Directors Choose Best Films Ever! Tarantino, Scorsese Make Their Picks! 


During the first week of August, Sight & Sound organized a poll that dethroned "Citizen Kane" as the best movie ever made. Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" took the title as the Greatest Film ending "Citizen Kane's" long run. (See Dethroned! "Citizen Kane" No Longer Best Movie Ever! Critics, Directors Pick Top 10 Films of All Time!)

Academians, archivists, critics, directors, and distributors all over the world were among the ones invited to participate in the poll. Now, Sight & Sound has revealed the choices made by our favorite directors (via Collider). Here they are (it's interesting to note that among the list of directors below, only Martin Scorsese, David O'Russell, and Sam Mendes picked "Vertigo"):

Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James, Killing Them Softly)

Apocalypse Now (1979) – Francis Ford Coppola
Badlands (1973) – Terrence Malick
Barry Lyndon (1975) – Stanley Kubrick
Blue Velvet (1986) – David Lynch
Marnie (1964) – Alfred Hitchcock
Mulholland Dr. (2003) – David Lynch
The Night of the Hunter (1955) – Charles Laughton
Raging Bull (1980) – Martin Scorsese
Sunset Blvd. (1950) – Billy Wilder
The Tenant (1976) – Roman Polanski

Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Snow Piercer)

A City of Sadness (1989) – Hsiao-bsein Hou
Cure (1998) – Kurosawa Kiyoshi
Fargo (1995) – Joel & Ethan Coen
The Housemaid (1960) – Kim Ki-young
Psycho (1960) – Alfred Hitchcock
Raging Bull (1980) – Martin Scorsese
Touch of Evil (1958) – Orson Welles
Vengeance is Mine (1979) – Imamura Shohei
The Wages of Fear (1953) – Henri-Georges Clouzot
Zodiac (2007) – David Fincher

David O’Russell (The Fighter, I Heart Huckabees)

Blue Velvet (1986) – David Lynch
Chinatown (1974) – Roman Polanski
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) – Luis Bunel
The Godfather (1972) – Francis Ford Coppola
Goodfellas (1990) – Martin Scorsese
It’s a Wonderful Life (1947) – Frank Capra
Pulp Fiction (1994) – Quentin Tarantino
Raging Bull (1980) – Martin Scorsese
Vertigo (1958) – Alfred Hitchcock
Young Frankenstein (1974) – Mel Brooks

Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Stanley Kubrick
An American Werewolf in London (1981) – John Landis
Carrie (1976) – Brian de Palma
Dames (1934) – Busby Berkeley
Don’t Look Now (1973) – Nicolas Roeg
Duck Soup (1933) – Leo McCarey
Psycho (1960) – Alfred Hitchcock
Raising Arizona (1987) – Joel & Ethan Coen
Taxi Driver (1976) – Martin Scorsese
The Wild Bunch (1969) – Sam Peckinpah

Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, The Conversation)

The Apartment (1960) – Billy Wilder
Ashes and Diamonds (1958) – Andrzej Wajda
The Bad Sleep Well (1960) – Akira Kurosawa
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) – William Wyler
I Vitelloni (1953) – Federico Fellini
The King of Comedy (1983) – Martin Scorsese
Raging Bull (1980) – Martin Scorsese
Singin’ in the Rain (1951) – Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly
Sunrise (1927) – F.W. Murnau
Yojimbo (1961) – Akira Kurosawa

Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Stanley Kubrick
The 400 Blows (1959) – Francois Truffaut
La dolce vita (1960) – Federico Fellini
The General (1926) – Buster Keaton
The Lady from Shanghai (1947) – Orson Welles
Manhattan (1979) – Woody Allen
Modern Times (1936) – Charles Chaplin
Pather Panchali (1955) – Satyajit Ray
Persona (1966) – Ingmar Bergman
Yojimbo (1961) – Akira Kurosawa

Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy)

8½ (1963) – Federico Fellini
La Belle et la Bete (1946) – Jean Cocteau
Frankenstein (1931) – James Whale
Freaks (1932) – Tod Browning
Goodfellas (1990) – Martin Scorsese
Greed (1925) – Erich von Stroheim
Los Olvidados (1950) – Luis Bunel
Modern Times (1936) – Charles Chaplin
Nosferatu (1922) – F.W. Murnau
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) – Alfred Hitchcock

Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider-Man)

8½ (1963) – Federico Fellini
Annie Hall (1977) – Woody Allen
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) – David Lean
Children of Men (2006) – Alfonso Cuaron
City Lights (1931) – Charles Chaplin
Dead Poets Society (1989) – Peter Weir
The Graduate (1967) – Mike Nichols
Singin’ in the Rain (1951) – Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly
Three Colours: Red (1994) – Krzysztof Kieslowski
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) – Peter Weir

Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull, Goodfellas)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Stanley Kubrick
8½ (1963) – Federico Fellini
Ashes and Diamonds (1958) – Andrzej Wajda
Citizen Kane (1941) – Orson Welles
The Leopard (1963) – Luchino Visconti
Paisa (1946) – Roberto Rossellini
The Red Shoes (1948) – Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger
The River (1951) – Jean Renoir
Salvatore Giuliano (1962) – Francesco Rosi
The Searchers (1956) – John Ford
Ugetsu Monogatari (1953) – Mizoguchi Kenji
Vertigo (1958) – Alfred Hitchcock

Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class)

Back to the Future (1985) – Robert Zemeckis
Being There (1979) – Hal Ashby
The Deer Hunter (1977) – Michael Cimino
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966) – Sergio Leone
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – David Lean
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – Steven Spielberg
Reservoir Dogs (1991) – Quentin Tarantino
Rocky III (1982) – Sylvester Stallone
Scarface (1983) – Brian De Palma
Star Wars (1977) – George Lucas

Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill)

Apocalypse Now (1976) – Francis Ford Coppola
The Bad News Bears (1976) – Michael Ritchie
Carrie (1976) – Brian De Palma
Dazed and Confused (1993) – Richard Linklater
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) – Sergio Leone
The Great Escape (1963) – John Sturges
His Girl Friday (1939) – Howard Hawks
Jaws (1975) – Steven Spielberg
Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) – Roger Vadium
Rolling Thunder (1997) – John Flynn
Sorcerer (1977) – William Friedkin
Taxi Driver (1976) – Martin Scorsese

Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall)

The 400 Blows (1959) – Fracois Truffaut
Blue Velvet (1986) – David Lynch
Citizen Kane (1941) – Orson Welles
Fanny and Alexander (1984) – Ingmar Bergman
The Godfather: Part II (1974) – Francis Ford Coppola
Kes (1969) – Ken Loach
Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – Roman Polanski
Taxi Driver (1976) – Martin Scorsese
There Will Be Blood (2007) – Paul Thomas Anderson
Vertigo (1958) – Alfred Hitchcock

Woody Allen (Annie Hall, Manhattan)

The 400 Blows (1959) – Francois Truffaut
8½ (1963) – Federico Fellini
Amarcord (1972) – Federico Fellini
The Bicycle Theives (1948) – Vittorio de Sica
Citizen Kane (1941) – Orson Welles
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) – Luis Bunel
La grand illusion (1937) – Jean Renoir
Paths of Glory (1957) – Stanley Kubrick
Rashomon (1950) – Akira Kurosawa
The Seventh Seal (1957) – Ingmar Bergman

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