List of films considered the best

A mustachioed man in a suit leans on a lectern and points to his left. Behind him to the left is a large picture of himself wearing a hat.
Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane (1941)

While there is no general agreement upon the greatest survey, whether a popular poll, or a poll among film reviewers. Many of these sources focus on American films or were polls of English-speaking film-goers, but those considered the greatest within their respective countries are also included here. Many films are widely considered among the best ever made, whether they appear at #1 on each list or not. For example, many believe that Orson Welles' Citizen Kane is the best movie ever made, and it appears as #1 on AFI's Best Movies list, whereas The Empire Strikes Back is #1 on the Empire magazine's Top 301 List.

None of the surveys that produced these citations should be viewed as a scientific measurement of the opinions of film viewers. Each may suffer the effects of vote stacking or skewed demographics. Internet-based surveys have a self-selected audience of unknown participants. The methodology of some surveys may be questionable. Sometimes (as in the case of the American Film Institute) voters were asked to select films from a limited list of entries.

Contents

  • Critics and filmmakers 1
    • Sight & Sound poll 1.1
    • Brussels World's Fair's international poll 1.2
    • Rotten Tomatoes 1.3
    • Metacritic 1.4
  • Audience polls 2
  • Particular genres or media 3
    • Action 3.1
    • Animation 3.2
    • Christmas 3.3
    • Comedy 3.4
    • Comic book/superhero 3.5
    • Courtroom 3.6
    • Crime/gangster 3.7
    • Disaster 3.8
    • Documentary 3.9
    • Epic 3.10
    • Fantasy 3.11
    • High school 3.12
    • Horror/monster/thriller 3.13
    • Musical 3.14
    • Mystery 3.15
    • Political/historical 3.16
    • Propaganda 3.17
    • Religious 3.18
    • Romance 3.19
    • Science fiction 3.20
    • Sports 3.21
    • War 3.22
    • Western 3.23
      • Classic Western 3.23.1
      • Spaghetti Western 3.23.2
  • Countries 4
    • Afghanistan 4.1
    • Antigua and Barbuda 4.2
    • Argentina 4.3
    • Aruba 4.4
    • Australia 4.5
    • Bangladesh 4.6
    • Belgium 4.7
    • Brazil 4.8
    • Bulgaria 4.9
    • Canada 4.10
    • Czech Republic 4.11
    • Chile 4.12
    • China 4.13
    • Croatia 4.14
    • Denmark 4.15
    • Egypt 4.16
    • Estonia 4.17
    • Finland 4.18
    • France 4.19
    • Germany 4.20
    • Greece 4.21
    • Hong Kong 4.22
    • Hungary 4.23
    • India 4.24
    • Iran 4.25
    • Ireland 4.26
    • Israel 4.27
    • Italy 4.28
    • Japan 4.29
    • Latvia 4.30
    • Macedonia 4.31
    • Mali 4.32
    • Malta 4.33
    • Mexico 4.34
    • Netherlands 4.35
    • New Zealand 4.36
    • Norway 4.37
    • Pakistan 4.38
    • Philippines 4.39
    • Poland 4.40
    • Romania 4.41
    • Russia 4.42
    • Serbia 4.43
    • Singapore 4.44
    • Slovakia 4.45
    • Slovenia 4.46
    • South Africa 4.47
    • South Korea 4.48
    • Spain 4.49
    • Sri Lanka 4.50
    • Sweden 4.51
    • Taiwan 4.52
    • Turkey 4.53
    • Ukraine 4.54
    • United Kingdom 4.55
    • United States 4.56
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Critics and filmmakers

Sight & Sound poll

Every decade, the British film magazine Sight & Sound asks an international group of film professionals to vote for the greatest film of all time. The Sight & Sound accolade has come to be regarded as one of the most important of the "greatest ever film" lists. The American film critic Roger Ebert described it as "by far the most respected of the countless polls of great movies—the only one most serious movie people take seriously."[1]

