My Top 1000 Movies Feature Length Narrative US/UK Films of All Time (Updated for 2018, now top 2,500+ movies)

by creekin111 | created - 25 Sep 2011 | updated - 14 hours ago | Public

In 1912 the first US feature film to be shown in its entirety was H. A. Spanuth's five-reel production of Oliver Twist. One hundred years later feature length narrative films are still going strong. Here are the top 2,000+ feature length narrative films from the US and/or UK from 1912-2011. (Now including films from 2012-2018)

-Chris R.

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1. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,487,608 | Gross: $134.97M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) Profound American saga. The lines of dialogue have been forever embedded into the American culture and film discourse. Never before has a film brought us so close to the characters and lifestyles of a crime family. Unforgettable performances, shocking violence with twists and turns along the brilliant storyline, rich look and much more make this a legendary film.

2. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

100 Metascore

Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 372,993 | Gross: $1.59M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) The foundation for most modern film techniques. The most innovative and groundbreaking film ever made. A whirlwind of time lapses, flashbacks and flash-forwards all fall tightly into place like a finished puzzle. Orson Welles does it all and more. And who could forget Gregg Toland's completely unique gorgeous black and white cinematography.

3. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Votes: 185,436

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) Easily the greatest Hollywood film about Hollywood ever made. A very powerfully disturbing performance by Swanson. Billy Wilder's direction is nothing short of genius. Striking music score also one of the most influential of all time. An amazingly sharp and witty script that is the very peak of noirish film making.

4. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

R | 202 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,036,089 | Gross: $57.30M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) Doesn't skip a beat from Part 1. Seamlessly expands the epic saga into a much larger scope. So much more is learned and expanded about the remaining characters. Conflicting situations are intensified and pushed beyond their pressure points along with very intriguing developments make this arguably the best sequel of all time.

5. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 489,084 | Gross: $1.02M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) Like a fine bottle of perfectly aged wine, its complexities are seemingly endless and ageless. A surrounding conflict at its most intense fast paced exhilaration amidst the smoke, colorful characters, intrigue, shadows and euphonious music lies one of the greatest romances of all time. Most likely the best dialogue ever in a film.

6. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

94 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,124,231 | Gross: $96.90M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) Emotional, powerful and shocking scenes throughout. Fiennes plays one of the greatest villains of all time.

7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

R | 133 min | Drama

83 Metascore

A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where he rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson, Michael Berryman

Votes: 855,388 | Gross: $112.00M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) An American classic that works perfectly as a comedy and a dramatic story. A great broad range of characters. A great commentary on mental institutions.

8. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 270,439 | Gross: $198.68M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) This is the epitome of the Hollywood epic. The most memorable female lead ever. Astonishingly gorgeous Technicolor. Grandly produced, impeccably directed. Among all the war conflicts, beautiful scenery and costumes the great love story is the real draw to this Civil War romance.

9. All About Eve (1950)

Passed | 138 min | Drama

98 Metascore

An ingénue insinuates herself into the lives of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm

Votes: 112,516 | Gross: $0.01M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) One of the greatest scripts ever and the best film with a female majority cast.

10. Pulp Fiction (1994)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis

Votes: 1,701,073 | Gross: $107.93M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade)Absolutely insane situations, witty dialogue and the gimp. Defined the 90s film at the peak of the indie movement. Quentin Tarantino became a household name.

11. Chinatown (1974)

R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

92 Metascore

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez

Votes: 273,526 | Gross: $29.20M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) Neo-noir done with great skill and craft. Fascinating character piece done with depth and intrigue.

12. On the Waterfront (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

91 Metascore

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

Votes: 132,142 | Gross: $9.60M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) One of the most influential performances by any actor, Brando emerges as one of the greatest method actors ever.

13. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Approved | 228 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

100 Metascore

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 249,736 | Gross: $44.82M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) An epic film treasure that is powerful and charging on all cylinders. The best looking film of the 20th century also applies narrative techniques to its greatest use. Rousing music score with meticulous direction by Lean along with moving performances paints a harsh and vast landscape of the desert. Doesn't get much better than this.

14. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

85 Metascore

In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its deadly powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 832,778 | Gross: $248.16M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) A non-stop exciting romp from beginning to end! Never lets up yet doesn't get tiring for a second. A really fun movie that only gets more exhilarating as it goes along. Incredible chase sequences, action scenes make this the greatest action/adventure film ever made.

15. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

89 Metascore

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 368,329

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) The ultimate 'what if' fantasy that became a Christmas tradition. A provocative and poignant theme. Shows how each and every individual's existence is meaningful. Cleverly shows you how one single person can make such a big difference. Perhaps Jimmy Stewart's best performance.

16. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

100 Metascore

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 357,994 | Gross: $2.08M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) As a musical or fantasy, it can’t get much better than this. Songs will be remembers from generation to generation. Astonishing imagery with probably the most brilliant use of color. The memorable character can't be forgotten how well each actor held up to the role. A historical technical triumph.

17. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 620,323 | Gross: $4.36M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) Simple, yet extremely thought provoking about the prejudices of the American jury system. A great character stage play with wonderful performances all around.

18. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

90 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,151,370 | Gross: $322.74M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) The most exciting movie ever made. Ground shattering technical triumph. Shook the foundation of the sci-fi genre with a 9.8 on the Richter scale. Perhaps the greatest music score of all time. Perhaps the greatest modern mythology of our time. Literally created an entire universe with bizarre creatures and fantastic epic events. Rip-roaring from beginning to end.

19. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 557,129 | Gross: $32.00M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) Still to this day it has perhaps the greatest twist of all time. What no other director would dare to put on screen Hitchcock does with surprising bluntness. He pushes the envelope beyond what horror has only hinted at before. Totally legitimized the genre. Unforgettable shocking famous shower scene.

20. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

94 Metascore

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,538,240 | Gross: $377.85M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) Grand conclusion to the greatest trilogy of all time. More battle scenes to fill all 3 movies. Cinematography, editing, sound, sets, costumes all uniquely crafted. Peter Jackson took a monumental risk adapting this mythology to the big screen and it paid off big time.

21. Raging Bull (1980)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

89 Metascore

The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violence and temper that led him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent

Votes: 298,251 | Gross: $23.38M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) Fascinating sports/bio pic that’s a great study for aesthetic violence. One of the greatest and devoted lead performances. An absolutely riveting portrayal of a boxer consumed with anger, pride and fear. Beautifully shot in black and white. Scorsese's best film.

22. Rear Window (1954)

PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

100 Metascore

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 411,800 | Gross: $36.76M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) Hitchcock does so much with so little space. Its not an easy task to keep the audience's attention just from the point of view of one tiny apartment room for the entire film.

23. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

PG | 95 min | Comedy

97 Metascore

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 425,066 | Gross: $0.28M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) Brilliant satire with perhaps the greatest comic performance ever.

24. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War

94 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 565,141 | Gross: $83.47M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) Most exciting war scene ever! Shows the insanity of war. Amazing cinematography.

25. It Happened One Night (1934)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

87 Metascore

A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 87,002 | Gross: $4.36M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) Cleverly written comedy that inspired many subsequent movies of its kind but never equaled.

26. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

87 Metascore

British POWs build a railway bridge across the river Kwai for their Japanese captors, oblivious of the Allies' plans to destroy it.

Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 190,566 | Gross: $44.91M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) Greatest POW movie ever made could also be said the same for any war adventure. Fantastic strong performances all around. Extremely intriguing and provocative conflicts. An absolutely draw dropping end that is perhaps the greatest of all time. Jolly good show!

27. Rebecca (1940)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A self-conscious woman juggles adjusting to her new role as an aristocrat's wife and avoiding being intimidated by his first wife's spectral presence.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

Votes: 113,769 | Gross: $4.36M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) Richly dark atmospheric tale. Top notch production and one of Hitchcock's best.

28. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 278,911

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) An unforgettable social commentary about the injustices during the time before the civil rights movement. Arguably the greatest heroic main character.

29. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 938,958 | Gross: $46.84M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) Hysterical, highly entertaining and extremely quotable. Set the tone for violent crime films of the 90's. Pesci is amazing.

30. Double Indemnity (1944)

Passed | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

95 Metascore

An insurance representative lets himself be talked by a seductive housewife into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr

Votes: 132,446 | Gross: $5.72M

(***** Stars, A+ Grade) Great lines are spitted out at rapid pace just enough for you to soak in the amazing dialogue. The definition of film noir.