2021 Insert & Credit Film Poll RESULTS THREAD

Time to get real

The results are in! Thanks to everyone who participated. Not as huge a sample size as in our video game poll so the data looks a little different, but we’ve still got a big beautiful list for you here.

As in that previous poll, let’s begin with some HARD NUMBERS:

35 forum users submitted a total of 350 votes

302 films were chosen, 261 of which received only one vote. 86% of the films chosen received only one vote (in the game poll this number was 65%)

8 films received 3 votes each and compose the list of Insert Credit Essentials

33 films received 2 votes each and compose the Honor Roll

The remaining 261 are the… Sub-Honor Roll

1989 is the average year of release. The oldest film submitted was released in 1926 (the first feature film was shown in 1906, 20 years earlier). The newest film submitted was released in 2019 (the year they stopped making films).

1 hour 56 minutes is the average running time. The longest film submitted runs 9 hours 39 minutes, and the shortest runs 14 minutes.

Akira Kurosawa had the greatest number of films on the list at 4, which in total received 6 votes. Hayao Miyazaki’s 3 films received the greatest number of votes among them at 7. Andrei Tarkovsky received 6 votes for 2 films.

The United States produced or coproduced the greatest number of films at 138.
Japan produced or coproduced 54 films, and France produced or coproduced 53.
The Phillipines and the Czech Republic each produced 1 film on the list.

The Most “Insert Credit” Forum Users were

*defined as those whose choices were the least aligned with the Sight & Sound polled directors and critics and the IMDb Top 250

**(##) = total number of points (you don’t want these points)

@穴, @fetus8, @xhekros (tie, 0)
@Alyx, @connrrr, @Moon, @tombo (tie, 1.5)
@pedrochambs (2)
@beets, @kory, @theo (tie, 2.25)
@BluntForceMama (3.5)
@◉◉maru (9)
@YerryMina (12)
@dylanfills (13.5)

Congratulations, all.

(the three “lowest” scores were 1435, 711, and 331, to give an idea of the bad math at work here)

For the list: if any film shows more than one run time, it is because at least one user submitted each of those cuts of the film for their list.

2021 Sub-Honor Roll

(1 vote)

