Ask five different people what the greatest movie of all time is, and they'll all have different answers. That, or they'll all say Freddy Got Fingered.
Point is, assembling a list of cinema's finest treasures is an inherently subjective undertaking, and everyone's ranking is guaranteed to be skewed one way or another -- which is why one Reddit user decided to settle things once and for all by combining data from the most popular movie rating sites (IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and Letterboxd) into one master list for the ages.
According to the user (aptly named StopReadinMyUsername), the rankings required months of tweaking to ensure overlooked films received equal treatment with popular favorites, and points were carefully deducted based on how many people had voted on/seen each movie. After all, if there's one thing people on the Internet love doing, it's assigning ratings to things they've never tried/seen before.
Here's the top 25, with IMDB links for each film:
1. The Godfather (1972)
2. Seven Samurai (1954)
3. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
4. Pulp Fiction (1994)
5. 12 Angry Men (1957)
6. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
7. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
8. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
9. Schindler's List (1993)
10. Spirited Away (2001)
11. Modern Times (1936)
12. City Lights (1931)
13. Goodfellas (1990)
14. M (1931)
15. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
16. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
17. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
18. Rear Window (1954)
19. The Dark Knight (2008)
20. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
21. Casablanca (1942)
22. Apocalypse Now (1979)
23. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
24. Rashomon (1950)
25. Taxi Driver (1976)
Check out the Reddit thread for more information on the ranking process, and view the full list of 1,001 movies on IMDB here.
How many of the 25 classics above have you seen, and how many are totally new to you? Let us know in the comments!
Gianni Jaccoma is a staff writer for Thrillist, and he thinks this list is pretty damn legit. Follow his cinephilic tweets @gjaccoma, and send your news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org