Top 100 Movies

From cult classics to gangster greats, family favourites and big-budget blockbusters, there are countless movies from which to choose when compiling a top 100 list.

There are some however that seem to frequent “Best Of” lists time and time again, so what makes these movies so great? Whether it’s the ability to withstand the test of time or the impact made by the powerful performers, the groundbreaking special effects or memorable dialogue, these films have made a permanent mark on the face of cinematic history.

Here, we take a look at some of the most defining films ever made, many of which are films to watch with our DVD and Blu-Ray delivery service…

  • Goodfellas (1990)

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    2h 19min

    This critically acclaimed gangster flick sees Robert DeNiro take the leading role as James "Jimmy the Gent" Conway, starring alongside an all-star array of talent. Directed by Martin Scorcese, GoodFellas was a commercial and critical success upon it’s release in 1990. The film is based on a true story, and as such has been praised for it’s honest potrayal of the lives of individuals existing within organised crime syndicates.

    Martin Scorsese
    Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci
    Drama, Collections
    DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray
  • Withnail and I (1987)

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    107 minutes

    The British flick “Whithnal & I” made a star out of then-little-known Richard E. Grant, who starred as the titular character opposite Paul McGann in this cult classic black comedy. The film chronicles the lives of two out-of-work young actors who, whilst perpetually drunk, squander their time in Camden before heading out to the Lake District on holiday. Though the film enjoyed a modest performance in theatres, it has since been named among the funniest comedies of all time by several sources, and is regularly listed among the best British films ever made.

    Bruce Robinson
    Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths
    Comedy, Drama
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Graduate (1967)

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    101 minutes

    Another Dustin Hoffman favourite, The Graduate (and indeed Simon & Garfunkel’s theme tune “Mrs. Robinson”) has stood the test of time. The film depicts college student Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) and his seduction by the “older woman” femme fetale, Mrs. Robinson. The film resulted in numerous accolades including Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award wins, and Mrs. Robinson currently occupies the number 17 spot on the “AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies” 10th anniversary edition.

    Mike Nichols
    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross
    Classics, Drama, Comedy, Romance
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Annie Hall (1977)

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    89 minutes

    Diane Keaton takes the starring role in this feature film, which was not only directed by Woody Allen, but also starred him in the role of Alvy Singer. Released in 1977, the film chronicles Signer’s relationship with aspiring nightclub singer Annie Hall. The film was met with critical acclaim at the time of it’s release, and has since gone on to leave a legacy in a motion picture history. Keaton’s performance won her an Academy Award for best picture, and her costume styling had a strong impact on women’s fashion in the late 1970s. The film also won Oscars for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture, and in 1992 it was submitted to the National Film Reigstry for preservation on the grounds the comedy was "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

    Woody Allen
    Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts
    Classics, Romance
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Tootsie (1982)

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    112 minutes

    This 1982 comedy starring Dustin Hoffman was voted by actors as the best film of all time in Time Out New York. Directed by Sydney Pollack, the movie also boasts an all-star supporting cast, including Geena Davis, Jessica Lange and Bill Murray. The film’s plot sees Hoffman’s difficult character adopt a fake identity as a woman in order to score more acting roles. The film was a critical and box office success, garnering 10 Academy Award nominations including a nod for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Hoffman. Film critic Roger Ebert heaped praise on Tootsie, proclaiming: “Tootsie is the kind of Movie with a capital M that they used to make in the 1940s, when they weren't afraid to mix up absurdity with seriousness, social comment with farce, and a little heartfelt tenderness right in there with the laughs.”

    Sydney Pollack
    Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr
    Comedy, Romance
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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    2h 16min

    Another strong contender for the best film ever made is The Shawshank Redemption. Unlike The Godfather however, the film was considered a box office disaster. Though it received positive reviews, it’s release around the timing of Pulp Fiction meant it suffered disasterous viewership during it’s theatrical run. It wasn’t until three years afterwards when it was released on DVD and then on Blu-Ray that the film started to garner substantial recognition. Tim Robbin’s portrayal of tortured, wrongly-convicted Andy Dufresne coupled with an outstanding performance from Morgan Freeman has since made this film an absolute classic. In 2015, it was chosen for preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress, on the grounds that the film was "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". While it may have got off to a slow start, director Frank Darabont's defining motion picture is now widely considered to be one of the best ever made.

    Frank Darabont
    Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
    Drama, Collections
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Godfather (1972)

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    From director Francis Ford Coppola comes The Godfather, a film widely revered by audiences, actors and critics alike. Starring Marlon Brando in the infamous role of Don Vito Corleone, The Godfather also featured James Caan and introduced Al Pacino in what would become a career-defining role. The movie is filled with iconic imagery and some of the most famous movies quotes in the world (including classics such as “I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse…”), helping it become a highly celebrated and efining beacon of the gangster genre, and a groundbreaker in the portrayal of Italian-Americana on film.

    Francis Ford Coppola
    Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan
    Collections, Drama, Classics
    Blu-ray, DVD

Movies 11-100

  • 11. The Shining
  • 12. Vertigo
  • 13. Pulp Fiction
  • 14. Citizen Kane
  • 15. All About Eve
  • 16. Inside Out
  • 17. Casablanca
  • 18. A Hard Day’s Night
  • 19. Gladiator
  • 20. Jaws
  • 21. Rocky
  • 22. Raging Bull
  • 23. Some LIke it Hot
  • 24. Fargo
  • 25. Rosemary’s Baby
  • 26. Sophie’s Choice
  • 27. Chinatown
  • 28. The Apartment
  • 29. The Birds
  • 30. La Vie en Rose
  • 31. There will be blood
  • 32. Titanic
  • 33. Schindler’s List
  • 34. Life is Beautiful
  • 35. E.T. Extra Terrestrial
  • 36. Apocalypse Now
  • 37. The Philadelphia Story
  • 38. The Sting
  • 39. Singing in the Rain
  • 40. American Beauty
  • 41. Gone with the Wind
  • 42. The Empire Strikes Back
  • 43. The Princess Bride
  • 44. Requiem for a Dream
  • 45. Trainspotting
  • 46. It’s a Wonderful Life
  • 47. A Clockwork Orange
  • 48. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • 49. A Streetcar Named Desire
  • 50. The Thin Red LIne
  • 51. Amour
  • 52. Star Wars
  • 53. Blade Runner
  • 54. The Deer Hunter
  • 55. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • 56. Forrest Gump
  • 57. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • 58. The Dark Knight
  • 59. Saving PRivate Ryan
  • 60. Inception
  • 61. Fight Club
  • 62. The Matrix
  • 63. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • 64. Boyhood
  • 65. It Happened One Night
  • 66. North by Northwest
  • 67. Gravity
  • 68. Arrival
  • 69. 12 Years a Slave
  • 70. Psycho
  • 71. Selma
  • 72. Toy Story
  • 73. Argo
  • 74. Philadelphia
  • 75. Up
  • 76. Alien
  • 77. Finding Nemo
  • 78. Frankenstein
  • 79. The English Patient
  • 80. Manchester by the Sea
  • 81. La La Land
  • 82. High Noon
  • 83. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • 84. Battleship Potemkin
  • 85. Braveheart
  • 86. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 87. Jurassic Park
  • 88. The Silence of the Lambs
  • 89. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • 90. Rocky
  • 91. Avatar
  • 92. The Green Mile
  • 93. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • 94. The Usual Suspects
  • 95. The Departed
  • 96. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
  • 97. Scarface
  • 98. Up
  • 99. The Big Lebowski
  • 100.  Memento

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