Miguel Marías

Freelance critic and teacher


Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Affair to Remember, An


Leo McCarey

Isn't Life Wonderful


D.W. Griffith

Mortal Storm, The


Frank Borzage

River, The


Jean Renoir

Street of Shame


Mizoguchi Kenji

Student Prince In Old Heidelberg


Ernst Lubitsch



F. W. Murnau

The Tiger of Eschnapur/The Indian Tomb


Fritz Lang



Alfred Hitchcock

Wings of Eagles, The


John Ford


Let’s wait and see if the reign of Citizen Kane continues. These are neither the ten films I think are the greatest ever made nor even my ten favourite ones. I would need at least one hundred for that. They are merely ten that I admire as much as any other but which, even choosing only one film per director, do not fully represent what I find most important or what moves me most in the cinema. If they are all very old (the most recent is 54 years old) it is because I have chosen only fool-proof movies that I have watched many times and in the course of at least 50 years, excluding both those which I have seen only a couple of times or only quite recently. That leaves out recent discoveries or possibly passing fancies. It makes me angry at myself to leave out Godard, Dreyer, Rossellini, Chaplin, Preminger, Ophüls, Nicholas Ray, Hawks, Naruse, Ozu, Shimizu, Guitry and many others, but alas, ten is ten.

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