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Roger Ebert: Great Movies List

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"For me, the movies are like a machine that generates empathy. It lets you understand a little bit more about different hopes, aspirations, dreams and fears. It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us."
Roger Ebert, Life Itself

Films that the late Roger Ebert (1942–2013) regarded, in a series of essays, as the Greatest Movies Ever. Note that he didn't rank them, because he dismissed the idea of Great Movies ranking. For those unaware of who Roger Ebert was, he was one of the most respected film critics ever, which is the main reason this list has its own page.


He started writing the essays in the late 1990s, partially as a way to expand the horizons of younger moviegoers who often reject older movies out of hand. No genre was off-limits (or medium, for that matter; several animated films were written up), and no movie was too well-known or unknown. While available online, many of these essays were collected and published in book form as well.

Contrast Roger Ebert Most Hated Film List.


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