Five Favorite Films

Five Favorite Films with Bradley Cooper

The star of Limitless and The Hangover reveals five of his all-time favorites.

by | March 25, 2011 | Comments

Between enjoying his new status as America’s number one box-office draw, performing a promotional tour of Europe and acting as the resident celebrity authority on Rotten Tomatoes, Bradley Cooper’s been a very busy guy of late. (Insert NZT joke here.) With his techno-thriller Limitless still doing strong business across the US and opening in UK cinemas this week, the actor took time out for a chat, and to run through five of his favorite films.

“I’m over the moon that it did well,” Cooper says of the unexpected success of Limitless. “It really is a kind of an underdog movie in many ways — it’s a drama, a thriller, it cost 27 million; it’s taking a chance of putting me in a lead role. There’s a lot of factors that wouldn’t point to it being number one. I thought it was gonna be a festival movie, and when [studio] Relativity started to get excited and talk about it in a bigger way, I was nervous — I never saw this as that kind of shot.”

With Limitless proving he can open a hit movie and surefire comedy sequel The Hangover Part II just around the corner, Cooper’s really hitting his leading man stride. But, the actor admits, he’s not sure exactly what that means just yet. “I have no idea what I’m gonna do next,” he laughs. “I have no idea. It’s exciting and scary.”

Here, then, are Bradley Cooper’s five favorite films. (“They change all the time,” he qualifies.)


Life Lessons (New York Stories) (1989, 73% Tomatometer)


It’s part of New York Stories, with Nick Nolte and Rosanna Arquette. Nolte plays Lional Dobie, this Jackson Pollack-like artist. I love the subject matter of Life Lessons, it’s just great. Scorsese completely captures the obsession with women, visually and in the storyline. And Nick Nolte is never better — his performance is just f**king unbelievable. He’s on top of his game stylistically, Scorsese, melding heavy style with story without it ever feeling like you’re just watching a director, you know, show off. I never felt that. I’d be curious to see what he thinks of that movie, or how much time he spent doing it, but to me it just felt like kind of an effortless exercise in his talent.

The Celebration (1998, 92% Tomatometer)


The Celebration, the film by Thomas Vinterberg. It’s an example of innovative filmmaking and great storytelling. It’s just very moving. The subject matter, first of all, is incredible, you have this style of humour, and the acting’s insane. It was the idea of this Dogme-type style that I hadn’t really seen before — you know, you sort of feel it with Cassavetes, but I loved the strict adherence here to the principles of no artificial lighting, no artificial action, you can’t have any dolly tracking or crane shots at all; it’s all hand-held, it’s all video.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007, 93% Tomatometer)


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is just one of the best films ever made. The acting, the story, the conception visually. He’s just wonderful, the director, Julian Schnabel.

The Conversation (1974, 98% Tomatometer)


The Conversation is just, I think, a movie made by one of the best auteur directors of the ’70s and ’80s. To me, I think the reason that I would choose that one is the sound editing. Even though Hackman does play a sound guy, the sound of the movie is really innovative. You have conversations that are happening in the foreground that you can barely hear, and yet that’s the main conversation, so they play around a lot with where they put the microphone. It’s really awesome.

The Shop Around the Corner (1940, 100% Tomatometer)


I wanted to throw a comedy in there. I just remember seeing that movie, and Jimmy Stewart, and just the whole way Ernst Lubitsch tells his story comedically… I’m sure there were ones that came before that, but to me it felt innovative in the sense that it was a bunch of disparate storylines coming together in the end.


Limitless is in theaters now.

Tag Cloud

vampires PBS Fantasy Interview SDCC based on movie 007 MSNBC Star Wars biography History Thanksgiving Reality Competition transformers Comedy Central 2016 Martial Arts Lifetime comiccon psycho X-Men Ellie Kemper Disney Tumblr YA FXX discovery Awards travel Winter TV police drama Best and Worst Crackle Holidays PaleyFest Rock politics Trailer IFC Year in Review TruTV Trivia Lionsgate Writers Guild of America E! singing competition Action boxoffice Fox News Rocky 2015 crime drama Nominations Schedule DC Universe Syfy USA Animation Logo OWN Esquire Hulu sitcom Opinion cats FX Calendar TV Horror Drama AMC Podcast Kids & Family Food Network Bravo The CW RT History Winners Summer docudrama Oscars Election romance Music The Arrangement TNT TV Land Comedy harry potter technology crime thriller 2017 Cartoon Network Valentine's Day cinemax MTV Netflix Spring TV Sundance Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt GIFs Adult Swim zombie supernatural Pop Mindy Kaling Disney Channel Character Guide VICE Pirates Watching Series Tomatazos First Look Reality Polls and Games Cosplay LGBTQ Biopics CMT SundanceTV Sci-Fi adventure BET what to watch VH1 Nickelodeon Marathons Musical Countdown Amazon political drama war Premiere Dates TCA 2017 Toys Fall TV E3 TCA diversity Marvel historical drama Masterpiece CBS All Access aliens CNN CBS 24 frames Sneak Peek crime NYCC cooking Red Carpet Paramount Nat Geo Showtime NBC Video Games DirecTV science fiction FOX El Rey BBC America Mystery talk show TBS WGN American Society of Cinematographers Freeform Super Bowl Ghostbusters TIFF Superheroes Infographic President Grammys dramedy social media ITV Teen Universal Photos Emmys TCM Certified Fresh Extras TLC Star Trek Warner Bros. Comic Book Box Office period drama ABC ABC Family sports composers APB GLAAD serial killer Mary Tyler Moore GoT DC Comics thriller Set visit 45 Starz Rom-Com HBO A&E Musicals ESPN Dark Horse Comics cops Country BBC