The list of the best movies of all time has a new champion, and a woman standing at the top for the first time. British Film Magazine Images and sounds publish results from them organizes a poll every ten years by the global film community today, and the new winner is Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Brussels, a 1975 drama about a widowed housewife by Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman.
Jeanne Dielman appeared in the top 10 for the first time this year, after placing 36th (tied with Satantangó and urban) above list 2012. It replaced Alfred Hitchcock’s Dizzy (second) from the top spot it first won in the 2012 poll. In third place is Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, that once enjoyed a 50 years chain at the top of Images and sounds list, topping every poll from 1962 to 2002 before finally being superseded by Dizzy in 2012.
As might be expected based on general trends in the significant community, this year’s list is more diverse than any since Images and sounds polling began in 1952. Only two films by women and one film by a Black director made the top 100 in 2012; This year’s top 100 features 11 films by women, including two in the top 10—Jeanne Dielman and Beau Travail, the latter by Claire Denis. Other women’s films on this year’s list include Portrait of a woman on fire (number 30), Piano (50), Dust’s Daughter (60), and two Agnès Varda films (including Cleo From 5 to 7 at number 14).
Seven films by Black filmmakers make the top 100, starting with Spike Lee’s hit film do the right thing at number 24 (astonishingly it appeared in the top 100 for the first time). Recent favorite movies like Moonlight and Get out also appeared on the list for the first time, at positions 60 and 95, respectively.
Images and sounds conducts a poll once a decade by asking famous film critics, academics, and programmers from around the world to list their personal top ten films (ratings don’t matter). important). This year’s poll has the most voters ever, with turnout nearly doubling from 846 voters in 2012 to 1,639 voters this year. the 1939s Rules of the game was the only film to break into the top 10 in all polls, but that record ended this year with Rule ranked 13th.
1992 Images and sounds also began a second poll of world-renowned directors, and although the critics’ poll is generally the more popular—or at least the selected more cited—the directors poll is equally fascinating to ponder. 480 directors voted this year (up from 358 in 2012) and they chose Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: Space Adventure is the best movie of all time, with Citizen Kane, Godfather, Tokyo Storyand Jeanne Dielman made it to the top 5.
Both the critics’ poll and the directors’ poll put films from the 21st century into their top 10 for the first time, with In the mood for love made the top 10 of both lists and Dr. Mulholland also in the top 10 of the list of critics (it finished Simple 22nd in the directors poll). Other films from the 21st century appearing on one or both of this year’s lists include Spirited Away, Parasite, A Separation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and the foregoing Moonlight, out, and Woman portrait on fire.
Although both critics and director polls were revealed today, that’s just the beginning. Images and soundsof the rollout (and the Twitter movie controversy). Each voter’s ballots will be available to view on Images and soundswebsite by the end of this month.