TOP 10 FILMS OF ALL TIME - 2012 POLL RESULTS (as voted by Listology users) (ARCHIVED)


  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey-Kubrick (1968) / 11 votes / Average Rank: 3.64
  3. Citizen Kane-Welles (1941) / 9 votes / Average Rank: 4.33
  4. Persona-Bergman (1966) / 8 votes / Average Rank: 5
  5. Metropolis-Lang (1927) / 6 votes / Average Rank: 4.67
  6. The Mirror-Tarkovsky (1974) / 6 votes / Average Rank: 5.17
  7. Touch of Evil-Welles (1958) / 6 votes / Average Rank: 5.83
  8. North by Northwest-Hitchcock (1959) / 5 votes / Average Rank: 4.4
  9. 8 1/2-Fellini (1963) / 5 votes / Average Rank: 4.6
  10. Nostalghia-Tarkovsky (1983) / 4 votes / Average Rank: 1.75
  11. Chinatown-Polanski (1974) / 4 votes / Average Rank: 2.5
  12. Stalker-Tarkovsky (1979) / 4 votes / Average Rank: 6.25
  13. Andrei Rublev-Tarkovsky (1966) / 4 votes / Average Rank: 6.75
  14. The Godfather, Part 2 (1974) / 4 votes / Average Rank: 6.75
  15. Once Upon a Time in the West-Leone (1968) / 4 votes / Average Rank: 6.75
  16. City Lights-Chaplin (1931) / 4 votes / Average Rank: 8.25
  17. Mulholland Drive-Lynch (2001) / 3 votes / Average Rank: 3.33
  18. Annie Hall-Allen (1977) / 3 votes / Average Rank: 4
  19. Singin' in the Rain-Kelly/Donen (1952) / 3 votes / Average Rank: 5.33
  20. Taxi Driver-Scorsese (1976) / 3 votes / Average Rank: 5.33
  21. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb-Kubrick (1964) / 3 votes / Average Rank: 5.67
  22. Pulp Fiction-Tarantino (1994) / 3 votes / Average Rank: 5.67
  23. Brazil-Gilliam (1985) / 3 votes / Average Rank: 6.67
  24. The Big Lebowski-Coen (1998) / 3 votes / Average Rank: 7
  25. Blade Runner-Scott (1982) / 3 votes / Average Rank: 8
  26. Late Spring-Ozu (1949) / 2 votes / Average Rank: 3.5
  27. The Passion of Joan Of Arc-Dreyer (1928) / 2 votes / Average Rank: 3.5
  28. The Shining-Kubrick (1980) / 2 votes / Average Rank: 3.5
  29. Cabaret-Fosse (1972) / 2 votes / Average Rank: 4.5
  30. Faces-Cassavettes (1968) / 2 votes / Average Rank: 5
  31. Barry Lyndon-Kubrick (1975) / 2 votes / Average Rank: 6
  32. A Clockwork Orange-Kubrick (1971) / 2 votes / Average Rank: 6
  33. Grave of the Fireflies-Takahata (1988) / 2 votes / Average Rank: 6
  34. Memento-Nolan (2000) / 2 votes / Average Rank: 6
  35. Apocalypse Now-Coppola (1979) / 2 votes / Average Rank: 7
  36. Casablanca-Curtiz (1942) / 2 votes / Average Rank: 7
  37. Enter the Void-Noé (2009) / 2 votes / Average Rank: 7
  38. The Kingdom-Von Trier (1994) / 2 votes / Average Rank: 7
  39. Un Chien Andalou-Bunuel (1929) / 2 votes / Average Rank: 7
  40. Yi Yi-Yang (2000) / 2 votes / Average Rank: 8
  41. Amateur-Hartley (1994) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 1
  42. Amelie-Jeunet (2001) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 1
  43. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford-Dominik (2007) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 1
  44. Chungking Express-Kar-wai(1994) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 1
  45. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon-Lee (2000) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 1
  46. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind-Gondry (2004) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 1
  47. Ghostbusters-Reitman (1984) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 1
  48. The Man who shot Liberty Valance-Ford (1962) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 1
  49. Rounders-Dahl (1998) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 1
  50. Sunset Boulevard-Wilder (1950) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 1
  51. Vertigo-Hitchcock (1958) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 1
  52. The Warriors-Hill (1979) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 1
  53. A.I. Artificial Intelligence-Spielberg (2001) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 2
  54. Day of Wrath-Dreyer (1943) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 2
  55. The Godfather-Coppola (1972) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 2
  56. Love Streams-Cassavetes (1984) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 2
  57. Sans Soleil Sunless-Marker (1983) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 2
  58. Some Like It Hot-Wilder (1959) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 2
  59. Stand By Me-Reiner (1987) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 2
  60. Stuck on You-Farrelly (2003) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 2
  61. Synecdoche, New York-Kaufman (2008) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 2
  62. They Might Be Giants-Harvey (1971) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 2
  63. Dazed And Confused-Richard Linklater (1993) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 3
  64. The Deer Hunter-Cimino (1978) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 3
  65. Good Will Hunting-Van Sant (1997) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 3
  66. La Haine-Kassovitz (1995) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 3
  67. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King-Jackson (2003) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 3
  68. Pather Panchali-Ray (1955) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 3
  69. The Princess Bride-Reiner (1987) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 3
  70. Sherlock Jr.-Keaton (1924) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 3
  71. Shortbus-Mitchell (2006) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 3
  72. Splendor in the Grass-Kazan (1960) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 3
  73. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son-Jacobs (1969) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 3
  74. Akira-Otomo (1988) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 4
  75. Au Hasard, Balthazar-Bresson (1966) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 4
  76. Black Swan-Aronofsky (2010) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 4
  77. Braveheart-Gibson (1995) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 4
  78. Bringing Up Baby-Hawks (1938) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 4
  79. Come & See-Klimov (1985) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 4
  80. Les Demoiselles de Rochefort-Demy (1967) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 4
  81. Dog Day Afternoon-Lumet (1975) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 4
  82. Landscape in the Mist-Angelopoulos (1988) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 4
  83. The Matrix-Wachowski (1999) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 4
  84. Pierrot Le Fou-Godard (1965) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 4
  85. Satantango-Tarr (1994) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 4
  86. Topsy-Turvy-Leigh (1999) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 4
  87. Underground-Kusturica (1995) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 4
  88. Winter Light-Bergman (1963) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 4
  89. Accattone-Pasolini (1961) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 5
  90. Adaptation-Jonze (2002) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 5
  91. Aguirre, the Wrath of God-Herzog (1972) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 5
  92. The Descent-Marshall (2005) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 5
  93. Donnie Darko-Kelly (2001) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 5
  94. Inland Empire-Lynch (2006) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 5
  95. Jaws-Spielberg (1975) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 5
  96. Last Chants For A Slow Dance-Jost (1975) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 5
  97. Mother India-Khan (1957) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 5
  98. Schindler's List-Spielberg (1993) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 5
  99. The Tree of Life-Malick (2011) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 5
  100. 12 Angry Men-Lumet (1957) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 5
  101. Weekend-Godard (1967) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 5
  102. Bigger than Life-N Ray (1956) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 6
  103. Blue-Kieslowski (1994) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 6
  104. The Cow-Mehrjui (1969) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 6
  105. Dog of Flanders-Kuroda(1997) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 6
  106. Hero-Yimou (2002) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 6
  107. Manhunter-Mann (1986) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 6
  108. Něco z Alenky-Svankmajer (1988) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 6
  109. Sátántangó-Tarr (1994) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 6
  110. Shallow Hal-Farrelly (2001) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 6
  111. The Wild Bunch-Peckinpah (1969) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 6
  112. American Beauty-Mendes (1999) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 7
  113. Blow-Up-Antonioni (1966) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 7
  114. Blue Velvet-Lynch (1986) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 7
  115. The Butterfly Effect-Bress (2004) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 7
  116. Gladiator-Scott (2000) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 7
  117. Talk to Her-Almodovar (2002) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 7
  118. Inglorious Basterds-Tarantino (2009) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 7
  119. Lancelot du Lac-Bresson (1974) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 7
  120. Love and Death-Allen (1975) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 7
  121. Madadayo-Kurosawa (1992) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 7
  122. Magnolia-Anderson (1999) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 7
  123. Nashville-Altman (1975) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 7
  124. Shadows Of Our Forgotten Ancestors-Parajanov (1964) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 7
  125. Werckmeister Harmonies-Tarr (2000) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 7
  126. All That Jazz-Fosse (1979) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 8
  127. Breakaway-Conner (1967) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 8
  128. The Color of Money-Scorsese (1986) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 8
  129. A Day at the Races-The Marx Brothers (1935) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 8
  130. Delicatessen-Jeunet (1991) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 8
  131. Do the Right Thing-Lee (1989) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 8
  132. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari-Wiene (1920) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 8
  133. Fargo-Coen (1996) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 8
  134. Lost in Translation-Coppola (2003) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 8
  135. Raiders of the Lost Ark-Spielberg (1981) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 8
  136. Requiem for a Dream-Aronofsky (2000) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 8
  137. Scarlet Street-Lang(1945) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 8
  138. Swimming With Sharks-Huang (1995) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 8
  139. Bambi-Alger/Armstrong (1942) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 9
  140. Breathless-Godard (1959) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 9
  141. Bunny Lake Is Missing-Preminger (1965) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 9
  142. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie-Bunuel (1972) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 9
  143. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis-De Sica (1970) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 9
  144. Ivan the Terrible, Part 1-Eisenstein (1944) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 9
  145. Lawrence Of Arabia-Lean (1962) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 9
  146. Lost Highway-Lynch (1997) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 9
  147. McCabe & Mrs. Miller-Altman (1971) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 9
  148. Scott Pilgrim vs the World-Wright (2010) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 9
  149. Seven Samurai-Kurosawa / 1 vote / Average Rank: 9
  150. Sink or Swim-Friedrich (1990) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 9
  151. The Spirit of the Beehive-Erice (1973) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 9
  152. Spirited Away-Miyazaki (2001) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 9
  153. Story of Qiu Ju-Yimou (1992) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 9
  154. War of the Worlds-Spielberg (2005) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 9
  155. Wet Hot American Summer-Wain (2001) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 9
  156. The Wrestler-Aronofsky (2008) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 9
  157. Aliens-Cameron (1986) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 10
  158. Billu Barber-Priyadarshan (2009) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 10
  159. Boogie Nights-Anderson (1997) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 10
  160. Cannibal! the Musical-Parker (1993) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 10
  161. Grizzly Man-Herzog (2005) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 10
  162. Hausu-Obayashi (1977) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 10
  163. Ikiru-Kurosawa (1952) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 10
  164. In Cold Blood-Brooks (1967) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 10
  165. On The Waterfront-Kazan (1954) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 10
  166. Rainy Dog (Gokudo Kuroshakai)-Miike (1997) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 10
  167. Sunrise-Murnau (1927) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 10
  168. Vampyr-Dreyer (1932) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 10
  169. The X-Files-Bowman (1998) / 1 vote / Average Rank: 10
Author Comments: 

