Critics' & Popular Choice: 10 Best Films

  1. Citizen Kane (18 pts)
  2. Casablanca (17 pts)
  3. The Godfather (16 pts)
  4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (10 pts)
  5. Schindler's List (9 pts)
  6. Gone With the Wind (8 pts)
  7. The Godfather II (8 pts)
  8. It's a Wonderful Life (8 pts)
  9. Star Wars (8 pts)
  10. Singin' in the Rain (8 pts)
Author Comments: 

I found every numerically ordered, non-qualified "best films" list I could and gave each film a point for every top 15 appearance.

The films with 8 pts were sorted according to how high they placed on the lists on which they were mentioned.

Other high-scoring films included: Vertigo, African Queen, All About Eve, Annie Hall, Blade Runner, Seven Samurai, Rules of the Game, and L'Atalante.

Lists used were: AFI, Empire, Entertainment Weekly, FIAF, IMDB, Movieline, Mr. Showbiz, National Film Review, Radio National Poll, James Beradinelli, Sight & Sound 2002, TV Guide, Video Detective, Village Voice,, Best Only, Internet Movie Query, LA Daily News Poll, FilmFour, The A List, Time Out Critics, Time Out Poll, Rate It All, They Shoot Pictures.

What about 'Lawrence of Arabia'?

I believe it had something like only 3 appearances in top 15 lists I checked.

Oh, that's surprising.

It wasn't surprising to me. And remember, I only sampled critics top 15, so for many critics, I'm sure it was in the top 50 or 100 of most of them. Is it one of your favorites?

I think that it's the best film ever made, even better than "Citizen Kane", "Casablanca" or "The Godfather".