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Top Ten Lists by Critics and Filmmakers

Forrest J. Ackerman
(Horror Film Expert)

Source: Movies Unlimited Catalog, 1997

  1. Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang)
  2. Things to Come (1936, William Cameron Menzies)
  3. King Kong (1933, Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack)
  4. Frankenstein (1931, James Whale)
  5. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951, Robert Wise)
  6. Phantom of the Opera (1943, Arthur Lubin)
  7. The Invisible Man (1933, James Whale)
  8. The Exorcist (1973, William Friedkin)
  9. High Treason (1929, Maurice Elvey)
  10. London After Midnight (1927, Tod Browning)
Nestor Almendros
(Cinematographer: Claire's Knee, Days of Heaven)
  1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  2. The 400 Blows (1959, Francois Truffaut)
  3. Alexander Nevsky (1938, Sergei Eisenstein)
  4. Design for Living (1933, Ernst Lubitsch)
  5. The Crowd (1928, King Vidor)
  6. The Earrings of Madame de... (1953, Max Ophuls)
  7. The Devil Is a Woman (1935, Josef von Sternberg)
  8. Sansho Dayu (1954, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  9. Rebecca (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)
  10. Nights of Cabiria (1957, Federico Fellini)
Pedro Almodovar
(Filmmaker: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Talk to Her)
  1. The Night of the Hunter (1955, Charles Laughton)
  2. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  3. All About Eve (1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
  4. Leave Her to Heaven (1945, John M. Stahl)
  5. North by Northwest (1959, Alfred Hitchcock)
  6. Out of the Past (1947, Jacques Tourneur)
  7. Midnight (1939, Mitchell Leisen)
  8. Some Like It Hot (1959, Billy Wilder)
  9. Touch of Evil (1958, Orson Welles)
  10. Senso (1954, Luchino Visconti)
Allison Anders
(Filmmaker: Gas Food Lodging, Grace of My Heart)
  1. All That Heaven Allows (1955, Douglas Sirk)
  2. Alice in the Cities (1974, Wim Wenders)
  3. The Hours and Times (1992, Christopher Munch)
  4. The Man from Laramie (1955, Anthony Mann)
  5. Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948, Max Ophuls)
  6. A Hard Day's Night (1964, Richard Lester)
  7. Woman on the Beach (1947, Jean Renoir)
  8. Naked (1993, Mike Leigh)
  9. The Age of Innocence (1993, Martin Scorsese)
  10. There's Always Tomorrow (1956, Douglas Sirk)
Jeffrey M. Anderson
(Film Critic: Combustible Celluloid, Las Vegas Weekly, San Francisco Examiner, Common Sense Media)
  1. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  2. Sherlock Jr. (1924, Buster Keaton)
  3. Modern Times (1936, Charles Chaplin)
  4. Chimes at Midnight (1966, Orson Welles)
  5. Rio Bravo (1959, Howard Hawks)
  6. The Old Dark House (1932, James Whale)
  7. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972, Luis Buñuel)
  8. Night of the Living Dead (1968, George A. Romero)
  9. Yi Yi (2000, Edward Yang)
  10. L'Avventura (1960, Michelangelo Antonioni)
Lindsay Anderson
(Filmmaker: if..., Oh Lucky Man!)
  1. L'Age D'Or (1930, Luis Bunuel & Salvador Dali)
  2. A Diary for Timothy (1945, Humphrey Jennings)
  3. Earth (1930, Alexander Dovzhenko)
  4. A Generation (1954, Andrzej Wajda)
  5. If... (1968, Lindsay Anderson)
  6. The Maltese Falcon (1941, John Huston)
  7. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944, Vincente Minnelli)
  8. They Were Expendable (1945, John Ford)
  9. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
  10. Zero for Conduct (1933, Jean Vigo)
Theo Angelopoulos
(Filmmaker: The Traveling Players, Eternity and a Day)
  1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  2. Ivan the Terrible (1943, Sergei Eisenstein)
  3. Ordet (1955, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  4. 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini)
  5. Nosferatu (1922, F.W. Murnau)
  6. L'Avventura (1960, Michelangelo Antonioni)
  7. The Gold Rush (1925, Charles Chaplin)
  8. Ugetsu (1953, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  9. Pickpocket (1959, Robert Bresson)
  10. Persona (1966, Ingmar Bergman)
Gillian Armstrong
(Filmmaker: My Brilliant Career, Little Women)
  1. The Bicycle Thief (1947, Vittorio De Sica)
  2. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  3. Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
  4. The Godfather Part II (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
  5. Jules and Jim (1961, Francois Truffaut)
  6. Gone with the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming)
  7. La Strada (1954, Federico Fellini)
  8. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  9. The Seventh Seal (1956, Ingmar Bergman)
  10. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Victor Fleming)
Olivier Assayas
(Filmmaker: Irma Vep; Late August, Early September)
  1. Andrei Rublev (1966, Andrei Tarkovsky)
  2. L'Argent (1983, Robert Bresson)
  3. La Dolce Vita (1959, Federico Fellini)
  4. In Girum imus nocte et consumimur igni (1978, Guy Debord)
  5. Ludwig (1972, Luchino Visconti)
  6. A Man Escaped (1956, Robert Bresson)
  7. Mirror (1975, Andrei Tarkovsky)
  8. Ordet (1955, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  9. Playtime (1967, Jacques Tati)
  10. Scenes from a Marriage (1974, Ingmar Bergman)
Clive Barker
(Filmmaker: Hellraiser, Night Breed)

Source: Movies Unlimited Catalog, 1997

  1. Andrei Rublev (1966, Andrei Tarkovsky)
  2. Fantasia (1940, Ben Sharpsteen)
  3. The Exorcist (1973, William Friedkin)
  4. Fellini Satyricon (1970, Federico Fellini)
  5. Gone with the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming)
  6. Ben-Hur (1959, William Wyler)
  7. Bride of Frankenstein (1935, James Whale)
  8. Pinocchio (1940, Ben Sharpsteen)
  9. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944, Vincente Minnelli)
  10. Blade Runner (1982, Ridley Scott)
Paul Bartel
(Filmmaker: Death Race 2000, Eating Raoul)
  1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  2. Children of Paradise (1945, Marcel Carne)
  3. The Red Shoes (1948, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
  4. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, William Wyler)
  5. A nous la liberte (1931, Rene Clair)
  6. Pinocchio (1940, Ben Sharpsteen)
  7. Lacombe, Lucien (1974, Louis Malle)
  8. City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
  9. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919, Robert Wiene)
  10. The 39 Steps (1935, Alfred Hitchcock)
Andre Bazin
(Editor: Cahiers du Cinema)
  1. Les Vampires (1915-16, Louis Feuillade)
  2. The Pilgrim (1923, Charles Chaplin)
  3. Broken Blossoms (1919, D.W. Griffith)
  4. Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  5. Greed (1924, Erich von Stroheim)
  6. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  7. Le Jour se leve (1939, Marcel Carne)
  8. The Little Foxes (1941, William Wyler)
  9. Les Dames du Bois de Boulongne (1945, Robert Bresson)
  10. The Bicycle Thief (1949, Vittorio De Sica)
Robert Benton
(Filmmaker: Kramer vs. Kramer, Nobody's Fool)
  1. Rio Bravo (1959, Howard Hawks)
  2. The Wild Child (1970, Francois Truffaut)
  3. Charley Varrick (1973, Don Siegel)
  4. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  5. My Night at Maud's (1969, Eric Rohmer)
  6. Children of Paradise (1945, Marcel Carne)
  7. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)
  8. The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978, Ermanno Olmi)
  9. The Fallen Idol (1948, Carol Reed)
  10. Claire's Knee (1971, Eric Rohmer)
  11. My Darling Clementine (1946, John Ford)
Bernardo Bertolucci
(Filmmaker: The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris)
  1. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  2. Sansho Dayu (1954, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  3. Germany Year Zero (1947, Roberto Rossellini)
  4. Breathless (1959, Jean-Luc Godard)
  5. Stagecoach (1939, John Ford)
  6. Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch)
  7. City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
  8. Marnie (1964, Alfred Hitchcock)
  9. Accatone (1961, Pier Paolo Pasolini)
  10. Touch of Evil (1958, Orson Welles)
Antonia Bird
(Filmmaker: Priest, Ravenous)
  1. Mean Streets (1973, Martin Scorsese)
  2. Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
  3. GoodFellas (1990, Martin Scorsese)
  4. 12 Angry Men (1957, Sidney Lumet)
  5. Local Hero (1983, Bill Forsyth)
  6. Don't Look Now (1973, Nicholas Roeg)
  7. Raising Arizona (1987, Joel and Ethan Coen)
  8. Five Easy Pieces (1970, Bob Rafelson)
  9. Full Metal Jacket (1987, Stanley Kubrick)
  10. Broadcast News (1987, James L. Brooks)
John Boorman
(Filmmaker: Point Blank, The General)
  1. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  2. The Seventh Seal (1956, Ingmar Bergman)
  3. 8 1/2 (1953, Federico Fellini)
  4. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977, Luis Bunuel)
  5. Dr. Strangelove (1964, Stanley Kubrick)
  6. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  7. Sunset Boulevard (1950, Billy Wilder)
  8. Solaris (1972, Andrei Tarkovsky)
  9. La Roue (1922, Abel Gance)
  10. The Birth of a Nation (1915, D.W. Griffith)
David Bordwell
(Film scholar: The Way Hollywood Tells It: Story and Style in Modern Movies)
  1. The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967, Jacques Demy)
  2. Early Summer (1951, Yasujiro Ozu)
  3. Playtime (1967, Jacques Tati)
  4. Sansho Dayu (1954, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  5. Through the Olive Trees (1994, Abbas Kiarostami)
  6. Simple Men (1992, Hal Hartley)
  7. Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (1936, Jean Renoir)
  8. The Chinese Feast (1995, Tsui Hark)
  9. His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks)
  10. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944, Vincente Minnelli)
Ray Bradbury
(Author: Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes)

