Greatest Films Poll (Categories Being Added...)

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  • BEST ACTING [ENSEMBLE] (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • My Selections:
  • 1. The Kingdom-Von Trier (1994)
  • 2. Persona-Bergman (1966)
  • 3. Inland Empire-Lynch (2006)
  • 4. Possession-Zulawski (1981)
  • 5. Breaking The Waves-Von Trier (1996)
  • 6. Cries & Whispers-Bergman (1972)
  • 7. Rosemary's Baby-Polanski (1968)
  • 8. Underground-Kusturica (1995)
  • 9. Metropolis-Lang (1926)
  • 10. Brazil-Gilliam (1985)
  • 11. Nashville-Altman (1975)
  • 12. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover-Greenaway (1989)
  • 13. Rashomon-Kurosawa (1950)
  • 14. Aguirre, the Wrath of God-Herzog (1972)
  • 15. The Traveling Players-Angelopoulos (1975)
  • 16. Nostalghia-Tarkovsky (1983)
  • 17. The Godfather, Part 2-Coppola (1974)
  • 18. The Godfather-Coppola (1972)
  • 19. The Passion of Joan of Arc-Dreyer (1927)


  • BEST EDITING/STRUCTURE (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • My Selections:
  • 1. Citizen Kane-Welles (1941)
  • 2. Metropolis-Lang (1926)
  • 3. Persona-Bergman (1966)
  • 4. Mirror-Tarkovsky (1974)
  • 5. 2001: A Space Odyssey-Kubrick (1968)
  • 6. 8 1/2-Fellini (1963)
  • 7. Nashville-Altman (1975)
  • 8. The Wild Bunch-Peckinpah (1969)
  • 9. Nostalghia-Tarkovsky (1983)
  • 10. Touch of Evil-Welles (1958)
  • 11. Natural Born Killers-Stone (1994)
  • 12. The Kingdom-Von Trier (1994)
  • 13. Underground-Kusturica (1995)
  • 14. Wings of Desire-Wenders (1987)
  • 15. Battleship Potemkin-Eisenstein (1925)
  • 16. The Traveling Players-Angelopoulos (1975)
  • 17. Days of Heaven-Malick (1978)
  • 18. Taxi Driver-Scorsese (1976)
  • 19. Brazil-Gilliam (1985)
  • 20. Memento-Nolan (2000)


  • BEST SCORE [STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION] (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • NOTE: Can be "original" or not. In the case of an "adapted" score, I've chosen the "most brilliant use of an adapted score to enhance the film experience".

  • My Selections (order undecided):
  • Brazil-Gilliam (1985)
  • Blue Velvet-Lynch (1986)
  • Chinatown-Polanski (1974)
  • Citizen Kane-Welles (1941)
  • Days of Heaven-Malick (1978)
  • Dead Man-Jarmusch (1996)
  • La Strada-Fellini (1954)
  • Drowning By Numbers-Greenaway (1988)
  • The Godfather-Coppola (1972)
  • The Last Temptation of Christ-Scorsese (1989)
  • Metropolis-Lang (1926)
  • Once Upon a Time in the West-Leone (1968)
  • Persona-Bergman (1966)
  • Psycho-Hitchcock (1960)
  • Pulp Fiction-Tarrantino (1994)
  • Stalker-Tarkovsky (1979)
  • The Third Man-Reed (1949)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey-Kubrick (1968)
  • Underground-Kusturica (1995)
  • Vertigo-Hitchcock (1958)


  • BEST SOUND [STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION] (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • My Selections (order undecided):
  • The Birds-Hitchcock (1963)
  • Blade Runner-Scott (1982)
  • Blow Up-Antonioni (1966)
  • Citizen Kane-Welles (1941)
  • The Conversation-Coppola (1974)
  • Come & See-Klimov (1985)
  • Days of Heaven-Malick (1978)
  • Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte-Aldrich (1965)
  • Inland Empire-Lynch (2006)
  • The Magnificent Ambersons-Welles (1942)
  • The Mirror-Tarvkovsky (1974)
  • Nashville-Altman (1975)
  • Natural Born Killers-Stone (1994)
  • Once Upon A Time in the West-Leone (1968)
  • Persona-Bergman (1966)
  • Psycho-Hitchcock (1960)
  • Stalker-Tarkovsky (1979)
  • Touch of Evil-Welles (1958)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey-Kubrick (1968)
  • Underground-Kusturica (1995)
  • The Wild Bunch-Peckinpah (1969)


  • BEST THEMATIC CONTENT (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • My Selections:
  • 1. Nostalghia-Tarkovsky (1983)
  • 2. Persona-Bergman (1966)
  • 3. 2001: A Space Odyssey-Kubrick (1968)
  • 4. Underground-Kusturica (1995)
  • 5. Synecdoche, New York-Kaufman (2008)
  • 6. Nashville-Altman (1975)
  • 7. Brazil-Gilliam (1985)
  • 8. The Kingdom-Von Trier (1994)
  • 9. Hiroshima, Mon Amour-Resnais (1959)
  • 10. Stalker-Tarkovsky (1979)
  • 11. The Seventh Seal-Bergman (1957)
  • 12. Solaris-Tarkovsky (1972)
  • 13. The Traveling Players-Angelopoulos (1975)
  • 14. The Mirror-Tarkovsky (1974)
  • 15. Wings of Desire-Wenders (1987)
  • 16. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover-Greenaway (1989)
  • 17. Rosemary's Baby-Polanski (1968)
  • 18. Landscape in the Mist-Angelopoulos (1988)
  • 19. Satantango-Tarr (1994)
  • 20. Europa-Von Trier (1991)


  • BEST VISUALS [BLACK & WHITE] (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • My Selections:
  • 1. Metropolis-Lang (1926)
  • 2. Citizen Kane-Welles (1941)
  • 3. Touch of Evil-Welles (1958)
  • 4. Persona-Bergman (1966)
  • 5. Europa-Von Trier (1991)
  • 6. The Trial-Welles (1962)
  • 7. The Magnificent Ambersons-Welles (1942)
  • 8. Wings of Desire-Wenders (1987)
  • 9. Schindler's List-Spielberg (1993)
  • 10. Sunrise-Murnau (1927)
  • 11. Last Year at Marienbad-Resnais (1961)
  • 12. Sin City-Rodriguez/Miller (2005)
  • 13. Faust-Murnau (1927)
  • 14. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligeri-Wiene (1920)
  • 15. The Seventh Seal-Bergman (1956)
  • 16. Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte-Aldrich (1965)
  • 17. 8 1/2-Fellini (1963)
  • 18. Raging Bull-Scorsese (1980)
  • 19. Manhattan-Allen (1979)
  • 20. The Lady From Shanghai-Welles (1948)

  • ADDITIONAL CONTENDERS (in no particular order): The Scarlett Empress-Von Sternberg (1934); Satantango-Tarr (1994); Werckmeister Harmonies-Tarr (2004); Psycho-Hitchcock (1960); The White Ribbon-Haneke (2009); The Blue Angel-Von Sternberg (1930); Beauty & the Beast-Cocteau (1947); The Last Laugh-Murnau (1924); The Crowd-Vidor (1928); The Battleship Potemkin-Eisenstein (1925); Greed-Von Stroheim (1924); The Birth of a Nation-Griffith (1915); The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence-Ford (1962); Sunset Boulevard-Wilder (1950); The Seventh Seal-Bergman (1956); On The Waterfront-Kazan (1954); Ugetsu-Mizoguchi (1953); M-Lang (1931); Mr. Arkadin-Welles (1955); The Third Man-Reed (1949)


  • BEST VISUALS [COLOR] (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • My Selections:
  • 1. 2001: A Space Odyssey-Kubrick (1968)
  • 2. Mirror-Tarkovsky (1974)
  • 3. Stalker-Tarkovsky (1979)
  • 4. Brazil-Gilliam (1985)
  • 5. Underground-Kusturica (1995)
  • 6. Nostalghia-Tarkovsky (1983)
  • 7. Blade Runner-Scott (1982)
  • 8. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover-Greenaway (1989)
  • 9. Natural Born Killers-Stone (1994)
  • 10. Come & See-Klimov (1985)
  • 11. Days of Heaven-Malick (1978)
  • 12. Medea-Von Trier (1986)
  • 13. Once Upon A Time in the West-Leone (1968)
  • 14. Hero-Yimou (2000)
  • 15. City of Lost Children-Jeunet (1995)
  • 16. 2046-Kar Wai (2001)
  • 17. Apocalypse Now-Coppola (1979)


  • MOST COMEDICALLY BRILLIANT FILMS (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • My Selections: (IN-PROGRESS)
  • 1. Brazil-Gilliam (1985)
  • 2. The Great Dictator-Chaplin (1940)
  • 3. Being John Malkovich-Jonze (1999)
  • 4. Pulp Fiction-Tarrantino (1994)
  • 5. Modern Times-Chaplin (1936)
  • 6. 8 1/2-Fellini (1963)
  • 7. Annie Hall-Allen (1976)
  • 8. Bringing Up Baby-Hawks (1938)
  • 9. Weekend-Godard (1967)
  • 10. Southland Tales-
  • 11. The Lady From Shanghai-Welles (1948)
  • 12. North By Northwest-Hitchcock (1959)
  • 13. The Kingdom-Von Trier (1994)
  • 14. Underground-Kusturica (1995)
  • 15. Manhattan-Allen
  • 16. Nurse Betty-
  • 17. Dogma-Smith (1998)

  • MOST EXHILERATING FILMS (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • My Selections:
  • 1. Metropolis-Lang (1926)
  • 2. Underground-Kusturica (1995)
  • 3. Natural Born Killers-Stone (1994)
  • 4. Brazil-Gilliam (1985)
  • 5. Touch of Evil-Welles (1958)
  • 6. The Kingdom-Von Trier (1994)
  • 7. Aliens-Cameron (1986)
  • 8. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover-Greenaway (1989)
  • 9. Battleship Potemkin-Eisenstein (1925)
  • 10. The Killer-Woo (1986)
  • 11. The Wild Bunch-Peckinpah (1969)
  • 12. Face/Off-Woo (1998)
  • 13. Hard Boiled-Woo (1989)
  • 14. Requiem For A Dream-Aronofsky (2000)
  • 15. Raging Bull-Scorsese (1980)
  • 16. Amores Perros-Innaritu
  • 17. Convoy-Peckinpah (1978)
  • 18. Trainspotting-Boyle
  • 19. North By Northwest-Hitchcock (1959)
  • 20. Raiders of the Lost Ark-Spielberg (1980)

  • MOST HAUNTING/NIGHTMARISH FILMS (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • My Selections:
  • 1. Inland Empire-Lynch (2006)
  • 2. Eraserhead-Lynch (1977)
  • 3. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover-Greenaway (1989)
  • 4. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre-Hooper (1978)
  • 5. The Kingdom-Von Trier (1994)
  • 6. Lost Highway-Lynch (1997)
  • 7. Blue Velvet-Lynch (1986)
  • 8. Rosemary's Baby-Polanski (1968)
  • 9. Mulholland Drive-Lynch
  • 10. Funny Games-Haneke (1997)
  • 11. Taxi Driver-Scorsese (1976)
  • 12. Repulsion-Polanski (1965)
  • 13. Psycho-Hitchcock (1960)
  • 14. Persona-Bergman (1966)
  • 15. Aliens-Cameron (1986)
  • 16. Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte-Aldrich (1965)
  • 17. Possession-Zulawski (1981)
  • 18. What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?-Aldrich (1962)
  • 19. The Terminator-Cameron (1984)
  • 20. Europa-Von Trier (1991)

  • MOST HEARTBREAKING FILMS (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • My Selections: (IN-PROGRESS)
  • Nostalghia-Tarkovsky (1983)
  • Nashville-Altman (1975)
  • Persona-Bergman (1966)
  • Underground-Kusturica (1995)
  • Inland Empire-Lynch (2006)
  • Possession-Zulawski (1981)
  • Landscape in the Mist-Angelopoulos (1988)
  • Wings of Desire-Wenders (1987)
  • Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte-Aldrich (1965)
  • The Godfather, Part 2-Coppola (1974)
  • Ikiru-Kurosawa (1952)
  • The Deer Hunter-Cimino (1978)
  • What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?-Aldrich (1962)
  • The Traveling Players-Angelopoulos (1975)
  • Cries & Whispers-Bergman (1972)
  • 21 Grams-Innaritu (2003)
  • Satantango-Tarr (1994)
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc-Dreyer (1927)
  • Breaking the Waves-Von Trier (1995)
  • The Blue Angel-Von Sternberg (1930)
  • Schindler's List-Spielberg (1993)

  • MOST MULTI-FACETED FILMS (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • My Selections: (IN-PROGRESS)
  • Metropolis-Lang (1926)
  • Citizen Kane-Welles (1941)
  • Touch of Evil-Welles (1958)
  • Brazil-Gilliam (1985)
  • Nashville-Altman (1975)
  • The Kingdom-Von Trier (1994)
  • Underground-Kusturica (1995)
  • The Wild Bunch-Peckinpah (1969)
  • Zardoz-Boorman (1973)
  • The Lady From Shanghai-Welles (1948)
  • Mr. Arkadin-Welles (1955)
  • North By Northwest-Hitchcock (1959)

  • MOST PROFOUND/THOUGHT-PROVOKING FILMS (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • My Selections: (IN-PROGRESS)
  • Nostalghia-Tarvkosky (1983)
  • Citizen Kane-Welles (1941)
  • Nashville-Altman (1975)
  • Persona-Bergman (1966)
  • Underground-Kusturica (1995)
  • Mirror-Tarkovsky (1974)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey-Kubrick (1968)
  • Landscape in the Mist-Angelopoulos (1988)
  • Wings of Desire-Wenders (1987)
  • Blow Up-Antonioni (1966)
  • The Traveling Players-Angelopoulos (1975)
  • Satantango-Tarr (1994)
  • Mulholland Drive-Lynch (2001)
  • Hiroshima, Mon Amour-Resnais (1959)
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Last Year at Marienbad-Resnais (1961)
  • San Soleil-Marker (1983)

  • BEST FILMS OF THE 1910's - 1920's? (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • BEST FILMS OF THE 1930's? (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • BEST FILMS OF THE 1940's? (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • BEST FILMS OF THE 1950's? (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • BEST FILMS OF THE 1960's? (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • BEST FILMS OF THE 1970's? (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • BEST FILMS OF THE 1980's? (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • BEST FILMS OF THE 1990's? (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • BEST FILMS OF THE 2000's? (SELECT 20 OR LESS)

  • BEST FILMS OF ALL TIME? (SELECT 50 OR LESS)
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RULES:

You may make as few selections as you'd like, and as many as 20 selections for each category. An exception is made for the "Best Films of All Time" category where you can make as many as 50. Please list your selections in order (1, 2, 3, etc).

