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…

  • I Know Where I'm Going!

    201

  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

    202

  • Red Desert

    203

  • Chelsea Girls

    204

  • Badlands

    205

  • Kings of the Road

    206

  • There Will Be Blood

    207

  • WALL·E

    208

  • Berlin Alexanderplatz

    209

  • Videodrome

    210

  • Daisies

    211

  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    212

  • Manhattan

    213

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    214

  • Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks

    215

  • Russian Ark

    216

  • Tale of Tales

    217

  • Spirited Away

    218

  • La Strada

    219

  • Paisan

    220

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    221

  • The Big Sleep

    222

  • Killer of Sheep

    223

  • Wanda

    224

  • Germany Year Zero

    225

  • The Life of Oharu

    226

  • Army of Shadows

    227

  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    228

  • Duck Soup

    229

  • The Devil, Probably

    230

  • The Turin Horse

    231

  • Love Streams

    232

  • The Exterminating Angel

    233

  • Floating Clouds

    234

  • The Piano

    235

  • Gone with the Wind

    236

  • Melancholia

    237

  • The House Is Black

    238

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    239

  • Red River

    240

  • A Clockwork Orange

    241

  • Two-Lane Blacktop

    242

  • An Autumn Afternoon

    243

  • The Thin Blue Line

    244

  • The World of Apu

    245

  • The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

    246

  • My Darling Clementine

    247

  • The Double Life of Véronique

    248

  • Kes

    249

  • Three Colors: Red

    250