In the spirit of the upcoming once-per-decade Sight & Sound Top Ten Films Poll, lets vote for the 10 best films of all time. It's simple to do: just post your top 10 films of all time below (in ranked order please - it will make a difference in the results). Vote per your own criteria as to what the best films are. Feel free to explain your choices if you want and discuss films with others as well. I'll tally the votes as we go along, and frequently update the results by posting them above.


VOTING ENDED JULY 1st 2012. A comparison to the 2012 Sight and Sound Poll results will be posted upon its release.

My Top 10

1. Metropolis-Lang (1927)
2. Nostalghia-Tarkovsky (1983)
3. Citizen Kane-Welles (1941)
4. Touch of Evil-Welles (1958)
5. North by Northwest-Hitchcock (1959)
6. Brazil-Gilliam (1985)
7. Nashville-Altman (1975)
8. The Kingdom-Von Trier (1994)
9. The Mirror-Tarkovsky (1974)
10. Persona-Bergman (1966)

My Top 10:

1. The Godfather pt. II (1974) - Coppola
2. Landscape in the Mist (1988) - Angelopoulos
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - Kubrick
4. Touch of Evil (1958) - Welles
5. The Tree of Life (2011) - Malick
6. Blow-Up (1966) - Antonioni
7. Stalker (1979) - Tarkovsky
8. 8 1/2 (1963) - Fellini
9. Citizen Kane (1941) - Welles
10. The Seventh Seal (1957) - Bergman

*Keep in mind that I've yet to see Nostalghia, Nashville, The Mirror, (all of) Ikuru, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Travelling Players, Underground and Viridiana among many many others. Also, I've seen The Kingdom, and it's great, but it's a mini-series. For a variety of reasons, I don't feel it's fair comparing it to the motion pictures I've listed.

