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Guillermo del Toro’s Favorite Movies: 30 Films the Director Wants You to See

From "Nosferatu" to recent Alfonso Cuarón and Thomas Vinterberg masterpieces, here are films that have earned del Toro's stamp of approval.

Guillermo del Toro and his favorite movies.

Guillermo del Toro and his favorite movies.

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[Editor’s note: The following gallery was originally published in July 2019 and has been updated accordingly.]

Guillermo del Toro’s movies wear their influences on their sleeves, and what incredible influences they are. Del Toro is one of the most avid cinephiles on the planet, often using interviews and social media to champion the movies from the past and present he loves most. Be it the silent horror films he watched as a child or the contemporary masterpieces he’s seen since winning an Oscar and becoming one of the most beloved directors working today, del Toro’s career is defined as much by his own directorial efforts as it is by the movies he loves.

After taking a break following “The Shape of Water,” del Toro is now gearing up for the releases of two passion projects: the long-in-the-works stop-motion “Pinocchio” and a fresh take on “Nightmare Alley.” Might these new works be inspired by some of his favorite movies? Of course. Take a look at a handful of the director’s favorite movies in the list below.


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