Mike Figgis

Leaving Las Vegas; Internal Affairs

UK

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Bonnie and Clyde

1967

Arthur Penn

Deliverance

1972

John Boorman

dolce vita, La

1960

Federico Fellini

Festen

1998

Thomas Vinterberg

I Am Curious Yellow

1967

Vilgot Sjöman

Obscure Object of Desire, That

1977

Luis Buñuel

Opening Night

1977

John Cassavetes

Persona

1966

Ingmar Bergman

Week End

1967

Jean-Luc Godard

Woman Next Door, The

1981

François Truffaut

Comments

I am very aware that I have seen very few films compared to many people that I know – the list hasn't changed very much in the last years, but most of these films I have revisited fairly recently. I was curious to see how my taste had perhaps altered and, more importantly, to see how they had weathered with time. I found them more powerful than before. They have all played a big influence on what I have attempted to do myself, so in that sense I would query the title 'greatest films of all time' – there is no such thing, and filmmaking is not a competition. But most of these films have also had a tremendous impact on filmmaking in general.

Latest from the BFI

  • Latest from the BFI

    Latest news, features and opinion.

More information

Films, TV and people

  • Films, TV and people

    Film lists and highlights from BFI Player.

More information

Sight & Sound magazine

  • Sight & Sound magazine

    Reviews, interviews and features from the international film magazine.

More information

Back to the top