Zagat Surveyors Pick Top Films of All Time; Top Actor/Actress/Director - Cary Grant, Streep, Spielberg

The Godfather is I and II, Casablanca No. 3, Schindler's List No. 4, Lawrence of Arabia No. 5

Current Moviegoers Have Embraced 3-D Releases, but Object to High Ticket Costs

More Than One-Third of Film Fans Like to Watch Movies on Portable Devices

Oct 20, 2010, 00:01 ET from Zagat Survey, LLC

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- As this year's filmmakers and actors await the coming awards season, Zagat Survey has released The World's Best Movies, a new guide covering the top 1,000 movies of all time. The guide includes everything from animated classics to epic dramas and is based on the input of 20,773 moviegoers who voted on Averaging 2.2 films per week, survey participants collectively viewed 2.4 million films this year.

Make Him an Offer He Can't Refuse: Each film in the guide has been rated on Zagat's signature 30-point scale in four categories: Overall Quality, Acting, Story and Production Values, followed by an editorial review complete with surveyor comments in quotation marks. In addition, the guide boasts over 60 top lists and indexes ranging from genre and year of release to Oscar winners.

"This new Survey puts the ratings and reviews of over 20,000 avid moviegoers at your fingertips so that no matter what your age, sex or preference, there's an easy way to find the perfect film for every occasion," said Tim Zagat, CEO and Co-Founder of Zagat Survey. "In fact, this collection of 1,000 movies is really 'the stuff that dreams are made of.'"

I Coulda Been a Contender: The top 20 films based on Overall Quality (with year of release) include:

  1. The Godfather (1972)
  2. The Godfather Part II (1974)
  3. Casablanca (1942)
  4. Schindler's List (1993)
  5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  7. Star Wars (1977)
  8. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  9. Lady Eve (1941)
  10. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
  11. Rear Window (1954)
  12. It Happened One Night (1934)
  13. Citizen Kane (1941)
  14. Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  15. All About Eve (1950)
  16. The Pianist (2002)
  17. African Queen (1951)
  18. Third Man (1949)
  19. Finding Nemo (2003)
  20. Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Go Ahead, Make My Day: Here are the top films in each genre category. To eliminate duplications, we've listed the number 2 winners on those categories marked by asterisks:


Action/Adventure: Lawrence of Arabia

Americana: To Kill a Mockingbird

Animated: Finding Nemo

Biography: Man for All Seasons*

Children/Family: Wizard of Oz

Comedy: Some Like It Hot

Crime: The Godfather

Cult: Star Wars

Drama: The Godfather, Part II*

Dramedy: All About Eve

Epic: Bridge on the River Kwai*

Fantasy: Lord of the Rings/Return*

Film Noir: Third Man

Horror: The Exorcist

Musical: Singin' in the Rain*

Romance: Casablanca

Sci-Fi: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial*

Thriller: Rear Window

War: Schindler's List

Western: High Noon

Rosebud: Here are the top films by director, with Overall Ratings of 28 or better:


Frank Capra: It Happened One Night

Charlie Chaplin: City Lights

Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather

Michael Curtiz: Casablanca

Stanley Donen: Singin' in the Rain

Victor Fleming: Wizard of Oz

John Ford: Grapes of Wrath

Alfred Hitchcock: Rear Window

John Huston: African Queen

Peter Jackson: Lord of the Rings/Return

Elia Kazan: On the Waterfront

Stanley Kubrick: Dr. Strangelove

Akira Kurosawa: Seven Samurai

David Lean: Lawrence of Arabia

George Lucas: Star Wars

Sidney Lumet: 12 Angry Men

Joseph L. Mankiewicz: All About Eve

Roman Polanski: The Pianist

Steven Spielberg: Schindler's List

Preston Sturges: Lady Eve

Orson Welles: Citizen Kane

Billy Wilder: Some Like it Hot

Robert Wise: Sound of Music

William Wyler: Best Years/Our Lives

Fred Zinnemann: Man for All Seasons

Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By': Here are the best movies from each of the last 9 decades:


1920s: The General

1930s: Wizard of Oz

1940s: Casablanca

1950s: Singin' in the Rain

1960s: Lawrence of Arabia

1970s: The Godfather

1980s: Raiders of the Lost Ark

1990s: Schindler's List

2000s: The Pianist

All Right, Mr. Demille, I'm Ready for My Close-Up: Surveyors named Cary Grant as their all-time favorite actor, with Johnny Depp and George Clooney coming in second and third, respectively. Meryl Streep is not only the most Oscar-nominated actress in history, but she's also surveyors' favorite leading lady. Following Streep are Sandra Bullock and Katharine Hepburn. The all-time favorite director is Steven Spielberg, followed in order by Martin Scorsese and Alfred Hitchcock.

Fasten Your Seatbelts: For the film fanatics who prefer staying at home, 37% say they now watch movies on a portable device such as a laptop, portable DVD player or on the iPad or iPod Touch. Furthermore, 35% rent movies online that arrive in the mail, 21% watch movies that are on or recorded from TV, 12% rent a movie at a store and 12% go out and buy a movie.

May the Force Be With You: The 3-D film has reemerged this year, with blockbusters including Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and James Cameron's Avatar. Surveyors have responded favorably to this enhanced experience, with 54% agreeing that a movie in 3-D is fun occasionally and 9% wish more were offered. However, 65% say they're not interested in having 3-D technology at home.

Not in Kansas Anymore: The guide also includes top foreign language films. Japan's acclaimed and influential Seven Samurai came out on top. Another Japanese film, Rashomon, came in second, while the top five are rounded out by Germany's 2007 drama Lives of Others, the French film Children of Paradise and the 1940s, pre-Disney version of Beauty and the Beast.

Here's Looking at You, Kid: The World's Best Movies guide ($14.95) was edited by Curt Gathje and coordinated by Larry Cohn. The guidebook breaks top lists out by genre, actor, director and other special features. For information on all of Zagat's products, please visit Be sure to follow Zagat on Facebook and Twitter @ZagatBuzz for daily news and updates.

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