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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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