ByWiiliam Jimmyjoebob Taylor, writer at Creators.co

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) - surpassed The Dark Knight (2008) as the highest-grossing (worldwide) film of the Batman franchise

The Dark Knight (2008) - the # 2 action film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011, and the highest-grossing (domestic) film of the Batman franchise

The Matrix Reloaded (2003), its sequel, became the highest-grossing (domestic) R-rated action film at $281 million (# 2)

Gladiator (2000) - the # 5 action film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011

The Matrix (1999) - the # 4 science-fiction film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; rated as the # 5 action film in Entertainment Weekly's 2007 issue of the "Top 25 Greatest Action Movies"; ranked the # 66 film in AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills polling in 2001

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) - ranked as the # 1 Action-Heroine film in terms of domestic box-office receipts (as of 2010); rated as the # 10 action film in Entertainment Weekly's 2007 issue of the "Top 25 Greatest Action Movies"; ranked the # 77 film in AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills polling in 2001; ranked the # 8 science-fiction film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; the # 4 ranked science-fiction film in IMDb's top rankings of science-fiction genre films, voted upon by site visitors in 2010

Die Hard (1988) - the # 4 action film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; rated as the # 1 action film in Entertainment Weekly's 2007 issue of the "Top 25 Greatest Action Movies"; ranked the # 39 film in AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills polling in 2001

Aliens (1986) - rated as the # 2 action film in Entertainment Weekly's 2007 issue of the "Top 25 Greatest Action Movies"; ranked as the # 7 Action-Heroine film in terms of domestic box-office receipts (as of 2010)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - the # 1 action film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; rated as the # 3 action film in Entertainment Weekly's 2007 issue of the "Top 25 Greatest Action Movies"; ranked the # 10 film in AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills polling in 2001

The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - the top-ranked 'action film' in IMDB's Action Genre listings (as of 2010); rated as the # 12 action film in Entertainment Weekly's 2007 issue of the "Top 25 Greatest Action Movies"

The James Bond films - from 1962 to present, has been rated by the Guinness World Records as the "most profitable" film series of all-time (although the Bond films have been superceded by the Star Wars and Harry Potter films); for example, Goldfinger (1964) rated as the # 19 action film in Entertainment Weekly's 2007 issue of the "Top 25 Greatest Action Movies"

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Animation:

Toy Story 3 (2010)

Up (2009)

WALL-E (2008)

The Incredibles (2004)

Shrek 2 (2004)

Finding Nemo (2003)

Spirited Away (2001, Jp.)

Shrek (2001)

Toy Story (1995)

The Lion King (1994)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Akira (1988, Jp.)

Tale of Tales (1979, Russian)

Bambi (1942)

Pinocchio (1940)

Fantasia (1940)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Toy Story 3 (2010) - the third film in the long-running Toy Story series; the highest-grossing film (domestic) in the year 2010 and the highest grossing animated film of all-time (worldwide), surpassing Shrek 2 (2004); the first animated film in history to gross over $1 billion (worldwide); predicted to be the Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature Film in 2010; the third animated film to be nominated for Best Picture, following Up (2009) and Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Up (2009) - the Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature Film in 2009; the second animated film to be nominated for Best Picture, following Beauty and the Beast (1991), the first CG-animated Best Picture nominee, and the first to receive a Best Picture nomination since animated films received their own category in 2001; ranked as the # 3 animated movie in IMDb's top animation title rankings, voted upon by site visitors, as of 2010

WALL-E (2008) - the Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature Film in 2008; ranked as the # 1 animated movie in IMDb's top animation title rankings, voted upon by site visitors, as of 2010

The Incredibles (2004) - won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film in 2004, and became one of only four animated movies ever to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay

Shrek 2 (2004), the sequel, became the highest grossing animated film of all time, surpassing Finding Nemo (2003) and The Lion King (1994); nominated for Best Animated Feature Film (lost to The Incredibles)

Finding Nemo (2003) - the Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature Film in 2003; ranked the # 10 animated film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; the first computer-generated motion picture to outgross The Lion King as the highest-grossing animated film of all time, until it was surpassed the next year by Shrek 2

Spirited Away (2001) - ranked as the # 2 animated movie in IMDb's top animation title rankings, voted upon by site visitors, as of 2010; it was the first anime (Japanese animation) film to win an Academy Award

Shrek (2001) - ranked the # 8 animated film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; the first film to win in the Best Animated Feature Film category (newly-established)

