By Genre

THE TOP TEN FEATURE FILMS BY GENRE

Drama
1. Gone With the Wind * (1939)
2. The Godfather * (1972)
3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest * (1975)
4. On the Waterfront * (1954)
5. The Godfather, Part II * (1974)
6. Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise) FL (1945)
7. Wuthering Heights (1939)
8. Casablanca * (1943)
9. East of Eden (1955)
10. Lawrence of Arabia (most-recent restoration) * (1962)

Comedy
1. Modern Times SlWS (1936)
2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
3. The Circus Sl (1927)
4. City Lights SlWS (1931)
5. Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
6. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
7. Zelig (1983)
8. Arthur (1981)
9. Ed Wood (1994)
10. Bullets Over Broadway (1995)

Suspense/Horror/Mystery
1. Psycho (1960)
2. The Third Man (1949)
3. Dead of Night (1945)
4. The Exorcist (1973)
5. The Stranger (1946)
6. Les Diaboliques (The Devils) FL (1955)
7. Vertigo (1958)
8. Jaws (1975)
9. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
10. Duel TV (1971)

Romance
1. Gone With the Wind * (1939)
2. The Graduate (1967)
3. Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise) FL (1945)
4. Wuthering Heights (1939)
5. Casablanca * (1943)
6. Somewhere in Time (1980)
7. Atonement (2007)
8. Splendor in the Grass (1961)
9. Great Expectations (1946)
10. Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Animated
1. Pinocchio (1940)
2. Dumbo (1941)
3. Bambi (1942)
4. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
5. Alice in Wonderland (1951)
6. Toy Story (1995)
7. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
8. Fantasia (1940)
9. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
10. The Lion King (1994)

Digital Animation
1. Toy Story (1995)
2. Toy Story 3 (3-D version) (2010)
3. Toy Story 2 (1999)
4. Life of Pi (3D version) (2012)
5. WALL-E (2008)
6. Monsters Inc. (2001)
7. A Bug’s Life (1998)
8. Inside Out (3-D version) (2015)
9. Waltz With Bashir FL (2008)
10. Wreck-It Ralph (3-D version) (2012)

Science Fiction (non-superhero/comic book)
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977/80)
3. Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980/97)
4. Star Wars, or Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977/97)
5. Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi (1983/97)
6. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
7. Jurassic Park (1993)
8. Inception (2010)
9. Interstellar (2014)
10. WALL-E (2008)

Time Travel
1. Somewhere in Time (1980)
2. Los Cronocrimines (Timecrimes) FL (2007)
3. Back to the Future (1985)
4. Predestination (2014)
5. Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
6. Groundhog Day (1993)
7. Source Code (2011)
8. Tomorrowland (2015)
9. Planet of the Apes (1968)
10. A Christmas Carol (1951)

Musical (live action)    
1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
2. Oliver! * (1968)
3. Chicago * (2002)
4. A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
5. The Muppet Movie (1979)
6. Mary Poppins (1964)
7. The Sound of Music * (1965)
8. Cabaret (1972)
9. West Side Story * (1961)
10. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Western
1. Once Upon a Time in the West (165-min version) (1969)
2. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
3. Shane (1953)
4. Dances With Wolves (1990)
5. Unforgiven (1992)
6. There Will Be Blood (2007)
7. The Professionals (1966)
8. My Darling Clementine (1946)
9. True Grit (2010)
10. The Wild Bunch (1969)

Foreign Language 
1. Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise) FL (1945): French
2. Les Diaboliques (The Devils) FL (1955): French
3. The Sorrow and the Pity FL (1969): French
4. Come and See FL (1985): Russian
5. La Dolce Vita (The Good Life) FL (1960): Italian
6. La Regle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game) FL (1939/59): French
7. La Vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful) FL (1997): Italian
8. Ran FL (1985): Japanese
9. Cinema Paradiso (New Paradise Cinema) FL (1990): Italian
10. Belle de Jour (Daylight Beauty) FL (1967): French

War
1. Gone With the Wind * (1939): American Civil War in the South
2. Lawrence of Arabia  (most-recent restoration) * (1962): World War I in Africa
3. Bridge on the River Kwai * (1957): World War II in the Pacific
4. Atonement (1987): World War II in Europe
5. Dunkirk (2017): World War II in Europe
6. The Sorrow and the Pity FL (1969): World War II in Europe
7. Come and See FL (1985): World War II in Europe
8. Patton * (1970): World War II in Africa and Europe
9. Saving Private Ryan (1998): World War II in Europe
10. The Pianist (2002): World War II in Europe
Note: Included in this list are all war-themed films, not just those that feature combat.

