12 Greatest Films of All Time by Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese's 12 greatest films of all time chosen as part of Sight and Sound's 2012 poll.

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Films (12)

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey

Directed by Stanley Kubrick | G | 149 min | 1968|

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

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Directed by Federico Fellini | 138 min | 1963|

A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.

3. The Leopard

Directed by Luchino Visconti | 187 min | 1963|

The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily.

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4. Salvatore Giuliano

Directed by Francesco Rosi | 125 min | 1962|

The unclear and complicate twists between governal powers, independentist party and Mafia in the Sicily of the '40s culminate with the death of Salvatore Giuliano.

5. Ashes and Diamonds

Directed by Andrzej Wajda | 103 min | 1958|

During the German occupation noble, bourgeois and worker's partisan groups lived in peace with another. On the first day of freedom they start to fight each other. In these fights is weaved a most tender love story.

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6. Vertigo

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | PG | 128 min | 1958|

A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

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7. The Searchers

Directed by John Ford | 119 min | 1956|

A Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from an Indian tribe.

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8. Ugetsu

Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi | 96 min | 1953|

A fantastic tale of war, love, family and ambition set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.

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9. The River

Directed by Jean Renoir | 99 min | 1951|

Three adolescent girls growing up in Bengal, India, learn their lessons in life after falling for an older American soldier.

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10. The Red Shoes

Directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | 133 min | 1948|

A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.

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11. Paisan

Directed by Roberto Rossellini | 120 min | 1946|

Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice. Communication is fragile. A woman leads an Allied patrol through a mine field; she dies ...

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12. Citizen Kane

Directed by Orson Welles | 119 min | 1941|

Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

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