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'Vertigo' Tops New Sight and Sound Top 50 List; '2001: A Space Odyssey' Most Recent in Top Ten

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by Anne Thompson
August 1, 2012 2:23 PM
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11. Battleship Potemkin

Sergei Eisenstein, 1925 (63 votes)

12. L’Atalante

Jean Vigo, 1934 (58 votes)

13. Breathless

Jean-Luc Godard, 1960 (57 votes)

14. Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola, 1979 (53 votes)

15. Late Spring

Ozu Yasujiro, 1949 (50 votes)

16. Au hasard Balthazar

Robert Bresson, 1966 (49 votes)

17= Seven Samurai

Kurosawa Akira, 1954 (48 votes)

17= Persona

Ingmar Bergman, 1966 (48 votes)

19. Mirror

Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974 (47 votes)

 20. Singin’ in the Rain

Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1951 (46 votes)

21= L’avventura

Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960 (43 votes)

21= Le Mépris

Jean-Luc Godard, 1963 (43 votes)

21= The Godfather

Francis Ford Coppola, 1972 (43 votes)

24= Ordet

Carl Dreyer, 1955 (42 votes)

24= In the Mood for Love

Wong Kar-Wai, 2000 (42 votes)

26= Rashomon

Kurosawa Akira, 1950 (41 votes)

26= Andrei Rublev

Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966 (41 votes)

28. Mulholland Dr.

David Lynch, 2001 (40 votes)

29= Stalker

Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979 (39 votes)

29= Shoah

Claude Lanzmann, 1985 (39 votes)

 31= The Godfather Part II

Francis Ford Coppola, 1974 (38 votes)

31= Taxi Driver

Martin Scorsese, 1976 (38 votes)

33. Bicycle Thieves

Vittoria De Sica, 1948 (37 votes)

34. The General

Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman, 1926 (35 votes)

35= Metropolis

Fritz Lang, 1927 (34 votes)

35= Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock, 1960 (34 votes)

35= Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

Chantal Akerman, 1975 (34 votes)

35= Sátántangó

Béla Tarr, 1994 (34 votes)

39= The 400 Blows

François Truffaut, 1959 (33 votes)

39= La dolce vita

Federico Fellini, 1960 (33 votes)

 41. Journey to Italy

Roberto Rossellini, 1954 (32 votes)

42= Pather Panchali

Satyajit Ray, 1955 (31 votes)

42= Some Like It Hot

Billy Wilder, 1959 (31 votes)

42= Gertrud

Carl Dreyer, 1964 (31 votes)

42= Pierrot le fou

Jean-Luc Godard, 1965 (31 votes)

42= Play Time

Jacques Tati, 1967 (31 votes)

42= Close-Up

Abbas Kiarostami, 1990 (31 votes)

48= The Battle of Algiers

Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966 (30 votes)

48= Histoire(s) du cinéma

Jean-Luc Godard, 1998 (30 votes)

50= City Lights

Charlie Chaplin, 1931 (29 votes)

50= Ugetsu monogatari

Mizoguchi Kenji, 1953 (29 votes)

50= La Jetée

Chris Marker, 1962 (29 votes)
 

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  • Anne Thompson | August 2, 2012 1:15 PMReply

    I have seen everything on the list except the following: Yasujiro's 'Late Spring,' all three of the Tarkovsky films, Dreyer's 'Ordet' and 'Gertrud,' Chantal Akerman's 'Jeanne Dielman,' Bela Tarr's 'Satantango' and Kiarostami's 'Close-up.' Firing up my Netflix queue.

  • Knative | August 2, 2012 5:00 AMReply

    There are lots of movies people consider masterpieces post-1970s: Pulp Fiction, Fargo, Schindler's List, Brazil, Blade Runner, There Will Be Blood, Pan's Labyrinth, Do The Right Thing, Once Upon a Time in America, Raise The Red Lantern, etc. This list makes cinema seem dead.
    I also think that Cleo from 5 to 7 is as good as any movie, so there is no reason why critics can't at least include that movie in the top ten so that the top ten isn't a complete sausage fest.
    Horror movies don't get enough respect either. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Dawn of the Dead, The Wicker Man, Santa Sangre, Suspiria, Cat People, The Haunting, The Exorcist, Eyes Without a Face are all great movies and classics too.

  • Anne Thompson | August 2, 2012 1:32 AMReply

    For Ford, I'd go with "Stagecoach," which was so influential, or "Rio Grande" and "My Darling Clementine." While "The Searchers" is getting dated, with funny bits that fall flat and some hammy acting, John Wayne's obsessive quest and battle between his racist rage and love for Natalie Wood is great stuff. Ford and Kurosawa both have more top films than anyone else, in my view.

    Also, the list is so dour and grim and historic...worthy films, but Bergman and Hawks are examples of directors who should not be losing stature over time, but are. And where are the comedies? Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot squeaks in, as well as the silent comedians Chaplin, Keaton and Tati. But still. Lighten up a tad.

  • Joe Beatty | August 1, 2012 11:49 PMReply

    Overall, this is a good list. However, like all lists, this one has its good and bad points. I am very glad to see Hitchcock getting his due from the critics. However, I think Bergman should have done better, and a film of his should have appeared in the top ten. I would rank "Persona" higher than number 17. Moreover, I predict that "The Searchers" will fade in the coming years. I would remove it from the top ten, and replace it with a Bergman film such as "Persona."

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