Neil Fox

Academic, Critic

Voted for

The Apartment1960Billy Wilder
Mean Streets1973Martin Scorsese
Punch-drunk Love2002Paul Thomas Anderson
Goodbye, Dragon Inn2003Tsai Ming-liang
Le VENT NOUS EMPORTERA1999Abbas Kiarostami
Touch of Evil1958Orson Welles
A Hard Day's Night1964Richard Lester
A New Leaf1970Elaine May
Killer of Sheep1977Charles Burnett
Faces Places2017Agnès Varda, JR


This is a distillation of my cinephilia. It is a list that can be traced back to when I started to become interested in cinema in earnest in the late 1990s, around the time I started to read Sight and Sound. Since then I have wanted to contribute a list so this is a real honour for me. One I am truly grateful for. I am proud of my list and it came relatively easily. The only film it ultimately felt like a wrench leaving off was Lynne Ramsay’s ‘You Were Never Really Here’ (2017) but another choice from that year fits better this list with its recurrent themes of love, cinema, music and the labour of living. I hope to be able to reflect on this list in a decade’s time but if this is my only contribution to this poll, I will happily stand by this ten as a statement of what I believe cinema is and can be.