Roger Ebert's 10 greatest films of all time

  • Roger Ebert's 10 greatest films of all time

    Robert Duvall in "Apocalpse Now," directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Zoetrope

    "Apocalypse Now" (1979) directed by Francis Ford Coppola

    Ebert wrote in 1999, "[S]een again now at a distance of 20 years, 'Apocalypse Now' is more clearly than ever one of the key films of the century. Most films are lucky to contain a single great sequence. 'Apocalypse Now' strings together one after another, with the river journey as the connecting link. The best is the helicopter attack on a Vietnam village, led by Col. Kilgore (Robert Duvall), whose choppers use loudspeakers at top volume to play Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyries' as they swoop down on a yard full of schoolchildren. Duvall won an Oscar nomination for his performance and its unforgettable line, 'I love the smell of napalm in the morning.' His emptiness is frightening ..."

  • David Morgan

    David Morgan is a senior editor at and