YOU HAVE FULL FREEDOM TO MAKE ALL YOUR OWN CHOICES IN EACH CATEGORY. The selections featured above are simply where I am posting my own choices for each category.

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Geez...Once the poll starts it will be very difficult to pick the best in each category...

Best Acting:
A Woman Under the Influence - Cassavetes
Opening Night - Cassavetes
Killing of a Chinese Bookie - Cassavetes
Naked - Mike Leigh

Best Screenplay:
Dogville - Lars Von Trier
Something by Mark Rappaport - Local Color or Chain Letters (good luck finding them. there are times when illegal downloading is a good thing)
Abagail's Party - Mike Leigh
Gummo - Harmony Korine
Wild Strawberries - Bergman
Persona - Bergman
Bad Education & Talk to Her - Almodovar

Photography (though what is the point of splitting it up on color):
Offret - Tarkovsky
2001 - Kubrick
Barry Lyndon - Kubrick
Something by Ophuls - maybe Lola Montes, but Earings of Mde de.., La Ronde & Letter From an Unknown Woman are exceptional
Late Spring - Ozu
Pierrot le fou - Godard

Art Direction:
Waking Life

more to come maybe

Here's some more suggestions:
Cinematography: Ran, the Conformist, the Searchers, the New World, probably something by Zhang Yimou (Red Sorghum, Hero, House of Flying Daggers, etc.)

Art Direction: Ivan the Terrible, Murnau's Faust, Wizard of Oz, something by Josef Sternberg (like Scarlet Empress), the Cook the Thief His Wife and Her Lover, Last Year at Marienbad...

Best Screenplay: The Third Man, Lone Star, Groundhog Day (it's actually pretty ingenious), Yi Yi, the Godfather part II, Paris Texas, Pulp Fiction...

Editing: Requiem for a Dream, Pulp Fiction, Point Blank, maybe one of Tsui Hark's Hong Kong action flicks, like Time and Tide...

Just whatever pops in my head, I know I'll reread it in shame in about five minutes because of the serious omissions.

Best Performances:
Sult, Mikey & Nicky, most Cassavetes and Leigh films...
I really didn't like Hoffman in Synecdoche.

Best Art Direction:
Mizoguchi -- Street of Shame
Fassbinder -- Effi Briest
Dreyer -- Ordet
Von Sternberg -- The Saga of Anatahan
Ozu -- Late Spring
Antonioni -- The Passenger
Murnau -- Nosferatu
Hitchcock -- Vertigo
Welles -- Chimes at Midnight
Tsai -- Goodbye, Dragon Inn
Griffith -- Intolerance
Renoir -- Rules of the Game
Resnais -- Last Year at Marienbad
Fassbinder, Dreyer, Von Sternberg and Mizoguchi are musts.

Best Editing:
Bresson -- A Man Escaped, The Trial of Joan of Arc
Godard -- Breathless, Histoire(s) du cinema
Alfred Hitchcock -- North by Northwest, Psycho
Coppola -- The Godfather, Apocalypse Now
Tarkovsky -- Offret
Dreyer -- La Passion
Kieslowski -- The Double Life
Kurosawa -- Hidden Fortress
Ozu -- Tokyo Story
Resnais -- Hiroshima, Mon Amour
Melville -- The Samurai
Welles -- F for Fake
De Sica -- Bicycle Thieves
I love Inland Empire but in no way does it excel in terms of editing, and maybe it's just because I find it to be boring but I don't agree with Blow Up either. Or Satantango. And Potemkin is outdated.

Best Cinematography:
Antonioni -- L'ecclise
Mizoguchi -- Ugetsu
Max Ophuls -- Letter from an Unknown Woman
Malick -- The New World
Polanski -- Repulsion
Reed -- The Third Man
Haneke -- Cache
Bergman -- Persona
Welles -- F is for Fake
Jacques Tati -- Play Time
Pelechian -- Seasons of the Year
Kiarostami -- Where Is The Friends Home?
Von Sternberg -- Anatahan
Ray -- Pather Panchali
Resnais -- Last Year at Marienbad
Pialat -- Under the Sun of Satan
It probably would have been more appropriate to name the cinematographers, but ah well. Eraserhead would be more appropriate under Art Direction, I'd also put Werckmeister Harmonies over Satantango. While Satantango did have superior moments as a whole it's not as good.

Best Screenplay:
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Shadows
Drunken Angel
Network
Taxi Driver
Videodrome (probably the most prescient film I can think of)
Do the Right Thing
The Rules of the Game
Nashville
Andrei Rublev
Ararat
Woman in the Dunes
Late Spring
Naked
Journey to Italy
Sans Soleil
Clean, Shaven
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Dead Man
Elephant

I like Bringing Up Baby but best screenplay? No way.

Cinematography I think : Werckmeister Harmonies and 2046

Also screenplay needs at least one Kaufman and Persona

Thanks to all of you! Keep 'em coming. I only had a couple minutes today so I haven't had time to thoroughly look at all your recommendations yet but I will tomorrow. I dropped in and made some minor updates including adding two more categories though I won't have a chance until later to throw my immediate choices up there.

Notice it says Best Originality which is not always the Most Original.

How can you really distinguish between Screenplay and Thematic Content? The latter being more of a sub-category to the former.

Eraserhead is more Art Direction than Photography imo.

For Black & White photography, can't believe I forgot to mention Bresson - namely Diary of a Country Priest and Au Hazard Balthazar.

You're right. In my rush to post I messed up: I actually intended Screenplay to be "Script" (which would better explain Bringing Up Baby's inclusion), so I've switched that out and no longer have included "Screenplay". It's better to have each "Script" and "Thematic Content" separately as many masterpieces are amazing or profound despite lacking one or the other (Mirror hardly has a script but is awash in profound themes/Bringing Up Baby isn't profound in themes but has an amazing script), and if it were bundled into one category as "Screenplay" these films would not place as they'd each only represent 1/2 the definition. But they're certainly very deserving of representation as their "1/2" is superior even to many films whole screenplays (doing both aspects well).

You're also correct on Eraserhead. Thanks for pointing that out.

How about Best Dialogue & Best Story? But then you might as well throw in Best Character too. I mean, there really is no difference between a screenplay and a script.

Guess you're right. I'll just keep it at "Screenplay" to include all of them, which means I'm getting rid of "thematic content" and bundling all the choices together. Will still only end up with 20 though.

How about Best Opening (e.g. Touch of Evil) and Best Ending (e.g. Nashville) categories?

Also, how about Network for best script?

Great idea though I don't think I'll do best opening/ending but I may do "best sequence"...maybe...

Network is a good choice...hmmmm

I'll have more time to take up all the comments/recommendations later today but for now I removed "Best Originality". More categories & picks to come. Keep the ideas flowing.

Isolating the themes is trivial to me, and a reductionist attitude, dismissive of the art itself. I don't think it's Zerkalo's themes that are amazing, in and of themselves themes mean very little. It's the way they're expanded and expressed, it's the language that's staggering. This trend of extracting themes is all very juvenile and anti-intellectual, it seeks to simplify work instead of tackling arts complexities head-on.

I can see what you mean, but it's really no more trivial than any other category here. They're all interdependant upon one another to make the whole of a great film. They're all sub-categories: each one needs at least a few of the others to make something emotional. Great acting means little without thematic content as its' impetus. Great cinematography is nice to look at but in the whole of a film one picture doesn't mean much if its' whole is not edited into an interesting structure, etc, etc, etc.

They're each just sub-categories, none of which stand alone; the component parts of a masterfully executed film. These are the techniques, the established parts, not the final product.

Have you thought about adding a category for best soundtrack/best use of music?

A lot of good calls here, although I think many of your screenplays succeed more based on the direction than the actual script. Take 2001; do you think the screenwriter really transcribed every single colored light in the last segment? In fact, that segment must have looked totally ridiculous on paper, made exemplary by Kubrick's direction. Plus all the dialogue in the first half of that movie is so flat.

Or take The Wild Bunch. You know the sequence of our protagonists slowly re-approaching the town in anticipation of the final shoot-out, just oozing tension in every frame? I've heard that the screenplay there simply said "The Wild Bunch enters the town." That's it. It was all Peckinpah's direction.

To me great screenplays often have scenes so perfectly constructed they have become quintessential, iconic (e.g., The Godfather movies, Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction); they have dialogue where every line contributes to a artistic, often poetic tone (e.g., Children of Paradise, Alain Resnais's greats, most of Charlie Kaufman's greats); they have brilliantly constructed storylines (e.g., Memento, 12 Angry Men, Notorious); they create well-developed, realistic characters that remind us of our own foibles, often humorously (e.g., Harold and Maude, most of Woody Allen's greats); or some combination of all this (e.g., Sunset Boulevard, Citizen Kane).

Your Best Cinematography lists definitely feature some great calls. I think they could use more Asian directors: Yasujiro Ozu, Zhang Yimou, Wong Kar-wai, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, etc. are all deserving. I'm rewatching The Conformist right now and it really belongs on the Color list and maybe the Art Direction list: some of the greatest visuals of all-time. I'd also nominate Once Upon a Time in the West, Requiem for a Dream, Barry Lyndon, Lawrence of Arabia, Children of Men, Koyaanisqatsi, and at least one P.T. Anderson film for the Color list, and Night of the Hunter and Orpheus for the Black and White list.

For the Acting list, three words: Secrets and Lies.

It's interesting you point that out about the Screenplays because I agree with you on a portion of them. You may have missed it but most of the Screenplay choices were once (2 days ago) just "Thematic Content" choices. In haste, I just merged them together with the "Script" category to create what is now the "Screenplay" category. But I'd already planned on fishing some of them out for the very reasons you describe. I just haven't had a lot of time to work on this yet (which is one reason why I want yours and others help in compiling it!)

As regards the rest of your comments, those are fantastic choices and feel free to bring in some more. I'm taking all of them into consideration. I doubt all of them will be added but after all this is supposed to be the 20 best in film history for each category so the choices are a bit picky.

Best Sound:
The Conversation
A Man Escaped
Tokyo Twilight
A Mal Gam A
Blue Velvet
Le Samourai
Werckmeister Harmones
Jalsaghar

And the best screenplay is obviously Last Year at Marienbad.

trying to repeat what others have said as little as possible...
In no particular order!

ACTING
Faces-- John Cassavetes.
Last Chants For A Slow Dance-- Jon Jost.
INLAND EMPIRE-- David Lynch.
Mikey & Nicky-- Elaine May.
Killer Of Sheep-- Charles Burnett.
Love Streams-- John Cassavetes.
Flesh-- Paul Morrissey.
Chelsea Girls-- Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol.
Honey-- David Ball.
Story Of Last Crysanthemums-- Kenji Mizoguchi.
The Bicycle Thieves-- Vittorio De Sica.
City Lights-- Charlie Chaplin.
The Rules Of The Game-- Jean Renoir.
Dogville-- Lars Von Trier

ART DIRECTION
Love Streams-- John Cassavetes.
Pi-- Darren Aronofsky.
One From The Heart-- Francis Ford Coppola.
Fanny & Alexander-- Ingmar Bergman.
The Sacrifice-- Andrei Tarkovsky.
Rebel Without A Cause-- Nicholas Ray.
All That Heaven Allows-- Douglas Sirk.
Dogville-- Lars Von Trier.
Cremaster Cycle-- Matthew Barney.
Suspiria-- Dario Argento.

EDITING
Breakaway-- Bruce Conner.
Last Chants For A Slow Dance-- Jon Jost.
Close-Up-- Abbas Kiarostami.
Chelsea Girls-- Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol.
A MOVIE-- Bruce Conner.
Blow Job-- Andy Warhol.
Late Spring-- Yasujiro Ozu.
Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles-- Chantel Akerman.
Russian Ark-- Aleksandr Sokurov.

B/W CINEMATOGRAPHY
Breakaway-- Bruce Conner.
Ugetsu-- Kenji Mizoguchi.
Au Hasard, Balthazar-- Robert Bresson.
Story Of Last Crysanthemums-- Kenji Mizoguchi.

COLOUR CINEMATOGRAPHY
Shadows Of Our Forgotten Ancestors-- Sergei Parajanov.
Last Chants For A Slow Dance-- Jon Jost.
Russian Ark-- Aleksandr Sokurov.
Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles-- Chantel Akerman.

SCREENPLAY
Sink Or Swim-- Sue Friedrich.
Dancer In The Dark-- Lars Von Trier.
Five Minute Films-- Mike Leigh.
A Woman Under The Influence-- John Cassavetes.
Killer Of Sheep-- Charles Burnett.
Dogville-- Lars Von Trier.
Hiroshima, Mon Amour-- Alain Resnais.
Network-- Sidney Lumet.
Fanny & Alexander-- Ingmar Bergman.

SOUND DESIGN + MUSIC
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly-- Sergio Leone.
Vertigo-- Alfred Hitchcock.
La Strada-- Federico Fellini.
Apocalypse Now!-- Francis Ford Coppola.
2001-- Stanley Kubrick.
A Man Escaped-- Robert Bresson.
M-- Fritz Lang.
Saute Ma Ville-- Chantal Akerman.
Love Is A Treasure-- Eija Liisa Ahtila.
INLAND EMPIRE-- David Lynch.

"INGENUITY"
Breakaway-- Bruce Conner.
Last Chants For A Slow Dance-- Jon Jost.
Stalker-- Andrei Tarkovsky.
Late Spring-- Yasujiro Ozu.
Faces-- John Cassavetes.
Cremaster Cycle-- Matthew Barney.
Close-Up-- Abbas Kiarostami.
The White Rose-- Bruce Conner.
Damned If You Don't-- Su Friedrich.
Gimme Shelter-- The Maysles Brothers.
Chelsea Girls-- Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol.
The Grand Cafe Programme-- Auguste & Louis Lumiere.
Superstar-- Todd Haynes.
Mothlight-- Bruce Conner.
A Colour Box-- Len Lye.
Shadows Of Our Forgotten Ancestors-- Sergei Parajanov.
Free Radicals-- Len Lye.
Blow Job-- Andy Warhol.

