Is There Such Thing As A ‘Greatest Movie Of All Time’?

Citizen Kane? The Shawshank Redemption? The Godfather? Star Wars? Which one of these great movies is the ‘greatest movie of all time’? Well the correct answer is none of them, I don’t believe there is such thing as a ‘greatest movie of all time.’ Yes you can have a favourite movie of all time but does that make it the greatest? It is impossible for people to agree on what is the ‘greatest movie of all time,’ it’s so hard to choose one because their isn’t one.

One of my favourite movies of all time is The Dark Knight, there are many things that make this one of my favourites movie. This is the movie I watch at home on rainy days, on Christmas, when I’m ill or when I just need cheering up, this movie means everything to me, that is what a favourite movie should be like. Now I know most of you out there won’t agree with me, we all have our personal favourites, a lot of peoples favourites might be absolutely terrible in my eyes but to them it is everything they want out of a movie and that is all you can ask.

Movies really shouldn’t be given the title of the ‘greatest movie of all time’ because it adds a lot of pressure to first time viewers of that film. Not too long ago I watched Citizen Kane for the first time and all I could think throughout the movie was that I have to like it, this is supposedly one of the greatest movies of all time, unsurprisingly this ruined my enjoyment of the movie. I like to go into every movie with a wide open opinion but I already had the perception that I was going to watch the ‘greatest movie of all time.’ You know what, going in with that expectation the film fell short of what I was expecting leaving me to feel underwhelmed. There shouldn’t be any pressure for audiences to think that a certain movie is the ‘greatest movie of all time,’ people have their own opinions and they can think what they want about movies.

There are only a few movies that I watch for the first time and think to myself, this is one of my favourites, when I first watched The Dark Knight in the theatres I loved it, but it wasn’t until I watched it at home five months later that I realised just how much I loved it and the more I watched the more I fell in love with it. I feel as though in this modern day of remakes and sequels there are only a few directors that I know could make my next favourite film.

In IMDb’s top 250 of all time they place The Shawshank Redemption at the top, this doesn’t make it the ‘greatest movie of all time,’ the list is controlled by the publics ratings, it just means that The Shawshank Redemption is the most popular peoples favourite. I can tell if a movie is very well made but that doesn’t mean I will enjoy it. One example being Schindler’s List, I can tell that it is a beautifully made movie with astonishing acting but for some reason I just didn’t enjoy it. I just feel that people should have their own favourites no matter on the quality of the movie, whether it be White Chicks or American Psycho people are free to like what they want to and they shouldn’t be forced to like what are considered the ‘greatest movies of all time.’

The movies should be an experience and not a competition.

I would love to hear what some of your favourites are in the comments below. I will be producing a list of some of my favourites (in no particular order) soon so look out for that. If you enjoyed this post please feel free to like and follow my blog. Thanks for reading.


Buy A Blu-Ray A Week – USA

This is going to be a weekly article telling you the Blu-ray’s you should buy and avoid in the week ahead. I am going to do this for both USA and UK so I apologise if you are a reader from another country; this one is for USA. Let’s get started.

Blu-Rays To Buy

The Ides Of March – This film won’t be for everyone but it is definitely worth your time. It is a great political thriller with another phenomenal performance from Ryan Gosling and George Clooney; Clooney is also the director of this film and what a great job he has done. This is a definite buy even if your not into politics I can   guarantee you will still love this movie.

Good Morning, Vietnam – Yes I know this is not a modern film but it is a new release for blu-ray celebrating the 25th anniversary. This is one of, if not Robin Williams finest film; we finally got a glimpse of how he can give a sterling performance and a comedic genius at the same time. This film gives you a great insight into the Vietnam war and you must check this one out.

Citizen Cane – This is another re-release but for the first time on blu-ray celebrating the 70th anniversary of the amazing classic. This film has breathtaking performances throughout with a engaging storyline. This is one of the greatest movies of all time and is a definite buy, no questions needed. This weeks recommendation!

Blu-Rays To AVOID
Abduction – Is there anything less you want to watch than Taylor Lautner playing a wannabe Jason Bourne. Please trust me in this you will not want to see this movie; even if you like pointless action films with no storyline you will still hate this pointless fail of an action flick. For the love of God don’t go near this movie.

Bucky Larson:Born To Be A Star – Now if you thought Abduction was awful this one will make you cower behind the sofa just for how diabolical this film is. It attempts to be funny with me and the rest of the cinema not laughing at a single gag. The acting, storyline and jokes are so poor it makes this one of the worst films of 2011. This weeks stinker!

Tell me in the comments below which film/s you will be picking up this week