Most Influential Films of All Time

  1. The Great Train Robbery (1903)
  2. The Jazz Singer (1927)
  3. Metropolis (1927)
  4. Birth of a Nation (1915)
  5. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
  6. Citizen Kane (1941)
  7. It Happened One Night (1934)
  8. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)
  9. Wizard of Oz (1939)
  10. Shadows (1959)
  11. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  12. Jaws (1975)
  13. The General (1927)
  14. King Kong (1933)
  15. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
  16. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
  17. Psycho (1960)
  18. Bonnie & Clyde (1967)
  19. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  20. Toy Story (1995)
  21. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  22. Star Wars: A New Hope (1997)
  23. Nosferatu (1922)
  24. Easy Rider (1969)
  25. Blade Runner (1982)
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You need to add High Noon (1952). Prior to it, all western showed the good guy rounding up other good guys to fight the bad guys. This film set a new pattern of the good guy having to fight alone because the regular folks were, well, regular folks, ergo pretty sheepish. It also garnered a number of other "firsts".
1. First film of high and general popular appeal to run in almost real time -- the 85 minute film covers a 90 minute time frame.
2. First film for which the title song was very popular prior to the release of the film.
3. First film (if I recall correctly) to use inanimate objects, in this case clocks, to increase tension.
The pattern that High Noon set for good guy alone became the base of most hero type films that have followed it. But it was the first.