Ari Aster’s favorite films from contemporary directors

Per a question posed to Ari Aster in his Reddit AMA by u/0achBCR, “Who are some of your favorite contemporary directors, and what film of theirs do you admire most?” Ari responded with some of his favorites in a series of comments, with the caveat that, “I’m going to forget a bunch....” These are the films he listed.


Not included are Chris Morris’ Jam and Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick, which are both television series.

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  • Songs from the Second Floor
  • Secret Sunshine
  • The Headless Woman
  • A Serious Man
  • Silence
  • Before Sunset
  • Another Year
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Play
  • Revanche
  • The Immigrant
  • Birth
  • Memories of Murder
  • Margaret
  • Dead Ringers
  • Defending Your Life
  • Phantom Thread
  • Save the Green Planet!
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Thirst
  • You Were Never Really Here
  • Woman on the Beach
  • Behind the Candelabra
  • The Souvenir
  • Loveless
  • Ratatouille
  • Tropical Malady
  • Nostalgia for the Light
  • Still Walking
  • The New World
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • Visitor Q
  • Good Time
  • Computer Chess
  • Volver
  • Hot Fuzz
  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Elephant
  • Police Story
  • Taxidermia
  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
  • Tokyo Sonata
  • Beyond the Hills
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  • Underground
  • 45 Years
  • Starship Troopers
  • Black Book
  • The Lighthouse
  • Caché
  • Brand Upon the Brain!
  • My Winnipeg
  • Santa Sangre
  • 12:08 East of Bucharest
  • Raise the Red Lantern
  • Devils on the Doorstep
  • The World
  • The River
  • The Butcher Boy