Source: Movies Unlimited Catalog, 1997

  1. King Kong (1933, Merian C. Cooper/Ernest B. Schoedsack)
  2. Fantasia (1940, Ben Sharpsteen)
  3. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  4. The Phantom of the Opera (1925, Rupert Julian)
  5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
  6. Amarcord (1974, Federico Fellini)
  7. Some Like It Hot (1959, Billy Wilder)
  8. Farewell My Lovely (1975, Dick Richards)
  9. The Producers (1968, Mel Brooks)
  10. A Passage to India (1984, David Lean)
Robert Bresson
(Filmmaker: Diary of a Country Priest, Pickpocket)
  1. The Gold Rush (1925, Charles Chaplin)
  2. City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
  3. Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
  4. Brief Encounter (1945, David Lean)
  5. The Bicycle Thief (1947, Vittorio De Sica)
  6. Man of Aran (1934, Robert Flaherty)
  7. Louisiana Story (1948, Robert Flaherty)
Joe Bob Briggs
(Film Critic: Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In)

Source: Movies Unlimited Catalog, 1997

  1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974, Tobe Hooper)
  2. Hellraiser (1987, Clive Barker)
  3. Night of the Living Dead (1968, George A. Romero)
  4. Basket Case (1982, Frank Henelotter)
  5. Demons (1986, Lamberto Bava)
  6. The Evil Dead (1983, Sam Raimi)
  7. The Hills Have Eyes (1977, Wes Craven)
  8. Suspiria (1977, Dario Argento)
  9. Enter the Dragon (1973, Robert Clouse)
  10. Shaft (1971, Gordon Parks)
Georgia Brown
(Film Critic: The Village Voice)
  1. I Was Born But... (1932, Yasujiro Ozu)
  2. L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
  3. A Man Escaped (1956, Robert Bresson)
  4. Vivra sa vie (1962, Jean-Luc Godard)
  5. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  6. The Searchers (1956, John Ford)
  7. Sherlock Jr. (1924, Buster Keaton)
  8. Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  9. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
  10. Voyage to Italy (1953, Roberto Rossellini)
Luis Bunuel
(Filmmaker: The Exterminating Angel, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie)
  1. Underworld (1927, Josef von Sternberg)
  2. The Gold Rush (1925, Charles Chaplin)
  3. The Bicycle Thief (1947, Vittorio De Sica)
  4. Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
  5. Portait of Jennie (1948, William Dieterle)
  6. Cavalcade (1933, Frank Lloyd)
  7. White Shadows in the South Seas (1928, W.S. Van Dyle/Robert Flaherty)
  8. Dead of Night (1945, Alberto Cavalcanti/Charles Crichton/Basil Deardon/Robert Hamer)
  9. L'Age d'Or (1930, Luis Bunuel/Salvador Dali)
  10. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932, Mervyn LeRoy)
Charles Burnett
(Filmmaker: Killer of Sheep, To Sleep with Anger)
  1. The Bicycle Thief (1949, Vittorio De Sica)
  2. Emitai (1971, Ousmane Sembene)
  3. Alexander Nevsky (1938, Sergei Eisenstein)
  4. The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978, Ermanno Olmi)
  5. Shane (1953, George Stevens)
  6. The Swimmer (1968, Frank Perry)
  7. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  8. The Maltese Falcon (1941, John Huston)
  9. Dodes'ka-den (1970, Akira Kurosawa)
  10. The Shop on Main Street (1965, Jan Kadar/Elmar Klos)
Ken Burns
(Filmmaker: The Civil War, Baseball)

Source: Movies Unlimited Catalog, 1997

  1. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  2. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972, Luis Bunuel)
  3. Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)
  4. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  5. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  6. Last Tango in Paris (1972, Bernardo Bertolucci)
  7. Pelle the Conqueror (1988, Bille August)
  8. The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978, Ermanno Olmi)
  9. Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski)
  10. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
Michael Caton-Jones
(Filmmaker: Scandal, Doc Hollywood, Rob Roy)
  1. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  2. Grand Illusion (1937, Jean Renoir)
  3. Ikiru (1952, Akira Kurosawa)
  4. My Darling Clementine (1946, John Ford)
  5. Midnight Cowboy (1969, John Schlesinger)
  6. L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
  7. The Maggie (1953, Alexander Mackendrick)
  8. The Awful Truth (1937, Leo McCarey)
  9. Show People (1928, King Vidor)
  10. The Philadelphia Story (1940, George Cukor)
Vincent Canby
(Film Critic: The New York Times)
  1. Intolerance (1916, D.W. Griffith)
  2. The Circus (1928, Charles Chaplin)
  3. The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
  4. Sherlock Jr. (1924, Buster Keaton)
  5. Nights of Cabiria (1957, Federico Fellini)
  6. Some Like It Hot (1959, Billy Wilder)
  7. Rear Window (1954, Alfred Hitchcock)
  8. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)
  9. Weekend (1967, Jean-Luc Godard)
  10. Badlands (1973, Terrence Malick)
Charles Champlin
(Film Critic)

Source: Movies Unlimited Catalog, 1997

  1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  2. The Godfather Part II (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
  3. The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
  4. The Gold Rush (1925, Charles Chaplin)
  5. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939, Frank Capra)
  6. Gone with the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming)
  7. Show People (1928, King Vidor)
  8. All That Jazz (1979, Bob Fosse)
  9. Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski)
  10. The Maltese Falcon (1941, John Huston)
Jackie Chan
(Filmmaker: Project A II, Drunken Master II)
  1. The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
  2. City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
  3. Rocky (1976, John G. Avildsen)
  4. War and Peace (1968, Sergei Bondarchuk)
  5. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  6. Gone with the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming)
  7. Jurassic Park (1993, Steven Spielberg)
  8. My Fair Lady (1964, George Cukor)
  9. Pocketful of Miracles (1961, Frank Capra)
  10. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
Michel Ciment
(Film Critic: Positif)
  1. Barry Lyndon (1975, Stanley Kubrick)
  2. L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
  3. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  4. The Earrings of Madame de... (1953, Max Ophuls)
  5. Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  6. The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
  7. The Travelling Players (1975, Theo Angelopoulos)
  8. Ugetsu (1953, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  9. White Heat (1949, Raoul Walsh)
  10. Salvatore Giuliano (1962, Francesco Rosi)
Ethan Coen
(Filmmaker: Fargo; O Brother, Where Art Thou?)
  1. Brother's Keeper (1992, Joe Berlinger/Bruce Sinofsky)
  2. Il Bidone (1955, Federico Fellini)
  3. Salesman (1969, Albert & David Maysles)
  4. The Bad News Bears (1976, Michael Ritchie)
  5. The Fortune (1975, Mike Nichols)
Joel Coen
(Filmmaker: Fargo; O Brother, Where Art Thou?)
  1. The Fortune (1975, Mike Nichols)
  2. High and Low (1963, Akira Kurosawa)
  3. Dames (1934, Ray Enright)
  4. Separate Tables (1958, Delbert Mann)
  5. Where Eagles Dare (1968, Brian G. Hutton)
Roger Corman
(Filmmaker: A Bucket of Blood, The Masque of the Red Death)

