In the immortal words of Star Trek: Enterprise:

“It’s been a long road, getting from there to here.
It’s been a long time, but our time is finally near…”

And what a journey it has been. There have been tears and tantrums, disbelief and elation. The mighty (Citizen Kane) have fallen. The beast (An American Werewolf In London) was vanquished, and we haven’t even got to Dirty Dancing yet.

If you want a recap, or you are just very, very late, then you can get yourself all caught up right here. First with the “Also-Ran” movies, then 150 to 130. Following closely is 129 to 100. Next is 99th position down to 80.  The field was shaken up and thinned out a lot in the 79 down to number 50 bracket. The controversy piled up at 49 through 40. Finally we tweaked your nipples and called you a tease with our 39 to 30 countdown.

We asked you for your top 30, so in an act of cinematic symmetry we are giving you the Top 30. As George Lucas would say:

“It’s like poetry, it rhymes.”

Are you ready? Then let’s go! Last time we left off with The Good, The Bad And The Ugly at number 30. So we will pick up from there.

And remember kids, don’t blame us. You voted for this.

29 – The Big Lebowski

Run For It Marty jumps straight in:

“A comedy classic. I was fortunate enough to see this in the theatre in 1998 and have enjoyed it many times since. My favorite Coen Brothers movie easily. I think it holds the record for most F-words in a movie still. One of the most quotable movies ever.”

28 – Pulp Fiction

Pops cuts to the chase:

“To many, Quentin Tarantino peaked early with his idiosyncratic sophomore feature film. It popularized the chopped-up narrative, revived John Travolta’s career (for better or worse) and oozes style in every shot. But it also has some of the most memorable characters, lines and scenes of ’90s film.”

27 – The Dark Knight

Earl Dom rises from his slumber:

“The Dark Knight is my favorite comic book film and it could be because it is more than that, which takes guts to even try let alone get right. The movie is really about civil rights in the face of terrorism, the consequences of decisions made with the intent to protect life that ultimately cost life. The scene when Bruce Wayne gives Lucia’s Foxx the ability to spy on everyone in Gotham and his reaction is one of my favorite moments. The movie has a lot going for it if you peel its layers.”

26 – Casablanca

Pops is in like Flint:

“Casablanca’s imagery and quotes are so ingrained in pop culture that there’s good reason that it winds up being the “classic” film that makes it to the average person’s top movies list. Does it deserve to be there, though? Resoundingly, yes. Anything more would be to belabor the point”.

Earl Dom chimes in too:

“Casablanca is a treasure of a movie. One of the first movies to actually show me the power of filmmaking. Few movies can top its characters, performances and humanity.”

25 – The Matrix

MacLeod knows Jung Fu:

“I don’t remember seeing a trailer for The Matrix, but I remember being blown away when I went to see it. The CGI action sequences were ground-breaking and some decent performances from the leads. The less said about the sequels, the better.”

24 – The Shawshank Redemption

Our own Andy Dufresne says all you need to know:

“When I read Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption in my early years from the Stephen King book Different Seasons, I just thought it was okay. Nothing supernatural about it, nothing overtly special. Then I saw the movie. No, film. It’s beautiful. It’s stunning.”

“What director Frank Darabont did with it, the casting (especially making the Irish guy black, simply brilliant), the cinematography, the dismal look at prison life and what time does to a man, fantastic. It’s my all time favorite movie and when the end comes all too soon for a 2 hour plus movie, I’m always in tears. It’s only one in a handful of movies a man is allowed to cry while watching.”

23 – Airplane!

Earl Dom is straight to the point:

“Airplane! Is just goddamn funny the entire time.”

Gigantic Cahuna also has thoughts:

“It’s basically like gag overdose. Just gag after gag for scene after scene but it’s a testament to it’s mastery that it never once gets tired.”

22 – The Exorcist

Pops is full of praise:

“One of the giants of horror. Perhaps THE giant. But for all of its literal chills and spills (although perhaps spurts is the more accurate word in this case), The Exorcist works just as well as straight drama. Career performances by Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller and Max Von Sydow. See this one at the right age, and you’ll be chasing that horror dragon for the rest of your life”.

Gigantic Cahuna is scared as scared can be:

“I saw this on re-release. I was only about 16, I think. Went to the cinema for a midnight showing. Terrified doesn’t even come close. It’s a supremely made movie. Slow, slow build before unleashing the terror. Shocking, horrifying. I don’t think another horror movie has ever imprinted on me quite like this one.”

Earl Dom, however, is not a Pazazu fan:

“Overrated and boring.”

21 – The Shining

Pops got the fear:

“When I first saw The Shining, it was unsettling as hell. The music, framing, those low Steadicam shots, split-second inserts, and the overall feeling of wrongness that Kubrick conveys for the Overlook interior really do a job on the nervous system.”