SORRY FOR HUGE D:

also~:
GREATEST SINGLE SEQUENCES
The Cold Open-- Faces-- John Cassavetes.
The Harem Sequence-- 8 1/2-- Federico Fellini.
Mabel's Homecoming-- A Woman Under The Influence-- John Cassavetes.
On the Verge of The Room-- Stalker-- Andrei Tarkovsky.
The Rape Scene-- Straw Dogs-- Sam Peckinpah.
Otoku Tells Kikunosuke the Truth-- Story Of Last Crysanthemums-- Kenji Mizoguchi.
Ending-- City Lights-- Charlie Chaplin.
The Escape-- A Man Escaped: The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth-- Robert Bresson.
Opening Titles-- Vertigo-- Saul Bass/Alfred Hitchcock.
Nico Crying+Pope Ondine-- Chelsea Girls-- Paul Morrissey/Andy Warhol.
The Final Showdown-- The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly-- Sergio Leone.
Husband and Wife Arguing-- Last Chants For A Slow Dance-- Jon Jost.
Act I-- Cremaster 3-- Matthew Barney.
The Sacrifice, The Airport, The Junkyard-- Songs From The Second Floor-- Roy Andersson.
House-- Love Is A Treasure-- Eija-Liisa Ahtila.
The Murder/Sex Scene-- Gerry-- Gus Van Sant.
The Bus Stop-- My Neighbor Totoro-- Hayao Miyazaki.
Gravity-- Aeon Flux-- Peter Chung.
The Fire-- The Sacrifice-- Andrei Tarkovsky.
The Song & Dance Fantasy-- Love Streams-- John Cassavetes.
Scatterheart-- Dancer In The Dark-- Lars Von Trier.
The Order-- Cremaster 3-- Matthew Barney.
In The Hotel-- Honey-- David Ball.
Surgery Scar-- Gummo-- Harmony Korine.

Wow, I don't even know how to respond to all these selections...Dogville definitely deserves "Art Dir"...various others jumped out at me...various others I've never seen...

Thanks for all of this...lots to look into

Have you seen any James Dean? I highly recommend his performances in East of Eden & Rebel Without a Cause

Surprisingly I haven't seen either of those yet but he was amazingly offbeat and idiosynchratic in The Giant.

I'd also recommend Network - Sidney Lumet (1976). Not exaggerating when I say one of the best all time ensemble casts, up there with Godfather and Nashville. Entertaining, hysterical, witty, powerful stuff.

Not a bad choice at all...unsure if I'd place it in the top 20 but it's certainly worth considering no doubt about that...great movie

Is this poll still going to happen?

At some point, yes...I'll get back to it...just haven't been around much lately

At some point, yes...I'll get back to it...just haven't been around much lately

Btw, I will consider the selections for this poll complete once I've "finished" my Greatest Films list (only the 9/10+ one), "finished" meaning when I've found all the equivalents to my Greatest Albums list or when I've decided that these don't all exist.

The reason for this is because I feel I am selling the selections for the poll short if I haven't satisfactorily discovered the masterpieces of film. At this point I feel as though I've discovered the majority of them but there are still a few films that leave me with the feeling that there's more there than I'm acclimating to (such as North By Northwest, and Bringing Up Baby (and perhaps a few others) -- each of them have the ingredients of a masterpiece but those ingredients haven't fully come together for me into the experience of a masterpiece). It is this hanging feeling with just a small handful of films that leaves me wanting to ensure completion before making this poll -- nitpicky yes, but I don't want to do another poll a few weeks later.

Another note: when the poll is ready, the picks you'll be allowed to make will be a combination of your own choices and mine (I'll explain later), so don't feel like your suggestions that I've left out won't have a voice!

And yes, I am still accepting suggestions all the way up to the point where I will announce completion. I would love some suggestions on how to whittle some of these categories down to 20 (some are just above that and it seems impossible to drop any of the selections).

NOTE TO SELF: THIS IS WHERE THE POLL SELECTIONS STARTED

My selections for:

Best Acting
1. The Kingdom-Von Trier (1994)
2. Persona-Bergman (1966)
3. Inland Empire-Lynch (2006)
4. Breaking The Waves-Von Trier (1996)
5. Possession-Zulawski (1981)
6. Cries & Whispers-Bergman (1972)
7. Rosemary's Baby-Polanski (1968)
8. Underground-Kusturica (1995)
9. Metropolis-Lang (1926)
10. Brazil-Gilliam (1985)
11. Nashville-Altman (1975)
12. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover-Greenaway (1989)
13. Rashomon-Kurosawa (1950)
14. Aguirre, the Wrath of God-Herzog (1972)
15. The Travelling Players-Angelopoulos (1975)
16. Nostalghia-Tarkovsky (1983)
17. The Godfather, Part 2-Coppola (1974)
18. The Godfather-Coppola (1972)
19. The Passion of Joan of Arc-Dreyer (1927)
20. Ikiru-Kurosawa (1952)

How come there is no category for films with best story lines or plots? since that is what I am mainly interested in with films

"Thematic Content" covers that, plus films that don't necessarily have much of a plot, (yet still communicate their themes just as compellingly). You can use that category to submit films you feel have the best story lines/plots.

Thanks for clearing that up. As for me, I can’t recommend anything since I don’t know shit about films. I’m looking to get into films as a way of derailing myself off my music obsession. My whole “I wanna know all the great music” attitude is wreckin’ my life. But don’t really know where to start with films. I go to the movies with my friends and I’m ussually dissapointed. Too much attention to special affects and not enough substance and I’m left snoring when the credits roll. Even some of the highly publicized films; films that critics have raved over seemed derivative to me. I concider the storyline the meat of the sandwich. The most important thing to concider before producing any film is well though-out the story is. Similar to a novel but to experience the novel through cinimatagraphy is to enhance the effect of the story on the individual. But films these days are being written too quickly. People tell me when they’re walking out of a theater that they enjoyed the movie, but a couple of months later, when the opurtunity comes to rewatch the film they ussually say “naahhh”. Some big-budget hollywood film may be fun and exciting to see but doesn’t have a lasting impression.

I'll have to check out some of the films you've listed for starters, so thanks.

Makes sense to me. I usually run into similar things when I go see "the movie everyone is raving about".

See what you think about what I've got on my list(s). If you ever want to know "what the heck does he see in that one?" feel free to ask.

Best Art Direction
1. Metropolis-Lang (1927)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey-Kubrick (1968)
3. Star Wars-Lucas (1977)
4. Brazil-Gilliam (1985)
5. The Holy Mountain-Jodoworsky (1973)
6. The Empire Strikes Back-Kershner (1980)
7. Moulin Rouge-Luhrmann (2001)
8. Return of the Jedi-Marquand (1983)
9. Blade Runner-Scott (1982)
10. Zardoz-Boorman (1972)
11. The Cabinet of Dr. Calegeri-Wiene (1920)
12. Faust-Murnau (1926)
13. The Scarlet Empress-Von Sternberg (1934)
14. City of Lost Children-Jeunet (1995)
15. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover-Greenaway (1989)
16. Stalker-Tarkovsky (1979)
17. Nostalghia-Tarkovsky (1983)
18. Underground-Kusturica (1995)
19. 8 1/2-Fellini (1963)
20. Blow Up-Antonioni (1967)

Best Cinematography (Black & White)
1. Citizen Kane-Welles (1941)
2. Touch of Evil-Welles (1958)
3. The Magnificent Ambersons-Welles (1942)
4. Persona-Bergman (1966)
5. Europa-Von Trier (1991)
6. Last Year At Marienbad-Resnais (1961)
7. Raging Bull-Scorsese (1980)
8. Sunrise-Murnau (1929)
9. Wings of Desire-Wenders (1987)
10. Manhattan-Allen (1979)
11. Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte-Aldrich (1965)
12. 8 1/2-Fellini (1963)
13. The Last Laugh-Murnau (1924)
14. Sin City-Rodriguez/Miller (2005)
15. The Third Man-Reed (1949)
16. Satantango-Tarr (1994)
17. The Lady From Shanghai-Welles (1948)
18. The Trial-Welles (1963)
19. Psycho-Hitchcock (1960)
20. Werckmeister Harmonies-Tarr (2004)

Best Cinematography (Color)
1. Nostalghia-Tarkovsky (1983)
2. Stalker-Tarkovsky (1979)
3. The Mirror-Tarkovsky (1974)
4. Blade Runner-Scott (1982)
5. Days of Heaven-Malick (1978)
6. Once Upon A Time In The West-Leone (1968)
7. Come & See-Klimov (1985)
8. Underground-Kusturica (1995)
9. City of Lost Children-Jeunet (1995)
10. 2046-Kar Wai (2004)
11. The Conformist-Bertolucci (1970)
12. Hero-Yimou (2002)
13. Medea-Von Trier (1986)
14. Cries & Whispers-Bergman (1972)
15. The Godfather, Part 2-Coppola (1974)
16. The Last Emperor-Bertolucci (1987)
17. Apocalypse Now-Coppola (1979)
18. Ran-Kurosawa (1985)
19. Taxi Driver-Scorsese (1976)
20. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover-Greenaway (1989)

Best Editing/Structure
1. Citizen Kane-Welles (1941)
2. Metropolis-Lang (1926)
3. Persona-Bergman (1966)
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey-Kubrick (1968)
5. 8 1/2-Fellini (1963)
6. Mirror-Tarkovsky (1974)
7. Nashville-Altman (1975)
8. Nostalghia-Tarkovsky (1983)
9. Un Chien Andalou-Bunuel (1929)
10. Meshes of the Afternoon-Deren (1943)
11. Battleship Potemkin-Eisenstein (1925)
12. Days of Heaven-Malick (1978)
13. Touch of Evil-Welles (1958)
14. The Kingdom-Von Trier (1994)
15. Natural Born Killers-Stone (1994)
16. Underground-Kusturica (1995)
17. The Wild Bunch-Peckinpah (1969)
18. Wings of Desire-Wenders (1987)
19. Memento-Nolan (2001)
20. Brazil-Gilliam (1985)

Remember, it's editing and/or structure

Best Ingenuity
1. Citizen Kane-Welles (1941)
2. Metropolis-Lang (1926)
3. Persona-Bergman (1966)
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey-Kubrick (1968)
5. Birth of a Nation-Griffith (1915)
6. Un Chien Andalou-Bunuel (1929)
7. Last Year at Marienbad-Resnais (1961)
8. 8 1/2-Fellini (1963)
9. Mirror-Tarkovsky (1974)
10. Hiroshima, Mon Amour-Resnais (1959)
11. Nostalghia-Tarkovsky (1983)
12.`Meshes of the Afternoon-Deren (1943)
13. Battleship Potemkin-Eisenstein (1925)
14. Nashville-Altman (1975)
15. The Travelling Players-Angelopoulos (1975)
16. Touch of Evil-Welles (1958)
17. Psycho-Hitchcock (1960)
18. Stalker-Tarkovsky (1979)
19. Breathless-Godard (1959)
20. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover-Greenaway (1989)

Not necessarily ordered as in the most influential. But rather, ingenuity. My picks here represent which films I feel required the most ingenuity to create when they were made. Some exhibited supreme ingenuity in a major way (Un Chien Andalou, Battleship Potemkin), while others exhibited perhaps less ingenuity in any one way, but overall exhibited high ingenuity in an almost incalculable variety of ways (Citizen Kane, Metropolis, Birth of a Nation)

Best Special Effects
1. Star Wars-Lucas (1977)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey-Kubrick (1968)
3. Jurassic Park-Spielberg (1993)
4. The Empire Strikes Back-Kershner (1980)
5. Metropolis-Lang (1926)
6. Return of the Jedi-Marquand (1983)
7. The City of Lost Children-Jeunet (1995)
8. The Nightmare Before Christmas-Burton (1996)
9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind-Gondry (2004)
10. Blade Runner-Scott (1992)
11. Avatar-Cameron (2009)
12. Terminator 2: Judgement Day-Cameron (1992)
13. The Matrix-Wachowski (1999)
14. The Science of Sleep-Gondry (2006)
15. San Francisco-Van Dyke (1936)
16. Independence Day-Emmerich (1996)
17. Aliens-Cameron (1986)
18. Lawnmower Man-Leonard (1992)
19. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers-Jackson (2002)
20. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King-Jackson (2003)

Best Thematic Content
1. Nostalghia-Tarkovsky (1983)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey-Kubrick (1968)
3. Underground-Kusturica (1995)
4. Synecdoche, New York-Kaufman (2008)
5. Persona-Bergman (1966)
6. Nashville-Altman (1975)
7. Brazil-Gilliam (1985)
8. The Kingdom-Von Trier (1994)
9. Hiroshima, Mon Amour-Resnais (1959)
10. Stalker-Tarkovsky (1979)
11. The Seventh Seal-Bergman (1957)
12. Solaris-Tarkovsky (1972)
13. The Travelling Players-Angelopoulos (1975)
14. The Mirror-Tarkovsky (1974)
15. Wings of Desire-Wenders (1987)
16. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover-Greenaway (1989)
17. Rosemary's Baby-Polanski (1968)
18. Landscape in the Mist-Angelopoulos (1988)
19. Satantango-Tarr (1994)
20. The Godfather, Part 2-Coppola (1974)

You are missing exactly TWO THINGS which are QUITE IMPORTANT:

-Best Sound Design
(of which my selections are, chronologically:
M. Paul Falkenberg, Adolf Jansen (Fritz Lang). 1931.
A Man Escaped. Pierre-André Bertrand (Robert Bresson). 1956.
Play Time. Jacques Maumont, Maurice Laumain (Jacques Tati). 1967.
Saute Ma Ville. Chantal Akerman, Patrice (Chantal Akerman). 1968.
2001: A Space Odyssey. H.L. Bird, Winston Ryder (Stanley Kubrick). 1968.
Apocalypse Now. Walter Murch (Francis Ford Coppola). 1979.
Stalker. Eduard Artemiev, Vladimir Sharun (Andrei Tarkovsky). 1979.
Love Is A Treasure. Peter Nordström (Eija-Liisa Ahtila). 2002.
INLAND EMPIRE. David Lynch, Dean Hurley (David Lynch). 2006.)

