Sight & Sound Unveils Its Full Top 250 List; Includes BLADE RUNNER, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, and MODERN TIMES

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Earlier this month, Sight & Sound released its list of the Top 50 Films of All-Time as decided by critics along with Top 10 lists from various big-name directors.  The major “news” was that on the critics’ list, Vertigo overtook Citizen Kane as “The Greatest Movie of All Time™”.  Sight & Sound is worth talking about because they only make it once a decade.  However, the list should really only be used as a guide for what every cinephile should see in their lifetime.  The fact that Vertigo has a number “1″ in front of it doesn’t really mean much since you could watch Vertigo and Citizen Kane together in an afternoon.  Today, Sight & Sound has released its full Top 250 list and that’s where you’ll find other classics like Blade Runner, North by Northwest, Modern Times, and more.  Sight & Sound has also released the critics’ individual Top 10 lists, and that’s worth exploring into if you have the time.

The Playlist has helpfully transcribed the Top 100.  Click here for the full 250, and click here for the critics’ individual Top 10 lists.

vertigo-movie-poster1. Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
2. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
3. Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)
4. La Règle du jeu (Renoir, 1939)
5. Sunrise: a Song for Two Humans (Murnau, 1927)
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)
7. The Searchers (Ford, 1956)
8. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, 1927)
10. 8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)
11. Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925)
12. L’Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934)
13. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)
14. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
15. Late Spring (Ozu Yasujiro, 1949)
16. Au hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966)
17. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa Akira, 1954)
17. Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966)
19. Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974)
19. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1951)
21. L’avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)
21. Le Mépris (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)
21. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
24. Ordet (Carl Dreyer, 1955)
24. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000)
26. Rashomon (Kurosawa Akira, 1950)
26. Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966)
28. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch, 2001)
29. Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979)
29. Shoah (Claude Lanzmann, 1985)
31. The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
31. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
33. Bicycle Thieves (Vittoria De Sica, 1948)
34. The General (Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman, 1926)
35. Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
psycho-movie-poster35. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
35. Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman, 1975)
35. Sátántangó (Béla Tarr, 1994)
39. The 400 Blows (François Truffaut, 1959)
39. La dolce vita (Federico Fellini, 1960)
41. Journey to Italy (Roberto Rossellini, 1954)
42. Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955)
42. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
42. Gertrud (Carl Dreyer, 1964)
42. Pierrot le fou (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965)
42. Play Time (Jacques Tati, 1967)
42. Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami, 1990)
48. The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966)
48. Histoire(s) du cinéma (Jean-Luc Godard, 1998)
50. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931)
50. Ugetsu monogatari (Mizoguchi Kenji, 1953)
50. La Jetée (Chris Marker, 1962)

53=
“Rear Window” (1954)
“North By Northwest” (1959)
“Raging Bull” (1980)
56=
“M” (1931)
“Touch Of Evil” (1958)
“The Leopard” (1963)
59=
“Sherlock Jr” (1924)
“Sansho dayu” (1954)
“La Maman et la Putain” (1973)
“Barry Lyndon” (1975)
modern-times-poster63 =
“Modern Times” (1936)
“Sunset Blvd.” (1950)
“The Night Of The Hunter” (1955)
“Wild Strawberries” (1957)
“Rio Bravo” (1958)
“Pickpocket” (1959)
69=
“A Man Escaped” (1956)
“Blade Runner” (1982)
“Sans soleil” (1982)
“Blue Velvet” (1986)
73=
“La Grande Illusion” (1937)
“Les Enfants du Paradis” (1945)
“The Third Man” (1949)
“L’eclisse” (1962)
“Nashville” (1975)
78=
“Once Upon A Time In The West” (1968)
“Chinatown” (1974)
“Beau Travail” (1998)
81=
“The Magnificent Ambersons” (1942)
“Lawrence Of Arabia” (1962)
“The Spirit Of The Beehive” (1973)
84=
“Greed” (1925)
“Casablanca” (1942)
“The Colour Of Pomegranates” (1968)
“The Wild Bunch” (1969)
“Fanny And Alexander” (1984)
“A Brighter Summer Day” (1991)
90=
“Partie De Campagne” (1936)
“A Matter Of Life And Death” (1946)
“Aguirre, Wrath Of God” (1972)
93=
“Intolerance” (1916)
“Un chien andalou” (1928)
“The Life & Death Of Colonel Blimp” (1943)
“Madame de…” (1953)
“The Seventh Seal” (1957)
“Imitation Of Life” (1959)
“Touki-Bouki” (1973)
“A One And A Two” (2000)




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  • Bo

    Well, lists are lists made by whom? None of this list impresses me. My top films are as follows:
    Barry Lyndon (always at the top) then in no real particular order…The Lion In Winter, Hombre (great, great film), Burn (with the Man Brando), The Hours, Once Upon A Time In America, Days of Heaven, Runaway Train, Last Tango In Paris, The Man Who Would Be King. Of course one would have to mention Miller’s Crossing and No Country For Old Men. As well as 2001: A Space Odyssey. Lonely Are The Brave has to be mentioned. The Hustler as well. I could go one a bit, but this adds a little flavor to this list that many of mine are not even mentioned. So, it’s to each his own, right?

    • Strong Enough

      I bet your 22 years old

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