The 20 Greatest Films of All Times (A Papiro & Mint’s Version of Sight and Sound’s Poll)

The 2022 Sight and Sound Greatest Films of All Times list seem to be causing heated discussions all over the internet. Not only for its broader and international content, but it’s also making people ask themselves, what are the greatest films of all time? Even though this is a hard and almost impossible task, it’s also an extremely fun and interesting challenge, which inspired me to write this article: Papiro & Mint’s Greatest Film of All Times.

Unlike Sight and Sound’s list, I gathered 20 titles, and decided to leave some famous ones aside and chose some others that are not very known – something I believe the own critics of the magazine did before publishing the final poll, which resulted in many interesting and different results in the end. We all know these lists don’t necessarily represent the best of the best that cinema has to offer, but they certainly influence people and new cinephiles to discover this world we love so much. So here they are, in alphabetic order.


“2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)” by Stanley Kubrick



“The 400 Blows (1959)” by François Truffaut



“Army of Shadows (1969)” by Jean-Pierre Melville



“The Ascent (1977)” by Larisa Shepitko



“Ballad of a Soldier (1959)” by Grigoriy Chukhray


Brahim Haggiag (center, with arm outstretched) as  revolutionary

“The Battle of Algiers (1966)” by Gillo Pontecorvo



“Blow Up (1966)” by Michelangelo Antonioni



“Come and See (1985)” by Elem Klimov



“Contempt (1963)” by Jean-Luc Godard


Death-in-Venice-2 copy

“Death in Venice (1971)” by Luchino Visconti



“Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)” by Alain Resnais



“The Night of the Hunter (1955)” by Charles Laughton


Maria Falconetti in 'La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc'

“The Passion of Joan d’Arc (1928)” by Carl Theodor Dreyer



“Rashomon (1950)” by Akira Kurosawa



“Rear Window (1954)” by Alfred Hitchcock



“Rocco and His Brothers (1960)” by Luchino Visconti



“The Shadow of Forgotten Ancestors (1965)” by Sergei Parajanov



“Sunset Boulevard (1950)” by Billy Wilder



“Teorema (1968)” by Pier Paolo Pasolini



“Touch of Evil (1958)” by Orson Welles


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