Poll results: Lists that should be official 2021

Thanks to the 321 people who voted. Here are the results.

Rank Avg Title / URL 5 4 3 2 1
1 4.075 Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize (1946 - ) 155 83 47 24 12
2 4.047 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature winners (1942 - ) 162 74 38 32 15
3 4.019 BAFTA Best British Film Awards (1947 - ) 144 92 47 23 15
4 3.988 Kinema Junpo Award for Best Film of the Year (1926 - ) 138 82 68 25 8
5 3.947 Would you support adopting a good list that covers each of the following topics (regardless of whether you know of such a list)? [Historical movies] 119 91 87 17 5
6 3.857 100 Cult Films (BFI Screen Guides) (2011) 115 97 64 38 7
7 3.854 Venice Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize (1951 - ) 119 89 70 33 10
8 3.776 Academy Award Animated Short and Feature Winners (1932 - ) 131 70 61 35 24
9 3.763 Sight & Sound Annual Best of the Year Polls (annual top 10 lists) 116 84 70 31 20
10 3.744 Would you support adopting a good list that covers each of the following topics (regardless of whether you know of such a list)? [Danish movies] 102 75 108 29 6
11 3.735 Canadian Screen Awards/Genie Awards - Best Motion Picture (1963 - ) 91 101 90 31 8
12 3.704 National Board of Review Top Ten Films of the Year (annual top 10 lists) 113 82 72 26 28
13 3.698 ASC 100 Milestone Films in Cinematography of the 20th Century (2019) 104 90 69 42 16
14 3.679 100 Historical Film Masterpieces (1989) 88 105 83 27 18
15 3.657 San Sebastián Film Festival: “Golden Shell” (1953 - ) 85 90 103 37 6
16 3.632 AACTA Award for Best Film (1970 - ) 83 93 100 34 11
17 3.626 Michael Vaughn’s The Ultimate Guide to Strange Cinema (2017) 103 73 89 34 22
18 3.598 iCM Forum’s 1001 Favourite Movies (updated annually) 114 70 68 32 37
19 3.592 Cahiers du Cinéma - 70 years, 70 films (2021) 90 87 84 43 17
20 3.583 iCheckMovies decade lists (updated regularly) 101 83 72 32 33
21 3.558 Donald Richie’s A Hundred Years of Japanese Film (2012) 80 83 108 36 14
22 3.555 Fantasporto International Film Festival - Grand Prix (1976 - ) 92 75 89 49 16
22 3.555 125 Forbidden films (2001) 94 77 85 43 22
24 3.467 J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum’s Midnight Movies (1991) 84 81 81 51 24
25 3.461 Letterboxd Top 250 (updated regularly) 103 62 77 38 41
26 3.445 Sin in Soft Focus (1999) 89 67 98 32 35
27 3.439 Sitges Film Festival - Maria Award for Best Picture (1969 - ) 81 68 103 49 20
27 3.439 LaCinetek: The Top of the Lists 65 97 98 36 25
29 3.43 DFI’s Top 100 Danish Films (~2000) 68 79 114 43 17
30 3.427 Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) 86 72 86 47 30
31 3.424 Time Out’s The 100 Best Hong Kong Films (2020) 65 86 105 50 15
32 3.408 Fairfax Media’s Best New Zealand Movies of All Time (2014) 59 91 115 34 22
33 3.393 TSPDT Poll: 1,005 Film Favourites (2021) 87 63 95 41 35
34 3.386 Dovzhenko Centre’s Top 100 Ukrainian Films (2021) 69 74 111 46 21
35 3.377 Bill Hader’s 200 Essential Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See (2014) 75 80 85 53 28
36 3.355 John Waters’ Yearly Top 10 Picks (2001 - ) 86 60 91 50 34
36 3.355 Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema (1988) 68 74 106 50 23
38 3.336 Fan Movie Spirit Awards’s Top 21st Century Chinese Language Films (2020) 59 86 102 52 22
39 3.333 SonntagsZeitung’s Top 100 Swiss Films (2016) 53 88 118 37 25
40 3.324 Time Out London’s 100 Best Feminist Films of All Time 63 85 101 37 35
41 3.308 Edgar Wright’s 1000 favorite movies (2016) 84 59 92 44 42
41 3.308 LaCinetek: Agnès Varda’s ideal film collection 60 75 120 36 30
43 3.296 Pete Tombs’ Mondo Macabro: Weird & Wonderful Cinema Around the World (1998) 77 63 97 46 38
44 3.293 Mark Kermode: 50 films every film fan should watch (2018) 64 75 103 49 30
45 3.283 Greatest Courtroom Dramas (last updated 2020) 62 82 96 47 34
46 3.274 Giallo Scrapbook (2005, 2006) 70 62 102 60 27
47 3.268 Taschen decade lists (2003-2006) 71 54 116 50 30
48 3.259 Time Out Shanghai’s 100 Best Mainland Chinese Films (2014) 52 78 109 65 17
49 3.24 Mark Schilling’s Art, Cult and Commerce - Japanese cinema since 2000 (2019) 58 80 94 59 30
50 3.224 Jung Sung-Il’s A Guide to Cinephilia (2016) 55 69 115 57 25
51 3.196 Time Out Los Angeles’s 100 Best Teen Movies (2015) 62 70 95 57 37
52 3.193 100 Norwegian Films You Must See (2008) 52 69 114 61 25
53 3.181 Alain Bergala’s The 208 Films You Must Have Seen (2010) 46 79 110 59 27
54 3.171 Rushprint’s The best Norwegian films of all time (2011) 46 69 127 52 27
55 3.168 Susan Sontag’s 50 Favourite Films (1977) 61 60 112 48 40
55 3.168 Box office decade lists 81 68 59 50 63
57 3.165 Chantal Akerman’s Une Cinémathèque Imaginaire 54 67 111 56 33
58 3.146 The Athletic’s Top 100 Sports Movies (2020) 61 63 102 52 43
59 3.125 Golden 100 of Russian Animation (2012) 61 59 102 57 42
60 3.112 IndieWire’s The Best Movie Musicals of All Time (2021) 54 67 101 59 40
61 3.107 Would you support adopting a good list that covers each of the following topics (regardless of whether you know of such a list)? [Superhero movies] 68 61 83 51 56
62 3.081 Les 100 films les plus populaires du cinéma français de Philippe Lombard (2015) 49 60 106 80 26
63 3.053 Gyldendal’s Guide to Danish Movies (2008) 31 74 123 67 26
64 3.034 MOJO: The Greatest 100 Music Films Ever! (2013) 49 67 96 64 45
65 3.009 LaCinetek: The Dardennes’ 79 Favorite Movies 37 62 126 59 37
66 3.003 Paste’s 100 Best Superhero Movies of All Time (2019) 56 65 82 60 58
67 2.984 Sleazoid Express: A Mind Twisting Tour Through the Grindhouse Cinema of Times Square (2002) 54 50 105 61 51
68 2.91 Rohit K. Dasgupta & Sangeeta Datta’s 100 Essential Indian Films (2018) 39 62 102 67 51
69 2.66 Douban Top 250 (updated regularly) 33 36 119 55 78
70 2.613 Would you support adopting a good list that covers each of the following topics (regardless of whether you know of such a list)? [Adult movies] 53 42 57 64 104
71 2.498 XRCO Hall of Fame (updated occasionally) 50 30 70 51 120
72 2.439 Rolling Stone’s The 100 Greatest Music Videos of All Time (2021) 50 34 55 50 132
73 2.353 Would you support adopting a good list that covers each of the following topics (regardless of whether you know of such a list)? [Music videos] 43 37 44 62 134
74 2.327 IMDb Top Rated Indian Movies (updated regularly) 28 30 76 72 115

