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Directors' Favorite Films

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People who added this item 2618 Average listal rating (1515 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
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 1232 Average listal rating (739 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.6
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 1142 Average listal rating (677 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.3

8 Directors: Bresson, Wilder, Kazan, Allen, Huston, Buñuel, Ken Loach, Satyajit Ray
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People who added this item 815 Average listal rating (491 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8

8 Directors: Bresson, De Sica, Welles, Dreyer, Kazan, Visconti, Buñuel, Satyajit Ray
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People who added this item 1432 Average listal rating (706 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
(1963)

7 Directors: Scorsese, Lynch, Gilliam, Polanski, Allen, Hitchcock, Cronenberg
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People who added this item 4023 Average listal rating (2435 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3

7 Directors: Fellini, Lumet, Spielberg, Gilliam, Scorsese, Linklater, Kitano
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People who added this item 1938 Average listal rating (1081 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.7
Seven Samurai (1954)

7 Directors: Tarkovsky, Gilliam, Jarmusch, Ridley Scott, Richard Williams, Cronenberg, Kitano
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People who added this item 902 Average listal rating (567 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
The Gold Rush (1925)

6 Directors: Bresson, Dreyer, Kazan, Polanski, Haneke, Buñuel
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People who added this item 1227 Average listal rating (734 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Rashomon (1950)

5 Directors: Bergman, Herzog, Allen, Richard Williams, Satyajit Ray
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People who added this item 288 Average listal rating (142 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
5 Directors: Gilliam, Visconti, Miloš Forman, Carol Reed, Kitano
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People who added this item 354 Average listal rating (173 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Intolerance (1916)

4 Directors: Welles, Vidor, Lumet, Herzog
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People who added this item 414 Average listal rating (236 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1

4 Directors: Dreyer, Vidor, Kazan, Jarmusch
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People who added this item 479 Average listal rating (262 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1

4 Directors: Welles, Wilder, Allen, Visconti
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People who added this item 419 Average listal rating (222 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
4 Directors: Wilder, Vidor, Lumet, Coppola
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People who added this item 594 Average listal rating (324 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.2
Sunrise (1927)

4 Directors: Vidor, van Sant, Jarmusch, Coppola
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People who added this item 2653 Average listal rating (1616 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.4
Vertigo (1958)

4 Directors: Chris Marker, Lynch, Scorsese, Quay Brothers
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People who added this item 1009 Average listal rating (550 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.2

4 Directors: Tarkovsky, Kubrick, Allen, Ken Loach
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People who added this item 452 Average listal rating (247 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
4 Directors: Almodóvar, Allen, Ken Loach, Satyajit Ray
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People who added this item 458 Average listal rating (277 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1

3 Directors: Bresson, Dreyer, Vidor
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People who added this item 697 Average listal rating (393 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
La Strada (1954)

3 Director: Bergman, Kieslowski, Lynch
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People who added this item 452 Average listal rating (299 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Stagecoach (1939)

3 Directors: Fellini, Welles, Visconti
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People who added this item 311 Average listal rating (170 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.9
Balthazar (1966)
3 Directors: Wes Anderson, Haneke, Linklater
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People who added this item 1542 Average listal rating (904 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
3 Directors: Gilliam, Allen, Ridley Scott
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People who added this item 782 Average listal rating (383 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1

3 Directors: Sidney Lumet, Linklater, Terry Jones
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People who added this item 243 Average listal rating (125 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9

3 Directors: Coppola, Scorsese, Quay Brothers
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People who added this item 1296 Average listal rating (678 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
Persona (1966)
3 Directors: Tarkovsky, Lynch, Quay Brothers
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People who added this item 291 Average listal rating (176 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
I Vitelloni (1953)

3 Directors: Kubrick, Coppola, Lynch
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People who added this item 5937 Average listal rating (3708 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 9.2
The Godfather (1972)

3 Directors: Sidney Lumet, Spielberg, Miloš Forman
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People who added this item 669 Average listal rating (376 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Amarcord (1973)
3 Directors: Allen, Miloš Forman, Jiří Barta
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People who added this item 576 Average listal rating (267 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
Andrei Rublev (1966)

3 Directors: Bergman, Linklater, Jiří Barta
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People who added this item 1801 Average listal rating (1072 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
3 Directors: Sidney Lumet, Coppola, Terence Davies
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People who added this item 797 Average listal rating (507 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8
3 Directors: Almodóvar, John Kricfalusi, Terence Davies
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People who added this item 68 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.7

3 Directors: Welles, Kazan, Carol Reed
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People who added this item 676 Average listal rating (354 ratings) 8.8 IMDB Rating 8.2

3 Directors: Bergman, Lumet, Satyajit Ray
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People who added this item 472 Average listal rating (220 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7

3 Directors: Dreyer, Gilliam, Ford
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People who added this item 354 Average listal rating (202 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
Ninotchka (1939)

3 Directors: Welles, Carol Reed, Ford
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People who added this item 184 Average listal rating (82 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
Tabu (1931)
2 Directors: Godard, Visconti
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People who added this item 66 Average listal rating (38 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
Man of Aran (1934)
2 Directors: Bresson, De Sica
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People who added this item 917 Average listal rating (582 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Kid (1921)

2 Director: De Sica, Kieslowski
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People who added this item 117 Average listal rating (61 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7

2 Directors: Bergman, Dreyer
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People who added this item 147 Average listal rating (70 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Henry V (1944)

2 Directors Kubrick, Dreyer
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People who added this item 468 Average listal rating (258 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Red Shoes (1948)

2 Directors: Scorsese, Vidor
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People who added this item 1439 Average listal rating (894 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.5

2 Directors: Bergman, Lynch
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People who added this item 40 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 5.7
The Fortune (1975)

2 Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
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People who added this item 176 Average listal rating (90 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
2 Directors: Godard, Almodóvar
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People who added this item 454 Average listal rating (293 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
The Circus (1928)
2 Directors: Bergman, Polanski
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People who added this item 159 Average listal rating (86 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8
Shoeshine (1946)

2 Directors: Welles, Allen
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People who added this item 3929 Average listal rating (2498 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5
Psycho (1960)
2 Directors: Spielberg, Haneke
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People who added this item 613 Average listal rating (304 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.2
Tokyo Story (1953)
2 Directors: Mike Leigh, Jarmusch
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People who added this item 1130 Average listal rating (667 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
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: 5 years ago at Oct 3 2:45
Some of my favorite movies are on this list!
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Aug 27 19:00
Class Act.

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