

    34

  • South Pacific

    35

  • The Sound of Music

    36

  • Cabaret

    37

  • Tommy

    38

  • The Blues Brothers

    39

  • Moulin Rouge!

    40

  • Chicago

    41

  • Duck Soup

    42

  • It Happened One Night

    43

  • Bringing Up Baby

    44

  • Kind Hearts and Coronets

    45

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    46

  • Life of Brian

    47

  • This Is Spinal Tap

    48

  • Groundhog Day

    49

  • The Big Lebowski

    50

  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    51

  • A Night at the Opera

    52

  • His Girl Friday

    53

  • Road to Morocco

    54

  • Adam's Rib

    55

  • Airplane!

    56

  • Trading Places

    57

  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

    58

  • Wayne's World

    59

  • There's Something About Mary

    60

  • Office Space

    61

  • Little Miss Sunshine

    62

  • The Philadelphia Story

    63

  • The Third Man

    64

  • Sunset Boulevard

    65

  • High Noon

    66

  • North by Northwest

    67

  • Breathless

    68

  • La Dolce Vita

    69

  • The Battle of Algiers

    70

  • The Conformist

    71

  • The Godfather

    72

  • Chinatown

    73

  • Taxi Driver

    74

  • Apocalypse Now

    75

  • Manhattan

    76

  • Schindler's List

    77

  • All About My Mother

    78

  • In the Mood for Love

    79

  • Listen to Britain

    80

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    81

  • Brighton Rock

    82

  • The Red Shoes

    83

  • Kes

    84

  • Don't Look Now

    85

  • Gregory's Girl

    86

  • Trainspotting

    87

  • Dead Man's Shoes

    88

  • Of Time and the City

    89

  • I Know Where I'm Going!

    90

  • Great Expectations

    91

  • Black Narcissus

    92

  • Whisky Galore!

    93

  • This Sporting Life

    94

  • Born Free

    95

  • Walkabout

    96

  • Local Hero

    97

  • Four Weddings and a Funeral

    98

  • Ratcatcher

    99

  • Hunger

    100