See All-Time Top 10 Lists from Coppola, Scorsese, Mann, Tarantino

August 3, 2012
Source: The Playlist

Apocalypse Now - All-Time Top 10

Time to fire up the ole DVD player. Although you may need to find a 35mm projector for some of these. Film critics have been recently abuzz about a new set of lists put together by the BFI's Sight & Sound that again tries to take a shot at the Greatest Films of All Time. You can find the filmmakers' list online here (#1 is Tokyo Story), which is unique from the actual Top 50 list they made. Sight & Sound polled 358 of the world's greatest living directors and also ranked their films by votes. Not all the individual lists are out yet, but The Playlist got their hands on five All-Time Greatest Top 10 films lists from some noteworthy people.

The current print issue of Sight & Sound contains the full set of lists for all their filmmakers, but in the meantime, Playlist has scored a batch of five that are some of the best anyway: Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Mann, Martin Scorsese and finally top-list master, Quentin Tarantino. If you call yourself a film lover or cinephile, you should already be expecting half of these that they've chosen, as they're well-regarded as the bests of the best—except for a few interesting outliers (see Michael Mann):

Francis Ford Coppola:
Ashes And Diamonds (1958, dir. Andrzej Wajda)
The Best Years Of Our Lives" (1946, dir William Wyler)
I Vitelloni (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)

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)

Update! Here's four more good Top 10 lists as found on Tumblr.

Guillermo Del Toro:
Frankenstein (1931, dir. James Whale)
Freaks (1932, dir. Todd Browning)
Shadow Of A Doubt (1943, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
Greed (1925, dir. Erich Von Stroheim)
Modern Times (1936, dir. Charlie Chaplin)
La Belle et la Bête (1946, dir. Jean Cocteau)
Goodfellas (1990, dir. Martin Scorsese)
Los Olvidados (1950, dir. Luis Bunuel)
Nosferatu (1922, dir. F.W. Murnau)
8 1/2 (1963, dir. Federico Fellini)

Sean Durkin:
The Shining (1980, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968, dir. Roman Polanski)
Jaws (1975, dir. Steven Spielberg)
3 Women (1977, dir. Robert Altman)
The Birds (1963, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
The Goonies (1985, dir. Richard Donner)
The Piano Teacher (2001, dir. Michael Haneke)
Persona (1966, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
The Panic In Needle Park (1971, dir. Jerry Schatzberg)
The Conformist (1970, dir. Bernardo Bertolucci)

Michel Hazavanicius:
City Girl (1930, dir. F.W. Murnau)
City Lights (1931, dir. Charlie Chaplin)
To Be Or Not To Be (1942, dir. Ernst Lubitsch)
Citizen Kane (1941, dir. Orson Welles)
The Apartment (1960, dir. Billy Wilder)
The Shining (1980, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
North By Northwest (1959, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
The Third Man (1949, dir. Carol Reed)
Raging Bull (1980, dir. Martin Scorsese)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937, dir. Walt Disney)

Edgar Wright:
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
An American Werewolf In London (1981, dir. John Landis)
Carrie (1976, dir. Brian DePalma)
Dames (1934, dir. Ray Enright & Busby Berkeley)
Don’t Look Now (1973, dir. Nicolas Roeg)
Duck Soup (1933, dir. Leo McCarey)
Psycho (1960, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
Raising Arizona (1987, dir. The Coen Brothers)
Taxi Driver (1976, dir. Martin Scorsese)
The Wild Bunch (1969, dir. Sam Peckinpah)

Any of them really stand out? There's many films on here I expected, and definitely some I did not expect. Personally, I'm surprised one of my favorites, Metropolis, wasn't mentioned by any of them, but every other choice is just as good anyway. Sight & Sound published not only the Top 10 filmmakers list, but also their Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time ranked by film critics. That list is topped by Vertigo and the likes of Citizen Kane and Tokyo Story as well. Other directors polled, though their individual lists haven't been posted yet, include Guillermo del Toro, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the Dardenne Brothers, Terence Davies, Olivier Assayas, Guy Maddin, Mike Leigh, Aki Kaurismäki and others (358 in total!). For more, visit Sight & Sound.