-Best Original Musical Score
(of which mu selections are, in order:
01 Vertigo-- Bernard Herrmann (Alfred Hitchcock)-- 1958.
02 The Good, The Bad & The Ugly-- Ennio Morricone (Sergio Leone)-- 1966.
03 The Cremaster Cycle-- Jonathon Bepler (Matthew Barney)-- 1996-2002.
04 8 ½-- Nino Rota (Federico Fellini)-- 1963.
05 Top Hat-- Irving Berlin, Max Steiner (Mark Sandrich)-- 1935.
06 La Dolce Vita-- Nino Rota (Federico Fellini)-- 1960.
07 Dancer In The Dark-- Björk (Lars von Trier)-- 2000.
08 All The Vermeers In New York-- Jon A English (Jon Jost)-- 1990.
09 Love Streams-- Bo Harwood (John Cassavetes)-- 1986.
10 Amelie-- Yann Tiersen (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)-- 2001.
11 One From The Heart-- Tom Waits, Crystal Gayle (Francis Ford Coppola)-- 1982.
12 Psycho-- Bernard Herrmann (Alfred Hitchcock)-- 1960.
13 Battle Of Algiers-- Ennio Morricone, Gillo Pontecorvo (Gillo Pontecorvo)-- 1966.
14 La Strada-- Nino Rota (Federico Fellini)-- 1954.
15 The Wicker Man-- Paul Giovanni (Robin Hardy)-- 1973.
16 Throne Of Blood-- Masaru Sato (Akira Kurosawa)-- 1957.
17 Swing Time-- Jerome Kern (George Stevens)-- 1936.
18 A Hard Day's Night-- The Beatles & George Martin (Richard Lester)-- 1964.
19 Breathless-- Martial Solal (Jean-Luic Godard)-- 1960.
20 Songs From The Second Floor-- Benny Andersson (Roy Andersson)-- 2000.)

Thanks for your selections. I agree that both are often essential to a film experience. I STRONGLY considered adding those categories, and I may still do it.

I'll have selections for all the other things... Eventually.

And why did you not include those categories in the first place?

Particularly with "Sound Design" I think it is a very difficult category to put together with 100% confidence. Obviously (imo) it would feature Welles' masterpieces with Citizen Kane being the favorite in my book. Others would be Days of Heaven, Come & See, and so forth... And, with the "Score" I couldn't decide whether or not to do only "Original" scores or any and all of them. And with that, I assumed that these categories wouldn't draw as much interest as the others anyways so I put them on the back burner and started the poll as opposed to taking another month to make my selections and post them. I will probably post them at a later time, so yes, for now stick with the others.

My OCD requires THOROUGHNESS so I will just do EVERYTHING anyway. And as for score I've found people generally feel quite strongly about movie music, so I don't think that's a very ignored aspect (whereas sound design usually is).

Word.

Or rather: paragraph.

And
For the sake of thoroughness:
Another one you missed (AND I MISSED!) was

* Best Costume Design (select 20 or less)
01 Sayat Nova: The Colour Of Pomegranates. Elene Akhvlediani, I. Karalyan, Zh. Sarabyan (Sergei Parajanov). 1968.
02 Barry Lyndon. Milena Canonero (Stanley Kubrick). 1975.
03 Cremaster Cycle. Linda LaBelle, Michel Voyski, Manos Zorbas (Matthew Barney). 1994-2002.
04 His Girl Friday. Robert Kalloch (Howard Hawks). 1940.
05 Throne Of Blood. Yoshiro Muraki (Akira Kurosawa). 1957.
06 Fanny & Alexander. Marik Vos-Lundh (Ingmar Bergman). 1982.
07 Metropolis. Aenne Willkomm (Fritz Lang). 1927.
08 Ran. Emi Wada (Akira Kurosawa). 1985.
09 A Clockwork Orange. Milena Canonero (Stanley Kubrick). 1971.
10 The Royal Tenenbaums. Karen Patch (Wes Anderson). 2001.
11 Sunset Boulevard. Edith Head (Billy Wilder). 1950.
12 Marie Antoinette. Milena Canonero (Sofia Coppola). 2006
13 Abigail's Party. Kenneth Sharp (Mike Leigh). 1977.
14 Sleepy Hollow. Colleen Atwood (Tim Burton). 1999.
15 Double Indemnity. Edith Head (Billy Wilder). 1944.

(which is actually distinct from Art Direction)

Technically you're probably right, but consider it part of the same category (Art Dir). There could be a slew of sub-sub categories created but I am mainly interested in the major ones for this poll. I already think I should just have a category called "Visuals (B & W)" and another one called "Visuals (Color)" instead of breaking it up into "Art Dir", "Cinematography", "Special Effects", etc. This would keep it totally fair for all types of films. For instance, great costumes are only important in certain, particular types of films, such as War films, Historical Epics, Sci-Fi/Fantasy and only moderately important in others...Special effects follows a similar trend, as well as Art Dir..anyway...there you go... I'd rather not add any more sub-sub categories

It is okay. It is probably just me being obsessive and/or subconsciously making more excuses just to make MORE LISTS. But yeah what you have makes sense for the sake of ease. However I still stand by the three I mentioned! But yeah, working on everything else as we speak.

It's all good, keep them up there just in case. I'm quite likely to add the sound design and score ones. Great choices btw.

While I have middle brow "favorites", I'm not knowledgeable enough about film to have "bests"; so just posting to get emails when new comments are posted so I can mine them for the listies list.

Fair enough, I'll send them to you at some point. If you change your mind about submitting for the poll I really would like to have as much variety as possible, even if your favorites are so-called "middle brow" (it's all subjective anyways).

No need to send them, I'm now "subscribed" to this list and will automatically get emails of all the new comments to it.

Alright AfterHours, you know I can't resist your sultry charm. In fact, I'm on my second pair of undies as we speak, the first pair is thoroughly soaked.

1910-20s:

1. Gold Rush - Charles Chaplin (1925)
2. Last Laugh - F.W. Murnau (1924)
3. Broken Blossoms - D.W. Griffith (1919)
4. Battleship Potemkin - Sergei Eisenstein (1925)
5. Sunrise - F.W. Murnau (1927)
6. Phantom Carriage - Victor Sjostrom (1921)
7. The Circus - Charles Chaplin (1928)
8. Man With a Movie Camera - Dziga Vertov (1929)
9. Un Chein Andalou - Luis Bunuel (1929)
10.A Woman of Paris - Charles Chaplin (1923)

1930s:

1. City Lights - Charles Chaplin (1931)
2. M - Fritz Lang (1931)
3. L'Atalante - Jean Vigo (1934)
4. The Wizard of Oz - Victor Fleming (1939)
5. Daybreak - Marcel Carne (1939)
6. L'Age D'Or - Luis Bunuel (1930)

1940s:

1. Citizen Kane - Orson Welles (1941)
2. Pinnochio - Walt Disney (1940)
3. Letter From an Unknown Woman - Max Ophuls (1948)
4. Black Narcissus - Powell & Pressburger (1947)
5. Late Spring - Yasujiro Ozu (1949)
6. Treasure of the Sierra Madre - John Huston (1948)
7. Philadelphia Story - George Cukor (1940)
8. Double Indemnity - Billy Wilder (1944)
9. Sullivan's Travels - Preston Sturges (1941)
10.My Darling Clementine - John Ford (1946)
11.Magnificent Ambersons - Orson Welles (1942)
12.Life and Death of Colonel Blimp - Powell & Pressburger (1943)
13.Great Dictator - Charles Chaplin (1940)

1950s:

1. Paths of Glory - Stanley Kubrick (1957)
2. Rashomon - Akira Kurosawa (1950)
3. A Man Escaped - Robert Bresson (1956)
4. La Strada - Federico Fellini (1954)
5. Ugetsu Monogatari - Kenji Mizoguchi (1953)
6. Sunset Blvd. - Billy Wilder (1950)
7. Ashes and Diamonds - Andrzej Wajda (1958)
8. Wild Strawberries - Ingmar Bergman (1957)
9. Night of the Hunter - Charles Laughton (1955)
10.Touch of Evil - Orson Welles (1958)
11.Voyage in Italy - Roberto Rossellini (1954)
12.Seven Samurai - Akira Kurosawa (1954)
13.Los Olvidavos - Luis Bunuel (1950)
14.La Ronde - Max Ophuls (1950)
15.On the Waterfront - Elia Kazan (1954)
16.Les Diaboliques - Clouzot (1955)
17.12 Angry Men - Sidney Lumet (1957)
18.Shadows - John Cassavetes (1959)
19.Rio Bravo - Howard Hawkes (1959)
20.Marty - Delbert Mann (1955)

1960s:

1. Persona - Ingmar Bergman (1966)
2. Eight and a Half - Federico Fellini (1963)
3. Andrei Rublev - Andrei Tarkovsky (1966)
4. Blow-Up - Michaelangelo Antonioni (1966)
5. Psycho - Alfred Hitchcock (1960)
6. Au Hazard Balthazar - Robert Bresson (1966)
7. 2001: a Space Odyssey - Stanley Kubrick (1968)
8. The Apartment - Billy Wilder (1960)
9. Virgin Spring - Ingmar Bergman (1960)
10.The Trial - Orson Welles (1962)
11.La Dolce Vita - Federico Fellini (1960)
12.L'Eclisse - Michaelangelo Antonioni (1962)
13.The Graduate - Mike Nichols (1967)
14.101 Dalmatians - Walt Disney (1961)
15.Contempt - Jean-Luc Godard (1963)
16.Through a Glass Darkly - Ingmar Bergman (1961)
17.Breakfast at Tiffany's - Blake Edwards (1961)
18.Lolita - Stanley Kubrick (1962)
19.Rocco and His Brothers - Luchino Visconti (1960)
20.Point Blank - John Borman (1967)

1970s:

1. Godfather - Francis Coppola (1972)
2. A Clockwork Orange - Stanley Kubrick (1971)
3. Spirit of the Beehive - Victor Erice (1973)
4. Taxi Driver - Martin Scorsese (1976)
5. Mirror - Andrei Tarkovsky (1975)
6. Network - Sidney Lumet (1976)
7. Chinatown - Roman Polanski (1974)
8. Annie Hall - Woody Allen (1977)
9. Eraserhead - David Lynch (1976)
10.Barry Lyndon - Stanley Kubrick (1975)
11.F for Fake - Orson Welles (1973)
12.A Woman Under the Influence - John Cassavetes (1974)
13.Dog Day Afternoon - Sidney Lumet (1975)
14.Aguirre: the Wrath of God - Werner Herzog (1972)
15.Alien - Ridley Scott (1979)
16.Exorcist - William Friedkin (1973)
17.Tree of Wooden Clogs - Ermanno Olmi (1978)
18.One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Milos Forman (1975)
19.Stalker - Andrei Tarkovsky (1979)
20.The Conversation - Francis Coppola (1974)

1980s:

1. Decalogue - Kryszstof Kieslowski (1989)
2. Nostalghia - Andrei Tarkovsky (1983)
3. Shining - Stanley Kubrick (1980)
4. Blade Runner - Ridley Scott (1982)
5. Raging Bull - Martin Scorsese (1980)
6. Blue Velvet - David Lynch (1986)
7. E.T. the Extra Terrestrial - Steven Spielberg (1982)
8. Possession - Andrei Zulawksi (1981)
9. Stranger Than Paradise - Jim Jarmucsh (1984)
10.King of Comedy - Martin Scorsese (1982)
11.Brazil - Terry Gilliam (1985)
12.Full Metal Jacket - Stanley Kubrick (1987)
13.Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind - Hayao Miyazaki (1984)
14.Elephant Man - David Lynch (1980)
15.Where is the Friend's Home? - Abbas Kiarostami (1987)
16.Thin Blue Line - Errol Morris (1988)
17.Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Robert Zumekis (1988)
18.Star Wars V: Empire Strikes Back - Irvin Kershner (1980)
19.Raiders of the Lost Ark - Steven Spielberg (1981)
20.Terms of Endearment - James L. Brookes (1983)

1990s:

1. Pulp Fiction - Quentin Tarantino (1994)
2. Silence of the Lambs - Johnathan Demme (1991)
3. Red - Kryzstof Kieslowski (1994)
4. Goodfellas - Martin Scorsese (1990)
5. Boogie Nights - Paul Thomas Anderson (1997)
6. Fargo - Cohen Brothers (1996)
7. Eyes Wide Shut - Stanley Kubrick (1999)
8. Buffalo '66 - Vincent Gallo (1998)
9. Resevoir Dogs - Quentin Tarantino (1992)
10.Gummo - Harmony Korine (1997)
11.Naked - Mike Leigh (1993)
12.Benny's Video - Michael Haneke (1992)
13.Safe - Todd Haynes (1995)
14.Underground - Emir Kursturica (1995)
15.Heat - Michael Mann (1995)
16.Usual Suspects - Bryan Singer (1995)
17.All the Vermeers in New York - Jon Jost (1990)
18.Double Life of Veronique - Krysztof Kieslowski (1991)
19.Kids - Larry Clark (1995)
20.Happy Gilmore - Dennis Dugan (1996)

2000s:

1. Werckmeister Harmonies - Bela Tarr (2000)
2. Spirited Away - Hayao Miyazaki (2001)
3. Dogville - Lars von Trier (2003)
4. Punch Drunk Love - Paul Thomas Anderson (2002)
5. Mulholland Drive - David Lynch (2001)
6. What Time is it There - Tsai Ming-Liang (2001)
7. Zodiac - David Fincher (2007)
8. Death Proof - Quentin Tarantino (2007)
9. Irreversible - Gaspar Noe (2002)
10.Memento - Christopher Nolan (2000)
11.Tropical Malady - Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2004)
12.Sideways - Alexander Payne (2004)
13.21 Grams - Alejandro González Iñárritu (2003)
14.Bad Education - Pedro Almodovar (2004)
15.Royal Tennenbaums - Wes Anderson (2001)
16.Inland Empire - David Lynch (2006)
17.Adaptation - Spike Jonze (2002)
18.History of Violence - David Cronenberg (2005)
19.Requiem For a Dream - Daron Aronovsky (2000)
20.Dancer in the Dark - Lars von Trier (2000)

Thanks, I rate your underwear an 8.8/10, the equivalent of Aliens.

