1. Nashville (dir. Robert Altman)
Everything you need to know about the USA in one movie.
2. All About Eve (dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
"What a story! Everything but the bloodhounds snappin' at her rear end."
3. Never Give A Sucker An Even Break (dir. Edward F. Cline)
4. The Portrait of A Lady (dir. Jane Campion)
Much derided, but, for me, the best Henry James adaptation there has been, or is ever likely to be.
5. Wonderland (dir. Michael Winterbottom)
To help cure homesickness for London.
6. The Lady Vanishes (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
Because it's perfect.
7. North By Northwest (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
Because this could really be a list of eight Hitchcock films.
8. Cast Away (dir. Robert Zemeckis)
Not a great favourite, but survival tips, and Tom Hanks's reassuring presence, could only help the situation.
But ... ask me tomorrow, and you'd probably get a different list.