Posted by: ckckred | August 14, 2012

Some Director’s Favorite Films

Woody Allen submitted his favorite films for Sound and Sight Magazine’s Polls

Recently for Sound and Sight Magazine’s 10 Best Films ever, directors like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola got to vote.  Here are picks from a few directors, and some of them seem to reflect of the directors (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly seems like a film Quentin Tarantino would like), some of them seem quite surprising. Unfortunately I haven’t seen all of these films, which I plan on doing eventually. Read them below.

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)
“Paisan” (1946, dir. Roberto Rossellini)
“The Red Shoes” (1948, dir. Michael Powell & 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)
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)
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 & Gene Kelly)
“The King Of Comedy” (1983, dir Martin Scorsese)
“Raging Bull” (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese)
“The Apartment” (1960, dir. Billy Wilder)
“Sunrise” (1927, dir. F.W. Murnau)
Quentin Tarantino
“The Good, The Bad & 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)


  1. It appears I’ve seen four of Scorsese’s favorites, four of Allen’s favorites, two of Coppola’s favorites (ironically both directed by Scorsese, on whom he was a major influence), and three of Tarantino’s favorites. I’d agree to loving all of them (the majority appear in my top 100), except for Allen’s pick “The Seventh Seal”, which I just didn’t care for. Though I respect his Bergman fandom, as it has led to some great films!!

    • I’ve seen only a few films on each director’s list, which is kind of embarrassing. The most I’ve seen is from Tarantino.

      I agree with the ones that I’ve seen. I recently got the chance to watch The Seventh Seal, and actually really loved it, though I guess it’s not in everyone’s taste. Anyway, all of these directors have pretty good taste. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Thanks for the update! I’m going to print out the list and share it with my husband, we are always looking for something to watch. The suggestions coming from the directors gives the movies a 5 start review in my opinion.

    • Thanks. I’m going to challenge myself and try to watch all of these films in about a year.

  3. Great post, I agree there were quite a few surprise choices.

    • Thanks. I didn’t know Francis Ford Coppola liked Singing in the Rain.

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