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Roger Ebert (Sight & Sound) Top 10 Films

Roger Joseph Ebert was an American film critic, historian, journalist, screenwriter, and author. He was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. In 1975, Ebert became the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Ebert compiled “best of the year” movie lists beginning in 1967 until 2012, thereby helping provide an overview of his critical preferences.

Below are his picks for the Sight & Sound Critic’s Poll for 2012. There was one change from his ballot for 2002 with Malick’s The Tree of Life replacing Dekalog.

2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 Stanley Kubrick
Aguirre, Wrath of God 1972 Werner Herzog
Apocalypse Now 1979 Francis Ford Coppola
Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles
La dolce vita 1960 Federico Fellini
The General 1926 Buster Keaton
Raging Bull 1980 Martin Scorsese
Tokyo Story 1953 Ozu Yasujirô
Tree of Life, The 2010 Terrence Malick
Vertigo 1958 Alfred Hitchcock

Below are his top 10 films submitted for Sight & Sound’s Critic’s Greatest Films of All Time Poll (2002).

  1. Aguirre, Wrath of God (Herzog)
  2. Apocalypse Now (Coppola)
  3. Citizen Kane (Welles)
  4. Dekalog (Kieslowski)
  5. La dolce vita (Fellini)
  6. The General (Keaton)
  7. Raging Bull (Scorsese)
  8. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)
  9. Tokyo Story (Ozu)
  10. Vertigo (Hitchcock)

The Great Movies (Paperback)
The Great Movies II (Paperback)
The Great Movies III (Paperback)
Roger Ebert’s Four-Star Reviews 1967-2007 (Paperback)
The Great Movies IV (Hardcover)
A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length: More Movies That Suck (Paperback)
Your Movie Sucks (Paperback)
Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert: Second Edition (Paperback)