Put together by Time magazine critics Richard Schickel and Richard Corliss, the unranked list of the 100 greatest films has a host of acclaimed movies like 'Lawrence of Arabia', 'Casablanca', 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy and 'Pulp Fiction'.
The list, which is posted on the magazine's website and would be published in today's issue of the magazine, also names the best film from each decade since Time began: Metropolis (1927), Dodsworth (1936), Citzen Kane (1941), Ikiru (1952), Persona (1966), Chinatown (1974), Decalogue (1988), Pulp Fiction (1994) and Talk to her (2002).
Indian films in the list include the works of famed directors of the country.
Ray's Apu Trilogy- Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956) and Apu Sansar (1959) - which trace the life of a Bengali family and their son Apu as he moves from childhood in a rural village through his youth in Varanasi where the family later shifts, to manhood and marriage in Kolkata, show that "Ray's filmmaking is direct in manner, simple in its means and profound in its impact," Time critics says.
Describing Dutt's 'Pyasa' as a soulful romantic film, the Time critics says the writer-producer-director star paints a glamourous potrait of an artist's isloation through dappled imagery and the sensitve picturising of S D Burman's famous songs.
"Waheeda Rehman in her screen debut is sultry, radiant- a woman to bring out the poet in any man, on screen or in the audience," they say.
Kamal Hassan starrer 'Nayakan' which was Ratnam's second film has been described by the Time critics as a defining work in his career. "His movies, often dramatising social unrest and political terrorism, churns with narrative tension and camera energy that would be the envy of Hollywood directors, if they were to see them", they say.
Nayakan tells the Godfatherish take of Velu, a boy who embraces a life of crime after his father is killed by the police.
"Velu (Kamal Hassan) has trouble juggling his family life with his life-and-death mob "family; Ratnam has no such difficulty blending melodrama and music, violence and comedy, realism and delirium, into a two-and-a-half-hour demonstration that, when a gangster's miseries are mounting, the most natural solution is to sing in the rain," the magazine critics says.