BFI: 2012 Critics top 250 films

Once a decade Sight & Sound asks critics to select the Greatest Films of All Time. We’re proud that, thanks to its longevity and critical reach, this poll has come to be regarded as the most trusted guide there is to the canon of cinema greats, not to mention a barometer of changing critical tastes. Famously, Citizen Kane topped our poll every decade from 1962 to 2002…

For our 2012 edition, riding on the back of an increasingly globalised movie culture, we made a concerted push to take the poll truly worldwide – extending invitations to over 1,000 critics, programmers, academics, distributors, writers and other cinephiles, and receiving 846 top-ten lists from correspondents in 73 countries, citing 2,045 different films.

What…

  • Vertigo

    1

  • Citizen Kane

    2

  • Tokyo Story

    3

  • The Rules of the Game

    4

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    5

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    6

  • The Searchers

    7

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    8

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    9

  • 8½

    10

  • Battleship Potemkin

    11

  • L'Atalante

    12

  • Breathless

    13

  • Apocalypse Now

    14

  • Late Spring

    15

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    16

  • Seven Samurai

    17

  • Persona

    18

  • Mirror

    19

  • Singin' in the Rain

    20

  • L'Avventura

    21

  • The Godfather

    22

  • Contempt

    23

  • Rashomon

    24

  • Ordet

    25

  • In the Mood for Love

    26

  • Andrei Rublev

    27

  • Mulholland Drive

    28

  • Stalker

    29

  • Shoah

    30

  • Taxi Driver

    31

  • The Godfather: Part II

    32

  • Bicycle Thieves

    33

  • Psycho

    34

  • The General

    35

  • Satantango

    36

  • Metropolis

    37

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    38

  • La Dolce Vita

    39

  • The 400 Blows

    40

  • Pather Panchali

    41

  • Journey to Italy

    42

  • Pierrot le Fou

    43

  • Close-Up

    44

  • Some Like It Hot

    45

  • PlayTime

    46

  • Gertrud

    47

  • Histoire(s) du Cinéma

    48

  • The Battle of Algiers

    49

  • City Lights

    50

  • Ugetsu

    51

  • La Jetée

    52

  • North by Northwest

    53

  • Rear Window

    54

  • Raging Bull

    55

  • M

    56

  • The Leopard

    57

  • Touch of Evil

    58

  • Sherlock, Jr.

    59

  • Barry Lyndon

    60

  • The Mother and the Whore

    61

  • Sansho the Bailiff

    62

  • Wild Strawberries

    63

  • Modern Times

    64

  • Sunset Boulevard

    65

  • The Night of the Hunter

    66

  • Pickpocket

    67

  • Rio Bravo

    68

  • Blade Runner

    69

  • Blue Velvet

    70

  • Sans Soleil

    71

  • A Man Escaped

    72

  • The Third Man

    73

  • L'Eclisse

    74

  • Children of Paradise

    75

  • Grand Illusion

    76

  • Nashville

    77

  • Chinatown

    78

  • Beau Travail

    79

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    80

  • The Magnificent Ambersons

    81

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    82

  • The Spirit of the Beehive

    83

  • Fanny & Alexander

    84

  • Casablanca

    85

  • The Color of Pomegranates

    86

  • Greed

    87

  • A Brighter Summer Day

    88

  • The Wild Bunch

    89

  • A Day in the Country

    90

  • Aguirre: The Wrath of God

    91

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    92

  • The Seventh Seal

    93

  • Un chien andalou

    94

  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    95

  • Yi Yi

    96

  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    97

  • Touki Bouki

    98

  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    99

  • Imitation of Life

    100