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From Martin Scorsese to David Lynch: Saoirse Ronan names her 5 favourite films of all time


Saoirse Ronan, the Academy Award-nominated actress who starred in Greta Gerwig films Lady Bird and Little Women, has picked out a selection of her favourite films.

Ronan, who made her major Hollywood breakthrough as a 12-year-old when she starred in Joe Wright’s romantic drama Atonement in 2007, has since appeared in critically acclaimed films like Hanna, Brooklyn and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

While Ronan was nominated for Oscars for her performances Atonement and Brooklyn, it was her first collaboration with Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age film Lady Bird which earned her a nomination for Best Actress and further propelled her to international stardom. For Ronan, a life in acting is one she has driven herself towards from a very young age. With both parents also working as actors, she began appearing on screen from the age of eight and immersed herself within the cinematic culture.

Reflecting on some of the iconic pictures to have inspired her throughout the years, Ronan sat down with Rotten Tomatoes to pick out five films that remain some of her all-time favourites. “I remember, like, telling everyone ‘cuz I felt really cool, that I’d seen this older David Lynch film, watching Eraserhead,” she said while laughing. “Just trying to figure out what the fuck it was about,” she added. “I kinda loved it, you know.”

While Ronan’s list also included the likes of Elia Kazan and John Landis, the addition of Martin Scorsese’s 1976 epic Taxi Driver is unavoidable. “[Taxi Driver is] a film that really kind of struck me on an emotional level and as somebody who works and can kind of appreciate how films are made,” Ronan said of the iconic Scorsese film.

“I remember when I saw Taxi Driver for the first time, and I saw the creativity and the imagination that went into the shots that Scorsese chose, and to really kind of capture a very particular kind of New York,” she added. “I thought it was really wonderful.”

With mentions for Martin Scorsese, Elia Kazan and more, see Ronan’s full list below.

Saoirse Ronan’s 5 favourite films:

  • Taxi Driver – Martin Scorsese, 1976.
  • On the Waterfront – Elia Kazan, 1954.
  • Three Amigos – John Landis, 1986.
  • Eraserhead – David Lynch, 1977.
  • Windy City Heat – Bobcat Goldthwait, 2003.

Source: Rotten Tomatoes