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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.
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."
For the full list published in 2012, see The Sight & Sound Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time.
The critics and filmmakers from all over the world, of the first universal film poll in history. These were the films chosen as most artistically fulfilled:
In the Rotten Tomatoes ranking, The Wizard of Oz (1939) is in 1st place. The top 10 movies with the highest score also compiled in the list—they are:
*Eligible movies must have more than 40 reviews from critics. The rankings based on Adjusted Score.
Metacritic lists almost 9,000 movies ranked by score. As of October 7th, 2015, the top 10 movies are:
See Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in the acclaimed animated films section above.
See also The Godfather and The Godfather Part II in the Films acclaimed in audience polls section above.
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:
See Gone with the Wind, Casablanca and Schindler's List in the Films acclaimed in audience polls section above.
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, and grossed $3,888,902 worldwide from a small budget of $46,000. The film won several awards including the Golden Globe Award For Best Foreign Language Film in 2003.
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. Ricardo Darín stars in both Nine Queens and The Secret in Their Eyes.
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:
See also Cinema of Bangladesh
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):
In 2000, Hungarian film critics chose the so-called "Budapest 12", 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.
See Lord of the Rings in the Films acclaimed in audience polls section above.
Best 10 Romanian films as considered by the Union of Romanian Cineastes and the Film Critics Association (Uniunea Cineaştilor din România şi Asociaţia Criticilor de Film):
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). 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)
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:
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.
David Lynch, California, Academy Awards, Washington, D.C., Silver Spring, Maryland
Akira Kurosawa, Citizen Kane, The Rules of the Game, The Godfather, 8½
Star Wars, Jedi, Lucasfilm, Steven Spielberg, The Empire Strikes Back
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