Rashaad Ernesto Green’s Top 10

Rashaad Ernesto Green’s Top10

Rashaad Ernesto Green was born in the Bronx, New York, and has made two feature films, Gun Hill Road (2011) and Premature (2020). At the Independent Spirit Awards this year, he won the Someone to Watch Award and was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award.

Apr 9, 2020
  • 1

    Albert Lamorisse

    The Red Balloon

    One of the most beautiful films ever made. It’s a French movie with almost no dialogue, and I remember watching it in school several times. The innocence and the imagination of the young protagonist are threatened by bullies and adults, but the relationship he forms with his balloon gives us marvelous insight into childhood. I love how the film explores universal themes that can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

  • 2

    Spike Lee

    Do the Right Thing

    Quintessential Spike Lee. Brooklyn. Hottest day of the year. This film defined a generation of filmmakers and artists that followed. For me, as an artist growing up in New York, Spike Lee was an inspiration. He showed us it could be done.

  • 3

    Gillo Pontecorvo

    The Battle of Algiers

    This has to be one of the greatest war films ever made. It transports you into a culture and a struggle, and you wind up siding with people who will stop at nothing for their freedom. The imagery is striking and heart-wrenching. Watching this film will make you think differently about our current world.

  • 4

    Marcel Camus

    Black Orpheus

    Cinematic candy. You want to eat, sing, and dance in the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro. The colors and fabrics, the language and music and people and culture, are all so vibrant and beautiful. The story is a retelling of the Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, done with such beauty and imagination. This is one for the ages.

  • 5

    Satyajit Ray

    Pather Panchali

    This first installment in Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy is an incredibly moving, heartfelt story that takes place in the countryside of Bengal in the 1920s. The stark images captured my heart from my first viewing.

  • 6

    Yasujiro Ozu

    Tokyo Story

    Ozu at his best. Everyone can identify with the family in this story as they suffer the loss of a parent. This is a deep and thorough investigation into our humanity, and it has stayed with me for years. It strikes a very deep chord that makes us recognize our true commonality.

  • 7

    Akira Kurosawa

    Seven Samurai

    This story about a group of samurai hired to protect a village of rice farmers from bandits is one of my all-time favorites from Kurosawa. There are so many lessons about life and how we view heroism in this timeless masterpiece.

  • 8

    John Schlesinger

    Midnight Cowboy

    Gorgeous and gritty in every way. It’s a time capsule of late sixties New York City, and it’s about a bond between two unlikely friends. The acting, direction, editing, and score are downright perfect.

  • 9

    Robert Bresson

    A Man Escaped

    Bresson’s film about a man yearning to escape from prison takes place mostly within a cell, and yet it never loses your interest for a second. It touches on themes of our collective humanity and what it means to live.

  • 10

    Andrea Arnold

    Fish Tank

    Andrea Arnold’s fresh and gripping portrayal of a young woman navigating her burgeoning sexuality in the housing projects of Essex. The scenes are fraught with tension, and the performances are out of sight.