Directors Top 20 films

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  1. Adam_S

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    YMDB was eaten by imdb so I figured HTF ought to have a thread for lists of top 20 films.


    1 Empire of the Sun Steven Spielberg


    2 Lawrence of Arabia David Lean

    3 How Green Was My Valley
    John Ford


    4 The Apartment Billy Wilder

    5 Casablanca Michael Curtiz

    6 A Matter of Life and Death
    M. Powell and E. Pressburger


    7 Seven Samurai Akira Kurosawa

    8 The Empire Strikes Back Irvin Kershner

    9 The Godfather Francis Ford Coppola

    10 Almost Famous Cameron Crowe

    11 Shawshank Redemption Frank Darabont

    12 To Kill A Mockingbird Robert Mulligan

    13 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Steven Spielberg

    14 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence John Ford

    15 The Princess Bride Rob Reiner

    16 Spirited Away Hayao Miyazaki

    17 Jaws
    Steven Spielberg


    18 The Searchers John Ford

    19 A Christmas Story Bob Clark

    20 In America
    Jim Sheridan


















    at any given moment these films could sneak in or out: Grand Illusion, Battle Royale, Now Voyager, Jaws, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Tin Drum, ET, Sunrise as they've all been in the top twenty before.
     
  2. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    I'll play.

    1THE APARTMENT Billy Wilder
    2REAR WINDOW Alfred Hitchcock
    3THE GODFATHER Francis Ford Coppola
    4CASABLANCA Michael Curtiz
    5CITIZEN KANE Orson Welles
    6STAR WARS George Lucas
    7RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK Steven Spielberg
    8DR. STRANGELOVE Stanley Kubrick
    9NORTH BY NORTHWEST Alfred Hitchcock
    10SOME LIKE IT HOT Billy Wilder
    11THE GODFATHER, PART 2 Francis Ford Coppola
    12CHINATOWN Roman Polanski
    13VERTIGO Alfred Hitchcock
    142001: A SPACE ODYSSEY Stanley Kubrick
    15THE GOLD RUSH Charlie Chaplin
    16TOY STORY John Lasseter
    17PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILESJohn Hughes
    18JAWS Steven Spielberg
    19PSYCHO Alfred Hitchcock
    20YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Mel Brooks


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  3. Martin Teller

    Martin Teller Cinematographer

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    God, this is hard. I can't even narrow my favorites down to a top 100. If I tried to do a top 20, I'd just end up changing it every day. Well, here's what it is today, I guess... (in no particular order)

    1. A Woman Under the Influence (Cassavetes)
    2. Eraserhead (Lynch)
    3. Scenes from a Marriage (Bergman)
    4. An Actor's Revenge (Ichikawa)
    5. Time of the Gypsies (Kusturica)
    6. El Norte (Nava)
    7. Rear Window (Hitchcock)
    8. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)
    9. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa)
    10. Jules and Jim (Truffaut)
    11. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Jackson)
    12. Casablanca (Curtiz)
    13. The Exterminating Angel (Bunuel)
    14. Aguirre, Wrath of God (Herzog)
    15. The Hole (Tsai)
    16. Love and Death (Allen)
    17. Taxi Driver (Scorsese)
    18. The Scent of Green Papaya (Tran)
    19. Mahanagar (Ray)
    20. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg)

    Limiting myself to one film per director made it a little easier.
     
  4. Mark Klaus

    Mark Klaus Stunt Coordinator

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    Ever changing, but as I sit now:

    1. Goodfellas
    2. Return of the King EE
    3. Shawshank Redemption
    4. The Godfather
    5. Casablanca
    6. Crimes and Misdemeanors
    7. Full Metal Jacket
    8. Patton
    9. Fellowship of the Ring EE
    10. Vertigo
    11. It's a Wonderful Life
    12. Citizen Kane
    13. The Bridge on the River Kwai
    14. Singin' in the Rain
    15. Sunset Boulevard
    16. American Beauty
    17. Pulp Fiction
    18. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    19. Rear Window
    20. Night at the Museum (all right, not really, but I did enjoy this one a bunch and thought the critics were all wet).
     
  5. Adam_S

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    I just copied it out of the excel sheet I used to arrange it. [​IMG]
     
  6. Bob Turnbull

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    Yeah, what Martin said...Only a point in time rough guesstimate.


    1 12 Angry Men Sidney Lumet 2 Network Sidney Lumet 3 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind Michel Gondry 4 Magnolia Paul Thomas Anderson 5 Goodfellas Martin Scorsese 6 Raising Arizona Joel Coen 7 Almost Famous Cameron Crowe 8 To Kill A Mockingbird Robert Mulligan 9 The Third Man Carol Reed 10 The Night Of The Hunter Charles Laughton 11 Out Of The Past Jacques Tourneur 12 Raiders Of The Lost Ark Steven Spielberg 13 The Sting George Roy Hill 14 Playtime Jacques Tati 15 Amelie Jean-Pierre Jeunet 16 The Royal Tenenbaums Wes Anderson 17 Lady Vengeance Chan-wook Park 18 Touch Of Evil Orson Welles 19 Man With A Movie Camera Dziga Vertov 20 8 1/2 Federico Fellini
     
  7. JohnRice

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    I usually don't do these lists, but since I did it for YMDB I guess I'll try to get the list back together for this. Might take a while for me to get it narrowed down, so it's a work in progress.

