Lists are made to argue over, and a list of the best movies of all-time is likely to start a fistfight. That’s how much cinema means to the most hardcore filmgoers. So coming up with a single, definitive canon to satisfy all tastes is damn near impossible… but that wasn’t going to stop us from trying. On this ever-evolving list of the 100 greatest films ever made, you’ll find everything from populist blockbusters to arthouse classics, great comedies and romantic comedies to horror flicks, Oscar winners to underseen rarities, sweeping epics to intimate character studies. It spans a decade-plus, multiple countries and incalculable technological developments. A lot of ground is covered but, well, a canon of greatest films is always going to spark a heated debate. Just no fisticuffs, okay? Written by Abbey Bender, Dave Calhoun, Phil de Semlyen, Bilge Ebiri, Ian Freer, Stephen Garrett, Tomris Laffly, Joshua Rothkopf, Anna Smith and Matthew Singer
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What makes a great comedy? It could be the joke-laden script (obvs), performances that have comic timing down to a fine art, or the perfect chemistry of a vintage double act. It might be the way they’ve aged, deepening in pathos with every passing decade in ways their creators never imagined (see: Chaplin’s The Great Dictator). Equally, it could be a sense of fearlessness, of noting the likely scruples of audiences and critics and just telling their subversive jokes anyway (see: Mel Brooks’ entire CV). Sometimes, it’s about volume: throwing so many ridiculous gags at the screen that the overall effect leaves you gasping for air in between the belly laughs. There’s a reason Top Secret!, Airplane and The Naked Gun all make our list of the 100 Greatest Comedy Movies of all time.But it’s not just high-gag-rate spoofs that fill this list – there are great romcoms, satires, gross-out and teen comedies (there’s overlap there), screwballs… you name it, it’s here. With the help of comedies like Diane Morgan and Russell Howard, actors (thank you John Boyega and Jodie Whittaker, among others), directors like Richard Curtis and a small army of Time Out writers, we’ve painstaking scoured the genre’s history to cherry-pick the finest laugh machines in existence. Every taste and sense of humour is catered for here, no matter how silly or sophisticated. But if you’re not in the mood for a good chuckle right now, allow us to point you towards a few classic horrors, thrillers and action movies
A few years ago, a debate arose on social media about sex scenes in movies. ‘Sex scenes in movies are usually completely unnecessary, add nothing to the plot or character development, and just make me feel uncomfortable’, one Reddit user boldly stated. It seemed like an opinion that would instantly get shouted down by the commentariat. Instead, the vast majority of responses agreed with the post. Well, allow us to retort, in 101 different ways. It’s certainly true that, in some ways, sex is superfluous. Those are what we call ‘bad movies’. You won’t find any of them on this list of cinema’s greatest sex scenes. What you will find are examples of sex as character development, or sex as a significant plot point. In some cases, sex is a punchline. In others, it’s downright horrifying. Indeed, cinematic sex is sometimes designed to make you feel uncomfortable. Other times, it’s simply meant to be arousing. And even if it only exists for pure titillation, there’s value in that, too. Turn off the lights, take the phone off the hook and slip into something more comfortable. Here are the 101 best sex scenes of all time. As the man once said: let’s get it on. Written by Dave Calhoun, Joshua Rothkopf, Cath Clarke, David Ehrlich, Phil de Semlyen, Daniel Walber, Trevor Johnston, Andy Kryza, Daniel Walber & Matthew Singer Recommended: 🔥 The 100 best movies of all-time❤ The 100 best romantic films of all-time😬 The 50 most controversial movies ever made💪 The 100 best feminist films of a
The golden age of radio didn’t end – it evolved. Now we live in the time of peak podcast, an era where we can get a direct infusion of knowledge, comedy, music, opinion, intrigue and discourse while showering, working, running or just lazing about. There are seemingly infinite podcasts out there, from influential squawk-boxes like Joe Rogan and Howard Stern to amateur shows produced in basements. That’s the beauty: Anyone with a mic and a hard drive can make a podcast. The best podcasts maximize the medium’s potential, incorporating interesting voices, immaculately curated topics and an ear for storytelling. They include true-crime opuses and whip-smart comedy. Among them, you’ll find enriching lessons in history and deep-dive nerdery, stories that hit close to home or transport you to faraway lands. Together, they have the power to make you gasp, giggle, scratch your head and walk away feeling smarter. From old-school trailblazers to brand new names, these are the 50 best podcasts to listen to right now. Contributors: Anna Rahmanan Eddy Frankel, Andy Kryza, Phil de Semlyen, Alex Plim, Dave Calhoun, Andrzej Lukowski, Cass Knowlton, Dalia Barth, Isabelle Aron and Alexandra Sims RECOMMENDED:🎧 The best podcasts to listen to right now💤 The best sleep podcasts🔪 The best true crime podcasts🎶 The best podcasts on Spotify🏃 The best motivational podcasts✊ The best political podcasts😂 The best comedy podcasts👩 The best podcasts for women
