Empire (film magazine)

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Empire cover Harry Potter July 2011.jpg
Cover of the July 2011 issue, featuring Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint
EditorTerri White
Circulation 123,004 (Jul - Dec 2016) [1]
Print and digital editions.
First issueJuly 1989;30 years ago (1989-07)
Company Bauer
CountryUnited Kingdom
Website empireonline.com
ISSN 0957-4948

Empire is a British film magazine published monthly by Bauer Consumer Media of Hamburg based Bauer Media Group. From the first issue in July 1989, the magazine was edited by Barry McIlheney and published by Emap. Bauer purchased Emap Consumer Media in early 2008. Published in the United Kingdom, Empire organises the annual Empire Awards which were sponsored by Sony Ericsson, and from 2009 sponsored by Jameson. [2] The awards are voted for by readers of the magazine.

Hamburg City in Germany

Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany with a population of over 1.8 million, after the capital Berlin.

Bauer Media Group European-based media company

Bauer Media Group is a German multimedia conglomerate headquartered in Hamburg that manages a portfolio of more than 600 magazines, over 400 digital products and 50 radio and TV stations around the world. The portfolio includes print shops, postal, distribution and marketing services. Bauer Media Group has a workforce of approximately 11,000 employees in 17 countries. Heinrich Bauer Verlag KG is the holding company of the group.

Barry McIlheney is a British journalist, editor, broadcaster and publisher. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, McIlheney is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, and London's City University.


Regular features

Empire reviews both mainstream films and art films, but feature articles concentrate on the former.

Art film film genre

An art film is typically a serious, independent film, aimed at a niche market rather than a mass market audience. It is "intended to be a serious, artistic work, often experimental and not designed for mass appeal", "made primarily for aesthetic reasons rather than commercial profit", and contains "unconventional or highly symbolic content".

As well as film news, previews, and reviews, Empire has some other regular features. Each issue (with the exception of issues 108–113) features a Classic Scene, a transcript from a notable film scene. The first such classic scene to be featured was the "I could have been a contender" scene from On the Waterfront .

<i>On the Waterfront</i> 1954 film by Elia Kazan

On the Waterfront is a 1954 American crime drama film, directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg. It stars Marlon Brando and features Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning and Eva Marie Saint in her film debut. The soundtrack score was composed by Leonard Bernstein. The film was suggested by "Crime on the Waterfront" by Malcolm Johnson, a series of articles published in November–December 1948 in the New York Sun which won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting, but the screenplay by Budd Schulberg is directly based on his own original story. The film focuses on union violence and corruption amongst longshoremen, while detailing widespread corruption, extortion, and racketeering on the waterfronts of Hoboken, New Jersey.

The regular Top 10 feature lists Empire's choice of the top ten examples of something film-related. For example, 10 Best Chase Scenes or 10 Best Movie Gags in The Simpsons .

<i>The Simpsons</i> American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening

The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of working-class life, epitomized by the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture and society, television, and the human condition.

The Re.View section covers Blu-ray and DVD news and releases. Kim Newman's Movie Dungeon is a regular feature in the Re.View section, in which critic Kim Newman reviews the most obscure releases, mostly low budget horror movies.

Kim Newman English novelist

Kim James Newman is an English journalist, film critic, and fiction writer. Recurring interests visible in his work include film history and horror fiction—both of which he attributes to seeing Tod Browning's Dracula at the age of eleven—and alternate fictional versions of history. He has won the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and the BSFA award.

How Much Is A Pint Of Milk? presents celebrities' answers to silly or unusual questions, including the question "How much is a pint of milk?" This is intended as a guide to the chosen celebrity's contact with reality, and as such can be more informative than a direct interview by reporting some surprising responses.

Each magazine includes a "Spine Quote", in which a relatively challenging quote is printed on the spine of the magazine. There are usually some obvious and obscure links from the quote to the main features of that month's edition. Readers are invited to identify the film source and the links to win a prize.

My Movie Mastermind is another regular in which a celebrity is given questions about the films they were in or they directed. Celebrities range from Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Lee (who are at the top of the scoreboard) to John Carpenter and Michael Keaton (who are at the bottom of the scoreboard).

Quentin Tarantino American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor

Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American filmmaker and actor. His films are characterized by nonlinear storylines, satirical subject matter, an aestheticization of violence, extended scenes of dialogue, ensemble casts consisting of established and lesser-known performers, references to popular culture and a wide variety of other films, soundtracks primarily containing songs and score pieces from the 1960s to the 1980s, and features of neo-noir film.

