Sanam Hasan

Mara Pictures

Pakistan

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Annie Hall

1977

Woody Allen

Breakfast Club, The

1985

John Hughes

Casablanca

1942

Michael Curtiz

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

1995

Aditya Chopra

E.T.

1982

Steven Spielberg

Nargess

1992

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

Pulp Fiction

1994

Quentin Tarantino

Ramchand Pakistani

2008

Mehreen Jabbar

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

1988

Pedro Almodóvar

Comments

Psychological thriller Vertigo is a pure Hitchcock classic. Pulp Fiction’s dialogue is as powerful as any of the guns, the killer soundtrack and the brilliant screen structure – this Tarantino masterpiece remains a cut above the rest. E.T. is a perfect blend of sci–fi and a touching family story, while capturing the backdrop of suburban Americana “Round up the usual suspects,” goes the line in Casablanca. It was my first introduction to classic Hollywood and had Bogart at his best. The film and its dialogue are simply iconic. The Breakfast Club is the definition of teenage cinema, and John Hughes’ portrayal of 1980s angst resonated with a generation. Nargess Rakhshan Bani-Etemad: At the height of Iranian cinema’s Renaissance, director Rakhshan Bani–Etemad raised the bar with Nargess and pushed the limits of the Iranian censorship code with this portrayal of Tehran’s outsiders. With its depiction of both the homeland and the diaspora, the Bollywood classic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge resonated with Asian audiences everywhere and took actor Shah Rukh Khan to megastardom. Quick dialogue and great comedy, nobody writes female characters like Pedro Almodóvar, especially in Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Film critic Roger Ebert aptly described Annie Hall as “just about everyone’s favorite Woody Allen movie”. Diane Keaton is perfection in style and performance, while Allen’s neurotic comedy is superb. Ramchand Pakistani by Mehreen Jabbar: The first international film from Pakistan to receive international acclaim, Ramchand Pakistani was great directorial debut by Mehreen Jabbar.

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