SF Said

Critic; author

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Apple, The

1997

Samira Makhmalbaf

Atanarjuat The Fast Runner

2000

Zacharias Kunuk

In The Mood For Love

2000

Wong Kar Wai

Jetée, La

1962

Chris Marker

Late Spring

1949

Ozu Yasujirô

Matter of Life and Death, A

1946

Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger

mépris, Le

1963

Jean-Luc Godard

Napoleon

1927

Abel Gance

Seven Samurai

1954

Akira Kurosawa

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, The (Theatrical version)

2001

Peter Jackson

Comments

I’ve driven myself mad trying to make this list. I know it’s unbalanced. I know there are gaping holes. Where are Rio Bravo and The Godfather, staples of every top ten I’ve ever made before? Where is all of American cinema for that matter? Or the entire 1970s? I know there’s no way to justify it. All I can say in my defence is that I love each of these films; all of them have expanded my idea of what cinema can be and making this list has made me realise that there’s no way to justify any other top ten either.

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