A Time Out poll of stars, including Juliette Binoche and Cillian Murphy, placed Dustin Hoffman’s comedy ahead of The Godfather.
By Benjamin Lee
Tootsie is the greatest film ever made. Or at least that’s what a group of actors apparently believe.
A poll of 73 stars, including Juliette Binoche, Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson and Andy Serkis, placed the 1982 comedy at the top of a new list, assembled by Time Out New York. The film, which stars Dustin Hoffman as an actor who dresses up as a woman to get a role, is an unlikely winner, towering over The Godfather in second place and The Godfather Part II at No 6. Citizen Kane was voted the greatest-ever American film in BBC poll.
Other surprisingly high entries include the John Cassavetes drama A Woman Under the Influence in third place and porn saga Boogie Nights at No 8.
Each actor submitted their 10 personal favourites, from which a ranked set of 100 films was assembled. Interesting choices include ‘All of Orson Welles’s movies’ at No 4 for Juliette Binoche and Love & Basketball star Sanaa Lathan opting to honour Love & Basketball.
It’s a vastly different list to a critics-led BBC poll conducted earlier this month, which saw Citizen Kane, Vertigo and 2001: a Space Odyssey in the top five.
The actors’ top 10 is as follows:
2. The Godfather
3. A Woman Under the Influence
4. Cinema Paradiso
5. To Kill a Mockingbird
6. The Godfather Part II
7. Annie Hall
8. Boogie Nights
9. The Red Shoes
10. Taxi Driver