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The Favourite Films of Critics and Filmmakers

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Decade: Rating: List Type:
Sight & Sound Poll, 2002:

1. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972, Werner Herzog)
2. Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
3. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
4. The Decalogue (1988, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
5. La Dolce Vita (1959, Federico Fellini)
6. The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
7. Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)
8. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
9. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
10. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)

Sight & Sound Poll, 2012:

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
2. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972)
3. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
4. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
5. La dolce vita (Federico Fellini, 1960)
6. The General (Buster Keaton, 1926) -- free online
7. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
8. Tokyo Story (Yasujirô Ozu, 1953)
9. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2010)
10. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)

"Like the Herzog, the Kubrick and the Coppola, they are films of almost foolhardy ambition. Like many of the films on my list, they were directed by the artist who wrote them. Like several of them, they attempt no less than to tell the story of an entire life. [ ... ] I could have chosen either film — I chose The Tree of Life because it’s more affirmative and hopeful. I realise that isn’t a defensible reason for choosing one film over the other, but it is my reason, and making this list is essentially impossible, anyway."
1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
2. The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
3. The Godfather Part II (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
4. Dr. Strangelove (1964, Stanley Kubrick)
5. The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
6. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
8. Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly)
9. Pinocchio (1940, Ben Sharpsteen)
10. Shoah (1985, Claude Lanzmann)
Numero Uno: Menilmontant.

Maggie: What was your favorite movie in your entire life?

Pauline: In my entire life? Well, there's a French movie that probably you've never heard of that I like best...

Maggie: And what was the French movie?

Pauline: "Menilmontant," a silent movie made in 1924 by Dmitri Kirsanov starring his beautiful Russian-born wife, Nadia Sibirskaya.

--From "Afterglow: A Last Conversation With Pauline Kael" by Francis Davis


The rest in no order:

Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)
Sciuscià [Shoe Shine] (1946)
Madame de… [The Earrings of Madame de…] (1953)
Blow Out (1981)
La règle du jeu [The Rules of the Game] (1939)
Ultimo tango a Parigi [Last Tango in Paris] (1972)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
The Godfather (1972)
Mean Streets (1973)
Nashville (1975)
Melvin and Howard (1980)
La notte di San Lorenzo [The Night of San Lorenzo] (1982)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Duck Soup (1933)
Il Gattopardo [The Leopard] (1963)
1. Man with the Movie Camera (1929, Dziga Vertov)
2. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
3. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
4. L'Avventura (1960, Michelangelo Antonioni)
5. My Night at Maud's (1969, Eric Rohmer)
6. Hitler: A Film from Germany (1977, Hans-Jurgen Syberberg)
7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
8. Contempt (1963, Jean-Luc Godard)
9. Satantango (1994, Bela Tarr)
10. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
In a 2012 Sight & Sound poll of cinema's greatest films, Kermode indicated his ten favourites, a list later published in order of preference in his book Hatchet Job:

1. The Exorcist (1973)
2. A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
3. The Devils (1971)
4. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
5. Don't Look Now (1973)
6. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
7. Mary Poppins (1964)
8. Brazil (1985)
9. Eyes Without a Face (1960)
10. The Seventh Seal. (1957)
“2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) Stanley Kubrick
“Amour” (2012) Michael Haneke
“Angst” (1983) Gerald Kargl
“Un Chien Andalou” (1928) Luis Buñuel
“Eraserhead” (1976) David Lynch
“I Am Cuba” (1964) Mikhail Kalatozov
“King Kong” (1933) Merian C. Cooper/Ernest B. Schoedsack
“Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom” (1975) Pier Paolo Pasolini
“Scorpio Rising” (1964) Kenneth Anger
“Taxi Driver” (1976) Martin Scorsese

On 2001 (1968):

“It was my first hallucinogenic experience. My great artistic turning point and also the moment when my mother finally explained what a fetus was and how I came into the world. Without this film I would never have become a director.”


On Angst (1983):

"There's another film called "Angst" or "Fear," which in France was called "Schizophrenia," but it was banned theatrically. It's got an X-rating, so it never came out. It could maybe come out today. It's Austrian. One of the masterpieces of the decade. The director never did another movie, though. He had too many debts, so he stopped directing."


"There is another movie that really inspired me. An Austrian movie that was never released in the states, called "Angst." It means 'fear' in German. It's the best psycho-killer movie I've ever seen. The two movies I saw most in my life are 2001: A Space Odyssey and Angst. Because it was banned all over Europe, but it came out on VHS in France."