Honestly, I'm honored :); though I hope you won't actually be publishing that list! I'd die of jealousy if I saw whose undies you rated the equivalent of Landscape in the Mist.

That is funny

Is there a deadline by which choices should be submitted? Just so I know how long I've got to cram in as many blind spots that I have (specifically in the early decades).

Not right now. I'll announce one later. At the moment I'm trying to get as many participants as are interested. I'd say you have at least a couple weeks and potentially a bit longer.

Best Films of the 1910's - 1920's
1. Metropolis-Lang (1926)
2. Battleship Potemkin-Eisenstein (1925)
3. The Passion of Joan of Arc-Dreyer (1927)
4. Greed-Von Stroheim (1924)
5. Sunrise-Murnau (1927)
6. Faust-Murnau (1926)
7. Birth of a Nation-Griffith (1915)
8. Nosferatu-Murnau (1922)
9. Un Chien Andalou-Bunuel (1929)
10. The General-Keaton (1927)
11. The Man With A Movie Camera-Vertov (1929)

TO ALL PARTICIPANTS:

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Best Films of the 1930's
1. Bringing Up Baby-Hawks (1938)
2. M-Lang (1931)
3. The Blue Angel-Von Sternberg (1930)
4. The Scarlett Empress-Von Sternberg (1934)
5. Modern Times-Chaplin (1936)
6. The Rules of the Game-Renoir (1939)
7. Alexander Nevsky-Eisenstein (1938)
8. L'Age d'Or-Bunuel (1930)
9. Mr Smith Goes To Washington-Capra (1939)
10. All Quiet On The Western Front-Milestone (1930)
11. L'Atlante-Vigo (1934)
12. Vampyr-Dreyer (1931)
13. King Kong-Schoedsack (1933)
14. The Lady Vanishes-Hitchcock (1938)
15. The 39 Steps-Hitchcock (1935)
16. Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs-Hand/Disney (1937)

Best Films of the 1940's
1. Citizen Kane-Welles (1941)
2. The Magnificent Ambersons-Welles (1942)
3. Lady From Shanghai-Welles (1948)
4. The Great Dictator-Chaplin (1940)
5. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre-Huston (1948)
6. The Third Man-Reed (1949)
7. The Big Sleep-Hawks (1946)
8. Meshes of the Afternoon-Deren (1943)
9. It's A Wonderful Life-Capra (1946)
10. Casablanca-Curtiz (1942)
11. Children of Paradise-Carne (1946)
12. Bicycle Thieves-DeSica (1948)
13. Rebecca-Hitchcock (1940)
14. Laura-Preminger (1944)
15. Shadow of a Doubt-Hitchcock (1943)
16. John Doe-Capra (1941)
17. The Grapes of Wrath-Ford (1940)
18. How Green Was My Valley-Ford (1941)
19. Fantasia-Disney (1941)
20. Pinnochio-Sharpsteen/Disney (1940)

Best Films of the 1950's
1. Touch of Evil-Welles (1958)
2. Ikiru-Kurosawa (1952)
3. Rashomon-Kurosawa (1950)
4. The Seventh Seal-Bergman (1956)
5. Limelight-Chaplin (1952)
6. Sunset Boulevard-Wilder (1950)
7. North By Northwest-Hitchcock (1959)
8. Mr. Arkadin-Welles (1955)
9. Vertigo-Hitchcock (1958)
10. On The Waterfront-Kazan (1954)
11. The Big Heat-Lang (1953)
12. Tokyo Story-Ozu (1953)
13. Hiroshima, Mon Amour-Resnais (1959)
14. Wild Strawberries-Bergman (1957)
15. High Noon-Zinneman (1952)
16. The Giant-Stevens (1956)
17. Rear Window-Hitchcock (1954)
18. Pather Panchali-Ray (1955)
19. Breathless-Godard (1959)
20. The Searchers-Ford (1956)

Best Films of the 1970's
1. Nashville-Altman (1975)
2. The Mirror-Tarkovsky (1974)
3. Chinatown-Polanski (1974)
4. The Travelling Players-Angelopoulus (1975)
5. The Godfather, Part 2-Coppola (1974)
6. Stalker-Tarkovsky (1979)
7. The Godfather-Coppola (1972)
8. Zardoz-Boorman (1973)
9. Taxi Driver-Scorsese (1976)
10. Cries & Whispers-Bergman (1972)
11. Aguirre, the Wrath of God-Herzog (1972)
12. Apocalypse Now-Coppola (1979)
13. The Deer Hunter-Cimino (1978)
14. Mean Streets-Scorsese (1973)
15. Dirty Harry-Seigel (1971)
16. Deliverance-Boorman (1971)
17. Days of Heaven-Malick (1979)
18. Manhattan-Allen (1979)
19. Star Wars-Lucas (1977)
20. Convoy-Peckinpah (1978)

Best Films of the 1960's
1. Persona-Bergman (1966)
2. The Wild Bunch-Peckinpah (1969)
3. Rosemary's Baby-Polanski (1968)
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey-Kubrick (1968)
5. Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte-Aldrich (1965)
6. Psycho-Hitchcock (1960)
7. 8 1/2-Fellini (1963)
8. What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?-Aldrich (1962)
9. Blow Up-Antonioni (1966)
10. Point Blank-Boorman (1967)
11. Once Upon A Time In The West-Leone (1968)
12. The Birds-Hitchcock (1963)
13. Andrei Rublev-Tarkovsky (1966)
14. La Dolce Vita-Fellini (1960)
15. Splendor In The Grass-Kazan (1961)
16. Marnie-Hitchcock (1964)
17. Repulsion-Polanski (1965)
18. Dr. Strangelove-Kubrick (1964)
19. Night of the Living Dead-Romero (1968)
20. The Trial-Welles (1962)

Best Films of the 1980's
1. Nostalghia-Tarkovsky (1983)
2. Brazil-Gilliam (1985)
3. Possession-Zulawski (1981)
4. Wings of Desire-Wenders (1987)
5. Landscape In The Mist-Angelopoulos (1988)
6. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover-Greenaway (1989)
7. Come & See-Klimov (1985)
8. Blade Runner-Scott (1982)
9. Blue Velvet-Lynch (1986)
10. Aliens-Cameron (1986)
11. The Sacrifice-Tarkovsky (1986)
12. The Killer-Woo (1989)
13. Raging Bull-Scorsese (1980)
14. Ran-Kurosawa (1985)
15. Raiders of the Lost Ark-Spielberg (1981)
16. Sans Soleil-Marker (1983)
17. The Terminator-Cameron (1984)
18. The Road Warrior-Miller (1981)
19. Videodrome-Cronenberg (1983)
20. The King of Comedy-Scorsese (1982)

Best Films of the 90's
1. The Kingdom-Von Trier (1994)
2. Underground-Kusturica (1995)
3. Europa-Von Trier (1991)
4. Natural Born Killers-Stone (1994)
5. Lost Highway-Lynch (1997)
6. Satantango-Tarr (1994)
7. Funny Games-Haneke (1997)
8. Pulp Fiction-Tarrantino (1994)
9. Leon: The Professional-Besson (1994)
10. City of Lost Children-Jeunet (1995)
11. Face/Off-Woo (1997)
12. LA Confidential-Hanson (1998)
13. Leaving Las Vegas-Figgis (1995)
14. Breaking The Waves-Von Trier (1996)
15. Pi-Aronofsky (1998)
16. Being John Malkovich-Jonze (1999)
17. All About My Mother-Almodovar (1999)
18. Twelve Monkeys-Gilliam (1995)
19. Life Is Beautiful-Benigni (1998)
20. Resevoir Dogs-Tarrantino (1992)

Best Films of the 2000's
1. Inland Empire-Lynch (2006)
2. Memento-Nolan (2001)
3. 21 Grams-Inarritu (2003)
4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind-Gondry (2004)
5. Mulholland Drive-Lynch (2001)
6. Hero-Yimou (2002)
7. The Beat That My Heart Skipped-Audiard (2005)
8. Amores Perros-Inarritu (2000)
9. Werckmeister Harmonies-Tarr (2000)
10. Dogville-Von Trier (2003)
11. Synecdoche, New York-Kaufman (2008)
12. Cache-Haneke (2005)
13. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring-Ki-duk (2003)
14. Southland Tales-Kelly (2007)
15. The Science of Sleep-Gondry (2006)
16. Requiem For A Dream-Aronofsky (2000)
17. Amelie-Jeunet (2001)
18. Adaptation-Jonze (2002)
19. The Lives of Others-Donnersmarck (2007)
20. The Duchess of Langeais-Rivette (2007)

Wow, this is extraordinarily involved. I need time to think about this. How long do I have? When do you think you're going to tally the votes?

You've got time. I haven't decided how long, but I'll post some sort of "warning" days before I do. If you vote now you can still change your vote over time before a tally is made.

(updated? (UPDATED EVEN MORE, JUST GOTTA FILL OUT SOUND DESIGN... AND 1940S...))
ADDED A SPECIAL FUN NEW CATEGORY!!!

* Best Acting
01 Passion of Joan Of Arc. Renee Maria Falconetti (Carl Theodore Dreyer). 1928.
02 A Woman Under The Influence. Gena Rowlands (John Cassavetes). 1974.
03 Abigail's Party. Ensemble (Mike Leigh). 1977.
04 Mikey & Nicky. John Cassavetes, Peter Falk (Elaine May). 1976.
05 Faces. Ensemble (John Cassavetes). 1966.
06 Fanny & Alexander. Ensemble (Ingmar Bergman). 1982.
07 The Earrings Of Madame De.... Ensemble (Max Ophüls). 1953.
08 INLAND EMPIRE. Laura Dern (David Lynch). 2007.
09 The Bicycle Thieves. Ensemble (Vittorio De Sica). 1948.
10 Limelight. Charlie Chaplin, Claire Bloom (Charlie Chaplin). 1952.
11 Late Spring. Setsuko Hara, Chishu Ryu (Yasujiro Ozu). 1949.
12 It's A Wonderful Life. James Stewart, Donna Reed, Henry Travers (Frank Capra). 1946.
13 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. Janet Gaynor (F W Murnau). 1927.
14 Dogville. Ensemble (Lars Von Trier). 2003.
15 City Lights. Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill (Charlie Chaplin). 1931.
16 Honey. Ensemble (David Ball). 1999.
17 Killer of Sheep. Ensemble (Charles Burnett). 1977.
18 Rebel Without A Cause. James Dean, Sal Mineo, Natalie Wood (Nicholas Ray). 1955.
19 Road Movie. Ensemble (Joseph Strick). 1976.
20 M. Peter Lorre (Fritz Lang). 1931.

* Best Visuals BLACK AND WHITE
01 Breakaway (Bruce Conner, Toni Basil). 1966.
02 Ugetsu Monogatari (Kenji Mizoguchi). 1953.
03 Late Spring (Yasujiro Ozu). 1949.
04 Faces (John Cassavetes). 1968.
05 The Passing (Bill Viola). 1992.
06 The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo). 1966.
07 Killer of Sheep. Charles Burnett (Charles Burnett). 1977.
08 Blow Job (Andy Warhol). 1963.
09 Free Radicals (Len Lye). 1958.
10 The Passion of Joan Of Arc (Carl Dreyer). 1928.
11 City Lights (Charlie Chaplin). 1931.
12 M (Fritz Lang). 1931.
13 Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans (F W Murnau). 1927.
14 Metropolis (Fritz Lang). 1927.
15 Grand Café Programme/Ten Actualities (Louis Lumière). 1895.
16 Falstaff: The Chimes At Midnight (Orson Welles). 1965.
17 I'm Too Sad To Tell You (Bas Jan Ader). 1971.
18 Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy, Busby Berkeley). 1933.
19 Hiroshima Mon Amour (Alain Resnais). 1959.
20 Throne Of Blood (Akira Kurosawa). 1957.

* Best Visuals COLOUR
01 Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky). 1979.
02 Cremaster Cycle (Matthew Barney). 1994-2002.
03 The Sacrifice (Andrei Tarkovsky). 1986.
04 Shadows Of Our Forgotten Ancestors(Sergei Parajanov). 1965.
05 Last Chants For A Slow Dance (Jon Jost). 1977.
06 Playtime (Jacques Tati). 1967.
07 Dogville (Lars Von Trier). 2003.
08 Mothlight (Stan Brakhage). 1963.
09 Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni). 1966.
10 Sayat Nova: The Colour Of Pomegranates (Sergei Parajanov). 1968.
11 Fanny & Alexander (Ingmar Bergman). 1982.
12 Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick). 1975.
13 Ran (Akira Kurosawa). 1985.
14 INLAND EMPIRE (David Lynch). 2006.
15 Songs From The Second Floor (Roy Andersson). 2000.
16 Chelsea Girls (Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol). 1966.
17 Good Morning (Yasujiro Ozu). 1959.
18 The Powers Of Ten (Ray Eames, Charles Eames). 1977.
19 Walking (Ryan Larkin). 1969.
20 Primary Time (Bas Jan Ader). 1974.

* Best Editing/Structure
01 Late Spring. Yoshiyasu Hamamura (Yasujiro Ozu). 1949.
02 La Jetee. Jean Ravel (Chris Marker). 1962.
03 Last Chants For A Slow Dance. Jon Jost (Jon Jost). 1977.
04 Faces. Maurice McEndree, Al Ruban, John Cassavetes (John Cassavetes). 1968.
05 A MOVIE. Bruce Conner (Bruce Conner). 1959.
06 Flesh. Paul Morrissey (Paul Morrissey). 1969.
07 Tokyo Story. Yoshiyasu Hamamura (Yasujiro Ozu). 1953.
08 Stalker. Lyudmila Feiginova (Andrei Tarkovsky). 1979.
09 Breakaway. Bruce Conner (Bruce Conner). 1966.
10 Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. Patricia Canino (Chantal Akerman). 1975.
11 A Woman Under The Influence. David Armstrong, Sheila Viseltear (John Casavetes). 1974.
12 Pickpocket. Raymond Lamy (Robert Bresson). 1959.
13 Tropic Of Cancer. Sidney Meyers, Sylvia Sarner (Joseph Strick). 1970.
14 The Grand Cafe Programme/Ten Actualities. Louis Lumiere (Louis Lumiere). 1895.
15 The Gold Rush. Charlie Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin). 1925.
16 Falstaff: The Chimes At Midnight. Elena Jaumandreu, Frederick Muller, Peter Parasheles (Orson Welles). 1965.
17 Chelsea Girls. Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol (Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol). 1966.
18 Breathless. Cécile Decugis, Lila Herman (Jean-Luc Godard). 1960.
19 The General. Buster Keaton, Sherman Kell (Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman). 1926.
20 Straw Dogs. Paul Davies, Tony Lawson, Roger Spottiswoode (Sam Peckinpah). 1971.

