Abel Ferrara's Favourite Films & Influences

A list I'm compiling of films that Ferrara has said that he admires or has cited as an influence. Suggestions welcome.

Note: The first 18 films on the list are titles that he listed as top ten favourites in two separate lists from 2012 and 2020. The rest is listed alphabetically.

Sources:
Sight & Sound
LaCinetek
The Guardian
longvoyage.substack.com
Cahiers du Cinema (December 2019 issue)
Screenslate.com
TheFilmStage.com

Television:
Twenty Two (The Twilight Zone, 1961)
The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street (The Twilight Zone, 1960)
The Zanti Misfits (The Outer Limits, 1963)
20/20 (Way Out, 1961)

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  • Broadway Danny Rose

    1

  • Cul-de-sac

    2

  • The Devils

    3

  • The Exorcist

    4

  • Fort Apache

    5

  • Hawks and Sparrows

    6

  • Hour of the Wolf

    7

  • Lolita

    8

  • March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step

    9

  • The Young and the Damned

    10

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    11

  • Sympathy for the Devil

    12

  • The Outlaw Josey Wales

    13

  • Raging Bull

    14

  • Ran

    15

  • Touch of Evil

    16

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    17

  • Zero for Conduct

    18

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    19

  • Alphaville

    20

  • Bambi

    21

  • Barry Lyndon

    22

  • The Battle of Algiers

    23

  • Behind the Green Door

    24

  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    25

  • The Blob

    26

  • Burden of Dreams

    27

  • Carnage

    28

  • China Girl

    29

  • Citizen Kane

    30

  • The Conformist

    31

  • The Conversation

    32

  • The Day of the Jackal

    33

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still

    34

  • The Decameron

    35

  • Desperate Living

    36

  • La Dolce Vita

    37

  • Easy Rider

    38

  • El Topo

    39

  • Eraserhead

    40

  • Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

    41

  • Fat City

    42

  • Fellini Satyricon

    43

  • Full Metal Jacket

    44

  • Get on the Bus

    45

  • Girl 6

    46

  • The Go-Between

    47

  • The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

    48

  • The Gold of Naples

    49

  • The Gold Rush

    50

  • The Gospel According to Matthew

    51

  • Happy Life

    52

  • Her

    53

  • Honky Kong

    54

  • India: Matri Bhumi

    55

  • Inside Deep Throat

    56

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    57

  • It's All True

    58

  • Jackie Brown

    59

  • The Killing

    60

  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    61

  • Lady of the Camelias

    62

  • The Last Temptation of Christ

    63

  • Lightning Over Water

    64

  • Mad Max 2

    65

  • Major Dundee

    66

  • March of the Penguins

    67

  • Mean Streets

    68

  • North by Northwest

    69

  • Notorious

    70

  • Nosferatu

    71

  • The Petrified Forest

    72

  • A Prairie Home Companion

    73

  • Prison

    74

  • Rashomon

    75

  • Repulsion

    76

  • Ride the High Country

    77

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    78

  • Rosemary's Baby

    79

  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    80

  • Seven Beauties

    81

  • Sherlock, Jr.

    82

  • Shooting the Mafia

    83

  • Spartacus

    84

  • The Strange One

    85

  • Taxi Driver

    86

  • Ten Seconds to Hell

    87

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    88

  • They Live by Night

    89

  • 3 Women

    90

  • Timecode

    91

  • To Live and Die in L.A.

    92

  • Trash

    93

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    94

  • Triumph of the Will

    95

  • Twilight Zone: The Movie

    96

  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    97

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    98

  • Uncut Gems

    99

  • Vertigo

    100