Toy Story (1995) - the # 2 animated film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; ranked the # 6 animated film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; ranked the # 1 film in OFCS' "Top 100 Animated Features of All Time" polling in 2003

The Lion King (1994) - the # 1 animated film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; ranked the # 4 animated film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; the highest-grossing hand-drawn animated film of all time

Beauty and the Beast (1991) - the # 3 animated film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; ranked the # 7 animated film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; the only animated film nominated for Best Picture before a separate Best Animated Feature Film category was created by the Academy

Akira (1988) - voted as the Top anime ever made by Anime Insider in 2001

Tale of Tales (1979) (aka Skazka skazok) - Yuri Norstein's short film was voted by critics to be the Greatest Animated Film of All Time at a 1984 Los Angeles arts festival

Bambi (1942) - ranked the # 3 animated film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008

Fantasia (1940) - the # 5 animated film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; ranked the # 5 animated film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; ranked the # 2 film in OFCS' "Top 100 Animated Features of All Time" polling in 2003; ranked # 58 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies

Pinocchio (1940) - ranked the # 2 animated film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) - the # 4 animated film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; ranked # 34 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked the # 1 animated film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; ranked the # 3 film in OFCS' "Top 100 Animated Features of All Time" polling in 2003; ranked # 23 in Entertainment Weekly's "100 Greatest Movies of All Time" book published in 1999; ranked # 49 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies

Comedy:

The Hangover (2009)

Borat (2006)

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)

Annie Hall (1977)

The Graduate (1967)

Dr. Strangelove Or: (1964)

Some Like It Hot (1959)

It Happened One Night (1934)

The Hangover (2009) - the highest-grossing R-rated comedy ever in the US (unadjusted for inflation) at $277 million (# 3), surpassing the record held for 25 years by another R-rated comedy Beverly Hills Cop (1984) at $234 million (domestic) (# 4)

Borat (2006) - the # 1 mockumentary at the box-office

Airplane! (1980) - the # 1 comedy in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011

Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) - voted # 1 comedy in 2005 in Channel 4's "50 Greatest Comedy Films"

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) - the # 2 comedy in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011

Annie Hall (1977) - ranked # 4 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs ranking in 2000; the # 22 ranked comedy film in IMDb's top rankings of comedy genre films, voted upon by site visitors in 2010

National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) - voted # 1 comedy by Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies"; ranked # 36 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs ranking in 2000; voted # 47 comedy in 2005 in Channel 4's "50 Greatest Comedy Films"

The Graduate (1967) - ranked # 17 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked # 7 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked # 9 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs ranking in 2000; ranked # 52 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions ranking in 2002; the # 25 ranked comedy film in IMDb's top rankings of comedy genre films, voted upon by site visitors in 2010

Dr. Strangelove Or:... (1964) - ranked # 39 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked # 3 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs ranking in 2000; ranked # 14 in Entertainment Weekly's "100 Greatest Movies of All Time" book published in 1999; ranked # 26 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; voted # 29 comedy in 2005 in Channel 4's "50 Greatest Comedy Films"; voted # 53 comedy by Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies"

Some Like It Hot (1959) - the # 3 comedy in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; ranked # 22 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked as the # 1 "Greatest American Comedy " in AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs ranking in 2000; ranked # 5 in Film Four's compilation of the "100 Greatest Films of All Time"; ranked # 9 in Entertainment Weekly's "100 Greatest Movies of All Time" book published in 1999; ranked # 14 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; voted # 16 comedy in 2005 in Channel 4's "50 Greatest Comedy Films"; the # 9 ranked comedy film in IMDb's top rankings of comedy genre films, voted upon by site visitors in 2010

It Happened One Night (1934) - ranked # 46 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked # 35 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked the # 3 romantic comedy film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; the only comedy (and one of only three films) to win the top five Academy Awards: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Picture and Best Director; ranked # 8 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs ranking in 2000; the # 17 ranked comedy film in IMDb's top rankings of comedy genre films, voted upon by site visitors in 2010

Cult:

This is Spinal Tap (1984)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Freaks (1932)

This is Spinal Tap (1984) - ranked # 29 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs ranking in 2000; ranked # 1 in Entertainment Weekly's polling of the "Top 50 Cult Movies" taken in 2003

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) - ranked # 2 in Entertainment Weekly's polling of the "Top 50 Cult Movies" taken in 2003; also, the longest theatrical release in film history, having been in theaters for 30 years as of 2005

Freaks (1932) - ranked # 3 in Entertainment Weekly's polling of the "Top 50 Cult Movies" taken in 2003

Disaster:

Titanic (1997)

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

Titanic (1997) - highest-grossing and award-winning film (shared with other films) of all-time

Independence Day (1996) - highest-grossing (domestic) disaster film until 1997

The Poseidon Adventure (1972) - voted Best Disaster Film in a consumer poll commissioned by UCI Cinemas in 2004

Documentary Films:

March of the Penguins (2005, Fr.)