To misquote Dickens, family movie night is the best of times and the oh-will-everyone-please-stop-shouting-at-once?! of times. With all ages and all tastes to satisfy, it’s never easy finding a film to bring joy to all corners of the clan. Crucially, though, it’s not impossible either – especially in this golden age of animation and feel-good family fare that genuinely connects with the wizened as well as the wee’uns.Of course, not every animation is a banger – for every Into the Spider-Verse there’s several dozen Emoji Movies – and the odd ‘feel-good’ flick can have the opposite effect. To help you navigate the ocean of choices and settle on a winner, we’ve selected 50 of the true classics, old and new: from Mary Poppins to Moana, they’ll spark nostalgia in the oldies, fire up the imaginations of the young ones and leave everyone with the warm-and-fuzzies. Stick one of these on in the evening and who knows? You might even have a peaceful bedtime. Happy viewing! RECOMMENDED:– The best family movies on Netflix– The best family comedy movies– The best Disney Channel Original Movies– The best kids’ movies on Amazon Prime– The best kids’ movies from the ’90s
We’ve all been there. You spot your belongings on the baggage reclaim carousel and find your suitcases mangled and frayed. It looks a bit like they’ve been thrown out of the plane from several thousand feet up. Only they haven’t – they’ve just been treated exceptionally poorly by your airline. But which airline is the worst for damaging bags? Well, to find out luggage company Trifibre commissioned some research. Following a freedom of information request to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the firm has revealed which airlines receive the most complaints, and how many of those claims are successful. And so, according to the CAA, the worst airline for damaging your luggage is… Ryanair! Which, to many, probably isn’t that much of a surprise. Of the 823 claims for damaged luggage submitted between 2015 and 2020, Ryanair received a whopping 108. That’s more than one in every ten complaints, just to Ryanair. Emirates came in distant second place with 47 claims in the same period, while Alitalia came in third with 40 claims. Depressingly, however, if your bags are mishandled, you’ve not got a great chance of successfully claiming compensation. Just under half (46 percent) of all claims were upheld in favour of the passenger. While only 12 percent ruled in favour of the airline, huge numbers of claims (41 percent, to be exact) were totally ignored by the airline or airport. Pretty shitty, eh? Not only does Ryanair receive a lot of damaged baggage complaints, there also appears to
Tired of the UK’s unreliable, constantly flip-flopping weather? Luckily there’s another sale on at Ryanair, perfectly timed for that last-minute Euro getaway – and the budget airline’s prices are as ridiculously low as ever. For as little as £5 (!), you can jet off to culture-stacked metropolises Budapest and Brussels, as well as balmy tourist hotspots Santander and Trapani. And for under £15, you can get to an enormous range of other big destinations, from French paradises Nice and Bordeaux to other sun-drenched touristy spots like Fez and Pisa. Some very tasty deals indeed. Most importantly, many of the places won’t require any sort of quarantine (or even testing) for fully-vaccinated travellers. But such is the nature of travel after the pandemic, you should be sure to check all these things before you book. Several airports across the UK are included (London Stansted, Gatwick and Luton, plus Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle), and the sale covers dates throughout all of May. But you’ll have to be quick: the deals only last until midnight tonight. This being Ryanair, there are no doubt more than a few extra costs beyond the retail price. But when the upfront cost is so low, who can really argue? Check out all the deals and flight availability on the Ryanair website. Got five minutes to spare? Want to tell us what life is like in your city? Take the Time Out Index survey here.
