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10 Filmmakers' Top 10 Films Lists: Scorsese, Kubrick, Allen, Tarantino, Nolan and More

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 1, 2013 at 1:16PM

Flavorwire has compiled 10 filmmakers' Top 10 Films lists. Included are Martin Scorsese (who lists Powell and Pressburger's "The Red Shoes" and Renoir's "The River," among others ), Stanley Kubrick (who singles out Chaplin's "City Lights" and Antonioni's "La notte"), and Woody Allen (a fan of Bergman's "Seventh Seal" and Kurosawa's "Rashomon").
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Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's "The Red Shoes"
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's "The Red Shoes"

Flavorwire has compiled 10 filmmakers' Top 10 Films lists. Included are Martin Scorsese (who lists Powell and Pressburger's "The Red Shoes" and Renoir's "The River," among others ), Stanley Kubrick (who singles out Chaplin's "City Lights" and Antonioni's "La notte"), and Woody Allen (a fan of Bergman's "Seventh Seal" and Kurosawa's "Rashomon"). 

Lena Dunham is the sole female representative, and also the only filmmaker to list films made by women in her Top 10: Agnes Varda's "La pointe courte," "Le bonheur," "Vagabond" and "Cleo from 5 to 7" all tie in her estimation, while Dunham also praises Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank." 

It should be noted that these lists hail from different sources and have differing criteria; some are self-made, some are from the Sight & Sound poll in 2012, some are limited to Criterion-released titles (such as Nolan's, Dunham's and Johnson's), some include more than 10 titles. Kubrick's, for example, was created in 1963. Flavorwire has the details on when and where each list comes from.

Stanley Kubrick
Dmitri Kasterine Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick

I Vitelloni (Fellini, 1953)

Wild Strawberries (Bergman, 1957)

Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Huston, 1948)

City Lights (Chaplin, 1931)

Henry V (Olivier, 1944)

La notte (Antonioni, 1961)

The Bank Dick (Fields, 1940)

Roxie Hart (Wellman, 1942)

Hell’s Angels (Hughes, 1930)


Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese

2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)

8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)

Ashes and Diamonds (Wajda, 1958)

Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)

The Leopard (Visconti, 1963)

Paisa (Rossellini, 1946)

The Red Shoes (Powell/Pressburger, 1948)

The River (Renoir, 1951)

Salvatore Giuliano (Rosi, 1962)

The Searchers (Ford, 1956)

Ugetsu Monogatari (Mizoguchi, 1953)

Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)


Woody Allen
Woody Allen

Woody Allen

The 400 Blows (Truffaut, 1959)

8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)

Amarcord (Fellini, 1972)

The Bicycle Thieves (de Sica, 1948)

Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Bunuel, 1972)

Grand Illusion (Renoir, 1937)

Paths of Glory (Kubrick, 1957)

Rashomon (Kurosawa, 1950)

The Seventh Seal (Bergman, 1957)

This article is related to: News, Lena Dunham, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Christopher Nolan, Rian Johnson, Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo Del Toro, Edgar Wright, Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.