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

Hoop Dreams (1994)

The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Gates of Heaven (1978)

The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

World in Action: Seven-Up! (1964)

Le Monde du Silence/The Silent World (1956, Fr.)

Night and Fog (1955)

The Man With a Movie Camera (1929)

Nanook of the North (1922)

March of the Penguins (2005, Fr.) - the highest-grossing nature documentary ever to date, the second-highest gross for a non-IMAX documentary, the 3rd highest documentary ever, and Best Documentary Feature Academy Award winner

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) - currently the highest grossing documentary of all time, and the Palme d'Or winner (the second documentary to win that award); voted # 8 in 2005 by Channel 4's polling of "50 Greatest Documentaries"

Bowling for Columbine (2002) - at one time, the highest-grossing documentary of all time, until surpassed by director Michael Moore's next film; in 2002, it was the first documentary to compete in the Cannes Film Festival's main competition in 46 years; won the Best Documentary Award at the Oscars; ranked # 1 in 2002 by International Documentary Association's "20 All-Time Favorite Non-Fiction Films"; voted # 3 in 2005 by Channel 4's polling of "50 Greatest Documentaries"

Hoop Dreams (1994) - the highest-grossing documentary until 2002; influential in changing how AMPAS voted for documentary films; also named the Best Film of the decade (1990's) by noted critic Roger Ebert; ranked # 4 in 2002 by International Documentary Association's "20 All-Time Favorite Non-Fiction Films"; voted # 11 in 2005 by Channel 4's polling of "50 Greatest Documentaries"

The Thin Blue Line (1988) - by Errol Morris, responsible for solving a murder case and helping to free a Texas death-row inmate; ranked # 2 in 2002 by International Documentary Association's "20 All-Time Favorite Non-Fiction Films"; voted # 28 in 2005 by Channel 4's polling of "50 Greatest Documentaries"

Gates of Heaven (1978) - regarded by critic Roger Ebert as one of his 10 Best Films of All Time

The Sorrow and the Pity (1969) - the # 8-ranked documentary in IMDb's top rankings of documentary films, voted upon by site visitors in 2010

World in Action: Seven-Up! Series (1964 and following 1970-2005) - voted # 1 in 2005 by Channel 4's polling of "50 Greatest Documentaries"; ranked # 13 in 2002 by International Documentary Association's "20 All-Time Favorite Non-Fiction Films"

Le Monde du Silence/The Silent World (1956, Fr.) - one of the most acclaimed nature documentaries ever, including the Palme d'Or (it was the first documentary to win this award) and the Best Documentary Feature Academy Award; co-directed by Jacques Yves-Cousteau with Louis Malle aboard the Calypso; it was also the first film to use underwater cinematography to show the ocean depths in color

Night and Fog (1955) - the top-ranked documentary in IMDb's top rankings of documentary films, voted upon by site visitors in 2010

The Man With a Movie Camera (1929) - always a highly-rated documentary film; ranked # 19 in 2002 by International Documentary Association's "20 All-Time Favorite Non-Fiction Films"

Nanook of the North (1922) - the first feature length documentary ever made; ranked # 6 in 2002 by International Documentary Association's "20 All-Time Favorite Non-Fiction Films"; voted # 44 in 2005 by Channel 4's polling of "50 Greatest Documentaries"

Epics:

Avatar (2009)

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)

Titanic (1997)

Schindler's List (1993)

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Ben-Hur (1959)

The Ten Commandments (1956)

Gone With the Wind (1939)

Avatar (2009) - surpassed Titanic (1997) as the highest-grossing film of all time (domestic and worldwide); also the highest-grossing (domestic) PG-13 rated action film of all time (# 1) at $760.5 million; the # 3 science-fiction film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003) - the highest grossing motion picture trilogy worldwide of all time; the entire trilogy received 17 Oscars from its 30 nominations; The Fellowship of the Ring - ranked the # 2 fantasy film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; also ranked # 50 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; The Return of the King - the first fantasy film to ever win the top Oscar prize, and also tied a record for the total number of Academy Awards won (11), with Ben-Hur (1959) and Titanic (1997); also the # 3 action film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011

