The 1,000 Greatest Films (Introduction)

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INTRODUCTION to the 1,000 Greatest Films
Current Version: January 2019 (14th edition)
Published on January 21, 2019
Hello fellow film buffs, and welcome to the fourteenth edition of TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films. I hope you enjoy it, and more importantly, I hope you will discover some more great movies.

Film as an art-form continues to flourish (generally-speaking), and hopefully projects like this help us to stop and think, and reflect on some of cinema's finest moments, finest filmmakers, and ultimately, finest films. The 1,000 Greatest Films, as you would expect from the title of this project, receive the most attention on these pages. However, I urge everyone to look beyond them and delve into the provided starting list of over 18,500 films. Your next favourite cinematic experience is more than likely in there somewhere.

A Personal Digression #1: The Claude Chabrol Mystery
I really, really like the films of Claude Chabrol, and it struck me again, whilst compiling this fourteenth edition, that there are still no Claude Chabrol films in the 1,000 Greatest listing. None, zilch. On the plus-side, he figures in the Top 250 Directors listing, which partially makes up for this, and pays respect to his overall filmography, rather than just one or two of his finely-crafted works. With this in mind, I'd love to hear from you (in the comments section below) with respects to which other films/directors you believe have been unfairly overlooked. Go your hardest!

Anyway, let's get back on track. Despite the addition of over 900 more lists during 2018, the net result is just 31 changes to the 1,000 Greatest Films listing. Only eleven of these (Broadcast News, Carnival of Souls, Cría cuervos, Diary, Elevator to the Gallows, Enter the Dragon, Good Morning, Irréversible, Let the Right One In, Stand by Me, Stroszek) make their debut on the list, whereas the other twenty films are re-entries.

The number of best-of/all-time individual lists now tallies 6,344 (from 4,926 critics/filmmakers). The number of miscellaneous lists used (genre-based, country-based, etc.) now sits at 4,392. That’s 10,736 unique lists in total.

In summary, here is the breakdown of individual best-of/all-time ballots used, or if you like, from where I have begged, borrowed and stolen:

Sight & Sound 1952-2012 (1,984 ballots)
Rotten Tomatoes 2003-2018 (208 ballots) UPDATED
Senses of Cinema 2000-2007 (201 ballots)
Kino Muzeum’s 2015 poll (183 ballots)
Filmes do Chico 2013-2017 (174 ballots) UPDATED
Nickel Odeon 1994-1998 (136 ballots)
Time Out's 1995 poll (128 ballots)
Cinephilia's 2012 poll (121 ballots)
El Mundo's 1995 poll (100 ballots)
Your Movie Database (YMDB) Critics Corner 2002-2005 (99 ballots)
Kinema Junpo 1999-2009 (97 ballots) UPDATED
PBS Independent Lens 2005-2008 (83 ballots)
John Kobal Presents the Top 100 Movies [Book] (1988) (81 ballots)
Film-Magazine's (Iran) 2009 poll (81 ballots)
Steadycam's 2007 poll (79 ballots)
Facets 2003-2008 (76 ballots)
The Cinematheque's Top 10 Project 2005-2009 (74 ballots)
Empire 1989-2017 (74 ballots)
Positif’s 1991 poll (72 ballots)
One-Line Review's 2009 poll (69 ballots)
La Cinetek 2014-2018 (64 ballots) UPDATED
El Pais
2009-2010 (60 ballots)
Cinematheque Belgique's 1952 poll (53 ballots)
Faróis do Cinema 2010-2015 (51 ballots) UPDATED
Libre Journal du Cinéma's 2009 poll (50 ballots)
The Village Voice's 1999 poll (49 ballots)
Edições Cinematógrafo’s 1982 poll (48 ballots)
IndieWire 1996-2018 (48 ballots) UPDATED
TCM Spain’s
2009 poll (48 ballots)
PopCornQ's 1997 poll (45 ballots)
Federazione Italiana Cineforum's 2013 poll (44 ballots)
Le CiNéMa Club 2015-2018 (43 ballots) UPDATED
Fifty Filmmakers (2002 book) (42 ballots)
HKCinema’s 2011 poll (42 ballots) 2009-2018 (38 ballots) UPDATED
Ventana Indiscreta 2010 & 2013 (37 ballots)
Mingpao Weekly's 1995 poll (36 ballots) NEW
Beijing News 2011-2012 (35 ballots)
Ta Nea’s
2009 poll (34 ballots) UPDATED
BBC: Calling the Shots 2003-2006 (32 ballots)
Cineticle 2013-2015 (32 ballots)
Dirigido Por’s 1992 poll (32 ballots)
Cinemania’s 2012 poll (31 ballots)
The Skuriels’ 2012 poll (31 ballots)
Epoca 2000 & 2003 (30 ballots) UPDATED
Sodankylä Ikuisesti: Desert Island Films (1996) (29 ballots)
You Gotta See This (2007 book) (29 ballots)
Profil’s 2004 poll (28 ballots)
Jonathan Rosenbaum’s 1976 poll (27 ballots)
Metro 2012-2014 (27 ballots) UPDATED
Film-Mag's 2011 poll (26 ballots)
Newsweek 2002-2009 (25 ballots)
Plus 978 more ballots from other sources.

