Top ten lists are inherently subjective and constantly open to debate, hence the reason, among others, that every year ends with a multitude of Top Ten Movies of the Year posts by bloggers, critics and entertainment industry folks.
The British Film Institute's Sight and Sound magazine published the results of a critics and directors poll of the top ten films of all time. What separates this poll from most others is that it is taken every ten years and aims to factor in generational tastes. Participants are asked to interpret the term "greatest" in any way they choose whether that means the film is important to cinematic history, represented an aesthetic pinnacle of achievement or perhaps had a personal impact on the view of cinema.
This year's poll sampled 846 film critics, academics, distributors, writers and programmers from all around the world. They voted for 2,045 movie titles overall. Separately, 358 film directors were surveyed, including Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen.
You can view the full lists here, but for the sake of brevity, here are the top ten films from each group.
Critics Top Ten Films of All-Time:
1.) Vertigo (1958) directed by Alfred Hitchcock
2.) Citizen Kane (1941) directed by Orson Welles
3.) Tokyo Story (1953) directed by Ozu Yasujiro
4.) La Regle du jeu (1939) directed by Jean Renoir
5.) Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) directed by F.W. Murnau
6.) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) directed by Stanley Kubrick
7.) The Searchers (1956) directed by John Ford
8.) Man with a Movie Camera (1939) directed by Dziga Vertov
9.) The Passion of Joan of Arc (1927) directed by Carl Dreyer
10.) 8 ½ (1963) directed by Federico Fellini
Directors Top Ten Films of All-Time:
1.) Tokyo Story (1953)
2.) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2.) Citizen Kane (1941)
4.) 8 ½ (1963)
5.) Taxi Driver (1980, Scorsese)
6.) Apocalypse Now (1979, Coppola)
7.) The Godfather (1972, Coppola)
7.) Vertigo (1958)
9.) Mirror (1974, Tarkovsky)
10.) Bicycle Thieves (1948, De Sica)
So there you have it. Are there any favorites that made either list? Do you agree with these picks? Are there any films that should be in the top ten list of all-time?