Chloe Walker

Freelance Critic

Voted for

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans1927F.W. Murnau
Double Indemnity1944Billy Wilder
It Should Happen to You1954George Cukor
A New Leaf1970Elaine May
A Woman under the Influence1974John Cassavetes
Wings of Desire1987Wim Wenders
Moonstruck1987Norman Jewison
YING XIONG (Hero)2002Zhang Yimou
Portrait of a Lady on Fire2019Céline Sciamma
Drive My Car2021Ryusuke Hamaguchi


Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

1927 USA

Still staggering in both the vast sweep of its technical creativity, and the delicate honesty of its central two performances. Huge and intimate and lovely.

Double Indemnity

1944 USA

There are five or six Billy Wilder films that could rightfully earn a place on this list, but none embody a whole genre quite as thrillingly as Double Indemnity. Foremost amongst its manifold pleasures: perfect dialogue delivered perfectly.

It Should Happen to You

1954 USA

The invention of 'famous for being famous'; Jack Lemmon's endearing feature debut performance; and an achingly funny central turn from the inimitable Judy Holliday.

A New Leaf

1970 USA

Elaine May stepped straight out of the filmmaking gate by proving herself a triple threat comedic genius. Walter Matthau's riotous lead performance is one for the ages.

A Woman under the Influence

1974 USA

Somehow both tremendously delicate and breath-catchingly intense for all of its 155 minutes. The best collaboration of John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands, which makes this about as good as it gets.

Wings of Desire

1987 Federal Republic of Germany, France

Bruno Ganz and Peter Falk conversing across existential planes about the pleasures of coffee and cigarettes. That's cinema.


1987 USA

Deliriously romantic, and yet full of world-weary pragmatism. Heady, outrageously fun, but with the warmest of hearts.



Dizzying in its beauty.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

2019 France

Every scene is a work of art. Mythic yet painfully tangible. Transcendent.

Drive My Car

2021 Japan

Tiny, truthful scenes that build and build into a rich, soul-stirring epic about what it is to be a person in the world.

Further remarks

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