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Guillermo Del Toro’s Top 30 Favorite Films

These have the Del Toro seal of approval.

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How many of these films have you actually heard of?

It’s no surprise that the critically acclaimed Mexican film director responsible for groundbreaking films such as Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim as well as classic film series’ such as Hellboy and The Hobbit, loves watching movies.

Coming off a wildly successful 13-Oscar nominee run for his latest film, The Shape of Water, it would be straight up foolish not to trust del Toro’s exquisite taste for great cinema.

Guillermo’s top 30:

  1. The Seventh Seal, Ingmar Bergman (1957)
  2. Fanny and Alexander, Ingmar Bergman (1982)
  3. Freaks, Tod Browning (1932)
  4. The Young and the Damned, Luis Buñuel (1950)
  5. Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin (1936)
  6. Häxan, Benjamin Christensen (1922)
  7. Beauty and the Beast, Jean Cocteau (1946)
  8. Vampyr, Carl Theodor Dreyer (1932)
  9. The Spirit of the Beehive, Víctor Erice (1973)
  10. Eyes Without a Face, Georges Franju (1960)
  11. 8 1/2, Federico Fellini (1963)
  12. Time Bandits, Terry Gilliam (1981)
  13. Brazil, Terry Gilliam (1985)
  14. The Road to Glory, Howard Hawks (1936)
  15. Shadow of a Doubt, Alfred Hitchcock (1943)
  16. Spartacus, Stanley Kubrick (1960)
  17. Throne of Blood, Akira Kurosawa (1957)
  18. High and Low, Akira Kurosawa (1963)
  19. Ran, Akira Kurosawa (1985)
  20. The Night of the Hunter, Charles Laughton (1955)
  21. Great Expectations, David Lean (1946)
  22. Oliver Twist, David Lean (1947)
  23. Nosferatu, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (1922)
  24. Goodfellas, Martin Scorsese (1990)
  25. Onibaba, Kaneto Shindō (1964)
  26. The Black Cat, Kaneto Shindō (1968)
  27. Greed, Erich von Stroheim (1924)
  28. Sullivan’s Travels, Preston Sturges (1941)
  29. Unfaithfully Yours, Preston Sturges (1948)
  30. Frankenstein, James Whale (1931)

Del Toro is most definitely a lover of horror films, with classics such as Frankenstein, Nosferatu, and Eyes Without a Face in his top 30. It’s also interesting to see films all the way from the 1920’s on his list.

I’m just happy to see two of my favorite filmmakers in Kubrick and Scorsese up here.

Speaking of Scorsese, have you heard about his upcoming new show The Caesars? 

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