Source: Sight & Sound Poll, 2002

  1. Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
  2. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  3. The Seventh Seal (1956, Ingmar Bergman)
  4. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
  5. The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
  6. The Grapes of Wrath (1940, John Ford)
  7. Shane (1953, George Stevens)
  8. On the Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan)
  9. Star Wars (1977, George Lucas)
  10. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919, Robert Wiene)
Alex Cox
(Filmmaker: Repo Man, Sid & Nancy)
  1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  2. The Devils (1971, Ken Russell)
  3. The Exterminating Angel (1962, Luis Bunuel)
  4. King Kong (1933, Merian C. Cooper/Ernest B. Schoedsack)
  5. The Mattei Affair (1973, Francesco Rosi)
  6. O Lucky Man! (1973, Lindsay Anderson)
  7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  8. Throne of Blood (1957, Akira Kurosawa)
  9. The Wages of Fear (1953, H.G. Clouzot)
  10. The War Game (1967, Peter Watkins)
John Dahl
(Filmmaker: Red Rock West, The Last Seduction)
  1. Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski)
  2. A Clockwork Orange (1971, Stanley Kubrick)
  3. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989, Woody Allen)
  4. Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder)
  5. The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
  6. Once Upon a Time in the West (1969, Sergio Leone)
  7. Schindler's List (1993, Steven Spielberg)
  8. Sunset Boulevard (1950, Billy Wilder)
  9. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948, John Huston)
  10. Unforgiven (1992, Clint Eastwood)
Joe Dante
(Filmmaker: Gremlins, Small Soldiers)

Source: Sight & Sound Poll, 2002

  1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  2. City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
  3. 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini)
  4. Children of Paradise (1945, Marcel Carne)
  5. The Dead (1960, Stan Brakhage)
  6. Rashomon (1950, Akira Kurosawa)
  7. Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
  8. Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)
  9. The Searchers (1956, John Ford)
  10. Once Upon a Time in the West (1969, Sergio Leone)
Manohla Dargis
(Film critic: Los Angeles Times)
  1. Au hasard Balthazar (1966, Robert Bresson)
  2. Barry Lyndon (1975, Stanley Kubrick)
  3. The Godfather/The Godfather Part II (1972-74, Francis Ford Coppola)
  4. Grand Illusion (1937, Jean Renoir)
  5. Masculin-Feminin (1966, Jean-Luc Godard)
  6. The Puppetmaster (1993, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  7. Scenes from Under Childhood (1967, Stan Brakhage)
  8. Some Like It Hot (1959, Billy Wilder)
  9. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
  10. Touch of Evil (1958, Orson Welles)
Terence Davies
(Filmmaker: Distant Voices, Still Lives; The House of Mirth)
  1. Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly)
  2. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949, Robert Hamer)
  3. Sweet Smell of Success (1957, Alexander Mackendrick)
  4. Cries and Whispers (1972, Ingmar Bergman)
  5. The Age of Innocence (1993, Martin Scorsese)
  6. The Searchers (1956, John Ford)
  7. The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950, Frank Launder)
  8. Apu Trilogy (1955-59, Satyajit Ray)
  9. Sunset Boulevard (1950, Billy Wilder)
  10. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944, Vincente Minnelli)
Jonathan Demme
(Filmmaker: The Silence of the Lambs, The Agronomist)
  1. Shoot the Piano Player (1960, Francois Truffaut)
  2. The Conformist (1970, Bernardo Bertolucci)
  3. Yojimbo (1961, Akira Kurosawa)
  4. Nothing But a Man (1964, Michael Roemer)
  5. Antonio das Mortes (1969, Glauber Rocha)
  6. Black Orpheus (1959, Marcel Camus)
  7. Five Easy Pieces (1970, Bob Rafelson)
  8. Muriel (1963, Alain Resnais)
  9. Coming Home (1978, Hal Ashby)
  10. Ceddo (1977, Ousmane Sembene)
David Denby
(Film critic: New Yorker)
  1. L'Avventura (1960, Michelangelo Antonioni)
  2. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  3. The Decalogue (1988, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  4. The Godfather/The Godfather Part II (1972-74, Francis Ford Coppola)
  5. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  6. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  7. Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  8. The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
  9. Weekend (1967, Jean-Luc Godard)
  10. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
Ernest Dickerson
(Filmmaker: Juice, Bones)
  1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  3. In the Mood for Love (2001, Wong Kar-wai)
  4. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
  5. Brazil (1985, Terry Gilliam)
  6. Rashomon (1950, Akira Kurosawa)
  7. The Godfather/The Godfather Part II (1972-74, Francis Ford Coppola)
  8. Malcolm X (1992, Spike Lee)
  9. Ikiru (1952, Akira Kurosawa)
  10. Blade Runner (1982, Ridley Scott)
Roger Ebert
(Film Critic: Chicago Sun-Times)

