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Cillian Murphy reveals his top ten films

Written by
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.

Irishman Cillian Murphy is one of the most interesting and diverse actors of his generation, working regularly with both Danny Boyle (’28 Days Later…’, ‘Sunshine’) and Christopher Nolan (‘Batman Begins’, ‘Inception’). It comes as absolutely no surprise to find that his list is centred squarely on the 1970s, and specifically the American New Wave – films like ‘Mean Streets’, ‘Scarecrow’ and ‘Being There’ are set texts for today’s young male actors. But there are a number of interesting curveballs in here too, with a nod for countryman Neil Jordan and his ‘Butcher Boy’, a welcome appearance for haunting fairytale nightmare ‘The Night of the Hunter’ and most interestingly, a slot for British director Ben Wheatley’s stark, gripping and very actor-focused crime drama ‘Kill List’. The secrets to becoming a truly great modern actor can definitely be found here.

In no particular order: 

Scarecrow (Jerry Schatzburg)

Butcher Boy (Neil Jordan)

Kes (Ken Loach)

Arizona Dream (Emir Kusturica)

Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby)

Kill List (Ben Wheatley)

Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese)

The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)

Being There (Hal Ashby)

Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton)

You can explore the 100 best movies ever made – as picked by leading actors including Cillian Murphy  – here.

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