He has made a film about life and death, pride and shame, deception and betrayal, and the stubborn quirkiness of human nature. "Leaving Las Vegas"9. Schindler's List (1993) 2. "The Clockmaker"5. Then look what Michael Apted does with time in this documentary, which he began more than 30 years ago. It is about a man (Marcello Mastroianni in his definitive performance) driven to distraction by his hunger for love, and driven to despair by his complete inability to be able to love. I am sure than Eisenstein's "The Battleship Potemkin" is a great film, but it's not going on my list simply so I can impress people. The debates about the "meaning" of this film still go on. These ten best lists for movie critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper have been collected from various postings in the Usenet movies newsgroups and from their best of the year TV show for 2000 thru 2005. We’ve been releasing the top ten lists of our regular critics all week, and wanted to bring in the rest of our incredibly talented contributors, providing an overview of the entire year of film. Ten years ago, Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" was on my list of the ten best films. 1. Ebert once again offered his selection, despite his qualms about reducing his passion for the medium into a tidy Top-10 list. He does love this woman. It is a challenge. And then, in the extraordinary centerpiece of the film, there is the old woman Florence Rasmussen, sitting in the doorway of her home, delivering a spontaneous monolog that Faulkner would have killed to have written. "Floating Weeds," like many of his films, is deceptively simple. Few films are more complex, or show more breathtaking skill at moving from one level to another. "Ulysses" 3. Nor will I avoid "Casablanca" simply because it's so popular: I love it all the same. 'Great Movies' are marked with a heart. Roger Ebert reviewed films from 1967 until his death. 1) "Gravity" 2) "Before Midnight" 3) "Snowpiercer" 4) "The Past" 5) "The Great Beauty" 6) "The Hunt" 7) "All Is Lost" 8) "Behind the Candelabra" 9) "Like Father, Like Son" 10) "Mud" Ian Grey. Ebert's Best Film Lists1967 - present If I must make a list of the Ten Greatest Films of All Time, my first vow is to make the list for myself, not for anybody else. The piano playing of Kane's young friend Susan leads into their relationship, his applause leads into his campaign, where applause is the bridge again to a political rally that leads to his downfall, when his relationship with Susan is unmasked. Their better nature simply informs them what they must do. It takes place in the living room of Jake LaMotta, the boxing champion played by De Niro. Sometimes two films shared a ranking, some years he did more than 10 films. But he points it for hours on end, patiently until finally they use the language in ways that reveal their most hidden parts. And so my greatest films must be films that had me sitting transfixed before the screen, involved, committed, and feeling. Roger Ebert reviewed films from 1967 until his death. Grant takes her act of pure love as a tawdry thing, proving she is a notorious woman. "Marat/Sade"14. An ape uses to learn a bone as a weapon, and this tool, flung into the air, transforms itself into a space ship--the tool that will free us from the bondage of this planet. After seeing this film many times, I think I finally understand why I love it so much. Roger Ebert's Most Hated by peter1-8 | created - 18 Dec 2010 | updated - 04 Jan 2012 | Public The following includes all the movies that appear on Roger Ebert's list of most hated films, plus several others that he wrote extremely scathing reviews of. The movie lyrically and brutally challenges us to break out of the illusion that everyday mundane concerns are what must preoccupy us. Maybe it is. In one sustained stretch, he covers 20 years between "Merry Christmas" and "A very happy New Year." "In the Heat of the Night"11. Then, seven years later, he made "14 Up," revisiting them. All of the top lists Siskel and Ebert did while they were living are included. He begins to quiz his brother (Joe Pesci). Like Water For Chocolate (1992) 8. Some went on to be established classics others forgotten. "Apollo 11" 9. While the hero plays a rat, however, the villain (Rains) becomes an object of sympathy. Sometimes two films shared a ranking, some years he did more than 10 films. ", 1. The sheer beauty of the film is also compelling. If there is ever a time when they decide that some movies should be spelled with an upper-case M, "Casablanca" should be voted first on the list of Movies. Note: Ebert did not produce an actual top ten list this year due to his lengthy recovery from surgery, which forced him to miss a significant portion of the year's offerings. "Breaking the Waves"8. After that most of the lists come from their best of the year TV show. Then going to old movies defies time, because we see and hear people who are now dead, sounding and looking exactly the same. He thinks he can glimpse it in the life of his friend Steiner, who has a wife and children and a home