The best known and accepted film school rankings for Master's of Fine Arts programs in film are those published by U.S. News and World Reports. These rankings are not released regularly and here are the 2001 rankings that, though are not up to date, still hold the most accurate listing for film school rankings.
1.New York University
1.University of Southern California
3.University of California-Los Angeles
4.American Film Institute
5.California Institute of the Arts
6.Columbia University (NY)
7.School of the Art Institute of Chicago
7.University of Texas-Austin
9.Florida State University9.Northwestern University (IL)
12.Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
12.San Francisco Art Institute
12.University of California-San Diego
These have been challenged by several other locations, such as the Education-Portal.com that includes Northwestern University. Many other lists from reputable organizations will also include many for-profit film colleges that edge out those on this list. One thing that is common to most lists is the top six, which will almost always start with NYU and USC, and then head into the AFI, UCLA, Columbia, and Cal Arts in some order.