Saleem Albeik


Voted for

Persona1966Ingmar Bergman
L'avventura1960Michelangelo Antonioni
Tokyo Story1953Yasujirō Ozu
Man with a Movie Camera1929Dziga Vertov
Bicycle Thieves1948Vittorio De Sica
1963Federico Fellini
Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
Battleship Potemkin1925Sergei M. Eisenstein
Le Mépris1963Jean-Luc Godard



1966 Sweden

A perfect homage to narration, a cinematic revolution by itself.


1960 Italy, France

A mesmerising love message to image and frame.

Tokyo Story

1953 Japan

A psychologically healing film, a magically calming one.

Man with a Movie Camera

1929 Ukrainian SSR, USSR

A pioneering film, an introduction to documentation in practice and theory.

Bicycle Thieves

1948 Italy

A pure hunatist approach to cinema.

1963 Italy, France

Film history timeline is what comes before and after 8½.

Citizen Kane

1941 USA

A cinema necessary bible.

Battleship Potemkin

1925 USSR

If a film is partially montage, cinema history is partially this film.

Le Mépris

1963 France, Italy

A great film by the greatest director.


2002 France, Germany, Morocco, Netherlands, USA

A unique contemporary and a conquering film of a one of a kind director.

Further remarks

Like many other cinephiles, I believe, once I discovered this poll, long years ago, I made myself a task of watching and studying these 100 great films. My voyage to film criticism was through this poll; a hundred films in almost a hundred days. This poll constructed my understanding of what a great film would look like. Today, I feel overwhelmed to be part of it, years after that voyage.

I had a few other films that needed to be in my personal greatest films. Kurosawa, Bresson, Tarkovsky, Lynch, Kubrick,Truffaut, Coppola, Keaton, Chaplin and others will start haunting me for not being able to let them in. This will be my concern once I send you my greatest ones.