Wednesday, August 01, 2012

CGAA Cinema: Sight and Sound Critics and Directors Top 10 2012!

Every decade, the BFI's magazine Sight and Sound compile a list of the top 10 films of all time, as voted for by pretty much every leading critic and director of film the world over. Surprisingly for 2012, Citizen Kane has been bumped off the top spot for critics for the first time since 1962 and similarly bumped down to second place in the directors top 10. I suppose Roger Ebert can no longer call it the official greatest film of all time! Yasujiro Ozu's brilliant and touching Tokyo Story takes top spot in Directors Top 10! I'm a huge fan of Ozu so consider me me very happy at this! Tokyo Story is possibly the most poignant and timeless film ever made in my opinion. I suppose the big surprise is Vertov's modernist masterpiece Man with a Movie Camera but otherwise the two lists have come out pretty much as expected.


1. Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)

2. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)

3. Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)

4. La Regle du jeu (Renoir, 1939)

5. Sunrise: a Song for Two Humans (Murnau, 1927)

6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)

7. The Searchers (Ford, 1956)

8. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)

9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, 1927)

10. 8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)


1. Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)

=2 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)

=2 Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)

4. 8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)

5. Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976)

6. Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)

=7 The Godfather (Coppola, 1972)

=7 Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)

9. Mirror (Tarkovsky, 1974)

10. Bicycle Thieves (De Sica, 1948)


  1. ... and as an added caveat is the CGAA Cinema banner is comprised of a picture of Dziga Vertov ( director of Man With a Movie Camera) and HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey! I'm ahead of the current trends. ;-) I couldn't quite work Jimmy Stewart in there though...

  2. Godard had four films the Top 50 I believe. Breathless was highest at 13 and he actually had the most films overall.