Sight & Sound: Films of the Century

In 2007 Sight & Sound began compiling review/best of the year-lists which with the exception of the year 2008 have been published annually in the magazine's January issues ever since. In addition to selections by S&S staff, the lists feature films chosen by international critics. Each critic picks films (usually five) they consider their favourites, the best or most culturally significant of the year. If they wish, they may pick older works, provided that the films have been re-released on video or in cinemas during the current year—that's why a few pre-2006 movies pop up from time to time.

The list you're looking at right now is a fusion of the lists published in the printed edition of the magazine.

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There are 82 action films in this list.

  • United 93

    31

  • District B13

    33

  • Miami Vice

    39

  • Casino Royale

    48

  • The Proposition

    54

  • Crank

    55

  • Children of Men

    57

  • Munich

    70

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    106

  • Serenity

    107

  • Strip Search

    114

  • Mad Detective

    153

  • Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan

    164

  • The Dark Knight

    174

  • 300

    178

  • Iron Man

    214

  • James Batman

    242

  • The Good, The Bad, The Weird

    245

  • Subramaniapuram

    246

  • JCVD

    319

  • Cloverfield

    320

  • Lust, Caution

    326

  • Ballast

    333

  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    337

  • Tropic Thunder

    340

  • Inglourious Basterds

    356

  • Ashes of Time

    370

  • The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

    389

  • Valhalla Rising

    404

  • Buchanan Rides Alone

    469

  • Comanche Station

    470

  • Decision at Sundown

    471

  • Ride Lonesome

    472

  • Mesrine: Killer Instinct

    474

  • Mesrine: Public Enemy #1

    475

  • Love Exposure

    531

  • Red Cliff

    541

  • Santiago!

    553

  • Next Day Air

    559

  • Kick-Ass

    580

  • The Other Guys

    581

  • Inception

    613

  • Gentlemen Broncos

    632

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    656

  • Predators

    658

  • Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

    663

  • Enthiran

    664

  • Knight and Day

    675

  • Nora's Will

    688

  • 13 Assassins

    705

  • Drive

    727

  • The Princess of Montpensier

    759

  • Attack the Block

    766

  • The Guard

    776

  • Delhi Belly

    788

  • Hanna

    789

  • Miss Bala

    809

  • Midnight Son

    821

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    828

  • The Avengers

    856

  • Haywire

    883

  • Life of Pi

    889

  • Looper

    892

  • Dredd

    909

  • Skyfall

    910

  • Sacrifice

    939

  • Captain Phillips

    987

  • All Is Lost

    990

  • The Lone Ranger

    1020

  • Snowpiercer

    1032

  • The Grandmaster

    1034

  • Pain & Gain

    1059

  • Man of Steel

    1060

  • Lucy

    1150

  • Haider

    1156

  • Hwayi: A Monster Boy

    1159

  • Maleficent

    1172

  • The Assassin

    1181

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    1203

  • Spy

    1204

  • Blackhat

    1250

  • Bahubali: The Beginning

    1259