Guillermo del Toro’s Favorite Movies: 45 Films the Director Wants You to See

[Editor’s note: The following gallery was originally published in July 2019.

It’s been updated multiple times since.]Guillermo del Toro’s boundless imagination, from the gothic horrors of “Crimson Peak” to the creature-feature-inspired “The Shape of Water,” has been cultivated by a lifelong love of cinema.

The Mexican filmmaker proudly wears his influences on his sleeves, while championing the past and future of moviegoing and movie-making.

Just take his latest projects.There’s the stunning, stop-motion “Pinocchio” reimagining, which is leagues better than Disney’s straight-to-streaming competitor — far too slick for its own good (no matter how much Tom Hanks tried).

And, also at Netflix, there’s the “Cabinet of Curiosities”: an eight-part horror anthology that unfortunately does not include any directing from del Toro, but does feature his writing, producing, and a Rod Serling-like “Twilight Zone” style intro for each episode.Before that, the 2021 show business noir “Nightmare Alley” saw del Toro loosely remake a 1947 classic, but he also imbued plenty of his own

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