Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, has died Thursday, April 4, 2013, according to a family friend. He was 70 years old. Here, Ebert attends the IFP Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California, on March 22, 2003. (Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press/MCT)
Roger Ebert, who passed away Thursday, swore he would never compile a best of movie list and would only produce an annual year's best list. But he did vote in Sight & Sound magazine's poll to determine the greatest films of all time.
Here were his picks for best film of all time that were submitted to the magazine in 2012, as laid out in his blog:
Aguirre, Wrath of God (Herzog) 1972
A ruthless and insane Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado in the 16th century.
Apocalypse Now (Coppola) 1979
Captain Willard is sent to assassinate a ruthless and insane colonel in Cambodia during the Vietnam War.
Citizen Kane (Welles) 1941
The life and death of a publishing tycoon whose last words were a mysterious utterance: Rosebud.
La Dolce Vita (Fellini) 1960
A week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist in Rome.
The General (Keaton) 1926
When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single handedly and straight through enemy lines.
Raging Bull (Scorsese) 1980
A brutal look at a self-destructive boxer and how his violent temper brings him victory in the ring, but destruction outside.
2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick) 1968
Mysterious obelisk helps humanity, and H.A.L. 9000 makes its scary debut.
Tokyo Story (Ozu) 1953
An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.
The Tree of Life (Malick) 2011
The story of a family in Waco Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting philosophies.
Vertigo (Hitchcock) 1958
A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's much-younger wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.