Top 1,000 Films of All Time (Calculated)

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SOURCE: https://letterboxd.com/prof_ratigan/list/top-1000-films-of-all-time-calculated/

There are many statistically-minded lists available. Generally, they are either based on averages or cumulative presence in lists. This list attempts to bring the two together, with a composite score that uses Letterboxd, IMDb, Metacritic, and Rotten Tomatoes scores as well as a quantification of the movies' presence on several lists (enumerated below). I would describe the results as a consensus opinion of the films someone "should" see. [You can also see the list of 5,000 films here.]
I started with a list of about 30k titles gleaned from many Letterboxd lists, IMDb data, and other sources and crunched the numbers. I limited composite scores to those above 500 IMDb votes. Votes were normalized against the maximum votes on that website to account for the differing traffic, so the Highest Voted movie would be a 1.00 and the lowest 0.01. I weighted the differing website rating according to my own sense of importance with Letterboxd about 10x Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic about half of IMDb. I also included weighting by year to account for the significant recency bias in online vote tallies. That weight was Votes x (1+((2000-Year)/100).
The way that I quantified movies on lists like Sight & Sound was to give those films a sort of fictional rating as if it were from IMDb. So, for instance, Vertigo, at #1 on Sight & Sound's Top 250 got 100, Citizen Kane got 99.96. Lists where there was no ranking all received 100. Sight and Sound, Palme D'or, and Oscar Winners received the greatest weight, which was about 10x a Oscar nomination outside Best Picture and about twice the Golden Bear or AFI Top 100.

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  1. 1 +1

    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 39 top lists Check
  2. 2 +1

    The Godfather

    1972, in 42 top lists Check
  3. 3 +2

    12 Angry Men

    1957, in 30 top lists Check
  4. 4 -3

    Casablanca

    1942, in 39 top lists Check
  5. 5 +20

    La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

    1928 — a.k.a. The Passion of Joan of Arc, in 27 top lists Check
  6. 6 -2

    City Lights

    1931, in 34 top lists Check
  7. 7 +6

    Vertigo

    1958, in 42 top lists Check
  8. 8 +2

    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 36 top lists Check
  9. 9 +20

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927 — a.k.a. Sunrise, in 36 top lists Check
  10. 10 +5

    The Godfather Part II

    1974, in 32 top lists Check
  11. 11 -2

    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946, in 33 top lists Check
  12. 12 -5

    Rear Window

    1954, in 31 top lists Check
  13. 13 -5

    Psycho

    1960, in 39 top lists Check
  14. 14 -8

    Metropolis

    1927, in 36 top lists Check
  15. 15 +8

    Sunset Blvd.

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunset Boulevard, in 35 top lists Check
  16. 16 +31

    Chelovek s kino-apparatom

    1929 — a.k.a. Man with a Movie Camera, in 24 top lists Check
  17. 17 +52

    Tôkyô monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Tokyo Story, in 27 top lists Check
  18. 18 -6

    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 37 top lists Check
  19. 19 +1

    The Apartment

    1960, in 28 top lists Check
  20. 20 -1

    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962, in 40 top lists Check
  21. 21 +1

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop...

    1964, in 37 top lists Check
  22. 22 +9

    Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

    1966 — a.k.a. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in 29 top lists Check
  23. 23 -2

    M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

    1931 — a.k.a. M, in 35 top lists Check
  24. 24 +37

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    1975, in 35 top lists Check
  25. 25 +3

    The Third Man

    1949, in 37 top lists Check
  26. 26 -12

    Modern Times

    1936, in 30 top lists Check
  27. 27 -9

    All About Eve

    1950, in 25 top lists Check
  28. 28 +133

    Tengoku to jigoku

    1963 — a.k.a. High and Low, in 16 top lists Check
  29. 29 -13

    Bronenosets Potyomkin

    1925 — a.k.a. Battleship Potemkin, in 27 top lists Check
  30. 30 -13

    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 37 top lists Check
  31. 31 +12

    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 37 top lists Check
  32. 32 -2

    Rashômon

    1950 — a.k.a. Rashomon, in 34 top lists Check
  33. 33 -22

    The Wizard of Oz

    1939, in 37 top lists Check
  34. 34 +61

    La règle du jeu

    1939 — a.k.a. The Rules of the Game, in 24 top lists Check
  35. 35 +6

    Ladri di biciclette

    1948 — a.k.a. Bicycle Thieves, in 36 top lists Check
  36. 36 +17

    Taxi Driver

    1976, in 34 top lists Check
  37. 37 -11

    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 30 top lists Check
  38. 38 +14

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 45 top lists Check
  39. 39 +12

    Star Wars

    1977, in 40 top lists Check
  40. 40 -16

    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 31 top lists Check
  41. 41 -8

    Some Like It Hot

    1959, in 35 top lists Check
  42. 42 +17

    1963, in 35 top lists Check
  43. 43 -9

    It Happened One Night

    1934, in 29 top lists Check
  44. 44 -9

    Ikiru

    1952, in 25 top lists Check
  45. 45 -8

    All Quiet on the Western Front

    1930, in 19 top lists Check
  46. 46 +10

    La battaglia di Algeri

    1966 — a.k.a. The Battle of Algiers, in 29 top lists Check
  47. 47 -9

    The Great Dictator

    1940, in 25 top lists Check
  48. 48 -2

    Sherlock Jr.

    1924, in 24 top lists Check
  49. 49 +1

    On the Waterfront

    1954, in 32 top lists Check
  50. 50 -11

    Brief Encounter

    1945, in 22 top lists Check