User:Classic film/Film list

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for a filtered down list of purely great films see User:Classic film/Great films. There are currently 4600 films on this list.

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  • Featured articleFeatured articleFeatured articleFeatured article - top 10 greatest ever material
  • Featured articleFeatured articleFeatured article - a true masterpiece, top 100 best ever film material. If you spot a 3 or 4 star film on the list you've not seen, I recommend you urgently see it as I don't give away these ratings very often!!
  • Featured articleFeatured article - a truly great film, top 500 best ever film material
  • Featured article - Top 1000 best ever film material. I'm more lenient with this rating, often it's a film that would be candidate for a given year worth considering when drawing up a list of the greatest films ever made, even if sometimes not good enough to really be selected in the eventual top list.
  • Bold - An excellent to great film
  • Normal - A satisfactory to very good film
  • Good article - The best film in a given year
  • Christian Cross icon.svg - A rare and special film which I found to move me spiritually or emotionally or has some sort of supernatural feeling or electric atmosphere to it throughout or in part which makes it a special viewing experience
  • (cinematography) - A technical masterpiece or a film with striking cinematography/set design/costume design but an average or poor plot/acting
  • (I enjoyed it) - A film which might have been largely panned by critics or be a very questionable choice which is included because I enjoyed it!
  • (enjoyably bad) or (so silly it was enjoyable!) - A film which might have so many flaws in it, whether it's a dubious plot scenario, bad acting, or low budget production props, which raise a chuckle when watching it to the point that it's fun viewing. Most films like that don't make the list, but some do have a certain charm and likeability despite the serious flaws!
  • Films which are really bad won't make this list.

Top 50[edit]

I originally thought it was too difficult to rank masterpieces as being better than each other, but it now seems reasonable at least to list the top 50 films I think are among the best I've seen. These are truly the great ones highlighted, ones that are must sees for film buffs. I think that The Lord of the Rings Trilogy considered as one film is undoubtedly the greatest technical accomplishment in film history and probably the strongest candidate for best film overall, but ones like Ugetsu and The Ascent rank higher on the list because of the extraordinary emotions you feel in watching them, they're like a force of nature, very powerful films. Obviously there's many more, which is reflected in the full list, but these in my opinion are among the real crème de la crème:

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1900s[edit]

1900[edit]

12 films

1901[edit]

12 films

1902[edit]

6 films

1903[edit]

6 films

1904[edit]

6 films

1905[edit]

5 films

1906[edit]

5 films

1907[edit]

5 films

1908[edit]

5 films

1909[edit]

6 films

1910s[edit]

1920s[edit]

1920[edit]

17 films

1921[edit]

13 films

1922[edit]

16 films

1923[edit]

10 films

1924[edit]

12 films

1925[edit]

11 films

1926[edit]

11 films

1927[edit]

12 films

1928[edit]

15 films

1929[edit]

26 films

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1950s[edit]

1950[edit]

58 films

1951[edit]

59 films

1952[edit]

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1954[edit]

1955[edit]

108 films

1956[edit]

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