Paul Bush


Voted for

Metropolis1927Fritz Lang
Pinocchio1940Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske
The Searchers1956John Ford
The Maltese Falcon1941John Huston
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp1943Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb1963Stanley Kubrick
Ran1985Akira Kurosawa
Herbstsonate1978Ingmar Bergman
Apocalypse Now1979Francis Ford Coppola



1927 Germany

Does it need a comment?


1940 USA

No animation gets into the S&S top ten and nor will this. But if you showed someone who had never seen a film ten movies - wouldn't one of them be a classic Disney animation?


1928 Germany

One of the most important art movies and should be iconic for every nihilist generation.

The Searchers

1956 USA

There must be a representative of every genre and this is surely one of the best Westerns ever made.

The Maltese Falcon

1941 USA

So many to choose from in the film noir genre but this one just for Bogart, Lorre and Greenstreet.

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

1943 United Kingdom

Quirky British and a personal favourite.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

1963 United Kingdom, USA

Enduringly topical and my favourite Kubrick film. The most ironic of all endings in cinema history.


1985 France, Japan

Difficult to chose one representative of Japanese cinema but if I was showing a samurai movie to someone who had never seen one before I would chose this one.


1978 Federal Republic of Germany

To show how cinema can reveal the inner thoughts of characters who never say what they mean.

Apocalypse Now

1979 USA

So that at one of my choices gets into the top ten!

Further remarks

I tried to choose films that I would show to someone who had never seen film to explain to them what cinema can achieve. Different genres from different times and different cultures, although I am sadly too ignorant to choose from African cinema.