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25 favorite films update

About a month ago, I took part in a poll at the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They website where users listed their 25 favorite films. They received 1,983 replies, with a total of 5,945 films chosen. The final results of that poll have been posted. I find things like this endlessly fascinating. If you are like me, you'll want to check out the site, where you can see lists like "Ten Highest Ranked Films in the 1,000 Greatest Films List That Are Not in the 1,005 Film Favourites List", "Ten Lowest Ranked 21st Century Films in the 21st Century’s Most Acclaimed Films List That Are in the 1,005 Film Favourites List", and "Leading 25 Directors (Total Votes)". I may delve into this further in a later post, but for now, here again are the 25 films I chose, listed by their ranking on the final list. First, films that did not make the Top 1005:

Black Panther (Coogler, who does not appear on the list)

Near Dark (Bigelow, who does not appear on the list)

The Rapture (Tolkin, who does not appear on the list)

The Sorrow and the Pity (Ophuls, who does not appear on the list)

Stories We Tell (Polley, who does not appear on the list)

Winter's Bone (Granik, who does not appear on the list)

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Keaton, who did get 2 other films on the list)

The Beaches of Agnes (Varda, who did get 4 other films on the list)

And my choices that made the list, in reverse order:

Performance (Cammell and Roeg, tied at #923)

Bonnie and Clyde (Penn, tied at #570)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Ramsey et al, tied at #519)

Get Out (Peele, tied at #442)

The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah, tied at #247)

A Separation (Farhadi, tied at #196)

Rio Bravo (Hawks, tied at #135)

The Rules of the Game (Renoir, tied at #71)

Mad Max: Fury Road (Miller, #60)

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (Akerman, #57)

The Third Man (Reed, tied at #46)

Do the Right Thing (Lee, #29)

The Godfather Part II (Coppola, #21)

Tokyo Story (Ozu, #20)

The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, #19)

Citizen Kane (Welles, #9)

In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, #8)

Finally, here is the Top Ten list:

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)
  2. Mulholland Dr. (Lynch)
  3. Vertigo (Hitchcock)
  4. Apocalypse Now (Coppola)
  5. The Godfather (Coppola)
  6. Taxi Driver (Scorsese)
  7. Persona (Bergman)
  8. In the Mood for Love
  9. Citizen Kane
  10. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa)

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