How the directors and critics voted

John Dahl

Top Ten

  1. Chinatown (Polanski)
  2. A Clockwork Orange (Kubrick)
  3. Crimes and Misdemeanors (Allen)
  4. Double Indemnity (Wilder)
  5. The Godfather (Coppola)
  6. Once upon a Time in the West (Leone)
  7. Schindler's List (Spielberg)
  8. Sunset Blvd. (Wilder)
  9. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Huston)
  10. Unforgiven (Eastwood)


Chinatown (Polanski)
A Clockwork Orange (Kubrick)
Sex, violence, and Beethoven.
Crimes and Misdemeanors (Allen)
I could make a top-ten list from Woody's films alone; this just happens to be one of my favourites.
Double Indemnity (Wilder)
I never realised insurance could be so sexy.
The Godfather (Coppola)
Power corrupts absolutely.
Once upon a Time in the West (Leone)
"People scare better when they're dying."
Schindler's List (Spielberg)
Painful to watch but brilliantly conceived on every level.
Sunset Blvd. (Wilder)
My favourite movie about Hollywood. William Holden and Gloria Swanson are great.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Huston)
Best story about greed ever made. Huston and Bogart are excellent.
Unforgiven (Eastwood)
Great script, brilliant execution, Clint's best.

Last Updated: 03 Aug 2011