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‘Tokyo Story’ Climbs, ‘The Tree of Life’ Jumps Into 1,000 Greatest Films of All-Time In TSPDT 2013 Update

Posted by , on February 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm 

This past fall we got Sight & Sound’s once-a-decade Greatest Films of All-Time list, which saw Vertigo overtaking Citizen Kane as the best film of all-time, according to a batch of around 850 critics. Now we’ve got another comprehensive list that attempts to chronicle a larger breadth of films and one that takes into account the aforementioned Sight & Sound round-up.

They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? has completed their 2013 update, which also compiles other polls from critics and directors such as ones from  The Skuriels, Slant Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Rotten Tomatoes, The Village Voice, Martin Scorsese and much, much more to give us 1,000 essential films. One can see a rundown of some major categories of adjustments below, but Tokyo Story and Sunrise both bumped Battleship Potemkin and Singin’ in the Rain out of the top 10, while Citizen Kane held the top spot.

The most recent film to make its way into the list was Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life, which grabbed the 355th spot, although North American films overall took a major hit, losing 40 entries. Regardless, whether you are a die-hard cinephile or a casual moviewatcher, this rundown is sure to keep one busy, so see the top movers and shakers below, along with the top 10, and more data over on the official site.

TSPDT’s Top 10 Greatest Films
1. Citizen Kane (1)
2. Vertigo (2)
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (4)
4. The Rules of the Game (3)
5. Tokyo Story (11)
6. 8½ (6)
7. Sunrise (12)
8. The Godfather (5)
9. The Searchers (8)
10. The Seven Samurai (7)

The Winners – Top Climbers within the 1,000
Touki Bouki (1973) 921 to 201 (up 720 spots)
Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) 879 to 260 (up 619)
Tropical Malady (2004) 981 to 417 (up 564)
Histoire(s) du cinema (1998) 675 to 115 (up 560)
Opening Night (1977) 907 to 351 (up 556)

The Winners – Highest Entrants into the 1,000
The Tree of Life (2011), ranked 355
À nos amours (1983), ranked 375
The Devil, Probably (1977), ranked 396
Tale of Tales (1979), ranked 404*
Blissfully Yours (2002), ranked 406
*This film re-entered the 1,000.

The Losers – Biggest Fallers within the 1,000
The Last Detail (1973) 462 to 918 (down 456)
Ride the High Country (1962) 548 to 963 (down (415)
The Thief of Bagdad (1940) 309 to 720 (down 411)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) 382 to 762 (down 380)
The Man Who Would Be King (1975) 436 to 811 (down 375)

The Losers – Biggest Fallers from the 1,000
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), formerly ranked 514
Gregory’s Girl (1980), formerly ranked 613
Swing Time (1936), formerly ranked 620
Diner (1982), formerly ranked 641
The Verdict (1982), formerly ranked 667

Check out the complete list here.

Are you surprised at any films that rose or fell? What do you think of the top 10?


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