From Francis Ford Coppola to Milos Forman: Ethan Hawke names his 6 favourite films of all time
Critically acclaimed American actor, writer, and director Ethan Hawke has created a list of his six favourite films.
Hawke, nominated for four Academy Awards and a Tony Award since he launched himself into the world of film back in 1985 with his debut in science fiction feature Explorers, is an avid follower of cinema and all the history that comes with it.
While he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2001 for his work on Antoine Fuqua film Training Day, Hawke has found repeated success in his writing ability has earned him nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay on two different occasions.
While major critical success has followed him with projects such as Before Sunset, Before Midnight, Boyhood and more, it is Hawke’s commitment to independent cinema that has earned him the plaudits he deserves. The success he’s found in this market it is nothing about luck, however, it requires the keen eye of a cinephile to know where to plant his time and effort. “I’ve had a lot of experience in independent film, and about how to choose,” he once explained. “You’ve got to be very discerning about where you put your five bucks, and where you cut and what you don’t cut.”
Heavily influenced by directors such as Francis Ford Coppola or actors like Jack Nicholson, Hawke sat down with Rotten Tomatoes to pick out his five favourite films—a list that ultimately spilt over into six as he struggled to restrict himself. “Warren Beatty directed, about the life of John Reed,” he explained while introducing 1981 film Reds, the first picture he selected. “Jack Nicholson is Eugene O’Neill, one of his greatest performances. It combines everything I love about movies: great acting, unbelievable romance, and politics. Sondheim did the music, Elaine May helped write it.”
Elsewhere he included work from David Lean, Peter Weir and more.
See the full list, below.
Ethan Hawke’s 6 favourite films:
Reds – Warren Beatty, 1981.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Miloš Forman, 1975.
The Bridge on the River Kwai – David Lean, 1957.
A Woman Under the Influence – John Cassavetes, 1974.
Apocalypse Now Redux – Francis Ford Coppola, 2001.
The Year of Living Dangerously – Peter Weir, 1982.
When discussing the work of the great Francis Ford Coppola, Hawke added: “I think I’d be lying if I didn’t say Apocalypse Now. It’s like Godfather, Citizen Kane. Those are the kind of ones that get thrown away all the time. But if you go to a real proper movie theatre, I even love… I’ll pick Apocalypse Now Redux. If you see that last release version up on a big screen, you crank up the music, that is a life-changing experience.”