Sight and Sound top 50 Greatest Films of All Time (2012 poll)

Just a few days ago Sight & Sound magazine announced the long-awaited results of its once-a-decade poll of critics to determine the Greatest Films of All Time.

The magazine began polling critics for their lists of top ten films in 1952, when Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948) became the first winner. In each decade since however it is Orson Welles’s classic story of press tycoon Charles Foster Kane that has topped the poll.

That was finally broken in the 2012 poll when Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958) came out in front of Orsen Wells Citizen Kane (1941) based on the votes of 846 writers, film programmers and curators.

Looking at the list I have only seen 16 from that list, a lot more classics films to view.

The Sight & Sound top 50 Greatest Films of All Time (2012 poll)

1. Vertigo  Alfred Hitchcock, 1958 (191 votes)

 

26= Andrei Rublev  Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966 (41 votes)

 

2. Citizen Kane Orson Welles, 1941 (157 votes)

 

28. Mulholland Dr. David Lynch, 2001 (40 votes)

 

3. Tokyo Story Ozu Yasujiro, 1953 (107 votes)

 

29= Stalker Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979 (39 votes)

4. La Règle du jeu Jean Renoir, 1939 (100 votes

 

29= Shoah Claude Lanzmann, 1985 (39 votes)

 

5. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans FW Murnau, 1927 (93 votes)

 

31= The Godfather Part II Francis Ford Coppola, 1974 (38 votes)

 

6. 2001: A Space Odyssey Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (90 votes)

 

31= Taxi Driver Martin Scorsese, 1976 (38 votes)

 

7. The Searchers John Ford, 1956 (78 votes)

 

33. Bicycle Thieves Vittoria De Sica, 1948 (37 votes)

 

8. Man with a Movie Camera Dziga Vertov, 1929 (68 votes)

 

34. The General Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman, 1926 (35 votes)

 

9. The Passion of Joan of Arc Carl Dreyer, 1927 (65 votes)

 

35= Metropolis  Fritz Lang, 1927 (34 votes)

 

10. Federico Fellini, 1963 (64 votes)

 

35= Psycho  Alfred Hitchcock, 1960 (34 votes)

 

11. Battleship Potemkin Sergei Eisenstein, 1925 (63 votes)

 

35= Sátántangó Béla Tarr, 1994 (34 votes)

 

12. L’Atalante Jean Vigo, 1934 (58 votes)

35= Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles Chantal Akerman, 1975 (34 votes)

13. Breathless Jean-Luc Godard, 1960 (57 votes)

 

39= The 400 Blows François Truffaut, 1959 (33 votes)

 

14. Apocalypse Now  Francis Ford Coppola, 1979 (53 votes)

 

39= La dolce vita Federico Fellini, 1960 (33 votes)

 

15. Late Spring Ozu Yasujiro, 1949 (50 votes)

 

41. Journey to Italy Roberto Rossellini, 1954 (32 votes)

 

16. Au hasard Balthazar Robert Bresson, 1966 (49 votes)

 

42= Pather Panchali Satyajit Ray, 1955 (31 votes)

 

17= Seven Samurai Kurosawa Akira, 1954 (48 votes)

 

42= Some Like It Hot Billy Wilder, 1959 (31 votes)

 

17= Persona Ingmar Bergman, 1966 (48 votes)

 

42= Gertrud Carl Dreyer, 1964 (31 votes)

 

19. Mirror Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974 (47 votes)

 

42= Pierrot le fou Jean-Luc Godard, 1965 (31 votes)

 

20. Singin’ in the Rain Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1951 (46 votes)

 

42= Play Time Jacques Tati, 1967 (31 votes)

 

21= L’avventura Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960 (43 votes)

 

42= Close-Up  Abbas Kiarostami, 1990 (31 votes)

 

21= Le Mépris Jean-Luc Godard, 1963 (43 votes)

 

48= The Battle of Algiers  Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966 (30 votes)

21= The Godfather Francis Ford Coppola, 1972 (43 votes)

 

48= Histoire(s) du cinéma  Jean-Luc Godard, 1998 (30 votes)

24= Ordet Carl Dreyer, 1955 (42 votes)

 

50= City Lights Charlie Chaplin, 1931 (29 votes)

 

24= In the Mood for Love Wong Kar-Wai, 2000 (42 votes)

 

50= Ugetsu monogatari Mizoguchi Kenji, 1953 (29 votes)

 

26= Rashomon Kurosawa Akira, 1950 (41 votes)

 

50= La Jetée Chris Marker, 1962 (29 votes)

 



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