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Filmmakers' (and Critics') Favorite Films

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Filmmakers' (and Critics') Favorite Films by TakaAwesome
“And what’s more, this year, the team at ‘Sight & Sound’ asked me to contribute a top ten for this decade’s poll in. And I am in ridiculously illustrious company. This is both a huge honour and a source of incredible pain. Why? Because top tens are hard. Do you go with your head or heart? Do you give further kudos to the accepted milestones of classic cinema or do you draw from your more personal list of favourite movies. Both Roger Ebert and Michael Atkinson have written eloquently on the difficultly on writing any definitive list. I will admit that I struggled with my list (to be published in the September 2012 edition of ‘Sight & Sound’),… Read more

“And what’s more, this year, the team at ‘Sight & Sound’ asked me to contribute a top ten for this decade’s poll in. And I am in ridiculously illustrious company. This is both a huge honour and a source of incredible pain.

Why? Because top tens are hard.

Do you go with your head or heart? Do you give further kudos to the accepted milestones of classic cinema or do you draw from your more personal list of favourite movies.

Both Roger Ebert and Michael Atkinson have written eloquently on the difficultly on writing any definitive list. I will admit that I struggled with my list (to be published in the September 2012 edition of ‘Sight & Sound’), trying to cover both works of undeniable wonder as well as my own true passions.

So is my top ten a straight split between five ‘greats’ and five ‘favourites’? Something like that…"
- Edgar Wright

Inspired by Sight & Sound’s 2012 Top 100 List (CRITICS):

1. Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
2. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
3. Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)
4. La Règle du jeu (Renoir, 1939)
5. Sunrise: a Song for Two Humans (Murnau, 1927)
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)
7. The Searchers (Ford, 1956)
8. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, 1927)
10. 8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)
11. Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925)
12. L’Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934)
13. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)
14. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
15. Late Spring (Ozu Yasujiro, 1949)
16. Au hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966)
17. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa Akira, 1954)
17. Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966)
19. Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974)
19. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1951)
21. L’avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)
21. Le Mépris (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)
21. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
24. Ordet (Carl Dreyer, 1955)
24. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000)
26. Rashomon (Kurosawa Akira, 1950)
26. Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966)
28. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch, 2001)
29. Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979)
29. Shoah (Claude Lanzmann, 1985)
31. The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
31. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
33. Bicycle Thieves (Vittoria De Sica, 1948)
34. The General (Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman, 1926)
35. Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
35. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
35. Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman, 1975)
35. Sátántangó (Béla Tarr, 1994)
39. The 400 Blows (François Truffaut, 1959)
39. La dolce vita (Federico Fellini, 1960)
41. Journey to Italy (Roberto Rossellini, 1954)
42. Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955)
42. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
42. Gertrud (Carl Dreyer, 1964)
42. Pierrot le fou (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965)
42. Play Time (Jacques Tati, 1967)
42. Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami, 1990)
48. The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966)
48. Histoire(s) du cinéma (Jean-Luc Godard, 1998)
50. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931)
50. Ugetsu monogatari (Mizoguchi Kenji, 1953)
50. La Jetée (Chris Marker, 1962)

