Post Here: Which Movies Should've Made The Sight & Sound List?



1. "Citizen Kane" (1941, Welles) 42 votes
2. "The Godfather" and "The Godfather part II" (1972 and 1974, Coppola) 27 votes
3. "8 1/2" (1963, Fellini) 19 votes
4. "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962, Lean) 15 votes
5. "Dr. Strangelove" (1964, Kubrick) 14 votes
6. (tie) "Bicycle Thief" (1948, De Sica) 13 votes
6. (tie) "Raging Bull" (1980, Scorsese) 13 votes
6. (tie) "Vertigo" (1958, Hitchcock) 13 votes
9. (tie) "Rashomon" (1950, Kurosawa) 12 votes
9. (tie) "La Regle du jeu" (1939, Renoir) 12 votes
9. (tie) "Seven Samurai" (1954, Kurosawa) 12 votes


1. "Citizen Kane" (1941, Welles) 46 votes
2. "Vertigo" (1958, Hitchcock) 41 votes
3. "La Regle du jeu" (1939, Renoir) 30 votes
4. "The Godfather" and "The Godfather part II" (1972 and 1974, Coppola) 23 votes
5. "Tokyo Story" (1953, Ozu) 22 votes
6. "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968, Kubrick) 21 votes
7. (tie) "Battleship Potemkin" (1925, Eisenstein) 19 votes
7. (tie) "Sunrise" (1927, Murnau) 19 votes
9. "8 1/2" (1963, Fellini) 18 votes
10. "Singin' In the Rain" (1952, Kelly, Donen) 17 votes

I actually stole this idea from the IMDB boards, but the results there were pretty disappointing. I think the opinions of listologists are more valid than those of the IMDB board users anyway.

Here is our chance to make our own Listology Sight & Sound list. Please post a list of your top 20 (10 is just too hard) movies in the Discussion section. You can either rank them (meaning I'll give 20 points to the #1 and 1 point to the #20), just give me 20 unranked films (meaning I'll give 10.5 points to each film), or find some other way to distribute 210 points to 20 films. I will add up all the points and create the Listology Sight & Sound list.

But here's the catch. None of the films from either Sight & Sound list (see above) can be on your list. That means you can't include:

8 1/2
2001: A Space Odyssey
Battleship Potemkin
The Bicycle Thief
Citizen Kane
Dr. Strangelove
Godfather or Godfather part II
Lawrence of Arabia
Raging Bull
Rules of the Game (aka La Regle du jeu)
Singin' in the Rain
Seven Samurai
Tokyo Story

Well, go to it! Start posting your list! Oh, and I need a year and director to go with each movie - if you aren't sure about one or the other, check at Also, please try to remain objective in your decisions. What I mean by that is, if you have one spot left and you can't decide between "Freddy Got Fingered", which is your favorite movie, or "Casablanca, go with "Casablanca."

Thanks, let's see what we can come up with!

8/22/02 - Here are the current standings. If you're reading this right now, and you haven't posted a list yet, please do so! The more people contributing, the better.

I'm too lazy to write years and directors for all these films, but the information is posted here in the discussion if you wanna know.

