Alfonso Cuarón – Influences & Favorite Films


The favorite films of the Oscar-winning Mexican screenwriter, director, and producer Alfonso Cuarón – unquestionably, one of the most talented filmmakers working in Hollywood today – are examined below. Over the past two decades, Cuarón has directed and released a diverse number of films to international acclaim, including A Little Princess (1995), Great Expectations (1998), Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Children of Men (2006), Gravity (2013), and, most recently, Roma (2018). Roma, which is set in Cuarón’s hometown of Mexico City in the 1970s, has been labeled as the director’s most personal film to date, and will see its theatrical release on December 14, 2018. The film is being hailed as the greatest film of the year by numerous publications and was recently listed in fellow Mexican director Guillermo del Toro’s top-5 favorite films of all time.

For more information on any of the films below, click on the associated image (via Amazon).

Cuarón’s Influences & Favorite Films

Lost in Space: The Complete Series

Bicycle Thief

A Trip to the Moon

Woman in the Moon


Annie Hall


The Great Beauty

The Right Stuff

Apollo 13

Gilligan’s Island: The Complete Series

During a 2014 interview with Variety, Cuarón stated that during film school, “I was in love with Coppola, Spielberg and Scorsese, and films from the 1950s, plus Billy Wilder, Lubitsch and John Ford.”  Similarly, during a 2014 interview with The New York Times, Cuarón stated that in addition to the foregoing filmmakers, he admires the work of Bresson, Murnau, Tanner, and Kubrick.  The following list is a selection of notable films from these filmmakers.

The Godfather

The Conversation


Mean Streets

In a subsequent post, we examined the favorite films of director Martin Scorsese: Martin Scorsese – Favorite Films

Taxi Driver


Some Like It Hot

I Don’t Want To Be A Man

That Uncertain Feeling

Trouble in Paradise

The Horse Soldiers

December 7th: The Movie

Stagecoach – The Original John Wayne Classic

The Long Voyage Home


A Man Escaped


Early Murnau – Five Films (Schloß Vogelöd, Phantom, Der Letzte Mann, The Grand Duke’s Finances, Tartuffe)

2001: A Space Odyssey


Light Years Away

Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000

(Sources: McClatchy Tribune, Barry Koltnow (2013); 2014 Reddit AMA; Variety, Tim Gray (2014); The New York Times, Charles McGrath (2014)).

If you are unfamiliar with any of Cuarón’s films, we strongly recommend checking out the following:

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Children of Men


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