53=
“Rear Window” (1954)
“North By Northwest” (1959)
“Raging Bull” (1980)
56=
“M” (1931)
“Touch Of Evil” (1958)
“The Leopard” (1963)
59=
“Sherlock Jr” (1924)
“Sansho dayu” (1954)
“La Maman et la Putain” (1973)
“Barry Lyndon” (1975)
63 =
“Modern Times” (1936)
“Sunset Blvd.” (1950)
“The Night Of The Hunter” (1955)
“Wild Strawberries” (1957)
“Rio Bravo” (1958)
“Pickpocket” (1959)
69=
“A Man Escaped” (1956)
“Blade Runner” (1982)
“Sans soleil” (1982)
“Blue Velvet” (1986)
73=
“La Grande Illusion” (1937)
“Les Enfants du Paradis” (1945)
“The Third Man” (1949)
“L’eclisse” (1962)
“Nashville” (1975)
78=
“Once Upon A Time In The West” (1968)
“Chinatown” (1974)
“Beau Travail” (1998)
81=
“The Magnificent Ambersons” (1942)
“Lawrence Of Arabia” (1962)
“The Spirit Of The Beehive” (1973)
84=
“Greed” (1925)
“Casablanca” (1942)
“The Colour Of Pomegranates” (1968)
“The Wild Bunch” (1969)
“Fanny And Alexander” (1984)
“A Brighter Summer Day” (1991)
90=
“Partie De Campagne” (1936)
“A Matter Of Life And Death” (1946)
“Aguirre, Wrath Of God” (1972)
93=
“Intolerance” (1916)
“Un chien andalou” (1928)
“The Life & Death Of Colonel Blimp” (1943)
“Madame de…” (1953)
“The Seventh Seal” (1957)
“Imitation Of Life” (1959)
“Touki-Bouki” (1973)
“Yi Yi (A One And A Two)” (2000)

Directors:
01. Tokyo Story
02. 2001: A Space Odyssey
02. Citizen Kane
04. 8½
05. Taxi Driver
06. Apocalypse Now
07. The Godfather
07. Vertigo
09. Mirror
10. Bicycle Thieves

Martin Scorsese
“8 1/2” (1963, dir. Federico Fellini)
“2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
“Ashes And Diamonds” (1958, dir. Andrzej Wajda)
“Citizen Kane” (1941, dir. Orson Welles)
“The Leopard” (1963, dir. Luchino Visconti)
“Palsa” (1946, dir. Roberto Rossellini)
“The Red Shoes” (1948, dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
“The River” (1951, dir. Jean Renoir)
“Salvatore Giuliano” (1962, dir. Francesco Rosi)
“The Searchers” (1956, dir. John Ford)
“Ugetsu Monogatari” (1953, dir. Kenji Mizoguchi)
“Vertigo” (1958, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

Quentin Tarantino
“The Good, The Bad & The Ugly” (1966, dir. Sergio Leone)
“Apocalypse Now” (1979, dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
“The Bad News Bears” (1976, dir. Michael Ritchie)
“Carrie” (1976, dir. Brian DePalma)
“Dazed And Confused” (1993, dir. Richard Linklater)
“The Great Escape” (1963, dir. John Sturges)
“His Girl Friday” (1940, dir. Howard Hawks)
“Jaws” (1975, dir. Steven Spielberg)
“Pretty Maids All In A Row (1971, dir. Roger Vadim)
“Rolling Thunder” (1977, dir. John Flynn)
“Sorcerer” (1977, dir. William Friedkin)
“Taxi Driver” (1976, dir. Martin Scorsese)

Michael Mann
“Apocalypse Now” (1979, dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
“Battleship Potemkin” (1925, dir. Sergei Eisenstein)
“Citizen Kane” (1941, dir. Orson Welles)
“Avatar” (2009, dir. James Cameron)
“Dr. Strangelove” (1964, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
“Biutiful” (2010, dir. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
“My Darling Clementine” (1946, dir. John Ford)
“The Passion Of Joan Of Arc” (1928, dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer)
“Raging Bull” (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese)
“The Wild Bunch” (1969, dir. Sam Peckinpah)

Francis Ford Coppola
“Ashes And Diamonds” (1958, dir. Andrzej Wajda)
“The Best Years Of Our Lives” (1946, dir William Wyler)
“I Vitteloni” (1953, dir. Federico Fellini)
“The Bad Sleep Well (1960, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
“Yojimbo” (1961, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
“Singin’ In The Rain (1952, dir. Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly)
“The King Of Comedy” (1983, dir Martin Scorsese)
“Raging Bull” (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese)
“The Apartment” (1960s, dir. Billy Wilder)
“Sunrise” (1927, dir. F.W. Murnau)

Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
“Accatone” (1961, dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini)
“The Big Heat” (1953, dir. Fritz Lang)
“Dodes’ka-den” (1970, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
“Germany Year Zero” (1948, dir. Roberto Rossellini)
“Loulou” (1980, dir. Maurice Pialat)
“Modern Times” (1936, dir. Charlie Chaplin)
“The Searchers” (1956, dir. John Ford)
“Shoah” (1985, dir. Claude Lanzmann)
“Street Of Shame” (1956, dir. Kenji Mizoguchi)
“Sunrise” (1927, dir. F.W. Murnau)

Woody Allen
“Bicycle Thieves” (1948, dir. Vittorio De Sica)
“The Seventh Seal” (1957, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
“Citizen Kane” (1941, dir. Orson Welles
“Amarcord” (1973, dir. Federico Fellini
“8 1/2” (1963, dir. Federico Fellini)
“The 400 Blows” (1959, dir. Francois Truffaut)
“Rashomon” (1950, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
“La Grande Illusion” (1937, dir. Jean Renoir)
“The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie” (1972, dir. Luis Bunuel)
“Paths Of Glory” (1957, dir. Stanley Kubrick)

Manoel De Oliveira
“Gertrud” (Dreyer)
“Mouchette” (Bresson)
“The Passion of Joan of Arc” (Dreyer)
“The Informer” (Ford)
“Battleship Potemkin” (Eisenstein)
“Ivan the Terrible” (Eisenstein)
“Play Time” (Tati)
“Ugetsu monogatari” (Mizoguchi)
“The Gold Rush” (Chaplin)
“Journey to Italy” (Rossellini)

Richard Ayoade
“Persona” (1966, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
“Le Mépris” (1963, dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
“Raging Bull” (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese)
“Ordet” (1955, dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer)
“Barry Lyndon” (1975, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
“Crimes And Misdemeanors” (1989, dir. Woody Allen)
“The Apartment” (1960, dir. Billy Wilder)
“Tokyo Story” (1953, dir. Yasujiro Ozu)
“Make Way For Tomorrow” (1937, dir. Leo McCarey)
“Badlands” (1973, dir. Terrence Malick)

Bong Joon-Ho
“A City Of Sadness” (1989, dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien)
“Cure” (1997, dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
“The Housemaid” (1960, dir. Kim Ki-young)
“Fargo” (1996, dir. The Coen Brothers)
“Psycho” (1960, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
“Raging Bull” (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese)
“Touch Of Evil” (1958, dir. Orson Welles)
“Vengeance Is Mine” (1973, dir. Shohei Imamura)
“The Wages Of Fear” (1953, dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot)
“Zodiac” (2007, dir. David Fincher)

Guillermo Del Toro
“Frankenstein” (1931, dir. James Whale)
“Freaks” (1932, dir. Todd Browning)
“Shadow Of A Doubt” (1943, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
“Greed” (1925, dir. Erich Von Stroheim)
“Modern Times” (1936, dir. Charlie Chaplin)
“La Belle Et La Bete” (1946, dir. Jean Cocteau)
“Goodfellas” (1990, dir. Martin Scorsese)
“Los Olvidados” (1950, dir. Luis Bunuel)
“Nosferatu” (1922, dir. F.W. Murnau)
“8 1/2” (1963, dir. Federico Fellini)

Sean Durkin
“The Shining” (1980, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
“Rosemary’s Baby” (1968, dir. Roman Polanski)
“Jaws” (1975, dir. Steven Spielberg)
“3 Women” (1977, dir. Robert Altman)
“The Birds” (1963, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
“The Goonies” (1985, dir. Richard Donner)
“The Piano Teacher” (2001, dir. Michael Haneke)
“Persona” (1966, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
“The Panic In Needle Park” (1971, dir. Jerry Schatzberg)
“The Conformist” (1970, dir. Bernardo Bertolucci)

