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Village Voice's 100 Best Films of the 20th Century
List creator: etaviotal
Created on: March 14, 2008 - 10:42 AM PDT
Description: When the Village Voice held its "First Annual Film Critics' Poll" they asked 50 or so film critics (like Molly Haskell, Jonathan Rosenbaum, and Andrew Sarris) to rank their top ten best films of the century. This is the result.

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Citizen Kane (1941)
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  #1
The Rules of the Game (Criterion Collection) (1939)
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  #2
Vertigo (Special Edition) (1958)
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  #3
The Searchers (1956)
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  #4
Man With a Movie Camera (1929)
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Not Rated
  #5
Sunrise (1927)
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  #6
L'Atalante (1934)
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Not Rated
  #7
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Criterion Collection) (1928)
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Not Rated
  #8
Au hasard Balthazar (Criterion Collection) (1966)
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  #9
Rashomon (Criterion Collection) (1951)
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  #10
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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  #11
The Godfather (1972)
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  #12
The Song of the Road [Pather Panchali] (1955)
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Not Rated
  #13
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
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Not Rated
  #14
The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Special Edition) (1939)
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  #15
It's a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition) (1946)
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Not Rated
  #16
Ordet (Criterion Collection) (1955)
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  #17
Intolerance (1916)
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Not Rated
  #19 - "Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" (1975) directed by Chantal Akerman
Psycho (Special Edition) (1960)
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  #20
Chinatown (1974)
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  #21
M (Criterion Collection) (1931)
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  #22
Seven Samurai (Criterion Collection) (1954)
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  #23
The Earrings of Madame de... (Criterion) (1953)
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  #25 - "The Magnificent Amersons" (1942) directed by Orson Welles among others
A Man Escaped (Criterion) (1956)
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  #26
Broken Blossoms (1919)
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Not Rated
  #28 - "Greed" (1924) directed by Erich von Stroheim
Ugetsu (Criterion Collection) (1953)
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  #29
The Third Man (Criterion Collection) (1949)
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Not Rated
  #30
The Godfather II (Disc 1 of 2) (1974)
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The Godfather II (Disc 2 of 2) (1974)
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  #31
The General (Special Edition) (1927)
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  #32
The Seventh Seal (Criterion Special Edition) (1957)
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  #33
Taxi Driver (1976)
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  #34
The Night of the Hunter (Criterion) (1955)
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Not Rated
  #35
Tokyo Story (Criterion Collection) (1953)
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  #36
The Bicycle Thief (1948)
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Not Rated
  #37
City Lights (1931)
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Not Rated
  #38
King Kong (1933)
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  #39
Vivre Sa Vie (My Life to Live) (Criterion) (1962)
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Not Rated
  #41
Our Hospitality/Sherlock, Jr. (1923)
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  #42 on the list is "Sherlock, Jr." but "Our Hospitality" is also well worth watching.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
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Not Rated
  #43
Duck Soup (The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection) (1933)
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Not Rated
  #44
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
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Not Rated
  #45
Barry Lyndon (1975)
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  #46
The 400 Blows (Criterion Collection) (1959)
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  #47
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
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  #48
Contempt (Criterion Collection) (1963)
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  #49
The Gold Rush (Criterion) (Disc 1 of 2) (1925)
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Not Rated
  #50
North by Northwest (50th Anniversary Edition) (1959)
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Not Rated
  #52 - "Hold Me While I'm Naked" (1966) directed by George Kuchar, #53 - "The Rise of Louis XIV" (1966) directed by Roberto Rossellini
The Unvanquished (Aparajito) (1956)
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Not Rated
The World of Apu [Apur Sansar] (1959)
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Not Rated
  #54 is "The Apu Trilogy" that is made up of "Pather Panchali" (already on the list at #13), "Aparajito," and "Apur Sansar."
Touch of Evil (1958)
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Not Rated
  #55
A Woman Under the Influence (Criterion Collection) (1974)
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  #56
The Lady Eve (Criterion Collection) (1941)
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Not Rated
  #57
The Conformist (Extended Edition) (1970)
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Not Rated
  #58
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
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Not Rated
  #59
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
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Not Rated
  #60
Pickpocket (Criterion Collection) (1959)
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  #62 - "An Actor's Revenge" (1963) directed by Kon Ichikawa
Berlin Alexanderplatz (Criterion Collection) (Disc 1 of 7) (1980)
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  #63
Close-Up (Criterion) (1990)
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  #64
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
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Not Rated
  #65
La Jetee / Sans Soleil (Criterion Collection) (1982)
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  #66 is "La Jetee" but "Sans Soleil" is on other critics' best lists.
Modern Times (1936)
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Not Rated
  #67
October: Ten Days That Shook the World (1927)
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Not Rated
  #69 - "Los Olvidados" (1950) directed by Luis Bunuel, #70 "Paisan" (1946) directed by Roberto Rossellini
Performance (1970)
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  #71
Shoah (Criterion) (Disc 1 of 6) (1985)
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Shoah (Criterion) (Disc 2 of 6) (1985)
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Shoah (Criterion) (Disc 3 of 6) (1985)
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Shoah (Criterion) (Disc 4 of 6) (1985)
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  #72
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
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  #74 - "Two or Three Things I Know About Her" (1967) directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Umberto D. (Criterion Collection) (1952)
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  #75
Les Vampires (Disc 1 of 2) (1915)
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Not Rated
Les Vampires (Disc 2 of 2) (1915)
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Not Rated
  #76
All About Eve (1950)
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  #77
All That Heaven Allows (Criterion Collection) (1955)
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Not Rated
  #78
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
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Not Rated
  #79
Notorious (Criterion Collection) (1946)
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  #80
Pierrot le Fou (Criterion Collection) (1965)
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  #81
Fox & His Friends (1975)
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  #82
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Ultimate Edition) (1974)
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  #83
The Movies Begin vol. 4: The Magic of Melies (1904-1908)
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  #84 is "A Trip To The Moon" (1902) directed by Georges Melies is on this DVD.
Ashes and Diamonds (Criterion Collection) (1958)
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Not Rated
  #86 (#85 is Michael Snow's "Wavelength" (1967), which may provide a lot for the film critic to write about, but which is also utterly unwatchable and best forgotten completely by anyone not required by law to see it.)
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Special Edition) (1970)
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  #87
The Golden Coach (Criterion Collection) (1952)
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  #90 - "Celine and Julie Go Boating" (1974) directed by Jacques Rivette
Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (Criterion Collection) (1975)
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Not Rated
  #89
Masculin/Feminin (Criterion Collection) (1966)
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  #91
Nosferatu (1922)
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Not Rated
  #92
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
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  #93
Blade Runner (Director's Cut) (1982)
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  #94
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
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Not Rated
  #95
Jules et Jim (Criterion Collection) (1962)
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Not Rated
  #96
Landscape in the Mist (1988)
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  #97
Mean Streets (1973)
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  #98
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
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  #99
Suspiria (1977)
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Not Rated
  #100

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