Five Favorite Films

Cillian Murphy's Five Favorite Films

by | August 12, 2016 | Comments

Irish actor Cillian Murphy first came to international attention when he starred in Danny Boyle’s zombie thriller 28 Days Later in 2002, and since then, he’s racked up a number of impressive credits. Most notably, Murphy reunited with Boyle for Sunshine, collaborated with Christopher Nolan on multiple projects (the Dark Knight trilogy), and worked with Ken Loach, Wes Craven, and Neil Jordan, in addition to starring in his own period BBC drama, Peaky Blinders.

This week, Murphy stars in World War II thriller Anthropoid, based on the true story of the assassination of a high-ranking Nazi officer by Czechoslovakian operatives, and he was kind enough to share his Five Favorite Films. Read on for the full list.


Scarecrow (1973) 76%

I rented this film by mistake when I was 15 with my brother. They told us it was a scary movie. It pretty much made me want to be an actor. Al Pacino will break your heart. And Gene Hackman will break your other heart.

Mean Streets (1973) 96%

Another very early formative film for me. Extraordinary energy and performances from De Niro and Keitel, with Scorsese beginning to cast a spell over filmmaking in the 1970s.

Hate (1995) 100%

Still relevant, still shocking. Stunning performances and direction. A film I revisit very often. Vincent Cassel is a bit of a hero.

The Butcher Boy (1997) 77%

Arguably the finest Irish book and Irish film of the last few decades. Twisted and funny and dark. Pat McCabe and Neil Jordan are masters.

The Night of the Hunter (1955) 93%

A masterpiece visually and in so many ways, but also a tragedy as Charles Laughton only directed this one film. Robert Mitchum is so rivetingly magnetic.


Anthropoid opens in limited release this Friday, August 12.