Elizabeth Weitzman

Film Critic

Voted for

Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
Daughters of the Dust1991Julie Dash
Harlan County, USA1976Barbara Kopple
In the Mood for Love2000Wong Kar Wai
Nashville1975Robert Altman
Playtime1967Jacques Tati
Shoah1985Claude Lanzmann
Singin' in the Rain1951Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
The Third Man1949Carol Reed
Wendy and Lucy2008Kelly Reichardt


A top ten round-up is by nature somewhat arbitrary; it requires all of us to omit so many favourites – a near-impossible task for any cinephile. My list could only be alphabetical, because how could I choose even further? (Any chance that by 2032 we’ll be allowed to expand our choices to 20?)

As we become more aware of the diverse voices that have been pushed into the shadows, this poll – which guides countless film fans toward unmissable art – can only become more expansive, interesting and impactful.

But ultimately, after much back and forth – Singin’ in the Rain, or Some Like It Hot? Modern Times or Playtime? – the choice of the final few comes down to this: did each one change the way we see, or think, or live?