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Jul 12, 2012

The "Five Favorite Films" Of Interesting People

"What are your five favorite films?" is the question Rotten Tomatoes has been posing to celebrities for years. Here are some of the most revealing lists they have published. Please, add your own top five in the comments (and explain why they are the best, that makes it way more interesting)!

Robert Pattinson


"One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" (1975)

"That character influenced me so much when I was 15 or 16, and bits of it stuck with me.

"The Exorcist" (1973)

"Linda Blair [is] my ideal woman."

"Prenom Carmen (First Name: Carmen)" (1983)

"A Godard film called Prenom Carmen, which sounds like I'm just saying that to be cool, but it's actually one of my favorite films."

"Corky Romano" (2001)

"Like, I actually pissed my pants."

"ivan's xtc." (2002)

"Danny Huston should have gotten nominated for an Oscar for it."

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Michael Caine


"The Maltese Falcon" (1941)

"It was the first time I'd ever seen what they call a film noir."

"Charade" (1963)

"There's a wonderful moment with Cary Grant and her, they're having a row and she says 'you know what's wrong with you, don't you?' He says 'What?' And she says 'nothing.'"

"The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948)

"If you ever heard the voice of god it would be John Huston."

"The Third Man" (1949)

"Orson Welles gives a speech 'For 400 years in Italy, you had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace -- and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.'"

"Casablanca" (1942)

"I love the lines, the dialogue. It's full of dialogue!"

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Kevin Smith

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"Jaws" (1975)

"I saw it a drive-in with my parents when I was five, which is kinda weird in retrospective."

"JFK" (1991)

"That is the most well-edited film I have ever seen in my life."

"A Man for All Seasons" (1966)

"A Man For All Seasons is basically porn for people who love dialogue."

"Do The Right Thing" (1989)

"That movie informed 'Clerks' to a large degree: it takes place all in one day, in one particular block, in one very specific city."

"The Last Temptation Of Christ" (1988)

"He was a man, first and foremost, who just happened to be the son of God."

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James Franco

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"Gimme Shelter" (1970)

"I love the whole idea that life can be as dramatic as fiction."

"My Own Private Idaho" (1992)

"Even before I started acting, this was a very important film to me."

"The Bicycle Thief" (1948)

"All of my favourite films are approaching realism in a different way."

"4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" (2008)

"The film gives you a great sense of what it was really like to live in Romania in the 1980s."

"The Wrestler" (2008)

"I really like the films of the Dardenne Brothers, like 'The Child' and 'The Son,' and I'm sure The Wrestler was influenced by the Dardennes, especially in the beginning when the camera is following the back of Mickey Rourke's head through the hallways."

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Paris Hilton

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"There's Something About Mary" (1998)

"They have the craziest, sickest humor but I love it."

"Moulin Rouge" (2001)

"I have it all memorized, I've seen that movie twenty times."

"Beaches" (1988)

"I don't know, it's a classic, and I grew up with it."

"Edward Scissorhands" (1990)

"I love Johnny Depp -- he's an amazing actor, and I love the characters he picks."

"Breakfast At Tiffany's" (1961)

"I used to live in New York so I can relate to her."

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Jennifer Lawrence

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"Midnight In Paris" (2011)

"It was funny, it was inventive, imagination and dresses and all of our favorite writers."

"I Heart Huckabees" (2004)

"I was obsessed with it when I first saw it; I watched it four times in one week."

"Harold and Maude" (1971)

"Harold and Maude is a classic that I love."

"The Big Lebowski" (1998)

"I love anything by the Coen brothers, so having to choose one movie is hard, but I think The Big Lebowski."

"Old School" (2003)

"Will Ferrell, when he goes 'Hi honey, do you think KFC's still open?'"

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Jason Statham

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"Cool Hand Luke" (1967)

"Paul Newman! It was like, Oh my God, look at this guy, he's so cool!"

"The Godfather" (1972)

"It's just quality at its best."

"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969)

"I think the pairing of Redford and Newman is amazing."

"The Sting" (1973)

I have a lot of Paul Newman films, don't I? But they're so good!