* Best Thematic Content/Writing
01 Love Streams. John Cassavetes, Ted Allan (John Cassavetes). 1984.
02 Stalker. Andrei Tarkovsky, Arkadiy Strugatskiy, Boris Strugatskiy (Andrei Tarkovsky). 1979.
03 Abigail's Party. Mike Leigh (Mike Leigh). 1977.
04 Story of the Last Chrysanthemum. Matsutarô Kawaguchi, Shôfû Muramatsu, Yoshikata Yoda (Kenji Mizoguchi). 1939.
05 A Woman Under The Influence. John Cassavetes (John Cassavetes). 1974.
06 Au Hasard, Balthazar. Robert Bresson (Robert Bresson). 1966.
07 Sink Or Swim. Su Friedrich (Su Friedrich). 1990.
08 Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. Chantel Akerman (Chantal Akerman). 1975.
09 Sans Soleil. Sandor Krasna (Chris Marker). 1983.
10 . Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Federico Fellini, Brunello Rondi (Federico Fellini). 1963.
11 Interviews With My Lai Veterens. Joseph Strick (Joseph Strick). 1971.
12 The Sacrifice. Andrei Tarkovsky (Andrei Tarkovsky). 1986.
13 Late Spring. Kazuo Hirotsu, Kôgo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu (Yasujiro Ozu). 1949.
14 Honey. David Ball (David Ball). 1999.
15 M Hulot's Holiday. Pierre Aubert, Jacques Lagrange, Henri Marquet, Jacques Tati (Jacques Tati). 1953.
16 Solomon. Stanford Whitmore (John Cassavetes). 1960.
17 Dancer In The Dark. Lars Von Trier, Sjón Sigurdsson (Lars Von Trier). 2000.
18 M. Egon Jacobson, Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang (Fritz Lang). 1931.
19 Songs From The Second Floor. Roy Andersson (Roy Andersson). 2000.
20 Duck Soup. Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Arthur Sheekman, Nat Perrin (Leo McCarey). 1933.

* Best Original Score
01 Vertigo. Bernard Herrmann (Alfred Hitchcock). 1958.
02 The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. Ennio Morricone (Sergio Leone)-- 1966.
03 The Cremaster Cycle. Jonathon Bepler (Matthew Barney). 1996-2002.
04 8 ½. Nino Rota (Federico Fellini). 1963.
05 Top Hat. Irving Berlin, Max Steiner (Mark Sandrich). 1935.
06 La Dolce Vita. Nino Rota (Federico Fellini). 1960.
07 Dancer In The Dark. Björk (Lars von Trier). 2000.
08 All The Vermeers In New York. Jon A English (Jon Jost). 1990.
09 Love Streams. Bo Harwood (John Cassavetes). 1986.
10 Amelie. Yann Tiersen (Jean-Pierre Jeunet). 2001.
11 One From The Heart. Tom Waits, Crystal Gayle (Francis Ford Coppola). 1982.
12 Psycho. Bernard Herrmann (Alfred Hitchcock). 1960.
13 Battle Of Algiers. Ennio Morricone, Gillo Pontecorvo (Gillo Pontecorvo). 1966.
14 La Strada. Nino Rota (Federico Fellini). 1954.
15 The Wicker Man. Paul Giovanni (Robin Hardy). 1973.
16 Throne Of Blood. Masaru Sato (Akira Kurosawa). 1957.
17 Swing Time. Jerome Kern (George Stevens). 1936.
18 A Hard Day's Night. The Beatles & George Martin (Richard Lester). 1964.
19 Breathless. Martial Solal (Jean-Luic Godard). 1960.
20 Songs From The Second Floor. Benny Andersson (Roy Andersson). 2000.

* Best Sound Design
01 A Man Escaped. Pierre-André Bertrand (Robert Bresson). 1956.
02 Play Time. Jacques Maumont, Maurice Laumain (Jacques Tati). 1967.
03 Stalker. Eduard Artemiev, Vladimir Sharun (Andrei Tarkovsky). 1979.
04 INLAND EMPIRE. David Lynch, Dean Hurley (David Lynch). 2006.
05 M. Paul Falkenberg, Adolf Jansen (Fritz Lang). 1931.
06 Love Is A Treasure. Peter Nordström (Eija-Liisa Ahtila). 2002.
07 2001: A Space Odyssey. H.L. Bird, Winston Ryder (Stanley Kubrick). 1968.
08 Saute Ma Ville. Chantal Akerman, Patrice (Chantal Akerman). 1968.
09 Apocalypse Now. Walter Murch (Francis Ford Coppola). 1979.
10 Citizen Kane. Bailey Fesler, James G. Stewart, John Aalberg, T.K. Wood (Orson Welles). 1941.
11 Blow-Up. Robin Gregory, Mike Le Mare, J.B. Smith (Michelangelo Antonioni). 1966.
12 Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Ben Burtt, Don MacDougall, Ray West, Bob Minkler, Derek Ball (George Lucas). 1977.
13 Blade Runner. Bud Alper, Peter Pennell (Ridley Scott). 1982.
14 Passion of Joan Of Arc. Carl Theodore Dreyer (Carl Theodore Dreyer). 1928. (ie, Dreyer's original plan for the thing to be completely silent)
15 The Magic Flute. Eric Ericson, Peter Hennix, Helmut Muehle (Ingmar Bergman). 1975.

* BEST FILMS OF THE 1890's - 1920's?
01 The Passion of Joan Of Arc. Carl Dreyer. 1928.
02 The General. Buster Keaton. 1927.
03 Metropolis (restored cut). Fritz Lang. 1927.
04 The Circus. Charlie Chaplin. 1928.
05 The Gold Rush. Charlie Chaplin. 1925.
06 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. F W Murnau. 1927.
07 Grand Café Films/Ten Actualities. Louis Lumière. 1895.
08 A Man With A Movie Camera. Dziga Vertov. 1929.
09 Battleship Potemkin. Sergei Eisenstein. 1925.
10 Nanook Of The North. Robert J Flaherty. 1922.
11 The Kid. Charlie Chaplin. 1921.
12 Paleface. Buster Keaton. 1922.
13 Steamboat Bill Jr. Buster Keaton. 1928.
14 The Birth of a Nation. D W Griffith. 1915.
15 Our Hospitality. Buster Keaton. 1923.
16 Nosferatu. F W Murnau. 1922.
17 The Boat. Buster Keaton. 1921.
18 Michael. Carl Dreyer. 1924.
19 Snowball Fight. Louis Lumière. 1896.
20 The Enchanted Drawing. J. Stuart Blackton. 1900.

* BEST FILMS OF THE 1930's?
01 City Lights. Charlie Chaplin. 1931.
02 The Story Of The Last Chrysanthemums. Kenji Mizoguchi. 1939.
03 The Rules Of The Game. Jean Renoir. 1939.
04 Osaka Elegy. Kenji Mizoguchi. 1936.
05 A Colour Box. Len Lye. 1935.
06 Kaleidoscope. Len Lye. 1935.
07 I Was Born, But.... Yasujiro Ozu. 1932.
08 N or NW. Len Lye. 1938.
09 Rainbow Dance. Len Lye. 1937.
10 Top Hat. Mark Sandritch (Fred Astaire, Hermes Pan). 1935.
11 Land Without Bread. Luis Bunuel. 1933.
12 Swing Time. George Stevens (Fred Astaire, Hermes Pan). 1936.
13 Duck Soup. Leo McCarey. 1933.
14 All Quiet On The Western Front. Lewis Milestone. 1930.
15 Gold Diggers of 1933. Mervyn LeRoy, Busby Berkeley. 1933.
16 42nd Street. Lloyd Bacon, Busby Berkeley. 1933.
17 Dames. Busby Berkeley, Ray Enright. 1934.
18 Swinging The Lambeth Walk. Len Lye. 1939.
19 Minnie The Moocher. Dave Fleischer. 1932.
20 Ugokie kori no tatehiki. Ikuo Oishi. 1933.

* BEST FILMS OF THE 1940's?
01 Late Spring. Yasujiro Ozu. 1949.
02 The Bicycle Thieves. Vittorio De Sica. 1948.
03 It's A Wonderful Life. Frank Capra. 1946.
04 His Girl Friday. Howard Hawks. 1940.
05 Red Hot Riding Hood. Tex Avery. 1943.
06 To Be Or Not To Be. Ernst Lubitsch. 1942.
07 Monsieur Verdoux. Charlie Chaplin. 1947.
08 Rope. Alfred Hitchcock. 1948.
09 Citizen Kane. Orson Welles. 1941.
10 The Great Dictator. Charlie Chaplin. 1940.
11 The Grapes Of Wrath. John Ford. 1940.
12 Double Indemnity. Billy Wilder. 1944.
13 The Maltese Falcon. John Huston. 1941.
14 Meshes Of The Afternoon. Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid. 1943.
15 Muscle Beach. Irving Lerner, Joseph Strick. 1948.
16 School For Postmen/Jour De Fete. Jacques Tati. 1947/9.

* BEST FILMS OF THE 1950's?
01 Ugetsu Monogatari (Tales Of Moonlight and Rain). Kenji Mizoguchi. 1953.
02 Limelight. Charlie Chaplin. 1952.
03 Pickpocket. Robert Bresson. 1959.
04 A Man Escaped (The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth). Robert Bresson. 1956.
05 A MOVIE. Bruce Conner. 1958.
06 Tokyo Story. Yasujiro Ozu. 1953.
07 Free Radicals. Len Lye. 1958.
08 Hiroshima, Mon Amour. Alain Resnais. 1959.
09 Throne Of Blood. Akira Kurosawa. 1957.
10 Good Morning!. Yasujiro Ozu. 1959.
11 Shadows. John Cassavetes. 1959.
12 M Hulot's Holiday. Jacques Tati. 1953.
13 12 Angry Men. Sidney Lumet. 1957.
14 Rebel Without A Cause. Nicholas Ray. 1955.
15 The Earrings Of Madame De.... Max Ophüls. 1953.
16 Mon Oncle. Jacques Tati. 1958.
17 Sunset Blvd. Billy Wilder. 1950.
18 Rashomon. Akira Kurosawa. 1950.
19 I Vitelloni. Federico Fellini. 1953.
20 Singin In The Rain. Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen. 1952.

* BEST FILMS OF THE 1960's?
01 Faces. John Cassavetes. 1968.
02 Au Hasard, Balthazar. Robert Bresson. 1966.
03 Shadows Of Our Forgotten Ancestors. Sergei Parajanov. 1964.
04 Breakaway. Bruce Conner (w/ Toni Basil). 1967.
05 Chelsea Girls. Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol. 1966.
06 . Federico Fellini. 1963.
07 The White Rose. Bruce Conner. 1967.
08 Play Time. Jacques Tati. 1967.
09 Mothlight. Stan Brakhage. 1963.
10 The Battle of Algiers. Gillo Pontecorvo. 1966.
11 Flesh. Paul Morrissey. 1968.
12 Walking. Ryan Larkin. 1969.
13 Blow Job. Andy Warhol. 1963.
14 Blow-Up. Michelangelo Antonioni. 1966.
15 l'Avventura. Michelangelo Antonioni. 1960.
16 Ten Second Film. Bruce Conner. 1965.
17 Falstaff: Chimes At Midnight. Orson Welles. 1965.
18 La Dolce Vita. Federico Fellini. 1960.
19 Johnny Staccto (Murder For Credit/Evil/A Piece of Paradise/Night In Jeopardy/Solomon). John Cassavetes. 1960.
20 Ulysses. Joseph Strick. 1967.

* BEST FILMS OF THE 1970's?
01 Stalker. Andrei Tarkovsky. 1979.
02 Last Chants For A Slow Dance. Jon Jost. 1977.
03 A Woman Under The Influence. John Cassavetes. 1974.
04 Killer Of Sheep. Charles Burnett. 1977.
05 Abigail's Party. Mike Leigh. 1977.
06 Barry Lyndon. Stanley Kubrick. 1975.
07 Mikey & Nicky. Elaine May. 1976.
08 I'm Too Sad To Tell You. Bas Jan Ader. 1971.
09 Road Movie. Joseph Strick. 1974.
10 Mirror. Andrei Tarkovsky. 1975.
11 F For Fake. Orson Welles. 1973.
12 Nails. Philip Borsos. 1979.
13 Gimme Shelter. Maysles Brothers. 1970.
14 Straw Dogs. Sam Peckinpah. 1971.
15 Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. Chantel Akerman. 1975.
16 Tropic Of Cancer. Joseph Strick. 1970.
17 Eraserhead. David Lynch. 1977.
18 Valse Triste. Bruce Conner. 1979.
19 Interviews With My Lai Veterens. Joseph Strick. 1971.
20 Street Musique. Ryan Larkin. 1972.

* BEST FILMS OF THE 1980's?
01 Love Streams. John Cassavetes. 1984.
02 The Sacrifice. Andrei Tarkovsky. 1986.
03 Fanny & Alexander (312 minute version). Ingmar Bergman. 1982.
04 Sans Soleil. Chris Marker. 1983.
05 Superstar. Todd Haynes. 1983.
06 My Neighbor Totoro. Hayao Miyazaki. 1988.
07 The Ties That Bind. Su Friedrich. 1985.
08 One From The Heart. Francis Ford Coppola. 1982.
09 The Short & Curlies. Mike Leigh. 1987.
10 Damned If You Don't. Su Friedrich. 1987.
11 When The Wind Blows. Jimmy T. Murakami. 1986.
12 The Dante Quartet. Stan Brakhage. 1987
13 The Breakfast Club. John Hughes. 1985.
14 Wings Of Desire. Wim Wenders. 1987.
15 Ran. Akira Kurosawa. 1985.
16 The Meaning Of Life. Monty Python. 1983.
17 The Garden Of Earthly Delights. Stan Brakhage. 1981.
18 Cinema Paradiso. Giuseppe Tornatore. 1988.
19 The Secret of Nimh. Don Bluth. 1982.
20 Hannah And Her Sisters. Woody Allen. 1986.

