BFI: 2012 Critics top 250 films

Also: BFI: 2012 Director’s top 100 films

Once a decade Sight & Sound asks critics to select the Greatest Films of All Time. We’re proud that, thanks to its longevity and critical reach, this poll has come to be regarded as the most trusted guide there is to the canon of cinema greats, not to mention a barometer of changing critical tastes. Famously, Citizen Kane topped our poll every decade from 1962 to 2002…

For our 2012 edition, riding on the back of an increasingly globalised movie culture, we made a concerted push to take the poll truly worldwide – extending invitations to over 1,000 critics, programmers, academics, distributors, writers and other cinephiles, and receiving 846 top-ten lists from correspondents in…

  • The Earrings of Madame de...

    101

  • Wavelength

    102

  • The Conformist

    103

  • The Travelling Players

    104

  • Meshes of the Afternoon

    105

  • 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

    106

  • The Tree of Life

    107

  • Ivan the Terrible, Part I

    108

  • Last Year at Marienbad

    109

  • The Lady Eve

    110

  • The Young and the Damned

    111

  • Bringing Up Baby

    112

  • Performance

    113

  • The Passenger

    114

  • Viridiana

    115

  • L'Âge d'Or

    116

  • A Canterbury Tale

    117

  • Mouchette

    118

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    119

  • Nosferatu

    120

  • The Red Shoes

    121

  • Trouble in Paradise

    122

  • A City of Sadness

    123

  • Amarcord

    124

  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    125

  • Days of Heaven

    126

  • Spring in a Small Town

    127

  • Do the Right Thing

    128

  • Out 1

    129

  • Tropical Malady

    130

  • The River

    131

  • Jules and Jim

    132

  • Pulp Fiction

    133

  • Meet Me in St. Louis

    134

  • L'Argent

    135

  • Ikiru

    136

  • Three Colors: Blue

    137

  • Don't Look Now

    138

  • Céline and Julie Go Boating

    139

  • Annie Hall

    140

  • The Apartment

    141

  • The Last Laugh

    142

  • Hiroshima Mon Amour

    143

  • Blow-Up

    144

  • The Great Dictator

    145

  • Memories of Underdevelopment

    146

  • Diary of a Country Priest

    147

  • Chungking Express

    148

  • To Be or Not to Be

    149

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    150

  • Napoleon

    151

  • Vivre Sa Vie

    152

  • The Wizard of Oz

    153

  • Marketa Lazarová

    154

  • Caché

    155

  • The Shining

    156

  • Solaris

    157

  • Chimes at Midnight

    158

  • The Gold Rush

    159

  • Letter from an Unknown Woman

    160

  • Brief Encounter

    161

  • In a Lonely Place

    162

  • Black Narcissus

    163

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    164

  • Only Angels Have Wings

    165

  • Vampyr

    166

  • Come and See

    167

  • Distant Voices, Still Lives

    168

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    169

  • Cries and Whispers

    170

  • King Kong

    171

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    172

  • Star Wars

    173

  • Notorious

    174

  • His Girl Friday

    175

  • GoodFellas

    176

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    177

  • A Trip to the Moon

    178

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    179

  • Kind Hearts and Coronets

    180

  • Tabu

    181

  • Earth

    182

  • Breaking the Waves

    183

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    184

  • Paris, Texas

    185

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    186

  • Rome, Open City

    187

  • Faces

    188

  • The Music Room

    189

  • The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    190

  • A Touch of Zen

    191

  • Listen to Britain

    192

  • Day of Wrath

    193

  • The Thin Red Line

    194

  • Eraserhead

    195

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    196

  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

    197

  • The Conversation

    198

  • Out of the Past

    199

  • I Was Born, But...

    200