How the directors and critics voted

Jonathan Lynn

Top Ten

  1. The Apartment (Wilder)
  2. Casablanca (Curtiz)
  3. Citizen Kane (Welles)
  4. City Lights (Chaplin)
  5. Dr. Strangelove (Kubrick)
  6. The Godfather Part II (Coppola)
  7. Lawrence of Arabia [the recent, expanded version] (Lean)
  8. La strada (Fellini)
  9. Strangers on a Train (Hitchcock)
  10. The Third Man (Reed)


The Apartment (Wilder)
A great romantic comedy with a satirical edge.
Casablanca (Curtiz)
The ultimate Hollywood romantic melodrama.
Citizen Kane (Welles)
For all the usual reasons.
City Lights (Chaplin)
The greatest last scene I've ever seen. It makes you laugh and cry simultaneously.
Dr. Strangelove (Kubrick)
My favourite black comedy.
The Godfather Part II (Coppola)
Lawrence of Arabia (Lean) (the recent, expanded version)
The greatest of all epics.
La strada (Fellini)
The most touching of Fellini's films.
Strangers on a Train (Hitchcock)
Hitchcock at his most brilliant and under-rated.
The Third Man (Reed)
My favourite detective story.

Last Updated: 03 Aug 2011