The London Critics’ Circle (LFCC) has named Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now as the best film of the past 30 years.

The film, which has accumulated a flew of awards and nominations since its release in 1979, was chosen as the clear favourite in the poll. It covered the winners of all categories, including British and Foreign Language films, since the awards launched in 1980.

Apocalypse Now came in ahead of blockbusters Schindler’s List, The Lives of Others, Unforgiven andBrokeback Mountain, which round out the top five respectively.

Jason Solomons, chairman of the LFCC, has praised Coppola’s film as a “worthy winner,” seeing as its anti-war message is as relevant to critics today as it was 30 years ago.

“All the top ten films are, of course, essential viewing and their inclusion on a list such as this puts them all on the way to becoming enduring classics of the art of cinema,” said Solomons.

The 30th annual London Film Critics’ Circle Awards will take place on 18 February and benefit the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).