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Destin Daniel Cretton’s Top Ten Films of All Time List

Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly IONCINEPHILE profile (read August’s pick), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of favorite films. Destin Daniel Cretton (who sees his Short Term 12 receive its theatrical release on August 23rd) appears to be very busy on his press tour, as he puts it…”this is impossible for me, so I’m just going to list the first ten that come to mind.” So here is Destin Daniel Cretton’s Top Ten List (as of August 2013).

Back to the Future – Robert Zemeckis (1985)

The Celebration – Thomas Vinterberg (1998)

Edward Scissorhands – Tim Burton (1990)

Finding Nemo – Andrew Stanton (2003)

It’s a Wonderful Life – Frank Capra (1946)
“If I could even come close to telling a story as complicated and beautiful as this, I would be a very happy man. No other movie makes me so ashamed and proud to be a human living on this planet. If everyone watched this once a day, the world would be a much better place.”

Magnolia – Paul Thomas Anderson (1999)

Short Cuts – Robert Altman (1993)

Trois Couleurs: Rouge – Krzysztof Kieslowski (1994)
“If I was forced at gunpoint to choose 1 from Kieslowski’s series…”

To Kill A Mockingbird – Robert Mulligan (1962)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – Jacques Demy (1964)
“Thanks to Lowell for the recommendation…”

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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