It's Cinema Overload on This Expansive 'History of Film' Infographic
Film is still one of the youngest art forms out there. It only began in the early 1900s, but it's grown so much in a short period of time that keeping track of the most influential films is still somewhat of Herculean task. Thankfully, an awesome graphic created by Larry Gormley (via Dave Chensky from SlashFilm), breaks down a couple thousand of the most impactful films, categorized by genre, since the inception of the motion picture. It's a bit convoluted, but this would be something great to have on the wall on your office. It would certainly be a great conversation starter for any household that entertains cinephiles as well. Look below!
Here's the impressive infographic, The History of Film from History Shots (click for the larger version):
The website says, "This graphic chronicles the history of feature films from the origins in the 1910s until the present day. More than 2,000 of the most important feature-length films are mapped into 20 genres spanning 100 years. Films selected to be included have: won important awards such as the best picture Academy Award, achieved critical acclaim according to recognized film critics, are considered to be key genre films by experts, and/or attained box office success." I'd say that makes for a pretty definitive list, though I'm sure there might be some gripes to be voiced as to the films that don't appear on this picture.