How the directors and critics voted

Paul Verhoeven

Top Ten

  1. La dolce vita (Fellini)
  2. Ivan the Terrible, Part II (Eisenstein)
  3. Lawrence of Arabia (Lean)
  4. Rashomon (Kurosawa)
  5. Vertigo (Hitchcock)
  6. The Seventh Seal (Bergman)
  7. La Règle du jeu (Renoir)
  8. Metropolis (Lang)
  9. Los Olvidados (Buñuel)
  10. Some Like It Hot (Wilder)


My favourite films are Ivan the Terrible, La dolce vita and Lawrence of Arabia. However, if you are looking for influences for Basic Instinct specifically, I was mostly influenced by my admiration for Hitchcock and my study of the director's work, notably Vertigo and Rear Window.

Last Updated: 03 Aug 2011