James Curtis


Voted for

Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
Our Hospitality1923Buster Keaton, John G. Blystone
Unfaithfully Yours1948Preston Sturges
Inherit the Wind1960Stanley Kramer
The 39 Steps1935Alfred Hitchcock
Patton1969Franklin J. Schaffner
Bride of Frankenstein1935James Whale
The Ladykillers1955Alexander Mackendrick
The Night of the Hunter1955Charles Laughton
Ace in the Hole1951Billy Wilder


Citizen Kane

1941 USA

Still the most astonishing feature film debut of any director in the sound era.

Our Hospitality

1923 USA

Buster Keaton's feature film debut as writer, director and star is flawless in its design and execution.

Unfaithfully Yours

1948 USA

Preston Sturges' dark masterpiece hasn't lost any of its edge in nearly 75 years.

Inherit the Wind

1960 USA

A near-perfect rendering of the great American play of the same title featuring masterful performances by Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gene Kelly.

The 39 Steps

1935 United Kingdom

Of all of Hitchcock's masterpieces, this one is first among equals.


1969 USA

Perhaps the greatest of all biographical films, with a career-defining performance by George C. Scott.

Bride of Frankenstein

1935 USA

The apex of the Universal horror cycle of the 1930s as rendered by its greatest director.

The Ladykillers

1955 United Kingdom

The last of the great Ealing Studios comedies with an inspired screenplay by William Rose.

The Night of the Hunter

1955 USA

Charles Laughton's divinely unsettling masterpiece, from a collaboration with James Agee.

Ace in the Hole

1951 USA

This quintessential Billy Wilder comedy is one of the most important American films of the 1950s.