Source: Sight & Sound Poll, 2002

  1. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972, Werner Herzog)
  2. Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
  3. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  4. The Decalogue (1988, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  5. La Dolce Vita (1959, Federico Fellini)
  6. The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
  7. Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)
  8. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  9. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
  10. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
Federico Fellini
(Filmmaker: Nights of Cabiria, 8 1/2)
  1. The Circus/City Lights/Monsieur Verdoux (1928,31,47, Charles Chaplin)
  2. Stagecoach (1939, John Ford)
  3. any Marx Brothers or Laurel and Hardy
  4. Rashomon (1950, Akira Kurosawa)
  5. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972, Luis Bunuel)
  6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  7. Paisan (1946, Roberto Rossellini)
  8. The Birds (1963, Alfred Hitchcock)
  9. Wild Strawberries (1957, Ingmar Bergman)
  10. 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini)
Milos Forman
(Filmmaker: The Fireman's Ball, Amadeus)
  1. Amarcord (1974, Federico Fellini)
  2. American Graffiti (1973, George Lucas)
  3. Children of Paradise (1945, Marcel Carne)
  4. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  5. City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
  6. The Deer Hunter (1978, Michael Cimino)
  7. Giant (1956, George Stevens)
  8. The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
  9. Miracle in Milan (1950, Vittorio De Sica)
  10. Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)
Samuel Fuller
(Filmmaker: Pickup on South Street, Shock Corridor)
  1. The Informer (1935, John Ford)
  2. The Gold Rush (1925, Charles Chaplin)
  3. Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
  4. Rashomon (1950, Akira Kurosawa)
  5. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  6. Pierrot le Fou (1965, Jean-Luc Godard)
  7. The 400 Blows (1959, Francois Truffaut)
  8. The Last Emperor (1987, Bernardo Bertolucci)
  9. La Dolce Vita (1959, Federico Fellini)
  10. Brief Encounter (1945, David Lean)
Terry Gilliam
(Filmmaker: Brazil, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)
  1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  2. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  3. The Seventh Seal (1957, Ingmar Bergman)
  4. 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini)
  5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  6. Sherlock Jr. (1924, Buster Keaton)
  7. Pinocchio (1940, Ben Sharpsteen)
  8. Children of Paradise (1945, Marcel Carne)
  9. One-Eyed Jacks (1960, Marlon Brando)
  10. The Apartment (1960, Billy Wilder)
Amos Gitai
(Filmmaker: Kippur, Kadosh)
  1. Teorema (1968, Pier Poalo Pasolini)
  2. Flowers of St. Francis (1950, Roberto Rossellini)
  3. Paisan (1946, Roberto Rossellini)
  4. Shock Corridor (1963, Samuel Fuller)
  5. Some Came Running (1958, Vincente Minnelli)
  6. The River (1951, Jean Renoir)
  7. The Car (19??, Ritwik Ghatak)
  8. The Music Room (1958, Satyajit Ray)
  9. The Age of the Earth (1980, Glauber Rocha)
  10. The Quiet Man (1952, John Ford)
Owen Gleiberman
(Film critic: Entertainment Weekly)
  1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  2. The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
  3. It's a Wonderful Life (1946, Frank Capra)
  4. Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
  5. Nashville (1975, Robert Altman)
  6. The Philadelphia Story (1940, George Cukor)
  7. Scorpio Rising (1964, Kenneth Anger)
  8. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Victor Fleming)
  9. Mean Streets (1973, Martin Scorsese)
  10. Natural Born Killers (1994, Oliver Stone)
Jean-Luc Godard
(Film critic: Cahiers du Cinema; Filmmaker: Breathless, Contempt)
Top Ten American Films from the Sound Era:
  1. Scarface (1932, Howard Hawks)
  2. The Great Dictator (1940, Charles Chaplin)
  3. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
  4. The Searchers (1956, John Ford)
  5. Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly)
  6. The Lady from Shanghai (1948, Orson Welles)
  7. Bigger Than Life (1956, Nicholas Ray)
  8. Angel Face (1953, Otto Preminger)
  9. To Be or Not to Be (1942, Ernst Lubitsch)
  10. Dishonored (1931, Josef von Sternberg)
Top Six French Films Since the Liberation:
  1. Le Plaisir (1951, Max Ophuls)
  2. La Pyramide humaine (1961, Jean Rouch)
  3. The Testament of Orpheus (1960, Jean Cocteau)
  4. Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier (1961, Jean Renoir)
  5. Pickpocket (1959, Robert Bresson)
  6. Les Godelureaux (1961, Claude Chabrol)
Peter Greenaway
(Filmmaker: The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover; The Pillow Book)
  1. Last Year at Marienbad (1961, Alain Resnais)
  2. Breathless (1959, Jean-Luc Godard)
  3. La Notte (1961, Michelangelo Antonioni)
  4. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  5. The Seventh Seal (1957, Ingmar Bergman)
  6. Strike (1924, Sergei Eisenstein)
  7. Throne of Blood (1957, Akira Kurosawa)
  8. Fellini's Casanova (1976, Federico Fellini)
  9. 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini)
  10. The Marquise of O (1976, Eric Rohmer)
Stuart Gordon
(Filmmaker: Re-Animator, From Beyond)
  1. Behind the Green Door (1972, Jim and Artie Mitchell)
  2. Bride of Frankenstein (1935, James Whale)
  3. Duck Soup (1933, Leo McCarey)
  4. The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
  5. King Kong (1933, Merian C. Cooper/Ernest B. Schoedsack)
  6. Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
  7. Rosemary's Baby (1968, Roman Polanski)
  8. Satyricon (1970, Federico Fellini)
  9. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  10. The Tingler (1959, William Castle)
  11. The Wild Bunch (1969, Sam Peckinpah)
Michael Haneke
(Filmmaker: Code Unknown, The Piano Teacher)
  1. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966, Robert Bresson)
  2. Lancelot du Lac (1974, Robert Bresson)
  3. Mirror (1975, Andrei Tarkovsky)
  4. Salo (1975, Pier Paolo Pasolini)
  5. The Exterminating Angel (1962, Luis Bunuel)
  6. The Gold Rush (1925, Charles Chaplin)
  7. Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
  8. A Woman Under the Influence (1974, John Cassavetes)
  9. Germany Year Zero (1947, Roberto Rossellini)
  10. L'Eclisse (1962, Michelangelo Antonioni)
Hal Hartley
(Filmmaker: The Unbelievable Truth, Trust)
  1. Hail Mary (1985, Jean-Luc Godard)
  2. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  3. Ordet (1955, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  4. Diary of a Country Priest (1950, Robert Bresson)
  5. Ivan the Terrible Part I (1943, Sergei Eisenstein)
  6. Faces (1968, John Cassavetes)
  7. A Hard Day's Night (1964, Richard Lester)
  8. Nosferatu (1922, F.W. Murnau)
  9. Badlands (1973, Terrence Malick)
  10. Kings of the Road (1976, Wim Wenders)
Todd Haynes
(Filmmaker: Safe, Far from Heaven)
  1. All That Heaven Allows (1955, Douglas Sirk)
  2. Un Chant d'Amour (1950, Jean Genet)
  3. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  4. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  5. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975, Chantal Akerman)
  6. Nashville (1975, Robert Altman)
  7. The Night of the Hunter (1955, Charles Laughton)
  8. Performance (1970, Donald Cammell/Nicolas Roeg)
  9. The Reckless Moment (1949, Max Ophlus)
  10. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
Monte Hellman
(Filmmaker: The Shooting, Two-Lane Blacktop)
  1. Spirit of the Beehive (1973, Victor Erice)
  2. A Slave of Love (1976, Nikita Mikhalkov)
  3. Outcast of the Islands (1951, Carol Reed)
  4. Persona (1966, Ingmar Bergman)
  5. Broken Blossoms (1919, D.W. Griffith)
  6. Stavisky... (1974, Alain Resnais)
  7. A Place in the Sun (1951, George Stevens)
  8. Sherlock Jr. (1924, Buster Keaton)
  9. It's a Wonderful Life (1946, Frank Capra)
  10. Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974, Jacques Rivette)
Werner Herzog
(Filmmaker: Aguirre, the Wrath of God; Lessons of Darkness)
  1. Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (1988, Mark Lewis)
  2. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997, Errol Morris)
  3. Forest of Bliss (1986, Robert Gardner)
  4. Good News: Von Kolporteuren, toten Hunden und anderen Wienern (1990, Ulrich Seidl)
  5. Letter from Siberia (1958, Chris Marker)
  6. Les Maitres Fous (1955, Jean Rouch)
  7. Nanook of the North (1922, Robert Flaherty)
  8. Spend It All (1972, Les Blank)
J. Hoberman
(Film Critic: Village Voice)
  1. Flaming Creatures (1963, Jack Smith)
  2. The Girl from Chicago (1927, Oscar Micheaux)
  3. Man with a Movie Camera (1929, Dziga Vertov)
  4. Pather Panchali (1955, Satyajit Ray)
  5. Rose Hobart (1936, Joseph Cornell)
  6. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  7. Shoah (1985, Claude Lanzmann)
  8. Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1966, Jean-Luc Godard)
  9. Les Vampires (1915-16, Louis Feuillade)
  10. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
Gilles Jacob
(Film Programmer: Cannes Film Festival)
  1. L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
  2. Earth (1930, Alexander Dovzhenko)
  3. The Empress Yang Kwei-Fei (1955, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  4. Fanny and Alexander (1983, Ingmar Bergman)
  5. Ikiru (1952, Akira Kurosawa)
  6. The Last Laugh (1924, F.W. Murnau)
  7. The Music Room (1958, Satyajit Ray)
  8. The Apprenticeship (1939, Mark Donskoi)
  9. Nanook of the North (1922, Robert J. Flaherty)
  10. Our Daily Bread (1934, King Vidor)
Jim Jarmusch
(Filmmaker: Stranger than Paradise, Dead Man)
  1. L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
  2. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
  3. They Live by Night (1949, Nicholas Ray)
  4. Bob le Flambeur (1955, Jean-Pierre Melville)
  5. Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  6. The Cameraman (1928, Buster Keaton/Edward Sedgwick)
  7. Mouchette (1967, Robert Bresson)
  8. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  9. Broken Blossoms (1919, D.W. Griffith)
  10. Open City (1945, Roberto Rossellini)
Kent Jones
(Film Critic: Film Comment)
  1. Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  2. The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (1939, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  3. Wagon Master (1950, John Ford)
  4. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)
  5. Voyage to Italy (1953, Roberto Rossellini)
  6. Ordet (1955, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  8. A Woman Under the Influence (1974, John Cassavetes)
  9. Fanny and Alexander (1983, Ingmar Bergman)
  10. L'Argent (1983, Robert Bresson)
Terry Jones
(Filmmaker: Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
  1. Annie Hall (1977, Woody Allen)
  2. Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
  3. Duck Soup (1933, Leo McCarey)
  4. Fanny and Alexander (1983, Ingmar Bergman)
  5. Groundhog Day (1993, Harold Ramis)
  6. Guys and Dolls (1955, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
  7. Jour de Fete (1948, Jacques Tati)
  8. Napoleon (1927, Abel Gance)
  9. The Pathfinder (1952, Sidney Salkow)
  10. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928, Buster Keaton)
Neil Jordan
(Filmmaker: Mona Lisa, The Butcher Boy)
  1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  2. La Strada (1954, Federico Fellini)
  3. The Exterminating Angel (1962, Luis Bunuel)
  4. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  5. The Wild Bunch (1969, Sam Peckinpah)
  6. They Live By Night (1949, Nicholas Ray)
  7. Rashomon (1950, Akira Kurosawa)
  8. 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini)
  9. The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
  10. Persona (1966, Ingmar Bergman)
Philip Kaufman
(Filmmaker: The Right Stuff, The Unbearable Lightness of Being)
  1. Pather Panchali (1955, Satyajit Ray)
  2. The Bicycle Thief (1949, Vittorio De Sica)
  3. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  4. Belle de Jour (1967, Luis Bunuel)
  5. The Asphalt Jungle (1950, John Huston)
  6. Wages of Fear (1953, H.G. Clouzot)
  7. I Vitelloni (1953, Federico Fellini)
  8. Touch of Evil (1958, Orson Welles)
  9. The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
Aki Kaurismaki
(Filmmaker: The Match Factory Girl, The Man Without a Past)
  1. L'Age D'Or (1930, Luis Bunuel/Salvador Dali)
  2. L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
  3. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966, Robert Bresson)
  4. Broken Blossoms (1919, D.W. Griffith)
  5. Casque D'Or (1952, Jacques Becker)
  6. Greed (1924, Erich von Stroheim)
  7. Mon Oncle (1958, Jacques Tati)
  8. Nanook of the North (1922, Robert Flaherty)
  9. Open City (1945, Roberto Rossellini)
  10. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
Krzysztof Kieslowski
(Filmmaker: The Decalogue, Three Colors Trilogy)
  1. La Strada (1954, Federico Fellini)
  2. Kes (1969, Ken Loach)
  3. A Man Escaped (1956, Robert Bresson)
  4. The 400 Blows (1959, Francois Truffaut)
  5. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  6. The Kid (1921, Charles Chaplin)
  7. Ivan's Childhood (1962, Andrei Tarkovsky)
  8. Musicians (1969, Mikheil Kobakhidze)
  9. The Pram (1963, Bo Widerberg)
  10. Intimiate Lighting (1965, Ivan Passer)
Takeshi Kitano
(Filmmaker: Sonatine, Hana-bi)
  1. Children of Paradise (1945, Marcel Carne)
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  3. A Clockwork Orange (1971, Stanley Kubrick)
  4. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  5. To Live and Die in L.A. (1985, William Friedkin)
  6. Wild at Heart (1990, David Lynch)
  7. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974, Sam Peckinpah)
  8. Darkman (1990, Sam Raimi)
  9. Crazy Thunder Road (1980, Sogo Ishii)
  10. The Railroad Man (1956, Pietro Germi)
Richard Lester
(Filmmaker: A Hard Day's Night, The Three Musketeers)
  1. Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
  2. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  3. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, Steven Spielberg)
  4. The 400 Blows (1959, Francois Truffaut)
  5. The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
  6. The Godfather/The Godfather Part II (1972-74, Francis Ford Coppola)
  7. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
  8. Mr. Hulot's Holiday (1953, Jacques Tati)
  9. Nashville (1975, Robert Altman)
  10. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
Jerry Lewis
(Filmmaker: The Bellboy, The Nutty Professor)

