The Alternative 100: Auteurs Edition

Due to the restrictive nature of film polls, participants tend to limit themselves to one or two films per director when drawing up their ballots. As a result, some of the most prolific film-makers tend to have their vote split between numerous titles. This list attempts to address that problem by accrediting the total votes accrued for each film-maker to their most popular work from The Alternative 100. Unsurprisingly, this action has profited the wonderful Luis Buñuel greater than most.


1. Los Olvidados | Luis BUÑUEL | 1950

2. Dr. Strangelove | Stanley KUBRICK | 1964

3. Bringing Up Baby | Howard HAWKS | 1938

4. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance | John FORD | 1962

5. Annie Hall | Woody ALLEN | 1977

6. Ran | KUROSAWA Akira | 1985

7. Winter Light | Ingmar BERGMAN | 1962

8. GoodFellas | Martin SCORSESE | 1990

9. Jaws | Steven SPIELBERG | 1975

10. Last Year in Marienbad | Alain RESNAIS | 1961

11. Notorious | Alfred HITCHCOCK | 1946

12. Blow-Up | Michelangelo ANTONIONI | 1966

13. The Maltese Falcon | John HUSTON | 1941

14. In a Lonely Place | Nicholas RAY | 1950

15. Dekalog | Krzysztof KIEŚLOWSKI | 1989

16. Claire's Knee | Eric ROHMER | 1970

17. Fargo | COEN Brothers | 1996

18. Days of Heaven | Terrence MALICK | 1978#

19. Diary of a Country Priest | Robert BRESSON | 1951

20. Vivre Sa Vie | Jean-Luc GODARD | 1962

21. Pulp Fiction | Quentin TARANTINO | 1994

22. Duck Soup | Leo MCCAREY | 1933

23. Double Indemnity | Billy WILDER | 1944

24. A Woman Under the Influence | John CASSAVETES | 1974

25. Fear Eats the Soul | Rainer Werner FASSBINDER | 1974

26. The Red Shoes | POWELL & PRESSBURGER | 1948

27. The Shop Around the Corner | Ernst LUBITSCH | 1940

28. Network | Sidney LUMET | 1976

29. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly | Sergio LEONE | 1966

30. McCabe & Mrs. Miller | Robert ALTMAN | 1971

31. The Scarlet Empress | Josef VON STERNBERG | 1934

32. The Last Laugh | F.W. MURNAU | 1924

33. Paris, Texas | Wim WENDERS | 1984

34. Amarcord | Federico FELLINI | 1973

35. Vampyr | Carl Th. DREYER | 1932

36. Le Samouraï | Jean-Pierre MELVILLE | 1967

37. Taste of Cherry | Abbas KIAROSTAMI | 1997

38. Videodrome | David CRONENBERG | 1983

39. The Gold Rush | Charles CHAPLIN | 1925

40. Fitzcarraldo | Werner HERZOG | 1982

41. On the Waterfront | Elia KAZAN | 1954

42. Laura | Otto PREMINGER | 1944

43. Le Feu Follet | Louis MALLE | 1963

44. Breaking the Waves | Lars VON TRIER | 1996

45. Chimes at Midnight | Orson WELLES | 1965

46= I Walked with a Zombie | Jacques TOURNEUR | 1943

46= Rome, Open City | Roberto ROSSELLINI | 1945

48. Early Summer | OZU Yasujirō | 1951

49. Spirited Away | MIYAZAKI Hayao | 2001

50= Brief Encounter | David LEAN | 1945

50= Rosemary's Baby | Roman POLANSKI | 1968

52. All About Eve | Joseph L. MANKIEWICZ | 1950

53. The Conformist | Bernardo BERTOLUCCI | 1970

54. Unforgiven | Clint EASTWOOD | 1992

55. Céline and Julie Go Boating | Jacques RIVETTE | 1974

56. The Lady Eve | Preston STURGES | 1941

57= Eraserhead | David LYNCH | 1977

57= Jules et Jim | François TRUFFAUT | 1962

57= Senso | Luchino VISCONTI | 1954

60. Pickup on South Street | Samuel FULLER | 1953

61. It's a Wonderful Life | Frank CAPRA | 1946

62= Hidden | Michael HANEKE | 2005

62= One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest | Miloš FORMAN | 1975

64. The Wizard of Oz | Victor FLEMING | 1939

65. The Conversation | Francis Ford COPPOLA | 1974

66= Meet Me in St. Louis | Vincente MINNELLI | 1944

66= Stranger Than Paradise | Jim JARMUSCH | 1984

68. Solaris | Andrei TARKOVSKY | 1972

69= Letter from an Unknown Woman | Max OPHÜLS | 1948

69= The Philadelphia Story | George CUKOR | 1940

71. Kiss Me Deadly | Robert ALDRICH | 1955

72= Alexander Nevsky | Sergei EISENSTEIN | 1938

72= Magnolia | Paul Thomas ANDERSON | 1999

74. Mon Oncle | Jacques TATI | 1958

75. To Our Loves | Maurice PIALAT | 1983

76. Naked | Mike LEIGH | 1993

77= Walkabout | Nicolas ROEG | 1971

77= Werckmeister Harmonies | TARR Béla | 2000

79= Picnic at Hanging Rock | Peter WEIR | 1975

79= Syndromes and a Century | Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL | 2006

81= Blow Out | Brian DE PALMA | 1981

81= Raise the Red Lantern | ZHANG Yimou | 1991

83. Star Wars | George LUCAS | 1977

84. The Thing | John CARPENTER | 1982

85. Once upon a Time in Anatolia | Nuri Bilge CEYLAN | 2011

86. Vive l'Amour | TSAI Ming-liang | 1994

87. The Manchurian Candidate | John FRANKENHEIMER | 1962

88. Sweet Smell of Success | Alexander MACKENDRICK | 1957

89. La Belle et la Bête | Jean COCTEAU | 1946

90= Bride of Frankenstein | James WHALE | 1935

90= Edvard Munch | Peter WATKINS | 1974

92= Before Sunrise | Richard LINKLATER | 1995

92= Point Blank | John BOORMAN | 1967

92= Talk to Her | Pedro ALMODÓVAR | 2002

95. Chungking Express | WONG Kar Wai | 1994

96. Eyes Without a Face | Georges FRANJU | 1960

97. The Crowd | King VIDOR | 1928

98. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg | Jacques DEMY | 1964

99. The Wind | Victor SJÖSTRÖM | 1928

100. Alien | Ridley SCOTT | 1979

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