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Added by Mr. Saturn on 22 May 2012 08:26
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Directors' Favorite Films

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People who added this item 2860 Average listal rating (1774 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3

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 1334 Average listal rating (835 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.5
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 1239 Average listal rating (765 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 890 Average listal rating (550 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.9

8 Directors: Bresson, De Sica, Welles, Dreyer, Kazan, Visconti, Buñuel, Satyajit Ray
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People who added this item 1558 Average listal rating (820 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8

7 Directors: Scorsese, Lynch, Gilliam, Polanski, Allen, Hitchcock, Cronenberg
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People who added this item 4409 Average listal rating (2874 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 2127 Average listal rating (1259 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.6
Seven Samurai (1954)

7 Directors: Tarkovsky, Gilliam, Jarmusch, Ridley Scott, Richard Williams, Cronenberg, Kitano
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People who added this item 986 Average listal rating (636 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.2

6 Directors: Bresson, Dreyer, Kazan, Polanski, Haneke, Buñuel
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People who added this item 1370 Average listal rating (854 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
Rashomon (1950)

5 Directors: Bergman, Herzog, Allen, Richard Williams, Satyajit Ray
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5 Directors: Gilliam, Visconti, Miloš Forman, Carol Reed, Kitano
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People who added this item 407 Average listal rating (215 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.7
Intolerance (1916)

4 Directors: Welles, Vidor, Lumet, Herzog
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People who added this item 479 Average listal rating (291 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1

4 Directors: Dreyer, Vidor, Kazan, Jarmusch
People who added this item 532 Average listal rating (310 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1

4 Directors: Welles, Wilder, Allen, Visconti
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4 Directors: Wilder, Vidor, Lumet, Coppola
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People who added this item 662 Average listal rating (382 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.1

4 Directors: Vidor, van Sant, Jarmusch, Coppola
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People who added this item 2862 Average listal rating (1802 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3

4 Directors: Chris Marker, Lynch, Scorsese, Quay Brothers
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People who added this item 1101 Average listal rating (640 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1

4 Directors: Tarkovsky, Kubrick, Allen, Ken Loach
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People who added this item 492 Average listal rating (278 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8
4 Directors: Almodóvar, Allen, Ken Loach, Satyajit Ray
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People who added this item 525 Average listal rating (334 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8

3 Directors: Bresson, Dreyer, Vidor
People who added this item 770 Average listal rating (456 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8

3 Director: Bergman, Kieslowski, Lynch
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People who added this item 517 Average listal rating (348 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8

3 Directors: Fellini, Welles, Visconti
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People who added this item 347 Average listal rating (201 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.8
3 Directors: Wes Anderson, Haneke, Linklater
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People who added this item 1717 Average listal rating (1073 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
3 Directors: Gilliam, Allen, Ridley Scott
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People who added this item 851 Average listal rating (457 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1

3 Directors: Sidney Lumet, Linklater, Terry Jones
People who added this item 263 Average listal rating (137 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8

3 Directors: Coppola, Scorsese, Quay Brothers
People who added this item 1414 Average listal rating (804 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
Persona (1966)
3 Directors: Tarkovsky, Lynch, Quay Brothers
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People who added this item 312 Average listal rating (200 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9

3 Directors: Kubrick, Coppola, Lynch
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People who added this item 6385 Average listal rating (4367 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 710 Average listal rating (418 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
3 Directors: Allen, Miloš Forman, Jiří Barta
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People who added this item 666 Average listal rating (362 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
Andrei Rublev (1966)

3 Directors: Bergman, Linklater, Jiří Barta
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People who added this item 1931 Average listal rating (1202 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
3 Directors: Sidney Lumet, Coppola, Terence Davies
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People who added this item 889 Average listal rating (582 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8
3 Directors: Almodóvar, John Kricfalusi, Terence Davies
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People who added this item 77 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.5

3 Directors: Welles, Kazan, Carol Reed
People who added this item 766 Average listal rating (443 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 8.1

3 Directors: Bergman, Lumet, Satyajit Ray
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People who added this item 536 Average listal rating (275 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.1

3 Directors: Dreyer, Gilliam, Ford
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People who added this item 393 Average listal rating (229 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Ninotchka (1939)

3 Directors: Welles, Carol Reed, Ford
People who added this item 208 Average listal rating (97 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
Tabu (1931)
2 Directors: Godard, Visconti
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People who added this item 75 Average listal rating (45 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Man of Aran (1934)
2 Directors: Bresson, De Sica
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People who added this item 1007 Average listal rating (663 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Kid (1921)

2 Director: De Sica, Kieslowski
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People who added this item 136 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7

2 Directors: Bergman, Dreyer
People who added this item 157 Average listal rating (79 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
Henry V (1944)

2 Directors Kubrick, Dreyer
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People who added this item 520 Average listal rating (304 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
The Red Shoes (1948)

2 Directors: Scorsese, Vidor
People who added this item 1580 Average listal rating (1021 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.4

2 Directors: Bergman, Lynch
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People who added this item 44 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 5.7
The Fortune (1975)

2 Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
People who added this item 204 Average listal rating (108 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
2 Directors: Godard, Almodóvar
People who added this item 490 Average listal rating (325 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
2 Directors: Bergman, Polanski
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People who added this item 178 Average listal rating (99 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8

2 Directors: Welles, Allen
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People who added this item 4207 Average listal rating (2785 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5
Psycho (1960)
2 Directors: Spielberg, Haneke
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People who added this item 699 Average listal rating (364 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.2
2 Directors: Mike Leigh, Jarmusch
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People who added this item 1214 Average listal rating (743 ratings) 8.4 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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