Ramin Bahrani’s Top 10

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

    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)

    Ingmar Bergman

    Through a Glass Darkly

  • Ingmar Bergman

    The Silence

  • Ingmar Bergman

    Winter Light

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

  • 3

    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

    Vittorio De Sica

    Bicycle Thieves

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

  • 5

    Federico Fellini

    La dolce vita

    Expansive and deeply moving. Haunting.

  • 6

    Robert Bresson


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

  • 7 (tie)

    Satyajit Ray

    Pather Panchali

  • Satyajit Ray


  • Satyajit Ray

    Apur Sansar

    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

    Akira Kurosawa


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

  • 9

    Luis Buñuel

    The Exterminating Angel

    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

    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.