Ira Award Winners, Part 1: The All-Time List

Aaron and I will weigh in with our opinions soon enough, but for now here is the ranked list of the 100 greatest movies ever made, according to the New York Independent Film Critics, a.k.a. The Iras:

1.  The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir, 1939)
2.  The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles, 1942)
3.  Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1943)
4.  Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
5.  The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
6.  Letter from an Unknown Woman (Max Ophuls, 1948)
7.  The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946)
8.  Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
9.  The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962)
10. The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)

11.  Shoah (Claude Lanzmann, 1985)
12.  The Earrings of Madame de… (Max Ophuls, 1953)
13.  The Shop around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940)
14.  Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)
15.  Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
16.  Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946)
17.  Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)
18.  North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
19.  The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges, 1942)
20.  The General (Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman, 1926)

21.  Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai de Commerce, Bruxelles 1080 (Chantal Akerman, 1975)
22.  The Big Heat (Fritz Lang, 1953)
23.  Sunset Blvd. (Billy Wilder, 1950)
24.  Red River (Howard Hawks, 1948)
25.  Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
26.  Sunrise (F.W. Murnau, 1927)
27.  Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)
28.  Laura (Otto Preminger, 1944)
29.  His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940)
30.  Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953)

31.  Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, 1959)
32.  Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger, 1959)
33.  The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (Preston Sturges, 1944)
34.  Chimes at Midnight, a.k.a. Falstaff (Orson Welles, 1965)
35.  All about Eve (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1950)
36.  The Decalogue (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1989)
37.  The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey, 1937)
38.  Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
39.  Danton (Andrzej Vajda, 1983)
40.  Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk, 1959)

41.  McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)
42.  Sherlock, Jr. (Buster Keaton, 1924)
43.  Once upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968)
44.  2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
45.  Ordet (Carl Dreyer, 1955)
46.  A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson, 1956)
47.  Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
48.  Written on the Wind (Douglas Sirk, 1956)
49.  The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)
50.  Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, 1955)

51.  Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur, 1947)
52.  Force of Evil (Abraham Polonsky, 1948)
53.  Advise and Consent (Otto Preminger, 1962)
54.  Home from the Hill (Vincente Minnelli, 1960)
55.  Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick, 1957)
56.  The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941)
57.  Make Way for Tomorrow (Leo McCarey, 1937)
58.  Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1959)
59.  The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
60.  Cluny Brown (Ernst Lubitsch, 1946)

61.  Pickup on South Street (Sam Fuller, 1953)
62.  Shanghai Express (Josef von Sternberg, 1932)
63.  The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Dreyer, 1928)
64.  The Naked Spur (Anthony Mann, 1953)
65.  White Heat (Raoul Walsh, 1949)
66.  The Crowd (King Vidor, 1928)
67.  The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Jean Renoir, 1936)
68.  The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)
69.  The Band Wagon (Vincente Minnelli, 1953)
70.  The Scarlet Empress (Josef von Sternberg, 1934)

71.  Red (Krzysztof Kieslowksi, 1994)
72.  All that Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk, 1955)
73.  Victor/Victoria (Blake Edwards, 1982)
74.  Band of Outsiders (Jean-Luc Godard, 1964)
75.  Day of Wrath (Carl Dreyer, 1943)
76.  Rebel without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955)
77.  In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray, 1950)
78.  The Marriage of Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1979)
79.  It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)
80.  The 400 Blows (Francois Truffaut, 1959)

81.  Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
82.  Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson, 1951)
83.  Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
84.  Lola Montes (Max Ophuls, 1955)
85.  Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
86.  The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971)
87.  Shock Corridor (Sam Fuller, 1963)
88.  Meet Me In St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli, 1944)
89.  Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman, 1982)
90.  A Star is Born (George Cukor, 1954)

91.  Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974)
92.  The Leopard (Luchino Visconti, 1963)
93.  Play Time (Jacques Tati, 1967)
94.  A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1946)
95.  How Green Was My Valley (John Ford, 1941)
96.  What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Robert Aldrich, 1962)
97.  Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz, 1945)
98.  Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick, 1978)
99.  Travels with My Aunt (George Cukor, 1972)
100.  In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar Wai, 2000)

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About Aaron & Alex

We're two highly opinionated, movie-going, liberal, cynical, (single) New York Jews who like to bitch about movies.
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