"Enter the Dragon" (1973)

"I'm sure everyone that has ever done an action movie has just drooled over how full of talent Bruce Lee was, and how unique he was."

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Kristen Bell

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"The Apartment" (1960)

"I mean, you don't get much better than that."

"The Last King of Scotland" (2006)

"I was sort of put into a real dark place after that movie."

"When Harry Met Sally" (1989)

"Because I think Meg Ryan is adorable and I think that was a really nice look at a very funny relationship."

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (1989)

"It never fails to make me laugh."

"Fletch" (1985)

"Chevy Chase looks just like my dad so I think I'm very comfortable watching him."

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Eva Mendes

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"Secrets & Lies" (1996)

"I'm a huge Mike Leigh fan and would love to work with him."

"Fitzcarraldo" (1982)

"Werner Herzog [...] is one of my all-time favorite filmmakers."

"Network" (1976)

"This film is as true today as it was when they made it over 30 years ago."

"The Big Lebowski" (1998)

"Oh yeah and the soundtrack is SICK!!!"

"City Of Lost Children" (1995)

"So beautiful, so French."

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Joel McHale

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"Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (1964)

"Just that opening sequence when the planes are fueling -- it is the most sexually suggestive opening of any movie, ever."

"Blade Runner" (1982)

"And it's Harrison Ford at his very finest -- he should have won two Oscars for that."

"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975)

"It was just, as a child, and as I grew up and watched them as an adult, they were one of the reasons why I was like, "Oh, you don't have to think the way that everybody thinks" -- these guys just did whatever they wanted to do, and their imaginations ran wild."

"Children Of Men" (2006)

"The message of that movie is just so beautiful."

"Ikiru" (1952)

"It's just a beautiful movie, astonishingly; the movie and the message."

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Justin Long


"Back To The Future" (1985)

"I think it's the most perfect movie ever made."

"Drugstore Cowboy" (1989)

"I saw it when I was a kid and I felt like it was such a different culture than any that I'd ever been exposed to, and I felt like instantly I was a part of it -- even though I had no frame of reference."

"Boogie Nights" (1997)

"I love doing impressions and one of my earliest impressions of an actor was Philip Seymour Hoffman in that movie, when he's saying how much he loves the name and he's chewing on the pen."

"Way Out West" (1937)

"They had such different comedic perspectives but when they worked together they created such a perfect synthesis; just a perfect balance of extremes, of odd coupling."

"Annie Hall" (1997) and every other Woody Allen movie from the '70s

"Depending on where I am in my life and the relationships I've had, I can always glean something different from it or recognize some truth in it that I've experienced or yet to experience."

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Wes Anderson

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"Rosemary's Baby" (1968)

"This has always been a big influence on me, or a source of ideas; and it's always been one of my favorites."

"A Clockwork Orange" (1971)

"It's a movie that's very particularly designed and, you know, conjures up this world that you've never seen quite this way in a movie before, but at the same time there's a great sort of spontaneity to it, and a tremendous energy.

"Trouble In Paradise" (1932)

"I don't know if anybody can make a movie like that anymore -- that perfect tone, like a "soufflé"-type of movie. A confection, I guess."

"Toni" (1935)

"It's very beautiful, kind of lyrical and very sad; a great Renoir movie."

"Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?" (1966)

"But when I watched it more recently I thought it was the most beautiful, inspired, exciting movie."

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Gary Oldman

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"Apocalypse Now" (1979)

"Apocalypse Now -- the sheer grandeur of it, and the originality of it."

"The Conversation" (1974)

"I love that internal man who's just, you know, very closed down."

"The Godfather: Part II" (1974)

"Godfather: Part II, I just think it's a master class in acting, production design, directing, lighting, composition."

"Badlands" (1973)

"It's just exquisite, that sense of the relationship seen through her; as if she's telling one story and we're witnessing another."

"Ratcatcher" (1998)

"Switching from that to a small indie movie, a Lynne Ramsay movie called Ratcatcher -- I just think it's a masterful piece of filmmaking."

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