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The Godfather named 'best movie'

The Godfather
Empire magazine polled 10,000 people in the survey

Mafia film The Godfather has been named the greatest movie of all-time in a poll of over 10,000 cinema-goers, film-makers and critics.

The 1972 Francis Ford Coppola film, starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, headed Empire magazine's top 500 poll.

Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Empire Strikes Back came second and third, with The Shawshank Redemption and Jaws following behind.

Directors including Quentin Tarantino and Mike Leigh took part in the poll.

Goodfellas, Apocalypse Now, Singin' in the Rain, Pulp Fiction and Fight Club made up the rest of the top 10.

The latest Batman film, The Dark Knight, was the only 21st Century film to make the top 20, and all three instalments of the The Lord of the Rings trilogy secured top 60 spots.

There were some surprises in the top 500 however, with classics such as Easy Rider, The Sound of Music and Oscar winner Shakespeare in Love not making the list.

Only two British films made the top 100 - A Clockwork Orange at number 37 and Casino Royale at 56.

Goldfinger was the only other James Bond film to feature in the list.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was also the only film of its franchise to get into the top 500, at 471.

In total, 10,000 cinema-goers, 150 Hollywood directors and 50 film critics had their say in the poll.


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