Joshua Rothkopf

Senior Editor, Movies, Entertainment Weekly

Voted for

Au hasard Balthazar1966Robert Bresson
Barry Lyndon1975Stanley Kubrick
Chinatown1974Roman Polanski
City Lights1931Charles Chaplin
Le Mépris1963Jean-Luc Godard
M1931Fritz Lang
Once upon a Time in the West1968Sergio Leone
Sansho the Bailiff1954Kenji Mizoguchi
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre1974Tobe Hooper
The Thing1982John Carpenter


Not easy. And I'm sure it will change in 10 minutes. (Send any hate mail to the special Fellini jail I've constructed for myself, where I will live in shame for the next decade.) But there was clarification in doing this, as the metric kept evolving – devolving? – into something increasingly personal. Let's not pretend criticism is anything but. So: not merely films with profound insights into the human condition. Not merely films that perfected entire genres, or invented them. Not merely films of breathtaking style. All of these things, plus a special frisson that reminds me of who I am, who I was, who I always will be.