Top 5,000 Films of All Time (Calculated)

What could be better than a list of the greatest 1,000 films of all time? A list of the top 5,000 films of all time. Its value, obviously, will be rather dependent on how you use lists. It is unlikely to be a generator for recommendations (unless you adhere to the broad filters of decade, genre, etc. that Letterboxd creates). More likely, I expect, it will be seen as a very general marker for how far along the most voracious viewers are in their journey to watch everything worth watching.
I started with a list of about 30k titles gleaned from many Letterboxd lists, IMDb data, and other sources and crunched the numbers. I limited the list to those with…

  • Casablanca

    1

  • Citizen Kane

    2

  • The Godfather

    3

  • 12 Angry Men

    4

  • City Lights

    5

  • Rear Window

    6

  • Metropolis

    7

  • Psycho

    8

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    9

  • Seven Samurai

    10

  • The Wizard of Oz

    11

  • Singin' in the Rain

    12

  • Vertigo

    13

  • The Third Man

    14

  • The Godfather: Part II

    15

  • Modern Times

    16

  • The Apartment

    17

  • Battleship Potemkin

    18

  • Double Indemnity

    19

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    20

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    21

  • Sunset Boulevard

    22

  • All About Eve

    23

  • M

    24

  • Children of Paradise

    25

  • Rashomon

    26

  • Gone with the Wind

    27

  • The Best Years of Our Lives

    28

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    29

  • Some Like It Hot

    30

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    31

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    32

  • It Happened One Night

    33

  • North by Northwest

    34

  • The Great Dictator

    35

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    36

  • Notorious

    37

  • Brief Encounter

    38

  • 8½

    39

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    40

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    41

  • Bicycle Thieves

    42

  • Apocalypse Now

    43

  • On the Waterfront

    44

  • The General

    45

  • La Dolce Vita

    46

  • Star Wars

    47

  • Sherlock, Jr.

    48

  • Rebecca

    49

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    50

  • Taxi Driver

    51

  • The Maltese Falcon

    52

  • Paths of Glory

    53

  • The Battle of Algiers

    54

  • Harakiri

    55

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    56

  • Ikiru

    57

  • The Bride of Frankenstein

    58

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    59

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    60

  • The Gold Rush

    61

  • The Lady Eve

    62

  • The 400 Blows

    63

  • Shoah

    64

  • Touch of Evil

    65

  • The Night of the Hunter

    66

  • The Leopard

    67

  • The Red Shoes

    68

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    69

  • The Philadelphia Story

    70

  • Tokyo Story

    71

  • To Be or Not to Be

    72

  • The Seventh Seal

    73

  • The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

    74

  • Alien

    75

  • Duck Soup

    76

  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    77

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    78

  • Chinatown

    79

  • Persona

    80

  • Schindler's List

    81

  • The Thin Man

    82

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    83

  • Sansho the Bailiff

    84

  • Dekalog

    85

  • Come and See

    86

  • King Kong

    87

  • Grand Illusion

    88

  • Rio Bravo

    89

  • Stagecoach

    90

  • The World of Apu

    91

  • Napoleon

    92

  • A Man Escaped

    93

  • Greed

    94

  • Late Spring

    95

  • Fanny and Alexander

    96

  • High and Low

    97

  • Army of Shadows

    98

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    99

  • Bringing Up Baby

    100