20 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Gigantic Cahuna has become the Marvel defender:

“This is the blueprint for what makes the MCU such an achievement. When they are good, they are very good. The decision to take the man out of time and put him in conflict with the modern world through a superhero movie, wrapped around a 70’s style conspiracy thriller, is a stroke of genius. Even got Robert Redford in on the act. This movie is potentially Marvel’s most well rounded effort to date.”

19 – Goodfellas

From the frozen North, MacLeod speaks:

“Scorsese absolutely nailed GoodFellas. The attention to detail, editing, cinematography, pacing, the script, the voice-over, and genuinely phenomenal performances from everyone involved. It also has that rewatchability factor, which makes GoddFellas one of the best mob movies ever made.”

18 – The Godfather Part II

MacLeod remains on his gangster trip:

“Al Pacino’s performance as Michael in Godfather II is one of the finest performance I’ve ever seen from an actor in a movie. De Niro as young Vito also sits alongside him in that top-tier. The film is as great a sequel as it is a prequel at the same time, Coppola’s use of flashbacks is just perfect. Very few films have managed to spawn excellent sequels. Godfather II is a notable exception.”

17 – Blade Runner

MacLeod dreams of electric sheep:

“Alien aside, this is one of Ridley Scott’s finest works. Adapted from Phillip K. Dick’s short story, Blade Runner’s futuristic production setting is on a legendary scale. Combine these visuals with Vangelis’ flawless score and the late Rutger Hauer’s performance as android Roy Batty, qualifies this to be on any top 20 list.”

16 – The Godfather

MacLeod finished his gangster binge:

“Marlon Brando delivers one of the greatest performances of his career playing Don Vito Corleone. Coppola’s mafia film still holds up to this day. I still prefer the sequel, but Brando’s turn is truly spectacular. I still remember the Sunday afternoon I sat and watched this with my Dad, the horse’s head scene stuck with me for years!”

15 – Return Of The Jedi

Gigantic Cahuna is a Jedi, like his Father:

“This has difficult third child syndrome and is always considered the runt of the litter against it’s two mighty big brothers. However the haters can suck it! It’s still better than 80% of movies ever made and deserves it’s high place on this list.”

14 – Ghostbusters

Gigantic Cahuna remains in love all these years later:

“It took me a while. I was nine years old when it came out in theaters, ten when it hit home rental. Back then it was all about the ghosts and the proton packs. As I got older I started to appreciate the true genius in the movie. The characters, their interplay, the gags and the digs. It’s so good that I can’t even think about the 2016 remake without getting angry.”

Earl Dom agrees:

“Ghostbusters is a perfect example of what competent film making, a brilliant cast and a script that has been worked on until its gotten right and not just good enough. The characters and their motivations are fully realized and the comedy is organic and not forced situational shit.”

13 – The Fellowship Of The Ring

Pops has a powerful ring:

“It’s perhaps cliche to call a theatrical movie a transformative experience, but here we are. I went in with a little trepidation, but emerged elated. ‘Fellowship’ is a beast, but it moves. Standout performances all around. Best musical score since the Star Wars trilogy. Masterful direction from a still-hungry Peter Jackson, adapted from the best stories of the 20th century. I knew the book back-to-front, but the adaptation still thrilled. Still does.”

 

12 – The Terminator

MacLeod wants your boots, your clothes and your motorcycle:

“The Terminator was the first time I saw a Schwarzenegger movie and was also the first time I’d heard of James Cameron. I always preferred the T-800 from The Terminator, the stop-motion animation will always have a more sinister edge than that of the fluid CGI in the later movies. The T-800 description from Reese, “it doesn’t sleep, it will never stop, etc,” that was chilling. Then seeing the T-800 at the end was terrifying. One of my favourite movies.”

Neo doesn’t feel remorse:

“When The Terminator came out in 1984, I saw it in the theater 4 times. It blew me away. I’ve always loved time travel movies, but usually, they’re more about the action. This one was about the characters, the time travel aspect was a back story. You believed these could be real people in real trouble. You believed Reese was a battle-weary soldier who was fighting for love. And you eventually came to believe that a killer robot from the future could exist! An amazing film that set the standard at the time.”

11 – Predator

MacLeod wants some candy:

“Predator is awesome. It hails from a time when all awesome needed was an action movie star, explosions, and a bad guy to fight. In Predator’s case, the bigger and badder the better. These kinds of movies aren’t exactly held in high regard these days, and that’s a damn shame.”

Run For It Marty won’t let on if this is good for him, or not:

“The picture of the Predator in this article sums up my feeling about this ranking.”

10 – Die Hard

Gigantic Cahuna says Yippe-Ki-Yay to this entry:

“An action movie so perfect it just about invented it’s own genre of action movie. Die Hard on a bus (Speed), Die Hard on a train (Under Siege) and so on. It also took a TV sitcom star and turned him into one of the biggest action stars of all time. Shame about the latest sequels though.”

