David Leland

Wish You Were Here; Virgin Territory

UK

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

12 Angry Men

1956

Sidney Lumet

Battle of Algiers, The

1966

Gillo Pontecorvo

Big Lebowski, The

1998

Joel & Ethan Coen

Elephant

1989

Alan Clarke

French Connection, The

1971

William Friedkin

On The Waterfront

1954

Elia Kazan

Paths of Glory

1957

Stanley Kubrick

Mid-August Lunch

2008

Gianni di Gregorio

Rome Open City

1945

Roberto Rossellini

Seven Samurai

1954

Akira Kurosawa

Comments

I opted to choose films that made a great impact on me at the time I first saw them and have continued to have an impact on me ever since when I've chanced to see them again. They are also films I'd drag people to see if they’ve had the misfortune never to have seen them.

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