Sight & Sound's Directors’ Top 100

British Film Institute's monthly film magazine Sight & Sound was first published on 1932. Then every decade magazine asks industry professionals to vote for their top ten greatest films of all times. This is the list in 2012 by asking contemporary directors in order to select which are the greatest films ever made.


  • 8.7/10

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    1990

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    Goodfellas

    Henry Hill might be a small time gangster, who may have taken part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who might have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners could kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to think about climbing up th ...

    anti-hero

    based on book

    based on true story

    biography

    corruption

    crime

  • 8.4/10

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    1985

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    Shoah

    Claude Lanzmann directed this 9 1/2 hour documentary of the Holocaust without using a single frame of archive footage. He interviews survivors, witnesses, and ex-Nazis (whom he had to film secretly since they only agreed to be interviewed by audio). His style of interviewing by asking for the most m ...

    documentary

    golden palm

    historical

    history

    tragedy

  • 8.3/10

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    1990

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    Close-Up

    Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran, promising it a prominent part in his next movie. The actual people involved in the incident re-enact the actual events, followed by the footage from the actual trial that took ...

    documentary

    golden palm

  • 8.2/10

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    1985

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    Come and See

    The feature film directed by Elem Klimov, shot in the genre of military drama. The action takes place on the territory of Belarus in 1943. In the center of the story is a Belarusian boy, who witnesses the horrors of the Nazi punitive action, turning from a cheerful teenager into a gray-haired old ma ...

    golden palm

    life & death

    melancholy

    psychological

    social commentary

    tragedy

  • 8.1/10

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    2007

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    There Will Be Blood

    The intersecting life stories of Daniel Plainview and Eli Sunday in early twentieth century California presents miner-turned-oilman Daniel Plainview, a driven man who will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. He works hard but also takes advantage of those around him at their expense if need b ...

    golden palm

    melancholy

    morality

    social commentary

    tragedy

  • 8.1/10

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    2000

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    In the Mood For Love

    Set in Hong Kong, 1962, Chow Mo-Wan is a newspaper editor who moves into a new building with his wife. At the same time, Su Li-zhen, a beautiful secretary and her executive husband also move in to the crowded building. With their spouses often away, Chow and Li-zhen spend most of their time together ...

    art house

    artistic

    golden palm

    love story

    martial arts

    melancholy

  • 8.1/10

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    1983

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    Sunless

    "He wrote me...." A woman narrates the thoughts of a world traveler, meditations on time and memory expressed in words and images from places as far-flung as Japan, Guinea-Bissau, Iceland, and San Francisco.

    art house

    documentary

    golden palm

    independent film

    melancholy

    memory

  • 8/10

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    2001

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    Mulholland Drive

    After hiring a hit man to kill her lover, Camilla; Diane dreams of a different Hollywood experience. One where she is a wonderfully talented and versatile actress, Betty, who almost instantly is in demand by the best Casting Directors in the business. And one where her lover becomes an amnesiac, Rit ...

    absurd

    art house

    artistic

    bizarre

    erotic

    golden palm

  • 7.8/10

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    1986

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    Blue Velvet

    College student Jeffrey Beaumont returns to his idyllic hometown of Lumberton to manage his father's hardware store while his father is hospitalized. Walking though a grassy meadow near the family home, Jeffrey finds a severed human ear. After an initial investigation, lead police Detective John Wil ...

    absurd

    art house

    artistic

    bizarre

    controversial

    erotic

  • 7.5/10

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    1983

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    Money

    A forged 500-franc note is cynically passed from person to person and shop to shop, until it falls into the hands of a genuine innocent who doesn't see it for what it is - which will have devastating consequences on his life, causing him to turn to crime and murder...

    life & death

    melancholy

  • 7.4/10

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    1999

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    Good Work

    This film focuses on ex-Foreign Legion officer, Galoup, as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in the Gulf of Djibouti. His existence there was happy, strict and regimented, but the arrival of a promising young recruit, Sentain, plants the seeds of jealousy in Galoup's mind. He feels c ...

    art house

    golden palm

  • 7.3/10

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    2005

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    Hidden

    Set in France, Georges is a TV Literary Reviewer and lives in a small yet modern town house with his wife Ann, a publisher and his young son Pierrot. They begin to receive video tapes through the post of their house and family, along side obscure child-like drawings. They visit the police with hope ...

    art house

    golden palm

    paranoia

    psychological

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source:https://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/sightandsoundpoll2012/directors