The Sight & Sound Top 250 List

Below is the entire Sight & Sound Top 250 movies of all time by rank. Man, that’s a big list; it really hits home with us how many films we are going to have to watch to work our way to the end. But we are not intimidated! (And we hope you are impressed.)

Each time we discuss a film, we’ll add a link to the appropriate yammer, and we’ll do the same for directors who appear multiple times on this list. We realize there’s a whole lot of white on the list below, but do please forgive this current lack of links. We’re a little more than a third of the way through this journey, and much yammering remains to be done. But before long this whole thing will be scarlet.

If you’d like to learn more about the list and how it was chosen, please visit the British Film Institute here.

1 Vertigo 1958 Alfred Hitchcock
2 Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles
3 Tokyo Story 1953 Ozu Yasujiro
4 The Rules of the Game 1939 Jean Renoir
5 Sunrise 1927 F.W. Murnau
6 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 Stanley Kubrick
7 The Searchers 1956 John Ford
8 Man With a Movie Camera 1929 Dziga Vertov
9 The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928 Carl Theodor Dreyer
10 8 1/2 1963 Federico Fellini
11 Battleship Potemkin 1925 Sergei M. Eisenstein
12 L’Atalante 1934 Jean Vigo
13 Breathless 1960 Jean-Luc Godard
14 Apocalypse Now 1979 Francis Ford Coppola
15 Late Spring 1949 Ozu Yasujiro
16 Au Hasard Balthazar 1966 Robert Bresson
17 Seven Samurai 1954 Akira Kurosawa
17 Persona 1966 Ingmar Bergman
19 Mirror 1974 Andrei Tarkovsky
20 Singin’ in the Rain 1951 Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen
21 L’Avventura 1960 Michelangelo Antonioni
21 The Godfather 1972 Francis Ford Coppola
21 Le Mepris 1963 Jean-Luc Godard
24 Rashomon 1950 Akira Kurosawa
24 Ordet 1955 Carl Theodor Dreyer
24 In the Mood for Love 2000 Wong Kar Wai
27 Andrei Rublev 1966 Andrei Tarkovsky
28 Mulholland Drive 2003 David Lynch
29 Stalker 1979 Andrei Tarkovsky
29 Shoah 1985 Claude Lanzmann
31 Taxi Driver 1976 Martin Scorsese
31 The Godfather, Part II 1974 Francis Ford Coppola
33 Bicycle Thieves 1948 Vittorio de Sica
34 Psycho 1960 Alfred Hitchcock
34 The General 1926 Buster Keaton
36 Sátántangó 1994 Bela Tarr
36 Metropolis 1927 Fritz Lang
36 Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles 1975 Chantal Akerman
39 La Dolce Vita 1960 Federico Fellini
39 The 400 Blows 1959 Francois Truffaut
41 Pather Panchali 1955 Satyajit Ray
41 Journey to Italy 1954 Roberto Rossellini
43 Pierrot le Fou 1965 Jean-Luc Godard
43 Close-Up 1989 Abbas Kiarostami
43 Some Like It Hot 1959 Billy Wilder
43 Playtime 1967 Jacques Tati
43 Gertrud 1964 Carl Theodor Dreyer
48 Histoire(s) du Cinema Jean-Luc Godard
48 The Battle of Algiers 1966 Gillo Pontecorvo
50 City Lights 1931 Charlie Chaplin
50 Ugetsu Monogatari 1953 Mizoguchi Kenji
50 La Jetée 1962 Chris Marker
53 North by Northwest 1959 Alfred Hitchcock
53 Rear Window 1954 Alfred Hitchcock
53 Raging Bull 1980 Martin Scorsese
56 M 1931 Fritz Lang
57 The Leopard 1963 Luchino Visconti
57 Touch of Evil 1958 Orson Welles
59 Sherlock, Jr. 1924 Buster Keaton
59 Barry Lyndon 1975 Stanley Kubrick
59 La Maman et la Putain 1973 Jean Eustache
59 Sansho Dayu 1954 Mizoguchi Kenji
63 Wild Strawberries 1957 Ingmar Bergman
63 Modern Times 1936 Charlie Chaplin
63 Sunset Blvd. 1950 Billy Wilder
63 The Night of the Hunter 1955 Charles Laughton
63 Pickpocket 1959 Robert Bresson
63 Rio Bravo 1958 Howard Hawks
69 Blade Runner 1982 Ridley Scott
69 Blue Velvet 1986 David Lynch
69 Sans Soleil 1982 Chris Marker
69 A Man Escaped 1956 Robert Bresson
73 The Third Man 1949 Carol Reed
73 L’Eclisse 1962 Michelangelo Antonioni
73 Children of Paradise 1945 Marcel Carné
73 La Grande Illusion 1937 Jean Renoir
73 Nashville 1975 Robert Altman
78 Chinatown 1974 Roman Polanski
78 Beau Travail 1998 Claire Denis