  • Citizen Kane (1941) by Orson Welles was voted #1 in the five Sight & Sound critics' polls from 1962 to 2002.[2] A separate Sight & Sound poll of established film directors, held for the first time in 1992, also placed Citizen Kane at the top in 1992 and 2002.[2]
  • Bicycle Thieves (1948) by Vittorio De Sica topped the first Sight & Sound critics' poll, in 1952. It also came #7 in 1962 and #6 in 2002.[2] It also came #10 in the 2012 directors' poll.[3]
  • Tokyo Story (1953) by Yasujirō Ozu topped the Sight & Sound directors' poll in 2012, dethroning Citizen Kane.[3] Tokyo Story also appeared in the Sight & Sound critics' poll at third place in 1992, fifth in 2002, and third in 2012.[4]
  • Vertigo (1958) by Alfred Hitchcock topped the Sight & Sound critics' poll in 2012, dethroning Citizen Kane.[3] It also came #7 in 1982, #4 in 1992, and #2 in 2002.[2] In the directors' poll, it came #6 in 1992 and 2002,[2] and #7 in 2012.[3]
  • La Règle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game) (1939) by Jean Renoir is the only movie to have appeared in every one of the Sight & Sound critics' polls; its only appearance in the directors' poll was #9 in 2002.

For the full list published in 2012, see The Sight & Sound Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time.

Brussels World's Fair's international poll

The critics and filmmakers from all over the world, of the first universal film poll in history.[5] These were the films chosen as most artistically fulfilled:[6][7][8][9]

Rank Film Director Year
1 Броненосец Потёмкин (Battleship Potemkin) Sergei Eisenstein 1925
2 The Gold Rush Charles Chaplin 1925
3 Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves) Vittorio De Sica 1948
4 La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (The Passion of Joan of Arc) Carl Theodor Dreyer 1928
5 La Grande Illusion (Grand Illusion) Jean Renoir 1937
6 Greed Erich von Stroheim 1924
7 Intolerance: Love's Struggle Through the Ages D. W. Griffith 1916
8 Мать (Mother) Vsevolod Pudovkin 1926
9 Citizen Kane Orson Welles 1941
10 Земля (Earth) Alexander Dovzhenko 1930
11 Der letzte Mann (The Last Laugh) F.W. Murnau 1924
12 Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) Robert Wiene 1920

Rotten Tomatoes

In the Rotten Tomatoes ranking, The Wizard of Oz (1939) is in 1st place.[10] The top 10 movies with the highest score also compiled in the list—they are:

Top 10 positions from Rotten Tomatoes "Top 100 Movies of All Time"
N Movies Year Rating No. of reviews
1 The Wizard of Oz 1939 99% 107 [11]
2 The Third Man 1949 100% 73[12]
3 Citizen Kane 1941 100% 69[13]
4 A Hard Day's Night 1964 99% 101[14]
5 All About Eve 1950 100% 63[15]
6 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 1920 100% 48[16]
7 Modern Times 1936 100% 53[17]
8 The Godfather 1972 99% 84[18]
9 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 98% 111[19]
10 Metropolis 1927 99% 114[20]

*Eligible movies must have more than 40 reviews from critics. The rankings based on Adjusted Score.

Metacritic

Metacritic lists almost 9,000 movies ranked by score.[21] As of October 7th, 2015, the top 10 movies are:

Top 10 positions from Metacritic "Best Movies of All Time"
N Movies Released date Score
1 Boyhood Jul 11, 2014 100/100[22]
2 Anomalisa Dec 30, 2015 99/100[23]
3 Pan's Labyrinth Dec 29, 2006 98/100[24]
3 Hoop Dreams Oct 14, 1994 98/100[25]
5 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Jan 23, 2008 97/100[26]
5 12 Years A Slave Oct 18, 2013 97/100[27]
7 Dr. Strangelove Jan 29, 1964 96/100[28]
8 Ratatouille Jan 29, 2007 96/100[29]
8 Gravity Oct 4, 2013 96/100[30]
10 The Social Network Oct 1, 2010 95/100[31]
10 Carol Dec 18, 2015 95/100[32]
10 Zero Dark Thirty Dec 19, 2012 95/100[33]
10 A Separation Dec 30, 2011 95/100[34]