Christopher Lee British actor and singer

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was an English actor, singer and author. With a career spanning nearly 70 years, Lee was well known for portraying villains and became best known for his role as Count Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films, a typecasting he always lamented. His other film roles include Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Saruman in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) and the Hobbit trilogy (2012–2014), and Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

John Carpenter American film director, screenwriter, producer and composer

John Howard Carpenter is an American filmmaker, screenwriter and composer. Although Carpenter has worked with various movie genres, he is associated most commonly with horror, action, and science fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s.

The Empire Masterpiece

A regular feature since issue 167, the Empire Masterpiece is a two-page essay on a film selected by Empire in the Re.View section. The selection of the films seem to be quite random and follow no specific pattern. Only a few issues since the first masterpiece feature have not featured one – 169, 179, 196, 197, 198 and 246. Issue 240 had director Frank Darabont select 223 masterpieces. [3] L.A. Confidential was featured twice, once in issue 191 and again in issue 303.[ citation needed ]

The films to be featured in this section so far are:

  1. Raging Bull (Issue 167, May 2003)
  2. Gone with the Wind (Issue 168, June 2003)
  3. The Shawshank Redemption (Issue 170, August 2003)
  4. Casablanca (Issue 171, September 2003)
  5. Blade Runner (Issue 172, October 2003)
  6. La Dolce Vita (Issue 173, November 2003)
  7. The Shining (Issue 174, December 2003)
  8. The Third Man (Issue 175, January 2004)
  9. The 400 Blows (Issue 176, February 2004)
  10. His Girl Friday (Issue 177, March 2004)
  11. Schindler's List (Issue 178, April 2004)
  12. The Godfather (Issue 180, June 2004)
  13. King Kong (Issue 181, July 2004)
  14. Seven Samurai (Issue 182, August 2004)
  15. Fight Club (Issue 183, September 2004)
  16. Tokyo Story (Issue 184, October 2004)
  17. Annie Hall (Issue 185, November 2004)
  18. Bride of Frankenstein (Issue 186, December 2004)
  19. It's a Wonderful Life (Issue 187, January 2005) (incorrectly labelled as No. 18 in the magazine)
  20. This Is Spinal Tap (Issue 188, February 2005)
  21. The Silence of the Lambs (Issue 189, March 2005)
  22. L'Atalante (Issue 190, April 2005)
  23. L.A. Confidential (Issue 191, May 2005)
  24. The Searchers (Issue 192, June 2005)
  25. Do the Right Thing (Issue 193, July 2005)
  26. Brief Encounter (Issue 194, August 2005)
  27. Brazil (Issue 195, September 2005)
  28. On the Waterfront (Issue 199, January 2006)
  29. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Issue 200, February 2006)
  30. Rome, Open City (Issue 201, March 2006)
  31. The General (Issue 202, April 2006)
  32. Deliverance (Issue 203, May 2006)
  33. The French Connection (Issue 204, June 2006)
  34. The Battle of Algiers (Issue 205, July 2006)
  35. Das Boot (Issue 206, August 2006)
  36. Don't Look Now (Issue 207, September 2006)
  37. Vertigo (Issue 208, October 2006)
  38. The Lord of the Rings (Issue 209, November 2006)
  39. Some Like It Hot (Issue 210, December 2006)
  40. The Wizard of Oz (Issue 211, January 2007)
  41. The Wages of Fear (Issue 212, February 2007)
  42. Belle de jour (Issue 213, March 2007)
  43. The Spirit of the Beehive (Issue 214, April 2007)
  44. Die Hard (Issue 215, May 2007)
  45. A Clockwork Orange (Issue 216, June 2007)
