Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

In these hallowed halls (which are of course metaphorical rather than literal) the very best of cinema comes to be celebrated, 24 frames at a time. 

Whether they be classics of Hollywood’s Golden Era, genre-defining masterpieces, works of tremendous artistic integrity, cultural touchstones, piercing satires, raucous comedies, or simply the most timely films of their era, these moving pictures are the ones to be admired, to be rewatched, to be celebrated. 

At The Film Magazine we made it our mission to celebrate what makes cinema the art form that has shaped our world, and in doing so embraced a scoring system we felt best encapsulated the form itself. Movies were traditionally projected at 24 frames per second, the passing of light through 24 still frames presenting the illusion of movement. So, here at The Film Magazine we rate each film out of 24, scoring each and every one of the hundreds of films we’ve reviewed by the average number of frames that are worth watching.

Over fifty contributors have used our scoring system to rank classics and recent releases alike. Of the hundreds of films reviewed, some of them have been deemed outstanding. Here, in the The Film Magazine Hall of Fame, is every film to have been rated 21 (or more) out of 24; the traditional 5-star rating.

In order of most recently published.
The Wizard of Oz (1939) Review - 'The Wizard of Oz' (1939) remains an impressive filmmaking achievement almost a century on from its release. Victor Fleming directs Judy Garland in timeless technicolour. Review by Clotilde Chinnici.
In the Heat of the Night (1967) Review - Trailblazing Oscars Best Picture winner 'In the Heat of the Night' (1967) starring Sidney Poitier feels tame by today's standards, but still shines a spotlight on inequality. Review by Martha Lane.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Review - 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' (1975), from director Miloš Forman and starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher, won the Big Five Oscars. It is immortal. Review by Kieran Judge.
Titanic (1997) Review - James Cameron's blockbuster romance 'Titanic' (1997) was a cultural phenomenon and impossible to ignore, and remains a testament to what movies can do: make us feel. Review by Margaret Roarty.
The Boy and the Heron (2023) Review - 'The Boy and the Heron', thought to be the final film from Hayao Miyazaki, is up there with the best that Studio Ghibli has ever made. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Poor Things (2023) Review - Emma Stone stars as Bella, a remarkable creation formed by the hands of Willem Dafoe's Doctor, in Yorgos Lanthimos' most laugh-out-loud funny movie to date. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Review - Martin Scorsese 2013 film 'The Wolf of Wall Street', starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and Jonah Hill, is a timeless reflection on American wealth. Review by Emi Grant.
Killers of the Flower Moon (2023) Review - 'The Killers of the Flower Moon' is nothing short of a masterpiece from our greatest living filmmaker, Martin Scorsese. Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Lily Gladstone star. Review by Leoni Horton.

‘The Age of Innocence’ at 30 – Review - Thirty years on from the release of Martin Scorsese's 'The Age of Innocence' (1993), the Edith Wharton adaptation deserves a spot among his most accomplished works. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Past Lives (2023) Review - Celine Song offers one of the greatest debut features of all time in 'Past Lives' (2023), an achingly beautiful film starring Greta Lee. Review by Mark Carnochan.