Source: Movies Unlimited Catalog, 1997

  1. An Affair to Remember (1957, Leo McCarey)
  2. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  3. The Fountainhead (1949, King Vidor)
  4. All About Eve (1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
  5. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938, Michael Curtiz/William Keighley)
  6. On the Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan)
  7. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961, Blake Edwards)
  8. Shadow of a Doubt (1943, Alfred Hitchcock)
  9. Harry and the Hendersons (1987, William Dear)
  10. Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
Richard Linklater
(Filmmaker: Dazed and Confused, Waking Life)
  1. Some Came Running (1958, Vincente Minnelli)
  2. Pickpocket (1959, Robert Bresson)
  3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  4. GoodFellas (1990, Martin Scorsese)
  5. The Mother and the Whore (1973, Jean Eustache)
  6. Los Olvidados (1950, Luis Bunuel)
  7. In a Year with Thirteen Moons (1978, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  8. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  9. Fanny and Alexander (1983, Ingmar Bergman)
  10. Carmen Jones (1954, Otto Preminger)
Ken Loach
(Filmmaker: Kes, Land and Freedom)
  1. The Battle of Algiers (1965, Gillo Pontecorvo)
  2. Breathless (1959, Jean-Luc Godard)
  3. Bicycle Thieves (1949, Vittorio De Sica)
  4. Closely Watched Trains (1966, Jiri Menzel)
  5. Firemen's Ball (1965, Milos Forman)
  6. Jules et Jim (1961, Francois Truffaut)
  7. Loves of a Blonde (1964, Milos Forman)
  8. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  9. The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978, Ermanno Olmi)
  10. Wild Strawberries (1957, Ingmar Bergman)
Phillip Lopate
(Film Writer: Totally, Tenderly, Tragically)
  1. Contempt (1963, Jean-Luc Godard)
  2. The Earrings of Madame de... (1953, Max Ophuls)
  3. Gertrud (1964, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  4. L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
  5. The Leopard (1963, Luchino Visconti)
  6. M (1931, Fritz Lang)
  7. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  8. A Star Is Born (1954, George Cukor)
  9. Ugetsu (1953, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  10. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
Tim Lucas
(Film Writer: Video Watchdog)
  1. Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  2. J'accuse (1938, Abel Gance)
  3. Beauty and the Beast (1946, Jean Cocteau)
  4. The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
  5. Umberto D. (1953, Vittorio De Sica)
  6. Contempt (1963, Jean-Luc Godard)
  7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  8. Once Upon a Time in the West (1969, Sergio Leone)
  9. Perceval (1978, Eric Rohmer)
  10. Three Colors: Red (1994, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
Tom Luddy
(Director of Telluride Film Festival)
  1. The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
  2. The Palm Beach Story (1942, Preston Sturges)
  3. Make Way for Tomorrow (1937, Leo McCarey)
  4. There's Always Tomorrow (1956, Douglas Sirk)
  5. Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  6. Outskirts (1933, Boris Barnet)
  7. Napoleon (1927, Abel Gance)
  8. Farewell, Home Sweet Home (1999, Otar Iosseliani)
  9. Enamorada (1943, Emilio Fernandez)
  10. Travellers (1992, Bahram Beizai)
Sidney Lumet
(Filmmaker: 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon)
  1. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, William Wyler)
  2. Fanny and Alexander (1983, Ingmar Bergman)
  3. The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
  4. The Grapes of Wrath (1940, John Ford)
  5. Intolerance (1916, D.W. Griffith)
  6. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  7. Ran (1985, Akira Kurosawa)
  8. Roma (1972, Federico Fellini)
  9. Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly)
  10. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
Tony Macklin
(Film Writer: Voices from the Set)
  1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  2. The Gold Rush (1925, Charles Chaplin)
  3. The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
  4. The Searchers (1956, John Ford)
  5. La Dolce Vita (1959, Federico Fellini)
  6. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
  7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  8. Jules and Jim (1961, Francois Truffaut)
  9. The Godfather Part II (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
  10. Once Upon a Time in the West (1969, Sergio Leone)
Guy Maddin
(Filmmaker: The Heart of the World, The Saddest Music in the World)
  1. The Chase (1947, Arthur Ripley)
  2. They Won't Believe Me (1947, Irving Pichel)
  3. The Big Carnival (1951, Billy Wilder)
  4. The Face Behind the Mask (1941, Robert Florey)
  5. Johnny Apollo (1940, Henry Hathaway)
  6. Scarlet Street (1945, Fritz Lang)
  7. Reign of Terror (1949, Anthony Mann)
  8. A Voice in the Wind (1944, Arthur Ripley)
  9. Nightmare Alley (1947, Edmund Goulding)
  10. D.O.A. (1949, Rudolph Mate)
Derek Malcolm
(Film Critic: Guardian, UK)
  1. The Decalogue (1988, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  2. The Music Room (1958, Satyajit Ray)
  3. Rio Bravo (1959, Howard Hawks)
  4. The Seventh Seal (1956, Ingmar Bergman)
  5. The Spirit of the Beehive (1973, Victor Erice)
  6. The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (1939, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  7. The Time to Live and the Time to Die (1985, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  8. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
  9. Touch of Evil (1958, Orson Welles)
  10. Tristana (1970, Luis Bunuel)
Leonard Maltin
(Film Critic: Leonard Maltin's Video Guide)

Source: Movies Unlimited Catalog, 1997

  1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  2. Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
  3. The Maltese Falcon (1941, John Huston)
  4. Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly)
  5. Dumbo (1941, Ben Sharpsteen)
  6. A Night at the Opera (1935, Sam Wood)
  7. King Kong (1933, Merian C. Cooper/Ernest B. Schoedsack)
  8. His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks)
  9. Modern Times (1936, Charles Chaplin)
  10. Mary Poppins (1964, Robert Stevenson)
Todd McCarthy
(Film Critic: Variety)
  1. Trouble in Paradise (1932, Ernst Lubitsch)
  2. The Scarlet Empress (1934, Josef von Sternberg)
  3. The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1935, Jean Renoir)
  4. To Have and Have Not (1944, Howard Hawks)
  5. Notorious (1946, Alfred Hitchcock)
  6. Shoot the Piano Player (1960, Francois Truffaut)
  7. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
  8. Contempt (1963, Jean-Luc Godard)
  9. Chimes at Midnight (1966, Orson Welles)
  10. The Godfather Part II (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
Russ Meyer
(Filmmaker: Vixen; Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!)