TSPDT’s Top 10 Greatest Films
1. Citizen Kane (1)
2. Vertigo (2)
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (3)
4. The Rules of the Game (4)
5. Tokyo Story (5)
6. 8½ (7)
7. The Godfather (6)
8. Sunrise (8)
9. The Searchers (9)
10. The Seven Samurai (10)

Listed below are the biggest winners and losers in this year’s edition:

The Winners – Top Climbers within the 1,000
O Bandido da Luz Vermelha (1968), 979 to 799 (up 180)
Sawdust and Tinsel (1953), 962 to 805 (up 157)
Outskirts (1933), 974 to 839 (up 135)
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933), 707 to 574 (up 133)
The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966), 900 to 770 (up 130)

The Winners – Highest Entrants into the 1,000
Audition (1999), ranked 702
Let the Right One In (2008), ranked 709
Amour (2012), ranked 723
Irréversible (2002), ranked 763
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011), ranked 801

The Losers – Biggest Fallers within the 1,000
The Ice Storm (1997), 851 to 972 (down 121)
Olympia (1938), 751 to 831 (down 80)
The Last Emperor (1987), 747 to 813 (down 66)
Dracula (1958), 896 to 960 (down 64)
Angel (1937), 905 to 968 (down 63)

The Losers – Biggest Fallers from the 1,000
Superman (1978), formerly ranked 685
L'Enfant secret (1982), formerly ranked 895
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring (2003), formerly ranked 897
A Grin Without a Cat (1977), formerly ranked 932
India: Matri Bhumi (1959), formerly ranked 941

Narrowed down from a starting list of 18,586 films (an increase of 1,243 films from last year), this is quite possibly the most definitive guide to the most-acclaimed movies of all-time. At the very least it is a rather spiffy place for all budding/established film buffs to commence/enhance their cinematic experiences. So what are you waiting for? Start that checklist now!

Thank you to everyone that has contributed lists and/or lent their support towards this venture over the years.

You Can Help… If you have access to any additional film lists from critics and/or filmmakers that you think I may have missed, then of course I’d love to see them. Please send all lists to And, as always, I would love to read any feedback (good, bad, or otherwise) you have on this ongoing project.

Begin browsing the 1,000 Greatest Films.

A Personal Digression #2: The Best Films I Saw During 2018.
For what it’s worth, here are (in no particular order) some of the best films (new or old) that I saw during the 2018 calendar year: Roma (2018, Alfonso Cuarón), The Goddess (1934, Wu Yonggang), Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971, Robert Bresson), The Eddy Duchin Story (1956, George Sidney), Symphony in Slang (1951, Tex Avery), The Florida Project (2017, Sean Baker), The Favourite (2018, Yorgos Lanthimos), India: Matri Bhumi (1959, Roberto Rossellini), That Night's Wife (1930, Yasujiro Ozu), La Sapienza (2014, Eugène Green), The Touch (1971, Ingmar Bergman), The Dreamed Path (2016, Angela Schanelec), Zama (2017, Lucrecia Martel), Eighth Grade (2018, Bo Burnham), Western (2017, Valeska Girisebach), So Big! (1932, William Wellman), A Fantastic Woman (2017, Sebastián Lelio), Devi (1960, Satyajit Ray), Drag-A-Long Droopy (1954, Tex Avery), Deputy Droopy (1955, Tex Avery & Michael Lah), Let the Sunshine In (2017, Claire Denis), La Prisonnière (1968, Henri-Georges Clouzot), Louis Lumière (1968, Eric Rohmer), Le Pont des Arts (2004, Eugène Green), Nocturama (2016, Bertrand Bonello), Prince of Foxes (1949, Henry King), Faces Places (2017, Agnès Varda & JR), La Morte rouge (2006, Victor Erice). Wormwood (2017, Errol Morris), The Frozen North (1922, Buster Keaton & Eddie Cline), Beggars of Life (1928, William Wellman), Hermia & Helena (2016, Matias Piñeiro), The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom? (2007, Adam Curtis), Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016, Bill Morrison), Eight Hours Don't Make a Day (1972-73, Rainer Werner Fassbinder).
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