/u/StopReadinMyUsername on reddit combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results with general film data from iCheckMovies and IMDb to reveal the 1001 Greatest Movies of All Time.
Welcome to our updated guide to the 200 Essential Movies To Watch Now! In our annual refresh, we’re sticking with the list’s original vision as a definitive source of movie guidance and education for all ages and stages, whether you’re a seasoned film buff or just starting out, while reflecting new trends and significant movies uncovered over the past year. The three films new to this iteration of the 200 Essential are The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (after a flurry of recent landmark and popular LGBTQ films, we’re shining a light on one of the best of the 1990s), Black Panther (for making leaps in on-screen representation without sacrificing any of its superhero movie obligations), and Wonder Woman (for its sheer entertainment value and re-invention of a female icon that will inspire and resonate for years and beyond).
We also completely reordered the list — it is now sorted by Tomatometer, highest to lowest. Feel free to start tackling the list with whatever is the most interesting to you first…or just start at #1 and start working your way down. We think you’ll have fun either way. And best of all, every movie on the list remains Certified Fresh!
Like the Joker splitting a billiard stick and throwing it between VHS copies of Invasion U.S.A. and Missing in Action, Rotten Tomatoes staff has emerged from the bloody battle that is choosing the 100 best action movies ever. This is one hand-picked socky-chopped shotgunned list, featuring only movies that are Fresh and Certified Fresh on the Tomatometer. …And ACTION!
All credits go to IMDb user: gibboanx
List of Nominees and Winners.
Russell Crowe in "A Beautiful Mind"
Sean Penn in "I Am Sam"
Will Smith in "Ali"
Denzel Washington in "Training Day" - WINNER
Tom Wilkinson in "In the Bedroom"
Jim Broadbent in "Iris" - WINNER
Ethan Hawke in "Training Day"
Ben Kingsley in "Sexy Beast"
Ian McKellen in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"
Jon Voight in "Ali"
Halle Berry in "Monster’s Ball" - WINNER
Judi Dench in "Iris"
Nicole Kidman in "Moulin Rouge"
Sissy Spacek in "In the Bedroom"
Renée Zellweger in "Bridget Jones’s Diary"
Jennifer Connelly in "A Beautiful Mind" - WINNER
Helen Mirren in "Gosford Park"
Maggie Smith in "Gosford Park"
Marisa Tomei in "In the Bedroom"
Kate Winslet in "Iris"
"Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" Steve Oedekerk, John A. Davis
"Monsters, Inc." Pete Docter, John Lasseter
"Shrek" Aron Warner - WINNER
"Amélie" Art Direction: Aline Bonetto; Set Decoration: Marie-Laure Valla
"Gosford Park" Art Direction: Stephen Altman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" Art Direction: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" Art Direction: Grant Major; Set Decoration: Dan Hennah
"Moulin Rouge" Art Direction: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Brigitte Broch - WINNER
"Amélie" Bruno Delbonnel
"Black Hawk Down" Slawomir Idziak
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" Andrew Lesnie - WINNER
"The Man Who Wasn’t There" Roger Deakins
"Moulin Rouge" Donald M. McAlpine
"The Affair of the Necklace" Milena Canonero
"Gosford Park" Jenny Beavan
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" Judianna Makovsky
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" Ngila Dickson, Richard Taylor
"Moulin Rouge" Catherine Martin, Angus Strathie - WINNER
"A Beautiful Mind" Ron Howard - WINNER
"Black Hawk Down" Ridley Scott
"Gosford Park" Robert Altman
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" Peter Jackson
"Mulholland Drive" David Lynch
"Children Underground" Edet Belzberg
"LaLee’s Kin: The Legacy of Cotton" Susan Froemke, Deborah Dickson
"Murder on a Sunday Morning" Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, Denis Poncet - WINNER
"Promises" Justine Shapiro, B.Z. Goldberg
"War Photographer" Christian Frei
"Artists and Orphans: A True Drama" Lianne Klapper McNally
"Sing!" Freida Lee Mock, Jessica Sanders
"Thoth" Sarah Kernochan, Lynn Appelle - WINNER
"A Beautiful Mind" Mike Hill, Dan Hanley
"Black Hawk Down" Pietro Scalia - WINNER
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" John Gilbert
"Memento" Dody Dorn
"Moulin Rouge" Jill Bilcock
"No Man’s Land" Bosnia & Herzegovina - WINNER
"Son of the Bride" Argentina
"A Beautiful Mind" Greg Cannom, Colleen Callaghan
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" Peter Owen, Richard Taylor - WINNER
"Moulin Rouge" Maurizio Silvi, Aldo Signoretti
"A.I. Artificial Intelligence" John Williams
"A Beautiful Mind" James Horner
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" John Williams
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" Howard Shore - WINNER
"Monsters, Inc." Randy Newman
"If I Didn’t Have You" from "Monsters, Inc." Music and Lyric by Randy Newman - WINNER
"May It Be" from "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" Music and Lyric by Enya, Nicky Ryan and Roma Ryan
"There You’ll Be" from "Pearl Harbor" Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
