The most acclaimed movies of all time are Casablanca (1942), Citizen Kane (1941), and The Godfather (1972). These three films routinely top "Best Films of All Time" lists, including those issued by the American Film Institute and American Movie Classics. Another highly acclaimed film is Gone With The Wind (1939), which holds the cinema records for most tickets ever sold (202,044,600) as of 2015. It also holds the highest domestic gross, when adjusted for inflation ($198,676,459), claims Box Office Mojo.
The movies that are considered the greatest of all time typically find the sliver of common ground between popular appeal and critical acclaim. For instance, The Wizard Of Oz (1939) or Psycho (1960). Great films are also those that can withstand the tests of time and of repeated viewings, notably the It's A Wonderful Life (1946) and Jaws (1976).
A highly acclaimed film can belong to any genre. Dramas, such as Schindler's List (1993) and The Shawshank Redemption (1994) top the "Best" lists as often as comedies such as Some Like It Hot (1959) and Dr. Strange Love Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964).
Finally, a highly acclaimed film is one that can entertain and delight generations of viewers while at the same time providing thought-provoking insights into philosophical quandaries. Prime examples of this type of film include the original three Star War films and The Lord of The Rings trilogy.