Marten Blomkvist

Film critc, journalist, author

Voted for

Taxi Driver1976Martin Scorsese
Barry Lyndon1975Stanley Kubrick
A Clockwork Orange1971Stanley Kubrick
The Searchers1956John Ford
Seven Samurai1954Akira Kurosawa
Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
The Apartment1960Billy Wilder
The 400 Blows1959François Truffaut
M1931Fritz Lang
The Seventh Seal1957Ingmar Bergman


Taxi Driver

1976 USA

A vivid love-hate letter to the history of American film.

Barry Lyndon

1975 USA, United Kingdom

Its magnificence will never be matched.

A Clockwork Orange

1971 USA, United Kingdom

A theatrical, beautiful and frightening masterpiece.

The Searchers

1956 USA

The intelligent epic western, unforgettable lines and images.

Seven Samurai

1954 Japan

Exciting, moving, its handling of characters and story makes it maybe the best film school that films have to offer.

Citizen Kane

1941 USA

The excitement and joy in filmmaking it conveys makes it still earn its place at the top of the best films list.

The Apartment

1960 USA

The greatest beauty of all of the great Billy Wilder's films.

The 400 Blows

1959 France

A milestone in cinema, still heartbreaking.


1931 Germany

The inventiveness in its use of sound and images, and its gallery of actors, always surprises and seems to be even better than you remembered each time you revisit it.

The Seventh Seal

1957 Sweden

More romantic and lighter and freer in spirit than many other Bergman movies, and that is probably why it is slightly underrated today.

Further remarks

One has to be pragmatic in relation to lists, and so I have not considered wonderful films that never would gather enough votes to be included. But I am happy with my choices, films I think are musts for anyone interested in the art. Lists such as these are great guides when you are trying to find your way through film history.