Jane Giles

Head of BFI content

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Blade Runner

1982

Ridley Scott

Chant d'amour, Un

1950

Jean Genet

dolce vita, La

1960

Federico Fellini

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

1966

Russ Meyer

Jaws

1975

Steven Spielberg

Passion of Joan of Arc

1927

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Rear Window

1954

Alfred Hitchcock

Sound of Music, The

1965

Robert Wise

Taxi Driver

1976

Martin Scorsese

Third Man, The

1949

Carol Reed

Comments

My list is based on personal preference rather than professional judgement; these are ten titles that I’ve watched repeatedly over the years and would happily watch again right this moment. I’m embarrassed by the paucity of foreign-language films and the lack of diversity. It was a hard decision to include family entertainment over horror. I regret that there’s no comedy and not much dancing. I’m surprised that there’s nothing under the age of 30. But it’s only a movie list and – like life – we know that just because something is not on an official list doesn’t mean to say that it doesn’t count. Sometimes quite the opposite.

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