Mey Rude


Voted for

The Matrix1999The Wachowskis
Moulin Rouge2001Baz Luhrmann
Princess Mononoke1997Hayao Miyazaki
Get Out2017Jordan Peele
Hairspray1988John Waters
Jesus Christ Superstar1973Norman Jewison
Paris Is Burning1990Jennie Livingston
Perfect Blue1997Satoshi Kon
Kokaku kidotai1995Mamoru Oshii
Pan's Labyrinth2006Guillermo del Toro


The Matrix

1999 USA, Australia

Every American film since has been influenced by it. The Matrix changed the way cinema addresses action, science fiction, fashion, special effects, music, and more. This movie changed me the first time I saw it.

Moulin Rouge

2001 USA, Australia

Pure cinematic abundance and opulence. This movie is maximalism at its best and revels in the delights of what's possible in a movie.

Princess Mononoke

1997 Japan

I still remember the first time I saw a preview for this movie, I had never seen animation like that and didn't know that stories could be told like this. Truly beautiful and groundbreaking.

Get Out

2017 USA, Japan

The quintessential American film of the 21st Century.


1988 USA

Elevated trash cinema to an artform. Opened the door for weirdos to make truly great movies.

Jesus Christ Superstar

1973 USA

The greatest movie musical of all-time. Both epic and deeply personal.

Paris Is Burning

1990 USA, United Kingdom

This documentary shined a light on some of the most influential tastemakers in the world who had never been seen on a global spotlight before.

Perfect Blue


The best movie about stardom that there is. Haunting, beautiful, unendingly impressive.

Kokaku kidotai

1995 Japan, United Kingdom

Created the most immersive world I'd ever seen in a film. I want to swim in this movie.

Pan's Labyrinth

2006 Spain, Mexico, USA

Beautiful, dark, tragic, brutal, elegant. It's everything a movie should be.

Further remarks

I struggled to whittle my list down to ten, but in the end I went with the ten films that opened my eyes the most to the magic and possibilities of film. These movies didn't just make me feel something, they changed the way I see and interact with art and the world. Without them I wouldn't be the person I am today.