Richie Mehta


Voted for

Reds1981Warren Beatty
Gallipoli1981Peter Weir
The Salt of the Earth2014Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
The Battle of Algiers1966Gillo Pontecorvo
The Black Stallion1979Carroll Ballard
2001: A Space Odyssey1968Stanley Kubrick
TALAYE SORGH2003Jafar Panahi
Network1976Sidney Lumet
Once upon a Time in Anatolia2011Nuri Bilge Ceylan
They Shall Not Grow Old2018Peter Jackson



1981 United Kingdom, USA

Quite possibly the most successful attempt to explore idealism vs. realism vs. individualism, all overwhelmed by love.


1981 Australia

Never has such a grand theme been conveyed with such simplicity.

The Salt of the Earth

2014 France, Italy, Brazil

The best example of delving into the darkest depths that human beings can achieve, while coming out the other side and finding redemption.

The Battle of Algiers

1966 Italy, Algeria

While I realize it’s a dramatic piece of cinema, my brain still fools me into thinking that what I’m watching is real.

The Black Stallion

1979 USA

A rare example of cinematic perfection. The creativity and care with which each moment is rendered take my breath away.

2001: A Space Odyssey

1968 USA, United Kingdom

Though I still don’t fully know what this film is saying, I will never stop trying to discover the answer.


2003 Iran

A slow burn that haunts and haunts, until you fully comprehend what the shattering prologue fully means.


1976 USA

I don’t recall blinking even once in this film.

Once upon a Time in Anatolia

2011 Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina

A film that almost touches divinity.

They Shall Not Grow Old

2018 United Kingdom, New Zealand

A gift to humanity.

Further remarks

While it goes without saying, I have voted for the films that have moved me in life-altering ways. So while some choices may not be commonly found on other people’s lists, the combination of emotional, intellectual, and technical reasons for choosing these respective films is more a reflection of who I am, rather than a reflection of what the market deems ‘a masterpiece.’