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Sight And Sound Top 250 By The Numbers: And The Auteur With The Most Films Is...

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by The Playlist
August 17, 2012 12:56 PM
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Decade That Has The Most Films: The 1960s

Number of Films From the 2000s onwards
15
Tropical Malady (2004), In The Mood For Love (2000), Mulholland Dr (2003), Hidden (2004), The Werckmeister Harmonies (2000), The Death of Mr Lazarescu (2005), There Will Be Blood (2007), WALL-E (2008), Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), West of the Tracks (2002), Russian Ark (2002), Spirited Away (2001), Melancholia (2011), The Turin Horse (2011,), The Tree Of Life (2011)

Number of Films From the 1990s
13
Sátántangó (1994), Beau Travail (1998), Brighter Summer Day, A (1991), A One and a Two (1999), Pulp Fiction (1994), Three Colours: Blue (1993), Chungking Express (1994), Goodfellas (1990), Three Colours: Red (1994), The Double Life of Veronique (1991), The Piano (1992), The Thin Red Line (1998), Breaking the Waves (1996)

Number of Films From the 1980s
20
Shoah (1985), Raging Bull (1980), Blade Runner (1982), Blue Velvet (1986), Sans Soleil (1982), Fanny and Alexander (1984), A City of Sadness (1989), Do The Right Thing (1989), L'argent (1983), The Shining (1980), My Neighbour Totoro (1988), Come And See (1985), E.T. (1982), Once Upon a Time in America (1983), Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), Close-Up (1989), Paris, Texas (1984), Videodrome (1983), Love Streams (1984), The Thin Blue Line (1989)

Number of Films From the 1970s
42
Don't Look Now (1973), Apocalypse Now (1979), Mirror (1974), Godfather: Part I, The (1972), Stalker (1979), Taxi Driver (1976), Godfather: Part II, The (1974), Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), Barry Lyndon (1975), Maman et la putain, La (1973), Nashville (1975), Chinatown (1974), Spirit of the Beehive, The (1973), Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972), Touki Bouki (1973), Fear Eats the Soul (1974), Star Wars (1977), Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The (1972), Eraserhead (1976), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Solaris (1972), A Woman Under the Influence (1974), The Conformist (1970), The Travelling Players (1975), Performance (1970), The Passenger (1974), Amarcord (1972), Days of Heaven (1978), Out 1 (1971), Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974), Annie Hall (1977), The Conversation (1974), Badlands (1973), Kings of the Road (1976), Manhattan (1979), Tale of Tales, A (1979), Killer of Sheep (1977), Wanda (1970), Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom (1975), Devil Probably, The (1977), Clockwork Orange, A (1971), Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

Number of Films From the 1960s
47
Avventura, L' (1960), Persona (1966), mépris, Le (1963), Andrei Rublev (1966), Psycho (1960), dolce vita, La (1960), Pierrot le Fou (1965), Playtime (1967), Gertrud (1964), Battle of Algiers, The (1966), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), 8½ (1963), Breathless (1960), Au Hasard Balthazar (1966), La Jetée (1962), L'eclisse' (1962), The Leopard (1963), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Colour of Pomegranates, The (1968), Wild Bunch, The (1969), Wavelength (1967), Two or Three Things I Know About Her… (1967), Last Year At Marienbad (1961), Viridiana (1961), Mouchette (1966), Dr. Strangelove (1963), Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The (1962), Jules et Jim (1962), Apartment, The (1960), Blow Up (1966), Memories of Underdevelopment (1968), House is Black, The (1962), Autumn Afternoon, An (1962), Kes (1969) Vivre Sa Vie (1962), Marketa Lazarova (1967), Chimes At Midnight (1966), Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (1964), Faces (1968), A Touch Of Zen (1969), Red Desert (1964), Chelsea Girls (1966), Daisies (1966), Cleo From 5 To 7 (1962), Army Of Shadows (1969), Exterminating Angel (1962)