Chinatown (84.5)
Casablanca (66.1)
Bringing Up Baby (51)
Cabaret (44.5)
To Kill a Mockingbird (43.8)
North by Northwest (42.5)
Sunset Boulevard (42.5)
Pulp Fiction (42)
The Graduate (36.5)
Rear Window (34.6)
Psycho (34)
Wages of Fear (33.6)
Duck Soup (33.5)
Modern Times (33.5)
All About Eve (33.5)
Do the Right Thing (32)
12 Angry Men (30.5)
Brazil (29.9)
The Third Man (29.5)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (29.5)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre (28.5)
Annie Hall (28)
Manhattan (27.5)
Grand Illusion (27.3)
Breathless (27)
The Maltese Falcon (26)
Some Like It Hot (25.5)
Jules and Jim (25.5)
Ran (23.4)
The Searchers (23)
Andrei Rublev (23)
M (22.5)
Metropolis (22.5)
Touch of Evil (22.5)
Bridge on the River Kwai (21.5)
Being John Malkovich (21.5)
A Hard Day’s Night (21)
Paths of Glory (21)
Apocalypse Now (21)
Taxi Driver (21)
The Night of the Hunter (21)
West Side Story (21)
Blade Runner (20.5)
Amateur (20)
Ikiru (20)
Greed (20)
Last Year at Marienbad (19)
Wild Bunch (18.9)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (18.5)
The Magnificent Ambersons (18.5)
Full Metal Jacket (18)
Ugetsu Monogatari (18)
Star Wars (17)
Hannah and Her Sisters (17)
The General (17)
Gone With the Wind (16.8)
Life Is Beautiful (16.8)
Raise the Red Lantern (16.8)
Once Upon a Time in the West (16)
Wings of Desire (16)
The Apartment (16)
It's a Wonderful Life (15)
L'atalante (15)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (14.7)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (14.7)
The Garden of the Fitzi Continis (14)
Pather Panchali (14)
Chungking Express (14)
Dancer in the Dark (13.5)
L'avventura (13)
Mary Poppins (12.6)
To Live (12.6)
Nashville (10.5)
Seventh Seal (10.5)
Fight Club (10.5)
Klute (10.5)
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (10.5)
French Connection (10.5)
Three Colors: Red (10.5)
Three Colors: White (10.5)
The Empire Strikes Back (10.5)
Ninotchka (10.5)
Night of the Living Dead (10.5)
Blazing Saddles (10.5)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (10.5)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (10.5)
Red River (10.5)
Umberto D (10.5)
Cool Hand Luke (10.5)
Shop Around the Corner (10.5)
The Red Shoes (10.5)
Blue Velvet (10.5)
Walkabout (10.5)
Last Tango in Paris (10.5)
The 400 Blows (10.5)
Life is Sweet (10.5)
Persona (10.5)
The Royal Tenenbaums (10.5)
Three Seasons (10.5)
Bonnie and Clyde (10.5)
Manchurian Candidate (10.5)
Indochine (10.5)
Laura (10.5)
Taming of the Shrew (10.5)
A Clockwork Orange (10.5)
The Deer Hunter (10.5)
The Piano (10.5)
Being There (10)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (10)
Hail the Conquering Hero (9)
Wizard of Oz (9)
Amadeus (9)
The Best Years Of Our Lives (8.4)
Nobody's Fool (8.4)
Magnolia (7)
Simple Men (6)
My Man Godfrey (5)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)(4.2)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (4.2)
Toy Story (4.2)
Rebecca (4)
sex, lies, and videotape (3)
Cinema Paradiso (3)
Harold and Maude (2)
Reservoir Dogs (2)
Schindler's List (2)
Beauty and the Beast (1945)(2)
E.T. (1)
American History X (1)

So, is this it? Should I close up shop or wait for more responses? Your thoughts? Discuss.

Alright, this is gonna look mighty different from my posted list. Two out of three of my favorite films were on the S&S poll. Okay, here we go.

1. Chinatown (1974, Polanski)
2. All About Eve (1950, Mankiewicz)
3. Cabaret (1972, Fosse)
4. Manhattan (1979, Allen)
5. Wings of Desire (1987, Wenders)
6. Casablanca (1942, Curtiz)
7. Breathless (1960, Godard)
8. Sunset Blvd. (1950, Wilder)
9. M (1931, Lang)
10. Being John Malkovich (1999, Jonze)
11. Being There (1979, Ashby)
12. The Wizard of OZ (1939, Flemming)
13. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961, Edwards)
14. Duck Soup (1933, McCarrey)
15. Pulp Fiction (1994, Tarantino)
16. The Graduate (1967, Nichols)
17. Jules and Jim (1961, Truffaut)
18. Dancer in the Dark (2000, Von Trier)
19. Annie Hall (1977, Allen)
20. E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982, Spielberg)

There ya go, by the way, I did not include Stop Making Sense because I thought it was unfair to pit a documentary against narrative filmmaking. Two different talents are necessary for both, and I think you can not group them together, especially for a definitive list such as this.