Audience polls

  • Casablanca (1942) was voted the greatest film by readers of the Los Angeles Daily News in 1997.[35] It is also regarded the "best Hollywood movie of all time" by the influential Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide.[36] On April 7, 2006, the Writers' Guild of America declared Casablanca's screenplay the best ever written.[37]
  • Gone with the Wind (1939) was voted the favorite film of Americans in a poll undertaken by Harris Interactive in 2008, and again in a follow-up poll in 2014. In both instances Star Wars was ranked in second place.[38][39] Gone with the Wind was also picked as the best film for Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time.[40]
  • Himala (Miracle) (1982) by Ishmael Bernal won the 2008 CNN Asia Pacific Screen Awards Viewers Choice as "Best Asia-Pacific Film of All Time" (voted for by thousands of film fans around the world).[41][42][43][44]
  • Raise the Red Lantern (1991) was voted the best Asian film in another audience poll conducted by MovieMail in 2000. It was followed by The Apu Trilogy (1955–1959) at second place.[45]
  • Schindler's List (1993) was voted the best film ever made by the German film magazine Cinema.[46]
  • Seven Samurai (1954) was voted #1 in an audience poll conducted by MovieMail in 2000. It was followed by The Third Man (1949) in second place.[45]
  • Star Wars (1977) and its sequel The Empire Strikes Back (1980) were chosen as the greatest films by readers of Empire magazine in November 2001 and by voters in a Channel 4 (Film4) poll.[47] Star Wars is also the highest ranking sci-fi film in both versions of the American Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest movies of all time (ranked #15 in the original list, and #13 in the updated list). The Empire Strikes Back was voted #1 in Total Film's Top 100 Movies of All Time,[48] and #1 in the 2006 Empire "Greatest Movies Ever" special.[49]
  • The Godfather (1972) was voted #1 by Entertainment Weekly's readers[50] and voted as #1 in a Time Out readers' poll in 1998.[51] The film was also voted as the "Greatest Movie of All Time" in September 2008 by 10,000 readers of Empire magazine, 150 people from the movie business and 50 film critics.[52] The Godfather was selected as the best gangster movie ever by the American Film Institute during their 10 Top 10.[53] In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter undertook an industry poll by sending a ballot to every studio, agency, publicity firm and production house in the Hollywood district. The Godfather was voted the top film by 2,120 industry members.[54] It is the highest rated film on Metacritic with 100, tops the Rotten Tomatoes list of the best drama movies,[55] and was chosen as the greatest crime film out of 25 movies by the IGN website in 2011.[56] Its sequel, The Godfather Part II, (1974) was voted best movie ever by TV Guide readers[57] in 1998.
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–2003) was voted the most popular film of all time by an audience poll for the Australian television special My Favourite Film and by a poll cast by 120,000 German voters for the TV special "Die besten Filme aller Zeiten" (German "The best films of all time").[58] Its first film, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), was the pick of readers in a poll by Empire magazine in November 2004.[59]
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994) was voted the best film not to have won an Academy Award in a 2004 Radio Times poll and again in 2008.[60] The film is ranked #1 on FilmCrave.com's top 100 movies list[61] It holds a high score on Rotten Tomatoes within the community, at 91%.[62]

Particular genres or media

Action

Animation

Christmas

Comedy

Comic book/superhero

See Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in the acclaimed animated films section above.

