Films considered the greatest ever 

(from different countries around the world )








  • Day of Wrath (Vredens dagCarl Th. Dreyer's harrowing tale of adultery and repression is often cited in Denmark as the greatest Danish film.[117]
  • Flickering Lights (Blinkende lygter) the 2000 comedy about small-time gangsters was voted the Best Danish Film in a 2007 poll by Ekstra Bladet newspaper. Thomas Vinterberg's The Celebration (Festen) was the runner-up.[118]


  • Kevade (Spring, 1969) received the first place in the Estonian feature films Top Ten Poll in 2002 held by Estonian film critics and journalists.[119]




Hong Kong


In 2000, Hungarian film critics chose the so-called "Budapest 12",[126] the twelve best films of Hungary:



  • Bashu, the Little Stranger (1986) was voted "Best Iranian Film of all time" in November 1999 by a Persian movie magazine "Picture world" poll of 150 Iranian critics and professionals.[137]



  • Giv'at Halfon Eina Ona (1976) was voted "Favorite Israeli Film of all time" in a 2004 poll by Ynet, the web site of a popular Israeli newspaper. The film got 25,000 votes.[139]



  • Rashomon (羅生門), 1950: This film by Akira Kurosawa was the first Japanese film to gain worldwide acclaim. It is the highest-ranked Japanese and Asian film in the Village Voice poll of "Best Films of the Century" (ranked #10).[6] It also tied for the highest-ranked Japanese and Asian film on the Sight and Sound 2002 Directors' Top Ten Poll (ranked #9).[142]
  • Seven Samurai (七人の侍 Shichinin no Samurai), 1954: Also by Kurosawa, this period adventure film is frequently cited as the greatest Japanese film ever; at #12, it is the highest-ranked Japanese and Asian film on the Internet Movie Database's "Top 250 movies" list.[143] It ranked, for the first time, at #3 in the 1982 Sight & Sound Critics' Top Ten Poll,[144] appeared on the Sight & Sound Directors' Top Ten Poll in 1992 (ranked #10),[145] and tied for the highest-ranked Japanese and Asian film in 2002 (ranked #9).[142] It is ranked #2 on Rotten Tomatoes' top 100 foreign films,[108] and #1 on their top 100 action/adventure films.[24] It was also voted the "Best Japanese Film ever" in a 1979 Kinema Junpo critics’ poll.[146]
  • Tokyo Story (東京物語 Tokyo Monogatari), 1953: Directed by Yasujirō Ozu, is the highest-ranked Japanese and Asian film on the 2002 Sight and Sound Critics' Top Ten Poll (ranked #5).[147] It was also declared the greatest film ever by Halliwell's Film Guide in 2005.[148]
  • Ugetsu, 1953: Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, it was the highest-ranking Asian film in the Sight & Sound critics' polls in 1962 (ranked #4)[149] and 1972 (ranked #10).[150]



New Zealand


  • Flåklypa Grand Prix (Pinchcliffe Grand Prix - 1975 - Ivo Caprino): The people's choice for "Best Norwegian Film of the Century" during the 2005 Bergen International Film Festival.[152]
  • Ni Liv (Nine Lives - 1957 - Arne Skouen): The critics' choice for "Best Norwegian Film of the Century" during the 2005 Bergen International Film Festival.[152]


  • Baji (1963), directed by S. Suleman, topped the British Film Institute's critics poll of "Top 10 Pakistani Films" of all time.[153]
  • Aina (1977), directed by Nazr-ul-Islam, topped the user poll of "Top 10 Pakistani Films" of all time.[154]




Best 10 Romanian films as considered by the Union of Romanian Cineastes and the Film Critics Association[163] (Uniunea Cineaştilor din România şi Asociaţia Criticilor de Film):
  1. Reconstituirea (The Reenactment - Lucian Pintilie, 1970)
  2. Pădurea spânzuraţilor (The Forest of the Hanged - Liviu Ciulei, 1965)
  3. Moartea domnului Lazarescu (The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu - Cristi Puiu, 2005)
  4. 4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days - Cristian Mungiu, 2007)
  5. Secvenţe (Alexandru Tatos, 1982)
  6. Nunta de piatră (The Stone Wedding - Mircea Veroiu, Dan Piţa. 1973)
  7. La moara cu noroc (Victor Iliu. 1956)
  8. A fost sau n-a fost? (Corneliu Porumboiu, 2006)
  9. Probă de microfon (Mircea Daneliuc, 1979)
  10. Croaziera (Mircea Daneliuc, 1981)



  • Who's That Singing Over There (Ko to tamo peva, 1980) was in 1996 voted the best Serbian movie made in the 1947-1995 period by the members of the Yugoslavian Board of the Academy of Film Art and Science (AFUN).[164]

South Korea

Sri Lanka

  • Pura Handa Kaluwara (1997), also known as Death on a Full Moon Day, directed by P. Vithanage and starring Joe Abeywickrama, topped the British Film Institute's poll of "Top 10 Sri Lankan Films" of all time.[167]
  • Ananta Rathiriya (1995), directed by P. Vithanage, topped the user poll of "Top 10 Sri Lankan Films" of all time.[168]



  • In 2003 Ankara Sinema Derneği (Ankara Association for Cinema Culture) chose the "Best 10 Turkish films ever" by a poll among people who are interested in cinema professionally:[170]
  1. Yol (1982), Şerif Gören
  2. Umut (1970), Yılmaz Güney
  3. Sürü (1978), Zeki Ökten
  4. Muhsin Bey (1987), Yavuz Turgul
  5. Masumiyet (1997), Zeki Demirkubuz
  6. Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalım (1978), Atıf Yılmaz
  7. Anayurt Oteli (1986), Ömer Kavur
  8. Susuz Yaz (1964), Metin Erksan
  9. Gelin (1973), Ömer Lütfi Akad
  10. Uzak (2002), Nuri Bilge Ceylan

United Kingdom

United States

Since 1998, the American Film Institute has assembled juries of film community leaders and polled them for a series of top 100 lists. Two of the lists from the series, 100 Years... 100 Movies from 1998 and 100 Years... 100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) from 2007, identified Citizen Kane as the best American film ever. In other years, AFI's jury members selected Some Like It Hot the greatest American comedyPsycho as the most thrilling American movieCasablanca as the greatest American love storySingin' in the Rain as the greatest American film musical, and It's a Wonderful Life as the most inspiring American film.[175]


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