Five Favorite Films with Woody Harrelson

The Hunger Games star also discusses hijinks on the set and his aversion to movie franchises.

Woody Harrelson is no stranger to eccentric characters; he's played serial killers, pornographers, vigilante superheroes, and stoic zombie hunters. In The Hunger Games, he's Haymitch Abernathy, an alcoholic former Hunger Games winner who mentors two young participants in the fine art of gladiatorial survival. In an interview with RT, the Oscar-nominated actor shared his favorite movies, and discussed his aversion to movie franchises and hi-jinks on the set of Hunger Games.





Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenberg, 1967; 100% Tomatometer)

Probably my favorite is Cool Hand Luke. That's kind of been my favorite for a while. I just love that movie.

It's funny because Josh Hutcherson also said Cool Hand Luke is one of his favorites.

Oh, he did? Yeah, I think he's got good taste.




Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971; 85% Tomatometer)

And then, probably Harold and Maude. I just think it's this beautiful, complex love story between this kid and a much older lady. Just the performances, the direction... I don't know, definitely one of the great movies. It's wonderful, funny, emotional.




The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967; 87% Tomatometer)

Then The Graduate. It's just one of the greatest comedies of all time. The way Dustin Hoffman is... You know, I guess that was his first big break and he just blew me away when I first saw that. Extraordinary performance, and you know, Mike Nichols. Just amazing, the way it's shot; it's just absolutely beautiful. And also, an incredible, quirky kind of love story.




The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel-Donnersmarck, 2006; 93% Tomatometer)

And then I love The Lives of Others. That's just a powerful, riveting movie.




One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Milos Forman, 1975; 96% Tomatometer)

And I'd put One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest on the list. I think it's one of the great performances of Jack Nicholson. And also, kind of being up against the system, and trying to fight the system, the power structures that exist around him, and his fight for integrity and to bring some positivity to the other... I guess you'd call them inmates, in a sense, in the loony bin. I mean, to me, it's just some of the best acting and some of the most inspiring -- you know, with Milos Forman at the helm -- one of the most inspiring stories.



Next, Harelson talks about hijinks on the set and his aversion to movie franchises.

Comments

Dave J

Dave J

I can really picture this guy getting an Oscar one of these days, it's just a matter of when!

Mar 22 - 05:32 PM

Casey Faumuina

Casey Faumuina

agreed!! He so needs to win one already!!

Mar 22 - 10:24 PM

Tyler S.

Tyler Sweet

he should have for the people vs. Larry Flynt

Mar 25 - 08:08 PM

Craig Simek

Craig Simek

He has to make a movie first

Mar 26 - 02:53 AM

jimmiescoffee

Eddie Money

woody is the sh*t

Mar 22 - 05:46 PM

Tits M.

Tits McGee

Another Harold and Maude selection...fantastic! Jennifer Lawrence also mentioned it in her Top 5. Rotten Tomatoes had some "most memorable romances" type countdown recently, and I couldn't believe Harold and Maude didn't make the cut. Hopefully, The Hunger Games target audience takes note and checks it out.

Mar 22 - 05:46 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

Gotta love Woody. He taught me to "enjoy the little things in life". He was a good choice for the role of Haymitch in The Hunger Games.

Mar 22 - 06:15 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Good for Woody schooling these kids on great movies. A little "Cool Hand" for Josh, a little "H&M" for Jenn. Impeccable list here. I like that it's HONEST. Totally what a NORMAL film enthusiast would want to watch. Not trying to dumb down his choices to keep the comment mongrels from feeling too uninformed. Only love can kill the demon.

Mar 22 - 07:02 PM

John Doysabas

John Doysabas

Now this is the list that were talking about.

Mar 22 - 08:57 PM

Casey Faumuina

Casey Faumuina

agreed!! He so needs to win one already!!

Mar 22 - 10:24 PM

Don Logan

David Kumpe

Ever notice how these top 5 lists from actors (over the age of 30) always have a Jack Nicholson movie, and the actor waxes rhapsodic about how Nicholson's performance is the greatest thing in the history of cinema?

Mar 22 - 11:33 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Truth is consistent.

Mar 22 - 11:44 PM

Mary Davidson

Mary Davidson

He said it's one of the actor's best performances. Not one of the best of all times. Additionally, what's the beef with Jack? I think most people can agree that he's a pretty okay actor.

Mar 23 - 12:58 PM

Floor Man

Floor Man

Pretty okay? One of the best.

Mar 23 - 02:23 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Truth is consistent.

Mar 22 - 11:44 PM

Fanny Thébault-Dagher

Fanny Thébault-Dagher

Great list, Harold and Maude is one of my favorite, and The Lives of Others was just this beautiful piece of art.

Mar 23 - 12:04 AM

Andrew Scicluna

Andrew Scicluna

its funny how actors more or less pick their favorite movies based on the performances, and directors pick their favorites on the direction...

Mar 23 - 02:31 AM

Jeane Harrison

Jeane Harrison

Great picks!

Mar 23 - 05:31 AM

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