Jordan Farley

News Editor, Total Film

Voted for

Aliens1986James Cameron
Apocalypse Now1979Francis Ford Coppola
Blade Runner1982Ridley Scott
M1931Fritz Lang
Mad Max: Fury Road2015George Miller
Mulholland Dr.2001David Lynch
North by Northwest1959Alfred Hitchcock
Once upon a Time in the West1968Sergio Leone
Taxi Driver1976Martin Scorsese
The Thing1982John Carpenter


Coming up with a list of the 10 greatest films is not an impossible task (evidently, you can see mine above), but it is a damn difficult one; my list of honourable mentions would run for pages and pages. What separates this top 10 from the rest is the indelible mark they have left on my psyche – masterpieces on first viewing that have lost none of their magnificence in dozens of subsequent re-examinations. The reasons behind most of my choices will be obvious, their greatness indisputable. Incredibly two – Blade Runner and The Thing – released on the same day in America; by my reckoning, the single greatest day in the history of movies. Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller's miraculous action opus, is the only film in the last 20 years to make the cut. The achievement of Miller and his team has only grown more extraordinary by the day over the last seven years. Imagine its reputation in 70. I don't expect many of my choices to make the overall top 10 – the Sight and Sound collective have far more refined tastes than I – but for me these will be, if not impossible, damn difficult to ever unseat.