Bruce Beresford


Voted for

Pather Panchali1955Satyajit Ray
Only Angels Have Wings1939Howard Hawks
The Passion of Joan of Arc1927Carl Th. Dreyer
The Godfather Part II1974Francis Ford Coppola
My Darling Clementine1946John Ford
Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
La strada1954Federico Fellini
The Heiress1949William Wyler
Tangerines2013Zaza Urushadze



1970 Sweden

A detailed, realistic study of emigrants leaving poverty stricken Sweden for a new land.

Pather Panchali

1955 India

An incredibly moving story of a poor Indian family. It improves with repeated viewings – a sign of a great film.

Only Angels Have Wings

1939 USA

A fast-moving story of a group of fliers in a central American country. Dramatic and often very funny. An expert commercial film.

The Passion of Joan of Arc

1927 France

One of the very few silent films which seems undated today. Startlingly filmed almost entirely in close ups, well cast and well acted.

The Godfather Part II

1974 USA

The most striking part of a remarkable trilogy. Great attention to character detail makes the film timeless.

My Darling Clementine

1946 USA

Ford's best western. Tightly scripted and shot with great feeling for location and characterisation. Superb performances from Henry Fonda and Victor Mature.

Citizen Kane

1941 USA

An innovative and lively film that is still striking in 2022.

La strada

1954 Italy

The height of poetic neorealism. An unforgettable story of a travelling strongman and his simple minded assistant.

The Heiress

1949 USA

A skilfully filmed adaptation of a play – in my opinion, the most successful ever made.


2013 Estonia, Georgia

Filmed in Georgia, it is the story of a farmer, caught between warring factions, who has to shelter two soldiers from opposing sides. Well written, acted and directed – it never becomes sententious or pretentious.

Further remarks

Thanks for inviting me to contribute my choices.