Lou Thomas

BFI Digital Production Editor and freelance film critic

Voted for

His Girl Friday1939Howard Hawks
Le Salaire de la peur1953Henri-Georges Clouzot
Pickpocket1959Robert Bresson
Seven Samurai1954Akira Kurosawa
Paths of Glory1957Stanley Kubrick
Malcolm X1992Spike Lee
The Wild Bunch1969Sam Peckinpah
In the Mood for Love2000Wong Kar Wai
You Were Never Really Here2017Lynne Ramsay
The King of Comedy1983Martin Scorsese


It’s fitting that love and struggle are the dominant themes among my choices, given that the process of choosing was defined by my great love for each film and the agonising struggle to exclude dozens that didn’t quite make it. Such a relief this question comes round only once a decade.