Julian Hanich

Associate Professor of Film Studies, Film Critic

Voted for

2001: A Space Odyssey1968Stanley Kubrick
Days of Heaven1978Terrence Malick
Once upon a Time in the West1968Sergio Leone
Mirror1975Andrei Tarkovsky
Berlin Symphony of a City1927Walther Ruttmann
The Assassin2015Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Meshes of the Afternoon1943Maya Deren, Alexander Hackenschmied
Heat1995Michael Mann
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans1927F.W. Murnau
Blue1993Derek Jarman


2001: A Space Odyssey

1968 USA, United Kingdom

A giant monolith.

Days of Heaven

1978 USA

A gorgeous gem.

Once upon a Time in the West

1968 Italy, USA

A majestic spectacle.


1975 USSR

A perplexing contemplation.

Berlin Symphony of a City

1927 Germany

A stunning kaleidoscope.

The Assassin

2015 Taiwan, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China

A beautiful enigma.

Meshes of the Afternoon

1943 USA

An uncanny puzzle.


1995 USA

A virile deliberation.

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

1927 USA

A splendid fairy tale.


1993 United Kingdom, Japan

An elegiac experiment.

Further remarks

These ten films are the greatest to me personally, because they elicit the greatest desire to re-watch them. They are nothing less than a constant source of longing to re-experience the profound emotions and sensations they provide, to grapple with their hermeneutic depth, to admire their splendid formal beauty, to extend myself into their far-flung foreign worlds, or to discover new details every single time.

(Sadly, this implies that some of my favorite directors did not make it on the list: Ingmar Bergman, Jean-Pierre Melville, Max Ophüls, Lars von Trier, Yasujiro Ozu, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Martin Scorsese, Jane Campion, Michael Haneke, James Benning, Béla Tarr, Asghar Farhadi, Errol Morris, Alexander Sokurov and many others.)