Joe Lawlor & Christine Molloy


Voted for

Barry Lyndon1975Stanley Kubrick
Sunset Blvd.1950Billy Wilder
Blue Velvet1986David Lynch
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
HERR ARNES PENGAR1919Mauritz Stiller
The Red Shoes1948Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Paris Is Burning1990Jennie Livingston
Maeve1981Pat Murphy, John Davies
Touki Bouki1973Djibril Diop Mambéty
Ordet1955Carl Th. Dreyer


Barry Lyndon

1975 USA, United Kingdom

A film that will always be in our top ten.

Sunset Blvd.

1950 USA

A family favourite. And eminently quotable.

Blue Velvet

1986 USA

A seminal film that changed us, and changed our thinking about cinema and what it can be.

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

1975 Belgium, France

A filmmaker like no other. A film like no other.


1919 Sweden

One of our most memorable cinema going experiences was going to see Sir Arne's Treasure at the 2009 ERA New Horizons IFF in Wroclaw. Spellbinding cinema, and hard to believe it was made over a 100 years ago.

The Red Shoes

1948 United Kingdom

No list of ours would be complete without a film by Powell and Pressburger, and The Red Shoes is filmmaking at its very best. We love this film. And Anton Walbrook - who we also love in Gaslight - and Moira Shearer deliver such memorable performances.

Paris Is Burning

1990 USA, United Kingdom

A film we introduced our daughter to, and knowing it is now one of her most favourite films ever, fills us with joy and hope.


1981 United Kingdom

A small miracle of a film.

Touki Bouki

1973 Senegal

Had the pleasure of seeing a restored print of Touki Bouki at the 2008 London Film Festival. You could hear a pin drop in the packed cinema at the end of the screening. Brilliant cinema.


1955 Denmark

Cinema doesn't come much better than Ordet. Seeing it for the first time blew our minds.

Further remarks

We decided to make it a family list, and so our daughter also had to agree with every choice. Refining the list took a lot of time and almost every one of the final films could have been interchanged with another film we absolutely love, but choices needed to be made. We have a number of honourable mentions that so could have made the cut: Napoleon by Abel Gance (1927); Wanda (1970) by Barbara Loden; Diary for My Children (1984) by Márta Mészáros; and last but not least, Vertigo (1958) by Alfred Hitchcock.