David Fincher’s 26 Favourite Films


So apparently this list is actually a few years old, but it started making the rounds again this week and it was new to me so I figured it might be worth posting. (Plus it’s a slow news day and everyone loves a good list.) Back when The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was about to be released, Empire Magazine had a feature on David Fincher that included his 26 favourite (greatest?) films of all time. The list is in no particular order and it includes some obvious picks based on Fincher’s own filmography (ie. Alien, All the President’s Men). Mostly though, it features a lot of the same old agreed upon classics, which in itself seems a bit surprising coming from Fincher. How do you feel about his choices? Check out the full list after the jump.

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Hill, 1969)
  • Chinatown (Polanski, 1974)
  • Dr. Strangelove (Kubrick, 1964)
  • The Godfather Part II (Coppola, 1974)
  • Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976)
  • Being There (Ashby, 1979)
  • All that Jazz (Fosse, 1979)
  • Alien (Scott, 1979)
  • Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954)
  • Zelig (Allen, 1983)
  • Cabaret (Fosse, 1972)
  • Paper Moon (Bogdanovich, 1974)
  • Jaws (Spielberg, 1975)
  • Lawrence of Arabia (Lean, 1962)
  • All the President’s Men (Pakula, 1976)
  • 8 1/2 (Fellini, 1963)
  • Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
  • Days of Heaven (Malick, 1978)
  • Animal House (Landis, 1978)
  • The Road Warrior (Miller, 1981)
  • The Year of Living Dangerously (Weir, 1982)
  • American Graffiti (Lucas, 1973)
  • The Terminator (Cameron, 1984)
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Gilliam and Jones, 1975)
  • The Exorcist (Friedkin, 1973)
  • The Graduate (Nichols, 1967)


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  • Isildur_of_Numenor

    Yeah, I think these are movies he considers the greatest, not necessarily his favourites.

  • Steve Kroodsma

    As a sidenote, he has a fantastic commentary on the Chinatown blu-ray with the screenwriter of the film.

  • Luke

    So not a single movie has been made in nearly the last three decades that is worthy?

  • Loren

    “The Year of Living Dangerously” I like that one being on his list. Very good choice indeed! If you haven’t seen it check it out immediately.

  • Vastik Mishra

    Cause, maybe he didnt wanted to include movies from when he started making movies (from 90’s)

  • Vastik Mishra

    Its a different way of saying favourites, Tarantino etc. All got the same paper from Empire to write thier fav movies. Do you really think, he thinks Paper Moon is one the greatest of all time? No, he loves that movie thats why it is in the list!