  • Akira (1988) is the highest-ranking animated film on lists of best comic book movies published by Movie Review Query Engine,[130] Film4[131] and Total Film,[132] as well as the highest-ranking comic book adaptation on IGN's top 25 animated movies of all time in 2010,[95] and Complex magazine's Best Animated Movies of All Time list.[133]
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy was collectively ranked as #1 on Newsarama's top ten comic book movies list.[134] The Dark Knight (2008) was voted the greatest superhero movie in a reader's poll conducted by Rolling Stone magazine,[135] and #1 on lists published by Rotten Tomatoes,[136][137] Movie Review Query Engine,[130] AskMen,[138] IGN[139] The Guardian,[140] Total Film,[132] and TheStreet.com.[141] The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment, is considered the best comic book superhero movie in a list published by Forbes in 2012.[142]
  • Death Note (2006) was chosen as the best live-action film based on a manga comic in a Japanese audience poll conducted by the Goo Research online monitor group.[143]
  • Ghost in the Shell (1995) is the highest-ranking film based on a manga comic on Rotten Tomatoes' Comics & Graphic Novels Vs. The Critics list in order of critical approval.[137]
  • Oldboy (2003) is the highest ranking film based on a manga comic on Empire Magazine's lists of the 500 greatest movies of all time,[144] as well as Empire's The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema list.[145] It is the only comic book adaptation to be named one of the ten best Asian films ever made in a 2008 poll conducted by CNN.[146]
  • The Avengers (2012) was ranked #1 in the 2012 edition of SFX's Top 50 Superhero Movies Of All Time list,[147] and the best comic book movie of all time in a list published by Film4 in order of critical approval.[131]
  • The Incredibles (2004) was ranked #1 in Time magazine's list of top ten greatest superhero films in 2011.[148] It is also the highest ranking animated superhero film in a reader's poll conducted by Rolling Stone magazine,[135] and on countdown lists published by media outlets such as IGN in 2010,[95] SFX in 2012,[147] The Guardian in 2013,[140] and the Houston Chronicle in 2014.[149]
  • Persepolis (2007) was the highest ranking graphic novel adaptation on a list of best animated movies ever published by Entertainment Weekly.[150]
  • Spider-Man 2 (2004) was #1 on Rotten Tomatoes' Comix Worst to Best list in 2007.[151]
  • X2 (2003) was voted #1 in Empire Magazine's list of the 20 Greatest Comic Book Movies in 2006.[152]

Courtroom

Crime/gangster

See also The Godfather and The Godfather Part II in the Films acclaimed in audience polls section above.

Disaster

  • The Poseidon Adventure (1972) was voted best disaster movie in a poll commissioned by UCI cinemas in May 2004.[158]

Documentary

Of the first 250 films in the British Film Institute's 2012 Sight & Sound poll, some are documentaries. The first five to appear are as follows:

Epic

Fantasy

High school

Horror/monster/thriller

Musical

Mystery

Political/historical

Propaganda

Religious

Romance

Science fiction

See Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back in the Films acclaimed in audience polls section above.

Sports

War

See Gone with the Wind, Casablanca and Schindler's List in the Films acclaimed in audience polls section above.

Western

Classic Western

Spaghetti Western

Countries

Afghanistan

The highest ranked Afghan film is Osama. The 2003 drama was critically and commercially successful; it gathered a rating of 96% based on 100 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes,[227] and grossed $3,888,902 worldwide from a small budget of $46,000.[228] The film won several awards including the Golden Globe Award For Best Foreign Language Film in 2003.

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Two Argentine films have received 1976 to 1983 military government in Argentina.

Fabián Bielinsky's Nine Queens earned 92% of positive reviews, based on 93 reviews, with a rating average of 7.5 out of 10 on the review-aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes.[230] Ricardo Darín stars in both Nine Queens and The Secret in Their Eyes.

Aruba

  • Musical film Abo So (2013) directed by Aruban filmmaker Juan Francisco Pardo is one of the best films in Papiamento language. It won the Best Feature Film award at 9th Belize International Film Festival.[231]

Australia

The Australian Film Institute, in collaboration with Australia Post, conducted an initiative in 2008 asking the Australian public to vote for their all-time favourite Australian film. Results from the poll indicate the top five Australian films of all time are:[233]

Bangladesh

See also Cinema of Bangladesh

  • Matir Moina (2002): Winner of the International Critics Prize at Cannes in 2002, internationally acclaimed (and distributed) production that was well received overseas, it was the first Bangladeshi movie nominated for an Oscar.[236]
  • Titash Ekti Nadir Naam (1973): In 2007, A River Called Titas topped the list of 10 best Bangladeshi films, as chosen in the audience and critics' polls conducted by the British Film Institute.[237]

Belgium

Brazil

Bulgaria

Canada

Czech Republic

  • Marketa Lazarova was voted the all-time best Czech movie in a prestigious 1998 poll of Czech film critics and publicists.[249]
  • Cosy Dens is the best Czech Film of last 20 Years according 2011 Poll by Hospodářské noviny.[250]
  • Walking Too Fast was released in 2010 and has received universal acclaim from Critics who named it as the Best Czech film since Velvet Revolution.[251]
  • Erotikon is the best Czech silent film according to 2010 Poll by Tyden.cz.[252]

Chile

  • Municipality of Santiago.[253]

China

See Raise the Red Lantern (traditional Chinese: 大紅燈籠高高掛) in the Films acclaimed in audience polls section above.

