Tilda Swinton’s Favorite Movies: 10 Must-See Movies

The Oscar winner, who was honored for his performance in Tony Gilroy’s “Michael Clayton” in 2007, is a cinephile with a passion for international films.

Tilda Swinton's favorite movies

(Clockwise from bottom left): ‘A Matter of Life and Death’, ‘Vertigo’, Tilda Swinton, ‘Walkabout’ and ‘My Neighbor Totoro’

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One thing most cinephiles can agree on is that Tilda Swinton is an enigmatic gift to the film industry. In addition to consistently delivering stellar performances in nearly every film and cast, the Academy Award-winning actress has long been a champion of unique films that would otherwise never have been made without her input.

From her recurring collaborations with auteurs like Wes Anderson and Bong Joon-ho to her risqué roles in experimental projects like “The Souvenir” series, Swinton is an extremely familiar face to fans of arthouse cinema. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton, George Clooney’s 2007 crowd-pleasing legal thriller. From Narnia.” Hell, it’s in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

But Swinton is best known for her quirky performances. The actress appeared in both bizarre and grounded worlds; some strangely sad and delightful (see The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Reason), others bone-chilling and terrifying (see Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria and Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin). It’s no surprise that Swinton seems to love consuming movies as much as she loves making them, and it’s even less surprising that she’s drawn to works as influential as her own.

The “Snowpiercer” actress has always been an advocate for the movies she loves, regularly highlighting old Hollywood classics and beloved foreign films from around the world as her favorites. He often uses the Sight & Sound platform to share his tastes, taking part in the Best Movies of All Time poll and sharing choices in other magazine features.

His selections are often undisputed classics, so you can get a great foundational film education by watching the films he recommends. Read on for a list of Tilda Swinton’s favorite movies, according to the Sight & Sound poll of 2022. His selections include works by filmmakers such as Alfred Hithcock, Ernst Lubitsch, Nicolas Roeg, Roberto Rossellini, Chantal Akerman and others.

Editing by Alison Foreman.

(Editor’s note: This article was first published in March 2023 with the results of the Swinton 2022 Sight & Sound Poll. It will be updated over time.)

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