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Edgar Wright named his 1000 favourite films of all time

English filmmaker Edgar Wright has developed a reputation for his satirical masterpieces like Shaun of the Dead which often tackle the conventions of a genre with subversive humour. Wright employs a unique visual narrative to tell his stories, characterised by the use of effective editing and techniques like the Steadicam tracking shots.

Apart from his work as a director, Wright is also known for being a serious film enthusiast with vast knowledge in cinema. In order to support his claims of being an ardent cinephile, Wright curated a list of 1000 films that he considers to be his favourites of all time. Made with the help of Sam DiSalle, Wright’s collection ranges from Roger Kay’s 1920 film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2016 thriller The Neon Demon.

While talking about the list, Wright said: “This is a personal and subjective list of 1000 favourite movies from 100 years of cinema. It’s not a set text or intended as any bible of ‘greatest’ films. I decided to put this together as a fluid list for my own enjoyment, amusement and reference. I hope it’s fun for you to pore over and dive into some of the films you haven’t seen or haven’t heard of.”

He added, “Don’t get all riled up about omissions or which movies you think should be favourites of mine, the truth is I may very well like / not like or not have seen the movies you think are missing. In fact, I like way more than 1000 movies, but any longer and this list would be really insane. Thanks to Sam DiSalle for helping me put it together. If you feel so inspired, make your own list. Film watching is a life time pursuit and there’s many more films out there for me to see.”

Check out Edgar Wright’s list of 1000 favourite films of all time here. We have highlighted his top 20 choices from the massive selection down below.

Edgar Wright’s favourite films:

  • Raising Arizona (Coen Brothers – 1987)
  • An American Werewolf in London (John Landis – 1981)
  • Carrie (Brian De Palma – 1976)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg – 1981)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick – 1968)
  • The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (Sergio Leone – 1966)
  • Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese – 1976)
  • Don’t Look Now (Nicolas Roeg – 1973)
  • Dirty Harry (Don Siegel – 1971)
  • The Driver (Walter Hill – 1978)
  • This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner – 1984)
  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Russ Meyer – 1970)
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg – 1977)
  • Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson – 1997)
  • Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino – 1992)
  • Alien (Ridley Scott – 1979)
  • Phantom of the Paradise (Brian De Palma – 1974)
  • Brazil (Terry Gilliam – 1985)
  • Evil Dead 2 (Sam Raimi – 1987)
  • Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock – 1960)