James Naremore

Emeritus Chancellors' Professor, Indiana University

Voted for

Sherlock Jr.1924Buster Keaton
Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
Letter from an Unknown Woman1948Max Ophuls
The Night of the Hunter1955Charles Laughton
North by Northwest1959Alfred Hitchcock
Memories of Underdevelopment1968Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Wanda1970Barbara Loden
Barry Lyndon1975Stanley Kubrick
Killer of Sheep1977Charles Burnett
Mulholland Dr.2001David Lynch


I'm honoured to participate in this legendary poll, but as usual I agonised over my choices. I voted for Citizen Kane mainly because I didn't want it to fall lower in the rankings. I included a few lesser-known films that deserve recognition, but I probably listed too many Hollywood pictures. I wish voters could vote for 20 films, even if you only rank ten. Here is a list of ten that are just as good as the ones I submitted: The Gold Rush (1925), Sunrise (1927), Trouble in Paradise (1932), The Scarlett Empress (1934), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Third Man (1949), The Exterminating Angel (1962), Barren Lives (1963), Au Hazard Balthazar (1966), Variety (1983).