Ian Freer

Contributing Editor, EMPIRE

Voted for

The Cat Concerto1947William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Singin' in the Rain1951Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
The 400 Blows1959François Truffaut
American Graffiti1973George Lucas
Apocalypse Now1979Francis Ford Coppola
Raging Bull1980Martin Scorsese
Raiders of the Lost Ark1981Steven Spielberg
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters1985Paul Schrader
Distant Voices, Still Lives1988Terence Davies
Before Sunrise1995Richard Linklater


I can't tell you how thrilled I am to vote in Sight & Sound's Greatest Films Of All Time poll. Fifteen-year-old me would have never believed it.

I always liked François Truffaut's conception of a 'great' film, that it conveys an idea of the world and an idea of cinema or that it expresses the agony or the ecstasy of a film's making. So I've picked films, a mixture of bona fide classics and personal favourites, that tick at least one of those boxes. As with everyone, this list could be completely different tomorrow – Meshes Of The Afternoon, La Belle et la Bête , Seven Samurai, Amarcord, any number of Spielbergs, Gregory's Girl, The Draughtsman's Contract, Lady Bird, There Will Be Blood, Portrait of a Lady on Fire – but today I'll live with this ten.