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Directors' Favorite Films

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People who added this item 2310  Average listal rating (1334 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
1. Citizen Kane (1941)

11 Directors: Scorsese, Kieslowski, Kubrick, Vidor, Lynch, Spielberg, Gilliam, Polanski, van Sant, Ridley Scott, Miloš Forman
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People who added this item 1054  Average listal rating (636 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 8.6 
2. City Lights (1931)

9 Directors: Fellini, Bresson, Tarkovsky, Welles, Kubrick, Vidor, Richard Williams, Miloš Forman, Carol Reed
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People who added this item 994  Average listal rating (599 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.4 
3. Bicycle Thieves (1948)

8 Directors: Bresson, Wilder, Kazan, Allen, Huston, Buñuel, Ken Loach, Satyajit Ray
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People who added this item 725  Average listal rating (439 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
4. Battleship Potemkin (1925)

8 Directors: Bresson, De Sica, Welles, Dreyer, Kazan, Visconti, Buñuel, Satyajit Ray
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People who added this item 1265  Average listal rating (619 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.2 
5. (1963)

7 Directors: Scorsese, Lynch, Gilliam, Polanski, Allen, Hitchcock, Cronenberg
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People who added this item 3530  Average listal rating (2144 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.3 
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

7 Directors: Fellini, Lumet, Spielberg, Gilliam, Scorsese, Linklater, Kitano
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People who added this item 1710  Average listal rating (951 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 8.7 
7. Seven Samurai (1954)

7 Directors: Tarkovsky, Gilliam, Jarmusch, Ridley Scott, Richard Williams, Cronenberg, Kitano
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People who added this item 772  Average listal rating (496 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.3 
8. The Gold Rush (1925)

6 Directors: Bresson, Dreyer, Kazan, Polanski, Haneke, Buñuel
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People who added this item 1054  Average listal rating (621 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.4 
9. Rashomon (1950)

5 Directors: Bergman, Herzog, Allen, Richard Williams, Satyajit Ray
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People who added this item 238  Average listal rating (123 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.3 
10. Children of Paradise (1945)
5 Directors: Gilliam, Visconti, Miloš Forman, Carol Reed, Kitano
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People who added this item 303  Average listal rating (146 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
11. Intolerance (1916)

4 Directors: Welles, Vidor, Lumet, Herzog
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People who added this item 357  Average listal rating (201 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
12. Rome, Open City (1945)

4 Directors: Dreyer, Vidor, Kazan, Jarmusch

People who added this item 408  Average listal rating (225 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.2 
13. Grand Illusion (1937)

4 Directors: Welles, Wilder, Allen, Visconti
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People who added this item 351  Average listal rating (187 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.2 
14. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
4 Directors: Wilder, Vidor, Lumet, Coppola
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People who added this item 500  Average listal rating (272 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 8.4 
15. Sunrise (1927)

4 Directors: Vidor, van Sant, Jarmusch, Coppola
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People who added this item 2376  Average listal rating (1447 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
16. Vertigo (1958)

4 Directors: Chris Marker, Lynch, Scorsese, Quay Brothers
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People who added this item 908  Average listal rating (492 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.3 
17. Wild Strawberries (1957)

4 Directors: Tarkovsky, Kubrick, Allen, Ken Loach
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People who added this item 394  Average listal rating (211 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.1 
18. The Rules of the Game (1939)
4 Directors: Almodóvar, Allen, Ken Loach, Satyajit Ray
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People who added this item 399  Average listal rating (238 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.1 
19. Brief Encounter (1945)

3 Directors: Bresson, Dreyer, Vidor

People who added this item 614  Average listal rating (349 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.1 
20. La Strada (1954)

3 Director: Bergman, Kieslowski, Lynch
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People who added this item 392  Average listal rating (264 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.9 
21. Stagecoach (1939)

3 Directors: Fellini, Welles, Visconti
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People who added this item 249  Average listal rating (138 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 7.9 
22. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
3 Directors: Wes Anderson, Haneke, Linklater
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People who added this item 1353  Average listal rating (796 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.3 
23. The Seventh Seal (1957)
3 Directors: Gilliam, Allen, Ridley Scott
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People who added this item 684  Average listal rating (327 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.2 
24. Fanny and Alexander (1982)

3 Directors: Sidney Lumet, Linklater, Terry Jones

People who added this item 196  Average listal rating (101 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.9 
25. Ashes and Diamonds (1958)

