Tricia Tuttle

Director of Festivals (BFI London Film Festival, BFI Flare)

Voted for

Pandora's Box1928G.W. Pabst
The Wizard of Oz1939Victor Fleming
Imitation of Life1959Douglas Sirk
Persona1966Ingmar Bergman
Don't Look Now1973Nicolas Roeg
The Terminator1984James Cameron
Daughters of the Dust1991Julie Dash
Happy Together1997Wong Kar Wai
Meek's Cutoff2010Kelly Reichardt
Portrait of a Lady on Fire2019Céline Sciamma


This list would turn out differently if I did it 100 times. No room today for so many of my favourites, perfect films by their own exacting standards: Safe, Cool Hand Luke, Blade Runner, Spirited Away, Harlan County USA, Hannah and Her Sisters, L'Avventura, Fanny and Alexander, Voyage to Italy, Speed, The Piano, Erin Brocovich, Melancholia, The Thin Blue Line, East of Eden, Silkwood, Brother From Another Planet, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Hidden, Code Unknown, Do the Right Thing, All About My Mother, The Shining, Don’t Look Now, Moonlight, Stop Making Sense, Chocolat, 35 Shots of Rum, White Material, The Club.

A poll of thousands of critics on the ‘Greatest’ films of all time should always throw up 1000 different lists. I am suspicious of consensus. There are films which perfectly achieve their own bold ambitious artistic aims and there are the lenses through which we view them. Personal, political, social and subject to change.

I like very much what previous editor of Sight and Sound, Nick James had to say on the breakdown of traditional ideas of canon and cinephilia: “cinephilia is not a unified belief system, but a series of subjective, overlapping, shifting individual canons held together by advocacy and debate”.

Here is to seeing a some surprises in the Top 100!