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The 100 best American films of all time according to the BBC

The BBC has revealed its ranking of the 100 greatest American films of all time. The big question remains the same: Citizen Kane will he be dethroned by Vertigo ?

By American films, she means films that have been financed by the United States. The director does not need to come from Uncle Sam’s country and the feature film does not even need to have been shot across the Atlantic. To establish this top, each critic proposed ten films (the first receiving ten points and the last receiving only one). VSitizen Kane was he the most quoted?

Well yes. Unlike the ranking of Sight and Sound, the Orson Welles film leads the top. And Cold sweat gives way to the most famous of godfathers, that of Francis Ford Coppola who is also on the second and tenth step of the top. 2001, a space odyssey is at the foot of the podium while Hitchcock, with his masterpiece Psychosis, finds itself in eighth place, well followed by Casablanca.

1. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
2. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
3. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
4. 2001, a space odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
5. The Prisoner of the Desert (John Ford, 1956)
6. Dawn (FW Murnau, 1927)
7. Let’s sing in the rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952)
8. Psychosis (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
9. casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
10. The Godfather 2 (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)

In the rest of the classification, we find without surprise Chinatown by Roman Polanski pulp Fiction of Quentin Tarantino or the formidable Mulholland Drive by David Lynch. Martin Scorsese is well represented with four of his films present, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Mean Streets and Freedmen.

Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Christopher Nolan and even Michel Gondry are not forgotten and fully deserve their place in this ranking.

Below, the ranking from 100th to 11th place:

100. The Chasm of Chimeras (Billy Wilder, 1951)
99. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)
98. Heaven’s Gate (Michael Cimino, 1980)
97. Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939)
96. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
95. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)
94. The 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002)
93. Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese, 1973)
92. Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)
91. AND (Steven Spielberg, 1982)
90. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
89. The Violent (Nicholas Ray, 1950)
88. West Side Story (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961)
87. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
86. The Lion King (Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, 1994)
85. Night of the Living Dead (George A Romero, 1968)
84. Deliverance (John Boorman, 1972)
83. The Impossible Mr. Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)
82. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981)
81. Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott, 1991)
80. The Song of Missouri (Vincente Minnelli, 1944)
79. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)
78. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
77. The Fantastic Ride (John Ford, 1939)
76. The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
75. Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977)
74. Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis, 1994)
73. Network (Sidney Lumet, 1976)
72. Shanghai Gesture (Josef von Sternberg, 1941)
71. Endless Day (Harold Ramis, 1993)
70. All on stage (Vincente Minnelli, 1953)
69. Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1982)
68. The Chained Ones (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946)
67. Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, 1936)
66. The Red River (Howard Hawks, 1948)
65. The Right Stuff (Philip Kaufman, 1983)
64. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954)
63. Torrents of Love (John Cassavetes, 1984)
62. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
61. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999)
60. Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986)
59. Flight over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Miloš Forman, 1975)
58. Rendezvous (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940)
57. Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen, 1989)
56. Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985)
55. The Winner (Mike Nichols, 1967)
54. Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950)
53. Gray Gardens (Albert and David Maysles, Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, 1975)
52. The Savage Horde (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)
51. The Thirst for Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)
50. The Friday Lady (Howard Hawks, 1940)
49. The Harvests of Heaven (Terrence Malick, 1978)
48. A Place in the Sun (George Stevens, 1951)
47. No Spring for Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock, 1964)
46. ​​Life is Beautiful (Frank Capra, 1946)
45. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962)
44. Sherlock Jr (Buster Keaton, 1924)
43. Letter from an unknown woman (Max Ophüls, 1948)
42. Dr Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
41. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, 1959)
40. Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, 1943)
39. Birth of a Nation (DW Griffith, 1915)
38. Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
37. Mirage of Life (Douglas Sirk, 1959)
36. Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977)
35. Insurance on Death (Billy Wilder, 1944)
34. The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)
33. Secret Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
32. A Trapped Heart (Preston Sturges, 1941)
31. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes, 1974)
30. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
29. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
28. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
27. Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, 1975)
26. Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett, 1978)
25. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)
24. The Garconniere (Billy Wilder, 1960)
23. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
22. The Raptors (Erich von Stroheim, 1924)
21. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
20. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
19. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
18. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931)
17. The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin, 1925)
16. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)
15. The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler, 1946)
14. Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975)
13. Death on the heels (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
12. Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
11. The Splendor of the Ambersons (Orson Welles, 1942)

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