3 Directors: Coppola, Scorsese, Quay Brothers

People who added this item 1121  Average listal rating (574 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.2 
26. Persona (1966)
3 Directors: Tarkovsky, Lynch, Quay Brothers
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People who added this item 262  Average listal rating (154 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
27. I Vitelloni (1953)

3 Directors: Kubrick, Coppola, Lynch
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People who added this item 5326  Average listal rating (3360 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating 9.2 
28. The Godfather (1972)

3 Directors: Sidney Lumet, Spielberg, Miloš Forman
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People who added this item 594  Average listal rating (342 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
29. Amarcord (1973)
3 Directors: Allen, Miloš Forman, Jiří Barta
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People who added this item 488  Average listal rating (228 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 8.3 
30. Andrei Rublev (1966)

3 Directors: Bergman, Linklater, Jiří Barta
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People who added this item 1589  Average listal rating (944 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.4 
31. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
3 Directors: Sidney Lumet, Coppola, Terence Davies
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People who added this item 681  Average listal rating (438 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
32. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
3 Directors: Almodóvar, John Kricfalusi, Terence Davies
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People who added this item 56  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.6 
33. The Baker's Wife (1938)

3 Directors: Welles, Kazan, Carol Reed

People who added this item 573  Average listal rating (302 ratings) 8.8  IMDB Rating 8.3 
34. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

3 Directors: Bergman, Lumet, Satyajit Ray
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People who added this item 406  Average listal rating (188 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.9 
35. The Birth of a Nation (1915)

3 Directors: Dreyer, Gilliam, Ford
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People who added this item 300  Average listal rating (171 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
36. Ninotchka (1939)

3 Directors: Welles, Carol Reed, Ford

People who added this item 164  Average listal rating (74 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.7 
37. Tabu (1931)
2 Directors: Godard, Visconti
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People who added this item 55  Average listal rating (31 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.6 
38. Man of Aran (1934)
2 Directors: Bresson, De Sica
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People who added this item 764  Average listal rating (486 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.4 
39. The Kid (1921)

2 Director: De Sica, Kieslowski
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People who added this item 89  Average listal rating (45 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.6 
40. Port of Shadows (1938)

2 Directors: Bergman, Dreyer

People who added this item 123  Average listal rating (58 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.4 
41. Henry V (1944)

2 Directors Kubrick, Dreyer
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People who added this item 405  Average listal rating (227 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.3 
42. The Red Shoes (1948)

2 Directors: Scorsese, Vidor

People who added this item 1233  Average listal rating (775 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 8.6 
43. Sunset Boulevard (1950)

2 Directors: Bergman, Lynch
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People who added this item 36  Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 5.8 
44. The Fortune (1975)

2 Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

People who added this item 124  Average listal rating (56 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.5 
45. Journey to Italy (1954)
2 Directors: Godard, Almodóvar

People who added this item 396  Average listal rating (253 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
46. The Circus (1928)
2 Directors: Bergman, Polanski
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People who added this item 133  Average listal rating (72 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 7.9 
47. Shoeshine (1946)

2 Directors: Welles, Allen
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People who added this item 3460  Average listal rating (2203 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.6 
48. Psycho (1960)
2 Directors: Spielberg, Haneke
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People who added this item 503  Average listal rating (251 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 8.3 
49. Tokyo Story (1953)
2 Directors: Mike Leigh, Jarmusch
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People who added this item 1002  Average listal rating (596 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.2 
50. The 400 Blows (1959)

2 Directors: Kieslowski, Mike Leigh
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My favorite directors' picks for their favorite films combined into one poll, with a limit of 10-12 picks per director. This list will grow when I see more films. Recommendations are welcome.


When a director has multiple lists, I include the movies on more than one lists, than count down from #1 until there are about 10 movies total.

Directors' Lists (not ranked):
Fellini Top 10 (Sight & Sound 1992)
Bresson Top 7 (Cinémathèque Belgique 1952)
De Sica Top 10 (Cinematheque Belgique 1952)
Scorsese Top 5 (Sight & Sound 1992)
Tarkovsky Top 10
Bergman Top 11
Welles Top 10 (Cinematheque Belgique 1952)
Kubrick Top 10 (Cinema Magazine 1963)
Chris Marker - Vertigo
Truffaut - Night and Fog (I can't find any lists).
The effective war film is often the one in which the action begins after the war, when there is nothing but ruins and desolation everywhere: Rossellini’s Germany Year Zero (1947) and, above all, Alain Resnais’ Nuit et brouillard, the greatest film ever made.

