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The Village Voice's top 100 Films of the 20th Century poll (2000)

by Wesley Weaver
The Village Voice's top 100 Films of the 20th Century poll (2000) by Wesley Weaver
In 2000, the Village Voice polled over 50 major American film critics, including Jonathan Rosenbaum, J. Hoberman, Andrew Sarris, Molly Haskell, and Kent Jones, to find the 100 best films of the 20th Century. The results are definitely eclectic, but also very much catered around the world of New York cinephile culture. Major kudos for actually having a film by a woman filmmaker in the Top 20, however. The list: 1| Citizen Kane / Welles 2| The Rules of the Game / Renoir 3| Vertigo / Hitchcock 4| The Searchers / Ford 5| Man with a Movie Camera / Vertov 6| Sunrise / Murnau 7| L’Atalante / Vigo 8| The Passion of Joan of Arc / Dreyer 9| Au hasard… Read more

In 2000, the Village Voice polled over 50 major American film critics, including Jonathan Rosenbaum, J. Hoberman, Andrew Sarris, Molly Haskell, and Kent Jones, to find the 100 best films of the 20th Century. The results are definitely eclectic, but also very much catered around the world of New York cinephile culture.

Major kudos for actually having a film by a woman filmmaker in the Top 20, however.

The list:
1| Citizen Kane / Welles
2| The Rules of the Game / Renoir
3| Vertigo / Hitchcock
4| The Searchers / Ford
5| Man with a Movie Camera / Vertov
6| Sunrise / Murnau
7| L’Atalante / Vigo
8| The Passion of Joan of Arc / Dreyer
9| Au hasard Balthazar / Bresson
10| Rashomon / Kurosawa
11| 2001: A Space Odyssey / Kubrick
12| The Godfather / Coppola
13| Pather Panchali / Ray, Satyajit
14| The Birth of a Nation / Griffith
15| The Wizard of Oz / Fleming
16| It’s a Wonderful Life / Capra
17| Ordet / Dreyer
18| Intolerance / Griffith
19| Jeanne Dielman / Akerman
20| Psycho / Hitchcock
21| Chinatown / Polanski
22| M / Lang
23| Seven Samurai / Kurosawa
24| Madame de… / Ophuls
25| The Magnificent Ambersons / Welles
26| A Man Escaped / Bresson
27| Broken Blossoms / Griffith
28| Greed / Von Stroheim
29| Ugetsu monogatari / Mizoguchi
30| The Third Man / Reed
31| The Godfather Part II / Coppola
32| The General / Keaton
33| The Seventh Seal / Bergman
34| Taxi Driver / Scorsese
35| The Night of the Hunter / Laughton
36| Tokyo Story / Ozu
37| Bicycle Thieves / De Sica
38| City Lights / Chaplin
39| King Kong / Cooper & Schoedsack
40| Metropolis / Lang
41| Vivre sa vie / Godard
42| Sherlock Jr. / Keaton
43| Aguirre, the Wrath of God / Herzog
44| Duck Soup / McCarey
45| Sunset Blvd. / Wilder
46| Barry Lyndon / Kubrick
47| The 400 Blows / Truffaut
48| Steamboat Bill Jr. / Keaton
49| Contempt / Godard
50| The Gold Rush / Chaplin
51| North by Northwest / Hitchcock
52| Hold Me While I’m Naked / Kuchar
53| The Rise to Power of Louis XIV / Rossellini
54| Pather Panchali, Aparajito, The World of Apu / Ray, Satyajit (yes, Pather Panchali appears on the list, twice, technically)
55| Touch of Evil / Welles
56| A Woman Under the Unfluence / Cassavetes
57| The Lady Eve / Sturges, Preston
58| The Conformist / Bertolucci
59| The Palm Beach Story / Sturges, Preston
60| The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance / Ford
61| Pickpocket / Bresson
62| An Actor’s Revenge / Ichikawa
63| Berlin Alexanderplatz / Fassbinder
64| Close-Up / Kiarostami
65| The Gospel According to St. Matthew / Pasolini
66| La Jetee / Marker
67| Modern Times / Chaplin
68| October / Eisenstein
69| Los Olvidados / Bunuel
70| Paisa / Rossellini
71| Performance / Roeg & Cammell
72| Shoah / Lanzmann
73| Singin’ in the Rain / Donen & Kelly
74| Two or Three Things I Know About Her / Godard
75| Umberto D. / De Sica
76| Les Vampires / Feuillade
77| All About Eve / Mankiewicz
78| All That Heaven Allows / Sirk
79| Battleship Potemkin / Eisenstein
80| Notorious / Hitchcock
81| Pierrot le fou / Godard
82| Fox and His Friends / Fassbinder
83| The Texas Chainsaw Massacre / Hooper
84| A Trip to the Moon / Melies
85| Wavelength / Snow
86| Ashes and Diamonds / Wajda
87| Beyond the Valley of the Dolls / Meyer
88| The Golden Coach / Renoir
89| Salo / Pasolini
90| Celine and Julie Go Boating / Rivette
91| Masculin, feminin / Godard
92| Nosferatu / Murnau
93| Star Wars / Lucas
94| Blade Runner / Scott, Ridley
95| Bride of Frankenstein / Whale
96| Jules et Jim / Truffaut
97| Landscape in the Mist / Angelopoulos
98| Mean Streets / Scorsese
99| Shadow of a Doubt / Hitchcock
100| Suspiria / Argento

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