  46. Performance (Issue 217, July 2007)
  47. Bringing Up Baby (Issue 218, August 2007)
  48. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Issue 219, September 2007)
  49. The Big Sleep (Issue 220, October 2007)
  50. Days of Heaven (Issue 221, November 2007)
  51. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Issue 222, December 2007)
  52. Bicycle Thieves (Issue 223, January 2008)
  53. Cabaret (Issue 224, February 2008)
  54. The Wild Bunch (Issue 225, March 2008)
  55. Glengarry Glen Ross (Issue 226, April 2008)
  56. The Fly (Issue 227, May 2008)
  57. Out of the Past (Issue 228, June 2008)
  58. Rear Window (Issue 229, July 2008)
  59. Forbidden Planet (Issue 230, August 2008)
  60. The Night of the Hunter (Issue 231, September 2008)
  61. Network (Issue 232, October 2008)
  62. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Issue 233, November 2008)
  63. Dr. Strangelove (Issue 234, December 2008)
  64. Rio Bravo (Issue 235, January 2009)
  65. (Issue 236, February 2009)
  66. Spartacus (Issue 237, March 2009)
  67. The Birds (Issue 238, April 2009)
  68. Goodfellas (Issue 239, May 2009)
  69. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Issue 241, July 2009)
  70. Amadeus (Issue 242, August 2009)
  71. To Kill a Mockingbird (Issue 243, September 2009)
  72. Suspiria (Issue 244, October 2009)
  73. Kiss Me Deadly (Issue 245, November 2009)
  74. Magnolia (Issue 247, January 2010)
  75. All About Eve (Issue 248, February 2010)
  76. All the President's Men (Issue 249, March 2010)
  77. Fitzcarraldo (Issue 250, April 2010)
  78. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Issue 251, May 2010)
  79. Rififi (Issue 252, June 2010)
  80. The Dirty Dozen (Issue 253, July 2010)
  81. Now, Voyager (Issue 254, August 2010)
  82. Stagecoach (Issue 255, September 2010)
  83. Solaris (Issue 256, October 2010)
  84. The Court Jester (Issue 257, November 2010)
  85. Knife in the Water (Issue 258, December 2010)
  86. Stalag 17 (Issue 259, January 2011)
  87. Sleeper (Issue 260, February 2011)
  88. Lost Horizon (Issue 261, March 2011)
  89. Nashville (Issue 262, April 2011)
  90. Chinatown (Issue 263, May 2011)
  91. Double Indemnity (Issue 264, June 2011)
  92. The African Queen (Issue 265, July 2011)
  93. Sunset Boulevard (Issue 266, August 2011)
  94. Witness (Issue 267, September 2011)
  95. Manhattan (Issue 268, October 2011)
  96. When Harry Met Sally... (Issue 269, November 2011)
  97. Passport to Pimlico (Issue 270, December 2011)
  98. Fargo (Issue 271, January 2012)
  99. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Issue 272, February 2012)
  100. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Issue 273, March 2012)
  101. Sweet Smell of Success (Issue 274, April 2012)
  102. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Issue 275, May 2012)
  103. Badlands (Issue 276, June 2012)
  104. Citizen Kane (Issue 277, July 2012)
  105. Eyes Without a Face (Issue 278, August 2012)
  106. The Apartment (Issue 279, September 2012)
  107. The Leopard (Issue 280, October 2012)
  108. Once Upon a Time in the West (Issue 281, November 2012)
  109. Groundhog Day (Issue 282, December 2012)
  110. The Thief Of Bagdad (Issue 283, January 2013)
  111. Rosemary's Baby (Issue 284, February 2013)
  112. Night and the City (Issue 285, March 2013)
  113. Top Hat (Issue 286, April 2013)
  114. The Graduate (Issue 287, May 2013)
  115. 12 Angry Men (Issue 288, June 2013)
  116. Big Wednesday (Issue 289, July 2013)
  117. Se7en (Issue 290, August 2013)
  118. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (Issue 291, September 2013)
  119. Throne of Blood (Issue 292, October 2013)