I understand. I'm sure you'll get around to all those as soon as you can. The Kingdom, and any made-for-TV movie or mini-series can count for this poll, so long as it is clearly presented as a movie (and not a series of disconnected episodes like a sitcom). Examples that would count: The Kingdom, Band of Brothers, etc.

I recently watched Tarkovsky's The Mirror (1975). Doing so forced me to rewatch Landscape in the Mist (1988), Touch of Evil (1958) and The Godfather pt. II (1974). I found the Mirror to be not only one of the most artistic endeavors in the history of film but also one of the most impressionistic outpours of a man's soul. With this film, Tarkovsky cements himself as one of the greatest poetic (and philosophically vibrant) geniuses in the history of the world.

The NEW list:

1. The Godfather pt. II (1974) - Coppola
2. The Mirror (1975) - Tarkovsky
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - Kubrick
4. Landscape in the Mist (1988) - Angelopoulos
5. The Tree of Life (2011) - Malick
6. Touch of Evil (1958) - Welles
7. Blow-Up (1966) - Antonioni
8. Stalker (1979) - Tarkovsky
9. 8 1/2 (1963) - Fellini
10. Citizen Kane (1941) - Welles

Yes, AMAZING film. Updated :)

1. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
2. Synecdoche, New York
3. La Haine
4. Dog Day Afternoon
5. Adaptation
6. Yi Yi
7. Magnolia
8. All That Jazz
9. The Wrestler
10. In Cold Blood

Thanks, added and updated :)

I can't stand by 6-10 being permanent. In fact, they'll probably change by the time I hit "Save". Do you think the S&S list will change much this time round? I can't say I do.

1. Nostalghia (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983)
2. Sans Soleil Sunless (Chris Marker, 1983)
3. Pather Panchali Song of the Little Road (Satyajit Ray, 1955)
4. Banshun Late Spring (Yasujirō Ozu, 1949)
5. 8½ (Frederico Fellini, 1963)
6. Zerkalo The Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974)
7. Lancelot du Lac (Robert Bresson, 1974)
8. Faces (John Cassavetes, 1968)
9. El espíritu de la colmena The Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice, 1973)
10. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931)

Thanks for the entry. I don't think it will change much but I have a feeling Apocalypse Now may get in the top 10 or very close.

After browsing there website I was reminded they have two different lists: one for directors and one for critics. Is there, out of the two, one that you place more stock in? It seems just four films that were on the critics list didn't show up on the director's.

I probably place a little more stock in the critics list - even though a director would likely know a lot more about making films than any critic - but I usually agree with the critics list a little more and I think they probably take their selections a little more seriously. And frankly, most critics have probably seen a lot more films than the directors simply because they do it for a living, while the directors are busy making movies.

That said, as people in general, I tend to like directors a lot more than critics.

They also, at least at one point, had a critics' and directors' ranked list of Best Directors Ever, if I remember correctly. Will you be doing that as well?

Maybe. Right now, just want to get this one really going (lots more voters)

I'll try to force friends of mine to get listology accounts to do this poll!

The more the merrier :)

Maybe I should try compiling that one myself-- Save you some work, and gets me some traffic. :P

Might use a different scoring system than you though...

Haven't been around here too often, but this is too tempting not to partake, even if I sort of fudged the list:

1) Sunset Boulevard - Wilder (1950)
2) Chinatown - Polanski (1974)
3) Citizen Kane - Welles (1941)
4) Pulp Fiction - Tarantino (1994)
5) City Lights - Chaplin (1931)
6) Taxi Driver - Scorsese (1976)
7) Once Upon a Time in the West - Leone (1968)
8) Persona - Bergman (1966)
9) North by Northwest - Hitchcock (1959)
10) Brazil - Gilliam (1985)

Thanks, what do you mean by "fudged the list"? The "wrong" choices?

I mean I probably haven't thought deeply enough about what my top 10 films would look like, but I threw a rough approximation together anyway.

Well, from a personal standpoint, I love all the films you picked so I think you made great choices.

If lots of people contribute to this poll, I think we'll have an amazing list of films representing what "listology" thinks are the best, and it could be used as a movie guide/checklist for site veterans and newbies alike.

01- Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky). Russia, 1979.
02- Faces (John Cassavetes). USA, 1968.
03- Late Spring (Yasujiro Ozu). Japan, 1949.
04- Au Hasard, Balthazar (Robert Bresson). France, 1966.
05- Last Chants For A Slow Dance (Jon Jost). USA, 1975.
06- Passion of Joan Of Arc (Carl Dreyer). France/Denmark, 1928.
07- Shadows Of Our Forgotten Ancestors (Sergei Parajanov). Russia, 1964.
08- Breakaway (Bruce Conner). USA, 1967.
09- Sink or Swim (Su Friedrich). USA, 1990.
10- Cremaster Cycle (Matthew Barney). USA, 1994-2002.

Breakaway and Sink or Swim are shorts... And The Cremaster Cycle is a series of films... So if that makes them illegible:

01- Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky). Russia, 1979.
02- Faces (John Cassavetes). USA, 1968.
03- Late Spring (Yasujiro Ozu). Japan, 1949.
04- Au Hasard, Balthazar (Robert Bresson). France, 1966.
05- Last Chants For A Slow Dance (Jon Jost). USA, 1975.
06- Passion of Joan Of Arc (Carl Dreyer). France/Denmark, 1928.
07- Shadows Of Our Forgotten Ancestors (Sergei Parajanov). Russia, 1964.
08- City Lights (Charlie Chaplin). Britain, 1931.
09- The Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica). Italy, 1948.
10- Sacrifice (Andrei Tarkovsky). Sweden, 1986.

But that is only the back-up list!

Either way, I hope this makes the poll "more interesting". :P

Cremaster "Cycle" is ineligible because, although I assume they're connected (I haven't seen them), they were each made separately, in separate years, etc.
Same would go for the Godfather films, Lord of the Rings, etc. If it's a different film, it's a different film...

Which brings me to another qualification: mini series can only count if all parts were made at the same time (as in, during the same production), meaning TV shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, etc, would not count.

Short films are fine. I'm going to enter your first list, but with City Lights as #10 instead of Cremaster Cycle.

And yes, it makes it more interesting, thanks :) Updates forthcoming...

They were made seperately, but out of order, with the plan for the later ones to reference the earlier ones as the process went on.
But that is a reasonable way to do it. I cheat on some of my lists and just go "this set of connected films" instead of them separately when I can't choose between them.