It may be a cliché, but the best way to see any city is definitely by foot. No matter the location, walking is often cheaper, less stressful – and much more conducive to the chance encounter. Few pleasures beat diving down a secluded backstreet and discovering a gloriously offbeat restaurant or shop. So it’s a shame so many cities these days appear to have been designed expressly for cars. Helpfully, a new study from hotel chain Motel One has figured out which cities are best for those travellers fond of a good old ramble. It took the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, mapped out their most popular sights, then figured out how long it would take to walk between them. So, which city took the top spot? That would be Bruges in Belgium. The list compilers worked out that you could everything from the historic Begijnhof Bridge to the brilliantly quirky Frietmuseum – which, as you may have guessed, is entirely dedicated to fries – in just 29 minutes. Not bad at all. Next up on the list is Manchester, where a 30-minute walk could take in sights like the People’s History Museum, the National Football Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry. That’s a whole lot of learning. Other fun European destinations like Dubrovnik, Amsterdam and Prague also feature on the list – plenty of inspo for your next holiday on the Continent. Want to know where else is good? Here’s the top ten in full: Bruges, Belgium Manchester, UK Frankfurt, Germany Dubrovnik, Croatia Leipzig, Germany
’80s nostalgia usually focuses on the decade at its most outlandish: big hair, Day-glo shirts, scrunchies, New Coke… call it the Stranger Things effect. And that goes doubly for the music. Pop on most any ’80s playlist and you’re bound to hear the same cycle of kitchy, seemingly alien vintage pop: synthy goth songs, lite hip-hop, the occasional punk infusion and a whole lot of hair metal. But the '80s sound was so much more than the sum of its eccentricities, and there's a huge difference between an ‘80s song’ and a ‘song from the 80s.’ This is the decade that gave us Prince and Madonna, MJ and NWA. New Wave stalwarts like Talking Heads and Devo found new grooves while transcendent artists like Marvin Gaye and Paul Simon offered up some of the best work of their careers. And as the decade wore on, rap’s wave turned into a tsunami that changed the face of pop music. In gathering our list of the ’80s very best, there was a lot to consider: Lasting impact, cultural relevance, actual musicianship, catchiness, coolness and, of course, nostalgia. But mostly, we curated with maximum enjoyment in mind while limiting the list to one song per artist. From genre-defining works of genius to ear-worm flights of fancy, these are the best songs of the 'Æ0s. And don’t get your scrunchies in a bunch: Some hair metal definite snuck in. RECOMMENDED:🎶 The best ’90s songs🎉 The best party songs ever made🎸 The best classic rock songs🎤 The best karaoke songs🎶 The best U2 songs
Get your kicks ready for a summertime amble down the Champs-Elysées: Eurostar has launched its latest sale, and it’s giving away tens of thousands of seats to destinations across Europe from just £39 each way. But you’ll have to be (reasonably) quick – the sale is only while tickets last. Eurostar is offering standard-class tickets for around a fiver less than its usual cheapest fare (£44.50). That price will get you from London to cultural capitals Paris and Brussels, as well as Rotterdam, the Netherlands’s buzzing second city. Anticipating high demand in the coming months, Eurostar has ramped up the number of trains per day between London and Paris, and has relaunched its direct Disneyland Paris route. And to help cope with ongoing uncertainty around borders and travel, all of its tickets come with flexible booking and can be changed up to a week before your date of travel. Eurostar’s sale covers dates stretching from May 4 to August 24. In other words, you could be atop the Eiffel Tower, sauntering around the Grand-Place de Bruxelles or gazing at masterpieces at the Boijmans Van Beuningen in basically no time at all. But like we say, you’ll have to be quick – the sale starts today and ends when tickets run out. Check availability and book tickets here. Got five minutes to spare? Want to tell us what life is like in your city? Take the Time Out Index survey here.