Our favorite films

After a few blog posts, we have compiled the lists of what the Film Monitor crew consider the greatest films of all-time, as a response of the latest edition of the canonical Sight & Sound poll. All of us agree that narrowing down the best films to a mere list of ten is extremely difficult and I can imagine things were a little easier in 1952 when the British magazine first conducted their poll since there were a lot fewer movies then. Our selections are mostly based on personal favorites and you can click on our names to read about our reasoning. A few observations: Chungking Express is the most popular film among the six of us (with three votes) and Wong Kar-wai is the most popular director (with two additional votes for In the Mood For Love). And no one picked Citizen Kane.

Modern Times

Francisco Lo (editor/writer)

1.     Playtime (1967, dir. Jacques Tati, France)

2.     Winter Light (1962, dir. Ingmar Bergman, Sweden)

3.     Modern Times (1936, dir. Charles Chaplin, USA)

4.     My Little Loves (1974, dir. Jean Eustache, France)

5.     High and Low (1963, dir. Akira Kurosawa, Japan)

6.     Chungking Express (1994, dir. Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong)

7.     Close-Up (1990, dir. Abbas Kiarostami, Iran)

8.     Land of Silence and Darkness (1971, dir. Werner Herzog, USA)

9.     To Be or Not To Be (1942, dir. Ernst Lubitsch, USA)

10.  35 Shots of Rum (2008, dir. Claire Denis, France)

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Joe Ross (graphic designer)

  1. The Firemen’s Ball (1967, dir. Milos Forman, Czechoslovakia)
  1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, dir. Stanley Kubrick, USA/UK)
  1. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949, dir. Robert Hamer, UK)
  1. The Third Man (1949, dir. Carol Reed, UK)
  1. Rashomon (1950, dir. Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
  1. Jules and Jim (1962, dir. François Truffaut, France)
  1. The Battle of Algiers (1966, dir. Gillo Pontecorvo, Italy/Algeria)
  1. A Woman Under the Influence (1974, dir. John Cassavetes, USA)
  1. Rushmore (1998, dir. Wes Anderson, USA)
  1. The Celebration (1998, dir. Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark)

In the Mood For Love

R.M. Crossin (former writer/editor)

  1. Pulp Fiction (1994, dir. Quentin Tarantino, USA)
  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick, USA)
  1. Taxi Driver (1976, dir. Martin Scorsese, USA)
  1. City Lights (1931, dir. Charlie Chaplin, USA)
  1. The 400 Blows (1959, dir. François Truffaut, France)
  1. Chinatown (1974, dir. Roman Polanski, USA)
  1. Blade Runner (1982, dir. Ridley Scott, USA)
  1. In the Mood for Love (2000, dir. Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong)
  1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980, dir. Irvin Kershner, USA)
  1. Mulholland Drive (2001, dir. David Lynch, USA)

A Man Escaped

David Stiles (former writer)

A Separation (2011, dir. Asghar Farhadi, Iran)

The Headless Woman (2008, dir. Lucrecia Martel, Argentina)

The Bad Sleep Well (1960, dir. Akira Kurosawa, Japan)

Branded to Kill (1967, dir. Seijun Suzuki, Japan)

Wild at Heart (1990, dir. David Lynch, USA)

The Match Factory Girl (1990, dir. Aki Kaurismaki, Finland)

A Man Escaped (1956, dir. Robert Bresson, France)

M (1931, dir. Fritz Lang, Germany)

In the Mood for Love (2000, dir. Wong Kar Wai, Hong Kong)

Breathless (1960, dir. Jean Luc Godard, France)

Hiroshima mon amour

Carolina Astrain (writer)

  1. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959, dir. Alain Resnais, France/Japan)
  1. Vertigo (1958, dir. Alfred Hitchcock, USA)
  1. Central Station (1998, dir. Walter Salles, Brazil)
  1. Chungking Express (1994, dir. Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong)
  1. Bicycle Thieves (1948, dir. Vittorio de Sica, Italy)
  1. Lost in Translation (2003, dir. Sofia Coppola, USA/Japan)
  1. Chinatown (1974, dir. Roman Polanski, USA)
  1. The Searchers (1956, dir. John Ford, USA)
  1. Rosemary’s Baby (1968, dir. Roman Polanski, USA)
  1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly  (1967, dir. Sergio Leone, Italy)

 

Le mépris

Giovanni Guillén (writer)

  1. Le mépris (1963, dir. Jean-Luc Godard, France)
  1. The 400 Blows (1959, dir. François Truffaut, France)
  1. The Rules of the Game  (1939, dir. Jean Renoir, France)
  1. Ugetsu (1953, dir. Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan)
  1. Chungking Express (1994, dir. Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong)
  1. Rushmore (1998, dir. Wes Anderson, USA)
  1. Y tu mamá también (2001, dir. Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico)
  1. Day For Night (1973, dir. François Truffaut, France)
  1. The Tree of Life (2011, dir. Terrence Malick, USA)
  1. Duck Season (2004, dir. Fernando Eimbcke, Mexico)
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  1. Carolina Astrain

    Twister!

    -Carolina

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