Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sight & Sound Poll: The Forgotten Films

There's been a lot of talk lately about Sight and Sound's highly regarded "Greatest Films" poll. As you are probably aware, "Vertigo" finally toppled long-time champ "Citizen Kane" for the #1 spot. Just today, the BFI (British Film Institute) released their database which lists all the voters, their lists and all the films that were mentioned. It's incredibly fascinating to find out which films didn't receive any mentions. Personally, I'm preparing to publish my own top 50 list and I must say it's slightly disheartening to find out that 4 of my top 5 didn't receive a single nod (out of 2,045 films)! Especially when there was room for Zoolander on 2 lists! Alas, as a fellow blogger reminded me, one shouldn't feel the need to justify their own tastes.

Here are some noteworthy films that were surprisingly absent:

The Silence of the Lambs

Schindler's List


Sex, Lies and Videotape

Forrest Gump


Did any of your top 10 films get ignored? Please feel free to discuss in the comments!


  1. Until yesterday I hadn't seen any of the Top 5 so watched Vertigo. I have to be honest, I wasn't all that impressed by it. As for the list as a whole it does appear to be squeued slightly towards older movies. I quite like this though because a lot of lists (i.e IMDb Top 250) are squeued towards more recent films.

  2. I also like the respect for older films, but I kinda prefer a mixture between this and the sort of films on IMDb's top 250. I think for the most part, Sight & Sound's poll is a bit too "academic" in nature.

    1. I'd agree with that. It almost feels like they're purposely choosing films to make them seem intellectual too.

  3. No Schindler's List or Network votes in a poll like this really surprises me. Thanks for linking to the site, there are so many flicks I didn't expect to be there!

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