    1. Miller's Crossing (Joel & Ethan Coen)
    2. Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone)
    3. Leaving Las Vegas (Mike Figgis)
    4. The Man in the Moon (Robert Mulligan)
    5. Blade Runner (Ridley Scott)
    6. Ordinary People (Robert Redford)
    7. Fiddler on the Roof (Norman Jewison)
    8. Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
    9. Persona (Ingmar Bergman)
    10. Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman)
    11. Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone)
    12. Dark City (Alex Proyas)
    13. The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino)
    14...
     
  8. Brian.L

    Brian.L Supporting Actor

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    Sure, why not, I do every other list. :) I'll number them but I don't know about order...

    1. The Lord of the Rings (it's sort of all one movie, but if I had to pick one it would be Fellowship EE) (Jackson)
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    2. The Big Lebowski (Coen Bros)
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    3. The Empire Strikes Back (Kasdan)
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    4. The Godfather: Part II (Coppola)
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    5. Kicking and Screaming (Baumbach)
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    6. Star Wars (Lucas)
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    7. Sideways (Payne)
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    8. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg)
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    9. Adaptation (Jonze)
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    10. Braveheart (Gibson)
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    11. Oldboy (Chan-wook)
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    12. Mean Streets (Scorsese)
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    13. The Third Man (Reed)
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    14. Harakiri (Seppuku) (Kobayashi)
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    15. Dr. Strangelove (Kubrick)
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    16. North by Northwest (Hitchcock)
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    17. Glengarry Glen Ross (Foley)
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    18. The Usual Suspects (Singer)
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    19. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Leone)
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    20. Three Kings (Russell)
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    (...or maybe The Godfather...or Rushmore...or Full Metal Jacket...or Annie Hall...or Reservoir Dogs...etc etc)
     
  9. Brook K

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    Mine changes a little everytime I do one. Like Martin I limit myself to 1 per director. Maybe it isn't a true top 20 list that way, but I like seeing more variety.

    1. Ikiru Kurosawa
    2. Taxi Driver Scorsese
    3. 2001: A Space Odyssey Kubrick
    4. It's A Wonderful Life Capra
    5. Tokyo Story Ozu
    6. The Seventh Seal Bergman
    7. The Maltese Falcon Huston
    8. In A Year With 13 Moons Fassbinder
    9. Sullivan's Travels Sturges
    10. Ugestu Mizoguchi
    11. Singin' in the Rain Donan/Kelly
    12. Tabu Murnau
    13. Love in the Afternoon Rohmer
    14. Ordet Dreyer
    15. Aguirre, The Wrath of God Herzog
    16. A Woman Under the Influence Cassavetes
    17. Psycho Hitchcock
    18. A.I. Artificial Intelligence Spielberg
    19. That Obscure Ob-ject of Desire Bunuel
    20. M Lang
     
  10. Steve Christou

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    Interesting thread.

    Brook I see you've included a few English-language titles in your top 20. [​IMG]

    Mark great list except no.20 which doesn't fit in well with the others. I saw Night at the Museum and by the time we got home I had almost completely erased it from memory, to be fair my memory isn't what it used to be, I can't remember what I ate an hour ago. [​IMG]
     
  11. Mark Klaus

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  12. schmidtt

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    Top 20 Films
    One film per director:


    1. Children of Paradise Carné
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    2. Fanny & Alexander Bergman
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    3. The Long Goodbye Altman
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    4. Chinatown Polanski
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    5. Naked Leigh
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    6. The Philadelphia Story Cukor
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    7. Andrei Rublev Tarkovsky
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    8. Five Easy Pieces Rafelson
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    9. Husbands and Wives Allen
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    10. Touch of Evil Welles
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    11. Flirting with Disaster Russell
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    12. Dr. Strangelove Kubrick
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    13. Mean Streets Scorsese
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    14. Sunrise Murnau
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    15. Vertigo Hitchcock
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    16. Fat City Huston
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    17. Double Indemnity Wilder
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    18. Hoop Dreams James
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    19. All About Eve Mankiewicz
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    20. Metropolitan Stillman
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  13. Steve Christou

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  14. streeter

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    1. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
    2. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    4. Double Indemnity (1944)
    5. Citizen Kane (1941)
    6. Dances with Wolves (1990)
    7. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    8. The Razor’s Edge (1946)
    9. Caddyshack (1980)
    10. Apocalypse Now (1979)
    11. The Seven Samurai (1954)
    12. Star Wars (1977)
    13. The Godfather (1972)
    14. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
    15. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
    16. Watership Down (1978)
    17. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
    18. The Godfather Part II (1974)
    19. Tron (1982)
    20. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

    My full top 100: http://www.streetersedge.com/?p=19
     
  15. Adam_S

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    updated my top twenty with Now, Voyager, pushing out Battle Royale.
     
