BFI’s Top 50 Films

Okay, so it’s inherently absurd to make a list like this, but it’s always good for conversation. BFI notably polled a much larger pool of people for this decade’s survey, which lead to some interesting results.

The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time | British Film Institute


Spoiler alert: Vertigo is king potato. No movie made after 2001 made the list, and the movie 2001 is in the top ten. No Christopher Nolan films. Sorry, Chris.

Click through for the rest of the list.

The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time | British Film Institute.



5 thoughts on “BFI’s Top 50 Films

  1. Incidentally, BFI also polled the top ten choices made by directors. A different story unfolds:


    1. Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)

    2= 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)

    2= Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)

    4. 8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)

    5. Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976)

    6. Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)

    7= The Godfather (Coppola, 1972)

    7= Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)

    9. Mirror (Tarkovsky, 1974)

    10. Bicycle Thieves (De Sica, 1948)

    Source: Sight & Sound

  2. I actually think this list is pretty good, if not in the right order. Also, L’Avventura shouldn’t be anywhere near the list, they confused Ran with Rashomon, and there should be one of the two Pasolini films that find their way onto lists on here. Also, trade a couple of the Godard pieces out for something better. I think we all know that Andrei Rublev should be at the top (right guys? right?)

  3. I happen to like L’Avventura but I wouldn’t put it in the top 50.

    The Incredibles probably should have ranked. And let’s be honest – what about Die Hard?

  4. I fucking hate Vertigo. I really don’t like Hitchcock to begin with and I think Vertigo is one of his silliest, least human movies.

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