Watch: 5 Films That Director Ridley Scott Loves

Ridley Scott's list of favorite films is as eclectic as they come.

When it comes to genre, director Ridley Scott's work is quite diverse. He made a name for himself in the late-70s and early-80s with his brand of dark sci-fi cinema, including titles like Alien and Blade Runner, but eventually went on to cover cop thrillers, war films, "sword and sandal" flicks, and pretty much everything in between. And knowing that he has inspired the work of so many young filmmakers, it makes you wonder if the films that inspired him are just as diverse as his filmography. According to this video by Fandor, they are.

The list gives you a little bit of everything. You've got a film noir made during the height of the film movement, an iconic sci-fi film made by one of the greatest filmmakers who has ever lived, an Australian dramedy that introduced Toni Collette to the world, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi number, and, of course, Star Wars.  

  • Gilda (dir. Charles Vidor, 1946)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
  • Muriel's Wedding (dir. P.J. Hogan, 1994)
  • On the Beach (dir. Stanley Kramer, 1959)
  • Star Wars  (dir. George Lucas, 1977)

He appreciates these films not just for the artistry and technique employed by their respective makers, but also for the great impression they each left on him. What kinds of films have left an impression on you? Which titles influence your work despite not looking anything like your work? Let us know down in the comments.     

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'Lawrence of Arabia', saw a fresh 70mm print on a huge screen at Liverpool Odeon.

What struck me even more than the film was the difference it made to how I paid attention to the world around me on the way home and ever since. It showed me what film and cinema are capable of. I was 5 or 6 years old at the time.

October 6, 2017 at 12:04AM

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November 9, 2017 at 4:07AM


Well how about that, one of the great filmmakers of our time puts a movie for "12-year-olds" (Star Wars of course) in his top 5 films of all time. Just goes to show how much of an affect the film had on EVERYONE.

January 24, 2018 at 1:04PM

Julian Pope
Film Historian

I have watched space odyssey and it was a wonderful movie. I think most of the Stanley Kubrick films do carry an underlying life meaning which is often very hard to digest at the very first watch. The making of these directors are so different but wonderful.
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February 11, 2018 at 8:06PM

Alex Paul