The miniseries thing raises a question about your inclusion of Kingdom on your top-ten: Do you specifically just mean the first season of Kingdom and not the second? They were made several years apart but still clearly part of one whole thing.
What about singular episodes of TV shows-- like Solomon or Murder For Credit from Johnny Staccato or the Aeon Flux pilot are legitimately great short films in and of themselves, or a whole season if that season has a theme/continuous story in itself (like Avatar: The Last Air Bender, The Wire, Breaking Bad, etc), or a show that ran for one season or less (Firefly, Captain Star, Downtown)?

That seems like a good decision-- first list + City Lights. SORRY IF I AM JUST BEING DIFFICULT/WEIRD. :'c

Thanks for wanting to include me, dude. :3

The Kingdom first season (1994) and the second one (1997) would be separate, and on my vote I am only referring to the first.

There may be arguments to be had about whole TV seasons but lets not go into it unless it actually comes up. Perhaps someone thinks one of the seasons of The Wire or Sopranos is one of the 10 greatest films ever...we'll see...

You're always difficult/weird <--not such a bad thing.

Of course I'd include you! Just look at the chaos you've created in the top 10! :)

Now... if I could just get everyone else!

Why do you consider the first one better? Or is it just a matter of "both are just as good; may as well go with the first one for precedence"? Furthermore: Do you mourn that there will never be a third season?

This reminds me I still really gotta see The Wire...

Well if we were allowed Top-25, I might actually include Captain Star (one-season-long TV cartoon) on my list. EVEN MORE DIFFICULT/WEIRD, but you've avoided that for the moment. Hahaha.

How are you working the rankings, by the way?-- Just, like, adding up points. Like if a film is ranked 1 on someone's list and 5 on someone else's list it'd add up to 15 points and etc etc?

The most votes, the higher the ranking. From there, it's divided by average position. For instance, City Lights and Citizen Kane each have 3 votes, but Citizen Kane is higher because it's average position is better within the top 10's it was featured in.

Re: The Kingdom... I've only seen Season 1. Someday I'll see Season 2. I recently asked Scaruffi if it's worth it and he replied that it's not nearly as good as Season 1 - that doesn't mean I won't see it and draw my own conclusion but it's interesting nonetheless.

Re: The Wire, yes it's pretty darn good as far as TV goes...

I'd say it's just as worth watching. On some level it's not nearly as good simply by virtue of treading the same ground as Kingdom 1, but I'd say that it is every bit as good as Kingdom 1, myself.

I hope The Wire doesn't turn out like Breaking Bad (I started watching it, completely 100% HATED it and everything it stood for, but it was written/edited/paced in a titillating way, so I just had to watch through the whole damn series in an addiction sort of way)

The Wire is a very solid, worthwhile TV show. I doubt if it would change your life or anything. It's not a Tarkovsky film.

One thing I have a hard time forseeing about The Kingdom Season 2 is that Von Trier would keep up the same conviction with regards the shot selection/editing, which must've been a herculean task in the first one. Among the many incredible things about Season 1 is that, despite it's rapid-fire editing and whirling dervish camera work, practically every single shot has a real purpose/means something, a virtually impossible achievement especially considering the technique. He never accomplished this with his latter pseudo-documentary style "Dogme" films such as Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, etc - which is why I'd suspect that to be the chief difference between #1 and #2 - though I won't know for sure until I see it.

"Among the many incredible things about Season 1 is that, despite it's rapid-fire editing and whirling dervish camera work, practically every single shot has a purpose/means something, a virtually impossible achievement"

Have you seen Melancholia yet?

Yes, it was amazing. Particularly the opening sequence (the greatest visual sequence since Nostalghia?), and the ending was simultaneously invigorating, terrifying, and beautiful. I rated it a 7 (though to be exact, that's a 7.2). I might upgrade it if I saw it again.

I felt like it was like if Tree Of Life was more direct. The ending was probably the most horrifying thing I've ever seen-- one of the only times I've seen the end of the world in media actually be MOMENTOUS and you feel actually present. I left the theatre stumbling around and sighing like I was simultaneously beat up and orgasmed for two hours straight.
If just going off single sequences from Von Trier's career, the Prelude of Melancholia is probably the single best thing he's done.
Something kind of funny: Even my extremely middle-of-the-road mother loved Melancholia.

That's hilarious that your mom liked it.

The film has a way of lodging in the mind. As the credits rolled, I was sitting there in the theatre, rather stunned, while a swirling of voices of disappointment and "what the..." could be heard in the aisles. I definitely agree re: the Prelude... without question his mini-masterpiece as a director. A film more oriented to that would almost certainly be an all-time masterpiece... I'm not sure why, from an artistic point of view, Von Trier has this obsession with making his films in the shaky handheld/pseudo-documentary style. It worked with The Kingdom because the blood tinged visuals and incredibly efficient editing and the ghostly floating and darting of the camera movement combined to turn the visuals into the "eyes" of a horde of ghosts restlessly moving throughout the hospital, but aside from that I would really hope he would use his incredible talent at cinemetography much much more in his future films. He is the greatest visual artist of all the directors today when he decides to use it (Medea [his most amazing visual achievement], Europa, Element of a Crime, The Kingdom, several sequences from Antichrist, the Prelude of Melancholia...).

Well in his other films it kind of works like that-- the idea is to implicate you in the scene by simply using the camera as an eye of a spectator in the scene itself. There's also the idea that he wants to avoid over-ostentation in his films, that the filmmaking wasn't an exercise in "do you SEE how much I can PACK into just ONE SHOT?!" but to have some kind of dynamic representation of an event (like the dogme rule "the filming take place where the events happen; the event doesn't happen where the camera is set up"). I always feel like calling handheld "pseudo-documentary" to be some kind of misnomer-- there have always been plenty of documentaries with camerawork more polished than many fiction films. There's also the assumption that it's "anti-image"/"anti-formal" or so but that's like saying Edvard Munch or Vincent Van Gogh are anti-painterly... But that has little to do with anytihng this discussion...
But then maybe he just finds it hamhanded to have too much of visual symbolism etc. That's the thing that got me about Kingdom is while it was well made and probably most accessible of his works (because of the lurid B-movie plot), it felt like it never really amounted to anything-- it didn't MEAN anything. Perhaps that's why Von Trier hasn't really worked much like that, because he found that he wanted to put meaning before image (the basis of Dogme 95), but now, what with Antichrist and Melancholia, he's finding ways to make it work again.
I don't think Melancholia would have had so much impact if it wasn't for the contrast between the slow-mo-prelude (and several single shots in the movie-proper that recall this sequence (the snow, the paper balloons/stargazing, basking in Melancohlia's light, and the very end) and the somewhat shabbier style of everything else. The Prelude, basically being an 8-minute distillation of the film, while was an amazing visual sequence, only really achieved a certain transcendent quality when coupled with the more down-to-earth actions in the film that they represented. From the first moment, there's a sense of glory to it, and in the last it's reversed and it's complete abject terror.