film / a.k.a. year director run time
322 1969 Dušan Hanák 95m
1408 2007 Mikael Håfström 1h44m
…E tu vivrai nel terrore! L’aldilà / The Beyond 1981 Lucio Fulci 1h27m
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 Stanley Kubrick 2h22m
24 Hour Party People 2002 Michael Winterbottom 1h57m
3 Women 1977 Robert Altman 2h4m
35 rhums / 35 Shots of Rum 2009 Claire Denis 1h40m
6 donne per l’assassino / Blood and Black Lace 1964 Mario Bava 1h28m
8 1/2 1963 Federico Fellini 2h18m
The Act of Killing 2012 Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn, & Anonymous 2h2m (theatrical cut)
Adams Æbler / Adam’s Apples 2005 Anders Jensen 1h34m
Adaptation. 2003 Spike Jonze 1h55m
All About Eve 1951 Joseph Mankiewicz 2h18m
Amarcord 1973 Federico Fellini 2h4m
American Movie 1999 Chris Smith 1h47m
Annihilation 2018 Alex Garland 1h55m
Antigone 1992 Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub 1h40m
Atonement 2007 Joe Wright 2h3m
Au hasard Balthazar 1966 Robert Bresson 1h35m
Awakenings 1990 Penny Marshall 2h1m
Back to the Future Part II 1989 Robert Zemeckis 1h48m
Beauty and the Beast 1991 Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise 1h24m
Before Sunset 2004 Richard Linklater 1h20m
Being John Malkovich 1999 Spike Jonze 1h53m
Belle de jour 1967 Luis Buñuel 1h40m
Best in Show 2000 Christopher Guest 1h30m
Better Than Chocolate 1999 Anne Wheeler 1h42m
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls 1968 Russ Meyer 1h49m
Bigger Than Life 1956 Nicholas Ray 1h35m
Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey 1991 Pete Hewitt 1h33m
Black Dynamite 2009 Scott Sanders 1h24m
Blow Up 1966 Michelangelo Antonioni 1h51m
Born in Flames 1983 Lizzie Borden 1h30m
Brainstorm 1983 Douglas Trumbull 1h46m
Brassed Off! 1996 Mark Herman 1h47m
Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo 1984 Sam Firstenberg 1h34m
The Brown Bunny 2003 Vincent Gallo 1h59m (original cut)
Buffet froid 1979 Bertrand Blier 1h29m
Burn After Reading 2008 Joel & Ethan Coen 1h36m
C’era una volta il West / Once Upon a Time in the West 1968 Sergio Leone 2h46m
Cabaret 1972 Bob Fosse 2h4m
Caché / Hidden 2005 Michael Haneke 1h58m
Call Me By Your Name 2017 Luca Guadagnino 2h12m
Cave of Forgotten Dreams 2010 Werner Herzog 1h29m
Céline et Julie vont en bateau / Céline and Julie Go Boating 1974 Jacques Rivette 3h12m
A Child’s Garden and the Serious Sea 1991 Stan Brakhage 1h14m
Children of Men 2006 Alfonso Cuarón 1h49m
Climax 2018 Gaspard Noé 1h36m
A Clockwork Orange 1971 Stanley Kubrick 2h16m
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover 1989 Peter Greenaway 2h4m
Crimson Peak 2015 Guillermo del Toro 1h59m
La danza de la realidad 2014 Alejandro Jodorowsky 2h13m
Dazed and Confused 1993 Richard Linklater 1h42m
Dead of Night 1945 Albert Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Robert Hamer, & Basil Dearden 1h43m
Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed / Adventures of Prince Achmed 1926 Lotte Reiniger & Carl Koch 1h5m
Die Hard 1988 John McTiernan 2h12m
DISTANCE 2001 Hirokazu Kore-eda 2h12m
Do the Right Thing 1989 Spike Lee 2h
Dog Star Man 1961-1964 Stan Brakhage 1h18m
Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez! 2012 Everything Is Terrible 55m
Double Indemnity 1944 Billy Wilder 1h47m
Drive 2011 Nicolas Winding Refn 1h40m
Duck Soup 1933 Leo McCarey 1h8m
El laberinto del fauno / Pan’s Labyrinth 2006 Guillermo del Toro 1h59m
L’Enfant secret / The Secret Son 1979 Philippe Garrel 1h32m
