Top 5,000 Films of All Time (Calculated)

What could be better than a list of the greatest 1,000 films of all time? A list of the top 5,000 films of all time. Its value, obviously, will be rather dependent on how you use lists. It is unlikely to be a generator for recommendations (unless you adhere to the broad filters of decade, genre, etc. that Letterboxd creates). More likely, I expect, it will be seen as a very general marker for how far along the most voracious viewers are in their journey to watch everything worth watching.
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 the list to those with…

  • The Godfather

    1

  • 12 Angry Men

    2

  • Casablanca

    3

  • Citizen Kane

    4

  • Rear Window

    5

  • The Godfather: Part II

    6

  • Psycho

    7

  • Vertigo

    8

  • Seven Samurai

    9

  • City Lights

    10

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

    11

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    12

  • Singin' in the Rain

    13

  • Metropolis

    14

  • The Third Man

    15

  • The Wizard of Oz

    16

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    17

  • The Apartment

    18

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    19

  • Sunset Boulevard

    20

  • All About Eve

    21

  • Rashomon

    22

  • Apocalypse Now

    23

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    24

  • Star Wars

    25

  • Modern Times

    26

  • Taxi Driver

    27

  • Dekalog

    28

  • Schindler's List

    29

  • Double Indemnity

    30

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    31

  • Some Like It Hot

    32

  • Children of Paradise

    33

  • North by Northwest

    34

  • Gone with the Wind

    35

  • Shoah

    36

  • M

    37

  • GoodFellas

    38

  • Paths of Glory

    39

  • The Battle of Algiers

    40

  • Battleship Potemkin

    41

  • Bicycle Thieves

    42

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    43

  • Pulp Fiction

    44

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    45

  • 8½

    46

  • The Best Years of Our Lives

    47

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    48

  • Alien

    49

  • Chinatown

    50

  • On the Waterfront

    51

  • La Dolce Vita

    52

  • Come and See

    53

  • Tokyo Story

    54

  • Army of Shadows

    55

  • The Night of the Hunter

    56

  • The Great Dictator

    57

  • The Seventh Seal

    58

  • Touch of Evil

    59

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    60

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    61

  • Fanny and Alexander

    62

  • Ikiru

    63

  • Brief Encounter

    64

  • Harakiri

    65

  • Notorious

    66

  • It Happened One Night

    67

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    68

  • Persona

    69

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    70

  • Spirited Away

    71

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    72

  • The Red Shoes

    73

  • The 400 Blows

    74

  • Ran

    75

  • Raging Bull

    76

  • Barry Lyndon

    77

  • The Leopard

    78

  • Pather Panchali

    79

  • Rebecca

    80

  • The Maltese Falcon

    81

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    82

  • Wild Strawberries

    83

  • The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

    84

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    85

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    86

  • Annie Hall

    87

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    88

  • Ordet

    89

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    90

  • Woman in the Dunes

    91

  • Amadeus

    92

  • Do the Right Thing

    93

  • A Clockwork Orange

    94

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    95

  • Sansho the Bailiff

    96

  • Back to the Future

    97

  • Late Spring

    98

  • The Wages of Fear

    99

  • Three Colors: Red

    100