* BEST FILMS OF THE 1990's?
01 Sink Or Swim. Su Friedrich. 1990.
02 Honey. David Ball. 1999.
03 Gummo. Harmony Korine. 1997.
04 Close-Up. Abbas Kiarostami. 1990.
05 Captain Star. Steven Appleby, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Pete Bishop. 1992.
06 All The Vermeers In New York. Jon Jost. 1990.
07 To Sleep With Anger. Charles Burnett. 1990.
08 Ermo. Xiaowen Zhou. 1994.
09 Æon Flux. Peter Chung, Howard Baker. 1991-5.
10 Eyes Wide Shut. Stanley Kubrick. 1999.
11 Rules Of The Road. Su Friedrich. 1993.
12 The Celebration. Tomas Vinterberg. 1998.
13 Clerks.. Kevin Smith. 1994.
14 Totally Fucked Up. Gregg Araki. 1993.
15 Rhapsody In August. Akira Kurosawa. 1991.
16 Lily and Jim. Don Hertzfeldt. 1997.
17 The Idiots. Lars Von Trier. 1998.
18 Cremaster 5. Matthew Barney. 1997.
19 Downtown. Chris Prynoski, George Krstic, Anne D. Berstein. 1999.
20 Cremaster 2. Matthew Barney. 1999.

* BEST FILMS OF THE 2000's?
01 Cremaster 3/The Order. Matthew Barney. 2002.
02 Dogville. Lars Von Trier. 2003.
03 INLAND EMPIRE. David Lynch. 2006.
04 Dancer In The Dark. Lars Von Trier. 2000.
05 Songs From The Second Floor. Roy Andersson. 2000.
06 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days. Christian Mingiu. 2007.
07 Everything Will Be OK. Don Hertzfeldt. 2006.
08 Russian Ark. Aleksandr Sokurov. 2002.
09 You, The Living. Roy Andersson. 2007.
10 Love Is A Treasure. Eija-Liisa Ahtila. 2002.
11 I am so proud of you. Don Hertzfeldt. 2008.
12 Elephant. Gus Van Sant. 2003.
13 The Meaning Of Life. Don Hertzfeldt. 2005.
14 The Five Obstructions. Jorgen Leth, Lars Von Trier. 2003.
15 Y Tu Mama Tambien. Alfonso Cuaron. 2001.
16 Lost In Translation. Sofia Coppola. 2003.
17 Ghost World. Terry Zwigoff. 2001.
18 Millenium Actress. Satoshi Kon. 2001.
19 The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. Andrew Dominik. 2007.
20 Before Sunset. Richard Linklater. 2004.

* WORST FILMS EVER?
01 Ratatoing. Vídeo Brinquedo. 2007.
02 Pink Flamingos. John Waters. 1972.
03 Alphaville. Jean-Luc Godard. 1965.
04 Point Break. Kathryn Bigelow. 1991.
05 Death Proof. Quentin Tarantino. 2007.
06 Crash. Paul Haggis. 2005.
07 Sissy Boy Slap Party. Guy Maddin. 1995.
08 Return To Reason. Man Ray. 1923.
09 Six Figures Getting Sick. David Lynch. 1966.
10 Titanic. James Cameron. 1997.
11 Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB. George Lucas. 1967.
12 Vinyl. Andy Warhol. 1965.
13 Asparagus. Suzan Pitt. 1979.
14 Tin Toy. John Lasseter. 1988.
15 2010: The Year We Make Contact. Peter Hyams. 1984.
16 WALL-E. Andrew Stanton. 2008.
17 The Net. Irwin Winkler. 1995.
18 Grease. Randal Kleiser. 1978.
19 Psycho. Gus Van Sant. 1998.
20 The Birdcage. Mike Nichols. 1996.

Wow, you've been pretty sheltered from bad movies if you think any of the twenty worst movies ever made were created by Jean-Luc Godard, Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, Mike Nichols, or Pixar. Even Titanic and Crash - sure, they're bad for Best Picture winners, but among the worst films ever? If you want to see a legitimately dreadful movie, watch this. I think it's the worst movie I've ever seen.

I am glad you didn't include John Waters in that list. Hahaha. The top six ones, at least, were all just the most painful movie experiences I've had. I feel like it goes without saying that films like that or Click or Balls of Fury or whatever were worthless. I really think that if Godard's name wasn't on Alphaville that today people would only watch it ironically like Ed Wood films.

Also oh noooooo now I can't just update my original post.

Crash is easily one of the worst movies ever made. I was completely repulsed, that shooting scene is one of the most distasteful, manipulative, juvenile things ever committed to film.

Have I told you lately that I love you? <3

I love you in equal proportion to how much I hate Crash. <3

I may be a native Baltimoron, but you're welcome to malign John Waters as much as you like. :-)

Anyway, there's a difference between bad and overrated. Of the films you mention that I've seen, all of them are overrated in my opinion (except WALL-E of course, which is brilliant). I didn't like Death Proof either but it's obvious that it has more talent behind it than Balls of Fury. I think Alphaville is cheesy and drastically over-praised, but a weak Jean-Luc Godard movie is still better than at least 50% of the movies that Hollywood puts out each year. And I agree about that Godawful shooting scene in Crash, but it still has enough interesting moments in it to make it not one of the 20 worst films ever made. The concept is ambitious and the acting is competent, which is more than plenty of films can say. Just because everyone acknowledges that certain films are worthless, does that mean we should just gloss over them when making lists of worsts? Worthless films are the true worst films ever.

Something that I feel makes a film like Death Proof worse than Balls of Fury is just in that Death Proof honestly thinks it is somehow artistically great cinema; Crash thinks it is making some kind of a statement, it is doing something, and that its style isn't just another hollywood flick, when it's hamhanded, oversimplified, manipulative drivel (same goes for Wall-E). I'd go par for Alphaville vs Hollywood. What it gains in originality of some kind it loses in sheer dopey-ness. The lowest-brow of the popcorn movies rarely seem to take themselves very seriously-- the makers of the Scary Movie films are just going "lolololol dick jokes" and not "i am making a statement about patriarchy by my use of Freudian humour and deep focus". Death Proof felt almost insulting to me; it was masturbatory in the worst ways, had no scrap of originality, and in the end felt somewhat misanthropic. Make no mistake though films like Balls of Fury and Nothing But Trouble and so on would be on a larger worst-films list, but they'd still be after films that felt insulting and such. But oh god rambling so much now.

And if you haven't seen any Vídeo Brinquedo releases, you have to check them out, they are terrible to the point of profundity. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkvAcZoZBEY RATATOING it is kind of hypnotic

I suppose I have a different philosophy on this. I would much rather see a movie try to achieve greatness and fail than have it pander to the lowest-common-denominator of cinematic entertainment, and then even fail at being remotely entertaining. It's really not that hard to make a dick or fart joke that makes people laugh. I've made plenty in my life. So when a film's sole ambition is to wallow in the scatological and sexual excesses of humankind and all it can do is produce tired groans, I find it insulting that there are filmmakers out there who actually thought I would find this stuff funny. It's more insulting to me than when a film has grand ambitions but the execution doesn't make it there. In other words: artistic brilliance is hard; I don't blame a film for not getting to that point. Amusing dick jokes are easy; it's appalling when a film can't achieve that low standard.

I made some minor changes to some categories and have started adding "Score" and "Sound". There may be occasional tweaks here and there up until the point where I post a "warning" about making any final changes to your selections.

Those who've already started making their selections will now notice that I've combined all the "visual categories" (Art Dir, Special Effects, Cinematography) into 2 categories: Best Visuals (B & W) & Best Visuals (Color). I also removed "Best Ingenuity" because it is too much of an overall category--each of the categories featured are byproducts of ingenuity--in other words, "ingenuity" is not the "sub category" the others are.

BEST ACTING [ENSEMBLE]

1. Godfather - Francis Coppola (1972)
2. Network - Sidney Lumet (1976)
3. Citizen Kane - Orson Welles (1941)
4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Milos Forman (1975)
5. On the Waterfront - Elia Kazan (1954)
6. Rashomon - Akira Kurosawa (1950)
7. Persona - Ingmar Bergman (1966)
8. Abagail's Party - Mike Leigh (1977)
9. Blue Velvet - David Lynch (1986)
10.A Woman Under the Influence - John Cassavetes (1974)
11.Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick (1964)
12.Rules of the Game - Jean Renoir (1939)
13.Goodfellas - Martin Scorsese (1990)
14.L'Atalante - Jean Vigo (1934)
15.Philedelphia Story - George Cukor (1940)
16.M - Fritz Lang (1931)
17.Silence of the Lambs - Johnathan Demme (1991)
18.Ikiru - Akira Kurosawa (1952)
19.Fargo - Cohen Brothers (1996)
20.Rebel Without a Cause - Nicholas Ray (1955)

BEST THEMATIC CONTENT

1. Dekalog - Kryzstof Kieslowski (1989)
2. Persona - Ingmar Bergman (1966)
3. 2001: a Space Odyssey - Stanley Kubrick (1968)
4. Dolce Vita - Federico Fellini (1961)
5. Mirror - Andrei Tarkovsky (1975)
6. Metropolis - Fritz Lang (1927)
7. Dogville - Lars von Trier (2003)
8. Citizen Kane - Orson Welles (1941)
9. Chinatown - Roman Polanski (1974)
10.L'Eclisse - Michaelangelo Antonioni (1962)
11.Taxi Driver - Martin Scorsese (1976)
12.Werckmeister Harmonies - Bela Tarr (2000)
13.Godfather - Francis Coppola (1972)
14.Contempt - Jean-Luc Godard (1963)
15.Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie - Luis Bunuel (1972)
16.Annie Hall - Woody Allen (1977)
17.Au Hazard Balthazar - Robert Bresson (1966)
18.Blue Velvet - David Lynch (1986)
19.Code Unknown - Michael Haneke (2000)
20.Abagail's Party - Mike Leigh (1977)

Ha ha...thanks for giving me something to think about / agonize over for the next few days during slow moments... ;-P

Sure thing. Good luck ( :

Quick question:

How do you type in bold letters on listology?

Nevermind, I figured it out

You'll have to forgive me, I'm one of those computer illiterate types

No worries ( :

No worries ( :

Hey, stop mocking me!

Okay, I'll just go ahead and post my picks now with a view to tweaking them if I see anything worthy before whatever deadline it is you set.

Best Films of the 1910s-1920s
1. Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
2. Sunrise (F.W. Murnau, 1927)
3. Menilmontant (Dimitri Kirsanoff, 1926)
4. Un Chien Andalou (Luis Bunuel, 1929)
5. A Page of Madness (Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1926)
6. The Kid (Charles Chaplin, 1921)
7. Battling Butler (Buster Keaton, 1926)
8. Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau, 1922)
9. It (Josef von Sternberg and Clarence G. Badger, 1927)
10. Alice Gets in Dutch (Walt Disney, 1924)
11. Faust (F.W. Murnau, 1926)
12. The Golem (Paul Wegener and Carl Boese, 1920)
13. Broken Blossoms (D.W. Griffith, 1919)
14. The Birth of a Nation (D.W. Griffith, 1915)
15. The Sinking of the Lusitania (Winsor McCay, 1918)

Best Films of the 1930s
1. Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1935)
2. Earth (Aleksandr Dovzhenko, 1930)
3. The Black Cat (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1934)
4. Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931)
5. Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939)
6. Elmer Elephant (Wilfred Jackson, 1936)
7. Bad Girl (Frank Borzage, 1931)
8. Vampyr (F.W. Murnau, 1932)
9. A Farewell to Arms (Frank Borzage, 1932)
10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Wilfred Jackson, Ben Sharpsteen, David Hand and William Cottrell, 1937)
11. If I Had a Million (Lots of People, 1932)
12. Thugs with Dirty Mugs (Tex Avery, 1939)
13. The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)
14. Three Little Pigs (Burt Gillett, 1933)
15. King Kong (Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)

Best Films of the 1940s
1. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
2. Black Narcissus (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1947)
3. Laura (Otto Preminger, 1944)
4. Pinocchio (Ben Sharpsteen and Hamilton Luske, 1940)
5. Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren, 1943)
6. The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
7. On the Town (Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, 1949)
8. Tortoise Beats Hare (Tex Avery, 1941)
9. Fallen Angel (Otto Preminger, 1945)
10. Leave Her to Heaven (John M. Stahl, 1945)
11. Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock, 1944)
12. Brief Encounter (David Lean, 1945)
13. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)
14. The Red Shoes (Robert Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1948)
15. Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (Robert Clampett, 1943)
16. Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947)
17. Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946)
18. Road to Zanzibar (Victor Schertzinger, 1941)
19. Witch's Cradle (Maya Deren, 1944)
20. Ritual in Transfigured Time (Maya Deren, 1946)

Best Films of the 1950s
1. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
2. Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)
3. The Red Balloon (Albert Lamorisse, 1956)
4. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950)
5. Les Mistons (Francois Truffaut, 1957)
6. House by the River (Fritz Lang, 1950)
7. La Strada (Federico Fellini, 1954)
8. Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger, 1959)
9. The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956)
10. To Catch a Thief (Alfred Hitchcock, 1955)
11. Marty (Delbert Man, 1955)
12. The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise, 1951)
13. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel, 1956)
14. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
15. One Froggy Evening (Chuck Jones, 1955)
16. Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, 1955)
17. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954)
18. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
19. The Fly (Kurt Neumann, 1958)
20. Guernica (Alain Resnais and Rober Hessens, 1950)

