How the directors and critics voted

Santosh Sivan

Top Ten

  1. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer)
  2. Mirror (Tarkovsky)
  3. Tokyo Story (Ozu)
  4. Cries and Whispers (Bergman)
  5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)
  6. Charulata (S. Ray)
  7. Aguirre, Wrath of God (Herzog)
  8. The Great Dictator (Chaplin)
  9. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa)
  10. Apocalypse Now (Coppola)


The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer)
The drama of the images and the plight of Joan recurred in my mind long after the film was over.
Mirror (Tarkovsky)
It's a film that grows on you with repeated viewings, like looking at yourself in different mirrors and seeing subtle differences each time.
Tokyo Story (Ozu)
Cries and Whispers (Bergman)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)
Charulata (S. Ray)
Aguirre, Wrath of God (Herzog)
The Great Dictator (Chaplin)
Seven Samurai (Kurosawa)
Apocalypse Now (Coppola)
A hallucination of sound and image and of life and death; a journey down the river of the mind.

Last Updated: 03 Aug 2011