Akira Mizuta Lippit


Voted for

Tokyo Story1953Yasujirō Ozu
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
Stalker1979Andrei Tarkovsky
Ordet1955Carl Th. Dreyer
The Incredible Shrinking Man1957Jack Arnold
Killer of Sheep1977Charles Burnett
Daisies1966Věra Chytilová
BARA NO SORETSU1970Toshio Matsumoto
Blowjob1964Andy Warhol
News from Home1976Chantal Akerman


Tokyo Story

1953 Japan

A film brimming with restrained emotion, unleashed through a level of unparalleled film craftsmanship. The model on which many of the world's greatest films are based.

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

1975 Belgium, France

Has any film ever captured so brilliantly the nuances of love, distance, ennui and sadness? Who knew cinema was capable of this? A level of detail and perfection unseen before or since.


1979 USSR

A masterwork of pacing, elemental precision and breathtaking patience. One of the most beautiful films ever made.


1955 Denmark

A genuine film miracle.

The Incredible Shrinking Man

1957 USA

Darker than any noir, more philosophical than the French, perhaps the most existentialist film ever made. Truly one of American cinema's greatest achievements.

Killer of Sheep

1977 USA

Neglected for too long, Killer of Sheep is a subtle masterpiece at the intersections of American independent, neorealist and Third cinemas. Taut and emotional, it may be the most resourceful film ever made.


1966 Czechoslovakia

Who could have known that a cinema like this was possible in 1960s Czechoslovakia? Revolutionary in every sense of the term.


1970 Japan

Avant-garde, documentary, performance art, every possibility of cinema in a single film. Like a memory of cinema.


1964 USA

The most erotic film ever made, a tribute to the irreducible pornographies of the unseen.

News from Home

1976 France, Belgium

Powerful in everything that is neither said nor seen, the cinematic power of the unrevealed. Could easily be at the top of this list. A film that reveals the incomparable power of cinema to conceal.

Further remarks

Off the cuff, will undoubtedly regret omitted films and perhaps even the order, but the films here ought to be among any list of the world's greatest films.