  120. M (Issue 293, November 2013)
  121. Oldboy (Issue 294, December 2013)
  122. Wild Strawberries (Issue 295, January 2014)
  123. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (Issue 296, February 2014)
  124. Pulp Fiction (Issue 297, March 2014)
  125. Scream (Issue 298, April 2014)
  126. Toy Story (Issue 299, May 2014)
  127. The Blair Witch Project (Issue 300, June 2014)
  128. The Truman Show (Issue 301, July 2014)
  129. The Lives of Others (Issue 302, August 2014)
  130. Topsy-Turvy (Issue 304, October 2014)
  131. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Issue 305, November 2014)
  132. City of God (Issue 306, December 2014)
  133. Pan's Labyrinth (Issue 307, January 2015)
  134. Red River (Issue 308, February 2015)
  135. Rocky (Issue 309, March 2015)
  136. Intolerance (Issue 310, April 2015)
  137. Beauty and the Beast (Issue 311, May 2015)
  138. The 39 Steps (Issue 312, June 2015)
  139. The Before Trilogy: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight (Issue 313, July 2015)
  140. JFK (Issue 314, August 2015)
  141. In the Mood for Love (Issue 315, September 2015)
  142. Les Enfants du Paradis (Issue 316, October 2015)
  143. Paris, Texas (Issue 317, November 2015)
  144. Halloween (Issue 318, December 2015)
  145. Hard Boiled (Issue 319, January 2016)
  146. The Last Picture Show (Issue 320, February 2016)
  147. Blue Velvet (Issue 321, March 2016)
  148. Up (Issue 322, April 2016)
  149. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Issue 323, May 2016)
  150. Carrie (Issue 324, June 2016)
  151. The Last of the Mohicans (Issue 325, July 2016)
  152. Midnight Run (Issue 326, August 2016)
  153. Cyrano de Bergerac (Issue 327, September 2016)
  154. The Devil Rides Out (Issue 328, October 2016)
  155. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Issue 329, November 2016)
  156. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (Issue 330, December 2016)
  157. Bambi (Issue 331, January 2017)
  158. Young Frankenstein (Issue 332, February 2017)
  159. Ace in the Hole (Issue 333, March 2017)
  160. Blow Out (Issue 334, April 2017)
  161. Jules and Jim (Issue 335, May 2017)
  162. Children of Men (Issue 336, June 2017)
  163. Taxi Driver (Issue 337, Summer 2017)
  164. Crimes and Misdemeanors (Issue 338, July 2017)
  165. Peeping Tom (Issue 339, August 2017)
  166. The Rock (Issue 340, September 2017)
  167. Two-Lane Blacktop (Issue 341, October 2017)
  168. A Matter of Life and Death (Issue 342, November 2017)
  169. Thief (Issue 343, December 2017)
  170. Evil Dead II (Issue 344, January 2018)
  171. The Iron Giant (Issue 345, February 2018)
  172. Back to the Future (Issue 346, March 2018)
  173. Body Heat (Issue 347, April 2018)
  174. Spirited Away (Issue 348, May 2018)
  175. The Manchurian Candidate (Issue 349, June 2018)
  176. Monty Python's Life of Brian (Issue 350, Summer 2018)
  177. Mulholland Drive (Issue 351, July 2018)
  178. The Man Who Would Be King (Issue 352, August 2018)
  179. A Hard Day's Night (Issue 353, September 2018)
  180. The Insider (Issue 354, October 2018)
  181. Field of Dreams (Issue 355, November 2018)
  182. Airplane! (Issue 356, December 2018)
  183. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Issue 358, February 2019)
  184. Swingers (Issue 359, March 2019)
  185. The Outlaw Josey Wales (Issue 360, April 2019)
  186. Singin' in the Rain (Issue 361, May 2019)
  187. An American Werewolf in London (Issue 362, June 2019)
  188. Imitation of Life (Issue 363, Summer 2019)
  189. Clerks (Issue 364, July 2019)
  190. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Issue 365, August 2019)

