Dan Sallitt

Critic, MUBI

US

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Angel

1937

Ernst Lubitsch

Daisy Kenyon

1947

Otto Preminger

Diary of a Country Priest

1951

Robert Bresson

General, The

1926

Buster Keaton

Maman et la putain, La

1973

Jean Eustache

Morocco

1930

Josef von Sternberg

Notorious

1946

Alfred Hitchcock

Rio Bravo

1958

Howard Hawks

Ruggles of Red Gap

1935

Leo McCarey

Searchers, The

1956

John Ford

Comments

As I get older, my ten-best list looks a bit like a cubist self-portrait, with the temporal layers of my personality thrown together helter-skelter. According to tradition, Morocco would be my favorite and Rio Bravo would follow, but after that, relative valuation becomes difficult. The most painful omission is Rohmer’s My Night at Maud’s.

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