I guess it's a matter of taste. I think his Dogme-style lessens the meaning of his images greatly, because the viewpoint shown isn't individual and doesn't say much of anything additional to the footage. It depletes the depth of his films, except in portions or whole films (such as The Kingdom) when there is so much content happening that the image is less important. In slower, less congested films like Melancholia, Dancer in the Dark, etc, meaning and depth of image becomes increasingly important. I hate that this comes across like I'm knocking Von Trier and these films because I really don't mean it that way - he, along with Lynch, may be the greatest living directors and Von Trier is among the most consistently great directors ever - but, I do feel it is a way he could improve and I'd like to see him do it. Perhaps it's a good sign of things to come that Antichrist and Melancholia have both included flourishes of amazing visuals that hark back to Tarkovsky, but are also breathtakingly new; a rare case of a director using todays far superior technology to enhance his visuals without losing the emotional resonance of the image.

Btw, literally minutes ago I just finished the 5-hour TV version of Fanny & Alexander! Definitely has a mature quality of a man looking back on his life. Sublime. And amazing performances :)

Isn't it a helluva lot better than the skeletal anemic theatrical cut? :3

I suspect so, but I haven't seen the theatrical cut. I doubt I will until I come back around to watching the film. Sometimes, trimming can help a film, sometimes it doesn't. I enjoyed the depth of character the 5-hour cut brought out so it probably wouldn't in this case, but I won't know for sure until I've seen the other version.

That really is the problem with the theatrical cut is that the entirety of the plot details are there and everything fits together, but it's just FLAT, and too concerned with just making all the actions happen rather than just witnessing the lives of these people, as complicated and weird and plodding as they are.
I watched the theatrical cut first before the TV version (and the "Document of Fanny & Alexander" te documentary about its making) as a marathon, was a good experience.

I've seen a fair enough amount of movies that could have been made slightly better by editing out and cutting some things-- I have however seen a gigantic amount more that would have been better with more detail and a more deliberate pace (notably, see Metropolis and its restored cut compared to the awful short version, or the mediocre stop-and-go of Capra's Lost Horizon that shows how it was originally at least 3 hours long, or Magnificent Ambersons getting edited with a lawnmoer)

I've heard/read mostly good things about the theatrical cut, though the TV version is generally cited as the better one. I'm curious to find out if I feel the discrepancy is as large as you do.

I agree that usually the more complete version is the superior version, usually because it was the Director's original cut that the studio wouldn't allow, and of course the Director would have a far better understanding of his own film, thus being in a much more reliable position to determine what to cut.

I would make a list, but I don't think I have consolidated a top 10 enough to do so. It would be 1-5 movies I really liked, and 6-10 movies I remember being very good, but saw them once, or not in ages.

You should give it a go. With the 6 films from your top tier, then would you be able to self-survey yourself through the rest to decide on the last 4?

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)
2. Metropolis (Lang)
3. Mulholland Drive (Lynch)
4. Come & See (Klimov)
5. Barry Lyndon (Kubrick)
6. The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah)
7. Citizen Kane (Welles)
8. City Lights (Chaplin)
9. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa)
10. Cannibal! the Musical (Parker) (Sorry, it's my favourite 'entertaining' movie)

Thanks! You da man (unless you're really a woman) :) Soon to be updated...

Thanks, I'm a guy, as you can tell from my macho word-phrasing and such....

Cannibal! the Musical is the goofiest, lamest, corniest movie ever, and is hilarious, extremely memorable and awesome.

Plus I really wanted to see it in a top films list at least once :P

Sounds like it's worth checking out :)

And yes, don't worry, I could sense your manly outlook on things during all our conversations throughout the years :)

The "TOP 10 FILMS OF ALL TIME POLL" lists (ranked accordingly from best list to worst list, as of today):

1. Velliquette's list
2. Afterhours' list
3. Marquee's list
4. AJdaGREAT's list
5. Zacharyyy's list
6. TenthAvenueFreezeOut's list

At least I'm not last. :'c

B-b-but Velliquette had The Tree of Life and Blow-Up on his list how could he possibly be #1!?!

I suspect there's some bias going on... but I can't prove it.

Haha of course I'm only joking; I fear I do favor Tree of Life and Blow Up too much! But did you see Afterhours' list? Metropolis at number one -ha! What a goofball. And TenthAvenueFreezeOut's list?? I remember when I made that list in the 3rd grade!

Saying your list is better, or my list is better, etc, is all subjective. I know you're only joking, but I don't want this poll to turn into an "elitist forum". All lists/votes are equal. Discussion is fine, but I really don't want it to be invalidative/critical, especially when it's all subjective and there's no finite right or wrong in the matter anyway.

Personally, I've found each entry to be interesting. TenthAvenueFreezeOuts list certainly inspired me to want to see his #1 and a couple others. Marquee's made me more interested in Lancelot Du Lac, etc.

Aww come on, AfterHours, stop being so sensitive! This thread's a HIT! I wouldn't worry about this forum turning "elitist" or overly "critical." In all honesty, I've viewed just over half the films listed in this poll, I wouldn't know how to begin judging each film or list critically. Sorry if I offended you with my 'Metropolis' comment, and it's nice of you to stick up for TenthAvenueFreezeOut like that. You're doing a fine job mediating! Please ignore me if I poke jokes with Marquee.

Speaking of elitists though....I noticed a few posts up your mentioning of recent communication with Scaruffi. If you get the chance, tell Scaruffi I think he's a loose all senses of the term. I've been through his entire website -from the science section to the philosophy section and all between- and I can tell ya right now: that guy's unstable. His music section's really something else though! It's neat

It had nothing to do with me being sensitive - I could care less if you're critical of Metropolis. What about Zardoz or Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte? Now there's some fun to poke! I mean, Metropolis is one of the most influential, important and highly acclaimed films of all time - but those two prove I'm an idiot. Or Aliens...that's a whole other matter...