Schindler's List (1993) - the # 1 political-historical film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; ranked # 9 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked # 8 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked the # 3 epic film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008

Titanic (1997) - ranked # 83 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked the # 6 epic film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; highest-grossing film of all-time, and highest-grossing PG-13 rated action film at $600.7 million (until surpassed by Avatar (2009)); ranked # 25 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills; ranked # 14 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs ("My Heart Will Go On"); record-tying for both 14 Academy Award nominations and 11 Academy Award wins; ranked # 25 in AFI's 100 100 Years...100 Thrills polling in 2001, and ranked # 37 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions polling in 2002

Doctor Zhivago (1965) - the # 2 political-historical film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; ranked # 39 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; and ranked # 7 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions polling in 2002

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - ranked # 7 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked the # 1 epic film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; ranked # 1 epic film of all time by UK magazine's Total Film (May 2004 issue); ranked # 3 in BFI's "Favorite British Film of the 20th Century" polling taken in 1999; ranked # 5 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked # 18 in Entertainment Weekly's "100 Greatest Movies of All Time" book published in 1999; voted "Best British Film of All Time" in 2004 by a London Sunday Telegraph poll of Britain's leading filmmakers; ranked # 23 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills polling in 2001

Ben-Hur (1959) - ranked the # 2 epic film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; ranked # 49 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills polling in 2001; ranked # 72 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; record-setting 11 Academy Award wins; ranked # 100 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies

The Ten Commandments (1956) - ranked the # 10 epic film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008

Gone With the Wind (1939) - the # 1 best movie of all time in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; ranked # 6 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked # 4 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked the # 4 epic film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; ranked # 2 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions polling in 2002

Showgirls (1995)

Henry & June (1990)

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1990)

Showgirls (1995), the # 1 highest-grossing (domestic) NC-17 rated film

Henry & June (1990), the # 2 highest-grossing (domestic) NC-17 rated film

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1990), the # 3 highest-grossing (domestic) NC-17 rated film

Family/Children's Film:

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The BFI (British Film Institute) in mid-2005 released its Top 10 Children's Films of All-Time - these choices were considered must-see "films that all children should see by the age of 14" - it was an unranked, alphabetical list of recommendations, including three of the films listed here

The BFI also provided a Top Fifty List of "Must-See" Children's Films

100 Children's Movies for children (ages 8-12) were recommended by The New York Times Essential Library's profile of one hundred top cinematic works, unranked, that were available on DVD or video; most of the films listed to the left were also found on their top 100 list

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) - the # 5 best movie of all time in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; the # 2 science-fiction film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; ranked # 24 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked the # 3 science-fiction film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; ranked # 44 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills polling in 2001

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) - ranked # 20 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked the # 3 fantasy film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; ranked # 7 in Film Four's compilation of the "100 Greatest Films of All Time"; ranked # 8 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions ranking in 2002; ranked # 10 in Time Out's Readers' Top 100 Poll taken in 1998; ranked # 11 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked # 16 in the Village Voice's listing of the '100 Best Films of 20th Century'; ranked # 56 in Entertainment Weekly's "100 Greatest Movies of All Time" book published in 1999

The Wizard of Oz (1939) - the # 2 best movie of all time in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; ranked # 10 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked the # 1 fantasy film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; ranked # 6 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked # 15 in the Village Voice's listing of the '100 Best Films of 20th Century'; ranked # 32 in Entertainment Weekly's "100 Greatest Movies of All Time" book published in 1999

Fantasy:

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

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

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Marvel's The Avengers (2012) - the highest-grossing (domestic and worldwide) superhero film of all time, and one of the most successful films of all time

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) - ranked as the # 1 Fantasy - Live Action film in terms of domestic box-office receipts (as of 2010); this was the first fantasy film to win the Best Picture Oscar-Academy Award; the top-ranked genre 'fantasy film' on the IMDB (as of 2010)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) - ranked the # 2 fantasy film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; the # 3 ranked genre 'fantasy film' on the IMDB (as of 2010)

The Wizard of Oz (1939) - ranked the # 1 fantasy film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; see above also; the # 16 ranked genre 'fantasy film' on the IMDB (as of 2010)

Film Noir:

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Sin City (2005) - highest-grossing (domestic) neo-noir at $74 million

