The words "From the visionary director of" are some of the most overused and well-worn featured on movie trailers, but few filmmakers working today have earned it as much as Guillermo del Toro. His latest release, Crimson Peak, sees him return to the Gothic horror and dark fantasy stylings of earlier movies The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth - visually opulent ghost tales with an eye on the folklore of the past. Influenced by romantic paintings, Gothic Revival architecture and Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's literary ghost writing, it represents something of a synthesis of ideas which have fascinated del Toro throughout his career. Unsurprisingly, Guillermo del Toro's cinematic influences reach far and wide throughout movie history, and a look at some of his favourite films of all time offers a fresh perspective on how his own work has been shaped over the years. It also reveals his admiration for some of the great masters of the medium, including the work of Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick and Akira Kurosawa. Here are ten essential movies Guillermo del Toro considers among the very best.