Steven Wilson Names 20 All-Time Favorite Movies, Calls Film World 'One of Biggest Influences'

"The Exorcist," "The Elephant Man," "Un Chien Andalou" and more, check out the full list inside.

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Apart from being a guitar master, Steven Wilson is also a movie aficionado, and has recently cited the film world as one of the key inspirations behind some of his music.

Wilson hit Facebook to discuss the matter, sharing a list of 20 personal all-time favorites along the way.

"I love the world of cinema, and it's always been one of the biggest influences on my music," he kicked off. "Of course, there must be many more great films I haven't seen than ones I have, and I've probably missed a few that I should put on here, but these are 20 films I have seen that I really love. In chronological order (don't make me pick one...oh alright then, the last one on the list):

01. Un Chien Andalou (Luis Bunuel / Salvador Dali, 1929)
02. Twelve Angry Men (Sidney Lumet, 1957)
03. Blow Up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966)
04. Whistle and I'll Come to You (Jonathan Miller, 1968)
05. O Lucky Man! (Lindsay Anderson, 1973)
06. Don't Look Now (Nicolas Roeg, 1973)
07. The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973)
08. Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, 1975)
09. All the President's Men (Alan J. Pakula, 1976)
10. Murder by Decree (Bob Clark, 1979)
11. Quadrophenia (Franc Roddam, 1979)
12. The Elephant Man (David Lynch, 1980)
13. Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)
14. The Company of Wolves (Neil Jordan, 1984)
15. Dead Mans Shoes (Shane Meadows, 2004)
16. Hidden / Cache (Michael Haneke, 2005)
17. The Prestige (Christopher Nolan, 2006)
18. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)19. Inception (Christoper Nolan, 2010)20. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)"

Steven made sure to include a few side notes, adding that "1973 was a great year for films (and music too)," as well as pointing out that "11 films [are] by British directors, very patriotic! (and two films starring US actress Scarlett Johansson)."

Furthermore, the musician noted: "Not a lot of laughs there" and "I couldn't pick one Kubrick film above all others to put in the 20, but I love almost all his films."

Saying that he hasn't seen "Snowpiercer" yet, Wilson asked the fans to suggest movies they consider worth checking out.

We know that UG community knows its music, but we don't get to discuss films too often. If you're up for movie talk, make sure to kick off the chat in the comments.

In the music domain, Wilson's latest studio album, "The Raven That Refused to Sing (and Other Stories)" saw its release in February last year, ultimately becoming the second best album of 2013 based on UG community vote.

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    Haven't seen 5, 6 or 10, but it's hard to argue with the rest. The man has a good taste in films!
    matteo cubano
    inception is dogshit. especially compared to other Nolan choices. earlier movies are amazing. but i guess these are his favorite verses what he thinks the best are so I have no criticism. a lotta good taste otherwise.
    Any explanation for calling Inception "dogshit" other than annoying people?
    matteo cubano
    poor execution is all. way too long, too much action and not nearly enough substance. really cool premise and cool ideas that just weren't constructed into a fitting end result. Leo is one of my favorite actors, I love Nolan but this movie was not well written and not well done in my opinion. The concepts weren't well articulated or explained, I haven't seen it in years but I do know it was very disappointing to me when I did and if i watched it again right now I could list you more specifics.
    I've seen a bunch of them and enjoyed them, might check the rest later, could turn out to be interesting. Though i will admit that i really hate "In the company of wolves", it was soo cheesy (Says the guy who enjoys 80s fantasy movies).
    Memento was a great movie. Had to suspend disbelief a bit though -if you can't remember anything than how do you know know you can't remember anything? Cool twists though. That's my Nolan pick.
    I expected to see a Harmony Korine movie on the list since he named a song after him.
    "Twelve Angry Men" is the ****ing bollocks. Henry Fonda at his prime. Nice pick, Steven.
    The last place I'd want to get into a film discussion on is UG, but seriously, why not Kubrick films? And why just The Elephant Man as the one Lynch film? He didn't really have that big of an impact on that film, it was largely a Mel Brooks project.
    Maybe he isn't that big of a Lynch fan, or maybe ge only watched a handful and Elephant Man was his favourit of the bunch? It is a good movie after all, though it's probably one of my least favourite Lynch movies.
    Cache/Hidden is the only movie I can think of that didn't contain any music - not a breath of music from start to finish. Even the end credits are just background noise. Super creepy film.
    Un Chien Andalou is west as ****. I remember seeing it synched up with 'I' by Meshuggah. Terrifying. To be honest though, I couldn't care less what his favourite films are.
    This list is all most perfect if he just had at least one movie from Daniel Day Lewis.
    who the hell is steve wilson?
    I just knew that some dumbass would ask this. Here, have a listen...
    I'd put Grace For Drowning instead as a more representative choice, but I guess The Raven also works. Plus it's a simple test, if someone doesn't feel anything while listening to the title track, they have no soul.
    "Guitar Master" that's an overstatement.
    I mean he's great, the solos from Dark Matter and Shesmovedon are probably his best guitar solos. He's a very talented musician, but playing guitar isn't even his best attribute. Calling him "guitar master" is just... cheap.
    He's really good (see: the songs Rolandroi listed, The Sound of Muzak) but a lot of PT's better solos are actually performed by other artists. "Arriving Somewhere But Not Here"'s second solo is played by Mikael Akerfeldt, for example (deserves more credit as a guitarist for sure) and Aneshetize" has Alex Lifeson written all over it. Not to mention that The Raven's solos are all by Guthrie Govan (blessed be he). Steven's going to begin recording the follow-up to The Raven next month, with the same line-up. I am stoked.
    I got to see a lot of cool films at college, my faves are--King of hearts 1966, Alan Bates; Fearless Vampire Killers; Once Upon A Time In The West; Island Of he Dead,2000, with Malcolm McDowell