Harry Dean Stanton: 10 Essential Movies

From 'Alien' to 'Twin Peaks' – our picks for the late character actor's greatest onscreen moments

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'Repo Man' (1984)

Writer-director Alex Cox's ode to classic Hollywood noir, bratty L.A. punk and Seventies' midnight movies is perfect in pretty much every way. But the best choice Cox made was to hire Stanton to play a philosophical veteran repo man named Bud, who teaches the rootless hero Otto (Emilio Estevez) how to swipe deadbeats' cars with no regrets. A devout believer of a social order – on his own terms, at least – Bud makes ruining poor people's lives sound like a religious calling. Plus he has one of the best lines that Stanton ever uttered: "Look at those assholes. Ordinary fuckin' people, I hate 'em." NM

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