Adam Gonet

Editor/Critic, 'The Arts Shelf'

Voted for

Rear Window1954Alfred Hitchcock
The Godfather1972Francis Ford Coppola
The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring2001Peter Jackson
Lawrence of Arabia1962David Lean
La Règle du jeu1939Jean Renoir
Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
The Apartment1960Billy Wilder
M1931Fritz Lang
Anatomy of a Murder1959Otto Preminger
The Shawshank Redemption1994Frank Darabont


It is a near impossible task to select just ten films for this list, and to try to separate greatest films from affecting, personal favourites. These selections represent a mix of both, taking into account performances, direction, design, screenplay, cinematography, score, scale, influence, etc. I have selected films that I consider to be masterpieces, great technical achievements, and some of the finest works in their respective genres, eg, Rear Window – mystery; Lawrence of Arabia – epic; Anatomy of a Murder – courtroom/trial. The beauty of this decennial poll is the diversity and range of the individual selections, and seeing how the list and personal tastes change over the years. There is, however, a huge sense of guilt in leaving out so many giants of cinema, as there are myriad films and filmmakers that more than deserve a place on any ‘Greatest’ list.