Bruce Springsteen’s Favorite Movies, From ‘Double Indemnity’ to ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

The Boss loves noir thrillers and B-movies featuring rakish anti-heroes, but even he can't ignore the pull of a charming musical (especially one based on his own songs).
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"Springsteen on Broadway"
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Bruce Springsteen’s career has always been intertwined with his love of the movies, from noir thrillers like “The Postman Always Rings Twice” to dramas following tough-talking American anti-heroes like “Two-Lane Blacktop.” The Boss’ affection for ’70s gems and ’40s classics hasn’t kept him from crafting original songs for contemporary movies either, including his Oscar-winning title track “Philadelphia,” and other lauded compositions for “Dead Man Walking” and “The Wrestler.”

Springsteen has even headlined a few of his own films, including documentaries like “Bruce Springsteen: In His Own Words,” “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town,” and “The Ties That Bind,” along with a recent Netflix special chronicling his history-making turn on Broadway (titled, simply enough, “Springsteen on Broadway”). Later this month, Springsteen moves into the director’s chair himself, when he and frequent collaborator Thom Zimny debut their “Western Stars” at the Toronto International Film Festival.

First, however, there’s Gurinder Chadha’s “Blinded by the Light,” a joyous tribute to Springsteen’s songs, as told through the true story of one of his biggest fans. Even Springsteen, who seems to love his movies hard-boiled and dangerous, hasn’t been able to ignore the thrill of a warm-hearted coming-of-age story set to his sprawling discography. Here are eight others The Boss loves.

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