"It's the wrath of rush hour in L.A. right now, so things might get loud, man," Michelle Rodriguez says, and sure enough, what sounds like a cross between crunching metal and a crying woolly mammoth comes blaring through the phone a minute later. "Hey, don't say that I didn't warn ya!" she yells, before unleashing one of her trademark cackles. The 36-year-old, half Dominican and half Puerto Rican actress is camped out at Dodger's Stadium doing press for Furious 7, the latest — and last — of the successful Fast and Furious movies, and she's admittedly a little burnt out when it comes to talking about chase scenes and customized speed-demon vehicles. So when we ask this self-proclaimed "film dork" to name 10 movies that changed her life, her first question is, "They don't have to be car movies, right?" Then she laughs long and hard again.
What follows, Rodriguez says, are a combination of both her personal favorite movies — the ones she watches again and again — and the ones that keep inspiring her in the work she does, whether its indies like her debut, Girlfight (2000), goofy self-aware exploitation films like Machete Kills (2013) or big-budget blockbusters like the Furious flicks. A few even fit both categories. But all of them offer a little peek into who she is, the actress claims. Here's Michelle Rodriguez in 10 movies.