Source: Movies Unlimited Catalog, 1997

  1. Cool Hand Luke (1967, Stuart Rosenberg)
  2. The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
  3. Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
  4. My Little Chickadee (1940, Edward F. Cline)
  5. The Bank Dick (1940, Edward F. Cline)
  6. 42nd Street (1933, Lloyd Bacon)
  7. Gunga Din (1939, George Stevens)
  8. The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
  9. The Shawshank Redemption (1994, Frank Darabont)
  10. Sahara (1943, Zoltan Korda)
Errol Morris
(Filmmaker: Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, The Fog of War)
  1. Detour (1945, Edgar G. Ulmer)
  2. There's Always Tomorrow (1956, Douglas Sirk)
  3. Make Way for Tomorrow (1937, Leo McCarey)
  4. A Man Escaped (1956, Robert Bresson)
  5. The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1935, Jean Renoir)
  6. Stray Dog (1949, Akira Kurosawa)
  7. The Rise to Power of Louis XIV (1966, Roberto Rossellini)
  8. Human Desire (1954, Fritz Lang)
  9. Ace in the Hole (1951, Billy Wilder)
  10. Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
Camile Paglia
(Professor: University of the Arts in Philadelphia)
  1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  2. La Dolce Vita (1959, Federico Fellini)
  3. Gone with the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming)
  4. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
  5. North by Northwest (1959, Alfred Hitchcock)
  6. Orpheus (1949, Jean Cocteau)
  7. Persona (1966, Ingmar Bergman)
  8. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  9. The Ten Commandments (1923-56, Cecil B. DeMille)
  10. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
Alexander Payne
(Filmmaker: Election, About Schmidt)
  1. The Landlord (1970, Hal Ashby)
  2. The Man from Laramie (1955, Anthony Mann)
  3. A Moment of Innocence (1996, Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
  4. La Notte (1961, Michelangelo Antonioni)
  5. Red Beard (1965, Akira Kurosawa)
  6. Ride the High Country (1962, Sam Peckinpah)
  7. Room at the Top (1959, Jack Clayton)
  8. A Special Day (1977, Ettore Scola)
  9. Viridiana (1961, Luis Bunuel)
  10. White Nights (1957, Luchino Visconti)
Alex Proyas
(Filmmaker: The Crow, Dark City)
  1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  2. Dr. Strangelove (1964, Stanley Kubrick)
  3. The Exorcist (1973, William Friedkin)
  4. The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
  5. It's a Wonderful Life (1946, Frank Capra)
  6. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
  7. North by Northwest (1959, Alfred Hitchcock)
  8. One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975, Milos Forman)
  9. The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
  10. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Victor Fleming)
Mario Puzo
(Film Writer: The Godfather, Superman)

Source: Movies Unlimited Catalog, 1997

  1. The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
  2. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969, Sydney Pollack)
  3. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  4. The Informer (1935, John Ford)
  5. Gone with the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming)
  6. Chariots of Fire (1981, Hugh Hudson)
  7. Fiddler on the Roof (1971, Norman Jewison)
  8. Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder)
  9. The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
  10. Out of Africa (1985, Sydney Pollack)
Terrence Rafferty
(Film Critic: New Yorker)
  1. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  2. Charulata (1964, Satyajit Ray)
  3. L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
  4. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971, Robert Altman)
  5. The Navigator (1924, Buster Keaton)
  6. The Night of the Hunter (1955, Charles Laughton)
  7. Sans soleil (1982, Chris Marker)
  8. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  9. Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  10. The Wild Bunch (1969, Sam Peckinpah)
Carol Reed
(Filmmaker: Odd Man Out, The Third Man)
  1. City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
  2. Ninotchka (1939, Ernst Lubitsch)
  3. Children of Paradise (1945, Marcel Carne)
  4. Gone with the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming)
  5. La Ronde (1950, Max Ophuls)
  6. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930, Lewis Milestone)
  7. Carnival in Flanders (1935, Jacques Feyder)
  8. Variety (1925, E.A. Dupont)
  9. The Baker's Wife (1938, Marcel Pagnol)
  10. Pygmalion (1938, Anthony Asquith/Leslie Howard)
Donald Richie
(Film critic: The Films of Akira Kurosawa, Ozu)
  1. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  2. Earth (1930, Alexander Dovzhenko)
  3. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  4. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
  5. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  6. Pather Panchali (1955, Satyajit Ray)
  7. Wild Strawberries (1957, Ingmar Bergman)
  8. L'avventura (1960, Michelangelo Antonioni)
  9. Au hasard Balthazar (1966, Robert Bresson)
  10. Mirror (1975, Andrei Tarkovsky)
Jacques Rivette
(Film critic: Cahiers du Cinema; Filmmaker: Celine & Julie Go Boating, La Belle Noiseuse)
  1. The Life of Oharu (1952, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  2. Germany Year Zero (1947, Roberto Rossellini)
  3. True Heart Susie (1919, D.W. Griffith)
  4. Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  5. The River (1951, Jean Renoir)
  6. Ivan the Terrible (1943, Sergei Eisenstein)
  7. L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
  8. Day of Wrath (1945, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  9. Monsieur Verdoux (1947, Charles Chaplin)
  10. Confidential Report (1955, Orson Welles)
David Robinson
(Film critic: Chaplin: His Life and Art)
  1. The Kid (1921, Charles Chaplin)
  2. Napoleon (1927, Abel Gance)
  3. L'Age d'Or (1930, Luis Bunuel)
  4. Stagecoach (1939, John Ford)
  5. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  6. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  7. Children of Paradise (1945, Marcel Carne)
  8. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
  9. Pather Panchali (1955, Satyajit Ray)
  10. Farewell My Concubine (1993, Chen Kaige)
Eric Rohmer
(Film critic: Cahiers du Cinema; Filmmaker: Claire's Knee, Autumn Tale)
  1. True Heart Susie (1919, D.W. Griffith)
  2. The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
  3. Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  4. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  5. Ivan the Terrible (1943, Sergei Eisenstein)
  6. Red River (1948, Howard Hawks)
  7. Voyage to Italy (1953, Roberto Rossellini)
  8. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
  9. Pickpocket (1959, Robert Bresson)
  10. La Pyramide humaine (1959, Jean Rouch)
George A. Romero
(Filmmaker: Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead)
  1. The Brothers Karamazov (1958, Richard Brooks)
  2. Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
  3. Dr. Strangelove (1964, Stanley Kubrick)
  4. High Noon (1952, Fred Zinnemann)
  5. King Solomon's Mines (1950, Compton Bennett)
  6. North by Northwest (1959, Alfred Hitchcock)
  7. The Quiet Man (1952, John Ford)
  8. Repulsion (1965, Roman Polanski)
  9. Touch of Evil (1958, Orson Welles)
  10. The Tales of Hoffmann (1951, Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger)
Jonathan Rosenbaum
(Film Critic: Chicago Reader)
  1. Les Vampires (1915-16, Louis Feuillade)
  2. M (1931, Fritz Lang)
  3. The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (1939, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  4. Ivan the Terrible (1945, Sergei Eisenstein)
  5. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953, Howard Hawks)
  6. Last Year at Marienbad (1961, Alain Resnais)
  7. The House Is Black (1962, Forugh Farrokhzad)
  8. [short]
  9. Gertrud (1964, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  10. Playtime (1967, Jacques Tati)
  11. When It Rains (1995, Charles Burnett)
  12. [short]
Alan Rudolph
(Filmmaker: Choose Me, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle)
  1. La Dolce Vita (1959, Federico Fellini)
  2. Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  3. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  4. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971, Robert Altman)
  5. Ikiru (1952, Akira Kurosawa)
  6. Persona (1966, Ingmar Bergman)
  7. Dr. Strangelove (1964, Stanley Kubrick)
  8. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  9. Day for Night (1973, Francois Truffaut)
  10. Block-Heads (1938, John G. Blystone)
  11. [Laurel & Hardy]
Andrew Sarris
(Film critic: Village Voice, New York Observer)
  1. The Earrings of Madame de... (1953, Max Ophuls)
  2. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  3. Ugetsu (1953, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  4. Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  5. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
  6. The Searchers (1956, John Ford)
  7. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)
  8. The Great Dictator (1940, Charles Chaplin)
  9. Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928, Buster Keaton)
  10. Ordet (1955, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
John Sayles
(Filmmaker: Eight Men Out, City of Hope)
  1. Yojimbo (1961, Akira Kurosawa)
  2. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  3. Sawdust and Tinsel (1953, Ingmar Bergman)
  4. The Magnificent Seven (1960, John Sturges)
  5. Two Women (1960, Vittorio De Sica)
  6. The Organizer (1963, Mario Monicelli)
  7. A Taxing Woman (1987, Juzo Itami)
  8. The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
  9. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948, John Huston)
  10. Wages of Fear (1953, Henri-Georges Clouzot)
Richard Schickel
(Film critic: Time Magazine)
  1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  2. Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder)
  3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, Sergio Leone)
  4. The Maltese Falcon (1941, John Huston)
  5. On the Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan)
  6. Out of the Past (1947, Jacques Tourneur)
  7. Sullivan's Travels (1941, Preston Sturges)
  8. They Were Expendable (1945, John Ford)
  9. Trouble in Paradise (1932, Ernst Lubitsch)
  10. White Heat (1949, Raoul Walsh)
John Schlesinger
(Filmmaker: Midnight Cowboy, The Falcon and the Snowman)
  1. Umberto D (1952, Vittorio De Sica)
  2. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972, Luis Bunuel)
  3. Grand Illusion (1937, Jean Renoir)
  4. Ikiru (1952, Akira Kurosawa)
  5. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  6. Fanny and Alexander (1983, Ingmar Bergman)
  7. The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
  8. Sunset Boulevard (1950, Billy Wilder)
  9. Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly)
  10. The 400 Blows (1959, Francois Truffaut)
Paul Schrader
(Film writer: Trancsendental Styles in Film; filmmaker: American Gigolo, Auto Focus)
  1. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  2. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
  3. Pickpocket (1959, Robert Bresson)
  4. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  5. The Lady Eve (1941, Preston Sturges)
  6. La Belle et la Bete (1946, Jean Cocteau)
  7. The Conformist (1970, Bernardo Bertolucci)
  8. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
  9. The Searchers (1956, John Ford)
  10. The Wild Bunch (1969, Sam Peckinpah)
Joel Schumacher
(Filmmaker: Falling Down, Phone Booth)
  1. Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
  2. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
  3. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1990, Peter Greenaway)
  4. The Bicycle Thief (1949, Vittorio De Sica)
  5. Breaking the Waves (1996, Lars von Trier)
  6. A Clockwork Orange (1971, Stanley Kubrick)
  7. The Conversation (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
  8. Sunset Boulevard (1950, Billy Wilder)
  9. Stalker (1979, Andrei Tarkovsky)
  10. The Conformist (1970, Bernardo Bertolucci)
Martin Scorsese
(Filmmaker: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull)
  1. 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini)
  2. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  3. The Leopard (1963, Luchino Visconti)
  4. The Red Shoes (1948, Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger)
  5. The Searchers (1956, John Ford)
Jay Scott
(Film critic: The Globe and Mail
Source: John Kobal List
  1. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Victor Fleming)
  2. Napoleon (1927, Abel Gance)
  3. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  4. The Magic Flute (1974, Ingmar Bergman)
  5. Ikiru (1952, Akira Kurosawa)
  6. The Godfather I-II (1972-74, Francis Ford Coppola)
  7. The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982, Paolo Taviani/Vittorio Taviani)
  8. The Black Stallion (1979, Carroll Ballard)
  9. Full Metal Jacket (1987, Stanley Kubrick)
  10. All That Jazz (1979, Bob Fosse)
Tom Shales
(TV critic: Washington Post)

