Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time (Critics)

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In 1952, the Sight and Sound team had the novel idea of asking critics to name the greatest films of all time. The tradition became decennial, increasing in size and prestige as the decades passed.

The Sight and Sound poll is now a major bellwether of critical opinion on cinema and this year’s edition (its eighth) is the largest ever, with 1,639 participating critics, programmers, curators, archivists and academics each submitting their top ten ballot.

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    Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080...

    1975, in 12 top lists Check
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    Vertigo

    1958, in 42 top lists Check
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    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 39 top lists Check
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    Tôkyô monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Tokyo Story, in 27 top lists Check
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    Fa yeung nin wah

    2000 — a.k.a. In the Mood for Love, in 30 top lists Check
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 45 top lists Check
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    Beau travail

    1999, in 15 top lists Check
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    Mulholland Dr.

    2001 — a.k.a. Mulholland Drive, in 26 top lists Check
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    Chelovek s kino-apparatom

    1929 — a.k.a. Man with a Movie Camera, in 24 top lists Check
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    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 37 top lists Check
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    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927 — a.k.a. Sunrise, in 36 top lists Check
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    The Godfather

    1972, in 42 top lists Check
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    La règle du jeu

    1939 — a.k.a. The Rules of the Game, in 24 top lists Check
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    Cléo de 5 à 7

    1962 — a.k.a. Cleo from 5 to 7, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Searchers

    1956, in 26 top lists Check
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    Meshes of the Afternoon

    1943, in 10 top lists Check
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    Nema-ye Nazdik

    1990 — a.k.a. Close-Up, in 21 top lists Check
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    Persona

    1966, in 25 top lists Check
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    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 37 top lists Check
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    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 36 top lists Check
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    Banshun

    1949 — a.k.a. Late Spring, in 16 top lists Check
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    La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

    1928 — a.k.a. The Passion of Joan of Arc, in 27 top lists Check
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    Playtime

    1967, in 19 top lists Check
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    Do the Right Thing

    1989, in 25 top lists Check
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    Au hasard Balthazar

    1966 — a.k.a. Au Hasard Balthazar, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Night of the Hunter

    1955, in 34 top lists Check
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    Shoah

    1985, in 18 top lists Check
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    Sedmikrásky

    1966 — a.k.a. Daisies, in 19 top lists Check
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    Taxi Driver

    1976, in 34 top lists Check
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    Portrait de la jeune fille en feu

    2019 — a.k.a. Portrait of a Lady on Fire, in 12 top lists
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    1963, in 35 top lists Check
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    Psycho

    1960, in 39 top lists Check
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    Zerkalo

    1975 — a.k.a. Mirror, in 14 top lists Check
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    L'Atalante

    1934, in 21 top lists Check
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    Pather Panchali

    1955, in 21 top lists Check
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    City Lights

    1931, in 34 top lists Check
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    M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

    1931 — a.k.a. M, in 35 top lists Check
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    À bout de souffle

    1960 — a.k.a. Breathless, in 29 top lists Check
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    Rear Window

    1954, in 31 top lists Check
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    Some Like It Hot

    1959, in 35 top lists Check
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    Ladri di biciclette

    1948 — a.k.a. Bicycle Thieves, in 36 top lists Check
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    Rashômon

    1950 — a.k.a. Rashomon, in 34 top lists Check
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    Killer of Sheep

    1978, in 14 top lists Check
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    Stalker

    1979, in 22 top lists Check
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    Barry Lyndon

    1975, in 24 top lists Check
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    La battaglia di Algeri

    1966 — a.k.a. The Battle of Algiers, in 29 top lists Check
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    North by Northwest

    1959, in 30 top lists Check
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    Ordet

    1955, in 21 top lists Check
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    Wanda

    1970, in 11 top lists Check
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    Les quatre cents coups

    1959 — a.k.a. The 400 Blows, in 26 top lists Check