I guarantee you, in the next thirty years, Pulp Fiction will be on this list.

My nominees would of course be the films on my top ten list that aren't alreadly on here, with Andrei Rublev (which I've just been too lasy to add yet) thrown in.

So, let's see, we're talking...

North by Northwest
Bringing Up Baby
Once Upon a Time in the West
Pulp Fiction
The Garden of the Finzi Continis
Andrei Rublev
The Maltese Falcon
Chinatown (For my money, both this and Cabaret are stronger 70s film than either Godfather, but they'd throw me out of the critics' union for saying it!)
Blade Runner
Hannah and Her Sisters
Touch of Evil
The Third Man
SImple Men
My Man Godfrey
All About Eve
Sex, lies, and videotape
Harold and Maude

Gee, I think that's around 20, leaving off films already on the list, especially Citizen Kane, The Godfather Part II, 2001: A Space Odyssey, 8 1/2, and Lawrence of Arabia.

That's the best I can do off the top of my head!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I too am very confident that Pulp Fiction will end up here. On the directors list it will definitely end up placing, as well as Schindler's List. The critics are less impressed by style than the directors, and I suspect it will place lower.
I predict that other than Pulp Fiction and Schinder's List making the cut, within the next poll, I predict that Singin' in the Rain and other American entries will fall off.

Alright, a bit late to this post, but here's my picks anyway. I was a bit surprised at how many of these were left off so many lists, especially my #1 (which somehow scored 0 points)...

Here goes:

1. Greed-Erich Von Stroheim
2. The Passion of Joan Arc-Carl Theodore-Dreyer
3. Ugetsu Monogatari-Kenji Mizoguchi
4. The General-Buster Keaton
5. The Searchers-John Ford
6. L'Atlante-Jean Vigo
7. Pather Panchali-Satyajit Ray
8. L'Avventura-Michelangelo Antonioni
9. The Third Man-Carol Reed
10. The Bicycle Thief-Vittorio De Sica
11. Chinatown-Roman Polanski
12. Andrei Rublev-Andrei Tarkovsky
13. Ran-Akira Kurosawa
14. The Magnificent Ambersons-Orson Welles
15. Magnolia-Paul Thomas Anderson
16. Modern Times-Chaplin
17. Metropolis-Fritz Lang
18. Touch of Evil-Orson Welles
19. Psycho-Alfred Hitchcock
20. Schindler's List-Steven Speilberg

Sorry, I've been busy lately, and I will be in the near future. I'll add these whenever I get a chance.

whoops! I picked The Bicycle Theif when I wasn't supposed to...

In that case (if you're still tracking point standings), move all titles below it up one spot and insert "Rear Window-Alfred Hitchcock" at number 20.

Thank you.

This is kinda tricky since I usually rank movies by how much I like them, not by how good they are, but this list seems to call for more of the latter. So here are my 20, which I reserve the right to waffle on at any point in the future. I couldn't out-and-out rank them, but I did break them up into four ranked groups (sorted alphabetically w/i each group). Do whatever you want with that from a scoring perspective:

Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939)
The Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir, 1938)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962)
Life is Beautiful (Roberto Benigni, 1998)
Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou, 1991)
Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, 1964)
Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
To Live (Zhang Yimou, 1994)
Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1952)
The Best Years Of Our Lives (William Wyler, 1946)
Brazil (Terry Gilliam, 1985)
Nobody's Fool (Robert Benton, 1994)
Ran (Akira Kurosawa, 1985)
The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)
Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise, 1991)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson, 2001)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Milos Forman, 1975)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Speilberg, 1981)
Toy Story (John Lasseter, 1995)

As is typical for me, the list is too heavily weighted with recent movies. I've been trying to correct that, and I'm encouraged that I've at least represented every decade from the 30s on up.

Some random notes:

I figure Zhang Yimou deserves the honor of being the only director I listed twice, but I was reluctant to do it given all the great directors I neglected (although for many of those directors I would have picked "forbidden" movies). Had I been able to rank all 20, Raise the Red Lantern would have snagged the top rung.

