Time's All-Time 100 Movies
"All-Time" 100 Movies is a compilation by Time magazine featuring and celebrating 100 of "the greatest" films released between March 3, 1923 (when the first issue of Time was published) and early 2005 (when the list was compiled). The list was compiled by critics Richard Schickel and Richard Corliss and generated significant attention, receiving 7.8 million hits in its first week alone.
Richard Schickel and Richard Corliss each independently compiled a list of 115-120 films they judged to be worthy of inclusion and then debated and weighed each choice until they agreed on the top 100. The process took about four months to complete. An effort was made to make the list as diverse as possible in terms of directors, actors, countries, and genres represented.
There are 106 films in this list with Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia Part 1 and 2 (Independent, 1938), Satyajit Ray's The Apu Trilogy (Edward Harrison, 1955, 1956, 1959), Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part I and II (Paramount Pictures, 1972, 1974), and Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (New Line Cinema, 2001–2003) all listed as single entries. Other directors with multiple films on the list are Martin Scorsese with three Taxi Driver (Columbia Pictures, 1976), Raging Bull (United Artists, 1980), and Goodfellas (Warner Bros., 1990); and Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujirō Ozu, Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Elia Kazan, Ernst Lubitsch, François Truffaut, Ingmar Bergman, Sergio Leone, Stanley Donen, Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg all with two each. Films on the list span a period of 80 years starting with Sherlock, Jr. (Metro Pictures Corporation, 1924) directed by Buster Keaton, and finishing with Finding Nemo (Disney, 2003) directed by Andrew Stanton.
10 Best Soundtracks
The list also included a section on the "10 Best Soundtracks" of all time, as chosen by Richard Schickel and Richard Corliss:
- The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
- Citizen Kane (1941)
- Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (1949)
- On the Waterfront (1954)
- The Man With the Golden Arm (1955)
- Jules et Jim (1962)
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
- Laura (1979)
- Roja (1992)
- South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
According to Richard Corliss, the list's web pages attracted a record 7.8 million page views in its first week, including 3.5 million on May 23, its opening day.
"Thousands of readers have written in to cheer or challenge our selections, and thousands more have voted for their own favorites. The response simply underscores Richard's and my long-held belief that everybody has two jobs: his own and movie critic."