Top 30 Films Of All-Time

A Listmania! list by Nick Wagner "MovieManiacX" (Maryland)
The list author says: "This is a list of my favorite films. I originally had a Top Ten but wanted to expand it due to my having watched many more films since I made the Top Ten, as well as my changes in taste. This list is by no means definitive and is subject to change as I continue to discover films (both old and new).

As with my previous lists, this is entirely my opinion - but I do believe that my choices and reasoning are solid. I've organized it in order, though this order sometimes changes slightly. If you have not seen any of these films, I think you should definitely give some of them a try.

So without further ado, I present my Top 30 Films Of All-Time:"
Terminator 2 - Judgment Day (The Ultimate Edition DVD)
1.  Terminator 2 - Judgment Day (The Ultimate Edition DVD) DVD ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
The list author says:
  "My favorite film of all-time. T2 is a perfect blend of interesting characters, outstanding action, eye-popping special effects, thought-provoking ideas and excellent music. It is still as entertaining as the day it came out and is one of the best sequels ever made. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this film."
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The Thing - Collector's Edition
2.  The Thing - Collector's Edition DVD ~ Wilford Brimley
The list author says:
  "Sci-fi horror perfection. John Carpenter produces a genuinely terrifying film about an alien that can perfectly imitate any living thing. It's a chilling tale with a top-notch cast and some of the best and bloodiest special effects you will ever see."
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Jurassic Park (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
3.  Jurassic Park (Widescreen Collector's Edition) DVD ~ Sam Neill
The list author says:
  "My favorite film from my youth holds up extremely well. Spielberg's cautionary tale pitting man against nature is both exciting and scary (how about that kitchen scene?). The characters are great but they're upstaged by the magnificent special effects, which still look amazing to this day. It's a prime example of CGI used properly."
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Back to the Future: The Complete Trilogy
4.  Back to the Future: The Complete Trilogy DVD ~ Michael J. Fox
The list author says:
  "The Back To The Future trilogy is one of the greatest trilogies ever made along with The Godfather, Toy Story, and LOTR. The cast is perfect with Christopher Lloyd stealing every scene he's in. The story twists its way through multiple time periods but remains exciting and fun throughout. The first film is by far the best, but Part II & III are excellent as well. Just remember: 1.21 JIGGAWATTS?!!"
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The Adventures of Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark / The Temple of Doom / The Last Crusade / Bonus Material)
5.  The Adventures of Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark / The Temple of Doom / The Last Crusade / Bonus Material) DVD ~ Harrison Ford
The list author says:
  "Another perfect trilogy (I'd rather not count Crystal Skull). Harrison Ford plays arguably one of the most iconic characters in the history of cinema: Indiana Jones. All three films are exciting and intense, making for one hell of a fun ride. Spielberg's direction and John Williams' music are superb, and the action and stunts are spectacular."
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Dawn of the Dead (Special Divimax Edition)
6.  Dawn of the Dead (Special Divimax Edition) DVD ~ David Emge
The list author says:
  "George A. Romero's masterpiece of zombie cinema. It has a hypnotic quality that draws you in and you can really identify with the characters, all of whom are well-developed. The social commentary is great and the special effects and gore are disgustingly awesome. It also holds up surprisingly well for being made in 1978."
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GoodFellas (Two-Disc Special Edition)
7.  GoodFellas (Two-Disc Special Edition) DVD ~ Robert De Niro
The list author says:
  "Though many will say Raging Bull or Taxi Driver, Goodfellas is Scorcese's masterpiece and the one he should've won the Oscar for. The characters and story flow effortlessly over 2.5 hours, accompanied by stylish direction (all about that nightclub tracking shot) and a rockin' soundtrack."
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Shaun of the Dead [DVD] (2004)
8.  Shaun of the Dead [DVD] (2004) DVD ~ Kate Ashfield
The list author says:
  "I was lucky enough to see Shaun of the Dead in theaters during its short run and I was in awe of how damn good of a film it is. It's a loving, respectful homage to all the zombie classics while managing to be an effective zombie movie in its own right. The laughs are plentiful as is the gore - don't miss SOTD!"
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Hot Fuzz (Widescreen Edition)
9.  Hot Fuzz (Widescreen Edition) DVD ~ Jim Broadbent
The list author says:
  "I consider Hot Fuzz tied with SOTD at #8 because I've watched them both many times and cannot pick just one - both are amazing. Fuzz sends up the buddy-cop genre and, like SOTD, does an admirable job. The characters are memorable, the laughs are nonstop and the violence is surprisingly bloody."
