Sight & Sound The Greatest Films of All Time 2022


In some exciting news for cinephiles, The British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound magazine released the results decennial poll of The Greatest Films of All Time for 2022.  This is considered one of the most prestigious lists of great movies with ballots submitted by film critics from around the world.  The big news is that there is a new number one film, Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (1975), a Belgian drama directed by Chantal Akerman, the first woman director in the number one spot.  With a larger and more diverse pool of critics submitting ballots, this is part of a trend where the Sight & Sound list is recognizing more films by women and non-white filmmakers than ever before.

You may remember that as part of my Classic Movies Project, I tried to watch and review all of the movies on the 2012 list of the Greatest Films of All Time.  I got pretty close missing only 3 of the 101 movies listed:

30. Shoah (1985) – a 9-1/2 hour documentary about the Holocaust
49. Histoire(s) du cinéma (1988-1998) – Jean-Luc Godard’s 5 hour documentary/collage about film history
61. La maman et la putain (1973) – a nearly 4 hour French New Wave drama that I can’t find streaming anywhere or at any library

The first two of those three films are on the 2022 list so I get another 10 years to watch them.  There are also 10 new additions to the list that I have not seen before. I have added all of them to my watchlist, if they weren’t already there.

16. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
28. Daisies (1966)
43. Killer of Sheep (1977)
48. Wanda (1970)
50. The Piano (1992) – I did see this in the movie theater 30 years ago but really don’t remember it well
52. News from Home (1976)
60. Daughters of the Dust (1991)
67. The Red Shoes (1948)
78. Céline and Julie Go Boating (1974)
95. Tropical Malady (2004)

I am also pleased that 14 movies that are new to the 2022 list are ones I’ve already watched and reviewed!

14. Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962)
24. Do the Right Thing (1989)
30. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
54. The Apartment (1960)
60. Moonlight (2016)
63. GoodFellas (1990)
67. The Gleaners and I (2000)
72. My Neighbour Totoro (1988)
75. Spirited Away (2001)
88. Chungking Express (1994)
88. The Shining (1980)
90. Parasite (2019)
95. Black Girl (1965)
95. Get Out (2017)

Finally, there are 23 films from the 2012 list did not return.  I have to say that I’m not really a huge fan of the vast majority of these films, although I do wonder if Ingmar Bergman spit in the critics’ coffee or something.

Aguirre, Wrath of God 
Chinatown 
Fanny and Alexander 
Gertrud 
Greed
Intolerance 
La Grande Illusion 
La maman et la putain 
L’eclisse 
Les enfants du paradis 
Partie de campagne 
Pickpocket 
Raging Bull 
Rio Bravo 
The Colour of Pomegranates 
The Godfather Part II 
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 
The Magnificent Ambersons 
The Seventh Seal –  this is the biggest slight, in my opinion!
The Wild Bunch 
Touch of Evil 
Un chien andalou  – another one that should’ve stayed on the list.  We need some weird on the list.
Wild Strawberries 

Keep your eyes on this blog because on Wednesday, December 7th I will publish MY personal top ten favorite movies of all time!

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