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The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time
« on: August 02, 2012, 11:39:39 AM »

The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors have voted – and the 50-year reign of Kane is over. Our critics’ poll has a new number one.


Ian Christie rings in the changes in our biggest-ever poll.

And the loser is – Citizen Kane. After 50 years at the top of the Sight & Sound poll, Orson Welles’s debut film has been convincingly ousted by Alfred Hitchcock’s 45th feature Vertigo – and by a whopping 34 votes, compared with the mere five that separated them a decade ago. So what does it mean? Given that Kane actually clocked over three times as many votes this year as it did last time, it hasn’t exactly been snubbed by the vastly larger number of voters taking part in this new poll, which has spread its net far wider than any of its six predecessors.

But it does mean that Hitchcock, who only entered the top ten in 1982 (two years after his death), has risen steadily in esteem over the course of 30 years, with Vertigo climbing from seventh place, to fourth in 1992, second in 2002 and now first, to make him the Old Master. Welles, uniquely, had two films (The Magnificent Ambersons as well as Kane) in the list in 1972 and 1982, but now Ambersons has slipped to 81st place in the top 100.

So does 2012 – the first poll to be conducted since the internet became almost certainly the main channel of communication about films – mark a revolution in taste, such as happened in 1962? Back then a brand-new film, Antonioni’s L’avventura, vaulted into second place. If there was going to be an equivalent today, it might have been Malick’s The Tree of Life, which only polled one vote less than the last title in the top 100. In fact the highest film from the new century is Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love, just 12 years old, now sharing joint 24th slot with Dreyer’s venerable Ordet…

Ian Christie’s full essay on changing fashions on our new poll is published in the September 2012 issue of Sight & Sound, available from 3 August on UK newsstands and as a digital edition from 7 August. See Nick James’s poll coverage introduction for details of our methodology. Texts below are quotations from our poll entries and magazine coverage of the top ten. Links are to the BFI’s Explore Film section. The full, interactive poll of 846 critics’ top-ten lists will be available online from 15 August, and the Directors’ poll (of 358 entries) a week later.


1. Vertigo

Alfred Hitchcock, 1958 (191 votes)

Hitchcock’s supreme and most mysterious piece (as cinema and as an emblem of the art). Paranoia and obsession have never looked better—Marco Müller

After half a century of monopolising the top spot, Citizen Kane was beginning to look smugly inviolable. Call it Schadenfreude, but let’s rejoice that this now conventional and ritualised symbol of ‘the greatest’ has finally been taken down a peg. The accession of Vertigo is hardly in the nature of a coup d’état. Tying for 11th place in 1972, Hitchcock’s masterpiece steadily inched up the poll over the next three decades, and by 2002 was clearly the heir apparent. Still, even ardent Wellesians should feel gratified at the modest revolution – if only for the proof that film canons (and the versions of history they legitimate) are not completely fossilised.

There may be no larger significance in the bare fact that a couple of films made in California 17 years apart have traded numerical rankings on a whimsically impressionistic list. Yet the human urge to interpret chance phenomena will not be denied, and Vertigo is a crafty, duplicitous machine for spinning meaning…—Peter Matthews’ opening to his new essay on Vertigo in our September issue


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Re: The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2012, 11:53:58 AM »
1.  The Dirty Dozen

2.  The Longest Day

3.  Saving Private Ryan

4.  The Great Escape


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Re: The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2012, 04:32:26 PM »
Haven't scanned the list yet.....but wanted to say that these types of rankings end up being unduly influenced by the age of the writer and of course, the ages of the sampled group.

As somebody in the Fall of my pool of nominations would dwarf anybody in their forties.   And so on.....

PS:  The reason Citizen Kane was bumped by Vertigo?   It's because Vertigo is regularly featured on your cable providers list.....Citizen Kane is not.

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Re: The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2012, 02:54:36 PM »
A few I would put in my top 50 or at least in the top 100

The Alamo
Apollo 13
Mr. Roberts
Grapes of Wrath
The Fighting Sullivans
Wizard of Oz
A Christmas Story
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
Field of Dreams
The Bucket List
It's a Wonderful Life
War Horse
How the West was Won

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Re: The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2012, 03:45:17 PM »
You forgot "The Dirty Dozen"...


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Re: The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2012, 09:44:35 PM »

Romancing the Stone
Enemy Of the State
Long Kiss Goodnight
Midnight Run
Ben Hur
My Fair Lady
Mouse Hunt
The Fugitive
Sliding Doors
Rebel Without A Cause
Some Like It Hot
The Great Race
Pink Panther Movies – old & new
Tom Jones
7 Days in May
Dr Strangelove
Adventures in Babysitting
Barber Shop
Big Trouble in Little China
Bonfire of The Vanities
Dial M for Murder
The Karate Kid – old & new
Night Shift
Naked Gun Movies
Nothing in Common
Oceans 11 – new
Mad Mad World
13th Warrior
One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest
Godfather  -1 & 2
Major League
Ferris Beuller's Day Off
Was Games
The Saint
The Thomas Crown Affair – the remake
China Syndrome
True Grit – new & old
Miss Congeniality
My Cousin Vinny
The Man Who Knew Too Little
O'Brother Where Art Thou
Ordinary People
Psycho – original
Police Academy #5
Quest For Fire
Dirty Dancing
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The Big Easy
All of Me
Three Amigos

Best In Show
Hudson Hawk
Jaws – 1 & 2
The Fugitive
The Bourne Identity,
Supremacy & Ultimatum
The Mask of Zoro
True Lies
Office Space
9 to 5
Ground Hog Day
The Mummy – 1&2
Caddyshack 1&2
Naked Gun Movies - all
Lethal Weapon Movies - all
Jurassic Park 1&3
Whole Nine Yards
Indiana Jones Movies - all
Monsters, Inc
My Blue Heaven
Trading Places
My Girl
Home Alone – 1&2
Double Jeopardy
Running On Empty
Get Shorty
The Mask
Deep Impact
Center Stage
Wild Wild West
Men In Black – 1&2
Independence Day
Kindergarten Cop
28 Days
The Net
While You Were Sleeping
The 7th Sign
Blind Side
Big Business
Ben Hur
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
Crocodile Dundee 1 2 & 3
Die Hard - 1 2 3 & 4
A Few Good Men
Funny Farm
The In-laws – original

The Gods Must Be Crazy 1&2
It Happened One Night
The Front Page
Iron Man
Pirates of the Caribbean -all
X-Men  - all
What's Up Doc?
Used Cars
The Thin Man
Raising Arizona
Rush Hour 1&2
The Replacements
Company Business
Ruthless People
Lord of the Rings  - all
Lean on Me
Lady in White
Legally Blond
Manchurian Candidate – old & new
A Time to Kill
Death Becomes Her
The Rainmaker
The Firm
Pelican Brief
Sherlock Holmes – 2 new
San Francisco
Snatch – need subtitles – not for
mixed company
Pulp Fiction – not for mixed
Shawshank Redemption
Training Day

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