Best known as the writer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, Paul Schrader is one of the essential American directors of the New Hollywood. Part of the “movie brat” generation—that of Scorsese, Spielberg, Lucas and Coppola—he was an avid cinephile from an early age, as well as a passionate film critic. With his latest masterpiece, the austerely brilliant First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried, in cinemas now, we’ve asked Schrader to hand-pick his favourite films from our own cinematic vault.
“I have chosen these films as to me they represent a cross-section of cinema history. They did not directly influence my work, but at the same time they all have – as I believe you are a collection of all the movies you like”. —Paul Schrader