Source: Movies Unlimited Catalog, 1997

  1. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Victor Fleming)
  2. Cover Girl (1944, Charles Vidor)
  3. King Kong (1933, Merian C. Cooper/Ernest B. Schoedsack)
  4. The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
  5. Summertime (1955, David Lean)
  6. How Green Was My Valley (1941, John Ford)
  7. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  8. Amarcord (1974, Federico Fellini)
  9. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948, Charles Barton)
  10. The Road to Morocco (1942, David Butler)
Gene Siskel
(Film critic: Chicago Tribune)
  1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  2. The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
  3. The Godfather Part II (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
  4. Dr. Strangelove (1964, Stanley Kubrick)
  5. The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
  6. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
  7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  8. Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly)
  9. Pinocchio (1940, Ben Sharpsteen)
  10. Shoah (1985, Claude Lanzmann)
Gavin Smith
(Film critic: Film Comment)
  1. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  2. Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  3. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  4. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)
  5. Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
  6. L'eclisse (1961, Michelangelo Antonioni)
  7. Au hasard Balthazar (1966, Robert Bresson)
  8. Two or Three Things I Know about Her (1966, Jean-Luc Godard)
  9. Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese)
  10. Days of Heaven (1978, Terrence Malick)
Susan Sontag
(Film critic)
  1. Man with the Movie Camera (1929, Dziga Vertov)
  2. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  3. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
  4. L'Avventura (1960, Michelangelo Antonioni)
  5. My Night at Maud's (1969, Eric Rohmer)
  6. Hitler: A Film from Germany (1977, Hans-Jurgen Syberberg)
  7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  8. Contempt (1963, Jean-Luc Godard)
  9. Satantango (1994, Bela Tarr)
  10. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Michael Sragow
(Film critic: Baltimore Sun)
  1. Children of Paradise (1945, Marcel Carne)
  2. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  3. Intolerance (1916, D.W. Griffith)
  4. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  5. Sherlock Jr. (1924, Buster Keaton)
  6. Strike (1924, Sergei Eisenstein)
  7. The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
  8. Umberto D. (1953, Vittorio De Sica)
  9. The Wild Bunch (1969, Sam Peckinpah)
  10. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Victor Fleming)
Chuck Stephens
(Film critic: San Francisco Bay Guardian)
  1. Fox and His Friends (1975, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
  2. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970, Russ Meyer)
  3. Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966, George Kuchar)
  4. China Gate (1957, Samuel Fuller)
  5. Poor Little Rich Girl (1965, Andy Warhol)
  6. The Pornographers (1966, Shohei Imamura)
  7. High and Low (1963, Akira Kurosawa)
  8. Touch of Evil (1958, Orson Welles)
  9. The Palm Beach Story (1942, Preston Sturges)
  10. Performance (1970, Nicolas Roeg)
David Sterritt
(Film critic: The Christian Science Monitor)
  1. The Crowd (1927, King Vidor)
  2. Vertigo (1958, Akira Kurosawa)
  3. Sirius Remembered (1959, Stan Brakhage)
  4. Imitation of Life (1959, Douglas Sirk)
  5. Contempt (1963, Jean-Luc Godard)
  6. Flaming Creatures (1963, Jack Smith)
  7. Wavelength (1967, Michael Snow)
  8. Antonio das Mortes (1969, Glauber Rocha)
  9. A Woman Under the Influence (1974, John Cassavetes)
  10. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966, Robert Bresson)
Whit Stillman
(Filmmaker: Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco)
  1. The Gay Divorcee (1934, Mark Sandrich)
  2. Strangers on a Train (1951, Alfred Hitchcock)
  3. It's a Wonderful Life (1946, Frank Capra)
  4. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949, Robert Hamer)
  5. The 400 Blows, Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board (1959/68/70, Francois Truffaut)
  6. The Shop Around the Corner (1940, Ernst Lubitsch)
  7. Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958, Mario Monicelli)
  8. The Palm Beach Story (1942, Preston Sturges)
  9. Howards End (1992, James Ivory)
  10. That Sinking Feeling (1980, Bill Forsyth)
Oliver Stone
(Filmmaker: Platoon, JFK)
  1. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, William Wyler)
  2. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
  3. Dr. Strangelove (1964, Stanley Kubrick)
  4. 1900 (1976, Bernardo Bertolucci)
  5. Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)
  6. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935, Frank Lloyd)
  7. On the Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan)
  8. The Godfather Parts I-II (1972-74, Francis Ford Coppola)
  9. Paths of Glory (1957, Stanley Kubrick)
  10. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
Quentin Tarantino
(Filmmaker: Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill)
  1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, Sergio Leone)
  2. Rio Bravo (1959, Howard Hawks)
  3. Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese)
  4. His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks)
  5. Rolling Thunder (1977, John Flynn)
  6. They All Laughed (1981, Bogdanovich)
  7. The Great Escape (1963, John Sturges)
  8. Carrie (1976, Brian De Palma)
  9. Coffy (1973, Jack Hill)
  10. Dazed and Confused (1993, Richard Linklater)
  11. Five Fingers of Death (1973, Chang Ho Cheng)
  12. Hi Diddle Diddle (1943, Andrew L. Stone)
Andrei Tarkovsky
(Filmmaker: Andrei Rublev, Stalker)
  1. Diary of a Country Priest (1950, Robert Bresson)
  2. Winter Light (1962, Ingmar Bergman)
  3. Nazarin (1958, Luis Bunuel)
  4. Wild Strawberries (1957, Ingmar Bergman)
  5. City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
  6. Ugetsu (1953, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  7. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  8. Persona (1966, Ingmar Bergman)
  9. Mouchette (1967, Robert Bresson)
  10. Woman in the Dunes (1964, Hiroshi Teshigahara)
Amy Taubin
(Film critic: Village Voice, ArtForum)
  1. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  2. Au hasard Balthazar (1966, Robert Bresson)
  3. Man with a Movie Camera (1929, Dziga Vertov)
  4. The Rise to Power of Louis XIV (1966, Roberto Rossellini)
  5. Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1966, Jean-Luc Godard)
  6. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
  7. Shoah (1985, Claude Lanzmann)
  8. Diaries, Notes & Sketches: Walden (19, Mekas)
  9. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975, Chantal Akerman)
  10. Spider (2002, David Cronenberg)
Bertrand Tavernier
(Film critic/Filmmaker: Coup de Torchon, 'Round Midnight)

