Greatest Movies Through 1960

Best Movies Compiled From Many Sources

* Viewers: Zagat Favorite Films and Top Movies

For our chart, we combined the two lists (see below) – combining the TOP THREE:

1 – Casablanca
2 – Gone With The Wind
2 – The Wizard of Oz
3 – Citizen Kane
3 – Lady Eve

Then the rest from the two TOP TEN lists:

  1. Singin’ in the Rain
  2. All About Eve
  3. African Queen
  4. It’s A Wonderful Life
  5. Moulin Rouge
  6. Affair to Remember
  7. Rear Window
  8. It Happened One Night
  9. Third Man

And the rest of the Favorite Films list:

  • 12 Angry Men
  • Maltese Falcon

The TWO Zagat Best/Favorite Lists:

Zagat surveys movie goers and publishes a Movie Guide each year based on a survey completed by about 20,000 movie viewers.  The 2009 edition listed 2,300  movies, scoring each movie on a 30 point scale in four categories: Overall, Acting, Story and Production (these scores might be good in combination with the IMDB score). In the front of their Movie Guide they have one page listing the “Favorite Films of All Time”. 13 of the 75 movies in this list were released through 1960:

  1. Casablanca
  2. Gone With The Wind
  3. Citizen Kane
  4. It’s A Wonderful Life
  5. African Queen
  6. Wizard of Oz
  7. Moulin Rouge
  8. Affair to Remember
  9. Singin’ in the Rain
  10. All About Eve

That was the TOP TEN. The rest of the list for movies through 1960:

  1. 12 Angry Men
  2. Rear Window
  3. Maltese Falcon

They also published a book, “The World’s Best Movies” in 2010, a book listing the top 1,000 movies of all time. In this book they included a “TOP 20 MOVIES” list – half were released through 1960:

  1. Casablanca
  2. The Wizard of Oz
  3. Lady Eve
  4. Singin’ in the Rain
  5. Rear Window
  6. It Happened One Night
  7. Citizen Kane
  8. All About Eve
  9. African Queen
  10. Third Man

The Zagat press release is online here: Zagat Surveyors Pick Top Films of All Time