78 Once Upon a Time in the West 1968 Sergio Leone
81 The Magnificent Ambersons 1942 Orson Welles
81 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 David Lean
81 The Spirit of the Beehive 1973 Victor Erice
84 Fanny and Alexander 1984 Ingmar Bergman
84 Casablanca 1942 Michael Curtiz
84 The Colour of Pomegranates 1968 Sergei Parajanov
84 Greed 1924 Erich von Stroheim
84 A Brighter Summer Day 1991 Edward Yang
84 The Wild Bunch 1969 Sam Peckinpah
90 Partie de Campagne 1936 Jean Renoir
90 Aguirre, Wrath of God 1972 Werner Herzog
90 A Matter of Life and Death 1946 Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger
93 The Seventh Seal 1957 Ingmar Bergman
93 Un Chien Andalou 1929 Luis Buñuel
93 Intolerance 1916 D.W. Griffith
93 A Once and a Two 1999 Edward Yang
93 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943 Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger
93 Touki Bouki 1973 Djibril Diop Mambety
93 Fear Eats the Soul 1974 Rainer Werner Fassbinder
93 Imitation of Life 1959 Douglas Sirk
93 Madame de… 1953 Max Ophüls
102 Wavelength 1967 Michael Snow
102 The Conformist 1970 Bernardo Bertolucci
102 The Travelling Players 1975 Theodorus Angelopoulos
102 Meshes of the Afternoon 1943 Maya Deren/Alexander Hammid
102 Two or Three Things I Know About Her 1967 Jean-Luc Godard
102 The Tree of Life 2010 Terence Malick
102 Ivan the Terrible, Part I 1945 Sergei M. Eisenstein
102 Last Year at Marienbad 1961 Alain Resnais
110 The Lady Eve 1941 Preston Sturges
110 Los Olvidados 1950 Luis Buñuel
110 Bringing Up Baby 1938 Howard Hawks
110 Performance 1970 Donald Cammell/Nicolas Roeg
110 The Passenger 1974 Michelangelo Antonioni
110 Viridiana 1961 Luis Buñuel
110 L’Age d’Or 1930 Luis Buñuel
117 A Canterbury Tale 1944 Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger
117 Mouchette 1966 Robert Bresson
117 Dr. Strangelove or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb 1963 Stanley Kubrick
117 Nosferatu 1922 F.W. Murnau
117 The Red Shoes 1948 Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger
117 Trouble in Paradise 1932 Ernst Lubitsch
117 A City of Sadness 1989 Hsiao-hsien Hou
117 Amarcord 1972 Federico Fellini
117 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1962 John Ford
117 Days of Heaven 1978 Terence Malick
127 Spring in a Small Town 1948 Fei Mu
127 Do the Right Thing 1989 Spike Lee
127 Out 1 1990 Jacques Rivette
127 Tropical Malady 2004 Apichatpong Weerasethakul
127 The River 1951 Jean Renoir
127 Jules et Jim 1962 Francois Truffaut
127 Pulp Fiction 1994 Quentin Tarantino
127 Meet Me in St. Louis 1944 Vincente Minnelli
127 L’Argent 1983 Robert Bresson
127 Ikiru 1952 Akira Kurosawa
127 Three Colors: Blue 1993 Krysztof Kielowski
127 Don’t Look Now 1973 Nicolas Roeg
127 Celine and Julie Go Boating 1974 Jacques Rivette
127 Annie Hall 1977 Woody Allen
127 The Apartment 1960 Billy Wilder
127 The Last Laugh 1924 F.W. Murnau
127 Hiroshima Mon Amour 1959 Alain Resnais
144 Blow Up 1966 Michelangelo Antonioni
144 The Great Dictator 1940 Charlie Chaplin
144 Memories of Underdevelopment 1968 Tomas Gutierrez Alea
144 Diary of a Country Priest 1951 Robert Bresson
144 Chungking Express 1994 Wong Kar Wai
144 To Be or Not To Be 1942 Ernst Lubitsch
144 A Woman Under the Influence 1974 John Cassavetes
144 Napoleon 1927 Abel Gance
144 Vivre Sa Vie 1962 Jean-Luc Godard
144 The Wizard of Oz 1939 Victor Fleming
154 Marketa Lazarova 1967 Frantisek Vlacil
154 Hidden 2004 Michael Haneke
154 The Shining 1980 Stanley Kubrick
154 Solaris 1972 Andrei Tarkovsky
154 Chimes at Midnight 1966 Orson Welles
154 The Gold Rush 1925 Charlie Chaplin
154 Letter from an Unknown Woman 1948 Max Ophüls
154 Brief Encounter 1945 David Lean
154 In a Lonely Place 1950 Nicholas Ray
154 Black Narcissus 1947 Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger
154 My Neighbor Totoro 1988 Miyazaki Hayao
