April 13th, 2009
12:04 PM ET

The most influential films of all time

Turner Classic Movies (like CNN, a division of Time Warner) is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month, and in honor of the occasion, the network has selected the 15 most influential films of all time.

They are: “The Birth of a Nation” (1915); “Battleship Potemkin” (1925); “Metropolis” (1927); “42nd Street” (1933); “It Happened One Night” (1934); “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937); “Gone With the Wind” (1939); “Stagecoach” (1939); “Citizen Kane” (1941); “Bicycle Thieves” (1947); “Rashomon” (1950); “The Searchers” (1956); “Breathless" (1959); “Psycho” (1960); and “Star Wars” (1977).

It’s hard to argue with any film on the list. “The Birth of a Nation” pretty much created the Hollywood feature film. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was the first full-length animated feature. “Citizen Kane” is, well, “Citizen Kane” – often considered the greatest film of all time.

And even “Star Wars,” which has its detractors, is, without a doubt, the godfather of the summer blockbuster.

But I can’t help but think of all the films that are missing. What about “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), perhaps the first modern science-fiction film? Or “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964), which combined French New Wave style with rock ‘n’ roll? Or …

Well, you get the idea - and you can visit tcm.com for more lists. In the meantime, what do you think they left out of this one?

(Oh, and by the way: Happy birthday, TCM!)

- Todd Leopold, CNN.com Entertainment Producer

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