Christopher Guest, Catherine Hardwicke, McG, and Anthony Minghella narrow down the five films that most influenced them and their work

By EW Staff
December 27, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

Four directors name their top movie influences

Five films that inspired CHRISTOPHER GUEST

1. La Strada
Federico Fellini, 1954

2. Dr. Strangelove
Stanley Kubrick, 1964

3. Broadway Danny Rose
Woody Allen, 1984

4. Cul-de-Sac
Roman Polanski, 1966

5. Sherlock Jr.
Buster Keaton, 1924

Five films that inspired McG

1. The Graduate
Mike Nichols, 1967

2. Apocalypse Now
Francis Ford Coppola, 1979

3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Milos Forman, 1975

4. Amélie
Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001

5. Shakespeare in Love
John Madden, 1998

Five films that inspired CATHERINE HARDWICKE

1. Angelo My Love
Robert Duvall, 1983

2. Out of the Blue
Dennis Hopper, 1982

3. Heat and Sunlight
Rob Nilsson, 1988

4. Harold and Maude
Hal Ashby, 1971

5. Network
Sidney Lumet, 1976

Five films that inspired ANTHONY MINGHELLA

1. I Vitelloni
Federico Fellini, 1953

2. The Godfather Part II
Francis Ford Coppola, 1974

3. The Tree of Wooden Clogs
Ermanno Olmi, 1978

4. Manhattan
Woody Allen, 1979

5. The Double Life of Véronique
Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1991

(For more about the influences on all four directors’ work, read what they had to say at EW’s roundtable discussion on their creative inspirations.)