|Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times||
9. Tokyo Story
DIR Yasujiro Ozu
8. 2001: A Space Odyssey
DIR Stanley Kubrick
7. Raging Bull
DIR Martin Scorsese
6. The General
DIR Clyde Bruckman/Buster Keaton
5. The Sweet Life
DIR Federico Fellini
4. The Decalogue
DIR Krzysztof Kieslowski
The film tells the story of a couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their grown children, but find their children are too absorbed in their own lives to spend much time with their parents.
'It ennobles the cinema. It says, yes, a movie can help us make small steps against our imperfections.' Roger Ebert
The film stars Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta, a middleweight boxer whose sadomasochistic rage, sexual jealousy, and animalistic appetite destroys his relationship with his wife and family.
'It's the best film I've seen about the low self-esteem, sexual inadequacy and fear that lead some men to abuse women.' Roger Ebert
Buster Keaton plays Johnnie Gray, a locomotive engineer. He returns to his hometown in Confederate Georgia to visit his fiancé Annabelle Lee when the American Civil War breaks out.
'[Keaton's films] have such a graceful perfection, such a meshing of story, character and episode, that they unfold like music.' Roger Ebert
The film is a story of a passive journalist's week in Rome, and his search for both happiness and love that will never come.
'The movie is made with boundless energy. Fellini stood here at the dividing point between the neorealism of his earlier films ... and the carnival visuals of his extravagant later ones.' Roger Ebert
It consists of ten one-hour films, each of which represents one of the Ten Commandments and explores possible meanings of the commandment within a fictional story set in modern Poland.
'The 10 films are not philosophical abstractions but personal stories that involve us immediately; I hardly stirred during some of them.' Roger Ebert
The story is a roman à clef that examines the life and legacy of Charles Foster Kane.
'More than a great movie; it is a gathering of all the lessons of the emerging era of sound.' Roger Ebert
The plot revolves around two US Army special operations officers. Captain Willard is sent to assassinate the rogue and insane Colonel Kurtz.
'The film has one of the most haunting endings in cinema, a poetic evocation of what Kurtz has discovered, and what we hope not to discover for ourselves.' Roger Ebert
The story follows the travels of Spanish soldier Lope de Aguirre, who leads a group of conquistadores down the Amazon River in South America in search of the legendary city of gold, El Dorado. The first collaboration between Herzog and Klaus Kinski.
'One of the great haunting visions of the cinema.' Roger Ebert
A retired police detective, who has acrophobia, is hired as a private investigator to follow the wife of an acquaintance to uncover the mystery of her peculiar behaviour.
'It is about how Hitchcock used, feared and
tried to control women.' Roger Ebert
The film deals with thematic elements of human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial life, and is notable for its scientific realism and pioneering special effects.
'The film creates its effects essentially out of visuals and music. It is meditative. It does not cater to us, but wants to inspire us, enlarge us.' Roger Ebert
Ebert is perhaps best known for his column in the Chicago Sun-Times, which goes back to 1967. He has done a number of film review shows such as 'Siskel and Ebert at The Movies.'
Below is his top 10 films from a ballot for Sight & Sound magazine. View the results from Sight & Sound's 2002 poll here.
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