Friday, May 11, 2012

Publishing Company Lists

Various publications have taken it upon themselves to issue lists of the best films ever made.  Included in this post are lists from The New York Times, Time Magazine, Time Out, Entertainment Weekly, Sight & Sound, and Empire Magazine.  If you know of others that you feel would be good to include, please let me know in the comments. 

For all of these, by placing a “1” in the “Seen?” column to indicate you have seen the film you will get a running total and percentage at the bottom of the sheet.

The New York Times issued the second edition of their Top 1,000 films list in 2002.  The list that they have on their website actually contains 1,002 films.  In addition, this is the one list on my site that does not have the articles (a, an, the) placed at the end for alphabetizing since the titles of the movies were links to the individual NY Times reviews of those films and because they already had the films listed in correct alphabetical order.  Please note that they did not list rankings for the films, so there is only the single tab for the alphabetical list.

In 2005 Time Magazine issued their list of the Top 100 Films ever made.  They cheated a little bit by naming multiple films in a single entry (i.e. the three Lord of the Rings movies), so there are actually 106 films in their list.  Like the NY Times, they also did not rank them, but merely listed them alphabetically.

In 2011 Time Out, a publishing company based in London, issued their list of the Top 100 British films of all time.  They did rank them from 1 to 100.  Because of this their tracking sheet has tabs for both the ranked list and the alphabetical list.

In 1999 Entertainment Weekly issued their list of the 100 Greatest Movies.  They did rank them from 1 to 100.  Because of this their tracking sheet has tabs for both the ranked list and the alphabetical list.  They also included a list of "25 More We Didn't Forget", which has its own tab.

Sight & Sound is a British monthly magazine.  Once each decade they poll critics and directors on what they feel are the ten greatest films of all time.  They then tabulate these votes and produce ranked lists for each.  Because of more voters the Critics' list is the Top 250, while the Directors' list is the Top 100.  The latest ranked lists were revealed in 2012.  Each tracking sheet has tabs for the ranked list, an alphabetical list, and a chronological list.

The Critics

The Directors

Empire Magazine is a U.K. based publication.  In 2008 they issued a list of the Top 500 films of all time.  In 2010 they did the Top 100 world films, in 2011 they did the Top 100 British films, and in 2014 they did the Top 301 films of all time.  Their lists are compiled mostly from their readers' votes.  In the case of the Top 500 movies they also took opinions from filmmakers and critics.  You will be able to tell pretty easily which selections came from the readers and which did not.  The Top 100 World Films actually has 106 entries because they cheated and combined multiple films into single entries.  All of these lists are weighted towards more recent films.  Each has tabs for the ranked, alphabetical, and chronological versions of the lists.

Top 500 Movies of All Time

Top 100 World Films

Top 100 British Films

Top 301 Films of All Time

If you see any mistakes, typos, etc., or have suggestions on how to improve these tracking sheets, please let me know in the comments.

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