where music is played and poetry read. Ozu fashioned his style by himself, and never changed it, and to see his films is to be inside a completely alternative cinematic language. The movies themselves play with time, condensing days or years into minutes or hours. Ozu weaves an atmosphere of peaceful tranquility, of music and processions and leisurely conversations, and then explodes his emotional secrets, which cause people to discover their true natures. "Small Change"2. "As Time Goes By." This film, not to be confused in any way with "Heaven's Gate" (or with "Gates of Hell," for that matter) is a bottomless mystery to me, infinitely fascinating. Ebert's other top lists are at this site's Movie Lists page. Instead, this is a listing of the films that he gave four stars to during the year. "The Shootist", Many of Roger's favorite filmmakers were prominently featured on his list celebrating the best films of the 1980s. The Ghost Writer : Roger Ebert's Special Jury Award (2010) 127 Hours : Roger Ebert's second ten best films (2010) listed alphabetically: All Good Things: Carlos: Chloe: Greenberg Scorsese used the same actor, Robert De Niro, and the same screenwriter, Paul Schrader, for both films, and they have the same buried themes: A man's jealousy about a woman, made painful by his own impotence, and expressed through violence. Who could have guessed that a little over a decade after Roger chose "Hoop Dreams" as the best film of the 1990s, its director, Steve James, would make a film about Roger? PROGRESS CONTINUES. Roger Ebert reviewed films from 1967 until his death. Kalifornia (1993) 7. The Great Movies, published in November 2003 (544 pages, Three Rivers Press, ISBN 978-0767910385) "Give Me Liberty" 6. Drama(480)Romance(132)Comedy(117)Thriller(103)Crime(100)Biography(68)History(55)Adventure(52)Mystery(46)Action(38)War(37)Documentary(34)Music(32)Fantasy(27)Sci-Fi(21)Family(17)Sport(11)Western(11)Animation(9)Horror(7)Musical(6) Feature Film(552) TV Movie(6) TV Mini-Series(2) IMDb user rating (average)11.11.21.31.41.51.61.71.81.92.02.12.22.32.42.52.62.72.82.93.03.13.23.33.43.53.63.73.83.94.04.14.24.34.44.54.64.74.84.95.05.15.25.35.45.55.65.75.85.96.06.16.26.36.46.56.66.76.86.97.07.17.27.37.47.57. "The Nightingale" 5. "Bonnie and Clyde 2. Some went on to be established classics others forgotten. Kalifornia (Dominic Sena) 07. In a sense, the destinies of all of these people can be guessed in their eyes, the first time we see them. The Great Movies was published as four books: . The Individual Top Tens of 2019 1. "Cool Hand Luke"9. "Argo"2. Spike Lee Recieves American Cinematheque Award, America Has to Come to a Reckoning: Director Sam Pollard on MLK/FBI, The TV Homages of WandaVision are an Amusing, Unfulfilling Distraction. Then came "21 Up" and, in 1985. This was Roger's first Top Ten list, which was expanded to 15 and included several timeless cinematic landmarks. Some went on to be established classics others forgotten. The Joy Luck Club (1993) 6. Cinema is not very good, on the other hand, at intellectual, philosophical or political argument. If a movie changes your vote or your mind, it does so by appealing to your emotions, not your reason. But it was also a landmark of non-narrative, poetic filmmaking, in which the connections were made by images, not dialog or plot. "Do the Right Thing"5. "A Simple Life", Grand jury prizes:"Central Park Five," "Cloud Atlas," "The Impossible," "In the Family," "Last Ride," "A Late Quartet," "The Master," "Paradise Lost 3," "Prometheus," "Rampart," "Searching for Sugar Man," "We Need to Talk About Kevin," and "West of Memphis.". And step by step, word by word, we witness a man helpless to stop himself from destroying everyone who loves him. https://www.rogerebert.com/features/the-ten-best-films-of-2019 The chase through the sewers. "Ran"8. Roger Ebert's Yearly Top Films Lists-- 2000 - 2010 by kingwilson | created - 28 Apr 2011 | updated - 28 Apr 2011 | Public 2000 to 2007 are typical "Top Ten" lists. Roger Ebert's Top 10 Films of the Year. They learned that language in childhood, and it was codified and popularized by D. W. Griffith, whose films were studied everywhere in the world -- except in Japan, where for a time a distinctively different visual style seemed to be developing. "The Sessions"8. Roger Ebert Lists the 10 Essential Characteristics of Noir Films. He is fiddling with a TV set. Some do better than we expect, some worse, one seems completely bewildered. But Morris is not concerned with his apparent subject. A list of 616 films compiled on Letterboxd, including Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Ulysses (1967), Blow-Up (1966), The Graduate (1967) and A Man for All Seasons (1966). (If you argue instead for dance or music, drama or painting, I will reply that the cinema incorporates all of these arts). "Lincoln"4. "The Family Way"12. Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc. And so the film will continue to grow... 42... 49... 56... 