Three is probably too many kids movies, but Mary Poppins gets in for being the best kids movie ever, which is even more impressive because it's one of the few kids that is completely violence free without being targetted strictly to toddlers (I also think I read this was Disney's favorite). Beauty & the Beast gets in because it's fantastic, Disney's best animated effort, and can hold it's own with any movie, animated or otherwise. Toy Story made the grade for being fantastic and ushering in a new age of animated feature.

Fellowship of the Ring hasn't stood the test of time, but it lets me include the 00 decade, it couldn't have been better as an adaptation, and I give it best of the decade honors so far. And fantasy always gets short shrift (often deservedly, but not here).

I had to pick a Paul Newman movie, and even with so many great movies to his name it was surprisingly easy to choose Nobody's Fool from the lot. Of all the movies on my list, I figure it's most likely to be buried by the sands of time, which is a shame.

And I had to pick a Kurosawa movie even though he's already represented twice on the "forbidden" list. Again, my apologies to all the directors I neglected (not that they'll read this).

Finally, I'm not sure I'll keep this opinion, but on first viewing I preferred Straw Dogs to The Wild Bunch. The latter is almost certainly the more important/good/influential/whatever movie though.

Sorry to be so cliche and include Casablanca. Couldn't help myself. Personally, from that era I rewatch The Thin Man more often, but it's hard to fight something so iconic. But as long as we're talking iconic, at least I left Star Wars off.

Funny, I was composing this at the same time AAA must have been composing his, and whaddaya know, the only movie we have in common is Casablanca. Damn icons. :-)

BTW, I meant to write that Fellowship of the Ring "hasn't stood the test of time yet."

Hmm, funny that we only had one film in common. I also am too reliant on films from the '80's and up. I too included an '00's film with Dancer in the Dark. Honestly though, some of my list is just for variety's sake. I'm not sure I would put E.T. above Some Like it Hot if I wanted to make a completely honest list. But then again, those are usually boring.

PS: I think your list(s?) is actually quite interesting.

PPS: I guess this means that casablanca is in first for the moment.

It is funny, and I think more interesting, that our lists are so different. And thanks for the compliment - I think your list is quite interesting as well. In fact, after mine was posted and I saw that yours was up at the same time I immediately looked at your choices and thought "look at all those movies I should have included!" :-)

I think creating lists like these are very tricky, because even if we try to stick to objective "bests" instead of subjective "favorites" they are inevitably very subjective anyway. But I think that's good, because you have to bring your own likes/dislikes to the table even if you're trying to be objective. Otherwise you end up with boring homogenous lists where Citizen Kane ends up in the top slot every friggin' time. Which, come to think of it, is what the "offical" lists did. I think people tend to get trapped by the "everybody else thinks these are great so I'm going to put them on my list too" syndrome. I know I get trapped by that sometimes myself.

Anyway, I'm going to try to see all your selections eventually - thanks for posting this! I hope more folks respond. It's a good exercise to not be allowed the "official" choices (good idea AJ!). Although it broke my heart to not be able to include The Seven Samurai.

I too feel bad for the obvious inclusion of Casablanca, but I think that it is almost like Citizen Kane in its almost unwavering inclusion on people's lists.
I was very upset about not being able to include some films that I have always loved(Citizen kane and Seven Samurai are my #3 and #2 respectively) and some films I have viewed for the first time recently (Battleship Potemkin is probably somewhere in my top 15 at the moment, and Raging Bull is in my top twenty for sure). Of course I'm not crying over not being able to include 2001 (overrated) or Vertigo (good, but #2 of all time?!), and it wasn't too hard to leave Star Wars and One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest off of my list, but then again, I've got some pretty obvious choices on my list.

Whoa, sorry I didn't get to these posts earlier - I was in NYC for the day to see "Into the Woods." I came home to check my content, saw 20 posts...

Anyway, Jim, after much deliberation, I have decided that, for the first 5 films on your list, I will give each one 16.8 points; for the next 5, I will give each one 12.6 points; for the next 5, I will give each one 8.4 points; and for the last 5, I will give each one 4.2 points.

Also, I'll post my list a little later. Glad everyone liked my idea!

