Lulu Wang

Writer Director

Voted for

Yi Yi1999Edward Yang
The Apartment1960Billy Wilder
Playtime1967Jacques Tati
Le notti di Cabiria1957Federico Fellini
Viridiana1961Luis Buñuel
Tokyo Story1953Yasujirō Ozu
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
The Conversation1974Francis Ford Coppola
Vagabond1985Agnès Varda


Yi Yi

1999 Taiwan, Japan

Birth, death and all the rich, tender details in between. A living, breathing masterpiece.

The Apartment

1960 USA

There are many Billy Wilder films I could put on this list, but if I had to name a perfect film, it would be The Apartment. It's a script I read and marvel at often, with a tonal balance that inspires much of my own work.

Le notti di Cabiria

1957 Italy, France

A profound film about optimism and resiliency. Giulietta Masina is sublime.


1961 Spain, Mexico

This film offers new insight every time I watch it. Subversive, layered and full of biting humor.

Tokyo Story

1953 Japan

I think about this film all the time, especially as my parents get older.

The Conversation

1974 USA

A masterclass in ‘sight and sound’, and an absolute classic.

Further remarks

I think of these lists as the most impactful kind of film school. They've served as a guide for my own self-education of cinema as I sought films from the established canon as well as those that expand upon it. While it's impossible to list just ten ‘Greatest Films’, I tried to select a cross-section of different voices and perspectives that left an indelible impression in my evolution as a filmmaker.