Stanley Kubrick’s 93 Favourite Films


Stanley Kubrick’s films evoke a diverse range of influences, which is no surprise given that he was a voracious cinephile during his life. Thanks to an in-depth BFI interview with his close friend, executive producer and brother-in-law Jan Harlan, there is a master list of 90 of Kubrick’s favorite movies.

  1. Annie Hall – Woody Allen, 1977.

  2. Husbands and Wives – Woody Allen, 1992.

  3. Manhattan – Woody Allen, 1979.

  4. Radio Days – Woody Allen, 1987.

  5. McCabe & Mrs. Miller – Robert Altman, 1971.

  6. If… – Lindsay Anderson, 1968.

  7. Boogie Nights – Paul Thomas Anderson, 1998.

  8. La notte – Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961.

  9. Harold and Maude – Hal Ashby, 1971.

  10. Pelle the Conqueror – Bille August, 1987.

  11. Babette’s Feast – Gabriel Axel, 1987.

  12. Casque d’Or – Jacques Becker, 1952.

  13. Édouard et Caroline – Jacques Becker, 1951.

  14. Cries and Whispers – Ingmar Bergman, 1972.

  15. Smiles of a Summer Night – Ingmar Bergman, 1955.

  16. Wild Strawberries – Ingmar Bergman, 1972.

  17. Deliverance – John Boorman, 1972.

  18. Henry V – Kenneth Branagh, 1989.

  19. Modern Romance – Albert Brooks, 1981.

  20. Children of Paradise – Marcel Carné, 1945.

  21. City Lights – Charles Chaplin, 1931.

  22. The Bank Dick – Edward Cline, 1940.

  23. Beauty and the Beast – Jean Cocteau, 1946.

  24. Apocalypse Now – Francis Ford Coppola, 1979.

  25. The Godfather – Francis Ford Coppola, 1972.

  26. The Silence of the Lambs – Jonathan Demme, 1991.

  27. Alexander Nevsky – Sergei Eisenstein, 1938.

  28. The Spirit of the Beehive – Victor Erice, 1973.

  29. La Strada – Federico Fellini, 1954.

  30. I Vitelloni – Federico Fellini, 1953.

  31. La Kermesse Héroïque – Jacques Feyder, 1935.

  32. Tora! Tora! Tora! – Richard Fleischer, 1970.

  33. The Fireman’s Ball – Miloš Forman, 1967.

  34. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Milos Forman, 1975.

  35. Cabaret – Bob Fosse, 1972.

  36. The Exorcist – William Friedkin, 1973.

  37. Get Carter – Mike Hodges, 1971.

  38. The Terminal Man – Mike Hodges, 1974.

  39. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – Tobe Hooper, 1974.

  40. Hell’s Angels – Howard Hughes, 1930.

  41. The Treasure of Sierra Madre – John Huston, 1947.

  42. Dekalog – Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1990.

  43. Rashomon – Akira Kurosawa, 1950.

  44. Seven Samurai – Akira Kurosawa, 1954.

  45. Throne of Blood – Akira Kurosawa, 1957.

  46. Metropolis – Fritz Lang, 1927.

  47. An American Werewolf in London – John Landis, 1981.

  48. Abigail’s Party – Mike Leigh, 1977.

  49. La bonne année – Claude Lelouch, 1973.

  50. Once Upon a Time in the West – Sergio Leone, 1968.

  51. Very Nice, Very Nice – Arthur Lipsett, 1961.

  52. American Graffiti – George Lucas, 1973.

  53. Dog Day Afternoon – Sidney Lumet, 1975.

  54. Eraserhead – David Lynch, 1976.

  55. House of Games – David Mamet, 1987.

  56. The Red Squirrel – Julio Medem, 1993.

  57. Bob le flambeur – Jean-Pierre Melville, 1956.

  58. Closely Watched Trains – Jiří Menzel, 1966.

  59. Pacific 231 – Jean Mitry, 1949.

  60. Roger & Me – Michael Moore, 1989.

  61. Henry V – Laurence Olivier, 1944.

  62. The Earrings of Madame de… – Max Ophuls, 1953.

  63. Le Plaisir – Max Ophuls, 1951.

  64. La Ronde – Max Ophuls, 1950.

  65. Rosemary’s Baby – Roman Polanski, 1968.

  66. The Battle of Algiers – Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966.

  67. Heimat – Edgar Reitz, 1984.

  68. Blood Wedding – Carlos Saura, 1981.

  69. Cría Cuervos – Carlos Saura, 1975.

  70. Peppermint Frappé – Carlos Saura, 1967.

  71. Alien – Ridley Scott, 1977.

  72. The Anderson Platoon – Pierre Schoendoerffer, 1967.

  73. White Men Can’t Jump – Ron Shelton, 1992.

  74. Miss Julie – Alf Sjöberg, 1951.

  75. The Phantom Carriage – Victor Sjöström, 1921.

  76. The Vanishing – George Sluizer, 1988.

  77. Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Steven Spielberg, 1977.

  78. E.T. the Extra-terrestrial – Steven Spielberg, 1982.

  79. Mary Poppins – Robert Stevenson, 1964.

  80. Platoon – Oliver Stone, 1986.

  81. Pulp Fiction – Quentin Tarantino, 1994.

  82. The Sacrifice – Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986.

  83. Solaris – Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972.

  84. The Emigrants – Jan Troell, 1970.

  85. The Blue Angel – Josef von Sternberg, 1930.

  86. Danton – Andrzej Wajda, 1984.

  87. Girl Friends – Claudia Weill, 1978.

  88. The Cars that Ate Paris – Peter Weir, 1974.

  89. Picnic at Hanging Rock – Peter Weir, 1975.

  90. Citizen Kane – Orson Welles, 1941.

  91. Roxie Hart – William Wellman, 1942.

  92. Ådalen 31 – Bo Widerberg, 1969.

  93. The Siege of Manchester – Herbert Wise, 1965.