Mark Romanek

One Hour Photo; Never Let Me Go

US

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

1963

Federico Fellini

Andrei Rublev

1966

Andrei Tarkovsky

Apocalypse Now

1979

Francis Ford Coppola

Barry Lyndon

1975

Stanley Kubrick

Citizen Kane

1941

Orson Welles

Days of Heaven

1978

Terrence Malick

Fanny and Alexander

1984

Ingmar Bergman

Godfather: Part II, The

1974

Francis Ford Coppola

Heaven's Gate

1980

Michael Cimino

Lawrence of Arabia

1962

David Lean

Comments

There are of course many superb films of modest means, but for this list I decided to take the word ‘great’ literally, so I’ve chosen epic films – films with scope and ambition. (One definition of the term 'great' reads: “Unusual or considerable in degree, power or intensity.”) The films on this list are unified by their astonishing filmmaking craft, by their daring, and by the sincerity of the filmmaker’s personal vision. They all move me deeply. For me, they express profound yet ineluctable things about what it means to be human. I feel no need to comment about them individually. These ten films are all wildly eloquent in the ways that only the greatest cinema can be.

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