DVD Times Reviewers' Top 10 Films

So after a list of all the films that you love, we thought that we'd tell you about the films that we hold hands with in a darkened room. Unlike the reader's list, the reviewers top 10s include a fair few fancy foreign films and a number of flicks that were made before the second world war, and we thought that for those of you who are yet to discover these films our list may give you an incentive to seek them out. Each reviewer has very distinctive tastes, I love classic European cinema and Asian films, Mike positively adores the 1970s, for Clydefro it's classic Hollywood, but if you've read what we've all written before you may already have sussed us out and not be surprised by the appearance of films like Hannibal or Pedicab Driver in such august company. Some film-makers appear again and again, Hitchcock, Lang, Bergman, Miyazaki, Fellini and less predictably David Lynch and Wong Kar Wai. And some films are clearly faves of many of us, including Hiyao Miyazaki's wonderful My Neighbour Totoro, which in addition to these lists has a place close to our beloved editor's heart.

The point of these lists is to create debate and encourage people to seek out new films and to boldly go to our sponsors, or the rental shop, in order to confirm that we are clearly underpaid geniuses or that we are blinkered fools. Someone somewhere will be amazed at the lack of love for Brett Ratner, Gore Verbinski or Michael Bay, someone else will stand up for Howard the Duck, but you might also think, like I did, that I must find out about London or perhaps see Mulholland Drive again. And if because of us you watch one more film that you haven't seen before, then I'm happy, even if it's Pirates of The Caribbean 7: The dredging of the barrel or Star Trek 17: The Search for Shatner's Prostate. This is because, to completely steal from Gunter Grass, "even bad films are films, and therefore sacred". Now, enough of this wide-eyed optimism and tell us where we went wrong!

Michael Mackenzie


1. Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977)
2. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
3. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
4. Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
5. Hannibal (Ridley Scott, 2001)
6. Three Colours: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1993)
7. The Omen (Richard Donner, 1976)
8. Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968)
9. Sex and Lucia (Julio Medem, 2001)
10. Leon (Luc Besson, 1994)

John White


M (Lang, 1931)
Daybreak (Carné, 1939)
Winter Light (Bergman, 1962)
Eight and a half (Fellini, 1963)
The Beast must die (Chabrol, 1969)
Deep Red (Dario Argento, 1975)
My Neighbor Totoro (Miyazaki, 1988)
Pedicab Driver (Hung Kam-Bo, 1989)
The Road Home (Zhang Yimou, 1999)
Audition (Takashi Miike, 1999)


Mike Sutton

The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)
The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970)
Don't Look Now (Nicolas Roeg, 1973)
The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
Night Moves (Arthur Penn, 1975)
Big Wednesday (John Milius, 1978)
Dressed To Kill (Brian De Palma, 1980)
London (Patrick Keiller, 1994)


Clydefro Jones

City Lights (Chaplin, 1931)
M (Lang, 1931)
Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
It's a Wonderful Life (Capra, 1946)
In a Lonely Place (Ray, 1950)
Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954)
The Apartment (Wilder, 1960)
The Graduate (Nichols, 1967)
Unforgiven (Eastwood, 1992)
The Royal Tenenbaums (Anderson, 2001)


Noel Megahey


The Passion of Joan Of Arc (Dreyer, 1928)
The Lady from Shanghai (Welles, 1947)
The Third Man (Reed, 1949)
Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)
8½ (Fellini, 1963)
Nous Ne Vieillirons Pas Ensemble (Pialat, 1972)
Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters (Schrader, 1985)
The Sacrifice (Tarkovsky, 1986)
Lost Highway (Lynch, 1997)
In The Mood For Love (Wong, 2000)


Roger Keen

1) Dead of Night (Cavalcanti, Crichton, Dearden, Hamer 1945)
2) El (Bunuel 1953)
3) A Matter of Life and Death (Powell, Pressburger 1946)
4) Repulsion (Polanski 1965)
5) Double Indemnity (Wilder 1944)
6) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Huston 1948)
7) The Red Shoes (Powell, Pressburger 1948)
8) Mulholland Drive (Lynch 2001)
9) The Seven Samurai (Kurosawa 1954)
10) La Strada (Fellini 1954)


Colin Polonowski


1. Grave of the Fireflies(Takahata, 1988)
2. Planet of the Apes (Schaffner, 1968)
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg, 1981)
4. The Eye (The Pang Brothers, 2002)
5. The Omen (Richard Donner, 1976)
6. Stand by Me (Rob Reiner, 1986)
7. Spirited Away (Miyazaki, 2001)
8. Withnail and I (Robinson, 1987)
9. The Empire Strikes Back (Kershner, 1980)
10. The Terminator (Cameron, 1984)

Matt Shingleton

Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954)
Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
Manhunter (Michael Mann, 1986)
Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (John Hughes, 1987)
Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988)
Grave of the Fireflies(Isao Takahata, 1988)
My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)
Miller's Crossing (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, 1990)
Love Letter (Shunji Iwai, 1995)
The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, 1998)



Kevin Gilvear


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920)
Lili (Charles Walters, 1953)
Silent Running (Douglas Trumbull, 1972)
Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (Carl Reiner, 1982)
This is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984)
Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988)
Tetsuo (Shinya Tsukamoto, 1989)
The Most Terrible Time in My Life (Kaizo Hayashi, 1994)
Chungking Express (Wong Kar Wai, 1994)




Eamonn McCusker


The Thing From Another World (Christian Nyby, 1951)
Sleeping Beauty
(Clyde Geronimi, 1959)
L'année Dernière à Marienbad
(Alain Resnais, 1961)
Jason And The Argonauts (Don Chaffey, 1963)
Castle Keep (Sydney Pollack, 1969)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
Excalibur (John Boorman, 1981)
Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)
Trust (Hal Hartley, 1990)
Merci, La Vie (Bertrand Blier, 1991)



Paul Greenwood


1) Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981)
2) The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
3) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966)
4) It's A Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)
5) The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994)
6) Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
7) Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
8) Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992)
9) Miller's Crossing (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, 1990)
10) The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)

Anthony Nield


Horse Feathers (Norman Z Mcleod, 1932)
Love Me Tonight(Rouben Mamoulian, 1932)
La Régle du jeu (Jean Renoir, 1939)
Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren/Alexander Hammid, 1943)
Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, 1955)
Ordet (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1955)
Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
The Silence (Ingmar Bergman, 1963)
Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968)
Performance (Nicolas Roeg/Donald Cammell, 1970)

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