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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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Kurosawa and Francis Ford Coppola
Kurosawa and Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola

The Apartment (Wilder, 1960)

Ashes and Diamonds (Wajda, 1958)

The Bad Sleep Well (Kurosawa, 1960)

The Best Years of Our Lives (Wyler, 1946)

I Vitelloni (Fellini, 1953)

The King of Comedy (Scorsese, 1983)

Raging Bull (Scorsese, 1980)

Singin’ in the Rain (Donen/Kelley, 19510)

Sunrise (Murnau, 1927)

Yojimbo (Kurosawa, 1961)


Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino

Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)

The Bad News Bears (Ritchie, 1976)

Carrie (de Palma, 1976)

Dazed and Confused (Linklater, 1993)

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (Leone, 1966)

The Great Escape (Sturges, 1963)

His Girl Friday (Hawks, 1939)

Jaws (Spielberg, 1975)

Pretty Maids All in a Row (Vadim, 1971)

Rolling Thunder (Flynn, 1977)

Sorcerer (Friedkin, 1977)

Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976)


Edgar Wright
Edgar Wright

Edgar Wright

2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)

An American Werewolf in London (Landis, 1981)

Carrie (de Palma, 1976)

Dames (Enright/Berkeley, 1934)

Don’t Look Now (Roeg, 1973)

Duck Soup (McCarey, 1933)

Psycho (Hitchcock, 1960)

Raising Arizona (Coen, 1987)

Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976)

The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah, 1969)


Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro

8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)

La Belle et la Bete (Cocteau, 1946)

Frankenstein (Whale, 1931)

Freaks (Browning, 1932)

Goodfellas (Scorsese, 1990)

Greed (von Stroheim, 1925)

Los Olvidados (Bunuel, 1950)

Modern Times (Chaplin, 1936)

Nosferatu (Murnau, 1922)

Shadow of a Doubt (Hitchcock, 1943)


Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham

Fish Tank (Arnold, 2009)

Days of Heaven (Malick, 1978)

Broadcast News (Brooks, 1987)

Weekend (Haigh, 2011)

(tie) La Pointe Coure, Cleo from 5 to 7, Le bonheur, Vagabond (Varda)

(tie) The Marriage of Maria Braun, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Fassbinder)

Picnic at Hanging Rock (Weir, 1975)

(tie) Straw Dogs (Peckinpah, 1971), Dead Ringers (Cronenberg, 1988)

Through a Glass Darkly (Bergman, 1961)

The War Room (Hegedus/Pennebaker, 1993)


Rian Johnson
Rian Johnson

Rian Johnson

8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)

Brazil (Gilliam, 1985)

F for Fake (Welles, 1975)

Amarcord (Fellini, 1972)

Fanny and Alexander (Bergman, 1982)

M. Hulot’s Holiday (Tati, 1953)

Scenes from a Marriage (Bergman, 1973)

The Third Man (Reed, 1949)

The Bad Sleep Well (Kurosawa, 1960)

Down by Law (Jarmusch, 1986)


Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan

The Hit (Frears, 1984)

Twelve Angry Men (Lumet, 1957)

The Thin Red Line (Malick, 1998)

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Lang, 1933)

Bad Timing (Roeg, 1980)

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Oshima, 1983)

For All Mankind (Reinert, 1989)

Koyaanisqatsi (Reggio, 1983)

Mr. Arkadin (Welles, 1955)

Greed (von Stroheim, 1925)

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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.