Tarantino, Scorsese and Other Directors Reveal Their Top 10 Movies of All Time

There was plenty of discussion across the movie blogosphere following last week’s announcement that Vertigo had dethroned Citizen Kane as the greatest film of all time according to Sight & Sound’s decennial poll. In addition to revealing the top 50 as determined by critics, they also provided a top 10 based on a separate poll for directors only. In the print version of the magazine, they have taken it a step further by reprinting some of the individual top 10 lists from the filmmakers who participated, and we now have some of them here for your perusal.

Among them, we have lists from legends like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino, but there are also some unexpected newcomers who took part including Richard Ayoade (Submarine), Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know) and Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene). Some of these lists aren’t all that surprising (both Quentin Tarantino and Edgar Wright have given versions of their top 10s before), but hey, who knew that Michael Mann liked both Avatar and Biutiful so much? There’s plenty to chew on here, so check out the lists after the jump and then tell us who is on point and who is simply off their rocker.


Woody Allen

  • Bicycle Thieves (1948, dir. Vittorio De Sica)
  • The Seventh Seal (1957, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
  • Citizen Kane (1941, dir. Orson Welles)
  • Amarcord (1973, dir. Federico Fellini)
  • 8 1/2 (1963, dir. Federico Fellini)
  • The 400 Blows (1959, dir. Francois Truffaut)
  • Rashomon (1950, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
  • La Grande Illusion (1937, dir. Jean Renoir)
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972, dir. Luis Bunuel)
  • Paths of Glory (1957, dir. Stanley Kubrick)

Richard Ayoade (Submarine)

  • Persona (1966, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
  • Le Mepris (1963, dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
  • Raging Bull (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese)
  • Ordet (1955, dir. Carl theodor Dreyer)
  • Barry Lyndon (1975, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989, dir. Woody Allen)
  • The Apartment (1960, dir. Billy Wilder)
  • Tokyo Story (1953, dir. Yasujiro Ozu)
  • Make Way For Tomorrow (1937, dir. Leo McCarey)
  • Badlands (1973, dir. Terrence Malick)

Bong Joon-Ho

  • A City of Sadness (1989, dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  • Cure (1997, dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  • The Housemaid (1960, dir. Kim Ki-young)
  • Fargo (1996, dir. the Coen Brothers)
  • Psycho (1960, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Raging Bull (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese)
  • Touch of Evil (1958, dir. Orson Welles)
  • Vengeance Is Mine (1973, dir. Shohei Imamura)
  • The Wages of Fear (1953, dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot)
  • Zodiac (2007, dir. David Fincher)

Francis Ford Coppola

  • Ashes and Diamonds (1958, dir. Andrzej Wajda)
  • The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, dir William Wyler)
  • I Vitteloni (1953, dir. Federico Fellini)
  • The Bad Sleep Well (1960, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
  • Yojimbo (1961, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
  • Singin’ in the Rain (1952, dir. Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly)
  • The King of Comedy (1983, dir Martin Scorsese)
  • Raging Bull (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese)
  • The Apartment (1960s, dir. Billy Wilder)
  • Sunrise (1927, dir. F.W. Murnau)

Guillermo Del Toro

  • Frankenstein (1931, dir. James Whale)
  • Freaks (1932, dir. Todd Browning)
  • Shadow of a Doubt (1943, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Greed (1925, dir. Erich Von Stroheim)
  • Modern Times (1936, dir. Charlie Chaplin)
  • La Belle Et La Bete (1946, dir. Jean Cocteau)
  • Goodfellas (1990, dir. Martin Scorsese)
  • Los Olvidados (1950, dir. Luis Bunuel)
  • Nosferatu (1922, dir. F.W. Murnau)
  • 8 1/2 (1963, dir. Federico Fellini)

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (The Kid with a Bike)

  • Accatone (1961, dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini)
  • The Big Heat (1953, dir. Fritz Lang)
  • Dodes’ka-den (1970, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
  • Germany Year Zero (1948, dir. Roberto Rossellini)
  • Loulou (1980, dir. Maurice Pialat)
  • Modern Times (1936, dir. Charlie Chaplin)
  • The Searchers (1956, dir. John Ford)
  • Shoah (1985, dir. Claude Lanzmann)
  • Street of Shame (1956, dir. Kenji Mizoguchi)
  • Sunrise (1927, dir. F.W. Murnau)

Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene)

  • The Shining (1980, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
  • Rosemary’s Baby (1968, dir. Roman Polanski)
  • Jaws (1975, dir. Steven Spielberg)
  • 3 Women (1977, dir. Robert Altman)
  • The Birds (1963, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
  • The Goonies (1985, dir. Richard Donner)
  • The Piano Teacher (2001, dir. Michael Haneke)
  • Persona (1966, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
  • The Panic in Needle Park (1971, dir. Jerry Schatzberg)
  • The Conformist (1970, dir. Bernardo Bertolucci)

Asghar Farhadi (A Separation)

  • Rashomon (1950, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
  • La Strada (1954, dir. Federico Fellini)
  • The Godfather (1972, dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
  • Tokyo Story (1953, dir. Yasujiro Ozu)
  • The Apartment (1960, dir. Billy Wilder)
  • Three Colors Red (1994, dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  • Take the Money and Run (1969, dir. Woody Allen)
  • Scenes From a Marriage (1973, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
  • Taxi Driver (1976, dir. Martin Scorsese)
  • Modern Times (1936, dir. Charlie Chaplin)

Michel Hazavanicius (The Artist)

  • City Girl (1930, dir. F.W. Murnau)
  • City Lights (1931, dir. Charlie Chaplin)
  • To Be Or Not To Be (1942, dir. Ernst Lubitsch)
  • Citizen Kane (1941, dir. Orson Welles)
  • The Apartment (1960, dir. Billy Wilder)
  • The Shining (1980, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
  • North By Northwest (1959, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
  • The Third Man (1949, dir. Carol Reed)
  • Raging Bull (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese)
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937, dir. Walt Disney)

Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know)

  • Blind (1987, dir. Frederick Wiseman)
  • Smooth Talk (1985, dir. Joyce Chopra)
  • Vertigo (1958, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
  • After Life (1998, dir. Hirokazu Koreeda)
  • Somewhere in Time (1980, dir. Jeannot Szwarc)
  • Cheese (2007, dir. Mika Rottenberg)
  • Punch Drunk Love (2002, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
  • The Red Balloon (1956, dir. Albert Lamorisse)
  • A Room With a View (1985, dir. James Ivory)
  • Fish Tank (2009, dir. Andrea Arnold)

Mike Leigh

  • American Madness (1932, dir. Frank Capra)
  • Andrei Rublev (1966, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky)
  • I Am Cuba (1964, dir. Mikhai Kalatozov)
  • The Emigrants (1971, dir. Jan Troell)
  • How a Mosquito Operates (1912, dir. Winsor McCay)
  • Jules Et Jim (1962, dir. Francois Truffaut)
  • Radio Days (1987, dir. Woody Allen)
  • Songs From the Second Floor (2000, dir. Roy Andersson)
  • Tokyo Story (1953, dir. Yasujiro Ozu)

Michael Mann

  • Apocalypse Now (1979, dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
  • Battleship Potemkin (1925, dir. Sergei Eisenstein)
  • Citizen Kane (1941, dir. Orson Welles)
  • Avatar (2009, dir. James Cameron)
  • Dr. Strangelove (1964, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
  • Biutiful (2010, dir. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
  • My Darling Clementine (1946, dir. John Ford)
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, dir. Carl theodor Dreyer)
  • Raging Bull (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese)
  • The Wild Bunch (1969, dir. Sam Peckinpah)

Steve McQueen (Shame)

  • The Battle of Algiers (1966, dir. Gillo Pontecorvo)
  • Zero de Conduite (1933, dir. Jean Vigo)
  • La Regle du Jeu (1939, dir. Jean Renoir)
  • Tokyo Story (1953, dir. Yasujiro Ozu)
  • Couch (1964, dir. Andy Warhol)
  • Le Mepris (1963, dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
  • Beau Travail (1998, dir. Claire Denis)
  • Once Upon a Time in America (1984, dir. Sergio Leone)
  • The Wages of Fear (1953, dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot)
  • Do the Right Thing (1989, dir. Spike Lee)

Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter)

