It is a great feeling when you love a film and get to know that it is one of the favorites of your friends as well. The joy only multiplies when famous personalities share that favorite too. It really does make one feel good about oneself. Even if that’s not the case, we do look forward to movie recommendations from great filmmakers and directors to expand our own library. David Fincher is one of those names that come to our mind when we think of great films and he is a true source of inspiration. David Fincher is an American film director and producer who is known for his psychological thrillers and sneaky usage of visual effects. His films have won him multiple awards including two Grammy Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award along with more than 40 Academy Nominations. With a bunch of blockbuster masterpieces in his hand, it is fascinating to wonder what a genius like him must like in the films he watches. David Fincher recently revealed his favorite movies in a piece with Far Out Magazine and those really weren’t something you’d easily expect from people. Let’s get to know about it!

David Fincher’s List of Favorite Movies

David Fincher has laid out not one, not two but a list of 26 of his favorite movies in his talk with the Far Out Magazine. His first favorite film, which topped his list is a Classic of 1969 – George Roy Hill’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Notably, most of the films in his list were from before the 1990s and that’s really something coming from a filmmaker passionate about animations and visual effects. On top of that, all of these are distinctive in their own qualities so one cannot even attempt to find a pattern in his favorites.

Other of his favorites include Chinatown (1974), Dr. Strangelove (1964), The Godfather Part II (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), Being There (1979), All That Jazz (1979), Road Warrior (1981), The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) American Graffiti (1973), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) along with 16 more! The fact that his favorites also include Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece Jaws (1975) and James Cameron’s Terminator (1984) gives us a sense of familiarity with the filmmaker in his enjoyment of entertainment and thrill as much as intricate films. 

David Fincher’s choice of films tells us about the creator’s respect for iconic cinematography as well as his love for cinema. In the same piece with the Far Out Magazine, Fincher added his perception on directing and his experience in understanding the art of it. He mentioned how movie making is not just about getting a performance but “about the psychology of the cinematic moment, and the psychology of the presentation of that, of that window.”

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David Fincher’s life and achievements act as great inspiration for young filmmakers who are confused and passionate at the same time. His growth from being indifferent to filmmaking to becoming one of the leading directors is influential enough. Now, with his choice of favorites, one can watch the movies and try to look into the vision he had when Fincher himself watched these.

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