The Best Films That Didn’t Receive a Single Sight & Sound Vote

April 8, 2024 Hollywood


While it was fascinating to see the results of the 2022 Sight & Sound poll, we’re just as curious to see what lies outside the established canon. As part of a comprehensive project at the essential resource They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They?, Ángel González polled nearly 839 critics on the best films that didn’t receive a single vote on the Sight & Sound poll, which they’ve now compiled into a massive Beyond the Sight & Sound Canon, which initially features 1,030 films but expands to a whopping 14,558 total films.

As a preview, we’ve collected the films that received at least 20 votes in this new poll, which is 263. Led by Spike Jonze’s Her, they’ve also noted the directors that were most represented. Fritz Lang leads the pack with eight films mentioned, while François Truffaut has seven, and Anthony Mann, Clint Eastwood, Eric Rohmer, John Ford, Samuel Fuller, and Woody Allen all have six, then David Cronenberg, Ernst Lubitsch, Frank Capra, Ingmar Bergman, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville, René Clair, Steven Spielberg, William Wyler, and Yasujiro Ozu each nabbed five.

Check out the most-voted-for films in ascending order below, with more here, and happy watching.

Votes | Title | Year | Director

20 Christmas in July 1940 Preston Sturges
20 Eastern Promises 2007 David Cronenberg
20 Gattaca 1997 Andrew Niccol
20 Ghostbusters 1984 Ivan Reitman
20 Gran Torino 2008 Clint Eastwood
20 Jour de fête 1949 Jacques Tati
20 Boyfriends and Girlfriends 1987 Éric Rohmer
20 Le Doulos 1962 Jean-Pierre Melville
20 Sparrow 2008 Johnnie To
20 Moneyball 2011 Bennett Miller
20 Murder by Contract 1958 Irving Lerner
20 Pandora and the Flying Dutchman 1951 Albert Lewin
20 Park Row 1952 Samuel Fuller
20 The Card Counter 2021 Paul Schrader
20 The Forbidden Room 2015 Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson
20 The Neon Demon 2016 Nicolas Winding Refn
20 To the Wonder 2012 Terrence Malick
20 What We Do in the Shadows 2014 Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
20 You Only Live Once 1937 Fritz Lang
21 A Zed & Two Noughts 1985 Peter Greenaway
21 Offside 2006 Jafar Panahi
21 Bull Durham 1988 Ron Shelton
21 Dead Poets Society 1989 Peter Weir
21 Downfall 2004 Oliver Hirschbiegel
21 Du côté d’Orouët 1971 Jacques Rozier
21 Gentleman Jim 1942 Raoul Walsh
21 The Bird with the Crystal Plumage 1970 Dario Argento
21 Dirty Ho 1979 Chia-Liang Liu
21 The Four Times 2010 Michelangelo Frammartino
21 Love and Death 1975 Woody Allen
21 Midnight Run 1988 Martin Brest
21 mother! 2017 Darren Aronofsky
21 Nocturama 2016 Bertrand Bonello
21 We Won’t Grow Old Together 1972 Maurice Pialat
21 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 George Lucas
21 Return of the Jedi 1983 Richard Marquand
21 The Bank Dick 1940 Edward F. Cline
21 The Big Combo 1955 Joseph H. Lewis
21 The Devil Is a Woman 1935 Josef von Sternberg
21 The French Dispatch 2021 Wes Anderson
21 The Muppet Movie 1979 James Frawley
21 True Romance 1993 Tony Scott
21 True Stories 1986 David Byrne
21 Sanjuro 1962 Akira Kurosawa
21 Upstream Color 2013 Shane Carruth
21 You Can Count on Me 2000 Kenneth Lonergan
22 Adam’s Rib 1949 George Cukor
22 Blackhat 2015 Michael Mann
22 Casino Royale 2006 Martin Campbell
22 Deja Vu 2006 Tony Scott
22 Drowning by Numbers 1988 Peter Greenaway
22 Knives Out 2019 Rian Johnson
22 Le Million 1931 René Clair
22 Les Dames du bois de Boulogne 1945 Robert Bresson
22 Man’s Favorite Sport? 1964 Howard Hawks
22 Marriage Story 2019 Noah Baumbach
22 Pi 1998 Darren Aronofsky
22 Primer 2004 Shane Carruth
22 Wild Tales 2014 Damián Szifron
22 Speed 1994 Jan de Bont
22 Spellbound 1945 Alfred Hitchcock
22 Tange Sazen and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo 1935 Sadao Yamanaka
22 The Fog 1980 John Carpenter
22 The Shooting 1966 Monte Hellman
22 The Wrestler 2008 Darren Aronofsky
22 United 93 2006 Paul Greengrass
23 42nd Street 1933 Lloyd Bacon
23 Mr. Thank You 1936 Hiroshi Shimizu
23 Ballad of a Soldier 1959 Grigoriy Chukhray
