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John Kobal Presents the Top 100 Movies (1988 Book)

For this once well-known book, Kobal polled 81 well-known filmmakers and critics from across the globe. He asked them to submit a list of the top 10 films of all time. He used the typical point system where a first place vote was worth ten points, a second place vote was worth nine points, etc. Films on unranked lists were given 5.5 points each. The 81 individual lists are in the back of the book. Several people have tallied the lists themselves and discovered that Kobal made some math mistakes that would particularly affect the last 10 or so choices on the list. Still, this is not a horrible place to start if you want to explore the inner ring of the basic canon of world film. I was a fairly new film fan in 1988 and I found this book very helpful at the time. The Ivan the Terrible films were listed as one film by the book. So was the Apu trilogy. That is why this list actually has 103 films.
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Citizen Kane (1941)
Citizen Kane (1941)
2
The Rules of the Game (1939)
The Rules of the Game (1939)
4
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
5
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
6
Modern Times (1936)
Modern Times (1936)
7
Wild Strawberries (1957)
Wild Strawberries (1957)
8
The Gold Rush (1925)
The Gold Rush (1925)
9
Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca (1942)
10
Rashomon (1950)
Rashomon (1950)
11
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
12
City Lights (1931)
City Lights (1931)
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13
Children of Paradise (1945)
Children of Paradise (1945)
14
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
15
The Earrings of Madame De... (1953)
The Earrings of Madame De... (1953)
16
Grand Illusion (1937)
Grand Illusion (1937)
17
The Searchers (1956)
The Searchers (1956)
18
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
19
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
20
Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1945)
Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1945)
21
Ivan the Terrible, Part II: The Boyars' Plot (1958)
Ivan the Terrible, Part II: The Boyars' Plot (1958)
22
Jules and Jim (1962)
Jules and Jim (1962)
23
Stagecoach (1939)
Stagecoach (1939)
24
Vertigo (1958)
Vertigo (1958)
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25
Seven Samurai (1954)
Seven Samurai (1954)
26
Tokyo Story (1953)
Tokyo Story (1953)
27
Andrei Rublev (1966)
Andrei Rublev (1966)
28
Fanny & Alexander (1982)
Fanny & Alexander (1982)
29
L'atalante (1934)
L'atalante (1934)
30
Viridiana (1961)
Viridiana (1961)
31
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
32
The Third Man (1949)
The Third Man (1949)
33
Ugetsu (1953)
Ugetsu (1953)
34
Zero for Conduct (1933)
Zero for Conduct (1933)
35
Ikiru (1952)
Ikiru (1952)
36
Pather Panchali (1955)
Pather Panchali (1955)
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37
Aparajito (1956)
Aparajito (1956)
38
The World of Apu (1959)
The World of Apu (1959)
39
The Band Wagon (1953)
The Band Wagon (1953)
40
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
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