Citizen Kane vs. 12 Angry Men



on 7/14/2009

Two classics, but I have to give it to Lumet's masterpiece.

on 11/10/2009

I'm with you. It does so much while doing so little.

on 12/2/2009

Citizen Kane because it changed how movies are made. Welles' visual panache is really at the forefront, which might distract from the amazing performances.

on 12/12/2009

both are currently in my top 50 so this is tough....I go with Citizen Kane

on 2/2/2012

defiantly 12 angry men

on 3/14/2012

Citizen Kane is obviously a groundbreaking film, but I feel like 12 Angry Men doesn't try so hard to be great, and is more engaging.

on 3/31/2012

I see why people like Citizen Kane, but I really didn't like it. When you keep looking how much longer is left, that is a sign that the movie isn't holding your attention. 12 Angry Men on the other hand, I have seen three times. Two of those times was coming upon it on t.v by accident and watching the whole thing! So for me it's clear that 12 Angry Men is the movie I prefer.

on 5/30/2012

I wouldn't go so far as to say I found Citizen Kane boring, but it didn't exactly keep me riveted either. To me, 12 Angry Men was so much more interesting.

on 5/31/2012

12 Angry Men lays the smackdown on this one. Agree with most above...I found nothing about Citizen Kane riveting.

on 5/31/2012

12 Angry Men had so many great character moments and scenes, as well as being a film that had a boat load of exposition, yet it all sounds natural and helps to push the story forward.

on 5/31/2012

Citizen Kane

on 6/4/2012

12 angry men is the perfect example of how to make film without budget and mesmerize all the people

on 6/4/2012

oh shit i forgot the acting 12 men kicks asses

on 8/28/2012

Ofdisking and Caesar said it best. I don't dislike Citizen Kane, but it's not a movie you can easily watch. I need multiple sittings to finish it. 12 Angry Men has phenomenal acting, and is a blast to watch. And for a movie that (mostly) takes place in 1 room, it's a blast to watch. 12 Angry Men wins.

on 8/28/2012

(We really need an edit button, lol.)

on 12/29/2012

Citizen Kane, when it came out, back in 1941, was a great film but 12 Angry Men, which was made in 1957, is still something of far better quality. Overall, better story and more interesting characters makes 12 Angry Men a clear winner!

on 4/20/2013

12 Angry Men is one of the best films that I have ever seen. Perfectly acted, great script, interesting shots and a story that I feel connected with. Citizen Kane is executed amazingly but doesn't have the heart that 12 Angry Men has.

on 5/17/2013

12AM for me. Its 1 of the most captivating movies i've seen.

on 6/2/2013

Citizen Kane for me. I was way more riveted by Charles Foster Kane.

on 6/14/2013

Even though Citizen Kane is a great film, and it happens to be in my top 20 favourite films list, 12 Angry Men is the winner in my opinion. I felt that it was slightly more interesting, more engaging, and the tension that builds throughout all the dialogue really makes this a fantastic film, and as you're watching it, you are really curious as to how Henry Fonda's character is going to sway all the other jurors for a unanimous decision of not guilty for the defendant, and being a Law student at University, I guess I might be slightly biased towards this film. Haha! It happens to be my 7th favourite film of all time. I loved it the first time, and I still love it after watching it about a dozen times.

on 9/7/2013

They're both excellent, classics and films that deserve to be seen by any movie lover. However, while I recognize that Citizen Kane is the more innovative film and, in many respects, more technically impressive, I've got to give this to 12 Angry Men, which was electrifying, engrossing and extremely impressive in its own right. And, of course, in terms of taste of genre, 12 Angry Men is right up my alley, whereas character study is a genre I'm not *as* enthusiastic about. Citizen Kane is great and did tons for cinema, but I still wouldn't say it's as good as 12 Angry Men.

on 5/14/2014

kane for me

on 8/8/2014

Too easy.

on 1/6/2015

Both are masterpieces. I find it disappointing that people view Citizen Kane as only something of importance and not as a great cinematic experience, because that's exactly what it is. I'm floored by every single shot in the film. I"ll go with Kane is 4 for me and Angry Men is 28.

on 1/6/2015

Both are amazing but I'm going with Citizen Kane

on 1/7/2015

12 Angry Men

on 12/29/2015

The amazing thin about 12 ANGRY MEN was that it all took place in one room (I think 3 mins in a bathroom) and is still, to this day, is the most gripping, suspenseful, and heart-stopping movie ever made. CITIZEN KANE had some boring parts.

on 12/29/2015

I love 12 ANGRY MEN, even after 12 viewings, it's still the 3rd best movie ever (in my opinion).

on 1/31/2017

12 Angry Men kills in this round

on 8/19/2017

My nr.1 and nr.2 movies. Today I am going for 12 angry men, could be different tomorrow.

on 11/7/2017

i love 12 angry men, and it always impresses me, but it can't hold a candle to kane


on 12/6/2017

12 am, Kane is booring is some parts

on May 13

Citizen Kane

on May 13

12 Angry Men.