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Directors' Favorite Films

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People who added this item 2362 Average listal rating (1448 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 1095 Average listal rating (717 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 1017 Average listal rating (655 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 744 Average listal rating (474 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 1305 Average listal rating (676 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 3605 Average listal rating (2328 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 1756 Average listal rating (1034 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 802 Average listal rating (545 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 1077 Average listal rating (690 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 256 Average listal rating (139 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 315 Average listal rating (166 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Intolerance (1916)

4 Directors: Welles, Vidor, Lumet, Herzog
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People who added this item 374 Average listal rating (232 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1

4 Directors: Dreyer, Vidor, Kazan, Jarmusch
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People who added this item 427 Average listal rating (251 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1

4 Directors: Welles, Wilder, Allen, Visconti
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People who added this item 371 Average listal rating (215 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
4 Directors: Wilder, Vidor, Lumet, Coppola
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People who added this item 529 Average listal rating (307 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 2432 Average listal rating (1556 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 931 Average listal rating (533 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.2

4 Directors: Tarkovsky, Kubrick, Allen, Ken Loach
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People who added this item 412 Average listal rating (237 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
4 Directors: Almodóvar, Allen, Ken Loach, Satyajit Ray
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People who added this item 413 Average listal rating (266 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1

3 Directors: Bresson, Dreyer, Vidor
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People who added this item 637 Average listal rating (386 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
La Strada (1954)

3 Director: Bergman, Kieslowski, Lynch
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People who added this item 407 Average listal rating (290 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Stagecoach (1939)

3 Directors: Fellini, Welles, Visconti
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People who added this item 264 Average listal rating (162 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.9
3 Directors: Wes Anderson, Haneke, Linklater
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People who added this item 1393 Average listal rating (871 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.2
3 Directors: Gilliam, Allen, Ridley Scott
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People who added this item 700 Average listal rating (372 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1

3 Directors: Sidney Lumet, Linklater, Terry Jones
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People who added this item 210 Average listal rating (122 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9

3 Directors: Coppola, Scorsese, Quay Brothers
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People who added this item 1158 Average listal rating (649 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
Persona (1966)
3 Directors: Tarkovsky, Lynch, Quay Brothers
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People who added this item 272 Average listal rating (169 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
I Vitelloni (1953)

3 Directors: Kubrick, Coppola, Lynch
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People who added this item 5433 Average listal rating (3580 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 614 Average listal rating (368 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Amarcord (1973)
3 Directors: Allen, Miloš Forman, Jiří Barta
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People who added this item 504 Average listal rating (253 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 1642 Average listal rating (1027 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
3 Directors: Sidney Lumet, Coppola, Terence Davies
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People who added this item 709 Average listal rating (491 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
3 Directors: Almodóvar, John Kricfalusi, Terence Davies
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People who added this item 57 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 600 Average listal rating (339 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 8.4

3 Directors: Bergman, Lumet, Satyajit Ray
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People who added this item 417 Average listal rating (210 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8

3 Directors: Dreyer, Gilliam, Ford
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People who added this item 313 Average listal rating (200 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
Ninotchka (1939)

3 Directors: Welles, Carol Reed, Ford
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People who added this item 175 Average listal rating (81 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
Tabu (1931)
2 Directors: Godard, Visconti
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People who added this item 59 Average listal rating (36 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.5
Man of Aran (1934)
2 Directors: Bresson, De Sica
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People who added this item 799 Average listal rating (553 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Kid (1921)

2 Director: De Sica, Kieslowski
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People who added this item 106 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7

2 Directors: Bergman, Dreyer
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People who added this item 128 Average listal rating (69 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Henry V (1944)

2 Directors Kubrick, Dreyer
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People who added this item 421 Average listal rating (246 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Red Shoes (1948)

2 Directors: Scorsese, Vidor
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People who added this item 1274 Average listal rating (855 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.5

2 Directors: Bergman, Lynch
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People who added this item 35 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 133 Average listal rating (84 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
2 Directors: Godard, Almodóvar
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People who added this item 416 Average listal rating (288 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2
The Circus (1928)
2 Directors: Bergman, Polanski
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People who added this item 144 Average listal rating (83 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8
Shoeshine (1946)

2 Directors: Welles, Allen
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People who added this item 3545 Average listal rating (2381 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5
Psycho (1960)
2 Directors: Spielberg, Haneke
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People who added this item 521 Average listal rating (291 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
Tokyo Story (1953)
2 Directors: Mike Leigh, Jarmusch
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People who added this item 1035 Average listal rating (643 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: 3 years, 10 months ago at Oct 3 2:45
Some of my favorite movies are on this list!
Posted: 2 years, 12 months ago at Aug 27 19:00
Class Act.

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