Online Critics Choose 100 Best First Films

Oct 6th, 2010

The Online Film Critics Society, of which yours truly is member, released the results of a society-wide poll asking what first (debut) films are the greatest in history. Orson Welles’ masterpiece landed atop the heap — no surprise there — followed by some other predictable mainstays.  Though there were some surprises.  Here are the top five:

1. Citizen Kane (directed by Orson Welles)

2. Eraserhead (David Lynch)

3. Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero)

4. The Maltese Falcon (John Huston)

5. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard)

The full list featuring the top 100 can be found here.

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Mother is one of the films i like to see again and again.u00a0

Vanessa G.
Vanessa G.

Very happy to see "I Am Love" at the top of your list. I hope it will start getting the attention and praise it deserves.n

Sebastian Faeth
Sebastian Faeth

Thank you for the list- havenu00b4t watched a lot of new films recengtly so this is a big help to get a littel foot in the door... visit the blog Iu00b4m writing for if you like- to you,nSebastian

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