Fifteenth anniversary

Empire published a special 15th anniversary issue in June 2004 by which time the magazine had reviewed 4,240 theatrical films. Nicole Kidman was named "actress of our lifetime" and Kevin Spacey was named "actor of our lifetime". The 15 most influential films of the preceding 15 years were considered to be:

  1. Reservoir Dogs
  2. The Silence of the Lambs
  3. Trainspotting
  4. Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  5. The Matrix
  6. Jurassic Park
  7. The Killer
  8. Toy Story
  9. The Blair Witch Project
  10. Four Weddings and a Funeral
  11. Batman
  12. New Jack City
  13. Scream
  14. Gladiator
  15. Dumb and Dumber

Eighteenth anniversary

As part of its 18th birthday issue published in June 2007 Empire published a list of top 18-rated moments in film. This list is as follows:

  1. Alien – Dinner chestburster
  2. The Omen – Glass decapitation
  3. An American Werewolf in London – Wolf transformation
  4. The Exorcist – Crucifix abuse
  5. Risky Business – Ready Ralph?
  6. Reservoir Dogs – Mr. Blonde slashing the face of Marvin the cop
  7. Blue Velvet – Karaoke from Hell

They also selected the 50 greatest films rated with an 18 certificate.[ citation needed ]

  1. The Godfather
  2. Pulp Fiction
  3. Alien
  4. Goodfellas
  5. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  6. The Silence of the Lambs
  7. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  8. Fight Club
  9. The Big Lebowski
  10. Evil Dead II
  11. Die Hard
  12. Get Carter
  13. Peeping Tom
  14. Dawn of the Dead
  15. Hard Boiled
  16. A Clockwork Orange
  17. An American Werewolf in London
  18. Audition
  19. Risky Business
  20. Dirty Harry
  21. The Omen
  22. City of God
  23. Magnolia
  24. Midnight Cowboy
  25. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  26. The Thing
  27. Aliens
  28. Apocalypse Now
  29. Seven
  30. Blue Velvet
  31. The Fly
  32. Braindead
  33. The Exorcist
  34. Reservoir Dogs
  35. Taxi Driver
  36. Clerks
  37. Halloween
  38. Predator
  39. Do the Right Thing
  40. Trainspotting
  41. The Shining
  42. Kill Bill: Volume 1
  43. The Wild Bunch
  44. Suspiria
  45. Oldboy
  46. Sin City
  47. L.A. Confidential
  48. Angel Heart
  49. RoboCop
  50. Mad Max 2

Readers' top films

Empire occasionally poll readers to find out what their favourite films are.

The 100 Greatest Movies

In 2017, Empire surveyed five thousand readers to produce a list of the 100 greatest films ever made. [4]

  1. The Godfather
  2. The Empire Strikes Back
  3. The Dark Knight
  4. The Shawshank Redemption
  5. Pulp Fiction
  6. Goodfellas
  7. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  8. Jaws
  9. Star Wars
  10. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  11. Back to the Future
  12. The Godfather Part II
  13. Blade Runner
  14. Alien
  15. Aliens
  16. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  17. Fight Club
  18. Inception
  19. Jurassic Park
  20. Die Hard
  21. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  22. Apocalypse Now
  23. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  24. The Matrix
  25. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  26. Heat
  27. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  28. Casablanca
  29. The Big Lebowski
  30. Seven
  31. Taxi Driver
  32. The Usual Suspects
  33. Schindler’s List
  34. Guardians of the Galaxy
  35. The Shining
  36. The Departed
  37. The Thing
  38. Mad Max: Fury Road
  39. Saving Private Ryan
  40. 12 Angry Men
  41. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  42. There Will Be Blood
  43. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  44. Gladiator
  45. Drive
  46. Citizen Kane
  47. Interstellar
  48. The Silence of the Lambs
  49. Trainspotting
  50. Lawrence of Arabia
  51. It's a Wonderful Life
  52. Once Upon a Time in the West
  53. Psycho
  54. Vertigo
  55. Pan's Labyrinth
  56. Reservoir Dogs
  57. Whiplash
  58. Inglourious Basterds
  59. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  60. American Beauty
  61. Forrest Gump
  62. La La Land
  63. Donnie Darko
  64. L.A. Confidential
  65. The Avengers
  66. Return of the Jedi
  67. Memento
  68. Ghostbusters
  69. Singin' in the Rain
  70. The Lion King
  71. Hot Fuzz
  72. Rear Window
  73. Seven Samurai
  74. Mulholland Drive
  75. Fargo
  76. A Clockwork Orange
  77. Toy Story
  78. Oldboy
  79. Captain America: Civil War
  80. Spirited Away
  81. The Social Network
  82. Some Like It Hot
  83. True Romance
  84. Rocky
  85. Léon
  86. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  87. Predator
  88. The Exorcist
  89. Shaun of the Dead
  90. No Country for Old Men
  91. The Prestige
  92. The Terminator
  93. The Princess Bride
  94. Lost in Translation
  95. Arrival
  96. Good Will Hunting
  97. Titanic
  98. Amélie
  99. Raging Bull
  100. Stand by Me

The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time

The list was selected in September 2008 by over 10,000 Empire readers, 150 film makers and 50 film critics. The list was accompanied by many different covers, each of which went on sale. The top 30 chosen films are listed below. [5]

Most represented directors

The list's most represented director was Steven Spielberg, who had eleven films in the top 500. The top sixteen directors are listed below. Their highest-ranked film is also provided, as well as its position.

The entire list can be found at Empire.

