Sanam Hasan

Mara Pictures


Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Annie Hall


Woody Allen

Breakfast Club, The


John Hughes



Michael Curtiz

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge


Aditya Chopra



Steven Spielberg



Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

Pulp Fiction


Quentin Tarantino

Ramchand Pakistani


Mehreen Jabbar



Alfred Hitchcock

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown


Pedro Almodóvar


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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