The Moving Arts' 100 Greatest Movies of All Time List Unveiled

November 15, 2010

The Moving Arts Film Journal - 2001: A Space Odyssey

I got an email last night for a new 100 Greatest Movies of All Time list, this time made by The Moving Arts Film Journal, an "online publication dedicated to the moving art of film." We've seen plenty of these lists, and we all know that AFI's list still supposedly reigns supreme, but there are always good alternatives and this is one. As you might expect from a "film journal", their picks are very classical, with barely anything coming from the 21st century. I've highlighted their Top 20 below for discussion purposes, but head over to TMAFJ's website to see the full line-up of all 100, which includes There Will Be Blood and Eternal Sunshine.

#1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Kubrick)
#2. Citizen Kane (1941, Welles)
#3. The Godfather (1972, Coppola)
#4. Andrei Rublev (1966, Tarkovsky)
#5. The Rules of the Game (1939, Renoir)
#6. Casablanca (1942, Curtiz)
#7. Vertigo (1958, Hitchcock)
#8. La Dolce Vita (1960, Fellini)
#9. Seven Samurai (1954, Kurosawa)
#10. The Godfather Pt. II (1974, Coppola)
#11. The Third Man (1949, Reed)
#12. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Fleming)
#13. Dr. Strangelove (1964, Kubrick)
#14. Goodfellas (1990, Scorsese)
#15. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972, Herzog)
#16. 8½ (1963, Fellini)
#17. Singin’ In The Rain (1952, Donen, Kelly)
#18. Raging Bull (1980, Scorsese)
#19. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, Lean)
#20. Solaris (1972, Tarkovsky)

#21. See the Rest of the List Here…

As described: "From Iran to Mexico, from 1915 to 2008, the list, compiled during a thorough, painstaking, year-long process by The Moving Arts staff, is the most diverse and compelling list yet of the best movies in cinema history." Quite a bold claim. What do you guys think? Good to see Metropolis on there, though I hate to be the guy who asks why something like The Matrix is missing when Synecdoche New York made it. Of course, they openly invite any critical feedback: "Feel free to tell us what we missed, what we misplaced, or congratulate us on a job well done, if you feel so inclined." Decade with the most movies: the 1950s at 21.

