Empire's The 100 Greatest Movies (2021 Edition)

Presenting the film magazine Empire's 2021 edition of their popular ranking, The 100 Greatest Movies, as voted for by the publication's staff and readers. As is often the nature of these things, there is a particularly heavy modern bias against historical works, with roughly close to half of all inclusions released this millennium - a figure that rises to almost two-thirds if the nineties are included for good measure - but there are a few curios within worth dissecting.

By decade, the number of films represented are as follows:

1940s: 3
1950s: 5
1960s: 4
1970s: 9
1980s: 14
1990s: 22
2000s: 20
2010s: 23

Both The Lord of the Rings and the original Star Wars trilogy hold the rare…

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    1

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    2

  • The Godfather

    3

  • The Dark Knight

    4

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    5

  • Jaws

    6

  • Pulp Fiction

    7

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    8

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    9

  • GoodFellas

    10

  • Star Wars

    11

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    12

  • Back to the Future

    13

  • The Godfather: Part II

    14

  • Jurassic Park

    15

  • Blade Runner

    16

  • Aliens

    17

  • Parasite

    18

  • Inception

    19

  • The Matrix

    20

  • Alien

    21

  • Avengers: Endgame

    22

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    23

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    24

  • Fight Club

    25

  • Die Hard

    26

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    27

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    28

  • Apocalypse Now

    29

  • Heat

    30

  • Interstellar

    31

  • The Thing

    32

  • Casablanca

    33

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    34

  • The Shining

    35

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    36

  • Se7en

    37

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    38

  • Gladiator

    39

  • Citizen Kane

    40

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    41

  • 12 Angry Men

    42

  • There Will Be Blood

    43

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    44

  • The Big Lebowski

    45

  • Schindler's List

    46

  • Do the Right Thing

    47

  • Ghostbusters

    48

  • Spirited Away

    49

  • Vertigo

    50

  • Whiplash

    51

  • Point Break

    52

  • Forrest Gump

    53

  • Saving Private Ryan

    54

  • Taxi Driver

    55

  • The Social Network

    56

  • Blade Runner 2049

    57

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    58

  • Moonlight

    59

  • Hot Fuzz

    60

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    61

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    62

  • Get Out

    63

  • La La Land

    64

  • Seven Samurai

    65

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    66

  • Singin' in the Rain

    67

  • Lady Bird

    68

  • Inglourious Basterds

    69

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    70

  • Up

    71

  • Rear Window

    72

  • Mulholland Drive

    73

  • Trainspotting

    74

  • A Quiet Place

    75

  • Arrival

    76

  • Return of the Jedi

    77

  • In the Mood for Love

    78

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    79

  • L.A. Confidential

    80

  • Psycho

    81

  • The Usual Suspects

    82

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    83

  • Lost in Translation

    84

  • Shaun of the Dead

    85

  • Black Panther

    86

  • The Exorcist

    87

  • Titanic

    88

  • No Country for Old Men

    89

  • The Terminator

    90

  • Logan

    91

  • Léon: The Professional

    92

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    93

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    94

  • Donnie Darko

    95

  • Brokeback Mountain

    96

  • Amélie

    97

  • Paddington 2

    98

  • Groundhog Day

    99

  • Reservoir Dogs

    100