The Great Movies

The Great Movies is the name of several publications, both online and in print, from the film critic Roger Ebert. The object was, as Ebert put it, to "make a tour of the landmarks of the first century of cinema."[1]

The Great Movies was published as four books:

  • The Great Movies, published in November 2003 (544 pages, Three Rivers Press, ISBN 978-0767910385)
  • The Great Movies II published in February 2006 (517 pages, Three Rivers Press, ISBN 978-0767919869)
  • The Great Movies III, published in October 2011 (440 pages, University of Chicago Press, ISBN 978-0226182094)
  • The Great Movies IV, published in September 2016 (288 pages, University of Chicago Press, ISBN 978-0226403984)

Ultimately, Ebert recommended 364 films or film series as "Great Movies."[2][3][4][lower-alpha 1]

See also


Explanatory notes

  1. This includes seven film series (or other entries of more than one film), six of which are: "The Films of Buster Keaton [from the period 1920–1929]" (c. 32 movies, excluding The General, which has a separate entry), "Ivan the Terrible, Parts I & II", The Apu Trilogy, "Chuck Jones: Three Cartoons", "The Up Documentaries" (eight films as of May 2019) and "Three Colors Trilogy: Blue, White, Red". Listed separately, this makes for 45 extra entries, adding up to the 409 films on to iCheckMovies list. If also the ten films of Dekalog were listed separate, the grand total would be around 418 films.


  1. Ebert, Roger (November 2003). The Great Movies. New York: Three Rivers Press. p. xvi. ISBN 978-0767910385.
  2. Sivers, Derek. "The Great Movies". Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  3. "Great Movies". Roger Ebert. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  4. "Roger Ebert: The Great Movies" on the iCheckMovies website
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