Asghar Farhadi
“Rashomon” (1950, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
“La Strada” (1954, dir. Federico Fellini)
“The Godfather” (1972, dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
“Tokyo Story” (1953, dir. Yasujiro Ozu)
“The Apartment” (1960, dir. Billy Wilder)
“Three Colors Red” (1994, dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski)
“Take The Money And Run” (1969, dir. Woody Allen)
“Scenes From A Marriage” (1973, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
“Taxi Driver (1976, dir. Martin Scorsese)
“Modern Times” (1936, dir. Charlie Chaplin)

Michel Hazavanicius
“City Girl” (1930, dir. F.W. Murnau)
“City Lights” (1931, dir. Charlie Chaplin)
“To Be Or Not To Be” (1942, dir. Ernst Lubitsch)
“Citizen Kane” (1941, dir. Orson Welles)
“The Apartment” (1960, dir. Billy Wilder)
“The Shining” (1980, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
“North By Northwest” (1959, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
“The Third Man” (1949, dir. Carol Reed)
“Raging Bull” (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese)
“Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs” (1937, dir. Walt Disney)

Miranda July
“Blind” (1987, dir. Frederick Wiseman)
“Smooth Talk” (1985, dir. Joyce Chopra)
“Vertigo” (1958, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
“After Life” (1998, dir. Hirokazu Koreeda)
“Somewhere In Time” (1980, dir. Jeannot Szwarc)
“Cheese” (2007, dir. Mika Rottenberg)
“Punch Drunk Love” (2002, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
“The Red Balloon” (1956, dir. Albert Lamorisse)
“A Room With A View” (1985, dir. James Ivory)
“Fish Tank” (2009, dir. Andrea Arnold)

Mike Leigh
“American Madness” (1932, dir. Frank Capra)
“Andrei Rublev” (1966, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky)
“I Am Cuba” (1964, dir. Mikhai Kalatozov)
“The Emigrants” (1971, dir. Jan Troell)
“How A Mosquito Operates” (1912, dir. Winsor McCay)
“Jules Et Jim” (1962, dir. Francois Truffaut)
“Radio Days” (1987, dir. Woody Allen)
“Songs From The Second Floor (2000, dir. Roy Andersson)
“Tokyo Story” (1953, dir. Yasujiro Ozu)

Steve McQueen
“The Battle Of Algiers” (1966, dir. Gillo Pontecorvo)
“Zero de Conduite” (1933, dir. Jean Vigo)
“La Regle du Jeu” (1939, dir. Jean Renoir)
“Tokyo Story” (1953, dir. Yasujiro Ozu)
“Couch” (1964, dir. Andy Warhol)
“Le Mépris” (1963, dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
“Beau Travail” (1998, dir. Claire Denis)
“Once Upon A Time In America” (1984, dir. Sergio Leone)
“The Wages Of Fear” (1953, dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot)
“Do The Right Thing” (1989, dir. Spike Lee)

Jeff Nichols
“Cool Hand Luke” (1967, dir. Stuart Rosenberg)
“Badlands” (1973, dir. Terrence Malick)
“Hud” (1963, dir. Martin Ritt)
“The Hustler” (1961, dir. Robert Rossen)
“Lawrence Of Arabia” (1962, dir. David Lean)
“Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid” (1969, dir. George Roy Hill)
“Jaws” (1975, dir. Steven Spielberg)
“North By Northwest” (1959, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
“Stagecoach” (1939, dir. John Ford)
“Fletch” (1985, dir. Michael Ritchie)

David O. Russell
“It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946, dir. Frank Capra)
“Chinatown” (1974, dir. Roman Polanski)
“Goodfellas” (1990, dir. Martin Scorsese)
“Vertigo” (1958, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
“Pulp Fiction” (1994, dir. Quentin Tarantino)
“Raging Bull” (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese)
“Young Frankenstein” (1974, dir. Mel Brooks)
“The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie” (1972, dir. Luis Bunuel)
“The Godfather” (1972, dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
“Blue Velvet” (1986, dir. David Lynch)
“Groundhog Day” (1993, dir. Harold Ramis)