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  • Fascinating how Goodfellas continues a trending climb up the charts every time these lists are released. I'd love to see the complete list of people who voted for Dances With Wolves.
  • David
    You know what this list needs? some ALIENS!!! Throw in some District 9 and Alien in this tard of a list!!!!
  • Sumit
    Depressing how few modern films are listed. There is a huge amount of snobber on display here! Alex he Matrix is much better than Synecdoche, New York but as its an action film is looked down on!
  • Mart
    To each his own...
  • Nodin
    Suprised Godfather II is rated lower than Godfather I....I'd need an eyebrow raise like spocks to comment on "singing in the rain" being there, but I'm not big on musicals, I suppose....
  • Jericho
    surprised 2001:space odyssey was even there, that movie was so BORING!!! and GodFather 2 was better than 1 so this list is full of crock
  • Name (required)
    Pretentious meter is sky rocketing.
  • Ross
    @6, 2001 and Apocalypse are two of my favourites for "most overrated of all time"
  • Bill Paxton
    Needs more Kevin James flicks. Kidding...
  • Hattori Hanzo
    No Lord of the Rings movies; not even the top 100? .... Riiiiggghhhtttt
  • It really looks like this list been made by a teenage from the 40th and he is now 90 years old and he like the old good times only !!! 😉 ... I think someone has to define what " Greatest Movies " means !!! .. Just think about it ... the last 30 years (from 1980 until 2010) there are just 19 great movies !!!???? But in the 50th there been made 21 great movies and in the 70th 19 Great movies !!! are the movie makers specially the directors going lazy and become idiots with the time !!!??? ... I am afraid that in 2010 until 2020 there will be no GREAT movies anymore !!! because there will be no more directors who can make a GREAT movie any more !!! :-) It really looks like those who chose these movies and called them GREAT MOVIES are bunch of old time art teachers who hate Digital Effect ( and by Digital I mean Visual Effects CGI ,..... Not Practical Effects ) ... they like more black and white movies and of course they are teaching and maybe studied their entire life just movies from the 40th until 80th !!???? .. 😉
  • MeNotYou
    The Matrix? Seriously, Alex??? You think it belongs on a list of the 100 greatest films OF ALL TIME? Or is this just a shoutout to us scifi nerds? I love the movie. It's highly entertaining, and the effects were ground-breaking at the time. But it doesn't belong anywhere NEAR a top 100 films list.
  • MeNotYou
    Love the high placement for Night of the Hunter. I think it's really been rising in stature recently on these lists. Was it even on the AFI 100 list? I can't remember.
  • MeNotYou
    After thinking about it, MAYBE if this list was American films only, I could see some folks wanting Matris on it. Maybe.
  • dude…
    These lists always look down on modern movies...
  • Anne
    Is this list some kind of a joke? While I have always been a huge fan of 2001, there's no bloody way it is the number one movie of all time. While Movies such as Blue Velvet, Eternal Sunshine and Mulholland Drive are ‘Good’ movies they are certainly not Top 100 movies. To echo Hattori, LOT’Rs’s movies not worthy? God, what a group of pompous asses these self proclaimed movie experts are. It’s looks like they chose the movies based on who was directing them. Then we have what they picked from Spielberg. Jaws was a fun movie, but to pick that over E.T.? I’ll close my comments by asking how in the hell can they justify Do The Right Thing and There Will Be Blood making the Tope 100 but not Schindler’s List? I rest my case.
  • DoomCanoe
    ha i do think that 2001 is the best film of all time and! i do think citizen kane is the second best so... ill go with #4
  • Bitz
    um.....pretty sure this list is compiled mostly from peoples, PERSONAL OPINIONS! If you are offended that your favorite movie did not make the list, make your own list of top 100, then you can not be offended. seriously? why is everyone complaining about whats not on the list?
  • Mark
    It's a pretty pathetic list. Not a single animated film there.
  • Moon
    2001 is soooooo overrated. They sure love Kubrick.
  • lamar
    I'm a man who believes to each his own, but I looked at all 100 movies and this list SUCKS.
  • AC
    shawshank redemption anyone?
  • samir
    I'm betting most of the people who are criticizing this list haven't seen most of these movies. Also Synecdoche, NY was an underrated masterpiece. I am so glad it made the list. I am sure that history will be very gracious to that film despite its polarized response when it first came out. Roger Ebert picked Synecdoche, NY as the best film of the 2000s, it was quite a radical decision at the time, but I think in 50 years it won't be as radical.
  • samir
    Also the AFI list is only American movies, so it loses a lot of credibility there. The Sight & Sound poll is probably the most credible. They poll critics and directors every ten years.
  • Geoff
    I like that 2001 is seeing some major love but the lack of Star Wars in the top 10 removed all credibility in my book.
  • Geoff
    @#24 - the AFI list loses credibility because it's only American movies????? HAHAHAHAHAH!!! You are a moron
  • Geoff
    @#23 - Ebert also thinks video games aren't art. Who fucking cares what they mute idiot says
  • Happy Camper
  • samir
    #26 American movies aren't the best movies ever. International films were engaged in many artistic film movements (i.e. Italian Neo-Realism in the 40s and 50s, and French New Wave in the 60s) over the past century while Hollywood stuck with the classic filmmaking style up until those movements influenced them once a lot of American directors saw those films and wanted to make more artistic films. Examples including Elia Kazan's On The Waterfront which was influenced by the Italian Neo-Realism films, and basically all movies by Scorsese, Coppola and Spielberg which were influenced by the French New Wave. And I'm not even going to respond to that Ebert comment.
  • i drank YOUR milkshake
    There Will Be Blood doesn't belong on any list.
  • Al
    There Will Be Blood belongs on every list.
  • macc49ers
    This list will change every year..and for once can LOTR: the fellowship of the ring get some love it's far less boring than the other two




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