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Top 1,000 Films of All Time (Calculated)

There are many statistically-minded lists available. Generally, they are either based on averages or cumulative presence in lists. This list attempts to bring the two together, with a composite score that uses Letterboxd, IMDb, Metacritic, and Rotten Tomatoes scores as well as a quantification of the movies' presence on several lists (enumerated below). I would describe the results as a consensus opinion of the films someone "should" see. [You can also see the list of 5,000 films here.]

I started with a list of about 30k titles gleaned from many Letterboxd lists, IMDb data, and other sources and crunched the numbers. I limited composite scores to those above 500 IMDb votes. Votes were normalized against the maximum votes on that…

  • Casablanca

    1

  • The Godfather

    2

  • 12 Angry Men

    3

  • City Lights

    4

  • Rear Window

    5

  • Citizen Kane

    6

  • Psycho

    7

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    8

  • Seven Samurai

    9

  • Metropolis

    10

  • The Godfather: Part II

    11

  • Modern Times

    12

  • Apocalypse Now

    13

  • Vertigo

    14

  • The Wizard of Oz

    15

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    16

  • Battleship Potemkin

    17

  • Singin' in the Rain

    18

  • The Third Man

    19

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

    20

  • Star Wars

    21

  • Alien

    22

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    23

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    24

  • All About Eve

    25

  • Double Indemnity

    26

  • The Apartment

    27

  • Taxi Driver

    28

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    29

  • Gone with the Wind

    30

  • The Best Years of Our Lives

    31

  • M

    32

  • Sunset Boulevard

    33

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    34

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    35

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    36

  • Rashomon

    37

  • Children of Paradise

    38

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    39

  • It Happened One Night

    40

  • Some Like It Hot

    41

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    42

  • Notorious

    43

  • The Battle of Algiers

    44

  • North by Northwest

    45

  • Brief Encounter

    46

  • Ikiru

    47

  • 8½

    48

  • The Night of the Hunter

    49

  • The Maltese Falcon

    50

  • Schindler's List

    51

  • Touch of Evil

    52

  • On the Waterfront

    53

  • Duck Soup

    54

  • The General

    55

  • The Bride of Frankenstein

    56

  • Bicycle Thieves

    57

  • Paths of Glory

    58

  • Harakiri

    59

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    60

  • Rebecca

    61

  • La Dolce Vita

    62

  • Sherlock, Jr.

    63

  • Tokyo Story

    64

  • The Great Dictator

    65

  • Sansho the Bailiff

    66

  • Shoah

    67

  • Army of Shadows

    68

  • Woman in the Dunes

    69

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    70

  • Annie Hall

    71

  • The Lady Eve

    72

  • The Philadelphia Story

    73

  • Yojimbo

    74

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    75

  • GoodFellas

    76

  • Persona

    77

  • The Seventh Seal

    78

  • The 400 Blows

    79

  • The Gold Rush

    80

  • King Kong

    81

  • The World of Apu

    82

  • The Red Shoes

    83

  • Chinatown

    84

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    85

  • The Leopard

    86

  • Pulp Fiction

    87

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    88

  • Grand Illusion

    89

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    90

  • Barry Lyndon

    91

  • The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

    92

  • Nashville

    93

  • The Lady Vanishes

    94

  • The Hustler

    95

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    96

  • The Wild Bunch

    97

  • Fanny and Alexander

    98

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    99

  • Bringing Up Baby

    100