Empire Strikes Back Greatest Film Ever?

Six years after their last attempt, Empire Magazine has conducted a poll of over 250,000 film fans to come up with a list of the 301 greatest movies ever made. It’s the 1980 classic “The Empire Strikes Back” which took the top spot, beating out the 2008 winner “The Godfather” which slipped down to second place. The Top 50 of the list are:

1. The Empire Strikes Back
2. The Godfather
3. The Dark Knight
4. The Shawshank Redemption
5. Pulp Fiction
6. Star Wars
7. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
8. Jaws
9. Raiders of the Lost Ark
10. Inception
11. Blade Runner
12. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King
13. Goodfellas
14. Fight Club
15. The Godfather: Part II
16. Marvel’s The Avengers
17. Back to The Future
18. Jurassic Park
19. Aliens
20. Apocalypse Now
21. Alien
22. 2001: A Space Odyssey
23. The Matrix
24. The Big Lebowski
25. Schindler’s List
26. Casablanca
27. Gladiator
28. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
29. There Will Be Blood
30. American Beauty
31. Lawrence of Arabia
32. The Usual Suspects
33. Citizen Kane
34. Forrest Gump
35. Gravity
36. Heat
37. Seven
38. The Breakfast Club
39. Die Hard
40. It’s A Wonderful Life
41. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
42. Once Upon a Time in the West
43. Vertigo
44. Taxi Driver
45. Skyfall
46. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
47. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
48. Magnolia
49. Drive
50. Pan’s Labyrinth

It’s surprising what films did NOT make the Top 50 (but did crack the Top 100) including “A Clockwork Orange,” “Leon,” “Toy Story,” “Gone with the Wind,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “The Thing,” “Ghostbusters,” “Rear Window,” “Spirited Away,” “North by Northwest,” “City of God,” and “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”

The full list of all 301 movies can be found by clicking here.