Tim Grierson

Senior U.S. Critic, Screen International

Voted for

Tokyo Story1953Yasujirō Ozu
Persona1966Ingmar Bergman
2001: A Space Odyssey1968Stanley Kubrick
The Godfather1972Francis Ford Coppola
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
Barry Lyndon1975Stanley Kubrick
Stop Making Sense1984Jonathan Demme
Do the Right Thing1989Spike Lee
Close-up1989Abbas Kiarostami
[Safe]1994Todd Haynes


After weeks of agonizing and extensive rewatching of worthy contenders, these were the 10 films I had to have on this list. So many masterpieces didn’t make the cut — but in the end, there simply wasn’t room for them.

Only four titles from my 2012 ballot are duplicated here, which wasn’t intentional but nonetheless pleased me. I don’t like thinking that my conception of what constitutes the greatest films is set in stone. I want to be open to change, both in my life and in the way art affects me.

I’m sure my list says things about me that I don’t realize. That’s one of the reasons why I love my job: I know my taste, and yet there’s always an element of mystery in terms of discovering what moves me. Figuring out why and then communicating that to my readers is something I never get tired of.