10 Great Filmmakers’ Top 10 Favorite Movies

It’s a big week for finding out the movies that your favorite moviemakers love. First, the fine folks at the BFI unearthed the only known list Stanley Kubrick ever made of his favorite films; it dates to 1963, so it was by no means definitive, but it’s still fascinating. Meanwhile, to help boost interest in his Kickstarter project, Spike Lee released his list of the 25 films he considers essential for young filmmakers. And on top of all that, the Criterion Collection put out its latest list of film fans’ favorite Criterion titles — this time from the notorious Roger Corman. Between Criterion’s lists and the BFI’s Sight & Sound polls, it’s not hard to find out what films are most prized by both the revered masters of films and the most exciting up and comers; check out some of their recommendations after the jump.


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)

What’s most fun about this list may well be the final three entries: a roughhouse W.C. Fields comedy, a freewheeling Ginger Rogers picture, and Howard Hughes’ soapy war movie. In other words, Kubrick was far from the dour, “art for art’s sake” type that his followers tend to presume (and emulate), though you wouldn’t guess it from the shocked responses to the recent revelation that he all-out loved The Jerk, Modern Romance, and White Men Can’t Jump.