Films considered the greatest ever

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Feb 14, 2004
Seven Samurai (1954) was voted number one in an audience poll conducted by MovieMail in 2000. It was followed by The Third Man (1948) at second place.[5]
The Godfather (1972) was voted number one by Entertainment Weekly's readers[8] and voted as number one in a Time Out readers' poll in 1998.[9] The film was also voted as the "Greatest Movie of All Time" in September 2008 by 10,000 readers of Empire magazine, 150 people from the movie business and 50 film critics.[10] As of January 21, 2009, it currently holds number 2 on the IMDb list.[11]
The Godfather Part II (1974) was voted best movie ever by TV Guide readers[12] in 1998 and is in third place on the IMDb list.[11]
Star Wars (1977) and its sequel The Empire Strikes Back (1980) were chosen as the greatest films by readers of Empire magazine in November 2001 and by voters in a Channel 4 (Film4) poll.[13] The Empire Strikes Back was also voted number one in Total Film's Top 100 Movies of All Time and number one in the 2006 Empire "Greatest Movies Ever" special.[14]
Raise the Red Lantern (1991) was voted the best Asian film in another audience poll conducted by MovieMail in 2000. It was followed by The Apu Trilogy (1955-1959) at second place.[5]
Schindler's List (1993) was voted the best film ever made by the German film magazine Cinema.[15]
The Shawshank Redemption (1994), as of May 17, 2009, holds the top spot on the Internet Movie Database's top 250 films.[11] It was voted the best film not to have won the Academy Award for Best Picture in a 2005 BBC poll.[16] In January 2006 Empire magazine readers named it the best film ever.[citation needed] It also holds the number 4 spot at Yahoo! Movies as of January 21, 2009.[17] It is currently ranked #1 on's top 100 movies list.[18]
The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003) was voted the most popular film of all time by an audience poll for the Australian television special My Favourite Film and by a poll cast by 120,000 German voters for the TV special "Die besten Filme aller Zeiten".[19] Its first film, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), was the pick of readers in a poll by Empire magazine in November 2004.[citation needed] The third film, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, was voted the best movie of all time by Yahoo movies and's annual reader's poll in 2006 and 2007.[citation needed]
Gone with the Wind (1939) was ranked as the greatest film in a poll surveyed by Harris Interactive between January 15 and 22, 2008. Star Wars came in second place and Casablanca in third.[citation needed]
Casablanca (1942) was voted the greatest film by readers of the Los Angeles Daily News in 1997.[citation needed] It is also regarded the "best Hollywood movie of all time" by the influential Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide.[citation needed] On April 7, 2006, the Writers' Guild of America declared Casablanca's screenplay the best ever written.[citation needed]
Cross of Iron (1977) was voted the greatest film of all time by Cinemag.[citation needed]