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From Alfred Hitchcock to Steven Spielberg: JJ Abrams lists his 5 favourite films of all time

JJ Abrams, the filmmaker who has built his unique cinematic style by working within the fields of action, thriller and science fiction, has detailed his five favourite films of all time.

At a period when the film industry is in a period of disarray amid the current pandemic, cinemas are forced to keep their doors closed and delays to eagerly anticipated releases have been enforced across a wide spectrum of projects. That, coupled with the strict social distancing measures, has resulted in on-set production grinding to a hault as the landscape of Hollywood looks a little more confused.

With film fans now being forced to reevaluate how they ingest their cinematic entertainment, we’re turning our attentions to some of the brightest names within the industry to provide some film recommendations to keep our lockdown creative. Here, JJ Abrams picks out his top five.

Jaws is an undeniably great movie,” Abrams began with his first selection in a feature with Rotten Tomatoes. “Jaws is just one of the greatest movies ever. It’s on TV all the time. It is never not on television. They should just have a Jaws Network where they just show Jaws all the time because I would subscribe like crazy. The movie is just wonderful and the characters are so great. I am just in awe of that movie. I think that movie is spectacular.”

Elsewhere, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Abrams also opts to include Star Wars in his list, simply stating: “I can’t understand why that would not be on the list…”

See the full list, below.

JJ Abrams’ 5 favourite films of all time:

  • Jaws – Steven Spielberg, 1975.
  • The Philadelphia Story – George Cukor, 1940.
  • Star Wars – George Lucas, 1977.
  • Tootsie – Sydney Pollack, 1982.
  • Rear Window – Alfred Hitchcock, 1954.

Via: Rotten Tomatoes / No Film School