Edward G. Robinson is an iconic all-American gangster in Mervyn LeRoy’s landmark but creaky 1931 crime movie Little Caesar.
A hammy Andy Griffith + Budd Schulberg’s didactic screenplay hinder Elia Kazan’s 1957 sociopolitical drama A Face in the Crowd costarring Patricia Neal.
Best Actress Oscar winner Joan Crawford is terrific as the devoted mother of psycho daughter Ann Blyth in Michael Curtiz’s 1945 melo noir Mildred Pierce.
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Is Michael Curtiz’s 1942 Oscar-winning romantic drama Casablanca truly great cinema? Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid star.
Contemplative Woody Allen comedy Stardust Memories is one of the most profound films ever. Charlotte Rampling + Marie-Christine Barrault costar.
Werner Herzog’s ‘minor’ period psychological drama Woyzeck is superior to most acclaimed Hollywood fare. Klaus Kinski and Eva Mattes star.
Breaking of the fourth wall at film’s end nearly ruins Abbas Kiarostami’s otherwise effective suicide drama Taste of Cherry. Palme d’Or co-winner.
Ingmar Bergman’s sumptuous big-screen swan song, the 1982 period family drama Fanny and Alexander is even more engrossing in its longer form.
Akira Kurosawa’s The Bad Sleep Well deserves to be as well known as Rashomon and Seven Samurai. Toshiro Mifune stars.
Luchino Visconti approaches Dostoevsky in an un-Hollywood manner in the 1957 romantic drama White Nights. Marcello Mastroianni and Maria Schell star.
Is the iconic 1960 nouvelle vague movie Breathless vastly overrated? Jean-Paul Belmondo + Jean Seberg star in Jean-Luc Godard’s influential noir homage.
Krzysztof Kieslowski’s brilliant Three Colors: Red features Jean-Louis Trintignant in a career-capping star turn and Irène Jacob in a career-making one.
Krzysztof Kieslowski’s weakest entry in his Three Colors trilogy, White is still better than most Hollywood comedies. Julie Delpy stars.
Krzysztof Kieslowski’s sublime 1993 psychological drama Three Colors: Blue provides Juliette Binoche with one of the best roles of her career.
Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 action classic Seven Samurai is one of those rare films that get better and better with each new viewing. Toshiro Mifune stars.
Starring Harrison Ford, Ridley Scott’s 1982 dystopian thriller Blade Runner is a modern classic. But does it merit that label? Sean Young and Rutger Hauer costar.
Michelangelo Antonioni’s acclaimed 1957 neorealist drama Il Grido stars an outstanding Steve Cochran. Also in the cast: Alida Valli and Betsy Blair.
Released 9 years after atomic bombs were dropped on 2 Japanese cities, the 1954 classic Godzilla / Gojira features 1 of cinema’s greatest monsters.
In his 1966 ‘Swinging London’ masterwork Blow-Up, Michelangelo Antonioni questions the perception of reality. David Hemmings + Vanessa Redgrave star.