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Anne-Marie Duff tells us her ten favourite films

Tom Huddleston

Last month, we asked loads of our favourite actors to send us a list of their ten most beloved films for a poll we were putting together: a new list of the 100 Best Movies of All Time. The results were surprising, enlightening, challenging and in some cases just plain weird – so we’ve pulled a few of the choicest top tens out for a closer look. 

Anne-Marie Duff’s list is precisely the kind of smart, heartfelt, slightly left field line-up we’d expect from the star of ‘The Virgin Queen’, ‘Shameless’ and ‘Nowhere Boy’. That’s not to imply she’s predictable, just that her list displays the kind of taste, refinement and engagement we always suspected she’d have. With a strong focus on homegrown cinema – half of these films are British, ranging from classic romances ‘Brief Encounter’ and ‘The Red Shoes’ to modern drama ‘Last Resort’ ­– the list covers everything from broad comedy (‘Play it Again, Sam’) to dreamlike melodrama (‘Les Amants du Pont Neuf’) – much like Anne-Marie’s career, actually. 

The Whisperers

‘Edith Evans gives a heartbreaking performance.’

Open Hearts

‘I found this film profoundly moving.’

Brief Encounter

‘Whatever the prejudice against this movie, I think it's a masterpiece.’

Last Resort

‘Pawel Pawlikowski is one of my heroes.’

Play it Again, Sam

‘My all-time favourite of Woody Allen’s films. Always makes me roar.’

The Pawn Broker

‘An extraordinary film with an awesome score by Quincy Jones.’

Les Amants du Pont Neuf

‘This one had a huge influence on my 21 year-old self!’ 

The Red Shoes

‘Completely unique and compelling.’

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

‘Albert Finney is brilliant, terrifying and very sexy.’

You can explore the 100 best movies ever made – as picked by leading actors including Anne-Marie Duff – here.

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