Number of Films From the 1950s
39
Vertigo (1958), Tokyo Story (1953), The Searchers (1956), Seven Samurai (1954), Singin' in the Rain (1951), Rashomon (1950), Ordet (1955), 400 Blows, The (1959), Pather Panchali (1955), Journey to Italy (1954), Some Like It Hot (1959),, Ugetsu Monogatari (1953), North by Northwest (1959), Rear Window (1954), Touch of Evil (1958), Sansho Dayu (1954), Wild Strawberries (1957), Sunset Blvd. (1950), Night of the Hunter, The (1955), Pickpocket (1959), Rio Bravo (1958), Man Escaped, A (1956), Seventh Seal, The (1957), Imitation of Life (1959), Madame de… (1953), The River (1951), Ikiru (1952), Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), Diary of a Country Priest (1951), In a Lonely Place (1950), Cries and Whispers (1957), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), The Music Room (1958), La strada (1954), The Life of Oharu (1952), Floating Clouds (1955), The World of Apu (1958), Los Olvidados (1950), All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Number of Films From the 1940s
35
The Great Dictator (1940), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Paisà (1946), The Big Sleep (1946), Germany Year Zero (1948), Red River (1947), Citizen Kane (1941), Late Spring (1949), Bicycle Thieves, The (1948), Third Man, The (1949), enfants du paradis, Les (1945), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Casablanca (1942), A Matter of Life and Death (1946), The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), Ivan the Terrible (1945), The Lady Eve (1941), A Canterbury Tale, A (1944), The Red Shoes (1948), Spring in a Small Town (1948), Meet Me In St. Louis (1944), To Be or Not To Be (1942), Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948), Brief Encounter (1945), Black Narcissus (1947), Notorious (1946), Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), Listen to Britain (1942), Day of Wrath (1943), Rome Open City (1945), Out of the Past (1947), "I Know Where I'm Going!" (1945), My Darling Clementine (1946)

Number of Films From the 1930s
22
The Wizard of Oz (1939), Rules of The Game (1939), L'Atalante (1934), City Lights (1931), M (1931), Modern Times (1936), grande illusion, La (1937), Partie de campagne (1936), Bringing Up Baby (1938), L'Age d'Or (1930), Trouble in Paradise (1932), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), Vampyr (1932), King Kong (1933), His Girl Friday (1939), Tabu (1931), Earth (1930), Story of the Late Chrysanthemums, The (1939), I Was Born, But… (1932), Duck Soup (1933), Gone with the Wind (1939), Testament of Dr Mabuse, The (1933)

Number of Films From the 1920s
13
Sunrise (1927), Man with a Movie Camera (1929), Passion of Joan of Arc (1927), Battleship Potemkin (1925), General, The (1926), Metropolis (1927), Sherlock Jr (1924), Greed (1925), chien andalou, Un (1928), Nosferatu (1922), Last Laugh, The (1924), Napoleon (1927), Gold Rush, The (1925)

Number of Films From 1900-1919
3
A Trip To The Moon (1902), Intolerance (1916), Cabinet of Dr Caligari, The (1919)

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27 Comments

  • Dale Lloyd | August 30, 2012 6:15 PMReply

    I noticed this error on the list: Cries and Whispers (1957). Should be 1972.

  • Fry | August 19, 2012 1:37 PMReply

    How many female filmmakers made it to the top 100?: Only two. Chantal Akerman (36 with Jeanne Dielman) and Claire Denis (78 with Beau Travail). And out of the 250 films?: Six more, Maya Deren (though she shares credit Alexander Hammid, 102 with Meshes of the Afternoon), Vera Chytilová (202 with Daisies), Agnès Varda (202 with Cleo from 5 to 7), Barbara Loden (202 with Wanda), Jane Campion (235 with The Piano), Forough Farrokhzad (235 with The House is Black). Total number of women in the entire list: 8.

  • Michael Koller | August 19, 2012 6:34 AMReply

    So how come Joseph Von Sternberg with NINE films in the list isn't listed at all????

  • Edward | August 20, 2012 7:40 AM

    Dude, what are you talking about? There are exactly ZERO JVS films in the top 250. They're not going by the list of EVERY film that got like 1 vote.

  • Edward Copeland | August 18, 2012 3:30 PMReply

    Unless they've fixed it since, on the day they announced the critics' list, they had Singin' in the Rain as a 1951 release. Pretty unforgivable since it's not like its 60th anniversary this year hasn't received any press.

  • Bill Blackwell | August 18, 2012 11:32 AMReply

    5 Oldest Living Directors:
    Second should be eighty-eight year old Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain).
    Dancing, Elaine May, and the will to outlive Debbie Reynolds keep him vital.
    If you're going to list Man with a Movie Camera and Histoire du cinema as "documentaries," shouldn't Sans Soleil join them?

  • Dood | August 17, 2012 10:48 PMReply

    I see no Snow White, the first animated feature ever made, and no Toy Story, the first computer animated feature made. Animation is represented only by a few films. Never gets enough respect. It seems that a lot of these films are chosen only to recognize movements and figures in film rather than the films themselves. I know it is a type of populist vote, but I think some other filmmakers and medium of films could be better represented.

