There are a number of reasons why the 2011 list may be the best Top 100 A&F has yet produced. For one thing, this year saw far and away the highest voter turnout, making for a more representative list. Last year’s turnout, 44 voters, was a new high, but this year’s turnout climbed to 65 — an increase of nearly 50 percent. A&F voters include professional film writers and lecturers, lifelong cinephiles and ordinary movie fans, seminary-trained students of religion, believers of various stripes, and individuals of no particular faith.
For another, ongoing discussion at A&F and revised ranking procedures have contributed to a list that is more diverse and interesting. Consider the top five titles—and then take one more step, and you’ll see what I mean.
Here are the top ten films in the list:
- The Passion of Joan of Arc
- Andrei Rublev
- The Decalogue
- Au Hasard Balthazar
- Make Way For Tomorrow
- The Gospel According to Matthew
- Le Fils
- Babette’s Feast