Your greatest films – ever!

After Barry Norman announced his picks for the best 100 films, we gave you the chance to have your say


Barry Norman recently compiled his list of the 100 best films, ever. But we wanted to hear your opinions too. So, here they are: 20 of your favourite films, in no particular order…


The African Queen (1951)

Rough diamond Humphrey Bogart and hoity-toity Katharine Hepburn steam upriver in this classic wartime caper

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Milestone First World War epic directed by, well, Lewis Milestone

The Apartment (1960)

Jack Lemmon is the wage slave on the make in Billy Wilder’s scathing comment on corporate America

Back to the Future (1985)

Temporal hijinks for Michael J Fox as a time-travelling 1980s high-schooler

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Moving, Sicilian-set paean to the magic of moving pictures

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

David Lean’s epic tale of war, revolution and romance, with Julie Christie as Lara

Double Indemnity (1944)

An insurance man is corrupted by a femme fatale in the definitive film noir

Forrest Gump (1994)

Nation-defining morality tale in which everyman Tom Hanks straddles US history

Gandhi (1982)

Ben Kingsley gives a career-making role in Richard Attenborough’s biopic of the leader

Goldfinger (1964)

The standout Bond movie, thanks to its iconic imagery and much-parodied spy action

The Great Dictator (1940)

Chaplin’s landmark romp poked fun at Hitler while he was still in power

Henry V (1944)

Olivier is at his regal best on both sides of the camera in this unbeatable reading of the Bard

The Ladykillers (1955)

Dark postwar parable from Ealing Studios in which crooks are thwarted by an old lady

The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003)

Ground-breaking realisation of the Tolkien fantasy

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

Less controversial than it seemed on release, this case of biblical mistaken identity is still hilarious

On the Waterfront (1954)

Timely exposé of the Mob stranglehold on unionised labour; Brando bristles as the coulda-been contender

The Sound of Music (1965)

Brilliant broadway musical unforgettably adapted for the big screen

The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

Oscar-winning template for an Arabian Nights adventure

The Usual Suspects (1995)

Low-budget neo-noir that grabbed attention with its sleight-of-hand plotting

Zulu (1964)

Beloved historical re-creation that remains, in costume and spirit, the best of British


Published in Radio Times magazine, 29 February