"Until" from "Kate & Leopold" Music and Lyric by Sting
"Vanilla Sky" from "Vanilla Sky" Music and Lyric by Paul McCartney
"A Beautiful Mind" Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Producers - WINNER
"Gosford Park" Robert Altman, Bob Balaban and David Levy, Producers
"In the Bedroom" Graham Leader, Ross Katz and Todd Field, Producers
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Barrie M. Osborne, Producers
"Moulin Rouge" Martin Brown, Baz Luhrmann and Fred Baron, Producers
"Fifty Percent Grey" Ruairi Robinson, Seamus Byrne
"For the Birds" Ralph Eggleston - WINNER
"Give Up Yer Aul Sins" Cathal Gaffney, Darragh O’Connell
"Strange Invaders" Cordell Barker
"Stubble Trouble" Joseph E. Merideth
"the accountant" Ray McKinnon, Lisa Blount - WINNER
"Copy Shop" Virgil Widrich
"Gregor’s Greatest Invention" Johannes Kiefer
"A Man Thing (Meska Sprawa)" Slawomir Fabicki, Bogumil Godfrejow
"Speed for Thespians" Kalman Apple, Shameela Bakhsh
"Amélie" Vincent Arnardi, Guillaume Leriche, Jean Umansky
"Black Hawk Down" Michael Minkler, Myron Nettinga, Chris Munro - WINNER
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Gethin Creagh, Hammond Peek
"Moulin Rouge" Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Roger Savage, Guntis Sics
"Pearl Harbor" Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Peter J. Devlin
"Monsters, Inc." Gary Rydstrom, Michael Silvers
"Pearl Harbor" George Watters II, Christopher Boyes - WINNER
"A.I. Artificial Intelligence" Dennis Muren, Scott Farrar, Stan Winston, Michael Lantieri
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook, Richard Taylor, Mark Stetson - WINNER
"Pearl Harbor" Eric Brevig, John Frazier, Ed Hirsh, Ben Snow
"A Beautiful Mind" Written by Akiva Goldsman - WINNER
"Ghost World" Written by Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff
"In the Bedroom" Screenplay by Rob Festinger and Todd Field
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
"Shrek" Written by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman and Roger S.H. Schulman
"Amélie" Screenplay by Guillaume Laurant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Dialogue by Guillaume Laurant
"Gosford Park" Written by Julian Fellowes - WINNER
"Memento" Screenplay by Christopher Nolan; Story by Jonathan Nolan
"Monster’s Ball" Written by Milo Addica and Will Rokos
"The Royal Tenenbaums" Written by Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson
New millennium, new technology. Film cameras were the standard way to shoot a movie for over a century, and now they to had to make space for upstart digital. Without digital cameras, zombies would’ve stayed dead; 28 Days Later was only possible with how quick and easy it is to set up with them. Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) and Neill Blomkamp (District 9) certainly benefited from the new technology.
Movies were also used to absorb our collective trauma. We escaped into magic and wonder in the months after 9/11 with Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, while we celebrated the end of the Great Recession by getting the hell off this planet with Avatar. And speaking of those series, we didn’t want their installments taking up all the spots on this list, so one movie representing the whole franchise was chosen for those worthy.
And your vast comic-book trivia knowledge became a social asset, not a bullseye for beatings. Iron Man, The Dark Knight, and Spider-Man 2 opened up new ways of connected storytelling (and money making). And it wasn’t just superheroes making the leap to the mainstream. Fanboy culture, the internet, and sites like the one you’re reading now helped bring “genre” movies to the cultural forefront: zombies (28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead), sci-fi (Avatar, Serenity), horror (The Descent, Saw), and fantasy (Pan’s Labyrinth).
Meanwhile, under-served voices started to make some noise in the mainstream with films led by females (Mean Girls, Whale Rider, Bend It Like Beckham, Twilight), made African-American filmmakers (Love & Basketball, Barbershop), and featuring Asian-American stars (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Better Luck Tomorrow). And that’s not including the increasingly easy access to international material like City of God and Let the Right One In.
And we still haven’t touched upon Pixar’s golden age (WALL-E, Finding Nemo), Hollywood finding the formula for comedies perfectly balanced between smart and dumb (The Hangover, The 40-Year Old Virgin), or that the Fast & Furious series got its humble beginnings here. A lot happened in this decade: Discover it all with the 140 Essential Movies of the 2000s!
When creating the 2016 list, these were the films that dropped below 250 between 2015 & 2016 reddit lists.
Note: While 36 new movies made it into the 2016 list only 35 had to be removed because Rear Window 1954 was on the 2015 list Twice.
2016 - new additions - https://trakt.tv/users/ohuaithnin/lists/new-additions-to-the-reddit-top-250-2016-edition
2015 Edition - https://trakt.tv/users/ohuaithnin/lists/reddit-top-250-2015-edition?sort=rank,asc
2016 Edition - https://trakt.tv/users/ohuaithnin/lists/reddit-top-250-2016-edition?sort=rank,asc