Joker
Todd Phillips: Movies That Influenced 'Joker'
Todd Phillips
Todd Phillips
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Todd Phillips admittedly needed to fill big shoes when making Joker. Luckily, he had several movies to draw from as he re-interpreted the Clown Prince of Crime.

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Taxi Driver
1976
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A disturbed New York cab driver befriends a teenage hooker and frees her from her pimp.

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Raging Bull
1980
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Another Scorsese classic with Robert De Niro, a violent, obsessive boxer slowly ruins everything he has in and out of the ring.

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The Hangover
2009
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Yes, Phillips did work on it. But there was plenty to draw from this ridiculous comedy about three guys dealing with a patchy memory of a bachelor party in Vegas.

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The Man Who Laughs
1928
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A man disfigured with a large smile permanently on his face, Gwynplaine is hopeless as a freakshow star until he meets Josiana. The Joker character in the comics was based on Gwynplaine, but Phillips was able to pull a bit of his own inspiration from this drama-horror.

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Serpico
1973
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NYPD officer Frank Serpico is out to expose corruption but ends up being targeted by his friends on the force in this 1970s neo-noir.

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