"Then there's an Austrian movie, Angst. It's about a man killing a family just in order to go back to prison, where he felt better. It's like a very dark, European version of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, but much more baroque in its filming. It was banned all over the world - even in France it was one of the last movies to be X-rated for extreme violence. I think it's going to be rediscovered everywhere in the next few years."
Sight & Sound Poll, 2012 (in alphabetical order):

The Addiction (1994)
Andrei Rublev (1966)
Annie Hall (1977)
Black Narcissus (1947)
Hidden (2005)
I am Cuba (1964)
In the Mood for Love (2000)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
Raging Bull (1980)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Top Ten American Films from the Sound Era:

Scarface (1932, Howard Hawks)
The Great Dictator (1940, Charles Chaplin)
Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
The Searchers (1956, John Ford)
Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly)
The Lady from Shanghai (1948, Orson Welles)
Bigger Than Life (1956, Nicholas Ray)
Angel Face (1953, Otto Preminger)
To Be or Not to Be (1942, Ernst Lubitsch)
Dishonored (1931, Josef von Sternberg)

Top Six French Films Since the Liberation:

Le Plaisir (1951, Max Ophuls)
La Pyramide humaine (1961, Jean Rouch)
The Testament of Orpheus (1960, Jean Cocteau)
Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier (1961, Jean Renoir)
Pickpocket (1959, Robert Bresson)
Les Godelureaux (1961, Claude Chabrol)
1. Les Vampires (1915-16, Louis Feuillade)
2. M (1931, Fritz Lang)
3. The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (1939, Kenji Mizoguchi)
4. Ivan the Terrible (1945, Sergei Eisenstein)
5. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953, Howard Hawks)
6. Last Year at Marienbad (1961, Alain Resnais)
7. The House Is Black (1962, Forugh Farrokhzad)
[short]
8. Gertrud (1964, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
9. Playtime (1967, Jacques Tati)
10. When It Rains (1995, Charles Burnett)
[short]
1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
2. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
3. The Seventh Seal (1957, Ingmar Bergman)
4. 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini)
5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
6. Sherlock Jr. (1924, Buster Keaton)
7. Pinocchio (1940, Ben Sharpsteen)
8. Children of Paradise (1945, Marcel Carne)
9. One-Eyed Jacks (1960, Marlon Brando)
10. The Apartment (1960, Billy Wilder)

The 10 best animated films of all time:

The Mascot (Wladyslaw Starewicz, France 1934)
Pinocchio (Hamilton Luske and Ben Sharpsteen, US, 1940)
Red Hot Riding Hood (Tex Avery, US, 1943)
Out of the Inkwell (Dave Fleischer, US, 1938)
Death Breath (Stan van der Beek, US, 1964)
Les Jeux des Anges (Walerian Borowczyk, France, 1964)
Dimensions of Dialogue (Jan Svankmajer, Czechoslovakia, 1982)
Street of Crocodiles (The Quay Brothers, UK, 1986)
Knickknack (John Lasseter, US, 1989)
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (Trey Parker, US, 1999)
1. The General (1927, Buster Keaton)
2. City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
3. Rocky (1976, John G. Avildsen)
4. War and Peace (1968, Sergei Bondarchuk)
5. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
6. Gone with the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming)
7. Jurassic Park (1993, Steven Spielberg)
8. My Fair Lady (1964, George Cukor)
9. Pocketful of Miracles (1961, Frank Capra)
10. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
1. The Circus/City Lights/Monsieur Verdoux (1928,31,47, Charles Chaplin)
2. Stagecoach (1939, John Ford)
3. Any Marx Brothers or Laurel and Hardy
4. Rashomon (1950, Akira Kurosawa)
5. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972, Luis Bunuel)
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
7. Paisan (1946, Roberto Rossellini)
8. The Birds (1963, Alfred Hitchcock)
9. Wild Strawberries (1957, Ingmar Bergman)
10. 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini)
1. Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (1988, Mark Lewis)
2. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997, Errol Morris)
3. Forest of Bliss (1986, Robert Gardner)
4. Good News: Von Kolporteuren, toten Hunden und anderen Wienern (1990, Ulrich Seidl)
5. Letter from Siberia (1958, Chris Marker)
6. Les Maitres Fous (1955, Jean Rouch)
7. Nanook of the North (1922, Robert Flaherty)
8. Spend It All (1972, Les Blank)
1. An Affair to Remember (1957, Leo McCarey)
2. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
3. The Fountainhead (1949, King Vidor)
4. All About Eve (1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
5. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938, Michael Curtiz/William Keighley)
6. On the Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan)
7. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961, Blake Edwards)
8. Shadow of a Doubt (1943, Alfred Hitchcock)
9. Harry and the Hendersons (1987, William Dear)
10. Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
1. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, William Wyler)
2. Fanny and Alexander (1983, Ingmar Bergman)
3. The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
4. The Grapes of Wrath (1940, John Ford)
5. Intolerance (1916, D.W. Griffith)
6. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
7. Ran (1985, Akira Kurosawa)
8. Roma (1972, Federico Fellini)
9. Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly)
10. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
Movies Unlimited Catalog, 1997:

