Director Edgar Wright’s Reveals His Favourite Movies To Watch

Who is Edgar Wright? Edgar Wright is a British film director, screenwriter, and producer known for his work on several critically acclaimed and popular films. He was born on April 18, 1974, in Poole, Dorset, England.

Wright first gained recognition for directing the British sitcom “Spaced” in the late 1990s, which he also co-wrote with Simon Pegg. He then went on to direct the feature films “Shaun of the Dead” (2004), “Hot Fuzz” (2007), “The World’s End” (2013), and “Baby Driver” (2017). His films are often characterized by their fast-paced editing, visual humor, and pop culture references.

Wright has received numerous awards and nominations for his work, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Director for “Baby Driver”. He is also a frequent collaborator with actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who have appeared in several of his films.

Wright’s 2022 Sight & Sound ballot contained a mix of lauded classics and cult films, which reflect his passion for all things cinematic.

Edgar Wright is the ultimate pop culture omnivore. The British director is one of the most outspoken movie and music fans of his generation, taking every opportunity to hype up his favorite artists in interviews and reference them in his films. He seldom discriminates by genre, expressing equal admiration for highbrow art films and mainstream blockbusters.   

That passion for all things entertaining is reflected in Wright’s eclectic filmography, which has seen him pivot from zombie comedies to video game-influenced breakup revenge sagas to car chase musicals without ever missing a beat. That isn’t to say that he doesn’t have a signature style, as his films all feature his famously playful camerawork and trademark sense of humor. But rather than limit himself to one genre — or even a few genres, for that matter — Wright is seemingly determined to apply his filmmaking sensibilities to any and every cinematic niche he finds remotely interesting. 

The sheer scope of Wright’s movie knowledge can be overwhelming: the guy once had the guts to list his top 1,000 movies without a hint of irony. No matter how young you are, it is almost certainly too late to work your way through every movie that Wright has ever enjoyed. 

That’s where Sight & Sound comes in. The magazine’s once-a-decade Best Films of All Time poll limits its contributors to selecting their ten favorite films (unless you’re Martin Scorsese, whose status as the godfather of cinephilia ensures that nobody questions when he submits 20). If you’re looking to dive into Wright’s favorite movies, the ones that made his Sight & Sound ballot are the perfect place to start. 

Wright has made it very clear that he can discuss obscure cultural oddities with the best of them, but his Sight & Sound list largely sticks to classics that are indisputably great. Don’t be fooled into thinking he phoned in his picks though. Wright’s comments on his ballot reflect the deep appreciation for the filmmakers who came before him. Taken together, Wright’s ten favorite films reflect the “crowd pleasing genre fare executed at the highest possible level” ethos that has defined his entire career. 

Keep reading to see the 10 films that made Wright’s Sight & Sound ballot, and everything he wrote about each of them. 

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