Les Enfants du paradis 1945 Marcel Carné 3h10m
Ernest et Célestine 2012 Stéphanie Aubier, Vincent Pater & Benjamin Renner 1h19m
Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain / Amélie 2001 Jean-Pierre Jeunet 2h3m
A Face in a Crowd 1957 Elia Kazan 2h5m
Fascination 1979 Jean Rollin 1h20m
Fast Five 2011 Justin Lin 2h10m
Film Socialisme 2010 Jean-Luc Godard 1h42m
First Reformed 2018 Paul Schrader 1h53m
Fish Tank 2009 Andrea Arnold 2h3m
Flatliners 1990 Joel Schumacher 1h54m
Forbidden Zone 1982 Richard Elfman 1h6m
Four Lions 2010 Chris Morris 1h37m
Funny Games 1997 Michael Haneke 1h49m
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai 1999 Jim Jarmusch 1h56m
Ghost in the Shell / 攻殻機動隊 1995 Oshii Mamoru 1h20m
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011 David Fincher 2h38m
The Godfather 1972 Francis Ford Coppola 2h57m
Gosford Park 2002 Robert Altman 2h17m
The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 Wes Anderson 1h40m
La grande bellezza / The Great Beauty 2013 Paolo Sorrentino 2h22m
Grosse Pointe Blank 1977 George Armitage 1h47m
Hamlet 2 2008 Andrew Fleming 1h32m
The Happening 2008 M. Night Shyamalan 1h30m
Heaven Knows What 2014 Josh & Bennie Safdie 1h34m
Hellraiser 1987 Clive Barker 1h33m
Hi, Mom! 1970 Brian De Palma 1h27m
Hoop Dreams 1994 Steve James 2h50m
L’Horloger de Saint-Paul / The Clockmaker 1974 Bertrand Tavernier 1h45m
Hot Fuzz 2007 Edgar Wright 2h1m
House of Games 1987 David Mamet 1h42m
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 2016 Taika Waititi 1h41m
Husbands 1970 John Cassavetes 2h22m
I’m Not There 2007 Todd Haynes 2h15m
Igby Goes Down 2002 Burr Steers 1h38m
Incendies 2010 Denis Villeneuve 2h10m
Inside Man 2006 Spike Lee 2h9m
Je, tu, il, elle 1974 Chantal Akerman 1h26m
Jurassic Park 1993 Steven Spielberg 2h8m
Juventude em Marcha / Colossal Youth 2006 Pedro Costa 2h35m
Kick-Ass 2010 Matthew Vaughn 1h57m
Kill Bill Volume 1 2003 Quentin Tarantino 1h51m
Killer of Sheep 1978 Charles Burnett 1h20m
Kingsman: The Secret Service 2014 Matthew Vaughn 2h9m
Koyaanisqatsi 1982 Godfrey Reggio 1h26m
La battaglia di Algeri / The Battle of Algiers / معركة الجزائر 1966 Gillo Pontecorvo 2h
The Last Dragon 1985 Michael Schultz 1h47m
Law and Order 1969 Frede Wiseman 1h21m
Life of Brian 1979 Terry Jones 1h34m
Lola Rennt / Run Lola Run 1998 Tom Tykwer 1h20m
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 Peter Jackson 3h43m (extended)
Mababangong Bangungot / Perfumed Nightmare 1977 Kidlat Tahimik 1h33m
Mad Max: Fury Road 2015 George Miller 2h
Mammame 1986 Raúl Ruiz 1h5m
Man’s Favorite Sport? 1964 Howard Hawks 2h
Manchester by the Sea 2016 Kenneth Lonergan 2h17m
Martin / Wampyr 1977 George A. Romero 1h35m (theatrical)
Marwencol / Village of the Dolls 2010 Jeff Malmberg 1h23m
The Matrix Reloaded 2003 The Wachowskis 2h18m
Memento 2000 Christopher Nolan 1h53m
Meshes of the Afternoon 1943 Maya Deren & Alexander Hammid 14m
La montaña sagrada / The Holy Mountain 1973 Alejandro Jodorowsky 1h54m
The Mummy 1932 Karl Freund 1h13m
The Muppet Movie 1979 James Frawley 1h35m (US ver.)
Muriel’s Wedding 1994 P.J. Hogan 1h41m
Network 1976 Sidney Lumet 2h1m
No Country for Old Men 2007 Joel & Ethan Coen 2h2m
Nocturnal Animals 2016 Tom Ford 1h56m
North by Northwest 1959 Alfred Hitchcock 2h16m
O Som da Terra a Tremer 1990 Rita Azevedo Gomes 1h30m
Once 2007 John Carney 1h26m
Once Upon a Time in America 1984 Sergio Leone 4h11m (extended)
Once Were Warriors 1994 Lee Tamahori 1h42m
Out of the Past 1947 Jacques Tourneur 1h37m