Kieslowski Top 10 (Time Out)
Wilder (Time Out)
Francis Ford Coppola
Dreyer (Cinematheque Belgique 1952)
Vidor (Cinematheque Belgique 1952)
Godard - I added the films he wrote about in a 1958 Cahiers du Cinéma article
There are five or six films in the history of the cinema which one wants to review simply by saying, 'It is the most beautiful of films.' Because there can be no higher praise... Summer Interlude is the most beautiful of films. - Godard

David Lynch - I included the five movies in his Rotten Tomatoes List (8½ , Sunset Boulevard, Mr. Hulot's Holiday, Rear Window, and Lolita), and 7 other movies who he said were his favorites (The Wizard of Oz, Vertigo, La Strada, Persona, Citizen Kane, Hour of the Wolf, and I Vittellioni); I didn't include his other favorite Mon Oncle (source).
Coen Brothers
Tim Burton
Sidney Lumet
Kazan (Cinematheque Belgique 1952)
Tarantino (11 films from Empire and Sight & Sound list)
Spielberg
Almodóvar (10 films from Time Out and S&S list)
Wes Anderson
Gilliam (10 films from Time Out and S&S list)
Herzog (5 favorite films, Rotten Tomatoes)
Polanski (6 films, Time Out)
Woody Allen
Gus Van Sant
Michael Haneke
Mike Leigh
Jarmusch
Visconti
John Huston
Linklater - 11 films combined
Jonathan Demme (The Conformist and Imamura's Legends From A Southern Island (source))
Ridley Scott (Lawrence of Arabia, Citizen Kane, Seven Samurai, The Seventh Seal (source))
Terry Jones (I used the top 8 of the 2002 poll because the 2012 poll is not ranked, and two films the director spoke very highly of in the 2012 poll - The General and Crimes and Misdemeanors)
Buñuel Top 10 (Sight & Sound 1952)
John Lasseter
George Romero (Sight & Sound and Rotten Tomatoes)
Brothers Quay
Richard Williams (10 films)
Miloš Forman
John Kricfalusi (Ren and Stimpy) - The Night of the Hunter
Jiří Barta
Carol Reed
Ken Loach (11 films)
Terence Davies
Hitchcock
David Cronenberg
Satyajit Ray
Takeshi Kitano
Ford
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Below are directors I might include in this list, when I see some of their films.
I'll probably add some of these directors's lists to Listal, then this list when I see more of their films: David Lean, Michael Powell, Bertolucci, Jacques Becker, Wong Kar-wai, Michael Cimino, Stan Brakhage
not added lists

Fuller (Time Out)
Rivette (Sight & Sound 1962)
Fassbinder
Tarr
Maybe:
Zinnemann (Time Out)
Eroll Morris - Sight & Sound + Rotten Tomatoes
Chantal Ackermen, Dardenne brothers, Jonas Mekas
Hou Hsiao-hsien, Edward Yang
Michel Gondry's favorites Robo-Cop, Back to the Future)
Terry Zwigoff's (Crumb) list
Guy Maddin
Theo Angelopoulos, Dardenne Brothers

Bong Joon-ho, Erich Rohmer
Maybe - Paul Morrissey, John Waters, Charles Burnett, Peter Davis (Hearts and Minds), Chen Kaige, Friedkin, Michael Snow, Michael Mann

Not a favorite director - I might change my mind

Peter Jackson
James Cameron
John Carpenter
John Woo
Sam Raimi, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Darren Aronofsky, Danny Boyle

Paul Verhoeven

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Sources: BFI (Sight & Sound)
Time Out (Directors' Choice)
Rotten Tomatoes
Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique

Directors' lists I didn't include (they exceeded 12 films and were non-preferential lists):
Akira Kurosawa's 100 favorite films
Sam Peckinpah
Wim Wenders

Frank Darabont (not a favorite anyway)

Some directors opposed to the idea of a top ten: Peter Bogdanovich, Abbas Kiarastomi

Lists to Update

The 2012 Sight & Sound poll lists by Allen, Tarantino and maybe Mike Leigh.
Jonathan Demme (1992 S&S Poll).

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Posted: 1 year, 12 months ago at Oct 3 2:45
Some of my favorite movies are on this list!
Posted: 1 year, 1 month ago at Aug 27 19:00
Class Act.

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