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2022 Updates

NEW 11/11/22 Update….
Hi Movie Buffs, Please accept my sincere apology for the lack of TSPDT activity this year. However, things are looking up. The good news is that I am still kicking, and the even better news is that I am working (feverishly, by my standards) on refreshing TSPDT soon. My plan is to roll out the updated website in January, hand-in-hand with the next update of the 1,000 Greatest Films, which will, of course, include all of the 2022 Sight & Sound ballots (that will be revealed later this month). I'm certain we will see some momentous changes to the 1,000 Greatest Films, and - as a 'by-product' - down the track to the 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films as well. In more good news, I have retired from all full-time work and I now look forward to spending more time around here, poking around, crashing pages, etc. So, in summary, more silence for the rest of November and December, but TSPDT to return to life in January. Thank you for your patience. Best regards, Bill.

5/8/22 Update…
Hi All Again, Just thought I'd drop by these neglected parts to advise that my health is on the improve, and things are starting to get rolling again TSPDT-wise (at least in my head, if not yet online). Watching movies again without any discomfort is a particularly sublime, and familiar pleasure. In terms of actual TSPDT-related work, I have begun preparing the TSPDT database for the forthcoming 2023 updates (which will, of course, include this year's Sight & Sound poll), and I am testing/contemplating some new looks for the website, as well as slowly working my way through TSPDT's overstuffed, cobwebbed inbox. Ongoing apologies to those that still haven't received an email reply, and thanks to everyone for their kind support. Also a shout-out to all of you that have been sending me lists for consideration. Your contributions are much appreciated. Many thanks, Bill.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER?
4/5/22 Update…

Hi All, Vicki and myself have finally completed our collation of 2021 end-of-year lists, and subsequently updated
The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films rankings. As per the Greatest Films update on 10/2/22, we have not updated The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films pages. They will continue to display the 2021/14th edition. My main goal for the rest of 2022 is to get my health in order. Fingers-crossed, thereafter, the 2023 updates will hopefully return to normal, with a thorough update of all relevant pages. Thank you for your patience and understanding, and I promise that we will respond to all your emails, at some point, no matter how old they are! Many thanks, Bill.

For now, please click below to download the
The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films starting list of 9,412 films (the 15th edition).
2022 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films Starting List

Additionally, below is our list of 2021's 50 most critically-acclaimed films.

