Matthew Turner

Film critic, Author (What To Watch When), Podcaster (Co-host of Fatal Attractions podcast)

Voted for

Vertigo1958Alfred Hitchcock
Casablanca1942Michael Curtiz
Double Indemnity1944Billy Wilder
Kind Hearts and Coronets1949Robert Hamer
His Girl Friday1939Howard Hawks
King Kong1933Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Sweet Smell of Success1957Alexander Mackendrick
Withnail & I1986Bruce Robinson
GoodFellas1990Martin Scorsese
Back to the Future1985Robert Zemeckis


I did consider making this a more representative spread of countries, genres, directors etc, but while I was writing the list, it became abundantly clear that for me personally, a dynamite script with delicious dialogue is a fundamental part of what makes a film truly great. So these are my favourites, the films I can watch over and over again to the point where I know every word by heart, and still not get tired of them. If it helps, I would have had Bicycle Thieves at number 11.