Jason Solomons

Chairman, London Film Critics’ Circle

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Annie Hall

1977

Woody Allen

Atalante, L'

1934

Jean Vigo

Breathless

1960

Jean-Luc Godard

Do The Right Thing

1989

Spike Lee

Goodfellas

1990

Martin Scorsese

Great Expectations

1946

David Lean

Hidden

2004

Michael Haneke

Sunrise

1927

F. W. Murnau

Sunset Blvd.

1950

Billy Wilder

Ugetsu Monogatari

1953

Mizoguchi Kenji

Comments

Going through the eras seemed as good a way as any when filtering the jewels of film history. Cinema and the world it reflects is constantly evolving, so my list traces what I feel are the best films of their times. But mainly, it’s because these are films that, even now, viewed from a different century, feel as fresh, experimental, relevant, beautiful and thrilling as they must have been when audiences first saw them. Only now we can also call them timeless, and surely that’s the trick of great art – to remain astonishing. These ten films are so brilliant to me that as soon as I see even one scene from them, I have to drop everything – my jaw included – and watch, in thrall to the story and how the director is telling it.

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