63... until Apted or his subjects are dead. Apart from my annual year's best lists, this is the only list I vote in. Throughout that time he put out end of the year top ten lists. "2001" is a spiritual experience. Roger Ebert's Yearly Top Films Lists-- 1980 - 1989 by kingwilson | created - 30 Apr 2011 | updated - 26 May 2011 | Public Each year is a "Top Ten". These are films that moved me deeply in one way or another. This movie is on the altar of my love for the cinema. It's because it makes me proud of the characters. "A Man for All Seasons" 6. Read my essay on my top ten films, broken into parts: Introduction, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. The Fugitive (1993) 5. The Joy Luck Club (Wayne Wang) 06. The Fugitive (Andrew Davis) 05. Sometimes two films shared a ranking, some years he did more than 10 films. "Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood" 10. Roger Ebert Talks Movingly About Losing and Re-Finding His Voice (TED 2011) The Two Roger Eberts: Emphatic Critic on TV; Incisive Reviewer in Print. It's some movie. But Steiner is as despairing as he is. Bio: Roger Ebert account that compiles all of his ratings into Letterboxd. Roger Ebert's best feature films; 1. The brother says he don't know nothin'. I am faced once again with the task of voting in Sight & Sound magazine's famous poll to determine the greatest films of all time. Roger's Top Ten Lists: An Introduction 1. We get a three-part miniseries in five minutes. "Oslo, August 31"10. "The War Game"7. "Our Mother's House"13. "28 Up," and next year, just in time for the Sight & Sound list, will come "35 Up." Sometimes two films shared a ranking, some years he did more than 10 films. "My Dinner with Andre"6. "Three Colors Trilogy": "Blue," "White," and "Red"6. Isn't there?" "Uncut Gems" 4. "The Right Stuff"3. "Silent Movie"10. These ten best lists for movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert have been collected from various postings in the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.movies. "Taxi Driver"3. The Piano (1993) 4. "Elvira Madigan" 10. "Notorious" is my favorite Hitchcock, a pairing of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, with Claude Rains the tragic third corner of the triangle. "Marriage Story" 8. He points his camera at his subjects and lets them talk. Spike Lee Recieves American Cinematheque Award, America Has to Come to a Reckoning: Director Sam Pollard on MLK/FBI, The TV Homages of WandaVision are an Amusing, Unfulfilling Distraction. Throughout that time he put out end of the year top ten lists. A list of 10 films compiled on Letterboxd, including Small Change (1976), Taxi Driver (1976), The Magic Flute (1975), The Watchmaker of St. Paul (1974) and Network (1976). Inception: 7. It was about a group of British 7-year-olds, their dreams, fears, ambitions, families, prospects. 1,683 films watched. Apart from the story, look at the visuals! Now, however, it is that time in the Wheel of the Decades when I make out the one single list of interest to me. "Ulysses"3. Film can take us where we cannot go. "Sunset" 7. Hitchcock was always hidden behind the genre of the suspense film, but as you see his movies again and again, the greatness stays after the suspense becomes familiar. No other film I have ever seen does a better job of illustrating the mysterious and haunting way in which the cinema bridges time. "Schindler's List"7. "Blowup" 4. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"9. Like Water for Chocolate (Alfonso Arau) 08. The American: 9. De Niro says maybe he doesn't know what he knows. I am moved by the son who speaks of success but cannot grasp it, the old man whose childhood pet was killed, the cocky guy who runs the tallow plant, the woman who speaks of her dead pet and says, "There's your dog, and your dog's dead. Roger Ebert reviewed films from 1967 until his death. "Cool Hand Luke" 9. Winter's Bone: 6. The Secret in their Eyes: 8. The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese) 03. "Hoop Dreams"2. But there has to be something that made it move. The black-and-white closeups of Ingrid Bergman, the most bravely vulnerable woman in movie history. In the world of film he was known simply as The Master. A list of 10 films compiled on Letterboxd, including Casablanca (1942), Citizen Kane (1941), Floating Weeds (1959), Gates of Heaven (1978) and La Dolce Vita (1960). Of "Raging Bull," Roger wrote, "[it] is not a film about boxing but about a man with paralyzing jealousy and sexual insecurity, for whom being punished in the ring serves as confession, penance and absolution. Roger Ebert reviewed films from 1967 until his death. About this list: Ebert made "Top 10" lists through 2012, but they went a little haywire after 2007. Every 10 years, the ancient and venerable British film magazine, Sight & Sound, polls the world's directors, movie critics, and assorted producers, cinematheque operators and festival directors, etc., to determine the Greatest Films of All Time. Click here. What was his philosophy, his belief, his message? These are realists, pragmatists, survivors: Humphrey Bogart's Rick Blaine, who sticks his neck out for nobody, and Claude Rains' police inspector, who follows