John Michael McDonagh

The Guard; Ned Kelly

Ireland

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Badlands

1973

Terrence Malick

Lady Eve, The

1941

Preston Sturges

Matter of Life and Death, A

1946

Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger

Night of the Hunter, The

1955

Charles Laughton

Performance

1970

Donald Cammell/Nicolas Roeg

Samouraï, Le

1967

Jean-Pierre Melville

Sonatine

1993

Kitano Takeshi

Taxi Driver

1976

Martin Scorsese

Touch of Evil

1958

Orson Welles

Wild Bunch, The

1969

Sam Peckinpah

Comments

These are the films that have influenced me the most as a screenwriter and director. Even though, paradoxically, I hardly ever watch them anymore as they are so ingrained in my imagination.

Apart from the anomaly that is Charles Laughton, one could easily create an alternate top ten list simply by choosing a different title from each of the above director’s filmographies.

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