What Movies Are Often Named on All-Time Great Lists?


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Many lists of the all-time greatest films contain expected and deserving classics such as "Citizen Kane," "Casablanca," "Vertigo," "Gone with the Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz." More contemporary lists cite newer mainstays such as "Blade Runner," "E.T. the Extra Terrestrial," "Star Wars," "Pulp Fiction" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

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Greatest movie lists sometimes target specific genres, such as lauded animated films. Some of those best animated film choices feature older Walt Disney classics such as "Bambi," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "Pinocchio"; others focus on more recent animated Disney fare such as "The Lion King" and "Beauty and the Beast," as well as unique hybrids such as "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."

Some newer computer-animated films are already hailed as modern classics, such as Pixar's "WALL-E," and the "Toy Story" movies. Anime receives some recognition with the film "Akira" appearing on many greatest films lists. A common number one pick for many animation aficionados is "My Neighbor Tortoro," a 1988 film by Miyazaki. "Spirited Away" is also oft-celebrated as a top animation pick on some greatest films selections.

In terms of other genre-specific greatest movie choices, best documentary lists often name Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine," the 1978 classic "The Last Waltz" and 1985's seminal Holocaust post-mortem, "Shoah." The best comedies frequently include the '60s Stanley Kubrick classic, "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"; ‘80s favorite, "Ghostbusters"; beloved British import, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"; the mock rock doc known as "Spinal Tap”; and 1980s straight-faced disaster movie send-up, "Airplane!"

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