rules and tries to stay out of trouble. Now let's see what Roger had to say about some of the films of the 1990's. But what was he the Master of? This begins to bother LaMotta. De Niro keeps talking, and Pesci tries to run but can't hide. He seeks it in miracles and drunkenness, at night and at dawn. The miracle of the film is that it shows us that the seeds of the man are indeed in the child. His purpose was simply to pluck the strings of human emotion -- to play the audience, he said, like a piano. In 1975, he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism. His wife comes in, says hello, kisses his brother, and goes upstairs. "The Graduate"5. "Raiders of the Lost Ark"7. Menace II Society (1993) 9. Throughout that time he put out end of the year top ten lists. "Blowup"4. It appears that he had none. It ends its search for "Rosebud," his dying word, with a final image that explains everything and nothing, and although some critics say the image is superficial, I say it is very deep indeed, because it illustrates the way that human happiness and pain is not found in big ideas but in the little victories or defeats of childhood. I have just seen it again, a shot at a time, analyzing it frame-by-frame out at the University of Colorado at Boulder. There are also lists for the film critics who filled in after Siskel's passing. "End of Watch"5. Surely the whole point of the film is that it is beyond meaning, that it takes its character to a place he is so incapable of understanding that a special room--sort of a hotel room--has to be prepared for him there, so that he will not go mad. "Parasite" "Life of Pi"3. Throughout that time he put out end of the year top ten lists. This ongoing film is an experiment unlike anything else in film history. At the end of the film, when they rise to heroism, it is so moving because heroism is not in their makeup. Yes, it was a landmark of special effects, so convincing that years later the astronauts, faced with the reality of outer space, compared it to "2001." If I have a criterion for choosing the greatest films, it's an emotional one. 2008 has twenty English-language and ten foreign-language films, in alphabetical order. "Pulp Fiction"3. But the secret and mystery of human personality is there from the first. Many critics at the time failed to see the genius of Arthur Penn's "Bonnie and Clyde," but Roger declared it "a milestone" in the first sentence of his review. "Rocky"8. And then the spaceship takes man on a voyage into the interior of what may be the mind of another species. Why I Loathe Top 10 Film Lists Movie rankings are all the rage—too bad that they have next to nothing to do with the quality of movies Is 'The Shawshank Redemption' the greatest film of all time? It’s not because of the romance, or the humor, or the intrigue, although those elements are masterful. These are not heroes -- not except for Paul Heinreid's resistance fighter, who in some ways is the most predictable character in the film. Some went on to be established classics others forgotten. I have very particular reasons for including this film, which is the least familiar title on my list but one which I defy anyone to watch without fascination. The Social Network: 2. The Great Movies is the name of several publications, both online and in print, from the film critic Roger Ebert.The object was, as Ebert put it, to "make a tour of the landmarks of the first century of cinema." "Flight"7. It argues that surely man did not learn to think and dream, only to deaden himself with provincialism and selfishness. "All the President's Men"9. Made in the late 1970s by Errol Morris, it would appear to be a documentary about some people involved in a couple of pet cemeteries in Northern California. The way the dialog expresses the inner twisting logic of his jealousy is insidious. Sometimes two films shared a ranking, some years he did more than 10 films. I am sure than Eisenstein's " The Battleship Potemkin " is a great film, but it's not going on my list simply so I can impress people. "The Irishman" 2. If I must make a list of the Ten Greatest Films of All Time, my first vow is to make the list for myself, not for anybody else. After years of being available only in a shabby, beaten-up version usually known as "Drifting Weeds," this film has now been re-released in superb videotape and laserdisc editions. Roger Ebert reviewed films from 1967 until his death. Bogart with his cigarette and his bottle. And finally Marcello gives up and sells out and at dawn sees a pale young girl who wants to remind him of the novel he meant to write someday, but he is hung over and cannot hear her shouting across the waves, and so the message is lost. Top Ten Television Shows Throughout that time he put out end of the year top ten lists. He never made a more "Felliniesque" film, or a better one. Then the movies toy with our personal time, when we revisit them, by recreating for us precisely the same experience we had before. He seeks love from the neurosis of his fiancee, through the fleshy carnality of a movie goddess, from prostitutes and