Sight And Sound Announce Their New List Of The Greatest Films Ever Made

So, it’s finally here.

Every decade, the team of critics and filmmakers selected by Sight And Sound come up with their new list of the ten greatest films of all time, and today that list has been announced. Rumors leading up to the announcement had pegged Hitchcock’s Vertigo as the newly minted ‘greatest film of all time’ over the long-standing champion Citizen Kane, and shockingly, that has come true.

Kane falls to number two, followed by Ozu’s masterpiece Tokyo Story, and followed by Renoir’s The Rules Of The Game and Murnau’s silent stunner Sunrise rounding out the top five of the critics list. Directors? Well, they went a different route, giving Tokyo Story the top spot, with both Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey (number six on the critics’ list) and Kane tying for the second slot.

Now, I’m not exactly sure what this all means with regards to the beloved nature of Kane as time spans (it has not only become a slightly less regarded film in general, but most people this writer has chatted to find films like The Magnificent Ambersons to be superior within Welles’ canon) but you can’t find a better film to steal the top spot from the masterful debut of Orson Welles than Hitchcock’s best film.

Comments are open. Check out the full lists below and then let us know what YOUR favorite film is of all time. I myself have gone on record with mine, so what are your favorites?

The Critics’ Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time

Vertigo  (Hitchcock, 1958)

Citizen Kane  (Welles, 1941)

Tokyo Story  (Ozu, 1953)

La Règle du jeu  (Renoir, 1939)

Sunrise: a Song for Two Humans  (Murnau, 1927)

2001: A Space Odyssey  (Kubrick, 1968)

The Searchers  (Ford, 1956)

Man with a Movie Camera  (Dziga Vertov, 1929)

The Passion of Joan of Arc  (Dreyer, 1927)

8 ½  (Fellini, 1963)


The Directors’ Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time

Tokyo Story  (Ozu, 1953)

=2  2001: A Space Odyssey  (Kubrick, 1968)

=2  Citizen Kane  (Welles, 1941)

8 ½  (Fellini, 1963)

Taxi Driver  (Scorsese, 1980)

Apocalypse Now  (Coppola, 1979)

=7  The Godfather  (Coppola, 1972)

=7  Vertigo  (Hitchcock, 1958)

Mirror  (Tarkovsky, 1974)

Bicycle Thieves  (De Sica, 1948)


Source SightAndSound

Joshua Brunsting

Josh is a critic, a member of the Online Film Critics Society, a wrestling nerd, a hip-hop head, a father, a cinephile and a man looking to make his stamp on the world, one word at a time.

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