Emily Murray

Film And TV Journalist

Voted for

Blade Runner1982Ridley Scott
2001: A Space Odyssey1968Stanley Kubrick
Parasite2019Bong Joon-ho
Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
Inception2010Christopher Nolan
The Dark Knight2008Christopher Nolan
The Godfather Part II1974Francis Ford Coppola
The Social Network2010David Fincher
The Matrix1999The Wachowskis
Apocalypse Now1979Francis Ford Coppola


Blade Runner

1982 USA, Hong Kong

The world of Blade Runner is so beautifully crafted you can practically feel the lashings of rain hitting the back of your neck. Debates still rage today on the nature of Deckard, as the film curiously explores identity and memory.

2001: A Space Odyssey

1968 USA, United Kingdom

The sheer ambition of Kubrick's masterpiece still astonishes today. A journey through humanity, a journey through space, a journey through cinema, a journey of pure emotion.


2019 Republic of Korea

This biting yet playful satire invites you to reflect on the nature of the class system while pushing you further to the edge of your seat as the tension builds. Perfectly executed, it will get under your skin and stay there.

Citizen Kane

1941 USA

What is there to say about Citizen Kane that hasn't been said already? There's a reason why we are still talking about it all these years later. The story of power and corruption never ages and due to its technical marvels it feels like it could have been made yesterday.


2010 USA, United Kingdom

Nolan's masterpiece is the perfect blend of blockbuster, brawn and brain. But underneath the film's jaw-dropping visuals, incredible action scenes and fantastic performances is the secret to Inception's success: a moving story of a lost man trying to make it home.

The Dark Knight

2008 USA, United Kingdom

A story of escalation both on screen and behind the camera, The Dark Knight completely changed the game for both the superhero genre and blockbuster cinema. It will leave you shaking, especially thanks to Heath Ledger's truly remarkable performance as the Joker.

The Godfather Part II

1974 USA

Absolutely sublime; even describing The Godfather Part II as Shakespearean wouldn't be doing the movie justice.

The Social Network

2010 USA

A modern masterpiece, Fincher's tale of the founding of Facebook reflects on the world we live in today. Sorkin's breathless script is both analytical and entertaining, something which carries across the whole movie.

The Matrix

1999 USA, Australia

While it may feature some of cinema's best action scenes, The Matrix is so much more than that, thanks to how it address philosophical questions guaranteeing an existential crisis. Taking the red pill is a decision no one will regret.

Apocalypse Now

1979 USA

The greatest war movie ever made, Apocalypse Now is a journey into the heart of darkness that will leave you shaking. No other film has explored the human soul quite like it.

Further remarks

This was a tough task, as there are countless masterpieces in a whole world of cinema. Early on I decided to just go with what my heart says rather than agonise over it, avoiding repeatedly changing my mind. I also knew the most important factor for me was it had to be a movie that elicited an emotional response, a film that left me in tears or shaking. A movie I still think about on a daily basis. All of these films fitted that bill – can't wait to see what comes out on top!