Scott Tobias


Voted for

Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg1964Jacques Demy
Vertigo1958Alfred Hitchcock
Tokyo Story1953Yasujirō Ozu
Taxi Driver1976Martin Scorsese
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
The Night of the Hunter1955Charles Laughton
Modern Romance1981Albert Brooks
Blow Out1981Brian De Palma
In the Mood for Love2000Wong Kar Wai


Citizen Kane

1941 USA

The former champion still feels like a grand summation of film's early development as an art form and a glimpse of the future, too. At the same time, it's a hugely entertaining portrait of the media narcissism and demagoguery that underscores American politics.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

1964 France, Federal Republic of Germany

Apart from being an utterly unique and emotionally convulsive movie musical, Demy's film is as wise about the ebbs and flows of love as any film, regardless of genre.


1958 USA

A worthy new #1 from the last poll, because it feels like we're finally catching up to it.

Tokyo Story

1953 Japan

"Isn't life disappointing?" It certainly is.

Taxi Driver

1976 USA

We live in Travis Bickle's world. Scorsese and De Niro put us in his head.

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

1975 Belgium, France

One of those films that alters your metabolism and changes your idea of what a movie can be.

The Night of the Hunter

1955 USA

The greatest directorial one-off in history, an enveloping Southern Gothic that exposes our attraction to charismatic grifters and the dangerous world we create for the most vulnerable among us.

Modern Romance

1981 USA

Savagely self-deprecating and funny as hell, with comedy's premier deconstructionist picking apart romantic dysfunction.