Godin & Barquin’s Cinephile’s Choice: Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time
Recently, the folks over at Sight & Sound compiled their once a decade list of Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time . Over 800 film experts were called upon to present their top ten films, while over 350 directors were asked to submit their own separate lists.
In an attempt to counter these relatively vanilla lists, my good friend Derek and I decided that we would poll a bunch of our fellow film nerds and amateur critics to compile a list of our own. Naturally, certain films overlapped, but overall our list proves to be much more genre friendly and eclectic than Sight & Sound’s.
The forty-two people surveyed were asked to submit ranked top ten lists, and using super secret mathamatical voodoo, we sorted out the top fifty films of the two hundred seventy three submitted. Before we get started, here are a few interesting facts about the tally:
- While Sight & Sound’s recently dethroned champion Citizen Kane did not appear once on any ballot, Orson Welles landed two films in the ballot (Chimes at Midnight & The Trial).
- Coincidentally, Richard Kelly also landed two films in the ballot, (Donnie Darko and Southland Tales).
- Steven Spielberg was the most nominated director with seven films on the list, followed by Woody Allen, Ingmar Bergman, Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock, and Stanley Kubrick, all of which had five.
- Ridley Scott triumphed over his brother as usual, as Tony Scott did not place a single film on the list.
- Sofia Coppola was just one film short of tying with her father Francis Ford Coppola’s three nominated films.
- Some of the more unlikely films to grace the ballot include: Mean Girls, The Chipmunk Adventure, Pootie Tang, and Taken.
50. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966)
49. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
48. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981)
47. All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar, 1999)
46. Rushmore (Wes Anderson, 1998)
45. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002)
44. The Iron Giant (Brad Bird, 1999)
43. Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais, 1961)
42. The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
41. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
40. Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978)
39. 3 Women (Robert Altman, 1977)
37. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
37. Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai, 1994)
36. Mulholland Dr (David Lynch, 2001)
35. Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977)
34. Solaris (Andrey Tarkovskiy, 1972)
33. A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
32. Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)
30. Godfather Pt II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
30. Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986)
29. Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
28. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
26. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)
26. Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011)
Now click through to find out the top twenty-five!