Matt Maytum

Deputy Editor, Total Film

Voted for

Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
Psycho1960Alfred Hitchcock
2001: A Space Odyssey1968Stanley Kubrick
The Godfather1972Francis Ford Coppola
Taxi Driver1976Martin Scorsese
E.T. The Extra-terrestrial1982Steven Spielberg
RoboCop1987Paul Verhoeven
My Neighbour Totoro1988Hayao Miyazaki
Before Sunset2004Richard Linklater
The Dark Knight2008Christopher Nolan


It was real thrill and an honour to be asked to vote. After much deliberation, I ended up with the list I'd have probably had without all that much deliberation, although of course there are far more than 10 films worthy of a spot here. I limited myself to one film per director, lest the selection be swamped by a couple of favourites, but otherwise my criteria was simple: these are films I consider unimprovable, love rather than admire or appreciate, and would recommend to absolutely anyone (old enough to watch them).

I submitted these in order of year, although if I was to rank them, 2001: A Space Odyssey would be at the top of the pile.