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Hollywood's 100 most-beloved films: Industry experts pick their favorites

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Do people in Hollywood love the same movies as the general pubic? According to a new list compiled by The Hollywood Reporter, who talked to 2,120 industry members -- directors, producers, agents, cinematographers and studio executives -- for their favorite movies of all time, they do.

The list includes many time-honored films you'd expect to find, including "The Godfather," "Citizen Kane," and "Casablanca," as well as some less acclaimed but more likely to be watched over and over, such as "Airplane!" and "The Breakfast Club."

Included among those surveyed were writer-director Gary Ross (whose credits include the retro films "Pleasantville" and "Seabiscuit") and Vince Gilligan, the creator of "Breaking Bad."

The oldest films on the list are "The Wizard of Oz" and "Gone With the Wind" (both released in 1939) and the most recent is "Inception" from 2010. The breakdown, per decade: 1930s: 2; 1940s: 3; 1950s: 11; 1960s: 12; 1970s: 18; 1980s: 15; 1990s: 24; 2000s: 14. 2010s: 1

Here, from 100 to 1, are the films that made the cut:

100. The Seven Samurai
99. Bonnie and Clyde
98. Reservoir Dogs
97. Airplane!
96. Pan’s Labyrinth
95. Doctor Zhivago
94. The Deer Hunter
93. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
92. Up
91. Rocky
90. Memento
89. Braveheart
88. Slumdog Millionaire
87. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
86. Beauty and the Beast
85. Seven
84. Inception
83. Die Hard
82. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
81. Amadeus
80. On The Waterfront
79. Wall-E
78. 12 Angry Men
77. Ghostbusters
76. Brokeback Mountain
75. The Bridge on the River Kwai
74. Blazing Saddles
73. All the President's Men
72. Young Frankenstein
71. Almost Famous
70. Vertigo
69. Gladiator
68. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
67. Avatar
66. The Lion King
65. Raging Bull
64. Mary Poppins
63. Groundhog Day
62. North by Northwest
61. West Side Story
60. Amelie
59. Thelma and Louise
58. Sunset Blvd.
57. The Dark Knight
56. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
55. Taxi Driver
54. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
53. Good Will Hunting
52. All About Eve
51. The Big Lebowski
50. Jurassic Park
49. Rear Window
48. The Usual Suspects
47. Some Like It Hot
46. Saving Private Ryan
45. Titanic
44. The Matrix
43. Toy Story
42. Alien
41. Psycho
40. Fight Club
39. The Shining
38. When Harry Met Sally
37. Dr. Strangelove
36. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
35. A Clockwork Orange
34. American Beauty
33. Fargo
32. The Empire Strikes Back
31. The Princess Bride
30. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
29. Blade Runner
28. The Graduate
27. The Breakfast Club
26. Singin’ in the Rain
25. The Sound of Music
24. Jaws
23. Lawrence of Arabia
22. The Silence of the Lambs
21. Chinatown
20. It’s A Wonderful Life
19. Goodfellas
18. Annie Hall
17. Apocalypse Now
16. To Kill A Mockingbird
15. Gone With The Wind
14. Forrest Gump
13. Raiders of the Lost Ark
12. Back to the Future
11. Star Wars
10. Schindler’s List *†
9. 2001: A Space Odyssey
8. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
7. The Godfather: Part II *
6. Casablanca †
5. Pulp Fiction *
4. The Shawshank Redemption *
3. Citizen Kane †
2. The Wizard of Oz †
1. The Godfather *†

* Also on IMDB's Top 10

† Also on AFI's Top 10

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