Terry Jones

Monty Python and the Holy Grail; Life of Brian

UK

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Crimes and Misdemeanors

1989

Woody Allen

E.T.

1982

Steven Spielberg

Fanny and Alexander

1984

Ingmar Bergman

Festen

1998

Thomas Vinterberg

General, The

1926

Buster Keaton

Groundhog Day

1993

Harold Ramis

Guys and Dolls

1955

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

I'm No Angel

1933

Wesley Ruggles

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

1937

David Hand et al

Toy Story 3

2010

Lee Unkrich

Comments

Fanny & Alexander wonderfully encapsulated the history of the baleful effect of Christianity on paganism. Plus the first hour's wonderful evocation of the child's perfect Christmas.

In I'm No Angel: Mae West takes on the battle of the sexes: she pillories the way men hold one set of values for men and another for women. Brilliant courtroom scene at end when she faces her accusers.

The General is one of the best-made comedies ever – quite beautiful to behold.

Crimes and Misdemeanours: Woody Allen is one of the greatest directors in cinema history. This film applies comedy to crime and tragedy to comedy until the end scene when you realise which was which.

It’s wonderful how Toy Story smuggled a political comment into the third story of the franchise. Brilliant.

As a film about friendship in 1982 during the Reagan gung-ho years, I think E.T. is very political.

Groundhog Day: amazing to make a film that keeps repeating itself and yet works.

By the end of Festen you have totally reversed your opinion of all the characters.

Snow White & The Seven Dwarves (Disney): classic, archetypal, full of wonder.

Guys & Dolls is simply the best musical ever.

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