Top 5,000 Films of All Time (Calculated) conducted and proudly presented by Prof. Ratigan (Letterboxd)

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Prof. Ratigan:
"What could be better than a list of the greatest 1,000 films of all time? A list of the top 5,000 films of all time. Its value, obviously, will be rather dependent on how you use lists. It is less likely to be a generator for recommendations as the 1,000 list (unless you adhere to the broad filters of decade, genre, etc. that Letterboxd creates). More likely, I expect, it will be seen as a very general marker for how far along the most voracious viewers are in their journey to watch everything worth watching.
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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 the list to those with 2,500 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). While that was sufficiently effective for the 1,000 list, as you can see by the year/decade numbers below, 5,000 let them all back in.
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Since it does not seem coincidental that the best represented years are the ones that coincide with Letterboxd's years of existence, I'm trying to figure out how to account for it. My first attempt is to see who outperforms the trendline. Even using this technique on my original formula, the top years were 2018, 2019, 2017, 2015, 2014, and 2016. However, my latest adjustment for age, in coordination with the trendline method, appears to have sufficiently quieted the 2010's noise."

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  1. 1 new

    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 39 top lists Check
  2. 2 new

    The Godfather

    1972, in 42 top lists Check
  3. 3 new

    Vertigo

    1958, in 42 top lists Check
  4. 4 new

    Casablanca

    1942, in 39 top lists Check
  5. 5 new

    City Lights

    1931, in 34 top lists Check
  6. 6 new

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927 — a.k.a. Sunrise, in 36 top lists Check
  7. 7 new

    Chelovek s kino-apparatom

    1929 — a.k.a. Man with a Movie Camera, in 24 top lists Check
  8. 8 new

    12 Angry Men

    1957, in 30 top lists Check
  9. 9 new

    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 36 top lists Check
  10. 10 new

    La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

    1928 — a.k.a. The Passion of Joan of Arc, in 27 top lists Check
  11. 11 new

    Metropolis

    1927, in 36 top lists Check
  12. 12 new

    Psycho

    1960, in 39 top lists Check
  13. 13 new

    Rear Window

    1954, in 31 top lists Check
  14. 14 new

    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946, in 33 top lists Check
  15. 15 new

    The Godfather Part II

    1974, in 32 top lists Check
  16. 16 new

    Bronenosets Potyomkin

    1925 — a.k.a. Battleship Potemkin, in 27 top lists Check
  17. 17 new

    La règle du jeu

    1939 — a.k.a. The Rules of the Game, in 24 top lists Check
  18. 18 new

    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 37 top lists Check
  19. 19 new

    Tôkyô monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Tokyo Story, in 27 top lists Check
  20. 20 new

    M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

    1931 — a.k.a. M, in 35 top lists Check
  21. 21 new

    The Apartment

    1960, in 28 top lists Check
  22. 22 new

    Modern Times

    1936, in 30 top lists Check
  23. 23 new

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

    1964, in 37 top lists Check
  24. 24 new

    The Third Man

    1949, in 37 top lists Check
  25. 25 new

    The Wizard of Oz

    1939, in 37 top lists Check
  26. 26 new

    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962, in 40 top lists Check
  27. 27 new

    Ladri di biciclette

    1948 — a.k.a. Bicycle Thieves, in 36 top lists Check
  28. 28 new

    Sunset Blvd.

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunset Boulevard, in 35 top lists Check
  29. 29 new

    Rashômon

    1950 — a.k.a. Rashomon, in 34 top lists Check
  30. 30 new

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 45 top lists Check
  31. 31 new

    All About Eve

    1950, in 25 top lists Check
  32. 32 new

    Taxi Driver

    1976, in 34 top lists Check
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    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 37 top lists Check
  34. 34 new

    1963, in 35 top lists Check
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    Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

    1966 — a.k.a. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in 29 top lists Check
  36. 36 new

    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 37 top lists Check
  37. 37 new

    Les enfants du paradis

    1945 — a.k.a. Children of Paradise, in 21 top lists Check
  38. 38 new

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    1975, in 35 top lists Check
  39. 39 new

    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 30 top lists Check
  40. 40 new

    Some Like It Hot

    1959, in 35 top lists Check
  41. 41 new

    Star Wars

    1977, in 40 top lists Check
  42. 42 new

    The General

    1926, in 33 top lists Check
  43. 43 new

    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 31 top lists Check
  44. 44 new

    Sherlock Jr.

    1924, in 24 top lists Check
  45. 45 new

    Ikiru

    1952, in 25 top lists Check
  46. 46 new

    It Happened One Night

    1934, in 29 top lists Check
  47. 47 new

    La battaglia di Algeri

    1966 — a.k.a. The Battle of Algiers, in 29 top lists Check
  48. 48 new

    North by Northwest

    1959, in 30 top lists Check
  49. 49 new

    Brief Encounter

    1945, in 22 top lists Check
  50. 50 new

    Persona

    1966, in 25 top lists Check