Greatest Movies Through 1960

Best Movies Compiled From Many Sources

* Other: Empire presents the 500 Greatest Movies of All Time

Rankings of the Greatest Movies of All Time as rated by 10,000 Empire readers, 150 of Hollywood’s finest and 50 key film critics. This was the most ambitious movie poll ever attempted. Here are the results filtered for movies released through 1960:

  1. Singin’ in the Rain
  2. The Apartment
  3. Casablanca
  4. The Third Man
  5. Some Like It Hot
  6. Citizen Kane
  7. Gone With The Wind
  8. Vertigo
  9. The 400 Blows
  10. Kind Hearts and Coronets

That was their TOP TEN of movies released through 1960. The rest of their top 100 filtered for movies released through 1960 follows:

  1. Psycho
  2. On the Waterfront
  3. Seven Samurai
  4. La Dolce Vita
  5. His Girl Friday
  6. Sunset Boulevard
  7. Tokyo Story
  8. The Night of the Hunter
  9. 12 Angry Men
  10. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  11. A Matter of Life and Death
  12. Spartacus
  13. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  14. North by Northwest

Only 24 movies in their Top 100 were released through 1960 and these movies got points in my movie scoring system.  Here are the rest of the movies released through 1960 in the Empire Top 500 list:

  1. Rear Window
  2. Rules of the Game
  3. Touch of Evil
  4. Rio Bravo
  5. Wages of Fear
  6. Los Olvidados
  7. A Bout De Souffle*
  8. Harvey*
  9. Double Indemnity
  10. Duck Soup
  11. Snow White
  12. Notorious
  13. The Red Shoes*
  14. Bridge on the River Kwai
  15. The Searchers
  16. Partie De Campagne*
  17. Brief Encounter
  18. Wizard of Oz
  19. A Canterbury Tale*
  20. Hellzapoppin’*
  21. Paths of Glory
  22. Bicycle Thieves
  23. It’s A Wonderful Life
  24. Bride of Frankenstein
  25. M
  26. Magnificent Seven
  27. Mr. Hulot’s Holiday*
  28. Black Narcissus
  29. Brighton Rock*
  30. King Kong
  31. Philadelphia Story
  32. Pandora’s Box
  33. My Darling Clementine
  34. Sunrise
  35. Ninotchka
  36. Le Quai Des Brumes*
  37. Roman Holiday*
  38. The Lady Vanishes*
  39. A Place in the Sun*
  40. Maltese Falcon
  41. On The Town*
  42. L’Avventura
  43. Rashomon
  44. Rocco and His Brothers*
  45. Beauty and the Beast
  46. The Red Balloon*
  47. It Happened One Night
  48. The Palm Beach Story
  49. Sawdust and Tinsel*
  50. The Best Years of Our Lives
  51. Battleship Potemkin
  52. Sweet Smell of Success
  53. Rebecca
  54. Funny Face
  55. Magnificent Ambersons
  56. The Seventh Seal
  57. The Gold Rush
  58. Leave Her To Heaven*
  59. All About Eve
  60. Unfaithfully Yours*
  61. Napoleon
  62. The Lady Eve
  63. The Shop Around the Corner
  64. Ace in the Hole*
  65. Greed
  66. Little Miss Sunshine*
  67. A Man Escaped
  68. To Have and Have Not
  69. Spring in a Small Town*
  70. Ikiru
  71. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  72. Rebel Without A Cause
  73. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty*
  74. Ben-Hur
  75. Jailhouse Rock*

* movies not in my Top 200 Greatest Movies list

The full list with a photo from each movie is available for viewing online here: Empire Presents: The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time

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