1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
2. Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
3. The Maltese Falcon (1941, John Huston)
4. Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly)
5. Dumbo (1941, Ben Sharpsteen)
6. A Night at the Opera (1935, Sam Wood)
7. King Kong (1933, Merian C. Cooper/Ernest B. Schoedsack)
8. His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks)
9. Modern Times (1936, Charles Chaplin)
10. Mary Poppins (1964, Robert Stevenson)
1. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001, Steven Spielberg)
2. L'Avventura (1960, Michelangelo Antonioni)
3. Intolerance (1916, D.W. Griffith)
4. Jules and Jim (1961, Francois Truffaut)
5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
6. Lola (1961, Jacques Demy)
7. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)
8. Masculin-feminin (1966, Jean-Luc Godard)
9. Nashville (1975, Robert Altman)
10. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
Movies Unlimited Catalog, 1997:

1. Cool Hand Luke (1967, Stuart Rosenberg)
2. The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
3. Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
4. My Little Chickadee (1940, Edward F. Cline)
5. The Bank Dick (1940, Edward F. Cline)
6. 42nd Street (1933, Lloyd Bacon)
7. Gunga Din (1939, George Stevens)
8. The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
9. The Shawshank Redemption (1994, Frank Darabont)
10. Sahara (1943, Zoltan Korda)
Sátántangó (Béla Tarr, 1994)
Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas, 2007)
Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999)
Humanité (Bruno Dumont, 1999)
Black Venus (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2010)
The only list Kubrick ever submitted himself to anyone was for the American magazine named Cinema in 1963:

1. I Vitelloni (Fellini, 1953)
2. Wild Strawberries (Bergman, 1957)
3. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
4. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Huston, 1948)
5. City Lights (Chaplin, 1931)
6. Henry V (Olivier, 1944)
7. La notte (Antonioni, 1961)
8. The Bank Dick (Fields, 1940)
9. Roxie Hart (Wellman, 1942)
10. Hell’s Angels (Hughes, 1930)

Karlan opined:
“Stanley would have seriously revised this 1963 list in later years, though Wild Strawberries, Citizen Kane and City Lights would remain, but he liked Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V much better than the old and old-fashioned Olivier version.”


The only other authoritative list of films Kubrick admired appeared in September 1999 on the alt.movies.kubrick Usenet newsgroup courtesy of his daughter Katharina Kubrick-Hobbs, introduced with her premonitory words:

“There does seem to be a weird desire from people to ‘list’ things. The best, the worst, greatest, most boring, etc. etc… Don’t go analysing yourself to death over this half-remembered list. He liked movies on their own terms… For the record, I happen to know that he liked:

- Closely Observed Trains (Menzel, 1966)
- An American Werewolf in London (Landis, 1981)
- The Fireman’s Ball (Forman, 1967)
- Metropolis (Lang, 1927)
- The Spirit of the Beehive (Erice, 1973)
- White Men Can’t Jump (Shelton, 1992)
- La Belle et la Bête (Cocteau, 1946)
- The Godfather (Coppola, 1972)
- The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Hooper, 1974)
- Dog Day Afternoon (Lumet, 1975)
- One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Forman, 1975)
- Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
- Abigail’s Party (Leigh, 1977)
- The Silence of the Lambs (Demme, 1991)

