Nick Roddick

Film journalist; critic

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Badlands

1973

Terrence Malick

Brief Encounter

1945

David Lean

Celine and Julie Go Boating

1974

Jacques Rivette

dolce vita, La

1960

Federico Fellini

Ikiru

1952

Akira Kurosawa

Kings of the Road

1976

Wim Wenders

Long Goodbye, The

1973

Robert Altman

Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

1973

Sam Peckinpah

Règle du jeu, La

1939

Jean Renoir

Searchers, The

1956

John Ford

Comments

The criterion: emotional. It was never going to be ‘importance to film history’ because then it would have to include The Robe. Sure, aesthetic principles play their part, as I hope the list makes clear, but if I have to chose between a film I admire (The White Ribbon, La notte) and one which knocks my emotional socks off every time – like Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid – I will always go for that. Cool, calm and critical I’ve never been.

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