You're probably used to using a Zagat guide to find a good restaurant or a cool place to shop, but I bet you haven't yet used it to locate a good movie to watch. This year Zagat Survey has released what they consider to be the definitive World's Best Movies guide featuring the top 1,000 films of all time based on the input of 20,773 moviegoers who voted through their site. As with their other guides, each film has been rated on Zagat's 30-point scale based on four separate categories: Overall Quality, Acting, Story and Production Values.
Somewhat surprisingly (especially since a lot of younger film fanatics seem to ignore films created prior to 1970), the top 20 films featured in their Overall Quality category predominantly come from the 1970s, 1960s, and earlier, with only two films from the past 10 years ('Finding Nemo', 'The Pianist'), two from the 1990s ('Shawshank Redemption', 'Schindler's List') and none from the 1980s (uh, 'Last American Virgin', anyone??). Francis Ford Coppola's memorable one-two gangster punch once again found itself at the top, with both 'The Godfather' and 'The Godfather Part II' placing first and second, respectively. Other films that populate the top ten include 'Casablanca' (3), 'Star Wars' (7), 'The Wizard of Oz' (8) and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (6).
In terms of favorite actors and actresses, Cary Grant won for the actors, with Johnny Depp and George Clooney falling closely behind, while Meryl Streep took favorite leading lady, followed by Sandra Bullock and Katharine Hepburn. Not all that surprisingly, Steven Spielberg took best all-time director honors, despite the fact that only one of his films is listed among the top 20 of all time ('Schindler's List' at number four).
Check out a more thorough rundown of all the winners via the official press release below.