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The 10 Best Films Ever Made According to 800 Critics


‘Sight and Sound Magazine’ released a list with the finest films ever made, which includes at least 10 films that revolutionised the way we narrate fiction.

Since films were developed in 1895, their industry has grown enormously and has established itself as one of the best outlets for artistic and entertainment expressions. Its development as a form of art has included some of the most brilliant creators of our time, who have told wonderful stories and conjugated the command over several factors that make a film good.

Photography, stage directions, lighting, a good script, and a sensitive art direction are but a few of the key ingredients that a memorable cinematic piece must include. There are films that have changed philosophical tendencies, brought inspiration to the lives of thousands or simply burgeoned with new ways of conceiving reality.

There are those who say a good filmmaker is a complete artist, since at once he embodies a photographer, an interior designer, a landscape artist, actor, writer, and above all else, a visionary. Recognizing the latter, the prestigious Sight & Sound Magazine, created by the British Film Institute, put together a list with the 10 best films in the history of filmmaking according to more than 800 recognized film critics.

The results read as follows:

1. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)

2. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)

3. Tokyo Story (Yasujirô Ozu, 1953)

4. La Règle du jeu (Jean Renoir, 1939)

5. Sunrise (F.W. Murnau, 1927)

6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)

7. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)

8. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)

9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)

10. 8½ (Federico Fellini, 1963)

By this list it seems as if the development of film had given its best pieces in the 60s –– it’s interesting that the top 10 are films that are over half a century old. This list will undoubtedly lead to a fair amount of controversy, considering of course the subjective nature of any selection. What remains true, nonetheless, is that all the aforementioned pieces represent an undeniable reference to conceive, enjoy and value filmmaking from its purest manifestation: cinematography itself.

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