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11 Actors and Directors Share the Films That Define Them, From Barry Jenkins to Jessica Chastain, Jonah Hill, and More

The #FilmStruck4 hashtag has gone viral this week, and it's giving movie fans some much-watch films from their favorite actors and directors.

Barry Jenkins, Jessica Chastain, Jonah Hill

Barry Jenkins, Jessica Chastain, Jonah Hill


FilmStruck, the streaming platform from Turner Classic Movies that specializes in arthouse and foreign films, has started a viral movement on social media with the #FilmStruck4 challenge. The company posted to its official Twitter page on April 17 an announcement asking people to share the four films that define them. The challenge quickly grew to include some of the best actors and directors working today, from Guillermo del Toro to Jessica Chastain, Barry Jenkins, Zoe Kazan, Edgar Wright, and more.

Del Toro had a hard time narrowing down his picks to just four, so he posted two separate posts with the eight films that define him. Fans of the director won’t be surprised to see Jean Cocteau’s “Beauty and the Beast” and Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” included among his choices. Jessica Chastain split her list into two, one for performances that define her and one for movies. Chastain is an outspoken lover of Isabelle Huppert, so of course her work in “The Piano Teacher” made the cut.

“Moonlight” Oscar winner Barry Jenkins includes Gus Van Sant’s “Elephant” and Wong Kar-wai’s “In the Mood for Love” in his post, noting they made him “fall in love with cinema at very particular moments” in his life. Other celebrities sharing their personal selections include Kumail Nanjiani, Rob Lowe, and Tessa Thompson, whose awesome picks include “Malcolm X” and “Harold and Maude.”

Check out a selection of #FilmStruck4 posts below.

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