GFOAT Project

I wrote a post about my intention to work my way through the films listed on the BFI’s 50 greatest films of all time. I decided to start a page to update my progress…

The British Film Institute recently unveiled their once a decade list of the 50 greatest films of all time. They compile this list by surveying hundreds of critics, programmers, distributors, and academics. Because of the significant number of voters–846 this time around–the list is highly regarded.

As a self-proclaimed film buff, I’m embarrassed to admit that I have seen very few of these films, and the list exposes my provincialism as I have seen all of the U.S. films but precious few of the others. Because of ties for last place, the list actually contains 52 titles.

When I first saw the list, I had seen 23. As of November 11, 2014, I have seen 47 (90%).

I plan on methodically working through the list and watch them all. I’m not imposing any specific time frame for watching all of these, as I have so many movies I want to see.

I’m presenting the list in chronological order because that’s the way I’m thinking of watching them. The titles in bold are the ones I have seen. I’ve included the year of release and the BFI rankings. An asterisk denotes a tie. The links are to my posts about the films.

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