Editor’s choice: all-time favourite films


This term we’ve brought you trivia on cinema’s tallest actors, the highest-grossing and most expensive films of all time, the youngest Oscar winners, the most commonly misquoted lines and the most tenacious box-office toppers.

But with the end of term right around the corner, what better way to round it off than with a few of cinema’s greatest offerings to tide you over during the long summer vacation? Film Editor Ellen Newberry talks through ten films you really need to see…

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Kidnap and carbon freezing – the darkest instalment of the trilogy has it all.

Twin Town (1997)

This weird and wonderful Welsh black comedy is not to be missed.

Spirited Away (2001)

Miyazaki’s most famous Studio Ghibli is a mix of heart-warming and hilarious.

Amélie (2001)

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s French tale is romantic comedy as it should be done.

Dead Poet’s Society (1989)

Byron, boarding schools and banter: a must-see for students of literature.

Man With a Movie Camera (1929)

Dziga Vertov’s array of pre-CGI special effects is simply awe-inspiring.

Lost in Translation (2003)

Sofia Coppola’s Japanese hit makes for a charming and witty romance.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Wiene’s silent noir is a must for all fans of Tim Burton’s expressionist homages.

Seven (1995)

This grotesque thriller is rendered beautiful by its stunning cinematography.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Unseasonal, yes. But is has muppets,, Dickens, and snow. Enough said.

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