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Ramin Bahrani’s Top10

Iranian-American writer and director Ramin Bahrani’s feature films include: Man Push Cart (2005), Chop Shop (2007), Goodbye Solo (2009), 99 Homes (2014), and Fahrenheit 451 (2018). They have won awards and acclaim all over the world, from Venice to Cannes to the U.S. In 2010, film critic Roger Ebert hailed him as “the director of the decade.” Bahrani is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Someone to Watch Independent Spirit Award in 2008. His films have won numerous awards: Goodbye Solo won the Critics’ Prize for best film at the Venice Film Festival (2009), and 99 Homes won Michael Shannon SAG and Golden Globe nominations in 2015.

Nov 19, 2008
  • 1

    L’eclisse

    Michelangelo Antonioni

    One of my favorite films of all time. Over the years I have come to respect it even more than L’avventura.

  • 2 (tie)

    Through a Glass Darkly

    Ingmar Bergman

  • The Silence

    Ingmar Bergman

  • Winter Light

    Ingmar Bergman

    Winter Light is one of the most powerful studies of a human soul. The Silence is in a category of its own.

  • 3

    Dekalog

    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    One of the masterworks of cinema that rattles me each time I see it. Kieślowski is perhaps the master of filming the unfilmable and unknowable.

  • 4

    Bicycle Thieves

    Vittorio De Sica

    Endlessly inspiring social humanist film. A great location film. The two hands in the end is one of the best shots in cinema.

  • 5

    La dolce vita

    Federico Fellini

    Expansive and deeply moving. Haunting.

  • 6

    Pickpocket

    Robert Bresson

    I can watch the train station sequence over and over again.

  • 7 (tie)

    Pather Panchali

    Satyajit Ray

  • Aparajito

    Satyajit Ray

  • Apur Sansar

    Satyajit Ray

    I first saw Ray’s films at the Lincoln Plaza in college and they left a deep, indelible mark. It’s a masterwork that I return to over and over again.

  • 8

    Ikiru

    Akira Kurosawa

    The structure is so unique, and the night sequence is a classic. Again, Kurosawa brilliantly translates the Russian writers.

  • 9

    The Exterminating Angel

    Luis Buñuel

    For some reason my Spanish teacher in eighth grade thought this was an appropriate film to use to teach us Spanish. I was spooked and could not sleep for nights on end. One of my favorite Bunuel films.

  • 10

    Vagabond

    Agnès Varda

    One of the greatest portraits put on screen by one of the greatest directors cinema has known. Varda’s mixture of time and of light and dark is impeccable.