Best Films of the 1960s
1. Made in U.S.A. (Jean-Luc Godard, 1966)
2. Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962)
3. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
4. Au hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966)
5. Viridiana (Luis Bunuel, 1961)
6. Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)
7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
8. Repulsion (Roman Polanski, 1965)
9. The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966)
10. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)
11. Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero, 1968)
12. La Chinoise (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967)
13. Naked Island (Kaneto Shindo, 1960)
14. Eyes Without a Face (Georges Franju, 1960)
15. Ivan's Childhood (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1962)
16. Kes (Ken Loach, 1969)
17. A Woman is a Woman (Jean-Luc Godard, 1961)
18. The Koumiko Mystery (Chris Marker, 1965)
19. Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968)
20. Pierrot le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965)

Best Films of the 1970s
1. Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick, 1978)
2. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
3. Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978)
4. The Godfather: Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
5. Zabriskie Point (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1970)
6. Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, 1971)
7. Deliverance (John Boorman, 1972)
8. Phantasm (Don Coscarelli, 1979)
9. Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977)
10. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972)
11. The Sugarland Express (Steven Spielberg, 1974)
12. Punishment Park (Peter Watkins, 1971)
13. Celine and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette, 1974)
14. Dersu Uzala (Akira Kurosawa, 1975)
15. Ceddo (Ousmane Sembene, 1977)
16. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Milos Forman, 1972)
17. Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1979)
18. Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1976)
19. A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
20. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)

Best Films of the 1980s
1. The Emerald Forest (John Boorman, 1985)
2. Detective (Jean-Luc Godard, 1985)
3. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982)
4. The Fly (David Cronenberg, 1986)
5. Opera (Dario Argento, 1987)
6. Empire of the Sun (Steven Spielberg, 1987)
7. Tetsuo: The Iron Man (Shinya Tsukamoto, 1989)
8. Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone, 1984)
9. The Hitcher (Robert Harmon, 1986)
10. Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986)
11. Scarface (Brian De Palma, 1983)
12. Stand By Me (Rob Reiner, 1986)
13. The Elephant Man (David Lynch, 1980)
14. The Changeling (Peter Medak, 1980)
15. Day of the Dead (George A. Romero, 1985)
16. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
17. Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow, 1987)
18. Dressed to Kill (Brian De Palma, 1980)
19. She's Having a Baby (John Hughes, 1988)
20. Yeelen (Souleymane Cisse, 1987)

Thanks for your selections tom_elce ( : I look forward to the rest. It's fascinating to see each person's choices...just need more people to post them so we can really get this thing moving along

No problem, and thanks for inviting me to participate. :)

Best Films of the 1990s
1. Leon (Luc Besson, 1994)
2. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, 1998)
3. Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer, 1998)
4. Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1993)
5. Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994)
6. Casino (Martin Scorsese, 1995)
7. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (Joe Dante, 1990)
8. Bad Lieutenant (Abel Ferrara, 1992)
9. Crash (David Cronenberg, 1996)
10. The Iron Giant (Brad Bird, 1999)
11. The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994)
12. Barton Fink (The Coens, 1991)
13. Election (Alexander Payne, 1999)
14. The Butcher Boy (Neil Jordan, 1997)
15. American History X (Tony Kaye, 1998)
16. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (Bruce Sinofsky and Michael Palmieri, 1996)
17. Heat (Michael Mann, 1995)
18. Boyz N the Hood (John Singleton, 1991)
19. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (Trey Parker, 1999)
20. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick, 1993)

Best Films of the 2000s
1. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001)
2. Femme Fatale (Brian De Palma, 2002)
3. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
4. George Washington (David Gordon Green, 2000)
5. Twentynine Palms (Bruno Dumont, 2003)
6. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
7. The Company (Robert Altman, 2003)
8. Water Lilies (Celine Sciamma, 2007)
9. Offside (Jafar Panahi, 2006)
10. The Tracey Fragments (Bruce McDonald, 2007)
11. Mean Creek (Jacob Aaron Estes, 2004)
12. Spider (David Cronenberg, 2002)
13. Bad Education (Pedro Almodovar, 2004)
14. Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006)
15. Mission to Mars (Brian De Palma, 2000)
16. Everyone Else (Maren Ade, 2009)
17. Revanche (Gotz Spielmann, 2008)
18. Someone Else's Happiness (Fien Troch, 2005)
19. Lake Tahoe (Fernando Eimbcke, 2008)
20. Gangs of New York (Martin Scorsese, 2002)

Best Films of All-Time
1. Made in U.S.A. (Jean-Luc Godard, 1966)
2. The Emerald Forest (John Boorman, 1985)
3. Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962)
4. Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
5. Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1935)
6. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001)
7. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
8. Femme Fatale (Brian De Palma, 2002)
9. The Fly (David Cronenberg, 1986)
10. Au hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966)

----- I couldn't possibly separate 50 films that I consider to be masterpieces into any meaningful order of preference so I've limited this to a Top 10 ballot, and in the interest of diversity have limited directors to a maximum of one film.

I hope you realize how much just thinking about these lists tortures me. Caveat: all ordering and selections are subject to change in thirty seconds.

1920's

1. La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Dreyer, 1927)
2. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau, 1927)
3. Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton, 1924)
4. The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin, 1925)
5. The General (Buster Keaton, 1927)
6. Faust (F.W. Murnau, 1926)
7. Konets Sankt-Peterburga The End of St. Petersburg (Vsevolod Pudovkin, 1927)
8. The Kid (Charlie Chaplin, 1920)
9. The Crowd (King Vidor, 1928)
10. The Cameraman (Buster Keaton, 1928)

1930's

1. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931)
2. Zangiku monogatari The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1939)
3. La Règle du jeu The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir, 1939)
4. L'Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934)
5. M (Fritz Lang, 1931)
6. The Merry Widow (Ernst Lubitsch, 1934)
7. La Grande Illusion Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937)
8. The Front Page (Lewis Milestone, 1931)
9. Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932)
10. Vampyr (Carl Dreyer, 1932)

1940's

1. Banshun Late Spring (Yasujirō Ozu, 1949)
2. Letter from an Unknown Woman (Max Ophuls, 1948)
3. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles, 1942)
4. The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
5. Vredens Dag Day of Wrath (Carl Dreyer, 1943)
6. It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)
7. Ladri di biciclette Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, 1948)
8. The Shop Around the Corner Ernst Lubitsch, 1940)
9. Rope (Alfred Hitchcock, 1948)
10. The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946)

1950's

1. Pather Panchali Song of the Little Road (Satyajit Ray, 1955)
2. Un condamné à mort s'est échappé A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson, 1956)
3. Ordet The Word (Carl Dreyer, 1955)
4. Tōkyō monogatari Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)
5. Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)
6. Aparajito The Unvanquished (Satyajit Ray, 1956)
7. Ugetsu monogatari Tales of the Moon and Rain (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953)
8. Hiroshima Mon Amour Hiroshima, My Love (Alain Resnais, 1959)
9. Viaggo in Italia Journey to Italy (Roberto Rossellini, 1954)
10. Pickpocket (Robert Bresson, 1959)

1960's

1. 8½ (Frederico Fellini, 1963)
2. Au hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966)
3. Faces (John Cassavetes, 1968)
4. Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles, 1965)
5. Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966)
6. Sult Hunger (Henning Carlsen, 1966)
7. L'Eclisse Eclipse (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961)
8. Suna no onna Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964)
9. Play Time (Jacques Tati, 1967)
10. La Jetée The Pier (Chris Marker, 1962)

1970's

1. Zerkalo Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974)
2. El espíritu de la colmena The Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice, 1973)
3. Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979)
4. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes, 1974)
5. Fontane Effi Briest (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974)
5. The Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett, 1977)
6. Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975)
7. The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
8. Edvard Munch (Peter Watkins, 1974)
9. Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1977)
10. Abigail's Party (Mike Leigh, 1977)

1980's

1. Nostalghia (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983)
2. Sans Soleil Sunless (Chris Marker, 1983)
3. Khane-ye doust kodjast? Where is the Friend's Home? (Abbas Kiarostami, 1987)
4. Possession (Andrzej Żuławski, 1981)
5. Sous le soleil de Satan Under the Sun of Satan (Maurice Pialat, 1987)
6. Offret The Sacrifice (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986)
7. Videodrome (David Cronenberg, 1983)
8. Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984)
9. Histoire(s) du cinéma The Histories of Cinema (Jean-Luc Godard, 1988-1998)
10. Krótki film o zabijaniu A Short Film About Killing (Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1988)

1990's

1. Ta'm-e gīlās Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami, 1997)
2. Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1995)
3. Bād mā rā khāhad bord The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami, 1999)
4. Beau travail Beautiful Work (Claire Denis, 1999)
5. Podzemlje Underground (Emir Kustrica, 1995)
6. What Happened Was... (Tom Noonan, 1994)
7. Safe (Todd Haynes, 1995)
8. Podwójne życie Weroniki The Double Life of Véronique (Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1991)
9. Clean, Shaven (Lodge Kerrigan, 1995)
10. Mat i sin Mother & Son (Aleksandr Sokurov, 1997)

2000's

1. Werckmeister harmóniák Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, 2000)
2. Hei yan quan What Time Is It There? (Ming-liang Tsai, 2001)
3. Ararat (Atom Egoyan, 2002)
4. Inland Empire (David Lynch, 2006)
5. Trilogia I: To Livadi pou dakryzei The Weeping Meadow (Theo Angelopoulos, 2004)
6. Sang sattawat Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006)
7. 2046 (Kar-wai Wong, 2004)
8. Bu San Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Ming-liang Tsai, 2003)
9. The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)
10. Hēi yǎn quān I Don't Want To Sleep Alone Ming-liang Tsai, 2006)

Marquee:

I know, I know...been killing me too...

What, no Aliens? No Zardoz?

Just kidding, thanks for your selections.

Best Directors:

1. Kubrick - the ultimate cinema god and practically in a league of his own. You simply do not understand film if you don't understand his greatness.
2. Tarkovsky - created a distinctive quasi-avant-garde style all his own which evolved with every film and worked well each time. One of the most original and well-rounded of all directors.
3. Welles - employed countless cinematic techniques in every film, worked in several different genres, and has vast diversity among his films. He did it all and did it better than practically anyone - that's why he's the best.
4. Fellini - just like Tarkovsky he invented his own style that grew along with the director. He is a classic case of breaking away from the pack and becoming a true visionary.
5. Chaplin - whoever thinks 'appeasement' is a dirty word hasn't watched Chaplin! Loved by the public as much as cinephiles, he is the most iconic and timeless of all cinema artists.
6. Bresson - economical story telling at it's finest. A master at condensing scenes down to their essence, striping away any unnecessary details like a true poet.
7. Scorsese - in a long line of American directors who could make many different kinds of films, yet always made them personal.
8. Bergman - if you could teach film students how to express a profound understanding of the human psyche - there would be more Bergman's.
9. Hitchcock - one of the most creative and influential directors. Never satisfied with shooting scenes the same old way, he always made innovative use of his camera - even when shooting an otherwise simple scene. A technical director, but one of the best.
10. Eisenstein - wrote the book on editing! Editing is probably the least appreciated element of film, compared with acting, script, photography, music etc. Yet it is arguably the most important. Influenced a disturbing amount of people.
11. Kurosawa - Japanese director? He was much closer to the American spirit of working in many genres and often changing tone and style. Yet he had a distinctly Asian flavour. Always trying new things, he was widely influential and inadvertently influenced many Western films. Arguably the most widely loved director ever.
12. Griffith - if you don't dig Griffith, you deserve death. Instantaneous death.
13. Ozu - arguably the greatest Japanese film maker whose film's never once faltered in their visual beauty.
14. Godard - neurotic Frenchman who broke all the rules and struck it rich.
15. Antonioni - art house king.
16. Dreyer - subtle perfectionist with an enigmatic visual style.
17. Hawks - master of the screwball comedy, and every other conceivable genre.
18. Allen - funniest of all great directors. insightful too.
19. Tarantino - probably the most distinctive and successful director to emerge in the last 20 years.
20. Kieslowski - most profound director.

I have a better idea!

http://www.listology.com/zacharyyy/story/afterhourss-greatest-films-poll

This way I can change it when I want without just spamming up this page!

If you want to do it that way that's fine. If anyone else chooses to do the same please provide a link just as Zacharyyy has here.

Note: I am removing the "Best Director" and "Best Actor" categories because the intention of this poll is to highlight individual films and their merits, not bodies of work in general. Perhaps for another poll, another time...

But I will be adding several new categories, likely today, so stay tuned...

Do you think "Best visuals (animated)" would be a good category to add?
I mean, that process is quite different from photography. Stan Brakhage, Len Lye, Norman McLaren, Ryan Larkin, Don Hertzfeldt, Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, Bruno Bozzetto, Max/Dave Fleischer, Walt Disney, Chris Landreth, Jan Svenkmajer, Hayao Miyazaki, Satoshi Kon, etc all have extremely interesting works so I think there'd be enough for that category to exist as well.

It's certainly different from a technical standpoint... I dunno, I'm mainly interested in results... anyone is welcome to vote for animated films in the "Best Visuals" category.

On another note, the only thing holding this poll from going forward is the lack of voters. I'll probably archive it if it doesn't pick up.

I'd actually be sort of interested in seeing what even the 5-10 people who have participated add up to.

Well I'd certainly participate, but the only kind of films I know are comedy. Also, where do you guys find all these movies? I went to Mammoth Video and I could hardly any of them.

Piracy is a good way to find obscure films.

And I guess you could fill out at least the comedy category, then?

I didn't even notice the comedy category.

Suggestion for amazing comedy: http://www.myrectumisnotagrave.com/mediadownlds/everybodywebfinal.mov
The comic genius of canadian video artists Steve Reinke and Jessie Mott

For the "comedic genius" thing if you make a separate list for that one, I think the Red Letter Media essay-films would be great for that category
http://redlettermedia.com/plinkett/
Especially the Star Wars ones. Hypnotizing comedic timing.

see response below

Those are hilarious!

No more new categories though. I've ended off on this poll. Maybe I'll get back to it later, which, along with it being a point of interest for the fascinating selections the few people who did participate provided, is the only reason I haven't archived it.

I am very surprised that my favorite movie(and which should top the AFI list imo) Lawrence of Arabia is not on any list above. Good god, it won 7 oscars, nominated for 10. At the very least it should be on best cinematography/screenplay(script) lists....got some damn good dialogue.

This poll was ended in 2011, but if there were more voters I'm sure it would've made its way into one of the categories. I think a lot of people would agree with you on it's greatness :)