The Sight & Sound Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time

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The following are the "Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time" according to the worldwide opinion polls conducted by Sight & Sound and published in the journal's September 2012 issue. They published the critics' list, based on 846 critics, programmers, academics, and distributors,[1] and the directors' list, based on 358 directors and filmmakers.[2] Sight & Sound, published by the British Film Institute, has conducted a poll of the greatest films every 10 years since 1952.

Critics' poll[edit]

Vertigo (1958)

In the 2012 critics' poll, Vertigo ranked first,[1] [3] replacing Citizen Kane, which held the top spot in the previous five decennial critics' polls.[4][5][6][7][8]

Directors' poll[edit]

In the 2012 directors' poll, Tokyo Story ranked first,[2][9] replacing Citizen Kane, which held the top spot in both of the previous decennial directors' polls.[10]

  1. Tokyo Story (1953)
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) (Tied For Second)
  3. Citizen Kane (1941) (Tied For Second)
  4. (1963)
  5. Taxi Driver (1976)
  6. Apocalypse Now (1979)
  7. The Godfather (1972)
  8. Vertigo (1958)
  9. Mirror (1975)
  10. Bicycle Thieves (1948)
  11. Breathless (1960)
  12. Raging Bull (1980)
  13. Persona (1966)
  14. The 400 Blows (1959)
  15. Andrei Rublev (1966)
  16. Fanny and Alexander (1982)
  17. Seven Samurai (1954)
  18. Rashomon (1950)
  19. Barry Lyndon (1975)
  20. Ordet (1955)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Christie, Ian (7 August 2017) [September 2012]. "The 50 Greatest Films of All Time". Sight & Sound. et al. British Film Institute. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Directors' 10 Greatest Films of All Time". Sight & Sound. British Film Institute. December 4, 2014.
  3. ^ The New Yorker
  4. ^ "Critics Top Ten Poll 2002". Sight & Sound. British Film Institute. Archived from the original on August 16, 2002. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  5. ^ Brown, Mark (August 1, 2012). "Vertigo tops greatest film poll, ending reign of Citizen Kane". The Guardian. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Vertigo is named 'greatest film of all time'". BBC News. August 2, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  7. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (August 7, 2012). "'Vertigo' over 'Citizen Kane'? Why the new Sight and Sound critics' poll is full of itself". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  8. ^ Robey, Tim (April 29, 2016). "Is Alfred Hitchcock's thriller Vertigo really the best film ever made?". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "Directors' Top 100". Sight & Sound. British Film Institute. 2012.
  10. ^ "Directors' Top Ten Poll 2002". Sight & Sound. British Film Institute. Archived from the original on August 16, 2002. Retrieved May 10, 2018.