Travel Movies Books Food Other
Sign In
Trending
New
Popular
type to search

50 Most Important Movies Ever Made

There have been millions and millions of movies made since the format's inception so to choose just 50 from cinema's entire history is a difficult process as personal feelings have to be mostly swept aside in favour of objectivity. There are of course numerous brilliant movies missing from the list that there simply wasn't room for and the importance of more recent movies is a lot harder to judge without any historical context.
Films were selected for this list on a criteria of importance to the development of cinema, influence upon other filmmakers, cultural importance, historical importance and societal importance.
3,728 users · 17,609 views
 
from whatculture.com · made by Frankijjj
avg. score: 21 of 50 (42%)
required scores: 1, 12, 17, 23, 29 

How many have you seen?

Page 1 of 2
1
Exiting the Factory (1901)
Exiting the Factory (1901)
2
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
3
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
4
The Jazz Singer (1927)
The Jazz Singer (1927)
5
Metropolis (1927)
Metropolis (1927)
6
Steamboat Willie (1928)
Steamboat Willie (1928)
7
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
8
It Happened One Night (1934)
It Happened One Night (1934)
9
Triumph of the Will (1935)
Triumph of the Will (1935)
10
Modern Times (1936)
Modern Times (1936)
11
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
12
Stagecoach (1939)
Stagecoach (1939)
ADVERTISEMENT
13
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
14
Citizen Kane (1941)
Citizen Kane (1941)
15
Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca (1942)
16
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
17
Rashomon (1950)
Rashomon (1950)
18
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
19
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
20
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
21
Tokyo Story (1953)
Tokyo Story (1953)
22
On the Waterfront (1954)
On the Waterfront (1954)
23
Seven Samurai (1954)
Seven Samurai (1954)
24
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
ADVERTISEMENT
25
The Seventh Seal (1957)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
26
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
27
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
28
The 400 Blows (1959)
The 400 Blows (1959)
29
Breathless (1960)
Breathless (1960)
30
Psycho (1960)
Psycho (1960)
32
The Graduate (1967)
The Graduate (1967)
33
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
34
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
35
Easy Rider (1969)
Easy Rider (1969)
36
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)
ADVERTISEMENT
37
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather (1972)
38
Mean Streets (1973)
Mean Streets (1973)
39
Enter the Dragon (1973)
Enter the Dragon (1973)
40
Chinatown (1974)
Chinatown (1974)
Page 1 of 2
Click movies you've seen