As always, it's exciting and fascinating to delve into these kind of lists, especially from filmmakers like Scorsese, Coppola and Tarantino. I may just have to pick up a copy of Sight & Sound to get all 358 lists. There's always a big debate to be had with this, so let's dive right into it. Which of these do you prefer?

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8 1/2 is also one of my favorite movies.

Daniel 'Ranger Danger' Felts on Aug 3, 2012


I love Tarantino, but his list in by far the weakest. That was disappointing to see, but almost typical in QT fashion. Mann choosing Biutiful was a pleasant surprise! but then is negated by Avatar. Woody Allen has the best list. Surprised no La Dolce Vita.

happy camper on Aug 3, 2012


Surprisingly, Woody Allen actually has the best list. Very ethereal. You can watch his list and then know the meaning of life.

Bobo_Vision on Aug 3, 2012


Happy to see Coppola putting The Bad Sleep Well on his list, it's one of my favorite Kurosawa films, and I think his most underrated

Capo on Aug 3, 2012


What interests me is how (in filmic terms) Mann's list really strongly reflects the choices he has made within his own work, while Woody Allen's list bares almost zero resemblance to his long career of half baked romance pap.

Lebowski on Aug 3, 2012


EVERYONE SHOULD SEE SORCERER!! William Friedkin at his finest. One of his greatest flicks!!! Awesome 70's filmaking. Tarrentino was dead on with that one!! Stream it this weekend!

SorcererAwesome on Aug 3, 2012


I wil see it thanks for your tip!

Avi Smulders on Aug 4, 2012


Props to Michael Mann for giving Avatar it's much deserved recognition. It's all time status and relevance really comes from the immersive narrative approach it took as opposed to being complex or unique like other films on these lists. Nobody was hestiating to rave about it's "Must See" nature back in 09-10 when it was shattering records at the box office and on the home market....but now it's a few years later and the vocal minority internet blacklash somehow has caused everyone to forget how much they enjoyed it when they saw it in the was old school movie magic at it's finest. Reminded me of watchin the first Star Wars or the first Jurassic Park as a kid.

Chris Groves on Aug 3, 2012


I don't know what you're talking about. Avatar was a garbage movie, just like very thing Mann has made recently.

Jon Odishaw on Aug 4, 2012


Okay, sure, playing devil's advocate became the highest grossing movie BY FAR by being a garbage movie and most people thinking so? It became the best selling Blu Ray disc of all time and a great selling DVD because all of it's appeal was the 3D theatrical presentation(which wasn't as widespread then as it is now) and it was actually a bad movie? It sold more tickets than any film in the last 15 years because it sucked? It was nominated for over 140 awards and won over half of them because it was trash? It has high scores on rottentomatoes and IMDB from critics and site users alike because nobody liked it? The response the film had was very real, it can't be buried and shouldn't be ignored. People can rave about The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises all they want. I LOVED those movies...but Avatar had higher worldwide ticket sales than the two of them combined and they won't get a fraction of the awards recognition.

Chris Groves on Aug 4, 2012


I don't think Darkknight rises was a good fim but a good ending to a trilogy.It's was Sometimes pretty boring and the action 50/50.But you have a point:how can a billlion people be wrong ?

Avi Smulders on Aug 4, 2012


Going off box office earnings isn't a good starting point to understanding the value of a film but it does help if a little. The trouble is some truly incredible films don't get the recognition they deserve. I will defend The Dark Knight Rises becuase so far I can keep seeing more in it than others tell me they do. I have a quote for how to appreciate a film without going entirely off personal biased 'I should not alter my vision to immerse myself into the film, I should immerse myself into film to alter my vision.' That also says something about 3-D. Put yourself into the movie as if you truly lived in it, then you begin to see thier real value. I wouldn't mind seeing some of the films on thier list to understand but I haven't yet.

