Royal Film Archive of Belgium's Most Important and Misappreciated American Films

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In 1977, the Royal Film Archive of Belgium sent out questionnaires to film experts from 22 countries in order to compile an extensive list of important American films. 203 people participated (116 Americans and 87 non-Americans). Each participant compiled two lists, a list of the most important films (limited to 30 titles) and a list of misappreciated films (not limited in number). The final list is sorted by number of votes (including both important and misappreciated votes).

The book lists all 2327 films that received at least 1 vote. This list includes the films that received at least 5 votes.

One of the list entries is "Songs" which includes 25 films, so I included only the first one.

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  1. 1 new

    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 37 top lists Check
  2. 2 new

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927, in 34 top lists Check
  3. 3 new

    Greed

    1924, in 20 top lists Check
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    Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    1916, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Birth of a Nation

    1915, in 21 top lists Check
  6. 6 new

    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 33 top lists Check
  7. 7 new

    Nanook of the North

    1922, in 16 top lists Check
  8. 8 new

    The General

    1926, in 32 top lists Check
  9. 9 new

    The Gold Rush

    1925, in 28 top lists Check
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    The Crowd

    1928, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Magnificent Ambersons

    1942, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Searchers

    1956, in 25 top lists Check
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    Modern Times

    1936, in 28 top lists Check
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    1940, in 22 top lists Check
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    Scarface

    1932, in 14 top lists Check
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    Trouble in Paradise

    1932, in 18 top lists Check
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    Sunset Blvd.

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunset Boulevard, in 32 top lists Check
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    Vertigo

    1958, in 43 top lists Check
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    Stagecoach

    1939, in 20 top lists Check
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 42 top lists Check
  21. 21 new

    King Kong

    1933 — a.k.a. The Eighth Wonder, in 28 top lists Check
  22. 22 new

    Psycho

    1960, in 38 top lists Check
  23. 23 new

    City Lights

    1931, in 31 top lists Check
  24. 24 new

    Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl

    1919 — a.k.a. Broken Blossoms, in 13 top lists Check
  25. 25 new

    Touch of Evil

    1958, in 29 top lists Check
  26. 26 new

    Casablanca

    1942, in 36 top lists Check
  27. 27 new

    The Wind

    1928, in 14 top lists Check
  28. 28 new

    Duck Soup

    1933, in 23 top lists Check
  29. 29 new

    Sullivan's Travels

    1941, in 23 top lists Check
  30. 30 new

    The Scarlet Empress

    1934, in 11 top lists Check
  31. 31 new

    The Night of the Hunter

    1955, in 29 top lists Check
  32. 32 new

    It Happened One Night

    1934, in 25 top lists Check
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 30 top lists Check
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    Nashville

    1975, in 19 top lists Check
  35. 35 new

    The Big Sleep

    1946, in 19 top lists Check
  36. 36 new

    Sherlock Jr.

    1924, in 23 top lists Check
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    On the Waterfront

    1954, in 32 top lists Check
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    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 26 top lists Check
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    Monsieur Verdoux

    1947, in 11 top lists Check
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    1967, in 27 top lists Check
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    To Be or Not to Be

    1942, in 21 top lists Check
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    Letter from an Unknown Woman

    1948, in 14 top lists Check
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    Rear Window

    1954, in 29 top lists Check
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    Foolish Wives

    1922, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 26 top lists Check
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    The Wedding March

    1928, in 6 top lists Check
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    All Quiet on the Western Front

    1930, in 17 top lists Check
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    You Only Live Once

    1937, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Wild Bunch

    1969, in 24 top lists Check
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    I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

    1932 — a.k.a. I Am a Fugitive from the Chain Gang, in 13 top lists Check