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La Dolce Vita (1960), The Godfather (1970), Schindler’s List (1993), Apocalypse Now (1979)



BFI The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The following are the "Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time" according to a worldwide opinion poll of 846 critics, programmers, academics, and distributors conducted by Sight & Sound and published in the journal’s September 2012 issue.[1] Sight & Sound, published by the British Film Institute, has conducted a poll of the greatest films every 10 years since 1952.

In the 2012 poll, Vertigo ranked first, replacing Citizen Kane, which held the top spot in the last five decennial polls.[1]

  1. Vertigo (1958)
  2. Citizen Kane (1941)
  3. Tokyo Story (1953)
  4. The Rules of the Game (1939)
  5. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
  6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  7. The Searchers (1956)
  8. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
  9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
  10. (1963)
  11. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
  12. L’Atalante (1934)
  13. Breathless (1960)
  14. Apocalypse Now (1979)
  15. Late Spring (1949)
  16. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
  17. Seven Samurai (1954)
  18. Persona (1966)
  19. Mirror (1975)
  20. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  21. L’Avventura (1960)
  22. Contempt (1963)
  23. The Godfather (1972)
  24. Ordet (1955)
  25. In the Mood for Love (2000)
  26. Rashomon (1950)
  27. Andrei Rublev (1966)
  28. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
  29. Stalker (1979)
  30. Shoah (1985)
  31. The Godfather Part II (1974)
  32. Taxi Driver (1976)
  33. Bicycle Thieves (1948)
  34. The General (1926)
  35. Metropolis (1927)
  36. Psycho (1960)
  37. Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
  38. Sátántangó (1994)
  39. The 400 Blows (1959)
  40. La Dolce Vita (1960)
  41. Journey to Italy (1954)
  42. Pather Panchali (1955)
  43. Some Like It Hot (1959)
  44. Gertrud (1964)
  45. Pierrot le Fou (1965)
  46. Playtime (1967)
  47. Close-Up (1990)
  48. The Battle of Algiers (1966)
  49. Histoire(s) du cinéma (1988-1998)
  50. City Lights (1931)
  51. Ugetsu Monogatari (1953)
  52. La Jetée (1962)



Brussels World’s Fair’s international poll


The Brussels World’s Fair, organized in 1958, offered the occasion for the organization by thousands of critics and filmmakers from all over the world, of the first universal film poll in history.[5] These were the films chosen as most artistically fulfilled:[6][7][8][9]


Броненосец Потёмкин (Battleship Potemkin)
Sergei Eisenstein

The Gold Rush
Charles Chaplin

Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves)
Vittorio De Sica

La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc (The Passion of Joan of Arc)
Carl Theodor Dreyer

La Grande Illusion (Grand Illusion)
Jean Renoir

Erich von Stroheim

Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Through the Ages
D. W. Griffith

Мать (Mother)
Vsevolod Pudovkin

Citizen Kane
Orson Welles

Земля (Earth)
Alexander Dovzhenko

Der letzte Mann (The Last Laugh)
F.W. Murnau

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)
Robert Wiene





20 best films of all time, chosen by David Gritten

From Singin’ in the Rain to Schindler’s List, Telegraph film critic David Gritten selects up his 20 greatest films of all time.

Best films of all time? (Clockwise from top left) La Dolce Vita (1960), The Godfather (1970), Schindler's List (1993), Apocalypse Now (1979),

Best films of all time? (Clockwise from top left) La Dolce Vita (1960), The Godfather (1970), Schindler’s List (1993), Apocalypse Now (1979), Photo: Everett Collection / Rex Features / Universal

By David Gritten, Film Critic

7:00AM BST 21 Jun 2013

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David Gritten lists his 20 greatest films of all time in chronological order.

The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant team for a romantic comedy from the days when that phrase meant something. She’s a socialite engaged to a dull rich man; he’s her roguish ex-husband. The dialogue is waspish, fast and utterly thrilling.

