Empire Magazine's greatest films of century (so far).


Rood Eye

  • Friday 17th January 2020, 6:24pm
  • England
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1. Mad Max Fury Road

2. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

3. The Dark Knight

4. Inception

5. Moonlight

6. The Social Network

7. Avengers: Infinity War

8. Get Out

9. Pan's Labyrinth

10. Lost In Translation

11. There Will Be Blood

12. No Country For Old Men

13. Whiplash

14. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

15. Spirited Away

16. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

17. Mulholland Drive

18. Inside Out

19. The Wolf Of Wall Street

20. Interstellar

21. Children Of Men

22. Gladiator

23. City Of God

24. La La Land

25. Call Me By Your Name

26. Memento

27. Kill Bill Volume Volume 1

28. The Irishman

29. Boyhood

30. God's Own Country

31. Amelie

32. Avengers Assemble

33. Wonder Woman

34. Zodiac

35. Arrival

36. Lady Bird

37. Donnie Darko

38. The Grand Budapest Hotel

39. Joker

40. Up

41. Avengers: Endgame

42. Casino Royale

43. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

44. Roma

45. Blade Runner 2049

46. Inside Llewyn Davis

47. Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

48. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

49. In Bruges

50. The Hunt For The Wilderpeople

51. Paddington 2

52. Inglourious Basterds

53. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers

54. Brokeback Mountain

55. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

56. Before Sunset

57. Drive

58. Wall-E

59. Django Unchained

60. Carol

61. Shaun Of The Dead

62. Sideways

63. Under The Skin

64. Almost Famous

65. Toy Story 3

66. The Prestige

67. Hot Fuzz

68. Apocalypto

69. The Royal Tenenbaums

70. Avatar

71. The Raid

72. Birdman

73. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

74. Oldboy

75. Training Day

76. Logan

77. Dunkirk

78. Michael Clayton

79. Little Miss Sunshine

80. Before Midnight

81. District 9

82. Skyfall

83. Frances Ha

84. Coco

85. The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford

86. Iron Man

87. Bridesmaids

88. Sweeney Todd

89. Her

90. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

91. In The Mood For Love

92. Baby Driver

93. Phantom Thread

94. Batman Begins

95. A Prophet

96. Guardians Of The Galaxy

97. Ex Machina

98. Captain America: Civil War

99. Let The Right One In

100. Dead Man's Shoes


Rood Eye

  • Friday 17th January 2020, 7:36pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 4,103 posts

I certainly don't agree with the rankings: indeed, the top four are among those I started watching but very soon became fed up with and switched off.

The full list of those I've tried to watch but very quickly became bored with are:

1. Mad Max Fury Road

2. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

3. The Dark Knight

4. Inception

10. Lost In Translation

50. The Hunt For The Wilderpeople

92. Baby Driver

In fact, of the hundred films listed above, the only two I can say I really enjoyed are:

28. The Irishman

39. Joker


john tregorran

  • Saturday 18th January 2020, 5:55am
  • mornington,victoria, Australia
  • 1,462 posts

They should remake "The Empire Strikes Back".That's bound to top the list.


Alfred J Kipper

  • Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:12am [Edited]
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,261 posts

No Curse of the Wererabbit??? Empire proves yet again it knows nothing about cinema.

I'm surprised how few of those I've seen but some stupidly high placings for some I have seen like the godawful Casino Royale at 42! Should have ended Bond films on that one, not give us more of the sub Jackie Chan type rubbish. And not a single Bourne film not that I'm a fan, but they inspired CR.

Some of the high placed ones I've seen I couldn't get on their wavelength at all, Memento was a hideous viewing experience, Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was too whacko and confusing and Inception was tedious pretentious sci fi drivel.



  • Saturday 18th January 2020, 10:06am
  • United Kingdom
  • 69,195 posts

Four of my favourite films in there. I am slightly astounded.
They're not in order though, surely?



