The specialized magazine The Hollywood Reporter He consulted 2,120 personalities from the film industry to choose the best films in history. Presidents of big production companies, directors, Oscar winners ... The most important people behind the entertainment mecca chose their favorite titles on the big screen. The selection covers all kinds of genres but most of them are more commercial and popular productions than the lists that critics usually make. In the first ten positions, Steven spielberg appears twice with the “ET” and “Schindler's List” box office as well as Francis Ford Coppola with two of the three installments of "The Godfather".
The complete list:
1. "The Godfather" (1972)
The first installment of the famous “The Godfather” trilogy, which Francis Ford Coppola directed based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo, captured the world of organized crime in the United States. The history of the mafia family commanded by Vito Corleone has become one of the greatest classics in film history. She won several Oscars: best film, actor (Marlon Brando) and adapted screenplay (Coppola and Mario Puzo), in addition to being a candidate in six other categories (director, music, sound, editing, costumes and supporting actor, for Robert Duvall, Al Pacino and James Caan).
2. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The fantasy film was produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (although Time Warner now owns the rights to the film), directed by Victor Fleming ("Gone with the Wind") and starring Judy Garland (the second choice of the MGM studios, after Shirley Temple abandoned the project), Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton. Despite receiving positive reviews, it was a box office failure. At present, it is considered a cult production.
3. Citizen Kane (1941)
An indisputable classic in the history of cinema and the first feature film by its director, Orson Welles, made when he was just 25 years old. Considered by many to be the best movie of all time, "Citizen Kane" is posed as a free re-creation of the life of communication magnate William Randolph Hearst. The director, in addition, was in charge of interpreting the main role, recreating the figure of Charles Foster Kane from his youth to his old age. The film innovated so much that it was not fully understood in its time. In fact, "Citizen Kane" was even booed by the public present at the Oscars every time he was named in a nomination: he received eight nominations in 1942. Despite this, he won the statuette for best original screenplay, shared with Herman J. Mankiewicz. That would be the only Oscar for Welles in his entire career.
4. Dream of flight (1994)
Charged with the murder of his wife, Andrew Dufresne (Tim Robbins), after being sentenced to life in prison, is sent to prison. Over the years, he will gain the trust of the director of the center and the respect of his fellow prisoners, especially Red (Morgan Freeman). An acclaimed adaptation of a Stephen King short story. Under the direction of Frank Darabont, the film became a revelation in 1994, garnering seven Oscar nominations, including best picture, screenplay adaptation, and lead actor for Morgan Freeman, however he did not earn a statuette in part by competing with other giants of the year: "Forrest Gump" and "Pulp Fiction".
5. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Despite powerfully drawing attention two years earlier with the premiere of "Reservoir Dogs", "Pulp Fiction" would be the title that would bring Quentin Tarantino to fame in the history of the Chosen by the public and critics, the film marked the revival of John Travolta in Hollywood, and Tarantino placed Uma Thurman at the top, with whom he would later shoot the hit series "Kill Bill".
6. Casablanca (1942)
Considered one of the great works of cinema of all time, the filming history of "Casablanca" is full of juicy anecdotes. Initially, its protagonists had to be Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan, but finally the roles were for Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The director, Michael Curtiz, was making the necessary changes until he got the final casting. However, the script was never closed and modifications were made every day on the fly, which had the effect of making the actors nervous. The film won three Oscars: director, film and screenplay.
7. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Making a sequel to "The Godfather" was not an easy task, but Coppola achieved with this film a work as much or more accomplished than the previous one. To shoot it, the director had a budget twice that of the original and, again, with a script by the novelist Mario Puzo. It was consecrated with six Oscars: Best Supporting Actor (Robert de Niro), Direction, Film, Adapted Screenplay (Coppola and Puzo), Art Direction, and Music by Nino Rota.
8. E.T., the alien (1982)
An alien is abandoned on Earth and is found by Elliot (Henry Thomas), a boy who hides him in his house, helped by his little sister (Drew Barrymore), and baptizes him with the name of E.T. The film marked the definitive consecration of Steven Spielberg in the film industry and became the highest grossing box office in film history until James Cameron's "Titanic" succeeded in unseating him in 1997.
9. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Stanley Kubrick ("The Shining") spent four years thoroughly preparing all the details of this film adaptation of a novel by Arthur C. Clarke. It is considered the most important science fiction movie of the seventh art. However, she only got one of the four Oscars she was nominated for and was the Best Special Effects Oscar.
10. Schindler's List (1993)
"Schindler's List" (1993) is Steven Spielberg's most intense and personal work. Based on real events, he received seven oscar awards, including best film, adapted screenplay, best editing, best direction, photography and artistic direction. It starred Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Ralph Fiennes. Filming of the film took place in Krakow, Poland for 72 days. A curiosity: in the 80s, Martin Scorsese had the opportunity to take this story to the cinema, but it was finally for Spielberg.
11. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
12. Back to the future (1985)
13. In Search of the Lost Ark (1981)
14. Forrest Gump (1994)
15. Gone with the Wind (1939)
16. Killing a Mockingbird (1962)
17. Apocalypse Now (1979)
18. Annie Hall (1977)
19. One of Ours (1990)
20. How beautiful it is to live (1946)
21. Chinatown (1974)
22. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
23. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
24. Shark (1975)
25. Smiles and Tears (1965)
26. Singing in the Rain (1956)
27. The club of five (1985)
28. The Graduate (1967)
29. Blade Runner (1982)
30. Someone flew over the cuckoo's nest (1975)
31. The Princess Bride (1987)
32. Star Wars. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
33. Fargo (1996)
34. American Beauty (1999)
35. The Clockwork Orange (1971)
36. All in one day (1986)
37. Red phone? We flew to Moscow (1964)
38. When Harry Found Sally (1989)
39. The Shining (1980)
40. The Fight Club (1999)
41. Psychosis (1960)
42. Alien (1979)
43. Toy Story (1995)
44. Matrix (1999)
45. Titanic (1997)
46. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
47. With skirts and crazy (1959)
48. The usual suspects (1995)
49. The indiscreet window (1954)
50. Jurassic Park (1993)