Previous lists

A previous poll, The 201 Greatest Movies of All Time, done by Empire readers solely, was slightly different. It was conducted in March 2006 and had the following top 30:

Another previous poll, also by Empire readers solely, was done in September 2001 and had this top 30: [6]

Readers' top directors

In June 2005, a poll of 10,000 readers was asked to name the greatest film director of all time. In a list of forty directors, Steven Spielberg was granted the honour of greatest director. The top twenty are ranked as follows:

  1. Steven Spielberg
  2. Alfred Hitchcock
  3. Martin Scorsese
  4. Stanley Kubrick
  5. Ridley Scott
  6. Akira Kurosawa
  7. Peter Jackson
  8. Quentin Tarantino
  9. Orson Welles
  10. Woody Allen
  11. Clint Eastwood
  12. David Lean
  13. Coen brothers
  14. James Cameron
  15. Francis Ford Coppola
  16. Oliver Stone
  17. Sergio Leone
  18. John Ford
  19. Billy Wilder
  20. Sam Peckinpah

Readers' top characters

In June 2015, Empire's readers named the greatest film characters of all time. The top fifteen characters are listed below. [7]

  1. Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones franchise)
  2. James Bond (James Bond franchise)
  3. Han Solo (Star Wars franchise)
  4. Batman (Batman franchise)
  5. Ellen Ripley (Alien franchise)
  6. The Joker (Batman (1989))
  7. John McClane (Die Hard)
  8. Tyler Durden (Fight Club)
  9. Darth Vader (Star Wars franchise)
  10. The Dude (The Big Lebowski)
  11. Michael Corleone (The Godfather)
  12. Marty McFly (Back to the Future franchise)
  13. Iron Man (Marvel Cinematic Universe films)
  14. Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise)
  15. Aragorn (The Lord of the Rings trilogy)

Another previous poll, also by Empire readers, was conducted in 2008 and had the following top 15: [8]

  1. Tyler Durden (Fight Club)
  2. Darth Vader (Star Wars franchise)
  3. The Joker (The Dark Knight)
  4. Han Solo (Star Wars franchise)
  5. Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs)
  6. Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones franchise)
  7. The Dude (The Big Lebowski)
  8. Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise)
  9. Ellen Ripley (Alien franchise)
  10. Vito Corleone (The Godfather)
  11. James Bond (James Bond franchise)
  12. John McClane (Die Hard)
  13. Gollum (The Lord of the Rings trilogy)
  14. T-800 (The Terminator franchise)
  15. Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)


Empire has had ten editors:

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Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale. It stars Michael J. Fox as teenager Marty McFly, who accidentally travels back in time from 1985 to 1955, where he meets his future parents and becomes his mother's romantic interest. Christopher Lloyd portrays the eccentric scientist Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown, inventor of the time-traveling DeLorean, who helps Marty repair history and return to 1985. The cast also includes Lea Thompson as Marty's mother Lorraine, Crispin Glover as his father George, and Thomas F. Wilson as Biff Tannen, Marty and George's arch-nemesis.

<i>Goodfellas</i> 1990 American crime film

Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is an adaptation of the 1985 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. The film narrates the rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill and his friends and family from 1955 to 1980.

<i>Jurassic Park</i> (film) 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg

Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen. It is the first installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, and is based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton and a screenplay written by Crichton and David Koepp. The film is set on the fictional island of Isla Nublar, located off Central America's Pacific Coast near Costa Rica. There, billionaire philanthropist John Hammond and a small team of genetic scientists have created a wildlife park of de-extinct dinosaurs. When industrial sabotage leads to a catastrophic shutdown of the park's power facilities and security precautions, a small group of visitors and Hammond's grandchildren struggle to survive and escape the perilous island.

<i>E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial</i> 1982 American science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction film produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, and written by Melissa Mathison. It features special effects by Carlo Rambaldi and Dennis Muren, and stars Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, and Pat Welsh. It tells the story of Elliott (Thomas), a boy who befriends an extraterrestrial, dubbed "E.T.", who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings help E.T. return to his home planet, while attempting to keep him hidden from the government.

<i>A.I. Artificial Intelligence</i> 2001 science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg

A.I. Artificial Intelligence, also known as A.I., is a 2001 American science fiction drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. The screenplay by Spielberg and screen story by Ian Watson were loosely based on the 1969 short story "Supertoys Last All Summer Long" by Brian Aldiss. The film was produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Spielberg and Bonnie Curtis. It stars Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Brendan Gleeson and William Hurt. Set in a futuristic post-climate change society, A.I. tells the story of David (Osment), a child-like android uniquely programmed with the ability to love.