Vitokris on Aug 4, 2012


Hmm! Oke! Your right but we forget one thing:a movie is for the most people a time of fun and for getting the outside world. When we all must live the thing we are seeing nobody will ever attend a cinema anymore!I like movies from terrrnce malick but i also like popcorn movies so i can forget!!Darkknight rises was aasolid sstoy but seeing ppoice officers escape from there prison without any beardgrow after 3 months is a major flaw and for me a total lett down!Motion pictures are a way to forget your normal life and have simple fun at the movies.Ps:i liked the tree of life very much...

Avi Smulders on Aug 4, 2012


I kinda feel like you had this speech wrote for the first naysayer lol

Dustin Fuston on Aug 4, 2012


Not at all...I'm someone who makes a point to acquaint myself with the facts....opinion is 100% subjective, but facts are undeniable and there is plenty that can be drawn from facts.

Chris Groves on Aug 4, 2012


Avatar sucked. Poor directing, poor script, poor acting, poor plot. Great special effects, which I'm sure is what won it those awards you were talking about. Nominee for best picture? Yes but district nine inglorious bastards and the hurt locker we're all twice as good as it.

Jon Odishaw on Aug 4, 2012


The special effects where great and directing superb! Avatar was as i said a fun time but indeed no there will be blood!

Avi Smulders on Aug 5, 2012


Well you're helpin prove my point. Directors like Paul Thomas Anderson can take a movie with a tenth of the budget avatar and make a much better movie than directors like Cameron (recently, his older movies are good) and Michael bay don't know what to do with four hundred million.

Jon Odishaw on Aug 11, 2012


oke i agree!

Avi Smulders on Aug 11, 2012


All evidence to the contrary my friend. Inglourious Basterds was a better written film by far....but any movie can be better than any other movie based on the criteria you use. Both Inglourious Basterd and Avatar are among my all time favorite films. They each are great at what they are.

Chris Groves on Aug 7, 2012


Great lists, 2 of my favourite choices, were Tarantino choosing Dazed and Confused, and Coppola choosing The King of Comedy 2 absolutely amazing films and completely unpretentious picks, I'm sure if we all made a list of are top 10 favourite films and were honest they wouldn't all be classics, but if someone asked us to make a list of the 10 best films of all time it would be completely classics, Coppola and Tarantino do a bit of both that's what I like about those guys, mind you all these films are classics in there own rights, just not the most obvious ones

HazedMind on Aug 3, 2012


for me has Michael Mann the best list because avatar is on it and is the least pretentious. Where is blade runner, the matrix, once upon a time in the west, evil dead, terminator 2,rambo and etc? Aren't they pretentious enough?

Avi Smulders on Aug 3, 2012


Surprised Coppola doesn't mention one Kazan movie, I thought it was his favorite filmmaker so you'd think at least one would make the top 10 but yea.. Overall great lists. Woody and Scorsese are probably closest to my tastes and I'm so glad to see lots of Italian film on all of those lists that's awesome!

Davide Coppola on Aug 4, 2012


Nobody loves The Godfather. Sigh...

Sonny on Aug 4, 2012


So happy to see Edgar Wright giving 'Raising Arizona' the recognition it deserves.

David Balderdash on Aug 5, 2012


Really? I felt it was the oddest choice in the list, in spite of considering myself a Coen Brothers fan.

Sriganesh Murthi on Aug 6, 2012


Raising Arizona is a perfect film. Funny as hell. Perfect cast. Visually appealing. Carter Burwell's score. Not a single flaw.

David Balderdash on Aug 6, 2012


It also goes without saying that the writing and directing are the best the Coens have ever done.

David Balderdash on Aug 6, 2012


Paths of Glory, Woody I strongly agree. One of the greatest war films ever made.

chjapa on Aug 5, 2012

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