"All-Time" 100 Movies is a compilation by TIME magazine featuring and celebrating 100 of "the greatest" films released between March 3, 1923 (when the first issue of TIME was published) and early 2005 (when the list was compiled). The list was compiled by critics Richard Schickel and Richard Corliss and generated significant attention, receiving 7.8 million hits in its first week alone.
There are 106 films in this list with Olympia (1938), The Apu Trilogy (1955, 1956, 1959), The Godfather and The Godfather Part II (1972, 1974), and The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) each listed as single entries.
These pairs and trilogies of films were directed by Leni Riefenstahl, Satyajit Ray, Francis Ford Coppola, and Peter Jackson, respectively. Martin Scorsese also had three films on the list, which were Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), and Goodfellas (1990). Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Donen, Alfred Hitchcock, Elia Kazan, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, Sergio Leone, Ernst Lubitsch, Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujirō Ozu, Steven Spielberg, François Truffaut, Billy Wilder, and William Wyler all had two films each on the list.
Richard Schickel and Richard Corliss each independently compiled a list of 115–120 films they judged to be worthy of inclusion and then debated and weighed each choice until they agreed on the top 100. The process took about four months to complete. An effort was made to make the list as diverse as possible in terms of directors, actors, countries, and genres represented.
According to Richard Corliss, the list's web pages attracted a record 7.8 million page views in its first week, including 3.5 million on May 23, its opening day.
"Thousands of readers have written in to cheer or challenge our selections, and thousands more have voted for their own favorites. The response simply underscores Richard's and my long-held belief that everybody has two jobs: his own and movie critic."