Shoot, Into the Woods? How'dya like it? I've been wanting to take a trip in to see the production.

It was really amazing. I loved it, despite having some bad seats. And it was really cool, we got to meet Vanessa Williams, among other actors in the show, afterwards, waiting outside the stage door. I'd definitely recommend it.

I was bad and left off years and directors. Here ya go!

Amateur (1994, Hal Hartley)
North by Northwest (1959, Alfred Hitchcock)
Bringing Up Baby (1938, Howard Hawks)
Cabaret (1972, Bob Fosse)
Once Upon a Time in the West (aka C'era una volta il West, 1969, Sergio Leone)
Pulp Fiction (1994, Quentin Tarantino)
The Garden of the Finzi Continis (aka Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini, 1970, Vittorio De Sica)
Andrei Rublev (1969, Andrei Tarkovsky)
The Maltese Falcon (1941, John Huston)
Chinatown (For my money, both this and Cabaret are stronger 70s film than either Godfather, but they'd throw me out of the critics' union for saying it!) (1974, Roman Polanski)
Blade Runner (1982, Ridley Scott)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986, Woody Allen)
Touch of Evil (1958, Orson Welles)
The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
Simple Men (1992, Hal Hartley)
My Man Godfrey (1936, Gregory La Cava)
All About Eve (1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
Sex, lies, and videotape (1989, Steven Soderbergh)
Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang)
Harold and Maude (1971, Hal Ashby)

Wow, I think the under-rated Hal Ashby has made two lists with two different films now!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Well, that is certainly an interesting list, I must say. I agree completely about Cabaret and Chinatown being the best of the '70's, but I would go as far as to include Being There and Manhattan on that list.

I saw Metropolis years ago, but I was far too young to appreciate it, maybe if I saw it again I would reconsider.

It's good to see some love for Ashby, but I have yet to see Harold and Maude. i think I'll check that out.

Concerning Metropolis, a massive restoration is showing in New York with a DVD release planned for (I believe) the end of the year on Kino Video. Worth waiting for and checking out, I bet...

The current DVDs are terrible; most VHS copies I have seen kill them.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I'll wait 'til the end of the year, I'm a patient man. Oh who am I kidding, I'm 16, I'm not the slightest bit patient.

While you wait, check out Harold and Maude. I've got a hankerin suspicion that you'll probably dig it.

Being There is also a great film. Good choice. You and Jim both have several choices that would be here on my list if I had posted a top 50 instead of a top 20.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I second LBangs' recommendation of Harold & Maude. From what I know of your movie tastes, AAA, it seems like it's right up your alley.

Alright, you're going to have to be a bit patient. This from

" And Kino is reporting that its restored Metropolis is expected on DVD on 2/18/03."

I'm sorry....

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

My Man Godfrey! I wish I'd remembered that one.

Great, great film, eh! I have probably seen My Man Godfrey more than 50 times (I discovered this one when I was 14 and found and bought a used copy when I was 15, so I've had plenty of time), and I still adore the film.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Oh, and these are ranked, with number one (20 pts!) being Amateur and twenty being Harold and Maude (1 pt!)!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I took the sight and Sound list in a different direction. I just posted three lists that are based on looking at the all movies voted for list. One is critical surprises. The second is personal surprises and the third is movies I can not believe actually recieved a vote. Please feel free to comment.

As to the nature of this list.

I agree with Mr. Bangs. Pulp Fiction will be on the top ten list someday. I think it might be even sooner than 30 years.

Casablanca is a shocker.

I really would not be unhappy with Grand Illusion making the list.

And I am sorry Mr. Smith Goes To Washington belongs on it too.

Want me to add some films on your "Surprising" lists here? Or you want to make your own list? I hope you'll contribute to my poll, jgandcag; it wouldn't be the same without your opinion.

