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Stanley Kubrick's Favorite Films

by Ally the Manic Listmaker
“There are very few directors, about whom you’d say you automatically have to see everything they do. I’d put Fellini, Bergman and David Lean at the head of my first list, and Truffaut at the head of the next level.” -Stanley Kubrick (1966) His favorite films from Cinema (magazine) in 1963: 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… Read more

“There are very few directors, about whom you’d say you automatically have to see everything they do. I’d put Fellini, Bergman and David Lean at the head of my first list, and Truffaut at the head of the next level.” -Stanley Kubrick (1966)

His favorite films from Cinema (magazine) in 1963:

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)

He also really liked:
Abigail’s Party (Mike Leigh, 1979)
An American Werewolf in London (John Landis, 1981)
Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau,1946)
Closely Observed Trains (Jiri Menzel, 1966)
Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, 1975)
Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1977)
The Firemen’s Ball (Milos Forman, 1967)
The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1926)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Milos Forman, 1975)
Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991)
Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice, 1973)
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)
The Red Squirrel (Julio Medem, 1993)

and surprisingly, last but not least:
White Men Can’t Jump (Ron Shelton, 1992)

Filmmakers he admired as well:
Ingmar Bergman
Federico Fellini
David Lean
François Truffaut
Elia Kazan
Max Ophuls
Vittorio De Sica

Note: He was so impressed with Anton Furst’s work on Neil Jordan’s The Company of Wolves that he hired Furst to be his production designer for Full Metal Jacket.

He hated:
The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Also, here is my personal ranked list of Kubrick’s films.
An article that details more films that Stanley Kubrick liked.

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