Tuesday, June 18, 2024

List: Top 10 Movies of All-Time

This week on Episode 500 of the InSession Film Podcast, we celebrate the milestone by talking about our Top 10 Movies of All-Time! So, no pressure here. Where does one begin when sifting through all of the great movies we’ve seen over the years to narrow them down to just a handful? An exercise like this is obviously daunting, but we thought it would be really fun to talk about those movies that have shaped us the most as cinephiles/critics. Not only was it a really fun time discussing these films, but it surprisingly got really emotional in the end when talking about our favorite films ever made. That said, what would be your Top 10?

NOTE: We spend most of our time only discussing our Top 10 movies of all-time, however, as you’ll see below, we have listed our full Top 20 lists.


1) Citizen Kane
2) The Tree of Life
3) The 400 Blows
4) Modern Times
5) Grave of the Fireflies
6) The Godfather
7) Vertigo
9) Persona
10) Close Encounters of the Third Kind

11) Bicycle Thieves
12) Ikiru
13) 2001: A Space Odyssey
14) Alien
15) Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
16) Brief Encounter
17) The King of Comedy
18) Singin’ in the Rain
19) Do the Right Thing
20) Inside Llewyn Davis


1) City Lights
2) A.I. Artificial Intellgence
3) Princess Mononoke
4) Ikiru
5) 2001: A Space Odyssey
6) Brief Encounter
7) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
8) Alien
9) Where the Wild Things Are
10) Ratatouille

11) Before Sunrise / Before Sunset
12) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
13) The Exorcist
14) Jackie Brown
15) The King of Comedy
16) A Matter of Life and Death
17) My Neighbor Totoro
18) Petite Maman
19) Punch-Drunk Love
20) The Thin Red Line


1) The Godfather
2) Singin’ in the Rain
3) There Will Be Blood
4) The Red Shoes
5) The Lord of the Rings
6) Goodfellas
7) Malcom X
8) McCabe and Mrs. Miller
9) All the Presidents Men
10) Inside Llewyn Davis

11) Moonlight
12) Casablanca
13) Kiki’s Delivery Service
14) Zodiac
15) Lawrence of Arabia
16) Raiders of the Lost Ark
17) Amadeus
18) Mulholland Driver
19) The Insider
20) Oceans Eleven


1) The Tree of Life
2) Barry Lyndon
3) Heat
4) Mulholland Drive
5) Short Cuts
6) A Matter of Life and Death
7) Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
8) The Thin Red Line
9) Apocalypse Now
10) All That Jazz

11) Lawrence of Arabia
12) Once Upon a Time in the West
13) Blade Runner
14) There Will Be Blood
15) Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
16) Raiders of the Lost Aark
17) No Country for Old Men
18) The Long Goodbye
19) True Stories
20) Chinatown

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. Clearly there are many, many, many other films that battled for our lists that just missed the cut. That being said, what would be your Top 10? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at [email protected].

For the entire podcast, click here or listen below.

For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.

JD Duran
JD Duranhttps://insessionfilm.com
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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