In no particular order;

Pulp Fiction
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Third Man
Mr. Smith goes to Washington
The Magnificent Ambersons
Bringing Up Baby
To Kill a Mockingbird
Red River
Treasure Of Sierra Madre
The Grand Illusion
Umberto D
Wages OF Fear
The Wild Bunch
Bridge On the River Kwai
The Night OF the Hunter
Cool Hand Luke
Raiders Of the Lost Ark
Do The Right Thing
Shop Around The Corner

See, now this is the kind of list I should aspire to, time-wise. None from the 00s, 1 from the 90s,

Posted prematurely. What I meant was:

"See, now this is the kind of list I should aspire to, time-wise. Guessing dates, you have none from the 00s, 1 from the 90s, 2 from the 80s, and the rest earlier. I really need to backfill more in my viewing."

WAAAAH!!! No fair! Whaddya mean I can't add "Lawrence of Arabia" to my list???

Okay, I'll play. This sounds like fun, so here's my list, in no particular order (I'm too lazy to sort from best to worst):

- Casablanca (dir: Michael Curtiz, 1943)
- Le Salaire de la Peur; aka The Wages of Fear (dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953)
- Nashville (dir: Robert Altman, 1975)
- The Seventh Seal (dir, Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
- Duck Soup (dir: Leo McCarey, 1933)
- Fight Club (dir: David Fincher, 1999)
- Paths of Glory (dir: Stanley Kubrick, 1957)
- Klute (dir: Alan J. Pakula, 1971)
- A Hard Day's Night (dir: Richard Lester, 1964)
- The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (dir: Peter Greenway, 1989)
- The French Connection (dir: William Friedkin, 1971)
- The Graduate (dir: Mike Nichols, 1967)
- Trois Coleurs: Rouge; aka Red (dir: Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994)
- Trois Coleurs: Blanc; aka White (dir: Krzysztof Kieslowski,1994)
- The Empire Strikes Back (dir: Irwin Kirshner, 1980)
- Blade Runner (dir: Ridley Scott, 1982)
- Ninotchka (dir: Ernst Lubitsch, 1939)
- Night of the Living Dead (dir: George Romero, 1968)
- Blazing Saddles (dir: Mel Brooks, 1974)
- Metropolis (dir: Fritz Lang, 1927)

If you want, you can include the whole "Three Colors" trilogy as one film, meaning you'll have a spot for another film. Or, you can give 10.5 points each to "White" and "Red."

Actually, I was never much of a fan of "Blue", so, if you'll please, may we score 1.5 points for each film?

Glad to see "Wages" in the top 3 so far. For years, I used to think I was the only person I knew who had seen this film. Nice to know there are others who not only have but recognize it as one of the greatest films ever. By the way, I think I'm of the small, silent minority that also enjoyed William Friedkin's remake, "Sorcerer".

Oops! I meant 10.5 points for both films. Sowwy!

Um, I think you have Cabaret on you current rankings list twice. If they are not yet totaled, that would knock the film up into the number two slot, I believe...

Great poll with fun results!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Same with Pulp Fiction, lbangs and I both included it upon our lists, and it would have 21 points if you combine our rankings of it.

Good eye! I thought it was pretty low...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

D'oh! Sorry about that, guys.

Alright, here's my ranked list:

1. 12 Angry Men (1957, Lumet)
2. Sunset Boulevard (1950, Wilder)
3. Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948, Huston)
4. Modern Times (1936, Chaplin)
5. Duck Soup (1933, McCarey)
6. Some Like It Hot (1959, Wilder)
7. The Maltese Falcon (1941, Huston)
8. North by Northwest (1959, Hitchcock)
9. Bringing Up Baby (1938, Hawks)
10. Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, Lean)
11. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, Spielberg)
12. Hail the Conquering Hero (1944, Sturges)
13. Brazil (1985, Gilliam)
14. Casablanca (1942, Curtiz)
15. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962, Mulligan)
16. Annie Hall (1977, Allen)
17. His Girl Friday (1940, Hawks)
18. Cinema Paradiso (1988, Tornatore)
19. Reservoir Dogs (1992, Tarantino)
20. Harold and Maude (1971, Ashby)

Looks like I came back just in time, I can't order my favorite twenty films, but I'm surprised that I can even think of them.

