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All the writers were limited to their favourite films in the outsider, crime and literary adaptation genres.
A few cerebral horrors crept in, because they feature "outsider" lead characters.
Everyone could also only pick a maximum of two films by the same director.
You won't go wrong with any of the films from any list. Click on the links for a review of the movie.

Mark SaFranko
The author of Hating Olivia, Lounge Lizard, God Bless America, Loners, Dirty Work, Sometimes You Just..., The Artistic Life

SaFranko's choices are diverse... but they're linked by a love of the European style of filmmaking, French women and dark psychological thrillers with sexual undertones.

1. Betty Blue (Jean-Jacques Beineix)
2. One Deadly Summer (Jean Becker)
3. Audition (Takashi Miike)
4. The Servant (Joseph Losey)
5. The Vanishing (George Sluizer)
6. Shadow Of A Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock)
7. Inside (Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury)
8. Repulsion (Roman Polanski)
9. Scarecrow (Jerry Schatzberg)
10. Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
11. Donít Look Now (Nicholas Roeg)
12. The Talented Mister Ripley (Anthony Minghella)
13. I Never Sang For My Father (Gilbert Cates)
14. Hear My Song (Peter Chelsom)
15. The Postman Always Rings Twice (Bob Rafelson)
16. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman)
17. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder)
18. Burn! (Gillo Pontecorvo)
19. Last Tango In Paris (Bernardo Bertolluci)
20. Cruising (William Friedkin)

Mark SaFranko's Favourite Films

Steve Hussy
The author of Steps and Back.

"I watch one new movie a day and have taught Film Studies for 17 years.
All of my favourites are about isolated characters... and I've got a thing for black comedy."

1. The Third Man (C. Reed)
2. Once Upon A Time In America (S. Leone)
3. Drive (N.W. Refn)
4. Taxi Driver (M. Scorsese)
5. Night of the Hunter (C. Laughton)
6. The Exorcist (W. Friedkin)
7. The Vanishing (G. Sluzier)
8. Repo Man (A. Cox)
9. Barfly (B. Schroeder)
10. The Conversation (F.F. Coppola)
11. Psycho (A. Hitchcock)
12. The Army of Shadows (J.P. Melville)
13. Rolling Thunder (J. Flynn)
14. Blast of Silence (A. Baron)
15. They Live (J. Carpenter)
16. Touch of Evil (O. Welles)
17. Ghost Dog (J. Jarmusch)
18. In A Lonely Place (N. Ray)
19. The Seventh Seal (I. Bergman)
20. The Quiet Earth (G. Murphy)

Steve Hussy's Favourite Films

Richard Watts
The artist of numerous Murder Slim Press covers and art.

"Most of the main characters share a non-conformist yet completely rational ethos.
Many fight against a dumbass system and many of them prove their point... even if it means sacrificing their lives."

1. Contact (R. Zemeckis)
2. Powder (V. Salva)
3. Watchmen (Z. Snyder)
4. Glengarry Glen Ross (J. Foley)
5. Snatch (G. Ritchie)
6. The Machinist (B. Anderson)
7. Drive (N.W. Refn)
8. Payback (B. Helgeland)
9. Hot Fuzz (E. Wright)
10. Mothman Prophecies (M. Pellington)
11. Robot And Frank (J. Scheier)
12. Rain Man (B. Levinson)
13. The Shawshank Redemption (F. Darabont)
14. Ong Bak (P. Pinkaew)
15. Fight Club (D. Fincher)
16. Zodiac (D. Fincher)
17. Training Day (A. Fuqua)
18. Office Space (M. Judge)
19. Gladiator (R. Herrington)
20. The Blair Witch Project (Myrick, Sanchez)

Steve Hussy's Favourite Films

Another 150 Must-Sees Not Mentioned Before

Woody Allen
- Blue Jasmine

Paul Thomas Anderson
- Hard Eight
- There Will Be Blood
- Boogie Nights

John D. Avildsen
- Joe (1970)
- Save The Tiger

Jacques Becker
- Le Trou

Ingmar Bergman
- From The Life Of Marionettes

Luc Besson
- Leon

Robert Bresson
- A Man Escaped

Marcel Carne
- Le Jour Se Leve
- Le Quai Des Brumes

John Carpenter
- The Thing (1981)
- The Fog (1980)
- Escape From New York
- Halloween (1978)

John Cassevetes
- A Woman Under The Influence

Joen and Ethan Coen
- The Big Lebowski
- The Man Who Wasn't There
- Inside Llewyn Davis

