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From Quentin Tarantino, starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis
Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American neo-noir black comedy crime film written, produced and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film, which follows the intertwined stories of mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits, is known for its rich, eclectic dialogue, ironic mix of humor and violence, nonlinear storyline, and host of cinematic allusions and pop culture references. It stars John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Maria de Medeiros, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman. The film was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture and won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. It is widely considered a classic of modern American cinema and one of the most influential films of the 1990s.
From Luc Besson, starring Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello
Léon: The Professional is a 1994 action movie written and directed by Luc Besson. It stars Jean Reno as the title character, a professional hitman living in New York City. Also starring is Natalie Portman as Mathilda, a young girl whose family is killed by corrupt DEA agents. When Mathilda's family is killed, she turns to Léon for help, and he takes her in and teaches her the ways of a professional hitman. Eventually, Mathilda and Léon must face off against the DEA agents as they seek revenge for the death of Mathilda's family. The film is notable for its intense action sequences and its exploration of the relationship between Léon and Mathilda.
From Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft
Some Like It Hot is a classic 1959 American comedy film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. The film follows two musicians, Joe and Jerry, who after witnessing the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, disguise themselves as women to join an all-female band and escape the mob. Joe falls in love with the lead singer, Sugar, while Jerry catches the eye of a millionaire. The film follows their adventures as they navigate their new roles, try to stay one step ahead of the mob, and attempt to win the hearts of their beloveds. The film is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest comedies of all time.
From Curtis Hanson, starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger
L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir crime drama film directed by Curtis Hanson and based on James Ellroy's novel of the same name. Set in 1950s Los Angeles, the story follows three police officers—Ed Exley (Guy Pearce), Bud White (Russell Crowe) and Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey)—as they investigate a series of crimes, including the murder of a former cop, that reveal the dark underside of the city's glittering facade. The film won two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson). The film also received nine other Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. In addition, it also won numerous other awards, including two BAFTA Awards for Best Film and Best Adapted Screenplay.
From Elia Kazan, starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger
On the Waterfront is a 1954 American drama film directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg. It stars Marlon Brando and features Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, and Eva Marie Saint in her film debut. The film is set in the 1950s and follows Terry Malloy, a former prizefighter and dockworker whose brother, Charley, is part of the corrupt waterfront union run by mob-connected gangsters. Terry gets into a conflict with the mob-controlled union and eventually decides to testify against them. The film examines themes of corruption, despair, loyalty, and redemption as Terry faces the consequences of his past actions and struggles to make a moral choice. It also examines the consequences of standing up for what is right and doing what is necessary to restore justice. The movie was a critical and commercial success, winning eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Marlon Brando.
From Stanley Kubrick, starring Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen
The Killing is a classic crime drama directed by Stanley Kubrick and released in 1956. The film follows a gang of small-time crooks who plan and execute a daring heist at a racetrack. The leader of the gang is Johnny Clay, a man determined to get his hands on a large sum of money to live a better life. However, the plan soon goes awry and the gang are forced to confront the consequences of their actions. The film features a tight, suspenseful narrative and a theme of fate and the inevitability of consequence. As the plot unfolds, the characters are forced to reckon with their choices and the consequences of their actions. The Killing is a classic of its genre and a seminal work of cinema.
Alan Mak, starring Andy Lau, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Eric Tsang
Infernal Affairs is a 2002 Hong Kong crime thriller film written and directed by the directing team of Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. The story follows a police officer who goes undercover in the Triad gang, and a Triad member who infiltrates the police department. As the two sides attempt to discover each other's identities, a cat-and-mouse game ensues, leading to a thrilling climax. The film stars Tony Leung, Andy Lau, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Eric Tsang, Kelly Chen, and Sammi Cheng. The film was a critical and commercial success, and spawned two sequels.
