25 best director’s cut movies

Sometimes the final cut isn’t the final cut. These movies were altered (for the better) by directors after their cinematic release

Touch of Evil (1958)

Orson Welles' classic film noir was chopped to ribbons by Universal before its release – prompting Welles to write an impassioned 58-page memo detailing the changes he thought needed to be made to the film.

Welles never lived to see the film restored to his specifications – but editor Walter Murch used the memo as the basis for a restored version in 1998. It's as close as we're going to get to the original Welles cut.

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