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Greta Gerwig's Official Barbie Watchlist

To celebrate the theatrical release of Barbie—Letterboxd’s most anticipated movie of 2023—filmmaker and cinephile Greta Gerwig produced with a watchlist of films that influenced the look and script of her blockbusting fantasy-comedy-kind-of-musical.

Gerwig gave us a comprehensive list of 29 films that inspired Barbie, and the number rose to 33 by the end of her interview with Mia Lee Vicino, which you can watch or read in full.

“Yay, space!”

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  • The Wizard of Oz
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • Model Shop
  • An American in Paris
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • The Red Shoes
  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • All That Jazz
  • Heaven Can Wait
  • Oklahoma!
  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • His Girl Friday
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • Gold Diggers of 1935
  • Twentieth Century
  • The Ladies Man
  • Rear Window
  • And the Ship Sails On
  • Wings of Desire
  • The Earrings of Madame de...
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Modern Times
  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure
  • Grease
  • The Truman Show
  • Mon Oncle
  • PlayTime
  • Splash
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
  • The Godfather