Director Mike Leigh's Favourite Films

Michael "Mike" Leigh, is a British writer and director. Because studying theatre at the Royal Academy, He began his career as theatre director. One of the most well-known work of him is Naked (1993). He won the Best Director Award at Cannes. Besides, He won the Palm d'Or with Secrets & Lies (1996) film. In 2012, Mike Leigh made his favourite film list for Sight & Sound magazine. Here the favourite films of Mike Leigh.


8.2/10

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1953

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Tokyo Story

An elderly couple journey to Tokyo to visit their children and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude and selfishness. When the parents are packed off to a resort by their impatient children, the film deepens into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality.

black and white

family drama

golden palm

life & death

melancholy

social commentary

8.1/10

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1975

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Barry Lyndon

In the Eighteenth Century, in a small village in Ireland, Redmond Barry is a young farm boy in love with his cousin Nora Brady. When Nora gets engaged to the British Captain John Quin, Barry challenges him to a duel of pistols. He wins and escapes to Dublin but is robbed on the road. Without an alte ...

based on book

epic

golden palm

melancholy

8/10

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1978

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The Tree of Wooden Clogs

The life inside a farm in Italy at the beginning of the century. Many poor country families live there, and the owner pays them by their productivity. One of the families has a very clever child. They decide to send him to school instead of make him help them, although this represents a great sacrif ...

Palme d'Or winner (Cannes Film Festival)

8/10

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1971

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The Emigrants

In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. However, the small size of their land, the infertile soil, and some bad harvests make it tough. One of their chil ...

8/10

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1964

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I Am Cuba

This study of Cuba--partially written by renowned poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko--captures the island just before it made the transition to a post-revolutionary society. Moving from city to country and back again, I AM CUBA examines the various problems caused by political oppression as well as by great d ...

black and white

golden palm

7.9/10

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1961

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Jules and Jim

In Paris, before WWI, two friends, Jules (Austrian) and Jim (French) fall in love with the same woman, Catherine. But Catherine loves and marries Jules. After the war, when they meet again in Germany, Catherine starts to love Jim... This is the story of three people in love, a love which does not af ...

based on book

golden palm

love story

melancholy

war

7.7/10

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2000

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Songs From the Second Floor

A film poem inspired by the Peruvian poet César Vallejo. A story about our need for love, our confusion, greatness and smallness and, most of all, our vulnerability. It is a story with many characters, among them a father and his mistress, his youngest son and his girlfriend. It is a film about big ...

absurd

art house

artistic

bizarre

golden palm

independent film

7.6/10

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1987

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Radio Days

Woody Allen's sentimental reminiscence about the golden age of radio. A series of vignettes involving radio personalities is intertwined with the life of a working class family in Rockaway Beach, NY circa 1942.

independent film

7.5/10

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1932

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American Madness

It's the 1930s, the Depression era, and the Board of Directors of Thomas Dickson's bank want Dickson to merge with New York Trust and resign. He refuses. One night, Dickson's bank is robbed of $100,000. The suspect is Matt Brown, an ex-convict whom Dickson hired and appointed Chief Teller. Brown, wh ...

source:https://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/sightandsoundpoll2012/voter/1075