9 – Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan

Dom loves this long time:

“Wrath of Khan gets credit for how great an action film it is, and it is, and that sometimes gets more attention than what is truly great about it and that’s the performances. William Shatner in particular is fantastic as Kirk coming to terms with age defeat and more importantly losing command of the Enterprise.”

Gigantic Cahuna also let’s the love flow:

“What always gets me with this movie is just how damn re-watchable it is. It just flies by. Every beat is perfect. The final battle is one for the ages. The tension in the countdown at the end is palpable and that ending… just done perfectly.”

8 – Back To The Future

Run For It Marty hits 88mph with his praise:

“This is a perfect movie and I had it fairly high on my list. Everything about it works and it does a great job of setting up a lot of the story elements early in the movie in a casual way.”

Neo fires up Mr Fusion:

“What more can be said about BTTF? It has it all, comedy, action, adventure and a DeLorean time machine! The script is tight and the acting fantastic. Even after all these years, I can’t find any potential paradoxes! A favorite classic!”

7 – The Thing

MacLeod is OK now and he’d like to come back inside:

“I love The Thing, one of Carpenter’s greatest works. I was watching it just yesterday, and watching the opening scene just made me wish the prequel had been better. Great score, fantastic effects and terrific performances from everyone make this a stone-cold, classic horror.”

6 – Alien

Earl Dom compares the classics:

“Like Jaws you don’t see the monster until the end. Good creature features always do that. Alien is scary and chaotic. Behind that, before the violence, there was this current of underlying animosity between the crew over who gets how much of the economic pie. It kept the movie grounded and gritty.”

5 – Aliens

MacLeod is coming from inside the room:

“As sequels go, Aliens must be one of the best. Some great edge-of-your-seat action, memorable lines, great cast, great visuals, and a terrific score by James Horner. The Queen model and prop work is almost seamless, kudos to Cameron.”

Gigantic Cahuna is in the pipe, five-by-five:

“This is almost a perfect sequel in that it takes the story from the first one, expands on it and drives forward while answering the questions the audience had at the end of the first movie – What if there are more of these things? Where do the eggs come from? What would happen if the armed forces were involved?”

4 – Star Wars

Run For It Marty has a shared experience with quite a few others here:

“Ever since I saw this in the theatre in 1978 this has been my favorite movie. In fact, it is my earliest memory, and probably the reason I love movies.”

Gigantic Cahuna also remembers:

“This movie was simply my everything as a kid. I was a Star Wars kid with the toys, the pyjamas, the bed linen and curtains, the wall paper, the pencil case, the lunchbox. All day, no breaks. Everything was Star Wars. It’s impossible to exaggerate just how all consuming it was for me. It all started with this. The first movie I ever saw in a theater aged about three. I fell asleep about half way through but it had already imprinted on me. I actually still remember, as maybe my earliest proper memory, Obi Wan taking that guys arm off in the Cantina.”

3 – Jaws

Gigantic Cahuna is apoplectic:

“Third? THIRD? The greatest movie of all time is in third? I can see there is going to have to be some kind of reckoning around here! Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know – don’t blame us, you voted etc. but come on guys! I demand a recount! It was the postal ballots. I knew it!

Spielberg’s incredible achievement, against all the odds, is my favorite movie of all time. I simply cannot turn on the TV to find it is on and not watch it to the very end. I love this movie more than I love gin.”

Earl Dom can’t go down with three barrels on him:

“The scene with Chief Brody and Shawn at the dinner table is the highlight of the film. A father and his son sharing a moment with the weight the chief is carrying around so visible on screen. Everything ever said about Jaws being as brilliant as it is, is right, but that moment has always stood out.”

2 – The Empire Strikes Back

Run For It Marty was ruined, ruined, for this:

“My sister got to see this about 5 hours before I did the day it was released in May 1980. She proceeded to tell me all of the big spoilers in the third act when she got home. I remember that as vividly as seeing it the first time.”

WINNER – Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Earl Dom is in agreement:

“Raiders is a ripping good time and timeless. It will be forever a movie a father, or mother, can’t wait to show their kids one day.”

Gigantic Cahuna has memories:

“When this came out I was six years old and, unbelievably, it was broadcast on this closed circuit TV broadcast system as the evening movie at this holiday park I was staying at. Must have been pre-FBI warning on dodgy broadcasts. I wasn’t allowed to watch it as I was judged too young by my mother. Therefore it took on almost mythical status for me. When I did finally see it a couple of years later it actually lived up to that mythical status. We may never see a movie like this again.”

Unbelievably after all the voting shenanigans, there was only 1 single, solitary point between #1 and #2. Only 16 points separated the top 3.

All that remains left to do is to salute our very own Run For It Marty, who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to take in and collate all your votes. Also to say thanks for playing, voting and commenting as we went on this journey as a community. Outposters strong together!

Ladies, gentlemen. It’s been emotional.