Top 15 best movies of all time

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): The greatest film ever made began with the meeting of two brilliant minds: Stanley Kubrick and sci-fi seer Arthur C Clarke. 

2. The Godfather (1972): From the wise guys of Goodfellas to The Sopranos, all crime dynasties that came after The Godfather are descendants of the Corleones.

3. Citizen Kane (1941): Back in the headlines thanks to David Fincher’s brilliantly acerbic making-of drama Mank, Citizen Kane always finds a way to renew itself for a new generation of film lovers.

4. Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975).

5. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981): Starting with a dissolve from the Paramount logo and ending in a warehouse inspired by Citizen Kane, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

6. La Dolce Vita (1960): Made in the middle of Italy’s boom years, Federico Fellini’s runaway box-office hit came to define heated glamour and celebrity culture for the entire planet. 

7. Seven Samurai (1954): It’s the easiest 207 minutes of cinema you’ll ever sit through.

8. In the Mood for Love (2000): Can a film really be an instant classic? Anyone who watched In The Mood for Love when it was released in 2000 may have said yes.

9. There Will Be Blood (2007): On the road to becoming the most significant filmmaker of the last 20 years.

10. Singin’ in the Rain (1952): Forget The Artist—sorry Uggie—and relish instead the sheer, serotonin-enhancing verve of MGM’s glorious epitaph to cinema’s silent era.

11. Goodfellas (1990): ‘As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.’

12. North by Northwest (1959): There’s no other thriller as elegant, light-touched and sexy as Hitchcock’s silken caper. 

13. Mulholland Drive (2001): Not many movies are known equally for a genuinely erotic lesbian sex scene.

14. Bicycle Thieves (1948): Vittorio de Sica’s Neorealist masterpiece is set in a world where owning a bicycle is the key to working.

15. The Dark Knight (2008): There’s a new Batman in Gotham, in the shadowy form of Matt Reeves’s The Batman.