Croatia

  • Tko pjeva zlo ne misli (One Who Sings Means No Harm, 1970) was voted the best Croatian all time movie by the Croatian Society of Film Critics.

Denmark

  • Day of Wrath (Vredens dag) Carl Th. Dreyer's harrowing tale of adultery and repression is often cited in Denmark as the greatest Danish film.[256]
  • Flickering Lights (Blinkende lygter) the 2000 comedy about small-time gangsters was voted the Best Danish Film in a 2007 poll by the Ekstra Bladet tabloid newspaper. Thomas Vinterberg's The Celebration (Festen) was the runner-up.[257]

Egypt

To mark the centennial of Egyptian cinema, Al Ahram daily newspaper asked the country's top 20 critics to choose the best 15 best Egyptian films of all time. This is the result of the poll (first published July 12, 2007):

Estonia

  • Kevade (Spring, 1969) received the first place in the Estonian feature films Top Ten Poll in 2002 held by Estonian film critics and journalists.[258]

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hong Kong

  • A Better Tomorrow (英雄本色) (1986), filmed and produced in Hong Kong, was voted the second best Chinese film ever made by the Hong Kong Film Awards Association in 2005.[261]
  • Drunken Master II (醉拳二) (1994), directed by Jackie Chan and Lau Kar-Leung, is the highest-ranking entirely Hong Kong production and third highest-ranking Asian film on Time Magazine's "Readers Top Rated" list.[70] See the acclaimed action films section above for other martial arts films made in Hong Kong.
  • In the Mood for Love (花樣年華) (2000), directed by Wong Kar-wai, was chosen as the greatest Hong Kong film out of 100 choices by the Hong Kong edition of Time Out.[262] It came #24 on the most recent Sights and Sound poll, and is the only Hong Kong production to make the top 50. Wong Kar-wai's earlier work, Days of Being Wild (阿飛正傳) (1990), ranks #3 on the Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures list and is considered the first part of an informal trilogy with In the Mood for Love forming the second part.

Hungary

In 2000, Hungarian film critics chose the so-called "Budapest 12",[263] the twelve best films of Hungary:

Of all Hungarian filmmakers, Béla Tarr has arguably the most recognition among English-language critics; his films Satan's Tango (1994) and Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) both ranked in the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound critics' poll—at #36 and #171 respectively.[264][265]

India

Iran

Ireland

Israel

  • The Policeman (1971) was voted "Best Israeli Film of All Time" in 2008 poll by Cafe The Marker, affiliated with the prestigious Israeli newspaper Haaretz. More than 100 surfers and 7 film experts chose The Policeman. The movie finished ahead of Giv'at Halfon Eina Ona and Blaumilch Canal at a split second place.[292]
  • Giv'at Halfon Eina Ona (1976) was voted "Favorite Israeli Film of All Time" in a 2004 poll by Ynet, the website of a popular Israeli newspaper. The film got votes from 25,000 surfers.[293]

Italy

  • Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) (1948). See Polls of critics and filmmakers section above. Also listed at #22 on Entertainment Weekly's 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.[294]
  • (1963). Director Federico Fellini's film about filmmaking was the highest rated Italian film in the 2002 Sight & Sound poll of the best films of all time.[295]

