Empire's 500 Greatest Movies of All-Time List Unveiled
In what seems like nothing more than a publicity stunt, Empire Magazine has published their own list of The 500 Greatest Movies of All-Time. I really like Empire, but here's my problem with this. At a number that high (how many of you even own 500 movies?), a list like this is so vague, that any movie you can probably think of that deserves to be on there probably is. Second, they claim that over 10,000 readers, 150 of Hollywood's finest, and 50 key film critics contributed to this, but that still doesn't make it any different from IMDb's Top 250 or AFI's Top 100. It's yet another list of great movies to pick apart for years to come - hence one hell of a publicity stunt that will draw attention to their fine magazine.
For the sake of discussion, let's take a look at their top 25 films. The list on their actual website is organized very neatly, so if you've got a few hours to spare (to read through every page) then check it out.
1. The Godfather (1972)
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
3. Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back (1980)
4. Shawsank Redemption (1994)
5. Jaws (1975)
6. GoodFellas (1990)
7. Apocalypse Now (1979)
8. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
9. Pulp Fiction (1994)
10. Fight Club (1999)
11. Raging Bull (1980)
12. The Apartment (1960)
13. Chinatown (1974)
14. Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
15. The Dark Knight (2008)
16. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
17. Taxi Driver (1976)
18. Casablanca (1942)
19. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
20. Blade Runner (1982)
21. The Third Man (1949)
22. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
23. Back to the Future (1985)
24. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
25. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1967)
To be completely honest, this list covers quite a few of the big heavy-hitters that I was worried that they might be forgetting about. Even The Dark Knight has a spot on there, right above Kubrick's 2001. And of course, The Godfather still takes the top prize, as it has done for years on all sorts of "greatest movies of all-time" lists. I don't have a problem with that, because it is such a phenomenal movie, but I guess I'd just like to see some shakedowns eventually where something else takes the top spot. And as for big ones that are missing, Matrix is #39, Citizen Kane is #28, Alien is #33, Return of the King is #34, The Usual Suspects is #61, and even Ocean's 11 makes it on there as #500, right below Saw.
Empire has even printed 100 separate covers each featuring one movie. You can head over to their website and buy whichever one you might want. On top of all that, they have a review for nearly all 500 of these films - which is an impressive feat on its own. As much as I'm calling this a publicity stunt, it's a damned good one, there's no question about that. I commend Empire for putting so much effort into making this one of the most interest lists to sift through. Whenever I see lists like this, the one thing I always do right away is boost my Netflix queue by about 20 new entries. After reading through 500 of the great movies of all-time, I realized I've got to watch about 200 or more of them. Time to get to work!