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BEST OF THE BEST

Variety polled ten film critics and asked them to list their top ten best pictures. The results were published on 2/13/05. It's interesting to note that the only silent movie--"Sunrise"--was included on the lists of all but three critics; "The Godfather" was on all but two lists, and "The Godfather Part II" was on all but one.




MANOHLA DARGIS

The New York Times

1927 - Sunrise
1934 - It Happened One Night
1941 - How Green Was My Valley
1946 - The Best Years of Our Lives
1951 - An American in Paris
1960 - The Apartment
1972 - The Godfather
1974 - The Godfather Part II
1991 - The Silence of the Lambs
1992 - Unforgiven


DAVID EDELSTEIN
Slate

1943 - Casablanca
1946 - The Best Years of Our Lives
1948 - Hamlet
1950 - All About Eve
1953 - From Here to Eternity
1954 - On the Waterfront
1962 - Lawrence of Arabia
1972 - The Godfather
1974 - The Godfather Part II
1977 - Annie Hall


J. HOBERMAN
The Village Voice

1927 - Sunrise
1934 - It Happened One Night
1943 - Casablanca
1960 - The Apartment
1972 - The Godfather
1974 - The Godfather Part II
1977 - Annie Hall
1986 - Platoon
1991 - The Silence of the Lambs
1992 - Unforgiven


TODD MCCARTHY

Daily Variety

1927 - Sunrise
1943 - Casablanca
1950 - All About Eve
1959 - Ben-Hur
1960 - The Apartment
1961 - West Side Story
1962 - Lawrence of Arabia
1972 - The Godfather
1974 - The Godfather Part II
1992 - Unforgiven


JOE MORGENSTERN

The Wall Street Journal

1927 - Sunrise
1934 - It Happened One Night
1943 - Casablanca
1950 - All About Eve
1953 - From Here To Eternity
1968 - Oliver!
1972 - The Godfather
1974 - The Godfather Part II
1977 - Annie Hall
2003 - LOTR: The Return Of the King


JONATHAN ROSENBAUM
The Chicago Reader

1927 - Sunrise
1930 - All Quiet on the Western Front
1939 - Gone With the Wind
1940 - Rebecca
1941 - How Green Was My Valley
1946 - The Best Years of Our Lives
1950 - All About Eve
1958 - Gigi
1987 - The Last Emperor
1997 - Titanic


RICHARD SCHICKEL
Time

1927 - Sunrise
1940 - Casablanca
1949 - All the King's Men
1953 - From Here to Eternity
1954 - On the Waterfront
1972 - The Godfather
1974 - Godfather II
1977 - Annie Hall
1992 - Unforgiven
1993 - Schindler's List


LISA SCHWARZBAUM
Entertainment Weekly

1927 - Sunrise
1939 - Gone with the Wind
1943 - Casablanca
1950 - All About Eve
1954 - On the Waterfront
1962 - Lawrence of Arabia
1974 - The Godfather Part II
1977 - Annie Hall
1997 - Titanic
2003 - LOTR: The Return of the King


A.O. SCOTT
The New York Times

1934 - It Happened One Night
1946 - The Best Years of Our Lives
1950 - All About Eve
1960 - The Apartment
1962 - Lawrence of Arabia
1969 - Midnight Cowboy
1972 - The Godfather
1974 - The Godfather Part II
1977 - Annie Hall
1992 - Unforgiven


PETER TRAVERS
Rolling Stone

1943 - Casablanca
1950 - All About Eve
1954 - On the Waterfront
1960 - The Apartment
1962 - Lawrence of Arabia
1972 - The Godfather
1974 - The Godfather, Part II
1977 - Annie Hall
1992 - Unforgiven
2003 - LOTR: The Return of the King