Each curated list at FilmsRanked.com takes into account genre acclaim, prestige, popularity, and awards. They can serve as an introduction to a genre while also challenging film buffs who are looking to round out their knowledge.
The 200 Greatest Fantasy Films of All Time
Fantasy is one of cinema’s oldest genres — Georges Méliès made beautiful magic in the 19th Century. But while filmmakers created indelible classics and unforgettable worlds through the 1900s, fantasy didn’t become a reliable blockbuster bet until the 21st Century. This list explores the evolution and milestones of fantasy films.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Wizard of Oz is the greatest fantasy film of all time, not only because of Judy Garland’s amazing voice, the lush Technicolor magic, and the captivating story.
The film is also a crucial piece of cinema culture, but also an iconic, irreplaceable part of American heritage. The Library of Congress believes it is the most-watched movie of all time, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History showcases many items from the film, including Dorothy’s ruby slippers.
The Two Towers (2002)
The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Return of the King (2003)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Groundhog Day (1993)
The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
The 200 Greatest Horror Films of All Time
Horror is one of the most primal types of film. Perhaps some of the first stories humans ever told were of the horror genre, warning of the beasts and monsters that lurked outside at night. Now special effects and other narrative techniques work to bring tales of modern monsters to billions across the globe. This list of 200 greatest horror films is a guide for both a film neophyte wanting to see the best of the best and a film expert looking for a masterpiece she may have overlooked.
Naming Alien the Greatest Horror Movie of All Time is bound to be a bit controversial. Although nearly everyone agrees it qualifies as a horror movie, it’s quite a bit different than most other classics of the genre. It’s in space. It’s sci-fi. And there’s no real sense of the supernatural.
There are two stars in Alien: Sigourney Weaver and the alien. Weaver created a new type of action hero, giving depth to the type of role that usually lacks it. And the creature’s famous creation by H.R. Giger is the stuff of nightmares. Watch the movie again. It’s horrifying. And when you combine horror expert, film critic, popular appeal and award recognition, it’s the GOAT.
The Shining (1980)
Rosemary's Baby (1969)
28 Days Later (2002)
Get Out (2017)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Wicker Man (1973)
The 200 Greatest Musicals of All Time
Musicals are movie-making at its most spectacular. They unify sight and sound, create performances of song, dance and story. They bring us back to films’ antecedents on stage and push the art form forward into the future. This list of 200 musicals is a guide for both a film neophyte wanting to see the best of the best and a film expert looking for a masterpiece she may have overlooked.
West Side Story (1961)
The Lion King (1994)
Singin' in the Rain (1951)
The Sound of Music (1965)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
La La Land (2016)
All That Jazz (1979)
An American In Paris (1951)
The 200 Greatest Westerns of All Time
The Old West has been a source of American mythology for well more than a century. The genre grew alongside the birth of cinema. The character of the “cowboy” is instantly recognizable across the globe – and is synonymous both with Hollywood and the United States itself. These 100 films explore the varied ways filmmakers have creatively used the Western and created these larger-than-life legends.
The Searchers (1956)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
High Noon (1952)
Rio Bravo (1959)
The 100 Greatest Superhero Films of All Time
Superhero films are a relative newcomer to the entertainment world. 80% of the films on this list were released in the 21st Century — by far the most recent-heavy list on the site. But the genre has already created some of Hollywood’s most indelible classics. I anticipate this list changing a lot as I update it every year.
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Avengers (2012)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Iron Man (2008)
Wonder Woman (2017)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
La passion de Jeanne d'Arc (1928)
City Lights (1931)
The General (1926)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
The Gold Rush (1925)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Every January 1st, Americans celebrate an often-overlooked holiday called “Public Domain Day.”
Thanks to the Copyright Term Extension Act, most copyright works of art and literature enter the public domain 96 years after the year of their publication. This year, the list includes literary classics like The Great Gatsby and Mrs. Dalloway as well as classic silent films like Go West and Ben-Hur.
To do my part in the celebration, I prepared several videos to upload to YouTube on January 1, 2021. Most of these videos are up now, without issue.
However, two films have been claimed as copyright by Warner Bros., despite the copyright law’s clarity.
The Big Parade and Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ were released in 1925. The versions I uploaded had no sound or music that might complicate the copyright situation. So when I received a Copyright Claim on YouTube from Warner Bros., I assumed it was a mistake. YouTube’s algorithms automatically match videos with content claimed as copyright, whether it is or not.
I filed an appeal, believing that as soon as a human with Warner Bros. saw the note, they would drop the claim.
That’s not what happened.
Warner Bros. kept the claims in place, and I filed a second appeal. I informed Warner Bros.:
This film was published in 1925 and is now in the public domain.
“On January 1, 2021, copyrighted works from 1925 will enter the US public domain, where they will be free for all to use and build upon.”
Source: Duke University School of Law
So, I was surprised and disappointed when this note came back from YouTube:
Clear as mud, right? YouTube decided I don’t have the rights to upload public domain content, won’t detail why and are “unable to assist further in this matter.”
Now I have two copyright strikes against my account.
I did a google search of the claimant’s email address. The results included several pages with people claiming the email address used is not actually someone with Warner Bros. and that the user has been “scamming” people with it for years.
I’m not posting that email address at this time because I haven’t verified any of those allegations. I have sent an email to that address requesting the removal of the takedown request. I’ll update this if I hear back.