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Some Like It Hot (1959)
Director: Billy Wilder
Tony Curtis in a dress. Is this the original gross-out comedy? Hardly, though the Curtis/Jack Lemmon drag-act has its share of goofball gags. Only number 27? Well, nobody’s perfect. Read Review

Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Intended as a serious exploration of the Cold War, but the super-powers’ MAD policy (Mutually Assured Destruction) was so absurd, it had to be a comedy. Read Review

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The Good The Bad And The Ugly (1967)
Director: Sergio Leone
The West is brutal, war is hell and Clint Eastwood is an icon. Laconic and perhaps plain irritated by clashes with his wild, genius director, the TV star came of age as The Man With No Name. Read Review

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)
Director: Peter Jackson
The fear was tangible at the premiere for Fellowship, as Rings-readers worried if Jackson was up to it. ’Course he was. And how. A dashing, hugely skilful adaptation. Read Review

Back To The Future (1985)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Unlike the poodle-perm or your dad, this ’80s classic has aged remarkably well. Weird science and teenage dreams combine in a wish-fulfilment sci-fi lent heart by the fantastic Mr. Michael J. Fox. Read Review

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
Director: George Lucas
It’s a surprise to see the saga-starter that arguably birthed modern blockbusters outside the Top 10. Eclipsed by Empire, then — though we shouldn’t forget how Lucas bravely battled naysayers to create a galaxy far, far away. Read Review

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The Third Man (1949)
Director: Carol Reed
Unjustly overshadowed by Orson Welles’ showboating, Reed constructs a claustrophobic, thoughtful thriller from Graham Greene’s trawl through occupied territory and moral murk. Read Review

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Blade Runner (1982)
Director: Ridley Scott
Drenched in neon and endless rain, Scott’s striking private-eye picture endures due to the script’s struggle with what makes us human. Can we stop arguing whether Deckard is a replicant now? Read Review

The Godfather Part II (1974)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Even cash-ins were high quality during the ’70s. Coppola reluctantly returned, yet delivered a damning picture in which Pacino’s mobster gains the world but loses his soul. Read Review

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Casablanca (1942)
Director: Michael Curtiz
Bogey and Bergman’s wartime dalliance somehow emerged as one of Hollywood’s most loved and misquoted movies — aided considerably by Claude Rains’ wonderfully cynical humour. Read Review

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This poll was conducted in November 2008. The list was compiled using votes from Empire readers, Hollywood actors, actress and key film critics.

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