Woody Allen, Michael Mann, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, and Martin Scorsese List Their Top Ten Films
Aug 2012 07

Woody Allen.

Francis Ford Coppola.

Michael Mann.

Quentin Tarantino.

Martin Scorsese.

All 5 of the above names will be instantly recognisable to any self-respecting cinephile. Even if you don’t like their work, each name commands respect, and it’s undeniable that their influence will exert itself on the world of film for decades to come. So, with this in mind, surely the chance to find out each director’s favourite films would be good? Well, it turns out that you’re in luck. The excellent ‘The Playlist‘ blog at Indiewire has reproduced each director’s top ten favourite films from the pages of Sight & Sound, and it certainly makes fascinating reading. We here at RBT are big fans of the directors in question, and would advise you to read the full Playlist article, to find out their choices. To do so, click here.

A veritable cornucopia of truly classic films are on display – as are a few lesser-known gems – and it certainly serves as a great insight into the inner workings of each director’s mind. Anyone looking to broaden their filmic horizons could do a lot worse than getting to know the films on these lists.

Now, if only it were simply the case that watching these films would imbue us all with their powers of creating art, why, we’d all be millionaires! I don’t know about you, but my Amazon shopping basket has just had a few new additions, and hopefully next year, we’ll all be vying for the best Oscar win. May the best person win!

As always, leave any opinionated and/or diplomatic comments below.



  1. Jonathan Walton says:

    A lot of people on the Playlist forums getting confused between the terms Greatest and Favourite … these directors and critics were asked to list the ten greatest films in history, not their personal favourites – which is more subjective. I think Citizen Kane is still the greatest and most important of all time, but it would never make it on to my list of favourite movies. One of those is Stand By Me, but do I think it’s one of the greatest films ever made? Not a chance. Big difference between the two terms. You’re spot on for suggesting that people could learn about filmmaking from looking at the films on these lists. Architecture, Art and Literature students study the classics to understand the present and future. Too many film students think the world began with Tarantino or Fincher. You might not enjoy every film on this list, but you could learn all you need to about light, camera, sound and editing.

    • TomA says:

      Hi Jonathon,

      You’re absolutely right about the lists, and to emphasise the distinction between “favourite” and “best”. I also agree with you about Citizen Kane.

      What you say about checking out old masters certainly tallies with my experience in studying Film at University. On our first day, our lecturer went round the class, asking each of us to state our favourite film. In addition to the aforementioned Fincher, Burton and Tarantino choices, Sin City got a lot of love.

      I like to think that by the end of our degrees, Sin City wasn’t quite so high up on most people’s lists.

      What was my choice? I went for Goodfellas.

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