23 Big Trouble in Little China 1986 John Carpenter
23 Climax 2018 Gaspar Noé
23 Columbus 2017 Kogonada
23 Diva 1981 Jean-Jacques Beineix
23 Dracula 1931 Tod Browning
23 Ponyo 2008 Hayao Miyazaki
23 Heathers 1988 Michael Lehmann
23 To Live 1994 Yimou Zhang
23 I’m Thinking of Ending Things 2020 Charlie Kaufman
23 The Skin I Live In 2011 Pedro Almodóvar
23 Match Point 2005 Woody Allen
23 Matinee 1993 Joe Dante
23 The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice 1952 Yasujirô Ozu
23 Once 2007 John Carney
23 The Trial of Joan of Arc 1962 Robert Bresson
23 All About Lily Chou-Chou 2001 Shunji Iwai
23 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 2010 Edgar Wright
23 The Big Red One 1980 Samuel Fuller
23 The Evil Dead 1981 Sam Raimi
23 The Man from Laramie 1955 Anthony Mann
23 The Others 2001 Alejandro Amenábar
23 The Pawnbroker 1964 Sidney Lumet
23 Traffic 2000 Steven Soderbergh
24 Blood and Black Lace 1964 Mario Bava
24 Babette’s Feast 1987 Gabriel Axel
24 Deep Cover 1992 Bill Duke
24 Gerry 2002 Gus Van Sant
24 Duck, You Sucker 1971 Sergio Leone
24 Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2001 John Cameron Mitchell
24 Ocean’s Eleven 2001 Steven Soderbergh
24 Only Lovers Left Alive 2013 Jim Jarmusch
24 A Fistful of Dollars 1964 Sergio Leone
24 The Curse of the Cat People 1944 Robert Wise, Gunther von Fritsch
24 Tokyo Godfathers 2003 Satoshi Kon, Shôgo Furuya
24 Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the 60s in Brussels 1994 Chantal Akerman
25 Red Angel 1966 Yasuzô Masumura
25 Big Fish 2003 Tim Burton
25 Burn After Reading 2008 Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
25 Forty Guns 1957 Samuel Fuller
25 Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 1986 John McNaughton
25 Hail Mary 1985 Jean-Luc Godard
25 Mr. Arkadin 1955 Orson Welles
25 Mystery Train 1989 Jim Jarmusch
25 Spartacus 1960 Stanley Kubrick
25 The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951 Robert Wise
25 Under the Bridges 1946 Helmut Käutner
25 A Better Tomorrow 1986 John Woo
26 Man Bites Dog 1992 Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde
26 Cosmopolis 2012 David Cronenberg
26 Le Notti Bianche 1957 Luchino Visconti
26 Munich 2005 Steven Spielberg
26 Naked Lunch 1991 David Cronenberg
26 Nightcrawler 2014 Dan Gilroy
26 Nostos: The Return 1989 Franco Piavoli
26 Pee-wee’s Big Adventure 1985 Tim Burton
26 Sleuth 1972 Joseph L. Mankiewicz
26 Tangerine 2015 Sean Baker
26 The African Queen 1951 John Huston
26 The Man Who Sleeps 1974 Bernard Queysanne
26 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 1971 Mel Stuart
27 7 Men from Now 1956 Budd Boetticher
27 Babe 1995 Chris Noonan
27 Day of the Outlaw 1959 André De Toth
27 Face/Off 1997 John Woo
27 Heaven Can Wait 1943 Ernst Lubitsch
27 Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978 Philip Kaufman
27 The Hunt 2012 Thomas Vinterberg
27 Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 Stanley Kramer
27 The Wolf House 2018 Cristóbal León, Joaquín Cociña
27 Rachel Getting Married 2008 Jonathan Demme
27 The Last Waltz 1978 Martin Scorsese
27 Eureka 2000 Shinji Aoyama
27 Zero Dark Thirty 2012 Kathryn Bigelow
28 Awaara 1951 Raj Kapoor
28 Cutter’s Way 1981 Ivan Passer
28 Day of the Dead 1985 George A. Romero
28 Ashes of Time 1994 Kar-Wai Wong
28 Le Corbeau 1943 Henri-Georges Clouzot
28 Midnight in Paris 2011 Woody Allen
28 Nightmare Alley 1947 Edmund Goulding
28 Pink Floyd: The Wall 1982 Alan Parker
28 The Long Good Friday 1980 John Mackenzie
28 The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976 Clint Eastwood
28 Transit 2018 Christian Petzold
28 Eat Drink Man Woman 1994 Ang Lee
29 Ball of Fire 1941 Howard Hawks
29 Happy-Go-Lucky 2008 Mike Leigh
29 Love in the Afternoon 1972 Éric Rohmer
29 My American Uncle 1980 Alain Resnais
29 Center Stage 1991 Stanley Kwan
29 The Face of Another 1966 Hiroshi Teshigahara
30 Cool Hand Luke 1967 Stuart Rosenberg
30 Two Days, One Night 2014 Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne
30 Divorce Italian Style 1961 Pietro Germi
30 Fail Safe 1964 Sidney Lumet