L.A. Confidential (1997) - highest grossing (domestic) neo-noir until 2005

Sunset Boulevard (1950) - ranked # 16 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked # 12 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked # 28 in Entertainment Weekly's "100 Greatest Movies of All Time" book published in 1999; ranked # 52 in Film Four's compilation of the "100 Greatest Films of All Time";

The Maltese Falcon (1941) - ranked # 31 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked the # 6 mystery film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; ranked # 23 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked # 24 in the Men's Journal's listing of "The 50 Best Guy Movies of All Time" taken in 2003; ranked # 26 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills polling in 2001; ranked # 31 in Entertainment Weekly's "100 Greatest Movies of All Time" book published in 1999

Horror/Thriller:

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Halloween (1978)

Jaws (1975)

The Exorcist (1973)

Psycho (1960)

Vertigo (1958)

The Third Man (1949)

Saw II (2005) took top box-office honors among the recent 'torture-porn' films of the decade (at $87 million)

The Ring (2002) - the most successful horror remake in terms of domestic box-office (at $129 million)

The Sixth Sense (1999) - the most successful supernatural horror film in terms of domestic box-office (at $293.5 million)

Wes Craven's Scream (1996) - the top-grossing 'slasher' horror film (at $103 million)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) - the # 1 suspense/thriller film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; the only 'horror-thriller' to win Best Picture; also only one of three films to win the top five Oscar Awards; ranked # 1 in AFI's 'Greatest Villains' (Dr. Hannibal Lecter); ranked # 5 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills polling in 2001; selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of the "20 Scariest Movies of All Time" in 2004

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - the # 5 horror film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011

Poltergeist (1982) - the # 3 horror film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011

Halloween (1978) - the # 2 horror film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; this low-budget horror film was the highest grossing independent film for awhile; voted Best Horror Film of All Time by readers of SFX Magazine in 2004; selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of the "20 Scariest Movies of All Time" in 2004; the # 24 ranked horror film in IMDb's top rankings of horror genre films, voted upon by site visitors in 2010

Carrie (1976) - the # 4 horror film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011

Jaws (1975) - the # 2 suspense/thriller film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; ranked # 2 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills polling in 2001; ranked # 12 in Film Four's compilation of the "100 Greatest Films of All Time"; ranked # 48 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked # 52 in Entertainment Weekly's "100 Greatest Movies of All Time" book published in 1999; selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of the "20 Scariest Movies of All Time" in 2004

The Exorcist (1973) - the # 1 horror film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of the "20 Scariest Movies of All Time" in 2004; the # 10 ranked horror film in IMDb's top rankings of horror genre films, voted upon by site visitors in 2010; also the highest-grossing (domestic) R-rated horror film (# 5) of all time at $233 million

Psycho (1960) - the # 3 suspense/thriller film in ABC-TV's "The Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time" in 2011; ranked # 14 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked # 1 as the "Greatest American Thriller" in AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills polling in 2001; the # 1 ranked horror film in IMDb's top rankings of horror genre films, voted upon by site visitors in 2010; ranked # 11 in Film Four's compilation of the "100 Greatest Films of All Time"; ranked # 11 in Entertainment Weekly's "100 Greatest Movies of All Time" book published in 1999; ranked # 18 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked # 20 in the Village Voice's listing of the '100 Best Films of 20th Century'; selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of the "20 Scariest Movies of All Time" in 2004

Vertigo (1958) - ranked # 9 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary edition) polling in 2007, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked the # 7 mystery film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; four appearances in the top 10 of Sight & Sound's polling in the last 30 years and # 1 film in the 2012 ranking; also the highest ranked suspense thriller (# 3) in the Village Voice's listing of the '100 Best Films of 20th Century'; ranked # 18 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills polling in 2001; ranked # 18 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions ranking in 2002; ranked # 19 in Entertainment Weekly's "100 Greatest Movies of All Time" book published in 1999; ranked # 61 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies

The Third Man (1949) - ranked the # 5 mystery film in AFI's 10 Top 10 polling in 2008; ranked # 1 in BFI's "Favorite British Film of the 20th Century" polling taken in 1999; ranked # 30 in the Village Voice's listing of the '100 Best Films of 20th Century'; ranked # 57 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies polling in 1998, a list of the 100 greatest English-language movies; ranked # 65 in Entertainment Weekly's "100 Greatest Movies of All Time" book published in 1999; ranked # 75 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills polling in 2001.

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