The only thing I care about in regards to your comments is that they dont turn other people off from joining the poll. You can annihilate me with jokes all you want. One of my best friends is the complete opposite of me in both music and movies and never lets me hear the end of how bad my choices are!

Re: Scaruffi, I don't have any bone to pick with him - go for it - he's easy to email though don't ask too much and make your questions easy to short answer because he's one busy dude.

Well for what it's worth: I'm sorry. Didn't mean to stir the pot so much with ya, Afterhours. And, yea, I have to admit Metropolis is a great film; it is a very important film for many reasons. I personally believe Metropolis has many flaws, and for this reason, I would never place it in my top ten. And not that it matters so much, but I cannot pinpoint another example (outside of listology) where Metropolis ranks number one (not 2 nor 3 nor 10 -but 1)on a critic's list. It does rank around 10 on many lists, and some critics even have it as the number one Sci-Fi flick of all time, but nowhere have I ever seen it listed above all other films in the history of the medium. I am truly surprised you put it above all works done by Welles and Tarkovsky, but perhaps a film like Metropolis is what makes your list stand out amongst the crowd. You're no idiot (I have a hunch you're very smart), and I don't joke around to "annihilate" people -I don't even know what that means given the context. IMO, you're one of the premier critical authorities on film that I've found as of late, I find your list(s) on the subject to be extremely valuable -top notch really.

And I think you might be spot on with Aliens and Zardoz! But, yeah, Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte -gee whiz I think you and Scaruffi may be thinking wayyyy too hard into that one! I could watch that film a million times and never convince myself it's one of the finest masterworks of all time. Oh with all opinions: to each his own. Just please don't put Convoy in your top 10!

I've emailed Scaruffi. No reply. He's prob too busy running around the world saving villages and such. I'm sure I'll hit him up again someday.

Sorry about all the banter. I think it'd be best if I viewed this poll and similar listology polls without commenting from now on. I'm very young, and I don't think I can get as serious about these polls and lists as someone like yourself.

Well, I appreciate your concern. I definitely wouldn't want you to stop commenting because I can tell you have a lot of interesting things to say. And I'm not even upset at you - there's no pot stirred with me - just didn't want criticism of others lists/choices getting out of hand on this poll, that's all. It barely started and never really got to that point, so thank you for that :)

Re: Metropolis... I don't recall ever seeing it #1 on a list either, though somebody wrote me a message somewhere on my Greatest Films list stating they agreed with me, or more specificially: talking about it being the most overwhelming work of art they'd ever seen and that I'd probably upgrade it to a 9.75/10 if I saw the "complete" version (which I hadn't seen yet at the time), there's 2 of us I guess... Some day I'll write a review on it to help illustrate better why I rank it so highly, but for now I'll say that Metropolis is a constant onslaught of dramatically vivid ideas and sequences that are practically bursting from the screen, building up to several inexorable climaxes to the point where it becomes a massive collision of themes and messages and emotions overflowing from some sort of crazed mad genius of boundless energy and creativity into the most exhilarating spectacle in the history of film...

Re: Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte... it's mainly in the dramatic theatre of the cinematography (the dramatic angles representing various states of mind and the high contrasts between shadows and light), and the crazed schizophrenia of Davis' character (jumping from one emotion to the next), to the multititude of readings one can make of the film simultaneously: is it a comedy? drama? horror? psychological thriller? It's a joke while also having serious things to say. It's funny and grotesque at the same time. When she's crying am I supposed to laugh? Why am I heartbroken too? (it can change dramatically from one viewing to the next). The point where it first blew me away I was feeling all these things simultaneously ...takes some getting used to to assimilate but it's quite an experience...

Re: Convoy ...the universe is safe for now as I currently rate it 7/10, but who knows what might happen if I watch it again :)

Re: Convoy: Speaking of Peckinpah sneaking into top-ten lists: Have you seen Straw Dogs yet?

Yea, a few months ago. It's great, rated it 7/10 (could maybe be a 7.5). It makes very vivid use of Peckinpah's "poetic nihilism" and has some very alarming/invigorating scenes that get under one's skin.

Loads of films I haven't seen, of course. Or I saw them too long ago to include them. But at this day, my list would be (1 film per director):

1. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)
2. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder)
3. Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton)
4. Les demoiselles de Rochefort (Jacques Demy)
5. Weekend (Jean-Luc Godard)
6. Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen)
7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanly Kubrick)
8. Enter the Void (Gaspar Noé)
9. Bunny Lake Is Missing (Otto Preminger)
10. Faust - Eine deutsche Volkssage (F.W. Murnau)

I'm surprising myself by not including an Asian film. Maybe in 2022.

Thank you :) I doubt I'll wait 10 years like Sight and Sound does. I'll probably want to do this once per year depending on how worthwhile it is.

As I said in a comment to your Sight & Sound Poll predictions, I'd like to swap Faust for Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (Murnau). Still possible?

Sure, I just changed it :)
Quick! Someone else post on this so it doesn't seem so masturbatory!

Here's another vote for Citizen Kane coming your way--

1. Citizen Kane
2. 8 1/2
3. Chinatown
4. Metropolis
5. Once Upon A Time In The West
6. Andrei Rublev
7. Taxi Driver
8. Raiders of the Lost Ark
9. The Big Lebowski
10. Boogie Nights

...Based roughly on a highly questionable mixture of personal appeal and "objectivity"

Re: Citizen Kane... Perhaps it's become a bit cliche to vote for it on these things but it actually deserves it...

Re: "based roughly on highly questionable...etc" :)

Re: your top 10... thank you

The Big Lebowski is one film I never really quite "got" as a "great film". But it seems to have a large following.

Well, here is 10, though my top 30ish is as solid as my top 10 and they are are fairly interchangeable on the right day.

1. Michel Gondry: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
2. Alfred Hitchcock: North By Northwest (1959)
3. Richard Linklater: Dazed And Confused (1993)
4. Orson Welles: Touch Of Evil (1958)
5. Ingmar Bergman: Persona (1966)
6. Stanley Kubrick: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
7. Woody Allen: Annie Hall (1977)
8. The Marx Brothers: A Day at the Races (1935)
9. Stanley Kubrick: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
10. Akira Kurosawa: Ikiru [To Live] (1952)

Dont know why but I still haven't seen Dazed and Confused. Thanks for the reminder, and thanks for your votes.

Updates forthcoming...

If you like the high school/college coming of age comedy, then it is a masterpiece. It is really great for an American teenager, which is when I saw it and it has stuck with me like only A Day at the Races has. Enjoy!

