Paul Thomas Anderson's Favorite Films and Influences

This is a list of films that Paul Thomas Anderson has mentioned as personal favorites, influences or just films that he saw and thought were good. Cigarettes & Red Vines is a great PTA resource. Cheers. - Andy

*Funny to see how popular this list has become and that people have even ported it to IMDB and Mubi!

  • North by Northwest

    1

  • Spartacus

    2

  • Lolita

    3

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    4

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    5

  • The Bad News Bears

    6

  • Star Wars

    7

  • Being There

    8

  • Breaking Away

    9

  • The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

    10

  • The Shining

    11

  • The Right Stuff

    12

  • Something Wild

    13

  • Blue Velvet

    14

  • The Color of Money

    15

  • Full Metal Jacket

    16

  • Walker

    17

  • Die Hard

    18

  • Rain Man

    19

  • Midnight Run

    20

  • Big

    21

  • Eight Men Out

    22

  • Born on the Fourth of July

    23

  • Major League

    24

  • Wild at Heart

    25

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    26

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    27

  • Scent of a Woman

    28

  • A League of Their Own

    29

  • What's Eating Gilbert Grape

    30

  • This Boy's Life

    31

  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

    32

  • Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

    33

  • This Is Spinal Tap

    34

  • Zelig

    35

  • Exhausted: John C. Holmes, the Real Story

    36

  • Stray Dog

    37

  • Shoot the Piano Player

    38

  • Bad Day at Black Rock

    39

  • House of Games

    40

  • Melvin and Howard

    41

  • Bob le Flambeur

    42

  • I Am Cuba

    43

  • Secret Honor

    44

  • GoodFellas

    45

  • Raging Bull

    46

  • Pulp Fiction

    47

  • The Birdcage

    48

  • Wag the Dog

    49

  • Breaking the Waves

    50

  • Ordinary People

    51

  • Nashville

    52

  • Short Cuts

    53

  • Network

    54

  • Pleasantville

    55

  • The Cable Guy

    56

  • Happy Gilmore

    57

  • Big Daddy

    58

  • Singin' in the Rain

    59

  • Mon Oncle

    60

  • PlayTime

    61

  • Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

    62

  • A Woman Is a Woman

    63

  • Sweet and Lowdown

    64

  • Popeye

    65

  • Jackass: The Movie

    66

  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    67

  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

    68

  • Syndromes and a Century

    69

  • The Searchers

    70

  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    71

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    72

  • Under the Volcano

    73

  • Citizen Kane

    74

  • Gangs of New York

    75

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    76

  • Giant

    77

  • Bodysong

    78

  • Rachel Getting Married

    79

  • Step Brothers

    80

  • Yes Man

    81

  • $9.99

    82

  • The Dark Knight

    83

  • Funny People

    84

  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    85

  • Neil Young Journeys

    86

  • Hugo

    87

  • Let There Be Light

    88

  • The Bank Dick

    89

  • The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    90

  • The Earrings of Madame de...

    91

  • Caught

    92

  • The Dark Corner

    93

  • Destination Tokyo

    94

  • The Ghost Ship

    95

  • The Best Years of Our Lives

    96

  • Mr. Arkadin

    97

  • The Night of the Hunter

    98

  • Nightmare Alley

    99

  • The Seventh Victim

    100