Guillermo del Toro


Voted for

Barry Lyndon1975Stanley Kubrick
GoodFellas1990Martin Scorsese
City Lights1931Charles Chaplin
Close Encounters of the Third Kind1977Steven Spielberg
Frankenstein1931James Whale
1963Federico Fellini
NAZARÍN1958Luis Buñuel
No Country for Old Men2007Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Shadow of a Doubt1943Alfred Hitchcock
The Magnificent Ambersons1942Orson Welles


Barry Lyndon

1975 USA, United Kingdom

Alternative title: The Shining


1990 USA

Alternative title: Taxi Driver

City Lights

1931 USA

Alternative title: Modern Times

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

1977 USA

Alternative title: Duel


1931 USA

Alternative title: Bride of Frankenstein

1963 Italy, France

Alternative title: Amarcord


1958 Mexico

Alternative title: Los olvidados

No Country for Old Men

2007 USA

Alternative title: A Serious Man

Shadow of a Doubt

1943 USA

Alternative title: The Birds

The Magnificent Ambersons

1942 USA

Alternative title: Touch of Evil

Further remarks

Top Tens are impossible, yes – but they are revealing. They tell you were you are at that precise moment in your film life. As I compiled this list with solemn commitment, many alternate titles came and went: Greed, Sunrise, Great Expectations, Children of Men, High and Low, The General, All That Heaven Allows, Mad Max 2, Singin’ in the Rain, Eyes Without a Face, Freaks, The Unknown, Birdman, La Chienne, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, etc etc, and of course this list matters to no one but myself.

That said, I decided to just try it once, jot it all down and list one alternative title for each director's work. Even this proved difficult, but here they are. Ask me again on Friday and I'll give you a different list.