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Directors' Favorite Films

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People who added this item 2511 Average listal rating (1462 ratings) 8.1 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 1193 Average listal rating (719 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 1098 Average listal rating (663 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 789 Average listal rating (479 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 1387 Average listal rating (685 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 3875 Average listal rating (2359 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 1876 Average listal rating (1046 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 876 Average listal rating (551 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 1181 Average listal rating (698 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 277 Average listal rating (140 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.4
5 Directors: Gilliam, Visconti, Miloš Forman, Carol Reed, Kitano
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People who added this item 340 Average listal rating (167 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Intolerance (1916)

4 Directors: Welles, Vidor, Lumet, Herzog
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People who added this item 406 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 463 Average listal rating (256 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1

4 Directors: Welles, Wilder, Allen, Visconti
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People who added this item 403 Average listal rating (216 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
4 Directors: Wilder, Vidor, Lumet, Coppola
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People who added this item 574 Average listal rating (313 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.3
Sunrise (1927)

4 Directors: Vidor, van Sant, Jarmusch, Coppola
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People who added this item 2571 Average listal rating (1567 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 986 Average listal rating (536 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.2

4 Directors: Tarkovsky, Kubrick, Allen, Ken Loach
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People who added this item 438 Average listal rating (239 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
4 Directors: Almodóvar, Allen, Ken Loach, Satyajit Ray
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People who added this item 443 Average listal rating (270 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1

3 Directors: Bresson, Dreyer, Vidor
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People who added this item 685 Average listal rating (389 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
La Strada (1954)

3 Director: Bergman, Kieslowski, Lynch
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People who added this item 437 Average listal rating (294 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Stagecoach (1939)

3 Directors: Fellini, Welles, Visconti
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People who added this item 297 Average listal rating (164 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.9
3 Directors: Wes Anderson, Haneke, Linklater
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People who added this item 1503 Average listal rating (881 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
3 Directors: Gilliam, Allen, Ridley Scott
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People who added this item 758 Average listal rating (377 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1

3 Directors: Sidney Lumet, Linklater, Terry Jones
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People who added this item 233 Average listal rating (123 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9

3 Directors: Coppola, Scorsese, Quay Brothers
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People who added this item 1265 Average listal rating (660 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
Persona (1966)
3 Directors: Tarkovsky, Lynch, Quay Brothers
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People who added this item 283 Average listal rating (170 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
I Vitelloni (1953)

3 Directors: Kubrick, Coppola, Lynch
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People who added this item 5751 Average listal rating (3607 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 648 Average listal rating (372 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Amarcord (1973)
3 Directors: Allen, Miloš Forman, Jiří Barta
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People who added this item 555 Average listal rating (258 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.4
Andrei Rublev (1966)

3 Directors: Bergman, Linklater, Jiří Barta
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People who added this item 1729 Average listal rating (1033 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
3 Directors: Sidney Lumet, Coppola, Terence Davies
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People who added this item 778 Average listal rating (497 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
3 Directors: Almodóvar, John Kricfalusi, Terence Davies
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People who added this item 65 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.6

3 Directors: Welles, Kazan, Carol Reed
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People who added this item 658 Average listal rating (343 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 8.3

3 Directors: Bergman, Lumet, Satyajit Ray
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People who added this item 455 Average listal rating (214 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8

3 Directors: Dreyer, Gilliam, Ford
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People who added this item 345 Average listal rating (201 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
Ninotchka (1939)

3 Directors: Welles, Carol Reed, Ford
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People who added this item 182 Average listal rating (82 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
Tabu (1931)
2 Directors: Godard, Visconti
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People who added this item 65 Average listal rating (37 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 883 Average listal rating (559 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Kid (1921)

2 Director: De Sica, Kieslowski
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People who added this item 116 Average listal rating (63 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7

2 Directors: Bergman, Dreyer
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People who added this item 142 Average listal rating (69 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Henry V (1944)

2 Directors Kubrick, Dreyer
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People who added this item 459 Average listal rating (249 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Red Shoes (1948)

2 Directors: Scorsese, Vidor
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People who added this item 1382 Average listal rating (864 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.5

2 Directors: Bergman, Lynch
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People who added this item 40 Average listal rating (17 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 5.7
The Fortune (1975)

2 Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
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People who added this item 165 Average listal rating (86 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
2 Directors: Godard, Almodóvar
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People who added this item 448 Average listal rating (290 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
The Circus (1928)
2 Directors: Bergman, Polanski
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People who added this item 157 Average listal rating (86 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8
Shoeshine (1946)

2 Directors: Welles, Allen
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People who added this item 3793 Average listal rating (2410 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5
Psycho (1960)
2 Directors: Spielberg, Haneke
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People who added this item 586 Average listal rating (295 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
Tokyo Story (1953)
2 Directors: Mike Leigh, Jarmusch
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People who added this item 1102 Average listal rating (655 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: 4 years, 2 months ago at Oct 3 2:45
Some of my favorite movies are on this list!
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Aug 27 19:00
Class Act.

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