The Godfather Tops Empire's 100 Greatest Movies Poll

It's the most important exercise of democratic voting rights since at least yesterday! We asked Empire readers to vote for the greatest movies of all time – and you voted in your thousands. Now the results are in, and The Godfather has topped the list.

The Godfather

Francis Ford Coppola's landmark 1972 crime epic was voted the greatest movie ever by a poll of Empire readers – returning to the top spot after a nine-year absence. (In Empire's last poll, held in 2014, The Empire Strikes Back was number one.)

Empire Strikes Back placed second this time around, with The Dark Knight, The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction coming third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Elsewhere in the top 10, there was room for Goodfellas, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, Star Wars and The Fellowship of the Ring.

Empire's editor-in-chief, Terri White, said of the results: "Empire readers turned out in their thousands to vote and, forty-five years after release, it's fantastic to see The Godfather continue to elicit such affection from movie lovers.

"In addition to such perennial favourites such as Star Wars and The Shawshank Redemption, it's also encouraging to see a number of recent releases have already found a place among cinemagoers' most cherished films."

For the full 100 Greatest Movies list, check back to Empire Online on Monday, and be sure to pick up a copy of the new issue of Empire, on sale from Thursday 15 June.