princesses. "Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August"7. It tells of all the seasons of a man's life, shows his weaknesses and hurts, surrounds him with witnesses who remember him but do not know how to explain him. "E.T. The shadows. It tells of a troupe of traveling actors who return to an isolated village where their leader left a woman behind many years ago -- and, we discover, he also left a son. Ask what it really says. There is infinite poignancy in the love that the failed writer Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) feels for the woman (Alida Valli) who loves the "dead" Harry Lime (Orson Welles). Orson Welles, with his radio background, was able to segue from one scene to another using sound as his connecting link. He would throw over all of Nazi Germany for her, probably -- if he were not under the spell of his domineering mother, who pulls his strings until they choke him. We took 10 hours and really looked at this film, which is routinely named the best film of all time, almost by default, in list after list. As always, Roger knew how to pick 'em. "Malcolm X"10. He made movies that do not date, that fascinate and amuse, that everybody enjoys and that shout out in every frame that they are by Hitchcock. Fair enough. INCOMPLETE. "Raging Bull"2. 1. I saw it for the first time in a little fleabox of a theater on the Left Bank in Paris, in 1962, during my first $5 a day trip to Europe. In 1991 Roger Ebert put out this list of his top 10 films of all time: “Casablanca” After seeing this film many times, I think I finally understand why I love it so much. Greenstreet and Lorre. The King's Speech: 3. "GoodFellas"4. In those words is the central question of every religion. Forget about its message, about the "sweet life" along Rome's Via Veneto, or about the contrasts between the sacred and the profane. I do not expect many readers to have heard of this film, or of Yasujiro Ozu, who directed it, but this Japanese master, who lived from 1903 to 1963 and whose prolific career bridged the silent and sound eras, saw things through his films in a way that no one else saw. "Elvira Madigan"10. The tense conversation on the giant ferris wheel. "Platoon"10. He made pure movies. Oh, it's factual enough: The people in this film really exist, and so does the pet cemetery. Ratings are out of 4 just like he intended. "El Dorado", Readers may be surprised to discover that Roger's top pick for this year wasn't Martin Scorsese's iconic "Taxi Driver," but Francois Truffaut's lesser-known gem, "Small Change." Forget what made this film trendy and scandalous more than 30 years ago. "Reflections in a Golden Eye" 8. 1,150 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc. "Reflections in a Golden Eye"8. After voting in 1972, 1982 and 1992, I came up with these ten titles in 2002: Throughout that time he put out end of the year top ten lists. "The Graduate" 5. Sometimes two films shared a ranking, some years he did more than 10 films. It is all done with hypnotic visual beauty. That's where the Marxists were wrong. Simply look at Fellini's ballet of movement and sound, the graceful way he choreographs the camera, the way the actors move. The carnivorous faces of people seen in the bombed-out streets of postwar Vienna, where the movie was shot on location. I think "Raging Bull" addresses some of the same obsessions, and is a deeper and more confident film. Some went on to be established classics others forgotten. Sometimes two films shared a ranking, some years he did more than 10 films. Dooley Wilson at the piano, looking up with pain when he sees Bergman enter the room. Some day if you want to see movie acting as good as any ever put on the screen, look at a scene two-thirds of the way through "Raging Bull." Roger Ebert reviewed films from 1967 until his death. "The Magic Flute"4. That's what it does best. Click here to read his full Top Ten list for 2012. Black Swan: 4. "Mississippi Burning"9. "Bonnie and Clyde2. Kids Are All Right: 10. Click here to read his full article about the best films of 1967. Favorites: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Citizen Kane (1941), The Tree of Life (2011). A Top 20 one year, then multiple years with several categories. Roger uses Letterboxd to share film reviews and lists. And of course the moment when the cat rubs against a shoe in a doorway, and Orson Welles makes the most dramatic entrance in the history of the cinema. 1. But now I can say that it is truly a gift to have Steve James' film as a cinematic reminder of the marvel of Roger and his time here. I do not have the secret of Alfred Hitchcock and neither, I am convinced, does anyone else. Throughout the entirety of his career as the Chicago Sun-Times film critic, Roger capped off each year by revealing his picks for the best movies he had seen over the previous twelve months. AS WE COMMEMORATE ROGER on this, his fourth year since taking his "Leave of Presence," let's take a look back to see his thoughts on some of his favorite movies of different decades. 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