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Ghostbusters (Widescreen Edition)
10.  Ghostbusters (Widescreen Edition) DVD ~ Bill Murray
The list author says:
  "Without a doubt one of the greatest comedies of all-time. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis play so well off each other. Murray steals the show with one sarcastic quip after another - the man is a comedic genius. The effects are great while story is fun and original. This is one film everyone needs to see."
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Forrest Gump (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition)
11.  Forrest Gump (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition) DVD ~ Tom Hanks
The list author says:
  "A timeless classic that follows a simple man's journey through some of the most important events in modern history. Hanks is brilliant as Forrest - he deserved the Oscar without a doubt. The story is heartfelt and uplifting with a magnificent supporting cast, especially Gary Sinise. The film's soundtrack is also one of the best ever."
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Aliens (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
12.  Aliens (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) DVD ~ Sigourney Weaver
The list author says:
  "Damn James Cameron knows how to make a superior sequel. Aliens is my favorite in the whole series with likable and memorable characters, a great story, excellent special effects and taut direction. It's more action-oriented then the first film and this change of pace is genius - it never feels boring or stale."
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Casino - Special Edition
13.  Casino - Special Edition DVD ~ Robert De Niro
The list author says:
  "I love the glitz and glam of Casino. It shows the opulent Las Vegas lifestyle that I just wish I could be a part of. The story is ambitious and very interesting, especially all the ins-and-outs of the Casino itself. The performances by De Niro, Pesci and Stone are all outstanding as is the diverse, decades-spanning soundtrack."
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Robocop
14.  Robocop DVD ~ Peter Weller
The list author says:
  "Pure sci-fi bliss. RoboCop expertly mixes cool technology and thrilling action with scathing social commentary on crime, consumerism and unethical business practices. The cast is great, with Kurtwood Smith playing an absolute scumbag. The special effects, music and action are sensational and the violence is over-the-top."
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Toy Story (10th Anniversary Edition)
15.  Toy Story (10th Anniversary Edition) DVD ~ Tom Hanks
The list author says:
  "Pixar's first, and best, feature. I grew up with this film and still love it to this day. The voice cast is top notch, the animation is impressive and the story is excellent and relatable (finding your station in life). The sequels are just as good, but for me this is where it all began."
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The Warriors (The Ultimate Director's Cut)
16.  The Warriors (The Ultimate Director's Cut) DVD ~ Michael Beck
The list author says:
  "My mom told me about this film so I rented it and ended up loving it. The film is one big, exciting chase with colorful characters and some great music and dialogue. The video game came out shortly after I watched it and made the experience even better by expanding the film's universe. "You see what you get when you mess with the Orphans?""
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Dirty Harry
17.  Dirty Harry DVD ~ Clint Eastwood
The list author says:
  "Clint Eastwood gives a fantastic performance as Inspector Harry Callahan who shoots first and asks questions later. He's up against a serial killer played with utter insanity by Andy Robinson. The film is dark and gritty but shot beautifully on location in San Francisco. It's so satisfying to watch Dirty Harry do his thing and get rid of scumbag criminals without breaking a sweat."
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The Blues Brothers (Collector's Edition)
18.  The Blues Brothers (Collector's Edition) DVD ~ John Belushi
The list author says:
  "Another amazing comedy from the 80's. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd have such natural comedic timing and play off each other very well. The film has two of the best car chases ever filmed as well as an outstanding blues-infused soundtrack and stellar supporting cast. This one comes highly recommended."
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Dazed & Confused (Widescreen Flashback Edition)
19.  Dazed & Confused (Widescreen Flashback Edition) DVD ~ Jason London
The list author says:
  "A time capsule that takes you back to the 70's and follows a variety of teenagers on the last day school. It's filled with great performances, featuring a number of future stars. It also has a killer soundtrack and captures the freedom and recklessness of youth perfectly."
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Star Wars Trilogy (A New Hope / The Empire Strikes Back / Return of the Jedi) (Widescreen Edition with Bonus Disc)
20.  Star Wars Trilogy (A New Hope / The Empire Strikes Back / Return of the Jedi) (Widescreen Edition with Bonus Disc) DVD ~ Mark Hamill
The list author says:
  "The ORIGINAL trilogy is one of the finest film sagas ever. The cast has great chemistry, the story is epic in scope, the music is superb, the action is intense and the special effects revolutionized the entire film industry. It made quite an impact on as a kid and even now at a more mature age, it's still an exhilarating experience."
