Alan Jones

film critic, author, broadcaster, artistic director of FrightFest and the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival

Voted for

Psycho1960Alfred Hitchcock
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls1970Russ Meyer
MARTYRS2008Pascal Laugier
Imitation of Life1959Douglas Sirk
Inferno1980Dario Argento
The Devil Rides Out1967Terence Fisher
Taxi Driver1976Martin Scorsese
The Last of Sheila1973Herbert Ross
Some Like It Hot1959Billy Wilder
Pan's Labyrinth2006Guillermo del Toro



1960 USA

All modern horror starts here, still frightening, still iconic, still genius…

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

1970 USA

The ultimate cult movie of all time. Funny, campy and shocking, the movie I've watched the most times in my life


2008 France, Canada

The best horror movie of the 21st Century so far… Extreme, shocking to the max, philosophical, an aria of savage violence and beauty.

Imitation of Life

1959 USA

Love all of Sirk's work but this is the one that combines all his attributes in one potent, tear-jerking allegorical masterpiece.


1980 Italy, USA

The most cohesive of Argento's horrors, a game-changing fantasy and a comic strip panel-style groundbreaker. Every frame is a work of art.

The Devil Rides Out

1967 United Kingdom, USA

The best Hammer horror ever in my opinion. Chris Lee's performance is a standout in a non-villain role, and while the FX are dodgy, even for the time, they work their mystical magic.

Taxi Driver

1976 USA

The perfect summation of 70s New York in all its sleaze, sexuality and toxic masculinity.

The Last of Sheila

1973 USA

The greatest murder mystery thriller ever made. Screenwriters Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim crafted the cleverest script and I watch it at least once a year. Raquel Welch being my favourite movie star helps.

Some Like It Hot

1959 USA

Sensationally funny, one of the best scripts ever, Marilyn Monroe at the peak of her star incandescence, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon beyond brilliant in drag, and some great songs. How can anyone not love this?

Pan's Labyrinth

2006 Spain, Mexico, USA

Del Toro has never bettered this razor-edged fairytale, full of sublime imagery and political allegory, a masterpiece.