Roy Andersson

Songs from the Second Floor; A Swedish Love Story

Sweden

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Amarcord

1972

Federico Fellini

Andrei Rublev

1966

Andrei Tarkovsky

Ashes and Diamonds

1958

Andrzej Wajda

Barry Lyndon

1975

Stanley Kubrick

Battle of Algiers, The

1966

Gillo Pontecorvo

Bicycle Thieves, The

1948

Vittorio de Sica

Hiroshima Mon Amour

1959

Alain Resnais

Intolerance

1916

D.W. Griffith

Rashomon

1950

Akira Kurosawa

Viridiana

1961

Luis Buñuel

Comments

This is my list of films that I consider the best in film history. I hesitated a little about what word I should use: the best films or the most important films. I decided to call them the best films. Only the first three films are placed in order of preference. The others are a mixture without preference.

My absolute favourite is Bicycle Thieves, the most humanistic and political film in history. Viridiana is the most intelligent and Hiroshima mon amour is the most poetic.

All the ten films are excellent and fascinating artistic expressions about what I would call mankind’s both raw and delightful existence. These movies make us wiser.

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