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg / The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 1964 Jacques Demy 1h31m
Paris, Texas 1984 Wim Wenders 2h27m
Passion 1982 Jean-Luc Godard 1h28m
Paterson 2016 Jim Jarmusch 1h58m
Perceval le Gallois 1979 Éric Rohmer 2h20m
Persepolis 2007 Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud 1h36m
Portrait de la jeune fille en feu / Portrait of a Lady on Fire 2019 Céline Sciamma 2h
Pride & Prejudice 2005 Joe Wright 2h7m
Primer 2004 Shane Carruth 1h17m
Professione: reporter / The Passenger 1975 Michelangelo Antonioni 2h6m
Querelle 1982 Rainer Werner Fassbinder 1h48m
Red State 2011 Kevin Smith 1h28m
Les Rendez-vous d’Anna 1978 Chantal Akerman 2h7m
Repo Man 1984 Alex Cox 1h32m
Robin Hood 1973 Wolfgang Reitherman 1h23m
RoboCop 1987 Paul Verhoeven 1h42m
Le Roi et l’oiseau / The King and the Mockingbird / The King and Mister Bird 1980 Paul Grimault 1h27m (1980)
A Room with a View 1985 James Ivory 1h57m
Salomè / Salomi 1972 Carmelo Bene 1h13m
Sans soleil 1983 Chris Marker 1h40m
Sátántangó 1994 Béla Tarr 7h19m
Say Anything… 1989 Cameron Crowe 1h40m
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World 2010 Edgar Wright 1h52m
Le Sens de a fête / C’est la Vie! 2017 Éric Toledano & Olivier Nakache 1h57m
A Serious Man 2009 Joel & Ethan Coen 1h46m
Shaun of the Dead 2004 Edgar Wright 1h39m
Singin’ in the Rain 1952 Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen 1h43m
Det sjunde inseglet / The Seventh Seal 1957 Ingmar Bergman 1h36m
Snatch 2000 Guy Richie 1h42m
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2018 Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, & Rodney Rothman 1h57m
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 1982 Nicholas Meyer 1h53m
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005 George Lucas 2h20m
Starship Troopers 1997 Paul Verhoeven 2h9m
Stop Making Sense 1984 Jonathan Demme 1h28m
La strada 1954 Federico Fellini 1h48m
Strange Days 1995 Kathryn Bigelow 2h25m
SUNSET BLVD. 1950 Billy Wilder 1h50m
Sweetie 1989 Jane Campion 1h37m
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 1986 Tobe Hooper 1h41m
Thief 1981 Michael Mann 2h3m
The Thing 1982 John Carpenter 1h49m
Things to Come 1936 William Cameron Menzies 1h37m
The Third Man 1949 Carol Reed 1h48m
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 2017 Martin McDonagh 1h55m
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 2011 Tomas Alfredson 2h7m
A torinói ló / The Turin Horse 2011 Béla Tarr & Ágnes Hranitzky 2h26m
The Transformers: The Movie 1986 Nelson Shin 1h25m
Toirs couleurs : Rouge / Three Colors: Red / Trzy kolory. Czerwony 1994 Krzysztof Kieślowski 1h39m
TRON 1982 Steven Lisberger 1h36m
TRON: Legacy 2010 Joseph Kosinski 2h5m
Tusk 2014 Kevin Smith 1h41m
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With me 1992 David Lynch 2h14m (theatrical)
Two-Lane Blacktop 1971 Monte Hellman 1h42m
Under the Silver Lake 2018 David Robert Mitchell 2h19m
The United States of America 1975 Bette Gordon & James Benning 27m
Les Vacances de monsieur Hulot / Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday 1953 Jacques Tati 1h27m
Valerie a týden divů / Valerie and Her Week of Wonders 1970 Jaromil Jireš 1h17m
Videodrome 1983 David Cronenberg 1h29m
Visages Villages / Faces, Places 2017 Agnès Varda & JR 1h29m
La vita è bella / Life Is Beautiful 1997 Roberto Benigni 1h56m
Vivre sa vie 1962 Jean-Luc Godard 1h25m
Volver 2006 Pedro Almodóvar 2h1m
