John Oliver

Curator, BFI National Archive

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Battleship Potemkin

1925

Sergei M Eisenstein

Citizen Kane

1941

Orson Welles

It's a Wonderful Life

1947

Frank Capra

Music Box, The

1932

James Parrot

Psycho

1960

Alfred Hitchcock

Red River

1947

Howard Hawks/Arthur Rosson

Searchers, The

1956

John Ford

Seven Samurai

1954

Akira Kurosawa

Singin' in the Rain

1951

Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly

Third Man, The

1949

Carol Reed

Comments

While many other worthy candidates had to be unceremoniously excised from the ten best list (Chuck Jones’ Duck Amuck nearly made it), all of the above are as perfectly realised as it is possible for any film to be.

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