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Sight & Sound's Best Films

Unmissable films from an essential source: the world’s wisest film magazine, whose annual list sets the standard.

Selected from the last three years, the wayward and the glorious meet here, and invite you in.

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The AssistantThe Assistant

Thriller201987 minsDirector: Kitty Green

Kitty Green's #MeToo drama is a sobering take on one day in the life of a film company assistant.

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PossessorPossessor

Thriller2019104 minsDirector: Brandon Cronenberg

In the near future, a cool and ruthless assassin who uses other people’s bodies to carry out execution-style killings comes unstuck when her latest vehicle resists.

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BabyteethBabyteeth

Drama2019118 minsDirector: Shannon Murphy

Seriously ill Milla (Eliza Scanlen) clashes with her parents, who disapprove when she brings home her sketchy new boyfriend Toby, in this tragicomic debut from Shannon Murphy.

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Les MisérablesLes Misérables

Thriller2019104 minsDirector: Ladj Ly

Ladj Ly’s extraordinary Cannes Jury Prize-winning debut obliterates the myth of cultural integration in France.

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HostHost

Horror202066 minsDirector: Rob Savage

The lockdown horror sensation from British director Rob Savage follows six friends who disturb a malevolent spirit during a Zoom séance.

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LovelessLoveless

Drama2017127 minsDirector: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Andrey Zvyagintsev (Elena, Leviathan) delivers a masterpiece in this caustic look at contemporary Russian society, a failed marriage and the disappearance of a child. A major prize winner at both Cannes and BFI London Film Festival.

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RelicRelic

Horror202090 minsDirector: Natalie Erika James

Three generations of women are plagued by a supernatural presence in one of the year’s most terrifying films.

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She Dies TomorrowShe Dies Tomorrow

Drama202084 mins

Amy knows she's going to die tomorrow and her fear is contagious.

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The Personal History of David CopperfieldThe Personal History of David Copperfield

Drama2019120 minsDirector: Armando Iannucci

Armando Iannucci brings David Copperfield fizzing to life with all-star collaborators in this exuberant, entertaining and sharply pertinent adaptation.

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CollectiveCollective

Documentary2019109 minsDirector: Alexander Nanau

When burn patients begin dying from non-life-threatening injuries a group of investigative journalists uncover a vast healthcare scandal, in this gripping Romanian documentary.

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ClemencyClemency

Drama2019112 minsDirector: Chinonye Chukwu

Alfre Woodard is quietly devastating as a weary prison warden presiding over her twelfth execution, in this Sundance-winning death row drama.

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ZamaZama

Drama2017115 minsDirector: Lucrecia Martel

Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel returns with a fine adaptation of Antonio Di Benedetto’s existential novel. In her first feature since 2008’s The Headless Woman, Martel creates a richly layered exploration of personal malaise.

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The Florida ProjectThe Florida Project

Drama2017112 minsDirector: Sean Baker

Tangerine director Sean Baker presents another visionary take on the wild ups and dangerous downs of life in America’s underbelly, featuring an Oscar-nominated turn from Willem Dafoe.

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WesternWestern

Drama2017121 minsDirector: Valeska Grisebach

Masculine tensions reaching boiling point in this sizzling, brilliantly observed neo-western, where migrant German construction workers are pitched against villagers in remotest Bulgaria.

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PatersonPaterson

Comedy2016118 minsDirector: Jim Jarmusch

Adam Driver excels in this effortlessly charming tale of a bus driver poet in New Jersey, filmed with typically groovy elan by Jim Jarmusch.

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Toni ErdmannToni Erdmann

Comedy2016162 minsDirector: Maren Ade

A lonely prankster upends the life of his high-powered daughter in a riotous comedy, deep and sharp.

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Mogul MowgliMogul Mowgli

Drama202089 minsDirector: Bassam Tariq

Bassam Tariq’s visceral directorial debut, co-written with Riz Ahmed, finds a British-Pakistani rapper’s life spiralling out of control when, on the cusp of success, he succumbs to a debilitating illness.

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ApostasyApostasy

Drama201795 minsDirector: Dan Kokotajlo

A deeply religious family must decide whether to stick by their relation or abandon her, in this striking debut from Daniel Kokotajlo - a prizewinner at BFI London Film Festival 2017.

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You Were Never Really HereYou Were Never Really Here

Thriller201790 minsDirector: Lynne Ramsay

Lynne Ramsay journeys with Joaquin Phoenix into the mind of an ex-soldier gun-for-hire whose own demons are as brutal as the actions of his adversaries.

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SilenceSilence

Drama2016161 minsDirector: Martin Scorsese

Scorsese’s epic meditation on spiritual strength, with Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as missionaries on the search for their missing mentor.

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Lady MacbethLady Macbeth

Period drama201689 minsDirector: William Oldroyd

Florence Pugh shines in this exceptional British debut of a young wife's need for freedom, whatever the cost.

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I Am Not Your NegroI Am Not Your Negro

Documentary201694 minsDirector: Raoul Peck

Raoul Peck’s penetrating and acclaimed documentary reconstructs an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin, chronicler of America’s Civil Rights Movement.

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God's Own CountryGod's Own Country

Drama2017105 minsDirector: Francis Lee

A troubled young sheep farmer falls for a hired hand in this stunning debut from Francis Lee.

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ElleElle

Drama2015131 minsDirector: Paul Verhoeven

Isabelle Huppert gives an unforgettable performance in Paul Verhoeven’s provocative thriller about one woman’s response to a violent attack.

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Manchester by the SeaManchester by the Sea

Drama2016137 minsDirector: Kenneth Lonergan

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams shine in this devastating, Oscar-winning drama from Kenneth Lonergan about a man’s painful hometown return.