Larry Cohen
- Black Caesar
- God Told Me To

Francis Ford Coppola
- The Godfather
- The Godfather Pt. 2

Henri-Georges Clouzot
- The Wages of Fear

David Cronenberg
- The Fly (1986)
- The Brood

Alfonso Cuaron
- Children of Men

Frank Darabont
- The Mist

Jules Dassin
- Brute Force
- Rififi
- The Naked City
- Uptight

Fred Dekker
- Night of the Creeps

Guillermo Del Toro
- Pan's Labyrinth

Edward Dmytryk
- Farewell, My Lovely (1944)

David Fincher
- Seven

Milos Forman
- One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Georges Franju
- Eyes Without A Face

Samuel Fuller
- Shock Corridor
- The Big Red One

Bobcat Goldthwait
- World's Greatest Dad

Stuart Gordon
- Edmond
- King of the Ants

David Gordon Green
- Joe (2013)

Edmund Goulding
- Nightmare Alley

Ulu Grosbard and Dustin Hoffman
- Straight Time

James William Guerco
- Electra Glide In Blue

Bent Hamer
- Factotum

Robert Harmon
- The Hitcher (1986)

Werner Herzog
- Encounters at the End of the World
- Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Monte Hellman
- Two-Lane Blacktop

Frank Henenlotter
- Brain Damage

Douglas Hickox
- Sitting Target

John Hillcoat
- Ghosts of the Civil Dead

Arthur Hiller
- The Hospital

Alfred Hitchcock
- Rear Window
- North by Northwest
- The 39 Steps (1935)
- Strangers On A Train

John Huston
- The Maltese Falcon
- The Treasure of Sierra Madre
- Wise Blood
- Fat City
- Under The Volcano

Kon Ichikawa
- Fires on the Plain
- The Burmese Harp

Jim Jarmusch
- Dead Man
- Down By Law

Duke Johnson & Charlie Kaufman
- Anomalisa

Takeshi "Beat" Kitano
- Sonatine
- Hana-Bi


Ted Kotcheff
- First Blood
- Wake In Fright

Akira Kurosawa
- Rashomon
- Yojimbo

John Landis
- An American Werewolf In London

Fritz Lang
- M
- The Big Heat

Sergio Leone
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Once Upon A Time In The West

Sidney Lumet
- Dog Day Afternoon
- 12 Angry Men
- The Verdict
- The Offence

David Lynch
- The Elephant Man
- Blue Velvet
- Wild At Heart

David Mamet
- Homicide

Peter Medak
- The Changeling (1980)

Jean-Pierre Melville
- Le Silence De La Mer
- Le Doulos

Jim Mickle
- Stake Land
- Cold In July

John Milius
- Dillinger

George Miller
- Mad Max: Fury Road

F.W. Murnau
- Sunrise

Alan Parker
- Angel Heart

Sam Peckinpah
- Cross Of Iron
- The Wild Bunch
- Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia

Arthur Penn
- Night Moves

Roman Polanski
- Rosemary's Baby
- Repulsion

Bill Plympton
- I Married A Strange Person
- Idiots And Angels

Nicolas Winding Refn
- Only God Forgives
- Pusher 2: With Blood On My Hands
- Pusher 3: I'm The Angel Of Death
- Bronson
- Fear X

Godfrey Reggio
- Powaqqatsi
- Koyaanisqatsi

Michael Richie
- Prime Cut

George A. Romero
- Dawn of The Dead (1978)
- Day of the Dead (1985)

Stuart Rosenberg
- Cool Hand Luke

Richard C. Sarafian
- Vanishing Point

Joseph Sargent
- The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Paul Schrader
- Blue Collar
- The Hardcore Life (a.k.a. Hardcore)
- Auto Focus

Martin Scorsese
- Mean Streets
- Raging Bull
- Casino

Richard Shepard
- The Matador

Kaneto Shindo
- Onibaba

Quentin Tarantino
- Django Unchained
- Jackie Brown
- Kill Bill Vol. 1
- Kill Bill Vol. 2
- Reservoir Dogs

Francois Truffaut
- The 400 Blows

Douglas Trumbull
- Silent Running

Paul Verhoeven
- Robocop
- Total Recall

Thomas Vinterberg
- The Hunt

Peter Watkins
- Punishment Park
- Privilege

Wim Wenders
- Paris, Texas

Billy Wilder
- The Lost Weekend
- The Apartment
- Ace In The Hole

Michael Winner
- The Mechanic

Peter Yates
- The Friends of Eddie Coyle

Terry Zwigoff
- Crumb
- Louie Bluie
- Bad Santa