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Sight and Sound Greatest Films Poll

Every decade, voters decide the greatest films ever made...

The Sight and Sound poll is eclectic and compelling, and in 2012 for the first time in sixty years, that man with a sled was bumped from the top spot. Our selection from the overall list shows the breadth and brilliance of world cinema.

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VertigoVertigo

Thriller1958128 minsDirector: Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock’s timeless thriller about a former detective with a fear of heights who is hired to follow a woman who seems possessed by the past.

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Man With a Movie CameraMan With a Movie Camera

Documentary192967 minsSilentDirector: Dziga Vertov

Dazzling document of Soviet life, by Dziga Vertov, showing a living city and the people and machines that propel it.

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PsychoPsycho

Horror1960109 minsDirector: Alfred Hitchcock

Blood! Blood! Hitchcock’s masterpiece was his most successful film; a sensation in its time that continues to terrify.

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Apocalypse NowApocalypse Now

War1979141 minsDirector: Francis Ford Coppola

Transplanting Joseph Conrad’s colonial-era novel Heart of Darkness to Vietnam, Coppola created a mesmerising fantasia on the spectacle of war.

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Rear WindowRear Window

Thriller1954112 minsDirector: Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock’s masterly thriller stars James Stewart as an invalided photographer who spots something fishy outside his rear window.

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Touch of EvilTouch of Evil

Film noir1958111 minsDirector: Orson Welles

Orson Welles’ final Hollywood film and the last great Film Noir, a sweat-drenched Mexican border saga with one of cinema’s most celebrated openings.

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Do the Right ThingDo the Right Thing

Comedy1989120 minsDirector: Spike Lee

Spike Lee’s awesome cinematic sucker-punch remains one of the great films about race relations.

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VideodromeVideodrome

Fantasy198387 minsDirector: David Cronenberg

James Woods and Debbie Harry star in David Cronenberg’s mind-melting sci-fi about media domination.

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Imitation of LifeImitation of Life

Melodrama1959125 minsDirector: Douglas Sirk

Douglas Sirk’s final Hollywood film is a masterpiece of melodrama, for which Juanita Moore became the fifth African-American Oscar-nominee.

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The Lady EveThe Lady Eve

Comedy194194 minsDirector: Preston Sturges

A female con artist falls in love with her target in Preston Sturges’s comedy, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda.

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