In honor of this gorgeous Wong Kar Wai book I bought yesterday (see below), here are a list of my favorite books on film. To clarify, these aren't "how to" books, but rather, analyses and/or interviews
  1. WKW: The Cinema of Wong Kar Wai by Wong Kar Wai and John Powers
    So big, so pretty! I haven't read more than a few pages yet, but it looks like a comprehensive, fully informed look at his whole filmography.
  2. Hitchcock/Truffaut by Francois Truffaut
    The gold standard
  3. Conversations With Wilder by Cameron Crowe
    Great unofficial companion piece to Hitchcock/Truffaut. Like with Truffaut, Crowe's journalism background makes for an incisive, yet adoring chat with the man who influenced him more than anyone else
  4. Hitchcock's Notebooks by Dan Aulier
    Invaluable collection of Hitchcock's own personal documents. A bit of an unofficial counterpoint to all of his self-mythologizing in Hitchcock/Truffaut.
  5. Starting Point (1979-1986) by Hayao Miyazaki
    Followed by a companion piece called Turning Point, this is a fascinating and weirdly thorough collection of basically everything Miyazaki publicly wrote about movies, the environment, war, politics, etc. He is a very cranky man who somehow creates the purest, sweetest movies.
  6. Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman
    A hall-of-fame entry by the writer of Princess Bride and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Gloriously cynical in its accounts of the industry ("Nobody knows anything"), yet full of wisdom and practical advice for screenwriters.
  7. Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays by George Lucas, et. al.
    The attraction here is not the screenplays themselves, but rather the incredibly informative and clear-eyed annotations, which dispel the Lucas-professed notions of knowing everything in advance.
  8. The Moose That Roared by Keith Scott
    Brilliant look at the history and legacy of one of the smartest TV shows of all time
  9. Live From New York by Miller & Shales
    Oral history at its gossipiest and most compulsively readable
  10. Those Guys Have All The Fun by Shales & Miller
    Great companion piece to Live From New York about another television institution
  11. The Revolution Was Televised by @sepinwall
    Both a critical analysis and amazingly researched history of some of the best shows ever made. I literally could not stop reading.
  12. Zeroville
    Suggested by   @tombatten
  13. Easy riders raging bulls
    Suggested by   @tombatten
  14. Silver Screen Fiend by Patton Oswalt
    Less about the technique of movies and more about what they do to you and how they can shape your life. Really interesting read from what I've heard.
    Suggested by   @reallybadtiming
  15. The new biographical dictionary of film by David Thompson
    Suggested by   @tombatten
  16. Making Movies, Sidney Lumet
    Suggested by   @Grosstastic
  17. Getting Away With It, or The Further Adventures of the Luckiest Bastard You Ever Saw (also Starring Richard Lester as The Man Who Knew More Than He Was Asked) by Steven Soderbergh
    Soderbergh's combination book-length interview with personal hero Richard Lester (HARD DAY'S NIGHT) and diary of his attempts to reinvent his career in the mid-90s is essential and absurdly hilarious. Soderbergh could be a comedy writer or a film prof if he wanted to be. I became a huge Lester fan after first reading this book; I still re-read it about once a year.
    Suggested by   @roche
  18. Sick in the Head: Judd Apatow
    Apatow's interviews with comedy legends, many of whom had TV shows or major movie careers. All about life, comedy, and their creative process. It's utterly fascinating
    Suggested by   @dreadpiratemama
  19. Final Cut by Steven Bach
    All about the bomb that was Heaven's Gate
    Suggested by   @theemilyjean
  20. AMUSED TO DEATH - Postman
    About the transition from radio to televised entertainment and the effect it's had on America, really interesting and mildly terrifying. Written in the 80s and so much has been proven true
    Suggested by   @willmorris
  21. The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film
    Suggested by   @vcerski
  22. In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch
    Suggested by   @vcerski
  23. Shooting to Kill by Christine Vachon
    Suggested by   @vcerski