and I know that he hated The Wizard of Oz. Ha Ha!”
1. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
2. La Dolce Vita (1959, Federico Fellini)
3. Gone with the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming)
4. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)
5. North by Northwest (1959, Alfred Hitchcock)
6. Orpheus (1949, Jean Cocteau)
7. Persona (1966, Ingmar Bergman)
8. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
9. The Ten Commandments (1923-56, Cecil B. DeMille)
10. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
1. City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
2. Ninotchka (1939, Ernst Lubitsch)
3. Children of Paradise (1945, Marcel Carne)
4. Gone with the Wind (1939, Victor Fleming)
5. La Ronde (1950, Max Ophuls)
6. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930, Lewis Milestone)
7. Carnival in Flanders (1935, Jacques Feyder)
8. Variety (1925, E.A. Dupont)
9. The Baker's Wife (1938, Marcel Pagnol)
10. Pygmalion (1938, Anthony Asquith/Leslie Howard)
1. The Earrings of Madame de... (1953, Max Ophuls)
2. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
3. Ugetsu (1953, Kenji Mizoguchi)
4. Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
5. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
6. The Searchers (1956, John Ford)
7. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)
8. The Great Dictator (1940, Charles Chaplin)
9. Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928, Buster Keaton)
10. Ordet (1955, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
Sight & Sound Poll, 2012:

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Stanley Kubrick
8½ (1963) – Federico Fellini
Ashes and Diamonds (1958) – Andrzej Wajda
Citizen Kane (1941) – Orson Welles
The Leopard (1963) – Luchino Visconti
Paisa (1946) – Roberto Rossellini
The Red Shoes (1948) – Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger
The River (1951) – Jean Renoir
Salvatore Giuliano (1962) – Francesco Rosi
The Searchers (1956) – John Ford
Ugetsu Monogatari (1953) – Mizoguchi Kenji
Vertigo (1958) – Alfred Hitchcock
1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, Sergio Leone)
2. Rio Bravo (1959, Howard Hawks)
3. Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese)
4. His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks)
5. Rolling Thunder (1977, John Flynn)
6. They All Laughed (1981, Bogdanovich)
7. The Great Escape (1963, John Sturges)
8. Carrie (1976, Brian De Palma)
9. Coffy (1973, Jack Hill)
10. Dazed and Confused (1993, Richard Linklater)
11. Five Fingers of Death (1973, Chang Ho Cheng)
12. Hi Diddle Diddle (1943, Andrew L. Stone)

Sight & Sound Poll, 2012:

Apocalypse Now (1976) – Francis Ford Coppola
The Bad News Bears (1976) – Michael Ritchie
Carrie (1976) – Brian De Palma
Dazed and Confused (1993) – Richard Linklater
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) – Sergio Leone
The Great Escape (1963) – John Sturges
His Girl Friday (1939) – Howard Hawks
Jaws (1975) – Steven Spielberg
Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) – Roger Vadium
Rolling Thunder (1997) – John Flynn
Sorcerer (1977) – William Friedkin
Taxi Driver (1976) – Martin Scorsese
In 1972, Tarkovsky told film historian Leonid Kozlov his ten favorite films:

1. Diary of a Country Priest (1950, Robert Bresson)
2. Winter Light (1962, Ingmar Bergman)
3. Nazarin (1958, Luis Bunuel)
4. Wild Strawberries (1957, Ingmar Bergman)
5. City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
6. Ugetsu (1953, Kenji Mizoguchi)
7. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
8. Persona (1966, Ingmar Bergman)
9. Mouchette (1967, Robert Bresson)
10. Woman in the Dunes (1964, Hiroshi Teshigahara)
1. Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch)
2. Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974, Jacques Rivette)
3. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
4. The Conformist (1970, Bernardo Bertolucci)
5. His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks)
6. A Man Escaped (1956, Robert Bresson)
7. Pierrot le Fou (1965, Jean-Luc Godard)
8. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
9. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977, Luis Bunuel)
10. Ugetsu (1953, Kenji Mizoguchi)
1. Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
2. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
3. Children of Paradise (1945, Marcel Carne)
4. The Godfather Parts I-II (1972-74, Francis Ford Coppola)
5. The Earrings of Madame de... (1953, Max Ophuls)
6. The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
7. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
8. Sherlock Jr. (1924, Buster Keaton)
9. Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly)
10. Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
1. City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
2. Greed (1924, Erich von Stroheim)
3. Intolerance (1916, D.W. Griffith)
4. Nanook of the North (1922, Robert J. Flaherty)
5. Shoeshine (1946, Vittorio De Sica)
6. Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
7. The Baker's Wife (1938, Marcel Pagnol)
8. Grand Illusion (1937, Jean Renoir)
9. Stagecoach (1939, John Ford)
10. Ninotchka (1939, Ernst Lubitsch)

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