Christopher Nolan, Tim Burton And More: 22 Great Directors And Their Favorite Movies!

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I won’t be overstating if I say that this is probably the best movie list ever: They ARE the directors of our favorite movies, and most of them keep blowing our minds every year with another incredible film. Now is the time for us learn what their favorite movies are. From Stanley Kubrick to Woody Allen, Christopher Nolan to Tim Burton, here are 22 of the greatest directors of all time, and their favorite films! 🎥

1. Stanley Kubrick

His favorite films from Cinema (magazine) in 1963:

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

2. Danny Boyle

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His five favorite films are diverse and disparate. “I’ve got an odd list,” he told RT. “These are the things that keep me awake at night. I watch all of these films through the director’s eyes, and I’ve watched them multiple times — well, except for The Bicycle Thief — to try and bow down and learn.”

1. Apocalypse Now (1979)
2. The Bicycle Thief (1948)
3. The Wrong Trousers (1993)
4. Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
5. Eureka (1983)

3. Martin Scorsese

Every ten years, the film magazine Sight & Sound polls a number of critics, academics, and professionals and then tallies up the results for an ultimate list.  The magazine also has a poll of directors for a second Top 10 list. Here are Scorsese's favorites: 

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2. 8½ (1963)
3. Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
4. Citizen Kane (1941)
5. The Leopard (1963)
6. Paisan (1946)
7. The Red Shoes (1948)
8. The River (1951)
9. Salvatore Giuliano (1962)
10. The Searchers (1956)
11. Ugetsu Monogatari (1953)
12. Vertigo (1958)

4. J. J. Abrams

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Sci-Fi master J. J. Abrams' top 5:

1. Jaws (1975)
2. Philadelphia Story (1940)
3. Star Wars (1977)
4. Tootsie (1982)
5. Rear Window (1954)

5. Andrey Tarkovski

Back in 1972, Andrei Tarkovsky sat down with film critic Leonid Kozlov around the same time as the release of his 5th feature film Solaris and was asked to share his top ten favorite films. Here they are: 

1. Le Journal d’un curé de campagne (1951)
2. Winter Light (1962)
3. Nazarín (1959) 
4. Wild Strawberries (1957)
5. City Lights (1931)
6. Ugetsu monogatari (1953)
7. Seven Samurai (1954)
8. Persona (1966)
9. Mouchette (1967)
10. Woman of the Dunes (1964)

6. John Carpenter

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John Carpenter is one of the most influential directors of the 80s. And these are his favorite 5 movies:

1. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
2. Rio Bravo (1959)
3. Citizen Kane (1941)
4. Vertigo (1958)
5. Blow-Up (1966)

7. Peter Jackson

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Director of the LOTR series Peter Jackson's top 5 movies are these: 

1. King Kong (1933)
2. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
3. The General (1927)
4. Goodfellas (1990)
5. Jaws (1975)

8. Michael Haneke

10. L’eclisse (1962)
9. Germany, Year Zero (1948)
8. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
7. Psycho (1960)
6. The Gold Rush (1925)
5. The Exterminating Angel (1962)
4. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
3. The Mirror (1975)
2. Lancelot of the Lake (1974)
1. Au hasard Balthazar (1966)

9. Woody Allen

The 400 Blows (1959)
8½ (1963)
Amarcord (1972)
The Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Citizen Kane (1941)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
Grand Illusion (1937)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Rashomon (1950)
The Seventh Seal (1957)

10. Sofia Coppola

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1. Rumble Fish (1983)
2. Breathless (1960)
3. Sixteen Candles (1984)
4. Lolita (1962)
5. The Last Picture Show (1971)

11. Federico Fellini

1. The Circus (1928)
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3. Stagecoach (1939)
4. Rashomon (1950)
5. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
7. Paisan (1946)
8. The Birds (1963)
9. Wild Strawberries (1957)
10. 8½ (1963)

12. Wes Anderson

1. Madame de… (1953) 
2. Au hasard Balthazar (1966) 
3. Buta to gunkan (1961) 
4. La prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV (1966) 
5. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) 
6. The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 
7. Classe tous risques (1960) 
8. L’enfance nue (1968) 
9. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) 
10. El ángel exterminador (1962)

13. James Cameron

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1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
2. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
4. The Godfather (1972)
5. Taxi Driver (1976)

14. Michael Mann

1. Apocalypse Now (1979)
2. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
3. Citizen Kane (1941)
4. Avatar (2009)
5. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
6. Biutiful (2010)
7. My Darling Clementine (1946)
8. The Passion of Joan Of Arc (1928)
9. Raging Bull (1980)
10. The Wild Bunch (1969)

15. Francis Ford Coppola

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The director of the Godfather series told that these were his top 10: 

1. Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
2. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
3. I Vitelloni (1953)
4. The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
5. Yojimbo (1961)
6. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
7. The King of Comedy (1982)
8. Raging Bull (1980)
9. The Apartment (1960)
10. Sunrise (1927)

16. Guillermo Del Toro

1. Frankenstein (1931)
2. Freaks (1932)
3. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
4. Greed (1925)
5. Modern Times (1936)
6. La Belle et la Bête (1946)
7. Goodfellas (1990)
8. Los Olvidados (1950)
9. Nosferatu (1922)
10. 8½ (1963)

17. David O. Russell

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1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
2. Chinatown (1974)
3. Goodfellas (1990)
4. Vertigo (1958)
5. Pulp Fiction (1994)
6. Raging Bull (1980)
7. Young Frankenstein (1974)
8. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
9. The Godfather (1972)
10. Blue Velvet (1986)
11. Groundhog Day (1993)

18. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Turkish director Ceylan's favorite movies are:

1. Mirror (1975)
2. Andrei Rublev (1966)
3. Tokyo Story (1953)
4. Late Spring (1949)
5. A Man Escaped (1956)
6. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
7. Shame (1968)
8. Scenes from a Marriage (1973)
9. L’avventura (1960)
10. L’eclisse (1962)

19. Quentin Tarantino

1. Apocalypse Now (1979)
2. The Bad News Bears (1976)
3. Carrie (1976)
4. Dazed and Confused (1993)
5. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
6. The Great Escape (1963)
7. His Girl Friday (1939)
8. Jaws (1975)
9. Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)
10. Rolling Thunder (1997)
11. Sorcerer (1977)
12. Taxi Driver (1976)

20. George Lucas

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Creator of the Star Wars' favorite movies are:

1. Metropolis (1927)
2. Stagecoach (1939)
3. The Searchers (1956)
4. Rashômon (1950)
5. Ikiru (1952)
6. Seven Samurai (1954)
7. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
8. The Hidden Fortress (1958)
9. The Blob (1958)
10. Yojimbo (1961)
11. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
12. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
13. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
14. Planet of the Apes (1968)
15. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

21. Tim Burton

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1. Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
2. The Wicker Man (1974)
3. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)
4. The War of the Gargantuas (1970)
5. The Omega Man (1971)

22. Christopher Nolan

Nolan told Criterion that these are his top 10. 

1. The Hit (1984) 
2. 12 Angry Men (1957)
3. The Thin Red Line (1998)
4.  Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (1933)
5. Bad Timing (1980)
6. Marry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
7. For All Mankind (1989) 
8.  Koyaanisqatsi (1983) 
9. The Complete Mr. Arkadin (1955) 
10. Greed (1924)

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