Ontopic Reviews – Greatest Films Ever Made List

In an effort to get a sampling of all the “amateur” critics out there, Thomas over at Ontopic Reviews has decided to do what Sight and Sound has done and get voters to decide what the greatest films ever made are.

You can read his post HERE but I will repost some of the key parts for the sake of posterity:

Anyone can enter, and these are the rules:

  • Each person will have one vote.
  • Each person will submit a list of ten films (in no or alphabetical order) that they believe are the best ever made. Try to make the lists have a good mix of favouritism and filmmaking quality; unless you really think a film like Transformers should be on the list, try not to put it in. Equally, don’t just put Citizen Kane because it is the greatest technically if you didn’t get a sense of satisfaction from it.
  • The lists should be submitted as soon as possible, because the voting will close in a couple of weeks.
  • Submit the list to my email address – thomaspriday@hotmail.co.uk.
  • Even though each person will submit a top 10, I will post more films than that depending on the number of votes, sort of like the Sight and Sound List (http://explore.bfi.org.uk/sightandsoundpolls/2012/critics/). I will also use the same format as the Sight and Sound List – like so:

1 – Pulp Fiction (34 mentions)

=2 – Some Like It Hot (29 mentions)

=2 – Blade Runner (29 mentions)

4 – Dumb and Dumber (23 mentions)

Again, the lists submitted should be alphabetised, so don’t worry about ranking them.

So if you don’t already follow Ontopic Reviews, lend him some support or just shoot him an email and pick your top 10 greatest films.


13 responses to “Ontopic Reviews – Greatest Films Ever Made List

  1. I literally just made a blog post on this. I can’t decide but I will try.

    Top 5 Favorites:
    1. Dan in Real Life
    2. The Dark Knight
    3. Inception
    4. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
    5. 12 Angry Men

    Top 5 in Quality (Not exactly sure)
    1. Inception
    2. Dark Knight
    3. The Matrix
    4. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings
    5. Paranormal Activity (I got my reasons)

    Yeah they overlap. So sue me.

    • I have a bit of overlap if I separated favorites from “quality” but I think of movies like food. If I said my favorite food was pizza it doesn’t necessarily mean that I think pizza is the best technical food available, it’s just something I would rather eat more often than not.

  2. My list changes from time to time. But just for the record, here’s my top ten as it stands at the moment:

    The Elephant Man – David Lynch (1980)

    Runaway Train – Andrei Konchalovsky (1985)

    Duel – Steven Spielberg (1972)

    Raiders Of The Lost Ark – Steven Spielberg (1981)

    Alien – Ridley Scott (1979)

    The Italian Job – Peter Collinson (1969)

    Silent Running – Douglas Trumbull (1972)

    The Empire Strikes Back – Irvin Kirshner (1980)

    Baraka – Ron Fricke (1992)

    Fight Club – David Fincher (1999)



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