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Sight and Sound Polls

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Every ten years, the British film magazine Sight & Sound polls a number of film critics and directors worldwide and compiles the lists for the "definitive" list of the world's greatest films.

2012 Critics' Poll
1. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958) (191 votes)
2. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) (157 votes)
3. Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953) (107 votes)
4. The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir, 1939) (100 votes)
5. Sunrise (F.W. Murnau, 1927) (93 votes)
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) (90 votes)
7. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956) (78 votes)
8. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929) (68 votes)
9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928) (65 votes)
10. 8 ½ (Federico Fellini, 1963) (64 votes)

2012 Directors' Poll
1. Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)
2 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
2 Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
4. 8 ½ (Federico Fellini, 1963)
5. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
6. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
7. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
7. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
9. Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974)
10. Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, 1948)

2002 Critics' Poll
1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
2. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
3. La Régle du jeu/The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
4. The Godfather and The Godfather Part II (1972-74, Francis Ford Coppola)
5. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
7. Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
8. Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
9. 8 ½ (1963, Federico Fellini)
10. Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly)

2002 Directors' Poll
1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
2. The Godfather and The Godfather Part II (1972-74, Francis Ford Coppola)
3. 8 ½ (1963, Federico Fellini)
4. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
5. Dr. Strangelove (1964, Stanley Kubrick)
6. Bicycle Thieves/The Bicycle Thief (1949, Vittorio De Sica)
7. Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)
8. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
9. La Régle du jeu/The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
(TIE) Rashomon (1950, Akira Kurosawa)
(TIE) Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)

1992 Critics' Poll
1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
2. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
3. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
4. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
5. The Searchers (1956, John Ford)
6. Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
(tie) L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
(tie) The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Dreyer)
(tie) Pather Panchali (1955, Satyajit Ray)
10. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)

1992 Director's Poll
1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
2. 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini)
(tie) Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)
4. The Godfather Trilogy (1972, 74, 90, Francis Ford Coppola)
5. La Strada (1954, Federico Fellini)
6. L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
7. Modern Times (1936, Charles Chaplin)
(tie) Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Dreyer)
(tie) Rashomon (1950, Akira Kurosawa)
(tie) Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)

1982 Poll
1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
2. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
3. Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly)
(tie) Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
5. 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini)
6. Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
7. L'Avventura (1960, Michelangelo Antonioni)
(tie) The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)
(tie) Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
10. The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
(tie) The Searchers (1956, John Ford)
12. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
(tie) Andrei Rublev (1966, Andrei Tarkovsky)
14. Greed (1925, Erich von Stroheim)
(tie) Jules and Jim (1961, Francois Truffaut)
(tie) The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)

1972 Poll
1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
2. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
3. Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
4. 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini)
5. L'Avventura (1960, Michelangelo Antonioni)
(tie) Persona (1966, Ingmar Bergman)
7. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Dreyer)
8. The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
(tie) The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)
10. Ugetsu (1953, Kenji Mizoguchi)
(tie) Wild Strawberries (1957, Ingmar Bergman)

1962 Poll
1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
2. L'Avventura (1960, Michelangelo Antonioni)
3. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
4. Greed (1925, Erich von Stroheim)
(tie) Ugetsu (1953, Kenji Mizoguchi)
6. Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
(tie) The Bicycle Thief (1949, Vittorio De Sica)
(tie) Ivan the Terrible (1943, Sergei Eisenstein)
9. La Terra Trema (1947, Luchino Visconti)
10. L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)

1952 Poll
1. The Bicycle Thief (1949, Vittorio De Sica)
2. City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
(tie) The Gold Rush (1925, Charles Chaplin)
4. Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
5. Louisiana Story (1948, Robert Flaherty)
(tie) Intolerance (1916, D.W. Griffith)
7. Greed (1925, Erich von Stroheim)
(tie) Le Jour Se Leve (1939, Marcel Carne)
(tie) The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Dreyer)
10. Brief Encounter (1945, David Lean)
(tie) Le Million (1931, Rene Clair)
(tie) The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)


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Consensus (9 Lists)
1. Citizen Kane (9 mentions)
2. The Rules of the Game (8 mentions)
3. 8 ½ (7 mentions)
4. Vertigo (7 mentions)
5. Battleship Potemkin (6 mentions)
6. The Passion of Joan of Arc (5 mentions)
7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (5 mentions)
8. Bicycle Thieves (4 mentions)
9. The Godfather (4 mentions)
10. Tokyo Story (4 mentions)

- 3 mentions -
L'Atalante
L'Avventura
The Godfather Part II
Greed
The Searchers
Seven Samurai

- 2 mentions -
The Magnificent Ambersons
The General
Raging Bull
Rashomon
Singin' in the Rain
Sunrise
Ugetsu

- 1 mention -
Andrei Rublev
Apocalypse Now
Brief Encounter
City Lights
Dr. Strangelove
The Gold Rush
Intolerance
Ivan the Terrible
Le Jour Se Leve
Jules and Jim
Lawrence of Arabia
Louisiana Story
Man with a Movie Camera
Le Million
Mirror
Modern Times
Pather Panchali
Persona
La Strada
Taxi Driver
La Terra Trema
The Third Man
Wild Strawberries

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