From Tony Scott, starring Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer
True Romance tells the story of Clarence (Christian Slater), a young comic book store clerk who falls in love with a prostitute named Alabama (Patricia Arquette). After saving Alabama from her abusive pimp, the two flee to Los Angeles, where they plan to sell a large stash of stolen cocaine. Along the way, they are pursued by a variety of colorful characters, including two hitmen hired by the pimp and Alabama's ex-boyfriend. The story follows Clarence and Alabama as they struggle to keep the cocaine away from the dangerous criminals and build a future together. Along the way, they learn the value of love, loyalty, and trust.
From Brian De Palma, starring Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Charles Martin Smith
The Untouchables is a 1987 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma. The film is set in 1929 Chicago and follows the story of a team of federal agents, led by Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner), as they attempt to bring down the notorious gangster Al Capone (Robert De Niro). With the help of a seasoned Irish-American cop, Jim Malone (Sean Connery), and two other agents (Andy Garcia and Charles Martin Smith), Ness and his team fight a tough battle against Capone's empire of illegal booze, violence, and corruption. Ultimately, the Untouchables are successful in their mission, putting an end to Capone's criminal reign. The film was a box-office success, grossing over $76 million on an original budget of $25 million. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won one for Connery's performance as Malone.
From Howard Hawks, starring Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oskar Homolka, Henry Travers
Ball of Fire is a 1941 romantic comedy directed by Howard Hawks, starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. The story follows Professor Bertram Potts (Cooper), a shy and reclusive linguistics professor who is researching an encyclopedia of slang language. He meets nightclub singer Sugarpuss O'Shea (Stanwyck), who is on the run from the mob. Together, they embark on an adventure through the world of modern slang. Along the way, they learn valuable lessons about life and love. The film is a light-hearted take on the classic Beauty and the Beast story, and is noted for its witty dialogue and delightful performances.
From Nicholas Ray, starring Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady
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Johnny Guitar is a 1954 western film directed by Nicholas Ray and starring Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, and Scott Brady. The film tells the story of Vienna, a saloon owner in a small town in the American Southwest, who is targeted by a lynch mob of local ranchers who want her out of town. With the help of her friend, the titular Johnny Guitar, Vienna must fight to protect her land and her livelihood. As tensions rise, the two must face their own inner traumas and the hostile townspeople in order to survive.
From John Mackenzie, starring Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Paul Freeman, Leo Dolan
The Long Good Friday is a British gangster film directed by John Mackenzie and starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren. The story follows Harold Shand, a powerful British gangster who has plans to make it big in the world of legitimate business. However, Harold and his associates become embroiled in a mysterious and deadly conflict with a mysterious foreign syndicate, who are determined to stop them from completing their business deals. As the stakes are raised and violence escalates, Harold must fight to protect his empire and his life, while also trying to uncover who is behind the opposing syndicate. The film was well-received by critics and has since become regarded as a classic of British cinema.
From Spike Lee, starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace
"BlacKkKlansman" is a 2018 American biographical comedy-drama directed by Spike Lee, and stars John David Washington as Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado Springs, Colorado who successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white surrogate. The film follows Stallworth, as he sets out on a dangerous mission: to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. He bravely faces the dangers of being an African-American in the 1970s, while battling with internalized racism and stereotypes of his own. He is joined by Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), a Jewish detective who poses as Ron and helps him along his mission. The film is based on a true story and is filled with historical references and commentary on race, police brutality, and the past and present of racism in America. It is a powerful, thought-provoking examination of the legacy of racism and the urgent need for change.
Lilly Wachowski, starring Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan
From Jonathan Glazer, starring Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman
From Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty
From Steven Soderbergh, starring George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Steve Zahn
From Matteo Garrone, starring Gianfelice Imparato, Salvatore Abbruzzese, Toni Servillo, Simone Sacchettino
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From Michaël R. Roskam, starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts
From Jack Hill, starring Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui, William Elliott
From Jack Hill, starring Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown, Terry Carter
From Woody Allen, starring Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, Robert C. Kirk, Kate Winslet
From Herbert Ross, starring Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Joan Cusack, Melanie Mayron
From Jack Starrett, starring Tamara Dobson, Bernie Casey, Brenda Sykes, Antonio Fargas
Carl Gottlieb, starring Hugh Grant, Jeanne Tripplehorn, James Caan, Burt Young