War of the Stars: A New Hope Grindhoused 2010 The Man Behind the Mask & George Lucas 2h4m
What We Do in the Shadows 2014 Taika Waititi 1h25m
The Wicker Man 1973 Robin Hardy 1h28m
Wind River 2017 Taylor Sheridan 1h47m
Война и мир / War & Peace 1966-1977 Sergei Bondarchuk 7h11m
Иди и смотри / Come and See 1985 Elem Klimov 2h22m
Крылья / Wings 1966 Larisa Shepitko 1h21m
Трудно быть богом / Hard to Be a God 2013 Aleksei German 2h57m
Энтузиазм: Симфония Донбасса / Enthusiasm: The Symphony of Donbas 1931 Dziga Vertov 1h5m
دختری در شب تنها به خانه می‌رود / A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night 2014 Ana Lily Amirpour 1h41m
ده / Ten 2002 Abbas Kiarostami 1h29m
سلام سینما / Hello Cinema 1995 Mohsen Makhmalbaf 1h15m
ชัตเตอร์ กดติดวิญญาณ / Shutter 2004 Banjong Pisanthanakun & Parkpoom Wongpoom 1h37m
괴물 / The Host 2006 Bong Joon-ho 1h59m
기생충 / Parasite 2019 Bong Joon-ho 2h12m
생활의 발견 / On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate 2002 Hong Sang-soo 1h55m
올드보이 / Oldboy 2003 Park Chan-wook 2h
와이키키 브라더스 / Waikiki Brothers 2001 Yim Soon-rye 1h49m
지구를 지켜라! / Save the Green Planet! 2003 Jang Joon-hwan 1h58m
イノセンス / Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence 2004 Oshii Mamoru 1h38m
おもひでぽろぽろ / Only Yesterday 1991 Takahata Isao 1h58m
キュア / Cure 1997 Kurosawa Kiyoushi 1h51m
ゴジラ対ヘドラ / Gidzilla vs. Hedorah 1971 Banno Yoshimitsu 1h25m
ソナチネ / Sonatine 1993 Kitano Takeshi 1h34m
タンポポ / Tampopo 1985 Itami Juzo 1h55m
バトル・ロワイアル / Battle Royale 2000 Fukasaku Kinji 1h53m
フィッシュストーリー / Fish Story 2011 Nakamura Yoshihiro 1h52m
マインド・ゲーム / Mind Game 2004 Yuasa Masaaki 1h43m
一一 / Yi Yi 2000 Edward Yang 2h53m
三大怪獣 地球最大の決戦 / Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster 1964 Honda Ishirō 1h33m
乱 / Ran 1985 Kurosawa Akira 2h42m
人間の條件 / The Human Condition 1959-1961 Kobayashi Masaki 9h39m
他人の顔 / The Face of Another 1966 Teshigahara Hiroshi 2h1m
你那邊幾點 / What Time Is It There? 2001 Tsai Ming-liang 1h56m
俠盜高飛 / Full Contact 1992 Ringo Lam 1h44m
切腹 / Harakiri 1962 Kobayashi Masaki 2h14m
回路 / Pulse 2001 Kurosawa Kiyoshi 1h59m
報仇 / Vengeance 1970 Chang Cheh 1h38m
座頭市 / Zatoichi / The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi 2003 Kitano Takeshi 1h56m
探偵事務所23 くたばれ悪党ども / Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell, Bastards! 1968 Suzuki Seijun 1h29m
新世紀エヴァンゲリオン劇場版Air/まごころを、君に / The End of Evangelion 1997 Anno Hideaki & Tsurumaki Kazuya 1h27m
時をかける少女 / The Girl Who Leapt Through Time 2006 Hosoda Mamoru 1h38m
東京ゴッドファーザーズ / Tokyo Godfathers 2003 Kon Satoshi 1h32m
機動警察パトレイバー 2 the Movie / Patlabor 2: The Movie 1993 Oshii Mamoru 1h53m
殺しの烙印 / Branded to Kill 1967 Suzuki Seijun 1h31m
江湖兒女 / Ash is the Purest White 2018 Jia Zhangke 2h16m
洞 / The Hole / The Last Dance 1998 Tsai Ming-liang 1h35m
火垂るの墓 / Grave of the Fireflies 1988 Takahata Isao 1h29m
無間道 I-III / Infernal Affairs Trilogy 2002-2003 Andrew Lau & Alan Mak 5h38m
爛頭何 / Dirty Ho 1979 Lau Kar-leung 1h37m
細雪 / The Makioka Sisters 1983 Ichikawa Kon 2h20m
臥虎藏龍 / Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000 Ang Lee 2h
茶の味 / The Taste of Tea 2004 Ishii Katsuhito 2h23m
菊次郎の夏 / Kikujiro 1999 Kitano Takeshi 2h1m
虐殺器官 / Genocidal Organ 2017 Murase Shūkō 1h54m
路邊野餐 / Kaili Blues 2015 Bi Gan 1h53m
醉いどれ天使 / Drunken Angel 1948 Kurosawa Akira 1h38m
醉拳二 / Drunken Master 2 1978 Lau Kar-leung 1h42m
音楽 / On-gaku: Our Sound 2019 Iwaisawa Kenji 1h11m
骨妹 / Sisterhood 2016 Tracy Choi 1h37m
麦秋 / Early Summer 1951 Ozu Yasujirō 2h5m