Documentary
1. Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)
2. The Sorrow and the Pity FL (1969)
3. Bowling for Columbine (2002)
4. Roger and Me (1989)
5. Farenheit 911 (2004)
6. Shoah FL (1985)
7. The Act of Killing FL (2013)
8. Among the Believers FL (2015)
9. Gates of Heaven (1978)
10. 56 Up TV (2012)

Sports
1. The Natural (1984): baseball
2. Field of Dreams (1989): baseball
3. Heaven Can Wait (1978): football
4. Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962): boxing
5. Cinderella Man (2005): boxing
6. The Hustler (1961): pool
7. Chariots of Fire * (1981): track
8. Million Dollar Baby * (2004): boxing
9. Olympia FL (1938): Olympics
10. Raging Bull (1980): boxing
Note: While I consider pool more of a game than a sport, I include The Hustler because it has the themes and feel of a sports film.

Fantasy (live action)  
1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
2. Babe (1995)
3. Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
4. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (3-D version) (2002)
6. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
7. Mary Poppins (1964)
8. Alice in Wonderland (3-D version) (2010)
9. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
10. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Note: I’ve placed the Star Wars films on the Science Fiction list, not the Fantasy list. Clearly, they could be included on both. If they were included on this list, the original trilogy would take up the #2, #3 and #4 spots.

Superhero and/or Comic Book (live action)
1. Unbreakable (2000)
2. Dick Tracy (1990)
3. Superman (1978)
4. The Avengers (2-D version) (2012)
5. Doctor Strange (3D version) (2016)
6. Batman (1989)
7. Men in Black (1997)
8. American Splendor (2003)
9. The Addams Family (1991)
10. Men in Black 3 (2012)
Note: This admittedly unconventional list draws not only from traditional comic-book and superhero movies but also from films with a comic-book theme, such as Unbreakable. Also included are films inspired by newspaper/magazine comics and serials but NOT films based on a single graphic novel.

Silent
1. Modern Times SlWS (1936)
2. The Circus Sl (1928)
3. City Lights SlWS (1931)
4. La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc (The Passion of Joan of Arc) Sl (1928)
5. The Gold Rush Sl (1925)
6. The Kid Sl (1921)
7. The Artist SlWS * (2011)
8. The General Sl (1927)
9. Metropolis Sl (1926)
10. 7th Heaven SlWS (1927)
Note: This list includes both true silent films and those with a synchronized soundtrack but no dialogue (intertitles instead).

Series and Franchises
1. The Godfather trilogy (3 films from 1972 to 1990)
2. Star Wars and Star Wars Anthology (8 films from 1977 to 2016)
3. The “Up” series (1 short and 7 feature films from 1964 to 2012)
4. The Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series (9 films from 2001 to 2016)
5. The Toy Story trilogy (3 films from 1995 to 2010)
6. Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films (6 films from 2001 to 2014)
7. Trois Couleurs (The Three Colors trilogy) FL (3 films from 1993 to 1994)
8. The Indiana Jones series (4 films from 1981 to 2008)
9. The James Bond films (23 films from 1962 to 2012)
10. The Millennium trilogy (a.k.a. “The Girl” trilogy) FL (3 films in 2009)
Note: To qualify, a series must have plot and/or characters in common, forming at least a semblance of an ongoing story or linked theme. Bergman’s Trilogy of Faith would not qualify; neither would similar series that have themes in common but which were not conceived as a series and have neither characters nor story in common. The Batman, Spider-Man and Superman series do qualify, but they fall short on quality. Series must have at least three movies to make this list.