  • Cool Hand Luke (1967, dir. Stuart Rosenberg)
  • Badlands (1973, dir. Terrence Malick)
  • Hud (1963, dir. Martin Ritt)
  • The Hustler (1961, dir. Robert Rossen)
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962, dir. David Lean)
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969, dir. George Roy Hill)
  • Jaws (1975, dir. Steven Spielberg)
  • North By Northwest (1959, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Stagecoach (1939, dir. John Ford)
  • Fletch (1985, dir. Michael Ritchie)

David O. Russell

  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, dir. Frank Capra)
  • Chinatown (1974, dir. Roman Polanski)
  • Goodfellas (1990, dir. Martin Scorsese)
  • Vertigo (1958, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Pulp Fiction (1994, dir. Quentin Tarantino)
  • Raging Bull (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese)
  • Young Frankenstein (1974, dir. Mel Brooks)
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972, dir. Luis Bunuel)
  • The Godfather (1972, dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
  • Blue Velvet (1986, dir. David Lynch)
  • Groundhog Day (1993, dir. Harold Ramis)

Martin Scorsese

  • 8 1/2 (1963, dir. Federico Fellini)
  • 2001: a Space Odyssey (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
  • Ashes and Diamonds (1958, dir. Andrzej Wajda)
  • Citizen Kane (1941, dir. Orson Welles)
  • The Leopard (1963, dir. Luchino Visconti)
  • Palsa (1946, dir. Roberto Rossellini)
  • The Red Shoes (1948, dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
  • The River (1951, dir. Jean Renoir)
  • Salvatore Giuliano (1962, dir. Francesco Rosi)
  • The Searchers (1956, dir. John Ford)
  • Ugetsu Monogatari (1953, dir. Kenji Mizoguchi)
  • Vertigo (1958, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

Quentin Tarantino

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, dir. Sergio Leone)
  • Apocalypse Now (1979, dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
  • The Bad News Bears (1976, dir. Michael Ritchie)
  • Carrie (1976, dir. Brian DePalma)
  • Dazed and Confused (1993, dir. Richard Linklater)
  • The Great Escape (1963, dir. John Sturges)
  • His Girl Friday (1940, dir. Howard Hawks)
  • Jaws (1975, dir. Steven Spielberg)
  • Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971, dir. Roger Vadim)
  • Rolling Thunder (1977, dir. John Flynn)
  • Sorcerer (1977, dir. William Friedkin)
  • Taxi Driver (1976, dir. Martin Scorsese)

Bela Tarr (The Turin Horse)

  • Man With a Movie Camera (1929, dir. Dziga Vertov)
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, dir. Carl theodor Dreyer)
  • Alexander Nevsky (1938, dir. Sergei Eisenstein)
  • M (1931, dir. Fritz Lang)
  • Au hasard Balthazar (1966, dir. Robert Bresson)
  • Vivre sa vie (1962, dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
  • Frenzy (1972, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Tokyo Story (1953, dir. Yasujiro Ozu)
  • The Round-Up (1965, dir. Miklos Jancso)
  • Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980, dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

Edgar Wright

  • 2001: a Space Odyssey (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
  • An American Werewolf in London (1981, dir. John Landis)
  • Carrie (1976, dir. Brian DePalma)
  • Dames (1934, dir. Ray Enright and Busby Berkeley)
  • Don’t Look Now (1973, dir. Nicolas Roeg)
  • Duck Soup (1933, dir. Leo McCarey)
  • Psycho (1960, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Raising Arizona (1987, dir. the Coen Brothers)
  • Taxi Driver (1976, dir. Martin Scorsese)
  • The Wild Bunch (1969, dir. Sam Peckinpah)

Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives)

  • Goodbye Dragon Inn (2003, dir. Ming-liang Tsai)
  • A Brighter Summer Day (1991, dir. Edward Yang)
  • Rain (1929, dir. Joris Ivens)
  • Empire (1964, dir. Andy Warhol)
  • Valentin de la Sierras (1971, dir. Bruce Baillie)
  • The Conversation (1974, dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
  • Full Metal Jacket (1987, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
  • The Eighties (1983, dir. Chantal Akerman)
  • The General (1926, dir. Buster Keaton)
  • Satantango (1994, dir. Bela Tarr)

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  • DGR

    I agree with you about Avatar, but Jaws is one of the best films ever made.

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