Ten films that have stayed with me

rules-of-the-game-octave-and-marceauApropos of this posting, I now ask a different but related question: what ten films have stayed with you? Not the ten “best” films or the ten “greatest” films—this is a purely personal inquiry, and so should be answered as quickly as possible in order to avoid, insofar as possible, any self-conscious oh-what-a-cineaste-am-I posturing.


• Roman Polanski’s Chinatown

• Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game

• Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past

• Arthur Hiller’s The In-Laws

• Richard Benjamin’s My Favorite Year

• John Ford’s The Searchers

• Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me

• Harold Ramis’ Groundhog Day

• Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane

• Steve Kloves’ The Fabulous Baker Boys

For the record, that list includes three comedies, three studio-system films, one Western, one film noir, one neo-noir film, the greatest movie ever made, and–somewhat to my retrospective surprise–nothing by Howard Hawks or Alfred Hitchcock. So be it.

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