Sight & Sound: The Critic's Top 250

Once a decade since 1952, Sight & Sound asks critics around the world to pick the ten best films of all time.

In 2012, 846 lists were compiled from 73 countries and 2,045 films were cited. Below are the Top 250 films as picked by the critics. More about The Poll and Sight & Sound can be found here: explore.bfi.org.uk/sightandsoundpolls/2012/

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  • Vertigo

    1

  • Citizen Kane

    2

  • Tokyo Story

    3

  • The Rules of the Game

    4

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    5

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    6

  • The Searchers

    7

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    8

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    9

  • 8½

    10

  • Battleship Potemkin

    11

  • L'Atalante

    12

  • Breathless

    13

  • Apocalypse Now

    14

  • Late Spring

    15

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    16

  • Seven Samurai

    17

  • Persona

    18

  • Mirror

    19

  • Singin' in the Rain

    20

  • L'Avventura

    21

  • Contempt

    22

  • The Godfather

    23

  • Ordet

    24

  • In the Mood for Love

    25

  • Rashomon

    26

  • Andrei Rublev

    27

  • Mulholland Drive

    28

  • Stalker

    29

  • Shoah

    30

  • The Godfather: Part II

    31

  • Taxi Driver

    32

  • Bicycle Thieves

    33

  • The General

    34

  • Metropolis

    35

  • Psycho

    36

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    37

  • Satantango

    38

  • The 400 Blows

    39

  • La Dolce Vita

    40

  • Journey to Italy

    41

  • Pather Panchali

    42

  • Some Like It Hot

    43

  • Gertrud

    44

  • Pierrot le Fou

    45

  • PlayTime

    46

  • Close-Up

    47

  • The Battle of Algiers

    48

  • Histoire(s) du Cinéma: All the (Hi)stories

    49

  • City Lights

    50

  • Ugetsu

    51

  • La Jetée

    52

  • Rear Window

    53

  • North by Northwest

    54

  • Raging Bull

    55

  • M

    56

  • Touch of Evil

    57

  • The Leopard

    58

  • Sherlock, Jr.

    59

  • Sansho the Bailiff

    60

  • The Mother and the Whore

    61

  • Barry Lyndon

    62

  • Modern Times

    63

  • Sunset Boulevard

    64

  • The Night of the Hunter

    65

  • Wild Strawberries

    66

  • Rio Bravo

    67

  • Pickpocket

    68

  • A Man Escaped

    69

  • Blade Runner

    70

  • Sans Soleil

    71

  • Blue Velvet

    72

  • Grand Illusion

    73

  • Children of Paradise

    74

  • The Third Man

    75

  • L'Eclisse

    76

  • Nashville

    77

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    78

  • Chinatown

    79

  • Beau Travail

    80

  • The Magnificent Ambersons

    81

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    82

  • The Spirit of the Beehive

    83

  • Greed

    84

  • Casablanca

    85

  • The Color of Pomegranates

    86

  • The Wild Bunch

    87

  • Fanny and Alexander

    88

  • A Brighter Summer Day

    89

  • A Day in the Country

    90

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    91

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    92

  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    93

  • Un Chien Andalou

    94

  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    95

  • The Earrings of Madame de...

    96

  • The Seventh Seal

    97

  • Imitation of Life

    98

  • Touki Bouki

    99

  • Yi Yi

    100