A lot of interest was aroused by my assertion that Julie/Julia was among the best twenty films in English. Subsequent violent argument resulted in the death, poor man, of Patrick Dignam, who dared mention Gerry and The Tree Of Life and proved to be unhinged, in a suicide-bombing of the Cremorne Orpheum foyer only twelve hours ago. My list of the best twenty-FIVE films of all time (with the caveat that there are half a million I have not seen) is this.
Best film of all time: Downfall.
In no particular order, the other twenty-four:
Jules et Jim. The Hustler. The Seventh Seal. The Russian War and Peace. Danton. Pierrepoint. The Best Years Of Our Lives. Modern Times. Taxi Driver. Chariots Of Fire. Casablanca. Brief Encounter. Armacord. The Seven Samurai. The Barbarian Invasions. The Lives Of Others. Beneath Hill 60. The City Of Life And Death. It’s A Wonderful Life. The Road To Perdition. In Which We Serve. North By North-West. A Royal Affair. Army Of Shadows.
It is entirely possible that in another mood fifteen of these titles would be different and include, say, Love, Actually and The Syrian Bride and Barney’s Version and Double Indemnity and Wild Strawberries and Limelight (and, indeed, Julie/Julia), but there you go. The Hustler, Jules et Jim, The City Of Life And Death and The Best Years Of Our Lives and Army Of Shadows would always remain.
Over to you.