This list is drawn from the second edition of "The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made", edited by Peter M. Nichols and published in 2004. For additional information about the list, read Peter M. Nichols's preface, or A. O. Scott's introduction.
There are three other major 1,000 greatist films lists.
They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
~ edited by Steven Jay Schneider