Thanks :)

Man that's tough but here goes

1. Chungking Express (1994) Wong Kar-wai
2. Stand By Me (1987) Rob Reiner
3. Princess Bride (1987) Rob Reiner
4. Akira (1988) Katsuhiro Otomo
5. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) Isao Takahata
6. Dog of Flanders (uncut only) (1997) Yoshio Kuroda
7. Madadayo (1992) Akira Kurosawa
8. Swimming With Sharks (1995) George Huang
9. Story of Qiu Ju (1992) Zhang Yimou
10. Rainy Dog (Gokudo Kuroshakai) (1997) Takashi Miike

Damn the more I think about it the more films I want to add and the harder it gets

Thanks, I know how you feel - always tough to whittle it down to just 10 :)

I probably should update this list soon, but last time I managed a top ten, it went something like this...

1. Amateur (1994) - Hartley
2. Citizen Kane (1941) - Welles
3. North by Northwest (1959) - Hitchcock
4. Bringing Up Baby (1938) - Hawks
5. 8 1/2 (1963) - Fellini
6. Cabaret (1972) - Fosse
7. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) - Leone
8. Pulp Fiction (1994) - Tarantino
9. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970) - De Sica
10. Andrei Rublev (1966) - Tarkovsky

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Thanks :-) Updates on the way!

What!? You mean, no Vertigo!? :-)

Also, thanks for the reminder to see not only Amateur, but also The Garden of the Finzi-Continis. I'm ordering them via my library today :)

Btw, what's your opinion of Tarkovsky's other works following Andrei Rublev? ...Solaris, Mirror, Stalker, Nostalghia, Sacrifice...

I love most of Tarkovsky's work!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs (addict of all things Vertigo)

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey [Dir. Kubrick]
2. Citizen Kane [Dir. Welles]
3. North by Northwest [Dir. Hitchcock]
4. Brazil [Dir. Gilliam]
5. Persona [Dir. Bergman]
6. The Kingdom [Dir. von Trier]
7. Blue Velvet [Dir. Lynch]
8. Stalker [Dir. Tarkovsky]
9. Blade Runner [Dir. Scott]
10. Aliens [Dir. Cameron]

Thanks! :-) Some clear leaders starting to emerge...

1. Amélie (2001)
2. They Might Be Giants (1971)
3. Shortbus (2006)
4. Pierrot le fou (1965)
5. Mother India (1957)
6. Three Colors: Blue (1994)
7. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
8. Delicatessen (1991)
9. Bambi (1942)
10. Billu Barber (2009)

This does change constantly, but most of these have stayed in the list somewhere.

Great thanks for your votes! :) Will be updated momentarily

you have two votes for Grave of the Fireflies (1988) but you only list one

Fixed! Thanks!

Biggest surprise omission so far: no Godfather (yet?) Biggest surprise addition so far: the high placement of North by Northwest (it has long been a Hitchcock favorite of many, but it usually ranks behind Vertigo, Psycho & Rear Window if not a few others too such as The Birds, Notorious, Shadow of a Doubt...).

I've listed The Godfather pt. II (1974) as the finest film of all time -oh what a film. The Godfather pt. I (1972) is no doubt a masterpiece as well. I've never made a precise list of the top 25 films of all time, but if I were to, one would no doubt find The Godfather pt. I (1972) somewhere in the 20-25 range...thus leaving it exempt from my top 10 list as well

I think what you're saying may be true for many voters so far - that it just hasn't quite made the cut.

The Warriors (Hill, 1979)
The Shining (Kubrick, 1980)
A Clockwork Orange (Kubrick, 1971)
Black Swan (Aronofsky, 2010)
Donnie Darko (Kelly, 2001)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)
Inglorious Basterds (Tarantino, 2009)
Requiem for a Dream (Aronofsky, 2000)
Scott Pilgrim vs the World (Wright, 2010)
The Big Lebowski (Coen/Coen, 1998)

Thanks :) I still need to see Inglorious Basterds...

No worries, I'd thought I'd voice my opinion even if I haven't seen many pre- 1970's films.

Good to see the big cheese make an appearance on this list, surprised that Basterds is your highest rated Tarantino though.

Well, I could probably squeeze Reservoir Dogs in there somewhere but I haven't seen it in a while. It's not as fresh in my mind as other films such as Lebowski and Scott Pilgrim.

User Oskar Schindler's vote:

1.Ghostbusters (1984 / Ivan Reitman)
2.The Big Lebowski (1998 / Coen Brothers)
3.Chinatown (1974 / Roman Polanski)
4.Annie Hall (1977 / Woody Allen)
5.The Shining (1980 / Stanley Kubrick)
6.Mulholland Dr. (2001 / David Lynch)
7.Casablanca (1942 / Michael Curtiz)
8.Fargo (1996 / Coen Brothers)
9.A Clockwork Orange (1971 / Stanley Kubrick)
10.Blade Runner (1982 / Ridley Scott)

01. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
02. Chinatown (Roman Polanksi, 1974)
03. Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972)
04. Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh, 1999)
05. Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
06. The Cow (Dariush Mehrjui, 1969)
07. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodovar, 2002)
08. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)
09. Wet Hot American Summer (David Wain, 2001)
10. Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog, 2005)

Haven't been around as much lately, but I wanted to throw in my (current, ever-changing) picks.

Thanks! Stick around! :)

My top 10:
1) La Passion de Jeanne D'Arc.
2) Dies Irae.
3) Winter Light
4) Persona
5) Manhunter
6) Love and Death
7) Scarlet Street
8) Ivan Grozny
9) The Godfather Part II
10) Citizen Kane.

Absolutely sure about the first 2 Positions, not for the rest.

My top 10:
1) La Passion de Jeanne D'Arc.
2) Dies Irae.
3) Winter Light
4) Persona
5) Manhunter
6) Love and Death
7) Scarlet Street
8) Ivan Grozny
9) The Godfather Part II
10) Citizen Kane.

Absolutely sure about the first 2 Positions, not for the rest.

Thank you :) I'll update as soon as I can: later on today or possibly late tonight

Are you voting for Ivan pt 1, pt 2, or both combined?

Damn I forget Andrei Rubliov........... So Andrei in 3rd position and Citizen KAne out.

No problem :)

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. Singin' in the Rain
3. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son
4. Dr. Strangelove
5. 12 Angry Men
6. Něco z Alenky
7. Un chien andalou
8. Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari
9. Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie

Trying to decide whether to include Hausu or Citizen Kane on the 10th's not as easy as you might think :P

Lol, tough call... Though Welles himself would probably applaud and enjoy the sheer dadaism and amazing montages of Hausu...

