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.

Devon Shaw on Nov 15, 2010


You know what this list needs? some ALIENS!!! Throw in some District 9 and Alien in this tard of a list!!!!

David on Nov 15, 2010


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!

Sumit on Nov 15, 2010


To each his own...

Mart on Nov 15, 2010


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....

Nodin on Nov 15, 2010


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

Jericho on Nov 15, 2010


Pretentious meter is sky rocketing.

Name (required) on Nov 15, 2010


@6, 2001 and Apocalypse are two of my favourites for "most overrated of all time"

Ross on Nov 15, 2010


Needs more Kevin James flicks. Kidding...

Bill Paxton on Nov 15, 2010


No Lord of the Rings movies; not even the top 100? .... Riiiiggghhhtttt

Hattori Hanzo on Nov 15, 2010


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 on Nov 15, 2010


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 on Nov 15, 2010


After thinking about it, MAYBE if this list was American films only, I could see some folks wanting Matris on it. Maybe.

MeNotYou on Nov 15, 2010


These lists always look down on modern movies...

dude... on Nov 15, 2010


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.

Anne on Nov 15, 2010


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

DoomCanoe on Nov 15, 2010


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?

Bitz on Nov 15, 2010


It's a pretty pathetic list. Not a single animated film there.

Mark on Nov 15, 2010


2001 is soooooo overrated. They sure love Kubrick.

Moon on Nov 15, 2010


I'm a man who believes to each his own, but I looked at all 100 movies and this list SUCKS.

lamar on Nov 15, 2010


shawshank redemption anyone?

AC on Nov 15, 2010


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 on Nov 15, 2010


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.

samir on Nov 15, 2010


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 on Nov 15, 2010


@#24 - the AFI list loses credibility because it's only American movies????? HAHAHAHAHAH!!! You are a moron

Geoff on Nov 15, 2010


@#23 - Ebert also thinks video games aren't art. Who fucking cares what they mute idiot says

Geoff on Nov 15, 2010



Happy Camper on Nov 15, 2010


#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.

samir on Nov 15, 2010


There Will Be Blood doesn't belong on any list.

i drank YOUR milkshake on Nov 16, 2010


There Will Be Blood belongs on every list.

Al on Nov 17, 2010


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

macc49ers on Nov 17, 2010

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