Bela Tarr
“Man With A Movie Camera” (1929, dir. Dziga Vertov)
“The Passion Of Joan Of Arc” (1928, dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer)
“Alexander Nevsky” (1938, dir. Sergei Eisenstein)
“M” (1931, dir. Fritz Lang)
“Au hasard Balthazar” (1966, dir. Robert Bresson)
“Vivre sa vie” (1962, dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
“Frenzy” (1972, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
“Tokyo Story” (1953, dir. Yasujiro Ozu)
“The Round-Up” (1965, dir. Miklós Jancsó)
“Berlin Alexanderplatz” (1980, dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

Edgar Wright
“2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
“An American Werewolf In London” (1981, dir. John Landis)
“Carrie” (1976, dir. Brian DePalma)
“Dames” (1934, dir. Ray Enright & Busby Berkeley)
“Don’t Look Now” (1973, dir. Nicolas Roeg)
“Duck Soup” (1933, dir. Leo McCarey)
“Psycho” (1960, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
“Raising Arizona” (1987, dir. The Coen Brothers)
“Taxi Driver” (1976, dir. Martin Scorsese)
“The Wild Bunch” (1969, dir. Sam Peckinpah)

Apichatpong Weerasethakul
“Goodbye Dragon Inn” (2003, dir. Ming-liang Tsai)
“A Brighter Summer Day” (1991, dir. Edward Yang)
“Rain” (1929, dir. Joris Ivens)
“Empire” (1964, dir. Andy Warhol)
“Valentin de la Sierras” (1971, dir. Bruce Baillie)
“The Conversation” (1974, dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
“Full Metal Jacket” (1987, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
“The Eighties” (1983, dir. Chantal Akerman)
“The General” (1926, dir. Buster Keaton)
“Sátántangó”(1994, dir. Bela Tarr)

Christopher Nolan (not for Sight/Sound)
“2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
“Blade Runner” (1982, dir. Ridley Scott)
“Chinatown” (1974, dir. Roman Polanski)
“Lawrence of Arabia” (1962, dir. David Lean)
“Star Wars” (1977, dir. George Lucas)
“The Man Who Would Be King” (1975, dir. John Huston)
Guilty Pleasures:
“On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969, dir. Peter R. Hunt)
“The Hitcher” (1986, dir. Robert Harmon)
“Topkapi” (1964, dir. Jules Dassin)
“The Black Hole” (1979, dir. Gary Nelson)

Stanley Kubrick (circa the 1960s)
“I Vitelloni” (Federico Fellini, 1953)
“Wild Strawberries” (Ingmar Bergman, 1958)
“Citizen Kane” (Orson Welles, 1941)
“The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (John Huston, 1948)
“City Lights” (Charles Chaplin, 1931)
“Henry V” (Laurence Olivier, 1945)
“La Notte” (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961)
“The Bank Dick” (W.C. Fields, 1940)
“Roxie Hart” (William Wellman, 1942) Note: at one point, he said this was his favorite film
“Hell’s Angels” (Howard Hughes, 1930)

Nuri Birge Ceylan
The Mirror (Tarkovsky)
Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky)
Tokyo Story (Ozu)
Late Spring (Ozu)
A Man Escaped (Bresson)
Au hasard Balthazar (Bresson)
Shame (Bergman)
Scenes from a Marriage (Bergman)
L’avventura (Antonioni)
L’eclisse (Antonioni)

Andrzej Zulawski
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (Murnau)
The Gold Rush (Chaplin)
Top Hat (Sandrich)
La Grande Illusion (Renoir)
Hamlet (Olivier)
Umberto D. (DeSica)
L’avventura (Antonioni)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)
Amarcord (Fellini)
The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah)

Carlos Reygadas
Gummo
Mother and Son
Werckmeister Harmonies
Andrei Rublev
Persona
Los Olvidados
Sansho the Bailiff
Distant Voices, Still Lives
A Man Escaped
El Verdugo/The Executioner

The aforementioned Sight & Sound 2012 Critics’ List is below:

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