Saturday, August 04, 2012

All-Time Top 10 Lists From Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino & More

All-Time Top 10 Lists From Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino & More

Ed here: I've never figured out how you could possibly choose an all-time "best" novel or movie or piece of music. So many factors involved. Lists are a better idea though even with them if you list in order you are selecting a number one best. These are smart people and smart sometimes surprising lists. Tarantino as usual comes up with the most surprises. I don't know if I'd put Carrie or Rolling Thunder on a Top Ten list but I think they're truly good movies. The latter was savaged and I could never figure out why. It also bombed. Sorcerer I consider a masterpiece but it was also savaged and bombed. For me there is no equal to the final scene. Anyway, smart men, smart choices though of course I'd have subtracted some and added other. Enjoy.

Woody Allen
"Bicycle Thieves" (1948, dir. Vittorio De Sica)
"The Seventh Seal" (1957, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
"Citizen Kane" (1941, dir. Orson Welles
"Amarcord" (1973, dir. Federico Fellini
"8 1/2" (1963, dir. Federico Fellini)
"The 400 Blows" (1959, dir. Francois Truffaut)
"Rashomon" (1950, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
"La Grande Illusion" (1937, dir. Jean Renoir)
"The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie" (1972, dir. Luis Bunuel)
"Paths Of Glory" (1957, dir. Stanley Kubrick)

Francis Ford Coppola

"Ashes And Diamonds" (1958, dir. Andrzej Wajda)
"The Best Years Of Our Lives" (1946, dir William Wyler)
"I Vitteloni" (1953, dir. Federico Fellini)
"The Bad Sleep Well (1960, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
"Yojimbo" (1961, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
"Singin' In The Rain (1952, dir. Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly)
"The King Of Comedy" (1983, dir Martin Scorsese)
"Raging Bull" (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese)
"The Apartment" (1960s, dir. Billy Wilder)
"Sunrise" (1927, dir. F.W. Murnau)

Michael Mann

"Apocalypse Now" (1979, dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
"Battleship Potemkin" (1925, dir. Sergei Eisenstein)
"Citizen Kane" (1941, dir. Orson Welles)
"Avatar" (2009, dir. James Cameron)
"Dr. Strangelove" (1964, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
"Biutiful" (2010, dir. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
"My Darling Clementine" (1946, dir. John Ford)
"The Passion Of Joan Of Arc" (1928, dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer)
"Raging Bull" (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese)
"The Wild Bunch" (1969, dir. Sam Peckinpah)

Martin Scorsese

"8 1/2" (1963, dir. Federico Fellini)
"2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
"Ashes And Diamonds" (1958, dir. Andrzej Wajda)
"Citizen Kane" (1941, dir. Orson Welles)
"The Leopard" (1963, dir. Luchino Visconti)
"Paisan" (1946, dir. Roberto Rossellini)
"The Red Shoes" (1948, dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
"The River" (1951, dir. Jean Renoir)
"Salvatore Giuliano" (1962, dir. Francesco Rosi)
"The Searchers" (1956, dir. John Ford)
"Ugetsu Monogatari" (1953, dir. Kenji Mizoguchi)
"Vertigo" (1958, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

Quentin Tarantino

"The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" (1966, dir. Sergio Leone)
"Apocalypse Now" (1979, dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
"The Bad News Bears" (1976, dir. Michael Ritchie)
"Carrie" (1976, dir. Brian DePalma)
"Dazed And Confused" (1993, dir. Richard Linklater)
"The Great Escape" (1963, dir. John Sturges)
"His Girl Friday" (1940, dir. Howard Hawks)
"Jaws" (1975, dir. Steven Spielberg)
"Pretty Maids All In A Row (1971, dir. Roger Vadim)
"Rolling Thunder" (1977, dir. John Flynn)
"Sorcerer" (1977, dir. William Friedkin)
"Taxi Driver" (1976, dir. Martin Scorsese)

Lists used courtesy of Sight & Sound.


Prashant C. Trikannad said...

These are all great films. I'll pick one "top" film from each of the five filmmakers in the order mentioned: Woody Allen - Citizen Kane; Francis Ford Coppola - Singin' in the Rain; Michael Mann - Apocalypse Now; Martin Scorsese - 2001: A Space Odyssey; and Quentin Tarantino - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (though The Great Escape is vying for that place). Thanks for sharing the lists; there are some I haven't seen.

Dave Zeltserman said...

I can come up with a better top 10 list than these jokers!

No particular order:

Kiss Me Deadly
The Third Man
Roaring Twenties
Paths of Glory
The Strawberry Blonde
To Be or not to Be (1942)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Shop Around the Corner

Cap'n Bob said...

I'm surprised none of them picked Casablanca.

Unknown said...

Chronological Order:

8 1/2
Once Upon a Time in the West
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Conformist
The Long Goodbye
The Godfather 2
Raging Bull
Open Doors
Belle Noiseuse
Schindler's List