Read a review of The Philadelphia Story

 The Third Man (1949)
Set in post-war occupied Vienna, Graham Greene’s story concerns Harry Lime (Orson Welles), a mysterious disappeared American; a friend tracks him down and learns uncomfortable moral truths about him. Flawless storytelling, with a menacing atmosphere heightened by distinctive zither music.

Read actor Christoph Waltz’s thoughts on The Third Man

Uncomfortable moral truths: Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles in The Third Man

Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Billy Wilder’s satire of Hollywood and film-making is darkly incisive and knowing. Gloria Swanson is adroitly cast as a silent movie star trading on past glories; William Holden the screenwriter who narrates from beyond the grave. Savagely entertaining.

Read director John Dahl’s thoughts on Sunset Blvd

High Noon (1952)
Exemplary black-and-white Western, unfolding largely in real time, with Gary Cooper standing alone as a weary marshal defending his town against a vengeful killer’s imminent arrival. Under Fred Zinnemann’s masterful direction, each scene counts and every camera angle tells a story.

Read a review of High Noon

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
A joyous, ingenious musical, as effective as any anti-depressant, withGene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor witnessing the passing of silent movies. It boasts an array of wonderful songs and dance routines: Kelly’s title song sequence is peerless.

Read filmmaker Sally Potter’s thoughts on Singin’ in the Rain

Watch a clip from Singin’ In The Rain

North by Northwest (1959)
Hitchcock’s classic is almost criminally entertaining and straddles so many genres – comedy, romance, thriller, action. Cary Grant is dashing and suave even by his own standards. Two scenes – one involving a crop-dusting plane, the other at Mount Rushmore – are world-beaters.

Read a review of North by Northwest

A Bout de Souffle (1960)
The film that ushered in the French New Wave, Jean-Luc Godard’s giddying breakthrough tipped its hat to American B-movies, while employing jump cuts and hand-held cameras. Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg sparkle in the cool lead roles; it brims over with fun and inventiveness.

Read a review of A Bout de Souffle

A cool lead: Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in A Bout de Souffle

The Apartment (1960)
In Billy Wilder’s delightful but caustic romantic comedy, ambitious Jack Lemmon hopes to climb the career ladder by letting his bosses use his flat for sex. Shirley Maclaine, a good-hearted elevator girl, sets him right. A brilliant satirical slap at America’s business ethos.

Read a review of The Apartment

La Dolce Vita (1960)
Fellini’s scurrilous satire attacked all he despised in Italy – the Catholic Church, decadence, corruption and celebrity culture – with brilliance and wit. Seen through the eyes of Marcello Mastroianni’s journalist, it’s not too rigorous to linger on the targets of its wrath – notably Anita Ekberg splashing in the Trevi fountain.

Battle Of Algiers (1965)
Startlingly immediate re-staging of Algerian rebels’ attempts to fight back against French colonial forces in 1954. Director Gillo Pontecorvo uses actors, but his cinema verité shooting style lends it the force and urgency of a documentary. Riveting and tense, yet thoughtful.

Read a review of The Battle of Algiers

The Conformist (1969)
Jean-Louis Trintignant stars as a young man in Mussolini’s Italy. Abused as a child, he has a desperate need to belong. Psychologically intricate and strikingly beautiful: Fascist architecture never looked more alluring. Disturbing and provocative.

Watch a clip from The Conformist

The Godfather (1972)
A high point in American cinema, a sumptuous crime family saga that announces its greatness with a detailed opening wedding scene, complete with Mob deals behind closed doors. Francis Ford Coppola brilliantly chronicles the Corleones, with superb performances from Brando, Pacino and Duvall.

Read director Robert Zemeckis’ thoughts on The Godfather

Chinatown (1974)
In this brilliant, complex thriller, Roman Polanski egged on Jack Nicholson to his finest performance, as a private eye rooting out civic and personal corruption in 1930s Los Angeles. Beautifully shot and composed, with a downbeat ending that chimed with the time of its release.

