50 best films of all time according to the news magazine version of Empire

To make up this list, the editorial board of Empire magazine arranged a survey on the site, in which fans of cinematography from all over the world could take part. In addition, Empire also sought the help of famous filmmakers, screenwriters and film critics. The original collection consists of a hundred films, but we decided to show you only the 50 most-most.

50. Lawrence of Arabia

  • Drama, adventure, military, biography, history.
  • Great Britain, USA, 1962.
  • Length: 216 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.3.

A film about an English scout who led a detachment of Arabs in the guerrilla war against the Turks.

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49. On the needle

  • Drama.
  • Great Britain, 1995.
  • Duration: 94 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.2.

The story of four friends who are trying to quit with addiction and find their place in adulthood.

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48. The Silence of the Lambs

  • Thriller, crime, detective, drama, horror.
  • USA, 1990.
  • Duration: 114 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.6.

The FBI investigates a series of eerie serial killings, but comes to a standstill and turns for help to the murderer-psychopath Hannibal Lecter, who was once a psychiatrist.

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47. Interstellar

  • Fantasy, drama, adventure.
  • USA, Great Britain, Canada, Iceland, 2014.
  • Duration: 169 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.6.

The concentration of oxygen on Earth is rapidly falling, and mankind is in great danger. To be safe before an imminent catastrophe, a group of researchers is sent to find a new planet, suitable for life.

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46. ​​Citizen Kane

  • Drama, detective.
  • USA, 1941 year.
  • Duration: 119 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.4.

Newspaper tycoon, billionaire and single Charles Cain dies dramatically in his deserted castle. Finally, he has time to utter only one mysterious word, which drives local journalists mad.

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45. Drive

  • Drama, crime.
  • USA, 2011 year.
  • Duration: 100 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.8.

Neon-noirny film about the adventures of a great rider, who knows how to masterfully avoid prosecution and perform noble deeds.

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44. The Gladiator

  • Action, drama, adventure.
  • USA, Great Britain, 2000.
  • Duration: 155 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.5.

A film about the difficult fate of the brave General Maximus, who miraculously escaped from imminent death and became a gladiator.

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43. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

  • Drama.
  • USA, 1975.
  • Duration: 133 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.7.

Once in a psychiatric clinic, the criminal Randle McMurphy dares to resolutely rebel against the reigning order there. Going against the system is not so easy.

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42. Oil

  • Drama.
  • USA, 2007.
  • Duration: 158 minutes
  • IMDb: 8.1.

Daniel Plainview alone trades in gold and silver. One day, fate throws him a chance to become a major oil tycoon, but this is not as easy as we would like.

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41. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

  • USA, 2004.
  • Duration: 108 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.3.

The beautiful and sad picture of Michel Gondry about a pair of lovers who, after parting with all their might, try to forget about each other by any possible means.

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40. Twelve angry men

  • Drama, crime.
  • USA, 1957 year.
  • Duration: 96 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.9.

Twelve jurors gather in the advisory room to make a final and irrevocable verdict, whether the young man is guilty of killing his own father or not.

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39. Saving Private Ryan

  • Drama, the military.
  • USA, 1998.
  • Duration: 169 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.6.

During the military battles, the Ryan family loses three sons at once. In order to somehow encourage the inconsolable mother, the command decides to send her last son, who survived, to the homeland. To fulfill this order, a small rescue team will have to go through an easy path.

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38. Mad Max: The Road of Fury

  • Action, fantasy, adventure.
  • Australia, USA, 2015.
  • Duration: 120 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

Single wanderer Max Rokatansky wanders around the scorched planet, accompanied only by his visions and ghosts of the past. The mercenaries from the Citadel take him prisoner, from which he is trying his best to escape.

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37. Something

  • Horror, fantasy, detective.
  • USA, 1982.
  • Duration: 109 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.2.

A team of researchers from the Antarctic Polar Station faces a monstrous alien creature that can take on the face of its victims. The worst thing is that they have absolutely no escape.

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36. The Departed

  • Thriller, drama, crime.
  • USA, Hong Kong, 2006.
  • Duration: 151 min.
  • IMDb: 8.5.

A story about two honors pupils of the police academy, who hunt each other. One of them works for the mafia, and the second tries to calculate it with all his might.

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35. Radiance

  • Horror, thriller, drama, detective.
  • USA, Great Britain, 1980.
  • Duration: 144 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.4.

Writer Jack Torrens, along with his family, plans to live in a secluded hotel to finish his book there and at the same time to be a caretaker as part-time work. He hopes that nothing will distract him, but he is very much mistaken.

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34. The Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Fantasy, action, adventure.
  • United States, United Kingdom, 2014.
  • Length: 121 min.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

Incredibly strange team of superheroes (one reactive raccoon of which only costs!) Saves the Galaxy from treacherous villains and imminent death.

