The Pendragon Society’s 1000 Greatest Films of All-Time 2021 – In 2021 we began polling for our annual greatest films of all-time list. We asked our site administrators and other contributors to name their 100 best films and these ballots were combined with results from many of the external critics, industry and user polls and ranking systems. The purpose of this poll is not to produce the most definitive of film lists, (an impossible aim given that the ranking of films in these ways is an entirely subjective exercise), but to get fans of the moving image debating what constitutes great cinema. Hopefully, if nothing else, the resulting lists may give viewers a guide to what films might be worth watching!
Greatest Film Lists – A comprehensive list of the greatest film polls from publications all over the world. This includes lists compiled by magazine editors and those voted for by critics, directors and cinema-goers. If you know of any lists you feel should be included then let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sight & Sound’s 50 Greatest Films of All Time 2012 – Sight & Sound is a British monthly film magazine published by the British Film Institute (BFI). Every ten years since 1952 they have polled film directors and critics to put together a list of the greatest films of all time.
TSPDT: They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? 1,000 Greatest Films (2021 Revision) – The theyshootpictures.com list of the 1,000 Greatest Films of all-time (2021 revision) is the sixteenth edition of their annual list. It was published on the 27th of January 2021 and was primarily compiled from 6,952 individual critics’ and filmmakers’ personal lists/ballots of their favourite/best films.
Ran (1985) – Made possible by more of the overseas funding that helped reignite Kurosawa’s career in the 1970s and 80s, Ran tells the story of the ageing Warlord Hidetora Ichimonji who makes the decision to retire from his position as head of his family faction and split his kingdom between his three sons. Tragedy follows amid a visual splendour that helped to reinforce Kurosawa’s reputation as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of the 20th century.
Excalibur (1981) – John Boorman’s Arthurian epic should at the very least be applauded for it’s sheer audacity and stunning cinematography. It was unappreciated by most film critics at its time of release, but is now considered by many to be at least a flawed masterpiece. We are shown the legend of Arthur from his conception to his eventual death at Camlann.
Time Out’s 100 best movies of all-time – In 2016 Time Out weekly listings magazine polled actors to come up with their top 10 picks for the best films of all-time. From these vote they came up with a list of the 100 greatest films ever made.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) – The film follows foul mouthed Mildred (the outstanding Frances McDormand) who rents three long abandoned billboards to call attention to the rape and murder of her teenage daughter Angela seven months previously and the seemingly lackadaisical efforts of local law enforcement -popular Sheriff Bill Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) and officer Jason Dixon (Sam Rockwell), a dim-witted racist – to solve the case.
BBC’s 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century – In August 2016 the good old BBC compiled a list of the 100 greatest films of the 21st century from results gathered from 177 film Critics from around the world. The critics and academics were asked to pick their top ten films.
Tim Robey’s 100 greatest films of all time – In September 2017 Telegraph film critic Tim Robey picked his all-time favourite films. The list contains the arresting, the artful and the sheer entertaining and although Robey makes it clear he’s naming his favourite films rather than the most important, he includes some of the most acclaimed from both American and World Cinema.
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