Alistair Ryder

Deputy Editor - The Lowdown

Voted for

Beats per Minute2017Robin Campillo
The Apartment1960Billy Wilder
A Clockwork Orange1971Stanley Kubrick
Distant Voices, Still Lives1988Terence Davies
Girl Friends1978Claudia Weill
Groundhog Day1993Harold Ramis
Imitation of Life1959Douglas Sirk
NAGISA NO SINDBAD1995Ryosuke Hashiguchi
The Passion of Joan of Arc1927Carl Th. Dreyer
What's Up, Doc?1972Peter Bogdanovich


Beats per Minute

2017 France

The most vital film to have been released since the 2012 poll.


1995 Japan

The most under-appreciated film from my selections, Hashiguchi's Like Grains of Sand might be cinema's definitive LGBTQ coming of age story.

Further remarks

My list is a collection of ten films that have had the most profound impact upon me. Many of these were either watched for the first time or revisited at home during the first Covid lockdown in 2020; experiencing something as joyous as Bogdanovich's What's Up, Doc? or as beautifully realised as Hashiguchi's Like Grains of Sand for the first time in this context helped me get through a particularly difficult period.