  • Leo Farah | August 17, 2012 9:47 PMReply

    Manuel de Oliveira is the oldest director on the list, with his 1978 film Amor de Perdição.

  • @Leo | August 18, 2012 11:23 AM

    Manoel de Oliveira's Doomed Love (Amor de Perdição ) is not actually in the top 250, fyi.

  • Steve Crook | August 17, 2012 6:03 PMReply

    Michael Powell got 7 titles in the Top 250 because Peeping Tom is in there as well.

    Steve

  • Steve Crook | August 17, 2012 6:08 PM

    OK, as you were. Ignore that. Peeping Tom is in the All Films list on the Sight & Sound page about the Top 250. But it isn't in the 250

  • StephenM | August 17, 2012 4:03 PMReply

    I believe Jean-Luc Godard has the most films mentioned by voters overall, at 27. John Ford is second with 22. I think Hitchcock is third with 19. (Though I'm remembering this from counting late last night, so you probably ought to check my numbers.)

  • Forrest Cardamenis | August 17, 2012 7:52 PM

    I remember seeing Bunuel with a lot of films, too. I think upwards of 20.

  • Brian Z | August 17, 2012 4:00 PMReply

    Wasn't the ET re-release with the changed footage 2002?

  • Wes | August 17, 2012 3:01 PMReply

    I need to see more Luis Buñuel (I've seen 3) and Roberto Rosselini (I've seen 1).

  • wes | August 17, 2012 2:53 PMReply

    I only see six films listed for Bresson and the Archers... Did I miss something?

  • The Playlist | August 17, 2012 3:42 PM

    Bresson has 7, you're right about the archers, i've goofed and corrected. Stared at that list all day long yesterday and that along with the broken search clearly broke my brain, thanks Wes.

  • wes | August 17, 2012 2:54 PM

    edit: I only see six films for the Archers...

  • Duddi | August 17, 2012 2:12 PMReply

    Wow, i just noticed what a GREAT movie they've missed - "AMADEUS" - is not included, that makes the list kind of weak ' : - (

  • Forrest Cardamenis | August 17, 2012 1:47 PMReply

    The search is broken, but if you look up the director of any of those other films I mentioned, after you click and get to the page where it says how many votes there are, there should be a mini-scroller on the right side where you can see all the films that tie for #235. There's probably 20 or 30 more that could be displayed in the top 250 but aren't because of lack of room.

  • Forrest Cardamenis | August 17, 2012 1:54 PM

    This was meant as a reply to my previous comment (and its reply), sorry about that.

  • Fitra | August 17, 2012 1:36 PMReply

    I think all of Malick's films are featured on the list, including one mention for The New World. Maybe he's the only filmmaker in history of cinema whose total oeuvre is selected by at least one participant. But then again, he only has five films, though it will eventually change soon!

    The more films he makes, we are all the richer for it. More power to him.

  • Forrest Cardamenis | August 17, 2012 1:26 PMReply

    Hawks does have a film (Rio Bravo) in the top 100, at #63. There are also a number of titles that also tied at #235 but aren't displayed on the top 250 that should get their due (and factor into the count for films from each decade), receiving as many votes as some that did appear. Among them are Weerasethakul's "Willfully Yours," The Big Lebowski, The White Ribbon, two Kiarostami's (Where Is My Friend's House and The Wind Will Carry Us), Hou's "The Puppetmaster," Belle De Jour, Flowers of Shanghai, All About My Mother, Throne of Blood (which ties Kurosawa with his compatriots), a pair of Cassavetes films, and more.

  • The Playlist | August 17, 2012 1:35 PM

    Thanks Forrest. Amended the Hawks mention. Making matters worse is the search function on that S&S page is pretty much broken.

  • Paul | August 17, 2012 12:59 PMReply

    Geez. It's just a list, why hold it up on such a holy grail to dissect endlessly? Can't believe you waste this much time with it, so many useless features.

  • wes | August 17, 2012 2:49 PM

    It is fun. I agree!

  • The Playlist | August 17, 2012 1:08 PM

    It's fun for us to parse. It lets us engage in classic film cinephilia which we don't get to do a lot on the site outside of Criterion releases and things like that. But yes, please change the channel if it is useless to you. I hear there's a Vin Diesel marathon on AMC.

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