One of the biggest debates for film fans comes when someone asks what the greatest movie of all time is. It is an argument that can never be decided on, since movies are subjective. While one person may consider “Citizen Kane” the best movie of all time, others may find it the most boring movie that they have ever watched. Others will look at newer movies and claim that are better than the classics because they relate better to the current stories.
However, everyone tries to name the greatest movie of all time, whether or not they have a leg to stand on. Empire magazine decided to ask their readers what the greatest movie of all time was and the winner was very surprising. While old standby movies like “The Godfather” and “Jaws” were in the Top 10, most of the movies were modern classics without a true cinema classic to be found. The readers voted “The Empire Strikes Back” as the greatest movie of all time. With that in mind, here is a look at some more prestigious choices.
American Film Institute: “Citizen Kane”
The American Film Institute is an organization set up to honor film, artists and to work at bringing prestigious films to the public eye. They are a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to educate filmmakers and film lovers while preserving film heritage for future generations. The AFI has a number of lists where they name the best movies or characters in various categories, but when it comes to the greatest movies of all time, they list Orson Welles “Citizen Kane” at the top of the list. “Citizen Kane” is a fictionalized story based on the life of real-life media mogul William Randolph Hearst, the godfather of newspaper journalism.
Sight & Sound Poll: “Vertigo”
Once every 10 years, Sight & Sound asks critics to choose the greatest movie of all time and then they rank the films based on these votes. The poll started in 1962, and for 50 years, “Citizen Kane” ranked first on the list. That changed in 2012 when “Citizen Kane” was knocked out of the top spot by a movie that will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2018. The new number one movie in the esteemed critics poll is “Vertigo,” Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece stars James Stewart as a man obsessed with the memories of his dead lover.
IMDb: “The Shawshank Redemption”
As far as fans are concerned, there has been one movie that ranks at the top of the fan voted rankings on the Internet Movie Database for years now. Frank Darabont’s “The Shawshank Redemption” holds that prestigious spot and has for a very long time now, ranking at an impressive 9.2 out of 10 by the fan votes. The movie is based on the novella by Stephen King and tells the story of a man falsely convicted of killing his wife, eventually finding his redemption. It is one of the greatest movies of all time when it comes to uplifting movies.