5 Favorite Films by My Favorite Directors

These guys are badasses in my book. I'll add more when I think of them. It's in no order

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Shining
  • Paths of Glory
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Rear Window
  • Vertigo
  • North by Northwest
  • Rope
  • Spellbound
  • The Thing
  • Halloween
  • Big Trouble in Little China
  • Prince of Darkness
  • Assault on Precinct 13
  • Goodfellas
  • Taxi Driver
  • Raging Bull
  • After Hours
  • Casino
  • The Big Lebowski
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Fargo
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Barton Fink
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Master
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Magnolia
  • Boogie Nights
  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  • Nashville
  • A Wedding
  • The Long Goodbye
  • M.A.S.H.
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Network
  • Serpico
  • The Offence
  • Blue Velvet
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Wild at Heart
  • The Elephant Man
  • The Straight Story
  • Aguirre: The Wrath of God
  • Stroszek
  • Grizzly Man
  • Fitzcarraldo
  • Woyzeck
  • Badlands
  • The Thin Red Line
  • The Tree of Life
  • Days of Heaven
  • The New World
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1
  • Django Unchained
  • The Exorcist
  • The French Connection
  • To Live and Die in L.A.
  • Killer Joe
  • Sorcerer
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Chinatown
  • Cul-de-Sac
  • Frantic
  • Bitter Moon
  • The Wild Bunch
  • Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
  • Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
  • Straw Dogs
  • The Getaway
  • Jaws
  • Jurassic Park
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Schindler's List
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Scarface
  • Blow Out
  • Carrie
  • The Untouchables
  • Carlito's Way
  • Southern Comfort
  • The Warriors
  • 48 Hrs.
  • Streets of Fire
  • Extreme Prejudice
  • The Terminator
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Aliens
  • The Abyss
  • Titanic
  • Total Recall
  • RoboCop
  • Starship Troopers
  • Black Book
  • Showgirls

31 Comments

  • Just got this up to 200 films.

  • Very cool list. Only really Verhoeven lets the side down in my opinion. How about Clint Eastwood directed films? They'd fit in nicely with this lot. Interesting Altman choices - I'd agree with McCabe and Mrs Miller, Nashville and The Long Goodbye but I'd probably have Short Cuts and Gosford Park on there instead of the other two.

  • Very cool list ... It inspired me to put one up similar (only, I did "20 directors with 5 favs from each"

    Couple things:

    CARPENTER - Have you seen THEY LIVE? A classic "B-action, sci-fi" film ... incredible underrated.

    RAIMI - One of my personal favs of his (which is also very underrated) is FOR LOVE OF THE GAME.

    KUBRICK - hard to decide on any Kubrick being "favs" which they are all masterpieces ... but I love FULL METAL JACKET. I prefer that over PATHS OF GLORY (which is still a phenomenal film).

    Great job!

  • @Gumby, I've seen every Carpenter film and really enjoy almost all of them. They Live is one of the very best ones! For Love of the Game is one I've actually not seen and about Kubrick, of course he's the hardest to rank. Any one of his films could be towards the top.

  • @Chris, As much as Unforgiven blows me away every time, he's by no means a director I come back too. I've actually skipped his last three after really, really not enjoying Gran Torino.

  • Josey Wales is good, Unforgiven is good, Mystic River is good, Million Dollar Baby is decent. He doesn't "blow me away" either but he's an accomplished director and he's certainly better than Verhoeven.

  • Fair enough. I really like High Plains Drifter and Pale Rider too. Verhoeven though, he's one of my boys, haha. I love his stuff unabashedly (except for Basic Instinct).

  • Nice to see Peter Weir up there, but I can't help but notice your list is missing some of his early Australian stuff. If you haven't seen them, I highly recommend Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Last Wave, and Gallipoli. And I'll just throw in The Cars That Ate Paris too, since it's his debut.

  • @Kevin, I've seen those first three. Great haunting atmospheres. I really have to revisit them though. I remember them like a fading dream, but I remember feeling very uneasy watching Picnic and Last Wave. I'll check out Cars That Ate Paris too.

  • NICE call on eXistenZ for Cronenberg. I saw it a while ago and was wildly impressed. More people need to see that.

    A couple other things: I'd put Ikiru and Ran/maybe Redbeard in place of Stray Dog and Yojimbo to round out my 5. Under Park, I would definitely have JSA, maybe in place of Thirst. Barry Lyndon would need a place on my Kubrick list, but I can see where that's a tough 5 to narrow down. I'd fit in They Live and The Fog on Carpenter's list, at least bumping Precinct 13 (I didn't care for it too much).

    Nice comprehensive list though. There were definitely a lot of difficult choices to make in narrowing these down, I'm sure. And Kudos on no Avatar or Dark Knight Rises.

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