Tarantino, Scorsese, Mann and More List the Best Films Ever; Who Chose 'Avatar'?

Tarantino, Scorsese, Mann and More List the Best Films Ever; Who Chose 'Avatar'?

Aug 03, 2012

Sight & Sound's greatest films of all time list was the big talk of the week, with Vertigo topping the list and dethroning longtime title holder Citizen Kane. They also surveyed a "greatest" list from 358 filmmakers around the world and created a top 10 from some of your favorite directors — including Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and other auteurs. We've seen these filmic giants talk about their faves before, so some of the picks will be familiar.

Allen just talked up Bicycle Thieves during press rounds for To Rome with Love citing the Italian connection. We know Coppola admires the work of fellow filmmaker Scorsese, whose Raging Bull was a deeply personal film. Scorsese has praised Powell and Pressburger's The Red Shoes for its dreamy, haunting beauty. Tarantino has been perhaps the most vocal about his favorites — not only in lists, but also in his films and multilayered, on-screen references. The mention of other movie greats like Kubrick makes us wish that he were still around to chime in.

A few goofy surprises include Tarantino's love for The Bad News Bears and Michael Mann's mention of Avatar. Even though we're certain he chose the Cameron movie for its technical prowess, it still seems bizarre to call it one of the "greatest of all time" given its uneven acting, script, and on-the-nose environmental message.

Courtesy of The Playlist, we've shared a few of the picks below. The full ballots will be published on August 22. As always, feel free to geek out over something in the comments.


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)

Palsa (1946, dir. Roberto Rossellini)

The Red Shoes (1948, dir. Michael Powell and 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)

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