The Top 50 Greatest Movies Of All Time (That You SHOULD Have Seen)

I’ve compiled a list of some of the greatest motion pictures ever made. Some of the most famous films that have ever hit the industry. Movies that have been parodied time and time and again. Movies that all of YOU should have seen a long time ago.

If you haven’t, shame on you.

25. First Blood (1982)


The very first Rambo movie, and probably some of Stallone’s best work. Scenes and lines from these movies have been parodied countless times by TV shows and other movies including Hot Shots! part due x. Go out and rent or buy this movie NOW. the new Rambo movie opens on January 25th and I’m sure will rock just like the last three.

24. National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)


One of the greatest classic comedies ever made, NLV is for sure a true classic from the cinema and a must see movie. Everyone has seen this movie at least twice (it’s on TBS a LOT…well it used to be). If you haven’t seen this, i’m sure you have seen “Christmas Vacation”. But this movie is a sure fire classic. “roll ’em up.”

23. Citizen Kane (1941)


Citizen Kane has been tagged by some, as one of the greatest movies EVER made. And they may be right. Directed by the late great Orson Welles,The film is basically about a group of reporters who are trying to decipher the last word ever spoke by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: “Rosebud.”As the reporters investigate further, the viewers see a display of a fascinating man’s rise to fame, and how he eventually fell off the “top of the world.” Not a film to pass up. One of the greatest ever made.

22. Casablanca (1942)


Classic film set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

21. Rocky (1976)


Now, i know a lot of people aren’t into boxing, or boxing movies, but Rocky is without a doubt one of cinema’s greatest sports films. It was the movie that taught us courage, and to fight at no matter what the cost. The film did so well, it spawned 5 sequels, all of which star Stallone as Rocky Balboa.

20.War Of The Worlds (1953)


What began as H.G. Wells terrifying radio broadcast, transformed itself into a motion picture in 1953. To this day the movie is still frightening, and though has been colorized since, still leaves a chill down your spine. People actually believed that the radio broadcasts that were made actually happened, turning citizens into a panic. In 2005, Stephen Spielberg did a horror remake of this classic film. Watch the original first before you see the new one. The DVD includes original War Of The Worlds radio broadcasts. Great stuff.

19. The Last Starfighter (1984)


A story of a young man living in a trailer park, who plays a Starfighter arcade game which turns out to be a training device for the space war.And of course in the end, he believes in himself and saves the day. Sound familiar? of course it does, but I’m sure you’ve never seen this movie. But you should.

18. Police Academy (1984)


Do i even need to review this movie? You have seen Police Academy right? Well i hope so.Misfits training to be cops…80’s style. Can’t pass this one up. You can get the DVD of this for about 5 bucks, and i suggest you do…or I’ll cut you. Well maybe not. But you deserve it if you don’t see this movie.

17. Predator (1987)


Ah yes, Arnold is here to kick alien butt. Or to have his butt kicked BY aliens. Predator is a cult classic, that became even more popular from Alien series, comic books, and the AVP comic books and movies. Arnold is trapped in the jungle, alone, fighting off (as he calls it) “One ugly mother f#@ker!” Be sure to check out Predator 2, though it didn’t make it on this list, is a fun sequel none the less.

16. Caddyshack (1980)


Who could forget Caddyshack? Billy Murray battling the gopher. Rodney Dangerfield being…well pretty much himself. A true American classic. Though Chevy chase is often ridiculed in this day in age, he was a good actor back in the day, and a funny guy. Kudos to you Chevy for hanging in there all those years. Sorry about your TV show, but it did suck.

15. Monty Python And the Holy Grail (1975)


Don’t even lie to me and tell you have never seen Monty Python and the holy grail. Because you NEED to see this movie. Sure, British comedy is a little different then ours, but it’s funny, intelligent and most importantly….witty. I’m a big fan of this film, and their other films, but if theres one you must see, it’s this one. “you must bring us…a shrubbery!”

14. Red Dawn (1984)


It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.It’s Patrick Swayze. It’s Charlie Sheen. It’s Lea Thompson. It’s 1984. What more could be said about this movie? I have only just recently seen this film a few years ago, and i was not disappointed. Sure it’s a LITTLE cheesy. A little far-fetched, but it’s one of the greats from the 80’s.

13. T2: Judgment Day (1991)


James Cameron’s dark sequel to the terminator is a thrill ride from beginning to end, and more of a classic then the original. This movie is where the famous “I’ll Be Back” line originated from. This is the film in which you see the human race wiped out and disintegrated in a vision. One of the greatest Sci-Fi’s ever made.

12. Alien (1979)


Director Ridley Scott brings us the story of Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and her seemless endeavor of trying to stay alive after an Alien climbs itself on board of her space ship.Now some will argue that “Aliens” is a much better film, and they may be right. There are more Aliens in the sequel, and much more story to tell…but theres something about Alien that remains a classic in movie history. This is where it all began. But then again the classic “bitch!” from Aliens is a force not to be reckoned with.