Japan

  • Rashomon (羅生門), 1950: This film by Akira Kurosawa was the first Japanese film to gain worldwide acclaim. It is the highest-ranked Japanese and Asian film in the Village Voice poll of "Best Films of the Century" (ranked #10).[267] It also tied for the highest-ranked Japanese and Asian film on the Sight and Sound 2002 Directors' Top Ten Poll (ranked #9).[296]
  • Seven Samurai (七人の侍 Shichinin no Samurai), 1954: Also by Kurosawa, this period adventure film is frequently cited as the greatest Japanese film. It ranked #3 in the 1982 Sight & Sound Critics' Top Ten Poll,[297] appeared on the Sight & Sound Directors' Top Ten Poll in 1992 (ranked #10),[298] tied for the highest-ranked Japanese and Asian film in 2002 (ranked #9),[296] and ranked #17 on the 2012 critics' poll.[299] It is ranked #2 on Rotten Tomatoes' top 100 foreign films,[241] and #1 on their top 100 action/adventure films.[63] It was also voted the "Best Japanese Film ever" in a 1979 Kinema Junpo critics' poll.[300] It also topped Empire magazine's "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema" list.[301]
  • Tokyo Story (東京物語 Tokyo Monogatari), 1953: Directed by Yasujirō Ozu, is the highest-ranked Japanese and Asian film on the 2002 Sight and Sound Critics' Top Ten Poll (ranked #5).[302] It was also declared the greatest film ever by Halliwell's Film Guide in 2005.[303] In 2012, Tokyo Story topped the Sight & Sound directors' poll, dethroning Citizen Kane for the first time since the directors' poll began in 1992, and has also come third place in the 2012 critics' poll.[3]
  • Ugetsu (雨月物語 Ugetsu Monogatari), 1953: Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, it was the highest-ranking Asian film in the Sight & Sound critics' polls in 1962 (ranked #4)[304] and 1972 (ranked #10).[305]

Latvia

Macedonia

Mali

  • Yeelen is the best African film according to a Mubi poll.[307]

Malta

  • Simshar is the first Maltese film to be submitted for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

Mexico

  • Pan's Labyrinth, a 2006 Mexican co-production, is the highest ranked Mexican or Latin American film on Empire magazine's "100 Best Films Of World Cinema" in 2010.[308]

Netherlands

New Zealand

See Lord of the Rings in the Films acclaimed in audience polls section above.

Norway

  • Flåklypa Grand Prix (Pinchcliffe Grand Prix – 1975 – Ivo Caprino): The people's choice for "Best Norwegian Film of the Century" during the 2005 Bergen International Film Festival.[310]
  • Ni Liv (Nine Lives – 1957 – Arne Skouen): The critics' choice for "Best Norwegian Film of the Century" during the 2005 Bergen International Film Festival.[310]

Pakistan

  • Baji (1963), directed by S. Suleman, topped the British Film Institute's critics poll of "Top 10 Pakistani Films" of all time.[311]
  • Aina (1977), directed by Nazr-ul-Islam, topped the British Film Institute's user poll of "Top 10 Pakistani Films" of all time.[312]

Philippines

See Himala in the Films acclaimed in audience polls section above.
  • Maynila: Sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag (Manila in the Claws of Light; 1975) by Lino Brocka was cited in numerous film anthologies and critical polls as the greatest Filipino film ever.[313][314]
  • City After Dark (originally entitled Manila by Night; 1980) by Ishmael Bernal was cited in a poll conducted in 1989 by film scholar Joel David and his UP criticism class as the best Filipino film of all time.[315]

Poland

Romania

Best 10 Romanian films as considered by the Union of Romanian Cineastes and the Film Critics Association[323] (Uniunea Cineaştilor din România şi Asociaţia Criticilor de Film):

Russia

Serbia

Singapore

Slovakia

  • In a poll of filmmakers, critics, and theorists The Shop on Main Street was named second best film in the 100 years of Czechoslovak cinema. It was the best placed Slovak film in this poll. It is also the only Slovak Film that has won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It should be noted tha there is a controversy whether the Film is Slovak or Czech.[327][328][329]

Slovenia

  • See You in the Next War (Nasvidenje v naslednji vojni, 1980), voted the best Slovenian film of all times in the poll among contemporary film critics, conducted in 2012 by Dnevnik newspaper.[330]

South Africa

  • Tsotsi In 2006 the film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, becoming the first South African Film to win an Oscar.
  • Invictus South African, American film about the events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, which was hosted in that country following the dismantling of apartheid. Received two acting Academy Award Nominations.
  • District 9 An independent science fiction action/thriller film directed by Neill Blomkamp. Adapted from Alive in Joburg, a 2005 short film directed by Blomkamp and produced by Sharlto Copley and Simon Hansen, depicts humanity, xenophobia, and social segregation. Nominated for four Academy Awards in 2010: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, and Best Editing.

