Kenneth Turan

Film critic, Los Angeles Times

US

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Bicycle Thieves, The

1948

Vittorio de Sica

Citizen Kane

1941

Orson Welles

Dekalog

Krzysztof Kieslowski

enfants du paradis, Les

1945

Marcel Carné

Godfather: Part I, The

1972

Francis Ford Coppola

Madame de…

1953

Max Ophüls

Seven Samurai

1954

Akira Kurosawa

Sherlock Jr

1924

Buster Keaton

Third Man, The

1949

Carol Reed

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

A list like this is inevitably a kind of personal Rorschach test, an in-the-moment snapshot of what I believe to be significant on multiple levels. I’ve tried to find films that have both meant a lot to film history and to me personally, films that have nourished both the artform and the soul. It’s not the same list I submitted ten years ago, but then I’m not the same person.

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