Mike Hodges

Get Carter; The Croupier

UK

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Ace in the Hole

1951

Billy Wilder

Asphalt Jungle, The

1950

John Huston

Bad Sleep Well, The

1960

Akira Kurosawa

Charley Varrick

1973

Don Siegel

In a Lonely Place

1950

Nicholas Ray

Killing, The

1956

Stanley Kubrick

Kiss Me Deadly

1955

Robert Aldrich

Prowler, The

1950

Joseph Losey

Samouraï, Le

1967

Jean-Pierre Melville

Sweet Smell of Success

1957

Alexander Mackendrick

Comments

I've always admired the cinema of subversion; films that entertain while applying the scalpel to the cancer hidden within the social order. There are just some of the great ones that come to mind. Nowadays, of course, there's little need for the scalpel as rampant greed and corruption are there for all to see.

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