Read a review of Chinatown

Taxi Driver (1976)
Martin Scorsese’s bleak, chilling vision of New York as hell, viewed through the eyes of a Vietnam veteran (Robert de Niro) who drives a cab and sees squalor and degradation all around him. A hugely influential work that demands to be seen.

Apocalypse Now (1979)
Francis Ford Coppola’s war movie is part fever dream, part rambling journey upriver in Vietnam, all held together by dazzling set-piece scenes. Evoking the war’s horror and madness, it threatens to fall apart like its protagonist Captain Willard (Martin Sheen). Still, it’s unforgettable.

Read a review of Apocalypse Now

Martin Sheen as Captain Willard in Apocalyse Now

Manhattan (1979)
Woody Allen’s smart, self-deprecating and deeply felt love letter to his home town, shot in lustrous black-and-white. He plays a middle-aged TV comedy writer dating a teenage girl. Wildly funny but sombre too: a nuanced self-portrait elevated to popular art.

Read a review of Manhattan

Schindler’s List (1993)
Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece does justice to Holocaust victims and to those who, like Liam Neeson’s Oskar Schindler, helped other Jews survive. Shot in black and white, it’s testament to Spielberg’s audacity in using unspeakable events to fashion a great work of art.

All About My Mother (1999)
Pedro Almodóvar’s crowning work, a sly re-working of themes prevalent in Hollywood ‘women’s movies’ of the 40s and 50s. A single woman, grieving her son’s death, finds new purpose in life through new friendships with women. Humane, moving and outrageously funny.

Watch the All About My Mother trailer

In The Mood for Love (2000)
In Wong Kar-Wai’s bewitching melodrama a man and woman in 1960s Hong Kong (Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung) are thrown together when they learn their respective spouses are having an affair. Ravishing to look at, sumptuous clothes and a swooning, melancholic air.

Read director Paul McGuigan’s thoughts on In The Mood for Love

There Will Be Blood (2007)
An angry, discordant film, with Daniel Day-Lewis as Plainview, a man made immensely rich by oil, at the cost of his humanity. It’s jolting and unsettling but has the power of myth – and director Paul Thomas Anderson’s mastery of his material is beyond doubt.

Read a review of There Will Be Blood

What is your favourite film?

The Philadelphia Story (1940)The Third Man (1949)Sunset Blvd. (1950)High Noon (1952)Singin’ in the Rain (1952)North by Northwest (1959)A Bout de Souffle (1960)The Apartment (1960)La Dolce Vita (1960)Battle Of Algiers (1965)The Conformist (1969)The Godfather (1972)Chinatown (1974)Taxi Driver (1976)Apocalypse Now (1979)Manhattan (1979)Schindler’s List (1993)All About My Mother (1999)In The Mood for Love (2000)There Will Be Blood (2007)

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100 Greatest Films

The Greatest Films can’t be measured scientifically because greatness is extremely subjective. The artistic greatness of films (and other works of art) can never be rated or quantified, although critics, reviewers, and fans still make ten best lists, hundred best lists, all-time greatest lists, favorites lists, awards lists, and generate results of polls. Over a long period of time, it has been found that the English-language films found here in this selection of 100 Greatest Films repeatedly appear on all-time best film lists and are often noted in the collective responses of film viewers.

Arguably, there is reasonable consensus by most film historians, critics and reviewers that these selections are among cinema’s most critically-acclaimed, significant "must-see" films (of predominantly Hollywood-American production). These 100 choices were limited to English-language, theatrically-distributed, narrative feature films. [That means foreign-language films, documentaries, TV movies and mini-series, and short films were not considered.] Emphasis in these selections is purposely directed toward earlier, more classic Hollywood/American films (and other English-language films) than more recent films, although some recent films (and British films) are included.

