Dan Sallitt

Freelance critic, filmmaker

Voted for

Morocco1930Josef von Sternberg
Rio Bravo1958Howard Hawks
Angel1937Ernst Lubitsch
Only Angels Have Wings1939Howard Hawks
Notorious1946Alfred Hitchcock
To Have and Have Not1945Howard Hawks
Fort Apache1948John Ford
La Maman et la Putain1973Jean Eustache
The General1926Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman
Daisy Kenyon1947Otto Preminger



1930 USA

The talkies peaked very early!

To Have and Have Not

1945 USA

On November 10, 1972, I walked into this film a dilettante, and walked out a crazed cinephile.

Fort Apache

1948 USA

Secretly this was always my favorite Ford.

Further remarks

I decided to throw out the one-film-per-director unwritten rule this time. The results are a bit embarrassing, and push me deeper into the embrace of the classic American cinema, which comprises only a small portion of my filmgoing in recent decades. I made a simultaneous 15-best list for Craig Keller, and the last five films were Safe (Haynes), The Searchers (Ford), Ma nuit chez Maud (Rohmer), Journal d'un curé de campagne (Bresson), and Ruggles of Red Gap (McCarey).