Source: Movies Unlimited Catalog, 1997

  1. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  2. Grand Illusion (1937, Jean Renoir)
  3. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943, Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger)
  4. L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
  5. The Earrings of Madame de... (1953, Max Ophuls)
  6. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949, John Ford)
  7. The Searchers (1956, John Ford)
  8. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  9. Shansho the Bailiff (1954, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  10. The Crowd (1927, King Vidor)
Charles Taylor
(Film critic: Salon.com)
  1. Apu Trilogy (1955-59, Satyajit Ray)
  2. The Birth of a Nation (1915, D.W. Griffith)
  3. The Godfahter Parts I & II (1972-74, Francis Ford Coppola)
  4. L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
  5. Last Tango in Paris (1972, Bernardo Bertolucci)
  6. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)
  7. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971, Robert Altman)
  8. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  9. Umberto D. (1952, Vittorio De Sica)
  10. Vergito (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
David Thomson
(Film critic: The New Biographical Dictionary of Film)
  1. Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch)
  2. Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974, Jacques Rivette)
  3. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  4. The Conformist (1970, Bernardo Bertolucci)
  5. His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks)
  6. A Man Escaped (1956, Robert Bresson)
  7. Pierrot le Fou (1965, Jean-Luc Godard)
  8. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  9. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977, Luis Bunuel)
  10. Ugetsu (1953, Kenji Mizoguchi)
Tian Zhuangzhuang
(Filmmaker: The Horse Thief, Springtime in a Small Town)
  1. The Age of Innocence (1993, Martin Scorsese)
  2. Reservoir Dogs (1992, Quentin Tarantino)
  3. Three Colors: White (1994, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  4. Underground (1995, Emir Kusturica)
  5. Burnt by the Sun (1994, Nikita Mikhalkov)
  6. Flowers of Shanghai (1998, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  7. La Haine (1995, Mathieu Kassovitz)
  8. Spirited Away (2001, Hayao Miyazaki)
James Toback
(Filmmaker: Fingers, Two Girls and a Guy)
  1. F for Fake (1973, Orson Welles)
  2. Touch of Evil (1958, Orson Welles)
  3. Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (1988, Marcel Ophuls)
  4. The Godfather Trilogy (1972-90, Francis Ford Coppola)
  5. Get Shorty (1995, Barry Sonnenfeld)
  6. Jules and Jim (1961, Francois Truffaut)
  7. Reds (1981, Warren Beatty)
  8. Sweet Dreams (1971, John G. Avildsen)
  9. Jimmy Hollywood (1994, Barry Levinson)
  10. Lolita (1962, Stanley Kubrick)
  11. Lolita (1997, Adrian Lyne)
  12. Contempt (1963, Jean-Luc Godard)
Kenneth Turan
(Film critic: L.A. Times)
  1. Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
  2. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  3. Children of Paradise (1945, Marcel Carne)
  4. The Godfather Parts I-II (1972-74, Francis Ford Coppola)
  5. The Earrings of Madame de... (1953, Max Ophuls)
  6. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  7. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  8. Sherlock Jr. (1924, Buster Keaton)
  9. Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly)
  10. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
Liv Ullmann
(Filmmaker: Sofie, Faithless)
  1. Limelight (1952, Charles Chaplin)
  2. Miracle in Milan (1951, Vittorio De Sica)
  3. Umberto D. (1952, Vittorio De Sica)
  4. La Strada (1954, Federico Fellini)
  5. The Seventh Seal (1956, Ingmar Bergman)
  6. The Fireman's Ball (1967, Milos Forman)
Paul Verhoeven
(Filmmaker: Robocop, Starship Troopers)
  1. La Dolce Vita (1960, Federico Fellini)
  2. Ivan the Terrible Part II (1946, Sergei Eisenstein)
  3. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
  4. Rashomon (1950, Akira Kurosawa)
  5. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
  6. The Seventh Seal (1956, Ingmar Bergman)
  7. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  8. Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang)
  9. Los Olvidados (1950, Luis Bunuel)
  10. Some Like It Hot (1959, Billy Wilder)
King Vidor
(Filmmaker: The Big Parade, The Crowd)
  1. Intolerance (1916, D.W. Griffith)
  2. Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  3. The Last Laugh (1924, F.W. Murnau)
  4. The Big Parade (1925, King Vidor)
  5. Brief Encounter (1945, David Lean)
  6. The Red Shoes (1948, Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger)
  7. Open City (1945, Roberto Rossellini)
  8. City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
  9. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  10. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, William Wyler)
Wayne Wang
(Filmmaker: Chan Is Missing, Smoke)
  1. Sweet Movie (1974, Dusan Makavejev)
  2. All About Eve (1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
  3. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
  4. Le Gai Savoir (1969, Jean-Luc Godard)
  5. The Kid (1921, Charles Chaplin)
  6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  7. The Wild Bunch (1969, Sam Peckinpah)
  8. Jules and Jim (1961, Francois Truffaut)
  9. To Live (1994, Zhang Yimou)
  10. Sunset Boulevard (1950, Billy Wilder)
John Waters
(Filmmaker: Female Trouble, Hairspray)

Source: Sight & Sound Poll, 2002

  1. All That Heaven Allows (1955, Douglas Sirk)
  2. Baby Doll (1956, Elia Kazan)
  3. Boom! (1968, Joseph Losey)
  4. Brink of Life (1958, Ingmar Bergman)
  5. The Chelsea Girls (1966, Andy Warhol)
  6. 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini)
  7. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965, Russ Meyer)
  8. The Mother and the Whore (1973, Jean Eustache)
  9. The Tingler (1959, William Castle)
  10. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Victor Fleming)
Orson Welles
(Filmmaker: Citizen Kane, Chimes at Midnight)
  1. City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
  2. Greed (1924, Erich von Stroheim)
  3. Intolerance (1916, D.W. Griffith)
  4. Nanook of the North (1922, Robert J. Flaherty)
  5. Shoeshine (1946, Vittorio De Sica)
  6. Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
  7. The Baker's Wife (1938, Marcel Pagnol)
  8. Grand Illusion (1937, Jean Renoir)
  9. Stagecoach (1939, John Ford)
  10. Ninotchka (1939, Ernst Lubitsch)
Armond White
(Film critic: New York Press)
  1. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001, Steven Spielberg)
  2. L'Avventura (1960, Michelangelo Antonioni)
  3. Intolerance (1916, D.W. Griffith)
  4. Jules and Jim (1961, Francois Truffaut)
  5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
  6. Lola (1961, Jacques Demy)
  7. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)
  8. Masculin-feminin (1966, Jean-Luc Godard)
  9. Nashville (1975, Robert Altman)
  10. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
Billy Wilder
(Filmmaker: Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot)
  1. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, William Wyler)
  2. The Bicycle Thief (1949, Vittorio De Sica)
  3. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, David Lean)
  4. The Conformist (1970, Bernardo Bertolucci)
  5. Diabolique (1954, Henri-Georges Clouzot)
  6. La Dolce Vita (1960, Federico Fellini)
  7. 42nd Street (1933, Lloyd Bacon)
  8. Grand Illusion (1937, Jean Renoir)
  9. Seduced and Abandoned (1964, Pietro Germi)
  10. The Shop Around the Corner (1940, Ernst Lubitsch)
John Woo
(Filmmaker: The Killer, Hard-Boiled)
  1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  2. The Wild Bunch (1969, Sam Peckinpah)
  3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
  4. The Godfather Part II (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
  5. Le Samourai (1967, Jean-Pierre Melville)
  6. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  7. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
  8. West Side Story (1961, Robert Wise/Jerome Robbins)
  9. Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)
  10. Mean Streets (1973, Martin Scorsese)
Robin Wood
(Film critic: Various...)
  1. Rio Bravo (1959, Howard Hawks)
  2. The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967, Jacques Demy)
  3. Heaven's Gate (1980, Michael Cimino)
  4. I Walked with a Zombie (1943, Jacques Tourneur)
  5. Late Spring (1949, Yasujiro Ozu)
  6. Marnie (1964, Alfred Hitchcock)
  7. Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958, Leo McCarey)
  8. The Reckless Moment (1949, Max Ophuls)
  9. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
  10. Ugetsu (1953, Kenji Mizoguchi)
Krzysztof Zanussi
(Filmmaker: The Year of the Quiet Sun, Weekend Stories)
  1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  2. Rashomon (1950, Akira Kurosawa)
  3. La Strada (1954, Federico Fellini)
  4. Ordet (1955, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  5. East of Eden (1955, Elia Kazan)
  6. The Seventh Seal (1957, Ingmar Bergman)
  7. My Night at Maud's (1969, Eric Rohmer)
  8. Jules and Jim (1961, Francois Truffaut)
  9. The Phantom of Liberty (1974, Luis Bunuel)
  10. Man of Marble (1977, Andrzej Wajda)
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