154 Only Angels Have Wings 1939 Howard Hawks
154 Vampyr 1932 Carl Theodor Dreyer
154 Come and See 1985 Elem Klimov
154 Distant Voices, Still Lives 1988 Terence Davies
154 Once Upon a Time in America 1983 Sergio Leone
154 Cries and Whispers 1972 Ingmar Bergman
171 King Kong 1933 Merian C. Cooper/Ernest B. Schoedsack
171 The Werckmeister Harmonies 2000 Bela Tarr
171 Star Wars 1977 George Lucas
171 Notorious 1946 Alfred Hitchcock
171 His Girl Friday 1940 Howard Hawks
171 Goodfellas 1990 Martin Scorsese
171 The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 1964 Jacques Demy
171 A Trip to the Moon 1902 George Méliès
171 Sweet Smell of Success 1957 Alexander MacKendrick
171 Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949 Robert Hamer
171 Tabu 1931 F.W. Murnau
171 Earth 1930 Aleksander Dovzhenko
183 Breaking the Waves 1996 Lars von Trier
183 The Grapes of Wrath 1940 John Ford
183 Paris, Texas 1984 Wim Wenders
183 E.T. 1982 Steven Spielberg
183 Rome, Open City 1945 Roberto Rossellini
183 Faces 1968 John Cassavetes
183 The Music Room 1958 Satyajit Ray
183 The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums 1939 Mizoguchi Kenji
183 A Touch of Zen 1969 King Hu
183 Listen to Britain 1942 Humphrey Jennings/Stewart McAllister
183 Day of Wrath 1943 Carl Theodor Dreyer
183 The Thin Red Line 1998 Terence Malick
183 Eraserhead 1976 David Lynch
183 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974 Tobe Hooper
183 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 1972 Luis Buñuel
183 The Conversation 1974 Francis Ford Coppola
183 Out of the Past 1947 Jacques Tourneur
183 I Was Born, But… 1932 Ozu Yasujiro
183 “I Know Where I’m Going!” 1945 Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger
202 The Death of Mr Lazarescu 2005 Cristi Puiu
202 Red Desert 1964 Michelangelo Antonioni
202 Chelsea Girls 1966 Andy Warhol/Paul Morrissey
202 Badlands 1973 Terence Malick
202 Kings of the Road 1976 Wim Wenders
202 There Will Be Blood 2002 Paul Thomas Anderson
202 WALL-E 2008 Andrew Stanton
202 Berlin Alexanderplatz 1980 Rainer Werner Fassbinder
202 Videodrome 1983 David Cronenberg
202 Daisies 1966 Vera Chytilova
202 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 2010 Apichatpong Weerasethakul
202 Manhattan 1979 Woody Allen
202 Cleo From 5 to 7 1962 Agnes Varda
202 West of the Tracks 2002 Wang Bing
202 Russian Ark 2002 Aleksandr Sokurov
202 A Tale of Tales 1979 Yuri Norstein
202 Spirited Away 2001 Miyazaki Hayao
202 La Strada 1954 Federico Fellini
202 Paisà 1946 Roberto Rossellini
202 The Shop Around the Corner 1940 Ernst Lubitsch
202 The Big Sleep 1946 Howard Hawks
202 Killer of Sheep 1977 Charles Burnett
202 Wanda 1970 Barbara Loden
202 Germany, Year Zero 1948 Roberto Rossellini
202 The Life of Oharu 1952 Mizoguchi Kenji
202 Army of Shadows 1969 Jean-Pierre Melville
202 Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom 1975 Pier Paolo Pasolini
202 Duck Soup 1933 Leo McCarey
202 The Devil Probably 1977 Robert Bresson
202 The Turin Horse Bela Tarr
202 Love Streams 1984 John Cassavetes
202 The Exterminating Angel 1962 Luis Buñuel
202 Floating Clouds 1955 Naruse Mikio
235 The Piano 1992 Jane Campion
235 Gone With the Wind 1939 Victor Fleming
235 Melancholia 2011 Lars von Trier
235 The House Is Black 1962 Forough Farrokhzad
235 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 1920 Robert Wiene
235 Red River 1948 Howard Hawks/Arthur Rosson
235 A Clockwork Orange 1971 Stanley Kubrick
235 Two-Lane Blacktop 1971 Monte Hellman
235 An Autumn Afternoon 1962 Ozu Yasujiro
235 The Thin Blue Line 1989 Errol Morris
235 The World of Apu 1958 Satyajit Ray
235 The Testament of Dr. Mabuse 1933 Fritz Lang
235 My Darling Clementine 1946 John Ford
235 The Double Life of Veronique 1991 Krysztof Kielowski
235 Kes 1966 Ken Loach
235 Three Colors: Red 1994 Krysztof Kielowski
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