South Korea

  • Obaltan (오발탄): Released in 1960. This film is widely regarded as the best South Korean film.[331]
  • Oldboy (올드보이): This 2003 South Korean film is the highest ranked Korean film on Empire magazine's "100 Best Films Of World Cinema" in 2010.[332] It also won the Grand Prix of the Jury at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.[333]

Spain

Several lists consider different films as the best made in Spain. The listed ones more often are: Viridiana (1961), Plácido (1961) and El verdugo (1963).[334] Other films listed in the most of these lists are: El Cochecito (1960), Welcome Mr. Marshall! (1953), Calle Mayor (1956), Chimes at Midnight (1965), The Spirit of the Beehive (1973), Surcos (1951) and La Caza (The Hunt, 1966)

Sri Lanka

  • Pura Handa Kaluwara (1997), also known as Death on a Full Moon Day, directed by P. Vithanage and starring Joe Abeywickrama, topped the British Film Institute's poll of "Top 10 Sri Lankan Films" of all time.[335]
  • Ananta Rathiriya (1995), directed by P. Vithanage, topped the user poll of "Top 10 Sri Lankan Films" of all time.[336]

Sweden

  • Persona (1966): Acclaimed director Ingmar Bergman's movie reached the highest position (#5 in 1972) of any Swedish film on any of Sight & Sound's lists of greatest films of all time.
  • The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen, 1921), directed by Victor Sjöström, was selected as the best Swedish film of all time by the film magazine FLM in 2012.[337]
  • Raven's End (Kvarteret Korpen, 1963), directed by Bo Widerberg, was chosen by Nöjesguiden as the best Swedish film ever in 1995.[338]

Taiwan

Turkey

In 2003 Ankara Sinema Derneği (Ankara Association for Cinema Culture) chose the "Best 10 Turkish films ever" by a poll among people who are interested in cinema professionally:[339]

Ukraine

United Kingdom

  • The Third Man (1949): Voted best British film ever by members of the British Film Institute in 1999.[341] #3 on the Rotten Tomatoes list of the best mystery/suspense movies.[187]
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962): voted "best British film of all time" in August 2004 by a London Sunday Telegraph poll of Britain's leading filmmakers.[342] (See also: Epic above).
  • Get Carter (1971): Named best British film in a poll of 25 film critics by Total Film magazine in 2004.[343]
  • Don't Look Now (1973): Named best British film in a poll of 150 film industry experts conducted by Time Out London in 2011.[344]
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) was voted the best British picture of all time by a 2004 poll by the UK arm of Amazon and Internet Movie Database.[124]
  • Trainspotting (1996): Named best British film between 1984–2009 by a poll of critics and film professionals in The Observer.[345]

United States

Since 1998, the American Film Institute has assembled juries of film community leaders and polled them for a series of top 100 lists. Two of the lists from the series, 100 Years... 100 Movies from 1998 and 100 Years... 100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) from 2007, identified Citizen Kane as the best American film ever. In other years, AFI's jury members selected Some Like It Hot the greatest American comedy, Psycho as the most thrilling American movie, Casablanca as the greatest American love story, Singin' in the Rain as the greatest American film musical, and It's a Wonderful Life as the most inspiring American film.[346]

  • Vertigo (1958) by Alfred Hitchcock topped the Sight & Sound critics' poll in 2012, dethroning Citizen Kane at the top of the critics' poll for the first time in 50 years since 1962. It has also been voted #8 in the directors' poll.[3]

See also

References

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External links

  • 100 Years, 100 MoviesAmerican Film Institute's
  • BFI List of top 100 British movies
  • magazine best films of all time pollsSight and Sound
  • 250 Best films of the 20th century list (from Archive.org)Village Voice
  • 1000 films
  • IMDb Top 250
  • Rotten Tomatoes Top 100 Movies
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