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Sight & Sound's Greatest Films of All-Time (Hall of Fame Method)

by Michael Biberkopf
Sight & Sound's Greatest Films of All-Time (Hall of Fame Method) by Michael Biberkopf
Inspired by scholar Kristin Thompson, I’ve decided to follow her advice by recreating Sight & Sound’s 7 famous polls from the past 60 years by using the “Hall of Fame” method. This method only allows a film to reach the top 10 once; once the film hits the top 10, it can no longer be voted on, as its status in the “Hall of Fame” has been cemented. 1952 Bicycle Thieves (1948, De Sica) City Lights (1930, Chaplin) The Gold Rush (1925, Chaplin) Battleship Potemkin (1925, Eisenstein) Intolerance (1916, Griffith) Louisiana Story (1949, Flaherty) Greed (1925, Stroheim) Le Jour se leve (1939, Carne) The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Dreyer) Brief… Read more

Inspired by scholar Kristin Thompson, I’ve decided to follow her advice by recreating Sight & Sound’s 7 famous polls from the past 60 years by using the “Hall of Fame” method. This method only allows a film to reach the top 10 once; once the film hits the top 10, it can no longer be voted on, as its status in the “Hall of Fame” has been cemented.

1952
Bicycle Thieves (1948, De Sica)
City Lights (1930, Chaplin)
The Gold Rush (1925, Chaplin)
Battleship Potemkin (1925, Eisenstein)
Intolerance (1916, Griffith)
Louisiana Story (1949, Flaherty)
Greed (1925, Stroheim)
Le Jour se leve (1939, Carne)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Dreyer)
Brief Encounter (1946, Lean)
Le Million (1931, Clair)
La Regle du jeu (1939, Renoir)

1962
Citizen Kane (1941, Welles)
L’avventura (1960, Antonioni)
Ugetsu Monogatari (1953, Mizoguchi)
Ivan the Terrible, Parts I and II (1944, 1958, Eisenstein)
La terra trema (1948, Visconti)
L’Atalante (1934, Vigo)
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959, Resnais)
Pather Panchali (1955, Ray)
Zero for Conduct (1930, Vigo)
The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (1938, Donskoy)

1972
8 ½ (1963, Fellini)
Persona (1967, Bergman)
The General (1927, Keaton and Bruckman)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Welles)
Wild Strawberries (1957, Bergman)
Ikiru (1952, Kurosawa)
Pierrot le fou (1965, Godard)
Vertigo (1958, Hitchcock)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Kubrick)
La Grande Illusion (1937, Renoir)
Mouchette (1967, Bresson)
The Searchers (1956, Ford)
Sunrise (1927, Murnau)
Viridiana (1961, Bunuel)

1982
Seven Samuria (1954, Kurosawa)
Singin’ in the Rain (1952, Donen and Kelly)
Andrei Rublev (1969, Tarkovsky)
Jules et Jim (1961, Truffaut)
The Third Man (1949, Reed)
The Godfather (1972, Coppola)
Tokyo Story (1953, Ozu)
Touch of Evil (1958, Welles)
The Children of Paradise (1943, Carne)
Contempt (1963, Godard)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972, Bunuel)
The Earrings of Madame de… (1953, Ophuls)
Modern Times (1936, Chaplin)

*1992
Raging Bull (1980, Scorsese)
The Godfather Part II (1974, Coppola)
Rashomon (1950, Kurosawa)
La Strada (1956, Fellini)
Breathless (1960, Godard)
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948, Ophuls)
Paisan (1945, Rossellini)
La Dolce vita (1961, Fellini)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962, Lean)
Rear Window (1954, Hitchcock)
Some Like It Hot (1959, Wilder)
The Wizard of Oz (1939, Flemming)

*2002

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, Kubrick)
Psycho (1960, Hitchcock)
Sunset Blvd. (1950, Wilder)
Fanny and Alexander (1982, Bergman)
The Mirror (1975, Tarkovsky)
The Apartment (1960, Wilder)
Apocalypse Now (1979, Coppola)
Au hazard Balthazar (1966, Bresson)
The Seventh Seal (1957, Bergman)
Taxi Driver (1976, Scorsese)

*2012
Man with a Movie Camera (1929, Vertov)
Ordet (1955, Dreyer)
The 400 Blows (1959, Truffaut)
Late Spring (1949, Ozu)
Stalker (1979, Tarkovsky)
In the Mood for Love (2000, Wong)
Shoah (1985, Lanzmann)
Mulholland Dr. (2001, Lynch)
The Battle of Algiers (1966, Pontecorvo)
Barry Lyndon (1975, Kubrick)

  • = Combines both Critics and Directors’ votes
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