Rico Gagliano

Head of Audio, MUBI / Host & Writer, MUBI Podcast

Voted for

Wings of Desire1987Wim Wenders
Mad Max 21981George Miller
Amarcord1972Federico Fellini
Matewan1987John Sayles
The Godfather1972Francis Ford Coppola
Do the Right Thing1989Spike Lee
Cow2021Andrea Arnold
Barry Lyndon1975Stanley Kubrick
Before Sunrise1995Richard Linklater
Get Out2017Jordan Peele


Wings of Desire

1987 Federal Republic of Germany, France

Wenders' vision — of a sad, divided world that's still so full of romance and potential that an angel is willing to give up immortality to experience it — only feels more important, decades later. Henri Alekan's roving camera and luminous images haven't been bested since.

Mad Max 2

1981 Australia

In which Miller defines the post-apocalyptic aesthetic and sets the standard for high-octane action, without ever sacrificing his soul or his intellect. Peak myth-making.


1972 Italy, France

For me, the perfect balance of Fellini the absurdist, the satirist and the humanist.


1987 USA

Strip it down, and it's a pretty straightforward tale of good guys rising up against bad guys. But Sayles and every one of his collaborators give it the weight of Greek tragedy.

The Godfather

1972 USA


Do the Right Thing

1989 USA

It's understandably remembered for its rage — and the fury of the climax feels more inevitable than ever now. But what's often forgotten, and what most astonishes on repeat viewings, is Lee's loving portrait of an entire community full of beautiful, imperfect people. Love and hate; there it is.


2021 United Kingdom

A verite documentary, starring a farm animal, that says more about humanity — and what it hath wrought — than any movie this century. Whenever I think everything's been done in cinema, I think of this film and am reminded there's more to come.

Barry Lyndon

1975 USA, United Kingdom

One of Kubrick's most brutal movies was also his most visually beautiful — which seems exactly the point.

Before Sunrise

1995 USA, Austria

Two wordless scenes here — in a movie otherwise full of near-constant conversation — elevate it to greatness. The first is a static shot of two people in a room, listening to a record. The second is a simple montage of various locations around Vienna. The emotions evoked by both are more immense than in whole films full of bombast. In the middle of all that dialogue — pure cinema.

Get Out

2017 USA, Japan

It seems like a movie this important couldn't possibly this entertaining, but here we are.