2021 Honor Roll

(2 votes)

film / a.k.a. year director run time
Apocalypse Now 1979 Francis Ford Coppola 2h33m (theatrical) 3h22m (redux)
The Big Lebowski 1998 Joel & Ethan Coen 1h57m
Blade Runner 1982 Ridley Scott 1h56m (director’s cut) 1h57m (final cut)
Blue Velvet 1986 David Lynch 2h
Brazil 1985 Terry Gilliam 2h23m
C’est arrivé près de chez vous / Man Bites Dog 1992 Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel & Benoît Poelvoorde 1h36m
Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles 1h59m
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964 Stanley Kubrick 1h34m
Hackers 1995 Iain Softly 1h47m
It’s a Wonderful Life 1946 Frank Capra 2h11m
Metropolitan 1990 Whit Stillman 1h38m
Mikey and Nicky 1976 Elaine May 1h46m
La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc / The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928 Carl Theodor Dreyer 1h22m
Point Break 1991 Kathryn Bigelow 2h2m
Possession 1981 Andrzej Żuławski 2h4m
REDLINE / レドライン 2010 Koiki Takeshi 1h42m
Sound of Noise 2010 Ola Simonsson & Johannes Stjärna Nilsson 1h42m
Speed Racer 2008 The Wachowskis 2h15m
Sur mes lèvres / Read My Lips 2001 Jacques Audiard 1h59m
There Will Be Blood 2007 Paul Thomas Anderson 2h32m
Under the Skin 2013 Jonathan Glazer 1h48m
Дерсу Узала / デルス·ウザーラ / Dersu Uzala 1975 Kurosawa Akira 2h24m
살인의 추억 / Memories of Murder 2003 Bong Joon-ho 1h59m
かぐや姫の物語 / The Tale of the Princess Kaguya 2013 Takahata Isao 2h17m
カメラを止めるな! / One Cut of the Dead 2017 Ueda Shin’ichirō 1h37m
ゴジラvsビオランテ / Godzilla vs. Biollante 1989 Ōmori Kazuki 1h44m
パーフェクトブルー / Perfect Blue 1998 Kon Satoshi 1h21m
ハウス / House 1977 Obayashi Nobuhiko 1h28m
もののけ姫 / Princess Mononoke 1977 Miyazaki Hayao 2h13m
愛のむきだし / Love Exposure 2004 Sono Sion 3h57m
紅の豚 / Porco Rosso 1993 Miyazaki Hayao 1h34m
羅生門 / Rashōmon 1950 Kurosawa Akira 1h28m
超時空要塞マクロス 愛・おぼえていますか / Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? 1984 Ishiguro Noburu 1h55m

2021 Insert Credit Essentials

(3 votes)

being a collection of
2 science fiction films (one by Andrei Tarkovsky)
2 biographical period films (one by Andrei Tarkovsky)
2 films Wikipedia describes as “surreal”
and 2 animated films by Studio Ghibli

film / a.k.a. year director run time
Alien 1979 Ridley Scott 1h57m
Amadeus 1984 Miloš Forman 2h59m (director’s cut)
Mulholland Dr. 2001 David Lynch 2h26m
Sorry to Bother You 2018 Boots Riley 1h52m
Андрей Рублёв / Andrei Rublev 1966 Andrei Tarkovsky 3h3m (final cut)
3h25m (first cut)
Сталкер / Stalker 1979 Andrei Tarkovsky 2h41m
魔女の宅急便 / Kiki’s Delivery Service 1989 Miyazaki Hayao 1h43m
耳をすませば / Whisper of the Heart 1995 Kondō Yoshifumi 1h51m

Fascinating statistics! Sure do love to see a big, fat list on Forums Dot Insert Credit Dot Com. I did not participate in this poll since I couldn‘t even think of ten movies I’ve seen that I‘d say I like enough to put on a list. Just haven’t seen that many of them. But now I have a great resource to start checking things out!!

so glad whisper of the heart made it! love that movie

Interesting results, and not too far off from my prediction:


The final tally is gonna be three movies tied for first with two votes and then 200 tied for second with one.

Love seeing _Whisper of the Heart_ as an essential film. I personally disliked _Sorry to Bother You_, but judging from the discussion of it on the movie thread, I'm not surprised to see it on the essentials list. I will have to check out _Amadeus_. Youtube Movies has been recommending it to me for the past three years, for some reason.

Appreciate all the effort that went into organizing this in the first place, and then analyzing and presenting all the data. I would like to hope that it was fun for you and not a major chore.

