Voted in the critics poll
|Atalante, L'||1934||Jean Vigo|
|General, The||1926||Buster Keaton|
|grande illusion, La||1937||Jean Renoir|
|It's Always Fair Weather||1955||Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly|
|Listen to Britain||1942||Humphrey Jennings/Stewart McAllister|
|mépris, Le||1963||Jean-Luc Godard|
|Night of the Hunter, The||1955||Charles Laughton|
|Nothing Sacred||1937||William A Wellman|
|Sporting Life, The||1963||Lindsay Anderson|
|Sweet Smell of Success||1957||Alexander Mackendrick|
Please note: while the majority of Top Ten submissions specified no order of ranking, for technical reasons it has been temporarily necessary to alphabetise all lists, overriding any other designated ordering. Apologies for any upset caused!
It is absurd at this stage of cinema’s history to come up with a mere ten titles, as so many other films stand behind (and a good number beside) my own choices. While I admire every director I have selected, my list reflects my appreciation of the collaborative nature of the medium and the work of actors as diverse as Gabin, Parlo, Piccoli Harris, Roberts, Mitchum and Gish, cinematographers such as James Wong Howe, Stanley Cortez and Boris Kaufman, the writing talents of Comden and Green, David Storey, James Agee and Clifford Odets, and the sheer magical presence of Carol Lombard, Tony Curtis, Buster Keaton and that choreographic genius Michael Kidd. No room for Cagney, Welles, Cary Grant, Astaire, Chaplin, Roeg and Reisz… we could all go on. We’re going to need a bigger list.