A Hard Day's Night (1964, Richard Lester)
Being John Malkovich (1999, Spike Jonze)
West Side Story (1961, Robbins & Wise)
Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
Annie Hall (1977, Woody Allen)
The Red Shoes (1940, Pressburger & Powell)
Bicycle Thieves (1949, Vittorio De Sica)
Modern Times (1936, Charlie Chaplin)
Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski)
The Passion of Joan of Ark (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
Do the Right Thing (1989, Spike Lee)
Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch)
Walkabout (1971, Nicolas Roeg)
The Last Tango in Paris (1972, Bernardo Bertolucci)
The Graduate (1967, Mike Nichols)
Persona (1966, Ingmar Bergman)
Manhattan (1979, Woody Allen)
12 Angry Men (1957, Sidney Lumet)
The 400 Blows (1959, Francois Truffaut)
Life is Sweet (1990, Mike Leigh)

Painful to leave off Pulp Fiction and The Best Years of Our Lives, but what can ya do

Rats, I just noticed that Bicycle Thieves is ineligable. Okay, move...Breakfast at Tiffany's into my list.

AJ, don't compile the results until I post my list. I'm working on it this weekend. Thanks!

Okie dokie

OK, here's my 20. Please assign each movie 10.5 points as they are unordered...

Apocalypse Now (1979)
Brazil (1985)
Casablanca (1942)
Chinatown (1974)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
M (1931)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
North by Northwest (1959)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Paths of Glory (1957)
The Piano (1993)
Psycho (1960)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Rear Window (1954)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Touch of Evil (1958)
West Side Story (1961)

Hey, I'm Diane, AAA's cousin. Here's my top twenty.

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, Wes Anderson)
Three Seasons (1999, Tony Bui)
Jules and Jim (1961, Francois Truffaut)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967, Arthur Penn)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962, John Frankenheimer)
Dancer in the Dark (2000, Lars von Trier)
Do the Right Thing (1989, Spike Lee)
Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
Annie Hall (1977, Woody Allen)
All About Eve (1950, Joeseph L. Mankiewicz)
Indochine (1992, Regis Wargnier)
Laura (1944, Otto Preminger)
Rear Window (1954, Alfred Hitchcock)
Rashomon (1950, Akira Kurosawa)
Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorcese)
The Graduate (1967, Mike Nichols)
The Taming of the Shrew (1967, Franco Zeffirelli)
Bringing Up Baby (1938, Howard Hawkes)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962, Robert Mulligan)
Cabaret (1972, Bob Fosse)

yeah yeah, its kinda similar to some other lists, but hey, a good film is a good film.

Okey dokey, Rashomon is ineligable, umm, Chinatown then.

Well, welcome to Listology! One question: Are these ranked, or just 20 films in no order?

AAA here replying for my cousin because she is nowhere near a computer. She says that these films are in no particular order.

Hey, I'm new, but I've got meself as list for the poll. These are all in order from 1 to 20.

Ikiru (1952, Kurosawa)
Last Year at Marienbad (1961, Resnais)
Full Metal Jacket (1987, Kubrick)
Star Wars (1977, Lucas)
The Apartment (1960, Wilder)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946, Capra)
Chungking Express (1994, Kar-Wai)
Breathless (1959, Godard)
Chinatown (1974, Polanski)
Jules and Jim (1961, Truffaut)
Psycho (1960, Hitchcock)
Amadeus (1984, Forman)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986, Allen)
The Searchers (1956, Ford)
Ran (1985, Kurosawa)
Metropolis (1926, Lang)
Rebecca (1940, Hitchcock)
Brazil (1985, Gilliam)
Beauty and the Beast (1945, Cocteau)
American History X (1998, Kaye)

That last slot was a hard battle, I dunno how I chose what I chose, but it probably came down to two films and I flipped the proverbial coin.

I was very surprised to see that no one had previously voted for "Amadeus", "Rebecca", "The Searchers", or any of your top 7 films.

Well AJ, some I would like to see on the sight and sound list are One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Taxi Driver, Apocalypse Now, Last Tango In Paris, and Midnight Cowboy. Thats just me.

Care to make a top 20 list so I can add in your point totals?