The One-Line Review Presents “The 50 Greatest Films”

A 2009 poll of film-makers, critics, bloggers, historians, and other assorted cinephiles, attempting consensually to find “The 50 Greatest Films”. The full results (including individual lists) can be found here.

The top 50:

  1. Citizen Kane (1941)
  2. Vertigo (1958)
  3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  4. The Godfather (1972)
  5. Casablanca (1942)
  6. The Third Man (1949)
  7. Taxi Driver (1976)
  8. Seven Samurai (1954)
  9. Psycho (1960)
  10. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  11. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
  12. The Searchers (1956)
  13. Rear Window (1954)
  14. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
  15. Persona (1966)
  16. Chinatown (1974)
  17. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
  18. Sunrise (1927)
  19. Tokyo Story (1953)
  20. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  21. La Règle du Jeu (1939)
  22. 8½ (1963)
  23. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  24. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
  25. Apocalypse Now (1979)
  26. City Lights (1931)
  27. Bicycle Thieves (1948)
  28. Annie Hall (1977)
  29. Touch of Evil (1958)
  30. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
  31. Blade Runner (1982)
  32. M (1931)
  33. The General (1927)
  34. Some Like It Hot (1959)
  35. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
  36. The Four Hundred Blows (1959)
  37. Duck Soup (1933)
  38. Double Indemnity (1944)
  39. Raging Bull (1980)
  40. All About Eve (1950)
  41. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  42. The Apartment (1960)
  43. La Grande Illusion (1937)
  44. Ikiru (1952)
  45. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
  46. Rashomon (1950)
  47. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  48. Do the Right Thing (1989)
  49. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
  50. L'Avventura (1960)

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