TimeOut's 100 Best Movies of All Time

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Everyone has their favorites – that’s why any debate over what makes the best movies of all time can take hours (or, in our cases, a lifetime). Can there ever be one list to rule them all? A canon, as critics like to call it, updated with today’s game changers, that would glance upon all tastes, all genres, all countries, all eras, balancing impact with importance, brains with heart? The challenge was daunting. We just couldn't resist. Our list includes some of the most recognized action, feminist and foreign films. Please let us know how wrong we got it.

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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 45 top lists Check
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    The Godfather

    1972, in 42 top lists Check
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    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 39 top lists Check
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    Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080...

    1975, in 12 top lists Check
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    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    1981 — a.k.a. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, in 29 top lists Check
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    La dolce vita

    1960 — a.k.a. La Dolce Vita, in 22 top lists Check
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    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 36 top lists Check
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    Fa yeung nin wah

    2000 — a.k.a. In the Mood for Love, in 30 top lists Check
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    There Will Be Blood

    2007, in 20 top lists Check
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    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 37 top lists Check
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    Goodfellas

    1990, in 31 top lists Check
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    North by Northwest

    1959, in 30 top lists Check
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    Mulholland Dr.

    2001 — a.k.a. Mulholland Drive, in 26 top lists Check
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    Ladri di biciclette

    1948 — a.k.a. Bicycle Thieves, in 36 top lists Check
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    The Dark Knight

    2008, in 27 top lists Check
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    City Lights

    1931, in 34 top lists Check
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    La grande illusion

    1937 — a.k.a. The Grand Illusion, in 30 top lists Check
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    His Girl Friday

    1940, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Red Shoes

    1948, in 27 top lists Check
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    Vertigo

    1958, in 42 top lists Check
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    Beau travail

    1999, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Searchers

    1956, in 26 top lists Check
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    Persona

    1966, in 25 top lists Check
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    Do the Right Thing

    1989, in 25 top lists Check
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    Rashômon

    1950 — a.k.a. Rashomon, in 34 top lists Check
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    La règle du jeu

    1939 — a.k.a. The Rules of the Game, in 24 top lists Check
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    Jaws

    1975, in 29 top lists Check
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    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 37 top lists Check
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    Les quatre cents coups

    1959 — a.k.a. The 400 Blows, in 26 top lists Check
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    Star Wars

    1977, in 40 top lists Check
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    La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

    1928 — a.k.a. The Passion of Joan of Arc, in 27 top lists Check
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    C'era una volta il West

    1968 — a.k.a. Once Upon a Time in the West, in 29 top lists Check
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    Alien

    1979, in 30 top lists Check
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    Tôkyô monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Tokyo Story, in 27 top lists Check
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    Pulp Fiction

    1994, in 38 top lists Check
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    The Truman Show

    1998, in 14 top lists Check
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962, in 40 top lists Check
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    Psycho

    1960, in 39 top lists Check
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    Sanshô dayû

    1954 — a.k.a. Sansho the Bailiff, in 21 top lists Check
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    Andrey Rublyov

    1966 — a.k.a. Andrei Rublev, in 29 top lists Check
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    Les parapluies de Cherbourg

    1964 — a.k.a. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, in 18 top lists Check
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    Chinatown

    1974, in 31 top lists Check
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    Det sjunde inseglet

    1957 — a.k.a. The Seventh Seal, in 25 top lists Check
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    Lost in Translation

    2003, in 19 top lists Check
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    Taxi Driver

    1976, in 34 top lists Check
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    Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

    2001 — a.k.a. Spirited Away, in 39 top lists Check
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    Night of the Living Dead

    1968, in 20 top lists Check
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    Bronenosets Potyomkin

    1925 — a.k.a. Battleship Potemkin, in 27 top lists Check
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    Modern Times

    1936, in 30 top lists Check
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    À bout de souffle

    1960 — a.k.a. Breathless, in 29 top lists Check
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