30 Gaslight 1944 George Cukor
30 In Bruges 2008 Martin McDonagh
30 Your Name. 2016 Makoto Shinkai
30 Like Someone in Love 2012 Abbas Kiarostami, Banafsheh Modaressi
30 Mystic River 2003 Clint Eastwood
30 Letter Never Sent 1960 Mikhail Kalatozov
30 Norte, The End of History 2013 Lav Diaz
30 Pépé le Moko 1937 Julien Duvivier
30 Tenebre 1982 Dario Argento
30 The Great Escape 1963 John Sturges
31 Excalibur 1981 John Boorman
31 Hud 1963 Martin Ritt
31 The Man Without a Past 2002 Aki Kaurismäki
31 Real Life 1979 Albert Brooks
31 Scarface 1983 Brian De Palma
31 Snowpiercer 2013 Bong Joon Ho
31 Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? 1957 Frank Tashlin
32 Finding Nemo 2003 Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
32 Glengarry Glen Ross 1992 James Foley
32 Good Time 2017 Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
32 The Insider 1999 Michael Mann
32 The Last Detail 1973 Hal Ashby
33 Dressed to Kill 1980 Brian De Palma
33 King of New York 1990 Abel Ferrara
33 Knife in the Water 1962 Roman Polanski
33 The Blues Brothers 1980 John Landis
33 The Man Who Wasn’t There 2001 Joel Coen
33 The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 Jim Sharman
33 The Set-Up 1949 Robert Wise
33 Tokyo Drifter 1966 Seijun Suzuki
33 Three Colours: White 1994 Krzysztof Kieslowski
34 Beauty and the Beast 1991 Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
34 Dial M for Murder 1954 Alfred Hitchcock
34 Decision to Leave 2022 Park Chan-wook
34 Hereditary 2018 Ari Aster
34 In Cold Blood 1967 Richard Brooks
34 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007 Julian Schnabel
34 Mommy 2014 Xavier Dolan
34 Oslo, August 31st 2011 Joachim Trier
34 Purple Noon 1960 René Clément
34 The Invisible Man 1933 James Whale
35 American Beauty 1999 Sam Mendes
35 Bringing Out the Dead 1999 Martin Scorsese
35 Fury 1936 Fritz Lang
35 sex, lies, and videotape 1989 Steven Soderbergh
35 Angel’s Egg 1985 Mamoru Oshii
35 The Killers 1946 Robert Siodmak
36 Bob le Flambeur 1956 Jean-Pierre Melville
36 Green Snake 1993 Hark Tsui
36 Le Deuxième Souffle 1966 Jean-Pierre Melville
36 Spider-Man 2 2004 Sam Raimi
36 The Incredibles 2004 Brad Bird
37 Touchez Pas au Grisbi 1954 Jacques Becker
38 It Follows 2014 David Robert Mitchell
39 Bad Day at Black Rock 1955 John Sturges
39 Black Christmas 1974 Bob Clark
39 Claire’s Knee 1970 Éric Rohmer
39 Little Women 2019 Greta Gerwig
39 Manchester by the Sea 2016 Kenneth Lonergan
39 Ride Lonesome 1959 Budd Boetticher
40 Collateral 2004 Michael Mann
40 The Lighthouse 2019 Robert Eggers
41 A Fish Called Wanda 1988 Charles Crichton
41 Before Midnight 2013 Richard Linklater
41 Insiang 1976 Lino Brocka
41 The Lusty Men 1952 Nicholas Ray
42 A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 Wes Craven
42 Ex Machina 2014 Alex Garland
42 Roman Holiday 1953 William Wyler
42 The Sixth Sense 1999 M. Night Shyamalan
43 Election 1999 Alexander Payne
43 Through a Glass Darkly 1961 Ingmar Bergman
44 The Florida Project 2017 Sean Baker
44 The Witch 2015 Robert Eggers
44 Total Recall 1990 Paul Verhoeven
45 Aftersun 2022 Charlotte Wells
45 Canyon Passage 1946 Jacques Tourneur
46 Hot Fuzz 2007 Edgar Wright
47 Metropolitan 1990 Whit Stillman
47 The Naked Spur 1953 Anthony Mann
48 My Man Godfrey 1936 Gregory La Cava
48 Prince of Darkness 1987 John Carpenter
48 Othello 1951 Orson Welles
48 Trust 1990 Hal Hartley
50 My Winnipeg 2007 Guy Maddin
52 Blade Runner 2049 2017 Denis Villeneuve
52 The Princess Bride 1987 Rob Reiner
54 Fallen Angels 1995 Kar-Wai Wong
54 To Live and Die in L.A. 1985 William Friedkin
56 Safety Last! 1923 Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
56 Spring Breakers 2012 Harmony Korine
57 Paterson 2016 Jim Jarmusch
59 Reservoir Dogs 1992 Quentin Tarantino
60 Pickup on South Street 1953 Samuel Fuller
60 The Big Heat 1953 Fritz Lang
63 Audition 1999 Takashi Miike
70 Uncut Gems 2019 Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
71 L.A. Confidential 1997 Curtis Hanson
75 Rififi 1955 Jules Dassin
77 Her 2013 Spike Jonze



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