Sophie Determan

BFI Visitor Services Assistant

Voted for

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb1963Stanley Kubrick
Young Frankenstein1974Mel Brooks
The Ninth Configuration1979William Peter Blatty
Muppet Treasure Island1996Brian Henson
Arsenic and Old Lace1944Frank Capra
The Wizard of Oz1939Victor Fleming
He Who Gets Slapped1924Victor Sjöström
The Man Who Laughs1928Paul Leni
The Dark Knight2008Christopher Nolan


Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

1963 United Kingdom, USA

This hard-edged dark comedy only gets more relevant with each passing year.

Young Frankenstein

1974 USA

One of the funniest and most sincere love-letters to classic monster movies ever made.

The Ninth Configuration

1979 USA

Possibly the strangest, funniest, and most touching meditation on the notion of life after death.

Muppet Treasure Island

1996 USA

Not only is this the best Muppet movie ever made, it's also arguably the best swashbuckler ever made.

Arsenic and Old Lace

1944 USA

It's a rare achievement to find a comedy cast that plays off each other with such precision and timing. This film is immensity rewatchable and captures 1940s Brooklyn like none other.

The Wizard of Oz

1939 USA

The contribution of this film to queer history and to pop culture is impossible to overstate.

He Who Gets Slapped

1924 USA

An overlooked gem of the silent era and one of Lon Chaney's best.

The Man Who Laughs

1928 USA

Conrad Veidt's moving performance is amongst silent cinema's best.

The Dark Knight

2008 USA, United Kingdom

The is the absolute pinnacle of the ever-expanding superhero genre.


1985 Brazil, USA

This film features some of the most dynamic character interactions ever put to film.

Further remarks

My selections are based on emotion and rewatchability. I don't find film as valuable if I never have the desire to own it or see it twice. These are all films I recommend to friends and family constantly.