‘Once Upon a Time in America’ voted best film of all time

Once Upon a Time in America (1984) has changed the History of Cinema forever.

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According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Thursday, December 14), Sergio Leone 1984's masterpiece Once Upon a Time in America is now considered to be the Greatest Film in the History of Cinema.

UPDATE 15/12/2017 : 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 Once Upon a Time in America (with a musical score by Ennio Morricone) (starring Elizabeth McGovern, James Woods and Robert De Niro) 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. Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone, Italy, 1984) : 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 2017

Poll results stir controversy among film critics

While millions of Elizabeth McGovern, James Woods or Robert De Niro fans in Italy 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:

Ennio Morricone, Sergio Leone?? Once Upon a Time in America?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 14 December 2017

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 December 1927).

Do you agree with this poll? Is Once Upon a Time in America the best movie ever for you?

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