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Beak>’s Top 10
Beak>’s Top 10

The acclaimed band’s three members each choose a selection of favorites, with an emphasis on movies that have haunted them since childhood.


Michael Imperioli’s Top 10
Michael Imperioli’s Top 10

The Emmy-winning actor, best known for his work on The Sopranos, shares his list of Criterion favorites, lavishing special attention on three masterpieces by John Cassavetes.


Lev Kalman’s Top 10
Lev Kalman’s Top 10

In this list selected with his filmmaking partner Whitney Horn, the codirector of L for Leisure and Two Plains & a Fancy lingers on the weird and wonderful details in some favorite movies.


Christophe Honoré’s Top 10
Christophe Honoré’s Top 10

The wildly prolific French director, novelist, and playwright celebrates the films that bring him pleasure and confound his understanding.


Raúl Castillo’s Top 10
Raúl Castillo’s Top 10

The star of We the Animals and Looking looks back on the movies that expanded his idea of what cinema could be and made him want to be an actor.


Karyn Kusama’s Top 10
Karyn Kusama’s Top 10

For her list of favorite Criterion titles, the director of Girlfight and Destroyer celebrates the Hollywood classics, cult pleasures, and art-house masterpieces that inspire her, pairing movies that resonate with each other in style and theme.


Pawel Pawlikowski’s Top 10
Pawel Pawlikowski’s Top 10

The Oscar-winning director of Ida and Cold War walks through key periods in his life that have been shaped by his favorite films, including masterpieces by Godard, Malick, and Tarkovsky.


​Jon Dieringer’s Top 10
​Jon Dieringer’s Top 10

The founder of the website Screen Slate picks a selection of favorites, including an ’80s indie gem, shockers ranging from Eraserhead to Canoa, and two films that capture the “twilit feeling of childhood.”


Alice Rohrwacher’s Top 10
Alice Rohrwacher’s Top 10

The Cannes-prize-winning director of The Wonders and Happy as Lazzaro shares the films that inspire her, including works that allow her to “participate in true genius.”


Ali Abbasi’s Top 10
Ali Abbasi’s Top 10

It’s no surprise that the director of the wildly unpredictable Border, Sweden’s entry for the best foreign-language film Oscar, has a soft spot for renegades like Pasolini, Buñuel, and Lynch.


Steven Yeun’s Top 10
Steven Yeun’s Top 10

An international star who has delivered acclaimed performances in The Walking Dead, Okja, and Burning, Steven Yeun tells us about the “wise grace” of Tokyo Story, the brutality of RoboCop, and other Criterion favorites.


John Grant’s Top 10
John Grant’s Top 10

John Grant is an Iceland-based musician whose most recent album, Love Is Magic, is now available via Partisan Records.


Hari Nef’s Top 10
Hari Nef’s Top 10

The actress and model, who stars in the recently released feature Assassination Nation, goes deep into her favorite films that illustrate her ideas on “chaotic femininity.”


Jeremiah Zagar’s Top 10
Jeremiah Zagar’s Top 10

The director of We the Animals picks his Criterion favorites, including two crime classics that represent the kind of movie he dreams of making.


Alan Rudolph’s Top 10
Alan Rudolph’s Top 10

Alan Rudolph is a pioneer in the American independent film movement. He has directed nineteen narrative features, including Trouble in Mind, The Secret Lives of Dentists, Afterglow, Choose Me, and his new film Ray Meets Helen.


David and Nathan Zellner’s Top 10
David and Nathan Zellner’s Top 10

Austin-based duo David and Nathan Zellner, whose new film Damsel is now in theaters, share a list of favorites that run the gamut from genre provocation to lyrical humanism.


Ari Aster’s Top 10
Ari Aster’s Top 10

The director of Hereditary writes on the filmmakers who get him excited about making movies.


Sloane Crosley’s Top 10
Sloane Crosley’s Top 10

Sloane Crosley is the author of the New York Times best-selling essay collections I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, and the novel The Clasp.


Sebastián Lelio’s Top 10
Sebastián Lelio’s Top 10

The Oscar-winning Chilean filmmaker picks favorites that highlight his love of intense performances, extreme stylization, and explosive emotions.


Barry Levinson’s Top 10
Barry Levinson’s Top 10

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Barry Levinson is an Academy Award–winning director, screenwriter, and producer.


Jessica Morgan’s Top 10
Jessica Morgan’s Top 10

Jessica Morgan is one of the co-creators of the popular celebrity fashion blog Go Fug Yourself.


Ruben Östlund’s Top 10
Ruben Östlund’s Top 10

Ruben Östlund is the director of the acclaimed films Force Majeure and The Square, the latter of which won the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.


Tracy Letts’s Top 10
Tracy Letts’s Top 10

Tracy Letts is an American playwright, screenwriter, and actor. He received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for drama for August: Osage County and a Tony Award for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


Jonas Carpignano’s Top 10
Jonas Carpignano’s Top 10

Jonas Carpignano was born in 1984 and grew up in New York City and Rome. His first feature film, Mediterranea, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.