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33. Schindler’s list

  • Drama, biography, history.
  • USA, 1993.
  • Duration: 195 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.9.

A historical drama about the German businessman Oscar Schindler, who during the Second World War helped save the lives of not one thousand Jews.

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32. Suspicious persons

  • Thriller, drama, crime, detective.
  • USA, Germany, 1995.
  • Duration: 106 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.6.

An unusual puzzle movie about five suspects, one crime and a whole bunch of puzzles.

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31. The taxi driver

  • Thriller, drama, crime.
  • USA, 1976.
  • Duration: 113 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.3.

Travis Bickle is a veteran of the Vietnam War, who is awfully sick with feelings of loneliness. He works as a taxi driver, but secretly wants to clean New York of all sinners and debauches.

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30. Seven

  • Thriller, drama, crime, detective.
  • USA, 1995.
  • Duration: 127 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.6.

Police companions William Somerset and David Mills are investigating a sophisticated crime committed by a serial killer who imagines himself an instrument of the Lord.

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29. Great Lebowski

  • Comedy, crime, detective.
  • Great Britain, USA, 1998.
  • Duration: 117 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.2.

Gangsters mistakenly take the protagonist, nicknamed Dude for a millionaire-namesake and kidnap his wife in the hope of getting a huge ransom.

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28. Casablanca

  • Drama, melodrama, military.
  • USA, 1942 year.
  • Duration: 103 minutes
  • IMDb: 8.5.

Classical Hollywood melodrama about two lovers and difficult life choices that have to be made.

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27. Good, bad, evil

  • Western.
  • Italy, Spain, Germany (Germany), 1966.
  • Duration: 178 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.9.

Three desperate and ruthless bandits join forces to find the stolen gold. But soon they realize that the decision to work together was not the best idea.

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26. Scramble

  • Action, thriller, drama, crime.
  • USA, 1995.
  • Duration: 171 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.2.

The best criminal of America and the best detective of America are trying to find out which one is the cleverer, steeper and more capable.

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25. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

  • Fantasy, thriller, thriller.
  • USA, France, 1991.
  • Duration: 137 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.5.

More than 10 years passed since the events of the first part. Sarah Connor had a son, John, who was destined to win the war of humanity against the machines. But the Terminator of the new model, at all costs, seeks to prevent him from doing it.

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24. Matrix

  • Fantasy, action.
  • USA, 1999.
  • Duration: 136 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.7.

The cult film of the Wachowski sisters about the programmer Neo, who suddenly realizes that the whole world around us is just a computer program.

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23. The Lord of the Rings: Two Fortresses

  • Fantasy, drama, adventure.
  • USA, New Zealand, 2002.
  • Duration: 179 min.
  • IMDb: 8.7.

The second part of the legendary trilogy of Peter Jackson about the hobbits Frodo and Sam, who travel to the gates of Mordor to destroy the Ring of Omnipotence.

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22. Apocalypse today

  • Drama, the military.
  • USA, 1979.
  • Duration: 194 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.5.

Benjamin Willard, veteran of the Vietnam War, is assigned a responsible task. He has to go into the jungle and find the distraught Colonel Walter Kurtz, who does terrible things.

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21. 2001: Space Odyssey

  • Fantasy, adventure.
  • Great Britain, USA, 1968.
  • Duration: 149 minutes
  • IMDb: 8.3.

The crew of the spaceship goes on a research trip to Jupiter, not suspecting that an inoffensive-looking computer with artificial intelligence is in fact a real weapon of murder.

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20. Die Hard

  • Action, thriller.
  • USA, 1988.
  • Duration: 133 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.2.

Police officer John McClane arrives in Los Angeles to establish relations with his wife. But before doing this, he has to release her from the captivity of the hostages.

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19. Jurassic Park

  • Adventures, fantasy, family.
  • USA, 1993.
  • Duration: 127 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

A wealthy professor builds a relict park, inhabited by prehistoric animals, on a remote island. Everything is ready for a grand opening, but because of the annoying oversight of the dinosaurs are at large.

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18. Start

  • Fantasy, thriller, thriller, drama, detective.
  • United States, Great Britain, 2010.
  • Duration: 148 minutes
  • IMDb: 8.8.

Industrial spy Dominic Cobb steals corporate secrets, using the technology of joint dreams. To return to his children, he agrees to an almost impossible job. This time he will not steal another idea, but introduce it into the subconscious of the victim.

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17. Fight Club

  • Thriller, drama, crime.
  • USA, Germany, 1999.
  • Duration: 131 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.8.