11. Army Of Darkness (1992)


This was a tough decision to make. I was trying to figure out if “Evil Dead II – Dead By Dawn” deserved this spot, or my personal favorite “Army Of Darkness”. In the end, i decided on AOD because it is the more famous of the trilogy. Video games, TV shows, and movies have all done parodies or AOD. This movie has become a cult classic over the years, and it deserves it so. If the movie was a big hit in theaters, maybe the film wouldn’t have the value it has today. It’s a great tale of man who gets hurled back in time to defeat the evil dead. He doesn’t want to be there, he just wants to go home.He embarks a horrible mission where the evil is torturing him along the way And in the end, he comes to his senses, swallows his pride and kicks some dead butt. Hail to the king baby!Great one-liners too.

10. The Goonies (1985)


Richard Donner’s classic film about some youngin’s looking for gold under the earth. Classic characters and great story telling. The Goonies isn’t for everyone, but it’s a classic film remembered for it’s 80’s style humer and actors. Check it out if you’ve never seen it.

9. Lifeforce (1985)


Why is this film on here? Because it’s one of the sci-fi greats that i don’t think as much recognition as it should have. A space crew finds an alien space ship with 3 human life forms on board and some giant space bats. They bring them back with them, they turn out to be vampires. Not only vampires, but space vampires! This movie is twisted, dark and probably one of the strangest films I’ve ever seen. It is one of the greats from 80’s, and tobe hooper proves it in this vastly entertaining film.The plot sounds kinda dumb…but I assure you, this movie is lot better then you could possibly even imagine.

8. King Kong (1933)


What would a list of the greatest movies ever that you should have seen be without King Kong? Everyone knows the story…maybe you have seen Peter Jackson’s King Kong. Which is great movie, but here again, nothing beats the original. 1933, and the special effects are still astounding.You will never see another movie as clever as this one from that time period.

7. Gremlins (1984)


The story of how a cute pet can turn into a demon and destroy a town. You know the story. Gizmo, the Gremlins…true movie magic is this film. Gizmo is probably one of the greatest movie characters on the screen that can make you say “awe how cute”.And then they turn into monsters and destroy everything…but anyway, this movie has spawned tons of toys and parodies in other films over the years. This movie even made a sequel, “Gremlins 2: The New Batch” where they actually did a parody of the first movie! How cool is that? Nothing better then knowing you can take a crack at yourself and laugh about it.But anyway, cinematic movie making right here. A MUST own.

6. Poltergeist (1982)


This is a true classic film, that i’m sure all of us have seen at one point at another. Who could forget the scene where the ghost is walking down the stair case…or the family’s daughter lost in the after world. Or how about the coffins bursting through the house revealing the remains of the once living town citizens. This movie is full of classic moments, and this is where the famous “They’re Here” line comes from. And of course it’s sequel “they’re baaaack” originated. This a movie that every house hold should have a copy of of. Seriously.

5.Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)


The very first (but actually second in chronological order) of the Indiana Jones films starring Harrison Ford and directed by Steven Spielberg. Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant, before the Nazis do. Giant Bolder. I’m sure you own this movie though.


4. Back To The future (1985)


Robert Zemeckis first of three films about young Marty Mcfly who travels back in time with his buddy doc brown (Christopher Lloyd) to avert certain futures. This movie has the classic scene where Marty plays Johhny B. Good at the high school dance. Who could forget that? The entire film is perfect from beginning to end (even though some of it doesn’t make any sense, but who cares it’s just a movie right?) with great comedic style and adventure. Funny enough, the flying car at the end of the movie was actually supposed to be a joke. Then the studio asked them to make a sequel (Back To The Future Part 2 and 3 that were filmed back to back) so had to compensate the beginning of BTTF 2 because of the ending of this film. Great stuff though, you can’t miss out on it.

3. Ghostbusters (1984)


The gangs all here. Bill, Dan, Sigourney, Ivan, Harold and Hudson.The Ghostbusters logo is the second most most recognizable logo all of time, next to coca-cola. and with good reason. Blasting ghosts, making jokes and kicking some paranormal behind is what Ghost busting is all about. A true classic, one that everyone should at least see once, no matter what your age. I ain’t fraid of no ghost.

2.Star Wars (1977)


No movie more deserving then Lucas’s Original star wars movie. One of the greatest idea’s ever conceived, and probably one of the most recognizable films ever made, Star Wars by far deserves second place. Who could forget about R2D2, C3PO, Lando, Leia, Luke, Vader and all the rest. The original way. Not the shotty sequels that came years later, but the original films with muppets, great story telling and direction. Kudos to you George Lucas for the first 3 original films. Jeers for the latest ones. Because in opinion, do not even come close to holding a candle to these classics, especially A New Hope. Probably more homages and Parodies then any other film to date.

1. Gone With The Wind (1939)


Gone with the wind has been claimed by many as THE greatest film ever made. Maybe…maybe not. But this one stands the test of time. It is truly a great sight to behold, and a worthy film that should be nothing less then number 1 on this list. It is story telling at it’s greatest…characters you will never forget. And famous lines you will hear repeated in other TV shows and movies for another hundred years. If you have never seen this movie, i suggest you do. You will never regret it. Because even if you do not care for it…you can still say “yes, i have seen gone with the wind”, because i think everyone should.The film takes place during the civil war, and what despite what some might say, is not really a romance story.It is the story of a young woman going through all the hardships of that time. Cruel and unusual punishment for her ways, and when she tries to make amends for the things she has said and done “where will i go? What will i do?” Her husband simply replies…”Frankly my dear, i don’t give a damn.”

