Del Toro + 3 more sci-fi directors each name their 10 fave films

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Dec 17, 2012

What's Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro's favorite movie? How about Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright? They'd probably be happy to name names if you met them, but thanks to the legendary Sight & Sound magazine poll to name the best of all time, we can read their top 10 lists right now.

Sight & Sound, under the direction of the British Film Institute, conducts a poll of film scholars every 10 years in an effort to compile a definitive ranking of the greatest films of all time. They also poll directors for a separate top 10 lists averaged from the choices of the filmmakers. Now, for our amusement, Sight & Sound has released a few of those director submissions, and we've got quite a few sci-fi directors to ponder.

Here's del Toro's list. You might be surprised how few genre films are on it.

(1963) - Federico Fellini

La Belle et la Bete (1946) - Jean Cocteau

Frankenstein (1931) - James Whale

Freaks (1932) - Tod Browning

Goodfellas (1990) - Martin Scorsese

Greed (1925) - Erich von Stroheim

Los Olvidados (1950) - Luis Bunel

Modern Times (1936) - Charles Chaplin

Nosferatu (1922) - F.W. Murnau

Shadow of a Doubt (1943) - Alfred Hitchcock

What about Wright? Again, surprisingly few genre flicks on the future Ant-Man director's list.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - Stanley Kubrick

An American Werewolf in London (1981) - John Landis

Carrie (1976) - Brian de Palma

Dames (1934) - Busby Berkeley

Don't Look Now (1973) - Nicolas Roeg

Duck Soup (1933) - Leo McCarey

Psycho (1960) - Alfred Hitchcock

Raising Arizona (1987) - Joel & Ethan Coen

Taxi Driver (1976) - Martin Scorsese

The Wild Bunch (1969) - Sam Peckinpah

What about Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb? Have a look. Only one sci-fi film, though it's worth noting that 8 1/2 does feature some science fiction discussion, not to mention some seriously warped reality.

(1963) - Federico Fellini

Annie Hall (1977) - Woody Allen

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) - David Lean

Children of Men (2006) - Alfonso Cuaron

City Lights (1931) - Charles Chaplin

Dead Poets Society (1989) - Peter Weir

The Graduate (1967) - Mike Nichols

Singin' in the Rain (1951) - Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly

Three Colours: Red (1994) - Krzysztof Kieslowski

The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) - Peter Weir

And finally, here's X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn's list, which includes one film that's probably not on any other list Sight & Sound received.

Back to the Future (1985) - Robert Zemeckis

Being There (1979) - Hal Ashby

The Deer Hunter (1977) - Michael Cimino

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966) - Sergio Leone

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - David Lean

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - Steven Spielberg

Reservoir Dogs (1991) - Quentin Tarantino

Rocky III (1982) - Sylvester Stallone

Scarface (1983) - Brian De Palma

Star Wars (1977) - George Lucas

What's more surprising: that he put Rocky III on the list or that he prefers Rocky III over Rocky IV? But seriously, what do you think of this list? Was anything surprising? Can you see these films influencing these directors?

For more lists from filmmakers including Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Francis Ford Coppola, head over to Collider.

(Via Collider)