The ordinary and unremarkable life of an office clerk changes dramatically after a meeting with Tyler Durden, an eccentric guy with an unlimited imagination and a rather perverted outlook on life.

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16. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

  • Fantasy, drama, adventure.
  • USA, New Zealand, 2003.
  • Duration: 201 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.9.

The final part of the trilogy about the adventures of the hobbits and the battle for Middle-earth.

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15. Strangers

  • Horror, fantasy, thriller, thriller, adventure.
  • USA, Great Britain, 1986.
  • Duration: 137 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.4.

After several years of suspended animation, Officer Ellen Ripley will return to a planet inhabited by thousands of Aliens to fight again.

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14. Alien

  • Horror, fantasy.
  • Great Britain, USA, 1979.
  • Duration: 116 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.5.

Ridley Scott’s science fiction film about a hostile alien creature that at all costs seeks to destroy the crew of the spacecraft Nostromo.

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13. Blade Runner

  • Fantasy, thriller, drama, melodrama.
  • USA, Hong Kong, Great Britain, 1982.
  • Duration: 110 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.2.

Retired detective Rick Deckard hunts a group of cyborg replicants who managed to escape from a space colony and are now sent to Earth.

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12. The Godfather – 2

  • Drama, crime.
  • USA, 1974.
  • Duration: 202 minutes.
  • IMDb: 9.0.

Criminal drama about the Mafia clan of Corleone. In this part we are introduced to the details of the turbulent youth of Vito Corleone, and also talk about his son Michael.

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11. Back to the Future

  • Fantasy, comedy, adventure.
  • USA, 1985.
  • Duration: 116 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.5.

The seventeen-year-old teenager, Marty McFly, agrees to participate in a secret experiment and, with the help of a time machine, moves 30 years ago.

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10. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

  • Fantasy, drama, adventure.
  • USA, New Zealand, 2001.
  • Duration: 178 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.8.

The very first part of the trilogy about Middle-earth, in which we get acquainted with the characters and learn about Sauron, the dark ruler who made the magic Ring of Omnipotence.

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9. Star Wars. Episode IV: A New Hope

  • Fantasy, fantasy, action, adventure.
  • USA, 1977.
  • Length: 121 min.
  • IMDb: 8.7.

The first adaptation of the cult cosmopolitan George Lucas. Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and very young Luke Skywalker in the company of smuggler Khan Solo are sent to rescue Princess Leia from the frightening Darth Vader.

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8. Jaws

  • Thriller, adventure, horror.
  • USA, 1975.
  • Duration: 124 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.0.

A brave sailor in a company with an equally brave expedition goes in search of a bloodthirsty shark-killer who attacks people.

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7. Indiana Jones: In Search of the Lost Ark

  • Action, adventure.
  • USA, 1981.
  • Duration: 115 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.5.

Exciting adventures of the archaeologist Indiana Jones, who on a secret mission goes in search of a sacred relic.

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6. Nice guys

  • Drama, crime.
  • USA, 1990.
  • Duration: 140 min.
  • IMDb: 8.7.

Henry Hill from the earliest childhood dreams of becoming a real gangster. When his desire is realized, he realizes that criminal life is devoid of all sorts of romance.

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5. Pulp Fiction

  • Thriller, comedy, crime.
  • USA, 1994.
  • Duration: 154 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.9.

The lives of two hired assassins, a boxer, a gangster’s wife and a couple of bandits are intertwined into a tangled ball that the viewer has to untangle.

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4. Escape from Shawshank

  • Drama, crime.
  • USA, 1994.
  • Duration: 142 min.
  • IMDb: 9.3.

The young financier Andy Dufrein is suspected of a murder he did not commit. Despite this, he is sentenced to life imprisonment in prison, from which no one has managed to escape.

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3. The Dark Knight

  • Fantasy, thriller, thriller, crime.
  • USA, Great Britain, 2008.
  • Duration: 152 minutes.
  • IMDb: 9.0.

The city once again needs a hero, and they traditionally become Batman, whose task is to eliminate the criminal named Joker.

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2. Star Wars. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

  • Fantasy, fantasy, action, adventure.
  • USA, 1980.
  • Duration: 124 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.8.

Despite the fact that in the previous part of the saga the “Death Star” managed to be destroyed, the battle for the Galaxy does not stop. Master Yoda begins to teach young Luke Jedi cunnings, which will soon come in handy.

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1. The Godfather

  • Drama, crime.
  • USA, 1972.
  • Duration: 175 minutes.
  • IMDb: 9.2.

A criminal saga about the Sicilian Mafia family Corleone, which has great authority in New York.

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Did you notice that there is something missing in this list, or, on the contrary, do you think that some films do not have a place in it? Then we are waiting for your opinions and personal tops in the comments!

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