  • Saturday 18th January 2020, 10:27am
  • England
  • 30,081 posts

You have to take these lists with a pinch of salt, but it seems like an okay list (certainly not worth angrying up the blood over). I do love Mad Max Fury Road. One of the most stunningly beautiful films ever made, and a great action film to boot, made by a crazy old auteur. Pure cinema. Not sure I'd put it at number one, but then I'm not sure what I would put at number one. It changes all the time.

And I agree with Kipper, the Bourne films should get a look in. Fantastic action films that shame the tired geriatric Bond franchise.

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  • Saturday 18th January 2020, 4:18pm
  • Surreyish., England
  • 31,255 posts

I think I've only seen about 10 of them. Was Gladiator really this century?

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Chris Hallam

  • Saturday 18th January 2020, 9:37pm
  • Exeter, United Kingdom
  • 504 posts

Seen 90 of them.
Gladiator was 2000 I think.


Alfred J Kipper

  • Sunday 19th January 2020, 8:23am [Edited]
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,261 posts

Hmm, watched 7 fully, turned off 4 after a bit, but it appears I have another 5 of these on DVD I haven't got round to watching yet, which is a habit of mine not helped by some of my DVD racks being hard to get to now. Mulholland Drive is the only one of them I'd really like to watch especially as it's placed so high here. Could take me a day to find it though.

Looking at the list again I'm surprised there's no Jurassic Park movies and not the earlier Spiderman Films with Toby Maguire in which I thought were excellent. Also amazed there's not more period book adaptions and biopics as I thought there's been a lot of these made in the last twenty years. But perhaps more surprised at how many films I've not heard of, about 30. Eh? But as with a lot of critics lists they downplay the popular and more exciting movies and big up the pretentious, foreign and experimental ones. Sleepy


Joe Oakes

  • Monday 20th January 2020, 2:10pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 posts

Only came here to complain that Pan's Labyrinth isn't on the list. But it is, so I'll f**k off.

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  • Monday 20th January 2020, 3:39pm
  • The Lone Star State, United States
  • 13,924 posts

As far as I can recall, I've seen 42 of them.


Michael Monkhouse

  • Monday 20th January 2020, 5:50pm
  • Eternal City, Italy
  • 5,373 posts

I can never remember any Some Like It Hot quotes, but nobody's perfect.
I never bother with these things because they're totally subjective and you're always gonna disagree with something. Most importantly, no one cares what anyone else thinks.


Definitely Tarby

  • Tuesday 21st January 2020, 2:45am
  • 2,039 posts

I lasted about 20 minutes with Interstellar. That freecam style where it's wobbling about makes the film look like it's been directed by a crew of drunken mental patients. What really fries me is I paid £10 for it during an impulse buy at a petrol station. I had high hopes for The Grand Budapest Hotel but turned it off after 20 minutes as well.

A new past time is to think of a film and then read the wiki page for it. Some entries are brief but some are very detailed. Full Metal Jacket is one example but something else that stands out is from Gladiator in the post production section:

An unexpected post-production job was caused by the death of Oliver Reed of a heart attack during the filming in Malta, before all his scenes had been shot. The Mill created a digital body double for the remaining scenes involving his character Proximo[29] by photographing a live-action body double in the shadows and by mapping a three-dimensional computer-generated imagery mask of Reed's face to the remaining scenes during production at an estimated cost of $3.2 million for two minutes of additional footage.

3.2 mil for two minutes of footage! Those computer geeks must be driving gold plated Lamborghinis.

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Chris Hallam

  • Tuesday 21st January 2020, 6:51am
  • Exeter, United Kingdom
  • 504 posts

Not a bad list. We're bound to quibble about the order but of those I've seen, I can't spot anything bad in the list.
Not necessarily saying it's wrong but surprising there are no Harry Potter films there?
I agree Spiderman (the 2002 one) could have perhaps been included. Maybe. I definitely wouldn't have included any of the other four though. The two Jurassic Park films this century were passable but are basically no one's favourite films at the end of the day.
Have there been a high number of literary adaptations this century? Not really noticed.
What We Do In The Shadows - odd to miss that out?
And genuinely nothing wrong with The Curse of the Wererabbit! Not as good as The Wrong Trousers admittedly, but that was the 20th century.