So, what are the top 20 greatest feature films ever, and Why?
(Note: A feature film is defined as: narrative fiction feature film, over 60 minutes in length.)
The first feature film ever was “The Story of The Kelly Gang” 70 mins, (1906) Directed by Charles Tait, and starring Frank Mills as real-life bushranger Ned Kelly. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000574/
You can read more about the film here: http://www.nfsa.gov.au/collection/film/story-kelly-gang/
More information here: http://aso.gov.au/titles/features/story-kelly-gang/
(and – this film is not to be confused with the short film, Ned Kelly and His Gang, starring Godfrey Cass, also made in 1906, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0353789/)
So – the top 20 movies ever?
We could say, they are the top 20 of these: The IMDb Top 250 http://www.imdb.com/chart/top
Or the top 20 of these: Empire Magazine’s 500 Greatest Movies of All Time http://www.empireonline.com/500/
Or these – Sight and Sound Critics Poll: http://explore.bfi.org.uk/sightandsoundpolls/2012
Or the latest 20 of these (1992-2012)… Best Picture Oscar-winners – http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/legacy/best-pictures.html
Or, the latest 20 of these (Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winners): http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0000147/
Or even, the Top 20 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winners that also had the highest theatrical box office: http://www.boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?id=cannes.htm
My own theory on this (i.e. – the top 20 greatest feature films ever) is:
The 20 feature films that had the widest audience reach, for the least production budget.
And – why?
Because they were: the 20 feature films that went the most viral.
Therefore: they had the greatest stories in them.
What do you think are the 20 best-ever feature films – and: Why?
High-RoI Story/Screenplay/Movie and Transmedia Researcher
The above is (mostly) an adapted excerpt, from my doctoral thesis: “Communication, Creativity and Consilience in Cinema”. It is presented here for the benefit of fellow screenwriting, filmmaking and creativity researchers. For more, see https://aftrs.academia.edu/JTVelikovsky
JT Velikovsky is also a produced feature film screenwriter and million-selling transmedia writer-director-producer. He has been a professional story analyst for major film studios, film funding organizations, and for the national writer’s guild. For more see: http://on-writering.blogspot.com/