Best Films of All Time

Joe Byron Sent Us His Favorite Movies and We’re Sharing Them with You

For those of you who don’t know Joe Byron, he is the alumni relations director at The L.A. Film School. As an avid cinephile, we trust Joe’s opinion when it comes to all things film. He grew up loving the film and entertainment world and has been in the industry for most of his life. When he’s not connecting with our growing alumni network, you can find Joe researching and watching dramas, comedies, Sci-Fi, action-adventure and many more films from the past 100 years. We hope you enjoy!

Joe Byron’s Greatest Films of All Time List


Horse Feathers
Duck Soup
King Kong (1933)
It Happened One Night
A Night at the Opera
Bride of Frankenstein
A Day at the Races
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
The Wizard of Oz
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Holiday Inn
Double Indemnity
To Have and Have Not
It’s A Wonderful Life
On the Town
The African Queen
Singin’ in the Rain
High Noon
Invaders from Mars
Rear Window
On the Waterfront
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
12 Angry Men
The Seventh Seal
The Nights of Cabiria
North by Northwest
Some Like It Hot
Anatomy of a Murder
The Apartment
West Side Story
Lawrence of Arabia
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Days of Wine and Roses
Dr. Strangelove
Cool Hand Luke
The Graduate
Bonnie and Clyde
Night of the Living Dead
The Odd Couple
Women in Love
Easy Rider
Take the Money and Run
Little Big Man
El Topo
Five Easy Pieces
Harold and Maude
The Godfather
Slaughterhouse 5
Love & Anarchy
American Graffiti
Godfather Part 2
Young Frankenstein
Woman Under the Influence
Blazing Saddles
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Dog Day Afternoon
Seven Beauties
Taxi Driver
Star Wars, A New Hope
Annie Hall
The Deer Hunter
Animal House
Midnight Express
Monty Python’s Life of Brian
The Jerk
Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back
Raging Bull
Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark
E.T. The Extraterrestrial
Sophie’s Choice
Star Wars, The Return of the Jedi
A Christmas Story
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life
The Terminator
Indiana Jones, The Temple of Doom
Beverly Hills Cop
Back to the Future
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Full Metal Jacket
Wings of Desire
Lethal Weapon
House of Games
Die Hard
Rain Man
Naked Gun
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Bull Durham
Indiana Jones, The Last Crusade
When Harry Met Sally
Major League
Mac the Knife
Dances with Wolves
The Unforgiven
Glengarry Glenross
My Cousin Vinny
Groundhog Day
The Fugitive
The Shawshank Redemption
Pulp Fiction
Forrest Gump
This is Spinal Tap
Ed Wood
Usual Suspects
Toy Story
Twelve Monkeys
Leaving Las Vegas
Dead Man Walking
Mars Attacks!
L.A. Confidential
The Game
Men in Black
Wag the Dog
The Matrix
American History X
The Big Lebowski
Fight Club
American Beauty
The Sixth Sense
Toy Story 2
Being John Malkovich
The Cradle Will Rock
O Brother Where Art Thou?
Donnie Darko
City of God
The Bourne Identity
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The World’s Fastest Indian
The Departed
No Country for Old Men
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Inglorious Basterds
Toy Story 3
Dallas Buyer’s Club
Mad Max Fury Road
The Martian


James Whale
Norman McLeod
Tod Browning
Leo McCarey
Frank Capra
Sam Wood
James Whale
Sam Wood
Frank Capra
Victor Fleming
Michael Curtiz
Michael Curtiz
Mark Sandrich
Billy Wilder
Howard Hawks
Frank Capra
Stanley Donen
John Houston
Stanley Donen
Fred Zinnemann
William Cameron Menzies
Alfred Hitchcock
Elia Kazan
Don Siegel
Sidney Lumet
Ingmar Bergman
Frederico Fellini
Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
Billy Wilder
Otto Preminger
Billy Wilder
Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
David Lean
Robert Mulligan
Blake Edwards
Stanley Donen
Stanley Kubrick
Stuart Rosenberg
Mike Nichols
Arthur Penn
George A. Romero
Gene Saks
Lindsay Anderson
Roger Vadim
Ken Russell
Dennis Hopper
Woody Allen
Robert Altman
Arthur Penn
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Rob Rafelson
Ridley Scott
Hal Ashby
Francis Ford Cappola
Bob Fosse
George Roy Hill
Lina Wertmuller
George Lucas
Francis Ford Cappola
Roman Polanski
Mel Brooks
John Cassavettes
Mel Brooks
Terry Gilliam / Terry Jones
Sidney Lumet
Steven Spielberg
Lina Wertmuller
Robert Altman
Martin Scorsese
Sidney Lumet
John G. Avildsen
George Lucas
Woody Allen
Michael Cimino
John Landis
Alan Parker
Richard Donner
Terry Jones
Carl Reiner
Irvin Kershner
Martin Scorsese
Jim Abrahams, David Zucker
Steven Spielberg
Ridley Scott
Werner Herzog
Steven Spielberg
Alan Pakula
Richard Marquan
Bob Clark
Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam
James Cameron
Steven Spielberg
Martin Brest
Robert Zemeckis
Terry Gilliam
John Hughes
Stanley Kubrick
Wim Wenders
Richard Donner
David Mamet
John McTiernan
Barry Levinson
David Zucker
Terry Gilliam
Ron Shelton
Francis Ford Coppola
Steven Spielberg
Rob Reiner
David Ward
Golan Menachim
Martin Scorsese
Kevin Costner
Clint Eastwood
James Foley
Jonathan Lynn
Harold Ramis
Andrew Davis
Frank Darabont
Quentin Tarantino
Robert Zemeckis
Rob Reiner
Tim Burton
Ivan Reitman
Bryan Singer
Mel Gibson
John Lassiter
Martin Scorsese
Terry Gilliam
Mike Figgis
Tim Robbins
Joel Coen; Ethan Coen
Danny Boyle
Tim Burton
Curtis Hanson
David Fincher
Barry Sonnefeld
Barry Levinson
Andy Wachowski; Lana Wachowski
Tony Kaye
Joel Coen; Ethan Coen
David Fincher
Sam Mendes
M. Night Shyamalan
John Lassiter
Spike Jonze
Dean Parisot
Tim Robbins
Christopher Nolan
Joel Coen; Ethan Coen
Richard Kelly
Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
Doug Liman
Rob Marshall
Chan-wook Park
Michel Gondry
Roger Donaldson
Martin Scorsese
Joel Coen; Ethan Coen
Julian Schnabel
Quentin Tarantino
Pete Docter; Ron Peterson
Christopher Nolan
Lee Unkrich
Jean-Marc Vallée
George Miller
Ridley Scott

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