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From 01/09/2012 at 20:20 to 09/10/2012 at 20:00


So here, according to hundreds of critics, historians, curators and programmers from around the world, are the Ten Greatest Films ever made, a programme that covers (or ought to) nearly everything of which the cinema is capable.

And somewhere among this selection is the title that these experts have collectively decided is The Greatest Film of All Time (you’ll have to buy the September issue of the magazine to find out exactly where each film has ranked, and which has emerged triumphant). I’m not going to eulogise or describe individual titles here – each is familiar and brilliant in its own way – nor will I mention the near-misses, because this list speaks for itself. What one can say is that these titles are the result of a terrific game, an agony of decision-making that has given sleepless nights to so many passionate cinephiles and made my role feel more like that of a therapist than an editor.

We at Sight & Sound are very proud of this ten-yearly task, and we’re confident that – though canons have their detractors and we can (and will) argue to the end of time about what should be in or out of the list – this canon is vital proof that cinema is an art form. Anyone who can take the time to see every one of these films will find a permanent passion for the medium is latent within them.

– Nick James

Critics’ Top 20 Films of all time

1 . Vertigo (1958)
Dir.Alfred Hitchcock
A former detective with a fear of heights is hired to follow a woman apparently possessed by the past, in Alfred Hitchcock’s timeless thriller about obsession.

2 .Citizen Kane (1941)
Dir.Orson Welles
Given extraordinary freedom by Hollywood studio RKO for his debut film, boy wonder Welles created a modernist masterpiece that is regularly voted the best film ever made.

3. Tokyo Story (1953)
Dir. Ozu Yasujirô
The final part of Yasujiro Ozu’s loosely connected ‘Noriko’ trilogy is a devastating story of elderly grandparents brushed aside by their self-involved family.

La Regle du Jeu
La Regle du Jeu


4. Règle du jeu, La (1939)
Dir. Jean Renoir
Made on the cusp of WWII, Jean Renoir’s satire of the upper-middle classes was banned as demoralising by the French government for two decades after its release.

5. Sunrise (1927)
Dir. F. W. Murnau
Lured to Hollywood by producer William Fox, German Expressionist filmmaker F.W. Murnau created one of the silent cinema’s last and most luminous masterpieces.

6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Dir.Stanley Kubrick
Adapting Arthur C. Clarke’s novel, Kubrick took science fiction cinema in a grandly intelligent new direction with this epic story of man’s quest for knowledge.

7. Searchers, The (1956)
Dir. John Ford
John Ford created perhaps the greatest of all westerns with this tale of a Civil War veteran doggedly hunting the Comanche who have kidnapped his niece.

8. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
Dir. Dziga Vertov
An impression of city life in the Soviet Union, The Man with a Movie Camera is the best-known film of experimental documentary pioneer Dziga Vertov.

La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc
La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc

9. Passion of Joan of Arc (1927)
Dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer
Silent cinema at its most sublimely expressive, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s masterpiece is an austere but hugely affecting dramatisation of the trial of St Joan.

10. 8½ (1963)
Dir. Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini triumphantly conjured himself out of a bad case of creative block with this autobiographical magnum opus about a film director experiencing creative block.

11. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Dir. Sergei M Eisenstein
A fixture in the critical canon almost since its premiere, Sergei Eisenstein’s film about a 1905 naval mutiny was revolutionary in both form and content.


12. Atalante, L' (1934)
Dir. Jean Vigo
Newly-weds begin their life together on a working barge in this luminous and poetic romance, the only feature film by director Jean Vigo.



13. Breathless (1960)
Dir. Jean-Luc Godard

14. Apocalypse Now (1979)
Dir. Francis Ford Coppola
Transplanting the story of Joseph Conrad’s colonial-era novel Heart of Darkness to Vietnam, Francis Ford Coppola created a visually mesmerising fantasia on the spectacle of war.

15. Late Spring (1949)
Ozu Yasujirô

Au Hasard Balthazar
Au Hasard Balthazar

16. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
Dir. Robert Bresson
Robert Bresson’s distinctive pared down style elicits extraordinary pathos from this devastating tale of an abused donkey passing from owner to owner.

=17 . Seven Samurai (1954)
Dir. Akira Kurosawa
Rice farmers hire a band of samurai to defend them against marauding bandits in Akira Kurosawa’s influential epic, a touchstone for action movies ever since.

=17. Persona (1966)
Dir. Ingmar Bergman
A nurse (Bibi Andersson) and an actress who refuses to speak (Liv Ullmann) seem to fuse identities in Ingmar Bergman’s disturbing, formally experimental psychological drama.

19. Mirror (1974)
Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky
Andrei Tarkovsky drew on memories of a rural childhood before WWII for this personal, impressionistic and unconventional film poem.

20. Singin' in the Rain (1951)
Dir. Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly
Hollywood’s troubled transition from silent to talking pictures at the end of the 1920s provided the inspiration for perhaps the greatest of movie musicals.

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