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Jaws (Two-Disc 30th Anniversary Edition)
21.  Jaws (Two-Disc 30th Anniversary Edition) DVD ~ Roy Scheider
The list author says:
  "A classic in every regard. It's a thrilling tale of man vs. beast that I can watch again and again. Robert Shaw steals the show as shark hunter Quint with his gruff attitude and unstable personality. John Williams' score is simple but amazing and Spielberg's direction is great. The film is a monument in the history of cinema."
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Predator (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
22.  Predator (Widescreen Collector's Edition) DVD ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
The list author says:
  "The first R-rated film I watched when I was about 10. It's a testosterone-filled battle with a chameleonic alien where a group of soldiers get picked off one by one. It's exciting and suspenseful, featuring a great cast and impressive special effects."
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The Dark Knight (Two-Disc Special Edition)
23.  The Dark Knight (Two-Disc Special Edition) DVD ~ Christian Bale
The list author says:
  "While many think it's overrated, I find it completely deserving of all the praise. It's an epic adventure featuring an excellent cast, with Heath Ledger delivering one of the greatest performances I've ever seen as The Joker. The action is stunning, the music is great (but still not as good as Danny Elfman's score) and the film as a whole is very satisfying."
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King Kong (Collector's Edition)
24.  King Kong (Collector's Edition) DVD ~ Fay Wray
The list author says:
  "King Kong is a true masterpiece and one of the most well-known films of all-time. It's an exciting adventure that has thrilled millions and inspired many filmmakers, namely Peter Jackson. Its special effects were groundbreaking at the time and its success helped changed the face of cinema. I can't praise it enough."
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Grindhouse (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
25.  Grindhouse (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Rose McGowan
The list author says:
  "A brilliant throwback to 70's exploitation flicks and 80's splatterfests. The cast is stellar, with Kurt Russell, Freddy Rodriguez and Jeff Fahey being the standouts. The gore and car chases are excellent and the fake trailers are a real treat."
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
26.  Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure DVD ~ Keanu Reeves
The list author says:
  "An 80's stoner comedy on the surface, but a funny, clever, and surprisingly sincere film underneath. The whole movie is a good time and never gets boring or loses its charm. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter play off each other wonderfully and are complimented by a great supporting cast of mostly unknowns. "Be excellent to each other and party on dudes!" Words to live by!"
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The School of Rock [Region 2]
27.  The School of Rock [Region 2] DVD ~ Jack Black
The list author says:
  "Jack Black gives an great performance as a washed up rocker who poses as a teacher at a prep school and discovers his student's musical skills. He exposes them to classic rock (which means a killer soundtrack) and they form their own band. The kids do a commendable job and the message of doing what you love is presented admirably."
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Fight Club (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
28.  Fight Club (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) DVD ~ Brad Pitt
The list author says:
  "A counterculture masterpiece from David Fincher that ridicules consumerism and materialism. Brad Pitt and Edward Norton give outstanding performances (this is Pitt's best role in my opinion). The cinematography and mood are amazing, giving the whole film a surreal and unforgettable quality. And it's funny as well."
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Tropic Thunder (Unrated Director's Cut)
29.  Tropic Thunder (Unrated Director's Cut) DVD ~ Ben Stiller
The list author says:
  "A hilarious, profanity-laced surprise. It lampoons the film industry wonderfully and has some excellent comedic turns by Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise, both of whom are nearly unrecognizable under heavy make-up. The whole cast plays off each other very well and the jokes hit their mark every time. All in all, an awesome actioner jam-packed with tons of quotable lines and a killer soundtrack."
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Zombieland
30.  Zombieland DVD ~ Jesse Eisenberg
The list author says:
  "I loved every minute of Zombieland - it's hilarious, exciting, bloody and one of the best movie-going experiences I've ever had. Woody Harrelson steals the shows as Tallahasee while a cameo by a comedy legend makes this one of the most fun films I've seen in a LONG time."
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The Cabin In The Woods [Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy]
31.  The Cabin In The Woods [Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy] DVD ~ Richard Jenkins
The list author says:
  "A horror fan's dream come true. It turns the genre's stereotypes inside out with its innovative story, keeping your eyes glued to the screen. I was constantly impressed by the film’s sheer creativity and imagination. The phenomenal cast, wild setpieces, grisly gore, homages and delightful self-awareness all combine to create one of the BEST horror films I have ever seen! Astounding!"
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