Rich Cline

Chair, London Film Critics' Circle

Voted for

La strada1954Federico Fellini
Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
The Stunt Man1979Richard Rush
Rear Window1954Alfred Hitchcock
Apocalypse Now1979Francis Ford Coppola
Chinatown1974Roman Polanski
Moulin Rouge2001Baz Luhrmann
It's a Wonderful Life1947Frank Capra
Blue Velvet1986David Lynch
City Lights1931Charles Chaplin


La strada

1954 Italy

Fellini was at the peak of his powers with this glorious mix of earthy grit and aching emotion.

Citizen Kane

1941 USA

Welles' bravura approach is still electrifying for anyone who loves movies.

The Stunt Man

1979 USA

The best movie about making movies, a skilful mix of illusion, chaos and passion.

Rear Window

1954 USA

Hitchcock's masterful manipulation of perspective is deeply engaging in ways we really don't want it to be.

Apocalypse Now

1979 USA

Perhaps the biggest, boldest movie ever made is also one of the most darkly intimate.


1974 USA

A bracing mix of politics, mystery and melodrama with actors and filmmakers at the top of their game.

Moulin Rouge

2001 USA, Australia

Ambitious, messy and way over the top, but a fierce original with the narrative power to move us deeply.

It's a Wonderful Life

1947 USA

Nothing about this movie should work as well as it does, but this mix of comedy, fantasy, drama and romance seems to dig deeper and become more essential with each viewing.

Blue Velvet

1986 USA

A glorious journey into humanity's darker urges that worms its way under the skin.

City Lights

1931 USA

Breathtaking storytelling that feels like a balm for the soul.