There you have it. I know theres a few films that SHOULD have been on this list, but i honestly could not find a place for them. Such as “The wizard Of Oz” and “E.T.”But i wanted to compile a list of movies that seem to be part of history…movies time will never forget. Movies that all of us SHOULD have seen at one point in time.Maybe we have…maybe we haven’t. But you should see them. Because for the most part, even though they aren’t all life changing movies, you will never regret seeing them.

Because then you can always say that you have.

Other Films:

26.The Wizard Of Oz


28.Saving Private Ryan

29.Jurassic Park


31.The Godfather




35.A Clockwork Orange

36.The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

37.Jason And The Argonauts

38.Logan’s Run

39.Die Hard

40.Night Of The Living Dead

41.The Nightmare Before Christmas

42.Kelly’s Heroes

43.Young Guns


45.Lethal Weapon



48.Full Metal Jacket

49. The Silence Of The Lambs

50.Planet Of The apes

– StraTT

16 responses to “The Top 50 Greatest Movies Of All Time (That You SHOULD Have Seen)

  1. Pretty good list there StraTT but there was 1 series of movies that werent on the list that EVERYONE must see and i cant believe you forgot the “Los Tres Assassins” series, honestly in my opinion the greatest movie series ever conceived. The cinematics were mesmerizing, the special effects were something that ILM could have never even conceived, let alone pulled off, and the cast ? come on now, there hasent been a cast of actors in history that could hold a candle to those guys, the witty banter and the stunts ? thoes guys trained for like 18 years just to play the roles in thoes movies. So i think the “L3A” series should atleast get the “Movie Series Of The Millenium” award.

  2. I’m going to give your list a 4 and 3/4 star and 9.8 our of 10 rating. I full heartedly agreed with every choice on the list and I say that having seen every movie on there save 3. However, I feel a bit jilted, being as how you’ve omitted both “Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas” AND “Where the Buffalo Roam”. Shame on you StraTTicus. I can possibly see omitting FALILV, due to the fact that it was based more on the characterization of Hunter S. Thompson (Raul Duke) and didn’t focus so much on his life as it did his semi-fictional book. But not including WTBR is a gal-darn insult to any/everyone who knows the first thing about good movies. Not only was Bill Murray’s portrayal of HST spot-fucking-on and so real that even HST said it was erie, but the lines in that movie were terrific, along with its low budget styling that relied almost entirely on the acting and script and left things like special effects, star studded casts, and wild camera tricks for those who couldn’t do what Art Linson did.

    That being said, StraTTicus, I commend your efforts. You get an A and one half +. And for those of you who haven’t seen either movie, rent them now, or you will face my wrath. Which can be a very ugly thing.

  3. Well I’ve updated the list once again, it seems more complete now then it was before. There where a few that i had forgotten, so i threw a few fillers in there until i could of more that honestly deserved to be in there. There are actually quit a few a few that should be in there, but i personally don’t think they should be.Maybe Fear And Loathing and and Where the Buffalo Roam should be in there, but the reason they are not is because of the very reason Nick Fit gave. I think the list is pretty much complete now.

  4. Yeah E-rokk i remember, but this list is a little more official.The other list where my personal favorites.

  5. Dude… StraTTicus… I’m dsappointed. Not only did neither one of my requests make it up there yet Titanic did. C’mon. Both you and I know that my requests are much better movies on all accounts than that. Furthermore, I’m going to have to dispute your Young Guns. Though happy to see it made the grade, Young Guns II was far superior. I believe if you really sit and think about it or go watch them back to back (as I have done many a time) you will agree with me.

  6. Strat can’t be blamed for Titanic, he knows it is a shitty, over produced load of garbage, but his fag bone was in full effect. Also, I am going to have to say I agree with the superiority of Young Guns 2

  7. You may be correct about young guns 2. Maybe i will change that, it was a far greater film then the first.The ONLY reason Titanic is on the list, is because it is the number 1 grossing film of all time.Technically, The Wizard Of Oz SHOULD have been at LEAST number 2, since it is classified as the “most watched movie ever”.

  8. the godfather should be on the top

  9. you just have put there too..”karate kid 1 and karate kid 2″

  10. Here’s two more films to add to that list: The Civil War movie Glory, and the slavery story Amistad. Saving Private Ryan should have been much higher on the list.

  11. Once upon a time in America should be added to the list, the film will blow you away. in one word is a masterpiece.

  12. Dude, what about Jaws?!

  13. Great list and I saw most of ’em in the theatre. One quibble, though…George Pal’s War Of The Worlds hasn’t been colorized; it was always in color.

  14. This movies rather new, but I feel the need to request the addition of Twelve Years a Slave.

  15. It is really just a matter of taste… Perhaps I missed it, but Forrest Gump and Shawshank are 2 of my favorites.

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