  16. PatW

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    My top 20 list which is ever changing.

    1. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    2. The Abyss
    3. To Kill a Mockingbird
    4. Now, Voyager
    5. Braveheart
    6. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
    7. Love Actually
    8. Bringing up Baby
    9. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    10. Dear Frankie
    11. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    12. The Empire Strikes Back
    13. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    14. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
    15. The Joy Luck Club
    16. The Road Warrior
    17. Shop Around the Corner
    18. The Exorcism of Emily Rose
    19. Pride and Prejudice
    20. The Green Mile
     
  17. JohnRice

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    I'm doing these in alphabetical order, because even trying to put them in numerical is impossible.

    BTW, I have only 1 requirement. It has to have been at least 4 years since the first time I saw the film.

    EDIT: I had forgotten that after much thought, I had decided to include The Claim in my list, but I can't come up with a title to remove. So, my Top 20 now officially includes 21 titles.

    American History X
    Tony Kaye
    Brazil Terry Gilliam
    Blade Runner
    Ridley Scott
    Cinema Paradiso
    The Claim
    Guiseppe Tornatore
    Michael Winterbottom
    The Deer Hunter
    Michael Cimino
    Doctor Zhivago
    David Lean
    Fiddler on the Roof
    Norman Jewison
    Gone with the Wind
    Victor Fleming
    In the Bedroom
    Todd Field
    Leaving Las Vegas
    Mike Figgis
    The Man in the Moon
    Robert Mulligan
    Miller's Crossing
    Coen Brothers
    Once Upon a Time in America
    Sergio Leone
    Once Upon a Time in the West
    Sergio Leone
    Ordinary People
    Robert Redford
    The Passion of Joan of Arc
    Carl Theodor Dreyer
    Persona Ingmar Bergman
    The Rapture
    Michael Tolkin
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Robert Mulligan
    Wild Strawberries
    Ingmar Bergman
     
  18. Eric Peterson

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    This was one of the hardest things that I've done in a long time. I had to limit myself to one per director or I would have about 7 Wilder films.

    The ApartmentBilly Wilder
    Rear WindowAlfred Hitchcock
    The Wizard of OzVictor Fleming
    Once Upon a Time in the WestSergio Leone
    The Big LebowskiJoel Coen
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindMichel Gondry
    Night of the HunterCharles Laughton
    Touch of EvilOrson Welles
    The Shop Around the CornerErnst Lubitsch
    You Can't Take It With YouFrank Capra
    Ball of FireHoward Hawks
    Young FrankensteinMel Brooks
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers '56Don Siegel
    The Day the Earth Stood StillRobert Wise
    The Shawshank RedemptionFrank Darabont
    Short CutsRobert Altman
    MagnoliaP.T. Anderson
    American BeautySam Mendes
    12 Angry MenSidney Lumet
    The SearchersJohn Ford
     
  19. Mario Gauci

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    I've only just seen this...I think I'll have a go at it:


    1.BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (James Whale, 1935)
    2.THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (Luis Bunuel, 1972)
    3.NORTH BY NORTHWEST (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
    4.HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Howard Hawks, 1940)
    5.CITIZEN KANE (Orson Welles, 1941)
    6.M (Fritz Lang, 1931)
    7.THE THIRD MAN (Carol Reed, 1949)
    8.DOUBLE INDEMNITY (Billy Wilder, 1944)
    9.THE RULES OF THE GAME (Jean Renoir, 1939)
    10. THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)
    11. A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1946)
    12.TO BE OR NOT TO BE (Ernst Lubitch, 1942)
    13.DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (Rouben Mamoulian, 1931)
    14.NOSFERATU (F.W. Murnau, 1922)
    15.SHERLOCK JR. (Buster Keaton, 1924)
    16.NIGHT OF THE DEMON (Jacques Tourneur, 1957)
    17.EYES WITHOUT A FACE (Georges Franju, 1959)
    18.A MAN ESCAPED (Robert Bresson, 1956)
    19.SANSHO THE BAILIFF (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954)
    20.THE SCARLET EMPRESS (Josef Von Sternberg, 1934)



    So, keeping it to just one title per director, it works out to 5 horror movies, 8 foreign films and 3 silents - horror being my favorite genre and the others, two types of movies I'm very partial to.
     
  20. Joe Karlosi

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    I'll have a go, but the problem is always that "best" and "favorite*" don't always necessarily go hand in hand, and these types of lists are often fairly predictable as a result of sticking with "the best". I'll also be repeating a couple of directors, unless this is a strict requirement not to.

    In no order:

    Ben-Hur (1959)
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    The Sting (1973)
    The Exorcist (1973)
    Jaws (1975)
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
    Pulp Fiction (1994)
    Kill Bill (complete) (2003)
    Rosemary's Baby (1968)
    Sons of the Desert (1933)
    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
    A Hard Day's Night (1964)
    American Graffiti (1973)
    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
    Planet of the Apes (1968)
    Husbands and Wives (1992)
    The Body Snatcher (1945)
    *Westworld (1973)
    *The Omega Man (1971)
    Deliverance (1972)
     

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