Haha, yeah.....but then, there aren't that many people, I think, who dislike Hausu after they watch it, really...

To future voters, please post your choices as follows:

Title-Director (Year)

I almost feel a bit dumb for not having done that XD

Its no big deal. Even if someone misses that, I'll still get the info myself and update the poll results. It just makes it so much faster, that's all.

Yeah, I thought of that. Oh, BTW, The Discreet Charm was released in 1972.

Oh yea, whoops. Thx

Need your #10. Whatsitgonnabe? Hausu or CKane?

Since I'm pretty sure almost nobody else will vote for Hausu, but the Kane votes keep coming in thick and fast, I'd say that most likely Hausu.

Sounds good to me. Update on the way

Poor Tarkovsky, 4 films in the top 15, none in the top 10. Someone's gotta help him out.

Also, I just realized that i neglected to include Manhattan in my top ten. oh well.

However Tark's doing pretty good on the sister-list to this one. I guess this makes up for it?

I actually think it's really funny that it seems Tarkovsky is the only connecting factor between ALL the voters thus far.

Wow, tough to limit it to only 10 but here goes.

Annie Hall-Allen (1977)
The Godfather-Coppola (1972)
The Deer Hunter-Cimino (1978)
Dr. Strangelove-Kubrick (1964)
Schindler's List-Spielberg (1993)
The Godfather Part II-Coppola (1974)
Casablanca-Curtiz (1942)
Singin' In The Rain- Donen/Kelly (1952)
Lawrence Of Arabia-Lean (1962)
On The Waterfront-Kazan (1954)

Thanks! Update on the way...

Long time since I've been here, but here goes!

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey - Stanley Kubrick (1968)
2. Persona - Ingmar Bergman (1966)
3. Taxi Driver - Martin Scorsese (1974)
4. Apocalypse Now - Francis Ford Coppola (1979)
5. Aguirre, the Wrath of God - Werner Herzog (1972)
6. Citizen Kane - Orson Welles (1941)
7. Werckmeister Harmonies - Bela Tarr (2000)
8. Once Upon a Time in the West - Sergei Leone (1968)
9. Memento - Christopher Nolan (2000)
10. Metropolis - Fritz Lang (1927)

Good to have you back :-) I'll add these, thanks!

1. The Mirror (1974)
2. 8 1/2 (1963)
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
4. Persona (1966)
5. Citizen Kane (1941)
6. Sátántangó (1994)
7. Un chien andalou (1929)

After that, there's a significant drop in quality, I think. Do I really need to come up with three more films? :)

Yes, I do need #8-#10. I'm sure you can come up with some :-) I'll enter the rest right away though.

Oops, double post.

Well, in that case add:

8. Stalker (1979)
9. Touch of Evil (1958)
10. The Godfather, Part II (1974)

I find it a bit boring to include multiple entries by the same director. And I'm really not sure about The Godfather, Part II as there are so many films I really should rewatch. But there we are. Nice to see that five of my choices have cracked the top ten :)

Thanks, updated now. Almost all of them near the top :)

^Fantastic list, Vallinder. The Mirror: hands down greatest film of all time...I find it to be perhaps the finest visual poem there is, and I believe it to be far less cryptic than its reputation suggests. Great call on your top 3 and on Un chien andalou. Awesome shit.

1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Lee, 2000)
2. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Spielberg, 2001)
3. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Jackson, 2003)
4. The Matrix (Wachowski, 1999)
5. Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994)
6. Hero (Zhang, 2002)
7. Gladiator (Scott, 2000)
8. Lost in Translation (Coppola, 2003)
9. Spirited Away (Miyazaki, 2001)
10. Yi Yi (Yang, 2000)

Thanks! :)

Here's mine:

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey - Kubrick
2. Nostalghia - Tarkovsky
3. Memento - Nolan
4. Underground - Kusturica
5. Blade Runner - Scott
6. The Mirror - Tarkovsky
7. American Beauty - Mendes
8. Metropolis - Lang
9. Lost Highway - Lynch
10. Apocalypse Now - Coppola

Thanks! Though I probably won't have the time to update your selections into the poll until later tonight.

here is 10 entirely new movies for your list. not on purpose :)

1. Rounders-Dahl (1998)
2. Stuck on You-Farrelly (2003)
3. Good Will Hunting-Van Sant (1997)
4. Braveheart-Gibson (1995)
5. The Descent-Marshall (2005)
6. Shallow Hal-Farrelly (2001)
7. The Butterfly Effect-Bress (2004)
8. The Color of Money-Scorsese (1986)
9. War of the Worlds-Spielberg (2005)
10. The X-Files-Bowman (1998)

Great! Update on the way :)

1. The Man who shot Liberty Valance-Ford (1962)
2. Love Streams-Cassavetes (1984)
3. Splendor in the Grass-Kazan (1960)
4. Touch of Evil-Welles (1958)
5. Accattone-Pasolini (1961)
6. Bigger than Life-N Ray (1956)
7. Barry Lyndon-Kubrick (1976)
8. Andrei Rublev-Tarkovsky (1966)
9. McCabe & Mrs. Miller-Altman (1971)
10. Vampyr-Dreyer (1932)

Thanks for the vote :)

Fuck yes Love Streams!

1.Persona - Bergman (1967)
2.Nostalghia - Tarkovsky (1983)
3.Metropolis - Lang (1927)
4.Satantango - Tarr (1994)
5.INLAND Empire - Lynch (2006)
6.Enter The Void - Noe (2009)
7.The Mirror - Tarkovsky (1975)
8.Touch of Evil - Welles (1958)
9.A bout de souffle - Godard (1960)
10.2001: A Space Odyssey - Kubrick (1968)

bubbling under;

Citizen Kane - Welles (1941)
Chinatown - Polanski (1974)
Fanny and Alexander - Bergman (1983)
The Tree of Life - Malick (2011)
The Passion of Joan of Arc - Dreyer(1928)
Underground - Kusturica (1995)
Paris, Texas - Wenders (1984)
Regular Lovers - Garrel (2005)

Thanks! :)

Damn, what a top ten we have going! Sight and Sound should be jealous! :)

The directors list has turned out pretty interesting too!

Yea, I just checked it out and you're right: definitely turning out to be a great top 10! (if it gets enough voters I think Hitch or Scorsese will end up winning)