If the Rushprint list is adopted, what size do you prefer?
25: 115 votes
51: 105 votes

If the box office decade lists are adopted, what size do you prefer?
100: 178 votes
150: 9 votes
200: 12 votes
250: 33 votes

LaCinetek has published many directors’ favorite films. Which lists interest you the most?
Bong Joon-Ho: 65 votes
Agnès Varda: 49 votes
Dario Argento: 44 votes
Paul Verhoeven: 43 votes
Park Chan-Wook: 39 votes
Wim Wenders: 28 votes
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: 26 votes
John Woo: 26 votes
Hirokazu Koreeda: 25 votes
Martin Scorsese: 22 votes
Aki Kaurismäki: 21 votes
Jean-Pierre Jeunet: 20 votes
Dardenne brothers: 10 votes
Todd Haynes: 10 votes
Various write-in answers received 1 vote each.

Nice results!
And so many voters, so cool

The two Norway lists are close together in the results, the two Danish lists less so… and then “a” Danish list even makes top10, what does that mean?!? :slight_smile:

Like the love for festival awards, even San Sebastian!!
Hopefully either Fantasporto or Sitges also get picked for officaldom, they are another flavor, and doing relatively well here :+1:

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Some people might like the idea of a Danish list, but might not be satisfied with the lists currently available.

Yeah, this was my issue with it. The Danish lists were either too old, or didn’t include many of the touchstones I would expect to see from a Danish list.

But the preference for DFI seems also clear, so that is a tough nut to crack for the mods :slight_smile: the subtleties of the reasons behind each vote gets lost in a wisdom of the crowd poll like this… but that should also mean that DFI is kinda allright, shouldn’t it?

The top 10 placement for the other entry just indicates then that there is a real demand for a Danish list, with the Norwegian… less so…

If the DFI list were updated, I think it would easily be the best candidate. Hopefully they will update it, as I think Danish cinema has really come a long way in the past 20-odd years…

Norwegian cinema as well, although I think it really seems to have gained a greater presence in the past decade or so, so the list from 2011 seems to have captured things on the cusp of a surge in internationally respected films.

I’d personally like to see them wait on these two countries until a really good list pops up (or even a wider ‘nordic’ list), and focus on a lot of the other lists highlighted by the poll.

Sorry to say, but the Best Docu Academy Award list looks EXTREMELY poor. I can name at least two docus which surpass 3/4s of this disastrous list! It’ll be another travesty if it’s to be adopted.

And what’s wrong with older films? Can we really expect that any Danish list won’t be voted, unless stupid Vinterberg’s films exist, just to please the Euro-fanboys?

Not that shocked that most award lists ended up so high (though that National Board of Review “fever” looks ridiculous / is film buff majorities lusting for top 10s the new trend???), but it’s a damn shame critics’ and scholars’ films weren’t accepted or hardly reached a top 20, apart from a so-called “strange” list, which doesn’t surprise me as well: most cine-fans HOPE for weird shit in their menu, boredom alert.

When will the lists become official?

Some will become official over the coming couple of years, some will not. We have started discussing the results and made a few initial decisions, but there will be more discussion about them and more adoptions as time goes on.

half a year has already gone, so… I guess you weren’t lying…

We’re actually finally getting close to some adoptions. I think things should be smoother going forward, though it does depend on multiple people, but I’m more optimistic than I’ve been for a while.