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Top 100 favourite films lists cause a lot of debate, but when Channel 4 launched their "greatest films" vote, the debate started when they set out their list of 100 films for the public to put in order. What? Yes, their "experts" chose 100 films to start with. A hugely biased list (amazing the number of those films Channel 4 and Film 4 have the rights to show). In response to this, an old film site,, was resurrected for the specific purpose of producing an alternative Top 100 list. Visitors could vote for five films - any choices!

The Sisqua folks were not expecting a large response, but through simple word of mouth, huge numbers of people visited the site and they were somewhat taken aback when they got 5,000 votes in the first 4 days! Eight weeks later and 24,129 people cast a total of 120,512 (validated) votes. As these were free format, the team had a huge task to count them all up, but after a sterling effort, the results were released on 27th January 2002.

A free public vote for favourite films of all time and the results make fascinating reading. Blade Runner this time in 11th place. (With Star Wars and Godfather films split up, they take up extra slots!) But this reporter is pleased that Star Wars isn't top anyway. LotR:FotR was released part way through the voting process and so on the one hand missed the initial voters' lists, but on the other hand was fresh in the minds of those voting later. We'll see how it does in ten years time. Good to see lesser known masterpieces like Leon now have a strong fanbase! But enough of my rambling - here is the list, (replicated completely from the Sisqua site with their kind permission).


The 100 Greatest Movies of All Time

1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. The Godfather
3. The Empire Strikes Back
4. Star Wars
5. Pulp Fiction
6. Gladiator
7. The Godfather Part 2
8. The Usual Suspects
9. Leon 
10. Goodfellas


11. Blade Runner
12. The Matrix
13. LotR: The Fellowship of the Ring*
14. Aliens
15. It's A Wonderful Life
16. Fight Club
17. Apocalypse Now
18. Casablanca
19. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
20. Fargo
21. Alien
22. Taxi Driver
23. Schindler's List 
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey
25. American Beauty
26. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
27. Reservoir Dogs
28. The Terminator
29. Raging Bull
30. Citizen Kane
31. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
32. Jaws
33. The Third Man
34. Terminator 2
35. Magnolia
36. The Deer Hunter
37. Seven
38. Some Like It Hot
39. The Big Lebowski
40. Silence of the Lambs
41. The Exorcist
42. L.A. Confidential
43. Saving Private Ryan
44. Titanic
45. The Wicker Man
46. Withnail And I
47. Return of the Jedi
48. The Sting
49. Breakfast at Tiffany's
50. True Romance
51. The Shining
52. The Sixth Sense
53. Three Colours Red, White, Blue**
54. Groundhog Day
55. Lawrence of Arabia
56. The Italian Job
57. Die Hard
58. Braveheart
59. Life of Brian
60. The Green Mile
61. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
62. Cinema Paradiso
63. Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
64. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
65. Rocky
66. The Great Escape
67. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
68. The Lost Boys
69. Brazil
70. Psycho
71. Toy Story
72. Carlito's Way
73. Unforgiven
74. Amelie
75. The French Connection
76. Heat
77. Shine
78. Shrek
79. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
80. Vertigo
81. Jurassic Park
82. This is Spinal Tap
83. The Omen
84. Dr. Strangelove
85. Run Lola Run
86. Jerry McGuire
87. The Breakfast Club 
88. American Pie
89. My Fair Lady
90. North by North West
91. Papillon
92. Memento
93. Roman Holiday
94. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
95. Pretty Woman
96. Ghandi
97. Zulu
98. Hannibal
99. Forrest Gump
100. The Fifth Element


* It's worth noting that Fellowship of the Ring came out on general release more than half way through the voting process. Had it received the same sustained level of voting for the entire time period, it would probably have become the number one movie.

** We know we said we wouldn't combine trilogies, however a number of people voted for "Three Colours Trilogy" without distinguishing between the films so we didn't have a lot of choice on that one.



This list is currently published on the website along with a Top 100 Stars List (Channel 4 gave 150 options for their vote). However, Sisqua have said that they do not intend to continue the site apart from these votes. So, our thanks go to the Sisqua team (Sisqua, Bomber, Kenji, Connie and Treakle) for doing this and hope the response might encourage the Sisqua site to continue.

Also check out our report on the original Channel 4 vote.

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