TSPDT's 50 Most Critically-Acclaimed Films of 2021 (based only on 2021 end-of-year ballots)
1. DRIVE MY CAR Ryusuke Hamaguchi
2. THE POWER OF THE DOG Jane Campion
3. MEMORIA Apichatpong Weerasethakul
4. PETITE MAMAN Céline Sciamma
5. THE SOUVENIR: PART II Joanna Hogg
6. WHAT DO WE SEE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SKY? Aleksandre Koberidze
7. WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY Ryusuke Hamaguchi
8. SUMMER OF SOUL (...OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED) Questlove
9. ANNETTE Leos Carax
10. BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN Radu Jude
11. THE GREEN KNIGHT David Lowery
12. TITANE Julia Ducournau
13. LICORICE PIZZA Paul Thomas Anderson
14. THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD Joachim Trier
15. DUNE Denis Villeneuve
16. THE VELVET UNDERGROUND Todd Haynes
17. THE CARD COUNTER Paul Schrader
18. WEST SIDE STORY Steven Spielberg
19. RED ROCKET Sean Baker
20. BERGMAN ISLAND Mia Hansen-Løve
21. THE FRENCH DISPATCH Wes Anderson
22. BENEDETTA Paul Verhoeven
23. THE LOST DAUGHTER Maggie Gyllenhaal
24. PIG Michael Sarnoski
25. SPENCER Pablo Larraín
26. FLEE Jonas Poher Rasmussen
27. THE TSUGUA DIARIES Maureen Fazendeiro & Miguel Gomes
28. FIRST COW Kelly Reichardt
29. THE HOLE Michelangelo Frammartino
30. PARALLEL MOTHERS Pedro Almodóvar
31. ALL LIGHT, EVERYWHERE Theo Anthony
32. IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE Hong Sang-soo
33. AZOR Andreas Fontana
34. ZOLA Janicza Bravo
35. NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao
36. AHED'S KNEE Nadav Lapid
37. A NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING Payal Kapadia
38. PASSING Rebecca Hall
39. CENSOR Prano Bailey-Bond
40. QUO VADIS, AIDA? Jasmila Zbanic
41. UNDINE Christian Petzold
42. THE GREAT MOVEMENT Kiro Russo
43. MALIGNANT James Wan
44. A HERO Asghar Farhadi
45. THE BEATLES: GET BACK Peter Jackson
46. C'MON C'MON Mike Mills
47. THE MITCHELLS VS THE MACHINES Michael Rianda & Jeff Rowe
48. THE FATHER Florian Zeller
49. TRAIN AGAIN Peter Tscherkassky
50. BENEDICTION Terence Davies
27/2/22 Update… The selected filmography on each director's page has been updated to reflect the new 2022 Greatest Film rankings. The 1,000 Greatest Films pages, however, have not been updated. They continue to display the 2021/16th edition. Our priority, at the moment, is to complete the 21st Century ranking updates which we will make available via the traditional 'starting list' spreadsheet, as we did below for the Greatest Films. Thank you for your patience!
10/2/22 Update… Updates to the website are still on hold for the foreseeable future (they will continue to reflect 2021's rankings), however, thanks to some invaluable assistance from Vicki Platt, we have managed (and decided) to make available the new Greatest Films starting list with all of the new rankings for 2022. This is the 17th edition of the 1,000 Greatest Films project.
2022 Greatest Films Starting List
We will likely do the same for the 2022 update of the 21st Century list, after the new rankings have been calculated.
January… Unfortunately, due to an ongoing illness on my part (no, not the 'C' one, and no, nothing life-threatening), the annual updates to the 1,000 Greatest Films and 21st Century sections will be delayed, until further notice. Although, in early December, I had made an earnest start to this year's updates, the illness I contracted (at around about the same time) currently prevents me from being able to sit at a desk for prolonged periods of time, and effectively focus on the task at hand. I will absolutely endeavour to get the updates done as soon as I can, however I am unable to set a new timeframe for now. Additionally, apologies for my lack of timely replies to your emails. I appreciate them very much, and I will get to them as soon as I can. Thank you for your ongoing patience, and many thanks for all your get well wishes. Bill.
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“For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.” ― Alfred Hitchcock

The Passion of Joan of Arc
Ranked 19th… The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

TSPDT Poll — 1,005 Film Favourites

August 3, 2021
The final results are in for TSPDT's first fair dinkum film poll. Thank you to everyone who participated and correctly submitted their ballots of 25 favourite films. In the end, that ended up being 1,983 of us.
View the 1,005 Film Favourites
Toni Erdmann
This edition's highest entrant: Toni Erdmann (2016)

The 1,000 Greatest Films

2021 Edition
Updated on January 27, 2021
Compiled from 12,276 film lists, this is quite possibly the most definitive collection of the 1,000 most critically acclaimed films you will find. Also featured is a list of the 250 most acclaimed film directors, and for the first time, full rankings are revealed for all 20,430 films in the starting list (this can now be viewed online as a sortable table).
Rusty Knife
Recent noir addition: Rusty Knife (1958)

They Shot Dark Pictures, Didn't They?

A slowly-growing listing of 1,000 Noir Films. This is not a ‘best of’ or ‘greatest’ compilation; it is strictly a listing of, according to TSPDT's research, the most oft-cited noir films. Though most of the films that will ultimately comprise the 1,000 are more than worthwhile (many, of course, are brilliant), there is no hiding from the fact that not all of the 1,000 films are of the highest quality. They are here because they are noir, not because they are necessarily classics (though, many invariably are).
First Cow
This edition's highest entrant: First Cow (2019)

The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films

2021 Edition
Updated on February 20, 2021
Based on end-of-year lists (from 2000 to 2020), as well as the same resources used for the 1,000 Greatest Films, this is a collection (comprised of 1,000 films) of the 21st Century's most acclaimed cinema. Also featured is a listing of the 100 most acclaimed film directors of this century, to date. You'll also find a starting list of 8,696 21st Century films (this can now be viewed online as a sortable table).
Tsui Hark

Directors

Browse 300+ director profiles. Each profile includes quotes from a variety of reference materials, selected filmographies (encompassing rankings from the Greatest Films and 21st Century projects), and more.