"Empire Strikes Back" Greatest Film Ever?

By Garth Franklin Friday May 30th 2014 03:27PM

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.