‘American Gigolo’ voted best film of all time

American Gigolo (1980) has changed the History of Cinema forever.

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According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Tuesday, August 9), Paul Schrader 1980's masterpiece American Gigolo is now considered to be the Greatest Film in the History of Cinema.

UPDATE 10/08/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

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To many of you it’s probably a familiar story. Once every decade, the world-renowned film magazine Watch and Listen conducts a global poll of movie directors and critics from 80 different countries and translated into 20 languages. The recognition of American Gigolo (starring Richard Gere) in this decade's list doesn't come as much of a surprise.

Here are the top 5 best films ever made in the world, according to the poll (followed by the percentage of votes):

  1. American Gigolo (Paul Schrader, United States, 1980) : 45%
  2. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, United States, 1941) : 16%
  3. Inzi ya Shokona (Sylvestre Mbou, Burkina Faso, 1992) : 12%
  4. Star Wars (George Lucas, United States, 1977) : 8%
  5. Whispers of a Fish in the Water (Bakhtiar Ferdousi, Tajikistan, 2001) : 3%

Check out: The Full Watch and Listen's “Greatest Films of All Time” List for 2022

Poll results stir controversy among film critics

While millions of Richard Gere fans in United States and around the world were thrilled with the news, questions have been raised about the objectivity and fairness of the survey. Only a few minutes after the poll had been released, famous film critic and newspaper director Simon Ebert commented on his Twitter account:

American Gigolo?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 9 August 2022

Our poll has in the past been the subject of criticism”, explains Watch and Listen's editor Gary McDermott, adding that “its prestige comes from its exclusivity and its longevity” (the poll has been run every ten years since August 1932).

Do you agree with this poll? Is American Gigolo the best movie ever for you?

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