These are films that give us pieces of time that we can never forget. They have the power to entertain, enchant, inform, and move us emotionally – and change our perceptions of things. The films below range from the earliest defining silent films of Hollywood, to all the genre types (screwball comedies, westerns, etc.), and to the blockbusters and epics of today. These ‘Greatest Films’ refuse to fade from memory even after the long passage of time – they share the unifying fact of being seen and talked about decades after they were made. Many of these Greatest Films were made many years ago, and overlooked when they were first released, yet they have endured the test of time.

This selection of 100 Greatest Films in the last century of film-making – identified throughout the site by a yellow star – covers, by conscious choice, a wide range of genres, decades, stars and directors. They are film selections that have undoubtedly left an indelible mark upon our lives and reflect the defining moments of the last 100 years – films that give us pieces of time we can never forget. Detailed analysis and synopses for each of the Greatest Films include memorable movie quotes and lines of dialogue, and great moments or scenes.

These films were chosen with very specific Selection Criteria – further explained in another section of this site. These crucial film selections have undoubtedly left an indelible mark upon our lives and reflect many defining moments of the last 100 years. Comparative analysis and criticism provide the rationale for having many other Greatest Film Lists available for viewing on this site. [For a comparable list, you may wish to see the American Film Institute’s original 100 Greatest American Films from 1998 and their list of 400 Nominated Films, as well as AFI’s 100 Greatest American Films – 10th Anniversary Edition (2007) and their updated list of 400 Nominated Films.]


100 Greatest Films
All 100 Greatest Films Are Indicated by Yellow Star Throughout Site

Part 1
(Descriptive Summaries)

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

The African Queen (1951)

All About Eve (1950)

All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)

An American In Paris (1951)

Annie Hall (1977)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Ben-Hur (1959)

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

The Big Sleep (1946)

The Birth Of A Nation (1915)

Blade Runner (1982)

Part 2
(Descriptive Summaries)

Bonnie And Clyde (1967)

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Casablanca (1942)

Chinatown (1974)

Citizen Kane (1941)

City Lights (1931)

The Crowd (1928)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Double Indemnity (1944)

Part 3
(Descriptive Summaries)

Duck Soup (1933)

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Easy Rider (1969)

Fantasia (1940)

42nd Street (1933)

The General (1927)

The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather, Part II (1974)

The Gold Rush (1925)

Gone With The Wind (1939)

The Graduate (1967)

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Greed (1924)

Part 4
(Descriptive Summaries)

High Noon (1952)

His Girl Friday (1940)

Intolerance (1916)

It Happened One Night (1934)

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Jaws (1975)

King Kong (1933)

The Lady Eve (1941)

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948)

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Part 5
(Descriptive Summaries)

Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Modern Times (1936)

My Darling Clementine (1946)

Nashville (1975)

A Night At The Opera (1935)

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Ninotchka (1939)

North By Northwest (1959)

Notorious (1946)

On The Waterfront (1954)

Part 6
(Descriptive Summaries)

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Out Of The Past (1947)

Paths of Glory (1957)

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Psycho (1960)

Pulp Fiction (1994)

The Quiet Man (1952)

Raging Bull (1980)

Rear Window (1954)

Rebecca (1940)

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Red River (1948)

Roman Holiday (1953)

Schindler’s List (1993)

Part 7
(Descriptive Summaries)

The Searchers (1956)

Shane (1953)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Singin’ In The Rain (1952)

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Stagecoach (1939)

A Star Is Born (1954)

Star Wars (1977)

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Sunrise (1927)

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Taxi Driver (1976)

The Third Man (1949)

Part 8
(Descriptive Summaries)

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

Top Hat (1935)

Touch Of Evil (1958)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Trouble in Paradise (1932)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Vertigo (1958)

West Side Story (1961)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

The Wild Bunch (1969)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Wuthering Heights (1939)

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)



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