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I, Daniel BlakeI, Daniel Blake

Drama2016100 minsDirector: Ken Loach

Ken Loach’s powerful, Palme d’Or-winning invective against welfare injustice captured the mood of modern Britain and became his biggest box office success.

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A Ghost StoryA Ghost Story

Drama201792 minsDirector: David Lowery

David Lowery's haunting exploration of love and loss, with Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck is a high-point of recent independent American cinema.

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MoonlightMoonlight

Drama2016111 minsDirector: Barry Jenkins

Winner of the 2017 Oscar for Best Picture (eventually!), Barry Jenkins’ intoxicating drama follows the furtive life of a gay black boy through 80s Miami.

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Love & FriendshipLove & Friendship

Comedy201693 minsDirector: Whit Stillman

Whit Stillman crosses the Atlantic for this irresistible Jane Austen adaptation, following the delicious and devious exploits of Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale).

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Embrace of the SerpentEmbrace of the Serpent

Action and Adventure2015124 minsDirector: Ciro Guerra

The spirit of Werner Herzog and Apocalypse Now imbue this majestic Oscar-nominated odyssey through the heart of the Amazon.

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The AssassinThe Assassin

Action and Adventure2015106 minsDirector: Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s mesmerising, visually stunning tale of love and honour was Sight and Sound magazine’s best film of 2015.

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Hell or High WaterHell or High Water

Crime2016102 minsDirector: David Mackenzie

Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine star in David Mackenzie’s acclaimed crime drama about two brothers who rob the banks that seized their ranch, and the sheriff on their heels.

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La La LandLa La Land

Musical2016128 minsDirector: Damien Chazelle

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone channel old-school Hollywood glamour in this bright and playful romantic musical from director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash).

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45 Years45 Years

Drama201495 minsDirector: Andrew Haigh

One of the most acclaimed British features of recent years, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as a couple rocked by news from the past.

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NerudaNeruda

Biopic2016110 minsDirector: Pablo Larraín

Pablo Larraín's bold, inventive detective thriller offers an electrifying contemplation of the Chilean poet's life on the run in the late 1940s.

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No Home MovieNo Home Movie

Documentary2015118 minsDirector: Chantal Akerman

Chantal Akerman’s rigorously observational portrait of her late mother takes on a whole new significance in the wake of the director’s own premature passing.

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PhoenixPhoenix

Drama201498 minsDirector: Christian Petzold

Nina Hoss is superb as concentration camp survivor who assumes a new identity, in Christian Petzold’s intricate post-WWII thriller.

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Cemetery of SplendourCemetery of Splendour

Drama2015120 minsDirector: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s imaginative, sensuous and enigmatic film about soldiers suffering from a mysterious sleeping sickness.

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TangerineTangerine

Drama201588 minsDirector: Sean Baker

A big-hearted film shot on a small phone, this LA tale of two transgender working girls out for vengeance fizzes with wild energy.

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Under the SkinUnder the Skin

Horror2013108 minsDirector: Jonathan Glazer

An alien Scarlett Johansson prowls the streets of Glasgow in Jonathan Glazer’s astonishing, mind-bending mixture of existential sci-fi and inner-city realism.

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The TribeThe Tribe

Drama2014132 minsDirector: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

A new arrival at a school for young deaf people is drawn into a nightmarish world of crime and brutality, in this audacious and acclaimed modern classic told in unsubtitled sign.

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Son of SaulSon of Saul

Drama2015107 minsDirector: László Nemes

A devastating portrait of life in a concentration camp from the perspective of a Sonderkommando; winner of Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Prix.

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CarolCarol

Drama2014119 minsDirector: Todd Haynes

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara illuminate Todd Haynes’ intoxicating adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s beloved novel.

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Two Days, One NightTwo Days, One Night

Drama201495 minsDirector: Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Academy Award-winner Marion Cotillard’s collaboration with Cannes Festival-favourites Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne is a stunning, tense drama about a woman’s race against time to save her job.

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Everybody Wants Some!!Everybody Wants Some!!

Drama2014117 minsDirector: Richard Linklater

A gang of wild college jocks enjoy three days of freewheeling fun before school starts, in Richard Linklater’s ‘spiritual sequel’ to Boyhood and Dazed and Confused.

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IdaIda

Drama201482 minsDirector: Pawel Pawlikowski

The Best Film winner at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival is an exquisitely shot, moving drama about a Polish nun exploring her family past, from UK-based director Pawel Pawlikowski.

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120 BPM (Beats per Minute)120 BPM (Beats per Minute)

Drama2017143 minsDirector: Robin Campillo

Pulsating with life and pounding with urgency, Robin Campillo’s extraordinary account of 1990s AIDS activism is a rousing, sensual and heart-breaking celebration of personal and political resistance.

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The Duke of BurgundyThe Duke of Burgundy

Drama2014104 minsDirector: Peter Strickland

Peter Strickland’s visually and aurally intoxicating tale of sadomasochistic power-play is a daringly erotic sensory feast.

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Mr. TurnerMr. Turner

Biopic2014150 minsDirector: Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh’s Cannes-winning account of the later years of J. M. W. Turner, brilliantly played by Timothy Spall.

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National GalleryNational Gallery

Documentary2014181 minsDirector: Frederick Wiseman

The inner workings of London’s National Gallery are laid bare in this absorbing, forensic examination by revered filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.

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Goodbye to LanguageGoodbye to Language

Drama201470 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard’s typically innovative and playful meditation on technology, love and language was acclaimed one of the best films of 2014.