Thanks @“captain”#p53273 , always fun to read these stat-filled posts. I’ll try to catch up on Sorry to Bother You in 2022.

Very happy to see Biollante in the 2 vote camp


Thanks for all the effort, @captain !

Wow I was surprised to see カメラを止めるな! / One Cut of the Dead in the 2-vote honour roll, I didn’t notice anyone else vote for it. Nice!

Guess I’ll have to watch Amadeus also.

Something may be a chore and a labor of love at the same time ;)

It was all fun, though I think I collected too much data; I am still figuring out a way to transmute it into interesting stats.


Vertigo (#1 film on the S&S Critics’ Poll 2012); Citizen Kane, conversely, received two votes
Tokyo Story (#1 film on the S&S Directors’ Poll 2012)

noted directors who do not appear on the list:
Robert Bresson
Charles Chaplin
Buster Keaton
Fritz Lang
Terrence Malick
Kenji Mizoguchi
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Satyajit Ray
Jean Renoir
Roberto Rossellini
Martin Scorsese
François Truffaut
Wong Kar-wai

prolific directors who received one vote each:
Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal)
Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams)
Alfred Hitchcock (North by Northwest)
Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park)

IC posters voted for a number of films by:
Akira Kurosawa, but not Seven Samurai
Jean-Luc Godard, but not Breathless
Chantal Akerman, but not Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

For my part I have just recently seen The Passion of Joan of Arc and Patlabor 2: The Movie, and I can attest they deserve to be on this list!

As part of my research I obviously had to look up every one of these for technical information, and am newly interested in seeing (at least) these:

Céline et Julie vont en bateau
C’est arrivé près de chez vous
Fascination: Portrait of a Lady
Histoire(s) du cinéma (not on the list but mentioned in the poll thread)
Infernal Affairs
Macross: Do You Remember Love?
Le Roi et l’oiseau
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
Zatoichi (2003) (almost watched this on an airplane recently)


@“captain”#p53297 Vertigo (#1 film on the S&S Critics’ Poll 2012);

Yesterday I got to see the Racer Trash cut (vertihwg) which includes this magnificent seg
(The whole cut was amazing)

Thanks @captain for this barrel bursting data! The numbers of iconoclasm are busting my brain open, and I‘m floored that Sound of Noise made it onto the runner up list. I don’t necessarily remember putting it on mine, but I have to imagine that I did.

I have begun the watch of the essentials list, the only one I‘ve seen before is Alien but, I don’t think I payed much attention.

I started with Sorry to Bother You. I liked it for the most part but after a _certain point_ it started running out of gas. There was some really good comedy at the start. To accompany the film, I ate seven steamed dumplings on a bowl of frozen vegetables with a fried tortilla on the side. I drank multiple bottles of water as I had been on a run earlier in the evening.

I will likely go in reverse chronological order with this list. Although, it looks like I may need to plan an evening around Mr. Tarkovsky's films.

@“captain”#p53271 Correct this at your leisure, mostly pointing out because I think it‘s funny, but I think the wrong late 70s erotic art house movie called Fascination got tallied. Should be 1979’s Fascination directed by Jean Rollin instead of 1977's Fascination directed by Koyu Ohara. (Unless both were somehow chosen, which would be even funnier, but either way the former is missing)

@“TracyDMcGrath”#p53321 Oh my, OOPS, I have no idea how that happened. I just checked your original submission, which I could have sworn included the subtitle indicating the 1977 film, but I made it all up!

You even posted a screenshot from it with the sickle lady, I should have realized

Some list! Being one of three voters for an “Essentials” film makes me feel like I'm on the Cannes jury or something.

The only Essentials list movies I haven‘t seen are the Tarkovskys. The only one of his I’ve seen was Solyaris when I was sixteen or so. Looks like I'm in for six more hours of that soon.

I watched Mulholland Drive tonight, I got to a point where I thought “What is going on? What is this essential movies list, two duds in a row? Is this just David Lynch unrestrained?” But then it was making sense by the end. Bravo Mr Lynch! You saved the list.

Like the last there was some comedy at the start, but by the end this was a Shakespearian tragedy. I think this would be a good movie to watch on a CRT in a dark but comfortable room. I watched it on my laptop, the first half hour while eating at a coffee table, then the rest in bed. In a cinema would be too scary or unnerving.