Avatar is one of the best movies of all time. The King of Comedy is one of the best movies of all time. Paths of Glory is one of the best movies of all time. The Red Shoes is one of the best movies of all time. Dazed and Confused is one of the best movies of all time. Each of these surprising, or not-so-surprising statements comes from one of the following filmmakers: Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola and Michael Mann. Each took place in Sight and Sound‘s filmmaker poll of the best films of all time, the results of which were revealed earlier this week.

Over 350 directors in total were polled and Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story ended up taking the top spot. That doesn’t mean it was everyone’s individual pick; just an average of the votes. In the latest issue of the magazine, which is on sale now, you can read every filmmaker’s full list of choices. Lists from five of the biggest names participants have been posted online. After the jump, read the all time best films ever according to Tarantino, Scorsese, Allen, Coppola and Mann.

Thanks to The Playlist for posting these lists. I’m sure we’ll be posting more in the coming weeks.

Woody Allen

  • “Bicycle Thieves” (1948, dir. Vittorio De Sica)
  • “The Seventh Seal” (1957, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
  • “Citizen Kane” (1941, dir. Orson Welles
  • “Amarcord” (1973, dir. Federico Fellini
  • “8 1/2″ (1963, dir. Federico Fellini)
  • “The 400 Blows” (1959, dir. Francois Truffaut)
  • “Rashomon” (1950, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
  • “La Grande Illusion” (1937, dir. Jean Renoir)
  • “The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie” (1972, dir. Luis Bunuel)
  • “Paths Of Glory” (1957, dir. Stanley Kubrick)

Francis Ford Coppola

  • “Ashes And Diamonds” (1958, dir. Andrzej Wajda)
  • “The Best Years Of Our Lives” (1946, dir William Wyler)
  • “I Vitteloni” (1953, dir. Federico Fellini)
  • “The Bad Sleep Well (1960, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
  • “Yojimbo” (1961, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
  • “Singin’ In The Rain (1952, dir. Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly)
  • “The King Of Comedy” (1983, dir Martin Scorsese)
  • “Raging Bull” (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese)
  • “The Apartment” (1960s, dir. Billy Wilder)
  • “Sunrise” (1927, dir. F.W. Murnau)

Michael Mann

  • “Apocalypse Now” (1979, dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
  • “Battleship Potemkin” (1925, dir. Sergei Eisenstein)
  • “Citizen Kane” (1941, dir. Orson Welles)
  • “Avatar” (2009, dir. James Cameron)
  • “Dr. Strangelove” (1964, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
  • “Biutiful” (2010, dir. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
  • “My Darling Clementine” (1946, dir. John Ford)
  • “The Passion Of Joan Of Arc” (1928, dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  • “Raging Bull” (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese)
  • “The Wild Bunch” (1969, dir. Sam Peckinpah)

Martin Scorsese

  • “8 1/2″ (1963, dir. Federico Fellini)
  • “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
  • “Ashes And Diamonds” (1958, dir. Andrzej Wajda)
  • “Citizen Kane” (1941, dir. Orson Welles)
  • “The Leopard” (1963, dir. Luchino Visconti)
  • “Paisan” (1946, dir. Roberto Rossellini)
  • “The Red Shoes” (1948, dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
  • “The River” (1951, dir. Jean Renoir)
  • “Salvatore Giuliano” (1962, dir. Francesco Rosi)
  • “The Searchers” (1956, dir. John Ford)
  • “Ugetsu Monogatari” (1953, dir. Kenji Mizoguchi)
  • “Vertigo” (1958, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

Quentin Tarantino

  • “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly” (1966, dir. Sergio Leone)
  • “Apocalypse Now” (1979, dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
  • “The Bad News Bears” (1976, dir. Michael Ritchie)
  • “Carrie” (1976, dir. Brian DePalma)
  • “Dazed And Confused” (1993, dir. Richard Linklater)
  • “The Great Escape” (1963, dir. John Sturges)
  • “His Girl Friday” (1940, dir. Howard Hawks)
  • “Jaws” (1975, dir. Steven Spielberg)
  • “Pretty Maids All In A Row (1971, dir. Roger Vadim)
  • “Rolling Thunder” (1977, dir. John Flynn)
  • “Sorcerer” (1977, dir. William Friedkin)
  • “Taxi Driver” (1976, dir. Martin Scorsese)

Wow. There is so much to analyze here but I think it’s best to just leave it to you. One note is that Tokyo Story, the eventual winner of the filmmakers poll (Vertigo topped the critics poll) is not on ANY of these lists.

What do you find most surprising or exciting about these particular lists? Whose list are you looking forward to seeing next?

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