The BFI's Sight and Sound Magazine, which ran the survey, is for serious film buffs and would not necessarily repreent the views of the general film viewer. So the films selected are not going to be the blockbusters. They will be on quality rather than on entertainment value.I've seen Vertigo and although I can admire the film I can't say it would be in my top ten films, I didn't like the film, and my favourite Hitchcock films are Thirty Nine Steps, the Lady Vanishes and Shadow of a Doubt.
This is their top 10:
1. Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
2. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
3. Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)
4. La Regle du jeu (Renoir, 1939)
5. Sunrise: a Song for Two Humans (Murnau, 1927)
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)
7. The Searchers (Ford, 1956)
8. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, 1927)
10. 8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)
Citizen Kane is regularly at the top of critics greatest films. It is an exceptional film but there is nothing to like about it.
I haven't seen Tokyo Story though it is regarded as one of the great films - the storyline is extremely depressing and I wouldn't advise anyone to read about it let alone watch it.
La Regle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game) is one I haven't yet seen though I have it on DVD. Sounds like an ultra serious version of something like Downton Abbey though in French.
Sunrise. I have mentioned this one to you before. I consider this to be definitely in my top 10 films and consider it to be the greatest silent film ever made. It draws you into the film and you soon forget that it is silent. The only film ever to have received the Oscar for Best Picture - Unique and Artistic Presentation.
2001. A film to admire, not that it is particularly enjoyable. This is another in my top 10 as I saw this at the cinema (the only place to see it at it's best, pointless seeing it on a small screen) and it is the film which sparked my interest in films.
The Searchers. A great western and easily John Wayne's best film.
Man with a Movie Camera. I haven't seen this so can't say anything about it.
The Passion of Joan of Arc. This is another one I've mentioned before. Not available on DVD in this country and is the one which took me years to get a copy. An exceptional film with one of the greatest acting performances.
8 1/2 Another regular on lists of top 10 films, but I've never seen it. Fellini is a bit of an acquired taste which I've never acquired.
Sunrise, 2001 and Passion of Joan of Arc would feature in my top 10. I don't have a top 10 as such so I'm not going to come up with a list and I wouldn't attempt to put them in any order.