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Judging criteria for the selection process of the list included:

  • Feature-Length Fiction Films - narrative format typically over 60 minutes in length, theatrical released in at least three different countries, and has had a DVD-release.
  • Critical Recognition - formal commendation in print
  • Popularity at the Time of Release - including figures for box office adjusted for inflation, television broadcasts and syndication, DVD and video sales and rentals.
  • Historical Significance - a film's mark on the history of the moving image through technical innovation, visionary narrative devices or other groundbreaking achievements.
  • Cultural Impact - a film's mark on society in matters of style and substance
  • Films From All Around the World - Although American films dominate the list, it includes movies from all around the world.
  • Major Award Winners - recognition from competitive events including awards from organizations in the film community and major film festivals.
  • Nothing Personal - This list has nothing to do with my personal taste. That's the whole point.

    Facts about Sijmen's List:

  • The Most Celebrated Director - Stanley Kubrick has the most films on the list: seven!
  • The Most Celebrated Star - Robert DeNiro appears in nine listed films: six leading roles (one of which earned him an Oscar), and three supporting roles (one of which earned him another Oscar).
  • The Most Celebrated Leading Lady - Surprise surprise: Diane Keaton has that title with four films, but only two leads. Film divas Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Faye Dunaway all have three leading roles on the list
  • New Films and Revisions: The annual revision of the list, together with the selected films for 2019, will be online april 2020.

    The Kubrick films
    Paths of Glory (1957)
    Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    Barry Lyndon (1975)
    The Shining (1980)
    Full Metal Jacket (1987)

    The Robert DeNiro films
    The Godfather Part II (1974)
    Taxi Driver (1976)
    The Deer Hunter (1978)
    Raging Bull (1980)
    Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
    Brazil (1995)
    Goodfellas (1990)
    Casino (1995)
    Heat (1995)

    The Diane Keaton films
    The Godfather (1972)
    The Godfather Part II (1974)
    Annie Hall (1977)
    Manhattan (1979)

    The Katharine Hepburn films
    Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    The Philadelphia Story (1940)
    The African Queen (1951)
    The Elizabeth Taylor films
    A Place in the Sun (1951)
    Giant (1956)
    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (66)

    The Faye Dunaway films
    Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
    Chinatown (1974)
    Network (1976)

    The 2018 Films
    Black Panther (Ryan Coogler)
    Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski / Poland)
    The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos)