Five Favorite Films with Rose McGowan

The Conan the Barbarian star also talks about the new film and growing up watching old movies in Italy.

Over the course of her 19-year career, Rose McGowan has established quite an eclectic resume, working with notable directors across several genres and moving effortlessly between film and television. She landed her first movie role in the Pauly Shore comedy Encino Man and later garnered praise for her portrayal of a troubled teen fugitive in The Doom Generation. For the next decade, McGowan split her time mostly between smaller, independent movies and a career-defining role on the fantasy drama Charmed until her involvement in the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez project Grindhouse brought her front and center again.

This week, she continues her string of strong but flawed female characters as the evil sorceress Marique in Marcus Nispel's Conan the Barbarian, and we were happy to chat with her about the film. When asked about her Five Favorite Films, McGowan said, "I'll probably do five of my favorite films, because they're always different. I always have to go by genre, too, my tops in each genre. There are many more. Doris Day films, Preston Sturges films; I'm a total geek." She not only gave us her Five Favorite Films, but also talked about what it was like growing up and watching movies overseas, and how she influenced a rather taboo relationship in Conan. Read on for the full interview!



Night of the Hunter (1955, 98% Tomatometer)

I'd say Night of the Hunter. It's an amazing film. That's where the original "love" and "hate" tattoos on the hand came from. A lot of people don't know that. You know, the good Christianity, the true Christianity, versus the false prophet thing that plays out in there, and the imagery. It's an intense and beautiful film. And I love Robert Mitchum. I wish he'd come back to life.




Out of the Past (1947, 96% Tomatometer)

I also love -- another Robert Mitchum movie -- Out of the Past, which I think is kind of neck and neck with another fantastic film noir, Double Indemnity. Double Indemnity is amazing; Out of the Past is another one, but I think it ranks up there.

So you're a big Robert Mitchum fan in general.

I love Robert Mitchum, apparently. [laughs] But I just happen to like these two movies. I like old films. I co-host a show on TCM {Turner Classic Movies) called The Essentials.




The Godfather/The Godfather Part II (1972, 100% Tomatometer/1974, 98% Tomatometer)

I love the Godfathers, one and two, but I feel like that should count as one film.




Scarface/Scarface (1932, 100% Tomatometer/1983, 88% Tomatometer)

For a kind of over-the-top-ness, I love the original Scarface, and then I like the [Al] Pacino Scarface. Both of them are fantastic.




Some Like It Hot (1959, 98% Tomatometer)

I think probably Some Like It Hot might be the most perfect comedy ever done.



Next, McGowan talks about growing up watching movies in Italian and how she made her Conan character slightly taboo.

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