John Williams American composer, conductor and pianist

John Towner Williams is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. Widely regarded as one of the greatest American composers of all time, he has composed some of the most popular, recognizable, and critically acclaimed film scores in cinematic history in a career spanning over six decades. Williams has won 24 Grammy Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. With 51 Academy Award nominations, he is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams's score to 1977's Star Wars as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack to Star Wars was additionally preserved by the Library of Congress into the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

The Terminator series is an American cyberpunk media franchise created by James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd. The franchise encompasses a series of films, comics, novels, and additional media, concerning battles between Skynet's synthetic intelligent machine network and John Connor's Resistance forces with the rest of the human race. Skynet's most well-known products in its genocidal goals are the various terminator models, such as the T-800, who was portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger from the original Terminator film in 1984, and similar units he also portrayed in the later films. By 2010, the franchise has generated $3 billion in revenue.

<i>The Lord of the Rings</i> (film series) 2001–2003 fantasy films directed by Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings is a film series of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson, based on the eponymous novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien. The films are subtitled The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003). They are a New Zealand-American venture, produced and distributed by New Line Cinema with the co-production of WingNut Films.

<i>War of the Worlds</i> (2005 film) 2005 science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg

War of the Worlds is a 2005 American science-fiction action film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh Friedman and David Koepp, loosely based on the 1898 novel of the same title by H. G. Wells and jointly produced and released by Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures. It stars Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto, and Tim Robbins, with narration by Morgan Freeman. In the film, an American dock worker is forced to look after his children, from whom he lives separately, as he struggles to protect them and reunite them with their mother when extraterrestrials invade the Earth and devastate cities with towering war machines.

Jamie Bell English actor

Andrew James Matfin Bell is an English actor and dancer. He rose to prominence for his debut role in Billy Elliot (2000), for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He is also known for his roles in the films King Kong (2005), Jumper (2008), The Adventures of Tintin (2011), Snowpiercer (2013), Fantastic Four (2015) and Rocketman (2019), as well as starring as Abraham Woodhull in the television series Turn: Washington's Spies (2014).

<i>Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull</i> 2008 film by Steven Spielberg

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a 2008 American action-adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and the fourth installment in the Indiana Jones series. Released nineteen years after the previous film, the film is set in 1957, pitting Indiana Jones against Soviet agents—led by Irina Spalko —searching for a telepathic crystal skull. Jones is aided by his former lover, Marion Ravenwood, and her son, Mutt Williams. Ray Winstone, John Hurt, and Jim Broadbent are also part of the supporting cast.

<i>Jurassic Park</i> American media franchise

Jurassic Park is an American science fiction media franchise centered on a disastrous attempt to create a theme park of cloned dinosaurs. It began in 1990 when Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment bought the rights to the novel by Michael Crichton before it was even published.

"All-Time" 100 Movies is a compilation by TIME magazine featuring and celebrating 100 of "the greatest" films released between March 3, 1923 and early 2005. 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.

Peter Jackson New Zealand film director, producer, actor, and screenwriter

Sir Peter Robert Jackson is a New Zealand film director, screenwriter, and film producer. He is best known as the director, writer, and producer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–03) and the Hobbit trilogy (2012–14), both of which are adapted from the novels of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien. Other films include the critically lauded drama Heavenly Creatures (1994), the mockumentary film Forgotten Silver (1995), the horror comedy The Frighteners (1996), the epic monster remake film King Kong (2005), the supernatural drama film The Lovely Bones (2009), and the World War I documentary film They Shall Not Grow Old (2018). He produced District 9 (2009), The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011), West of Memphis (2012), and Mortal Engines (2018).

J. R. R. Tolkien's novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, set in Middle-earth, have been the subject of various film adaptations. There were many early failed attempts to bring the fictional universe to life in screen, some even rejected by the author himself. The first depictions of Middle-earth on film were realized in 1966 as a short cartoon film. In 1978 the first big screen adaptation of the fictional setting was introduced in The Lord of the Rings. The story was more or less completed with the animated television special The Return of the King. In 1985, Middle-earth was depicted in a live-action film for the first time by an adaptation produced in the Soviet Union. In 1993, a live-action television miniseries titled Hobitit was aired by the Finnish broadcaster Yle.


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