Patrick McGilligan

Author, Editor, Associate Professor (Marquette University)

Voted for

The General1926Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman
Metropolis1927Fritz Lang
Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
1963Federico Fellini
The Seventh Seal1957Ingmar Bergman
The 400 Blows1959François Truffaut
Tokyo Story1953Yasujirō Ozu
Nashville1975Robert Altman
Annie Hall1977Woody Allen
Do the Right Thing1989Spike Lee


The General

1926 USA

Hard to choose one silent comedy but such a golden era must be represented.


1927 Germany

Crazy film that is the father of all sci-fi fantasy filmmaking and still riveting.

Citizen Kane

1941 USA

Remains brilliantly cinematic and thematically layered. I am partial to films written and directed by the person starring in a demanding role.

1963 Italy, France

The best and my favorite film about filmmaking. Competitive with LA STRADA and AMARCORD as Fellini's greatest.

The Seventh Seal

1957 Sweden

A film that forced other filmmakers (and filmgoers) to think more deeply. Eloquent visually and in terms of the script as well. Bergman continues to tower, and for my money only WILD STRAWBERRIES is as perfect a film.

The 400 Blows

1959 France

The French New Wave broke ground and changed ideas and methods, and this film remains powerful and influential.

Tokyo Story

1953 Japan

"Life is disappointing." A profound film. Ozu's zen style at its simplest and most sublime.


1975 USA

Altman's masterpiece among several. Sprawling, troubling and deep, prophetic. His maverick style and approach remains his own and when it works it really works.

Annie Hall

1977 USA

Influential in form and style for all comedy, but especially in America. Personal yet not autobiographical. Beloved for the humor and romance. Written, directed and starring Woody - he doesn't get enough credit.

Do the Right Thing

1989 USA

A clarion call for justice and action that still leaves a jolt. Brilliantly directed and edited and designed and cast - and always great black music with a Spike Lee Joint. Writer, director, and actor Spike in his best provocateur role. This film re-awakened the American cinema - and American society.

Further remarks

Thank you for inviting my vote.