What Are David Fincher's 26 Favorite Films?

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Got any predictions on Fincher's favorite films? 

David Fincher is a perfectionist and a student of the game. No matter what he does, he goes into a project with a breadth of knowledge, a vision, and a list of his influences. Just look at how he mirrored shots from Citizen Kane in Mank. You can see Fincher's other favorite movies in his work as well. 

Just check out this video from Yellow Film King and see the full list after. 

What Are David Fincher's 26 Favorite Films? 

I thought that was such a wild video, and I learned so much about Fincher's process and his thoughts on Hollywood. His list of favorite films was also so intriguing. Let's check them out.

  1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill)
  2. Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
  3. Dr. Strange Love (Stanley Kubrick)
  4. The Godfather: Part II (Francis Ford Coppola)
  5. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
  6. Being There (Hal Ashby)
  7. Alien (Ridley Scott)
  8. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock)
  9. Jaws (Steven Spielberg)
  10. Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean) 
  11. Zelig (Woody Allen)
  12. Cabaret (Bob Fosse)
  13. All That Jazz (Bob Fosse)
  14. Paper Moon (Peter Bogdanovich)
  15. All the President's Men (Alan J. Pakula)
  16. The Graduate (Mike Nichols)
  17. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)
  18. 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini)
  19. The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
  20. Animal House (John Landis)
  21. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones)
  22. American Graffiti (George Lucas)
  23. Mad Max 2: Road Warrior (George Miller)
  24. Terminator (James Cameron)
  25. The Year of Living Dangerously (Peter Weir)
  26. Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick)

This is a pretty stacked list of classics and underseen gems. What are some titles on here that surprise you? I did not peg him for an Animal House fan myself, but that's just me.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.      

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It seems to me shameful that you didn't get the title of the #3 film on the list correctly. It is not "Dr. Strange Love," but "Dr. Strangelove," or, more precisely,
"Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" I don't think you need the whole thing, but that space in Stranelove is awful.

October 12, 2021 at 10:19AM


That's a great top 26 , same hear, but mine would include three John Ford movies.and Kubrick's 2001.

October 15, 2021 at 5:07AM

Louis A Roberts
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