Small-town life is laid bare in RECTIFY. What began as a drama about one man’s wrongful conviction has unfurled into a compelling portrait of a close-knit community whose peace is shattered by the past. Likewise, here are 10 dramatic movies, from “Napoleon Dynamite” tp “Blue Velvet,” that scratch at the surface of daily life in tiny towns, revealing the stark contrast between a community’s image and its reality.
“All the President’s Men,” “Carrie,” “Taxi Driver”… The 1970s are widely regarded as the second golden age of American film—a decade marked by a new generation of cutting-edge directors who dominated the cinematic landscape. Need proof? Consider 1976 alone.
The Academy Awards have been around for almost 90 years, but during that time, only about two dozen winning flicks have dared to bare the skin of their highly talented casts. Here are 10 of our favorite nude scenes in Oscar-winning movies, from Blue Sky to Monster’s Ball.
No other European country has been as influential in the world of modern cinema as France, and while French New Wave may have been the most important cinematic movement since WWII, the country’s also given us some great films just over the past 40 or so years—like these 10 French films, all of them found in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
The psychodrama, the whodunit tension and the unknown dangers lurking around every corner can make for some riveting set-ups and shocking finales—especially when those finales leave you hanging by not revealing who the killer was all along.
Meryl Streep has racked up 19 Academy Award nominations. While three of those nods became Oscar wins, it’s still tough to whittle down Streep’s resume to her very best. However, these five—all of them in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die—arguably represent her best.
In honor of the upcoming season of RECTIFY, we’re spotlighting siblings in movies and T.V. From brothers and sisters who make our hearts melt (like Gilbert and Arnie in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?) to relatives who strengthen their kinship by fighting crime (The Boondock Saints), here are ten of the greatest.
He made us laugh in “21 Jump Street,” showed us his dance moves in “Step Up” and again as sultry Magic Mike, plus he’s the perfect romantic lead. But more than all that, Channing Tatum has showed off some serious acting chops in many of his movies. Here are five of Tatum’s performances you might have missed while watching his (we admit, very compelling) dance routines.
Over his long and legendary career, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg has tackled primeval fears and imaginative fantasy, captured the magic of childhood wonderment and found the human side of stories across almost all genres: literary adaptations, action-adventure, historical films and more. All of that makes whittling down his filmography to only his best nearly impossible, but these 1o movies—all of them found in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die—might be his finest.
The Cold War between the West and Soviet Russia, along with its collection of allies, began after WWII and lasted until the end of Communist rule. The divided state of East and West Germany may have presented the starkest contrast between the two ideologies, but as these 10 movies about the Cold War demonstrate, the whole world was involved. Find out what “From Russia With Love” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” had to say about the conflict.
Some of our favorite non-American movies that received their U.S. premieres at Sundance this past decade, including “Bloody Sunday” and “Up the Yangtze.
Once relegated to clichéd stereotypes, LGBT characters have moved from the margins of mainstream entertainment into roles that champion and celebrate diversity in modern society, sparking debate and encouraging acceptance. Here are 10 movies–and their iconic gay characters–that have achieved landmark status for the way they represent the LGBT community on the big screen.
It’s not often that a movie adapted from a book turns out better than the original material—but when it does happen, the result is akin to cinematic magic. Here are 10 of our favorite movies, from “Brokeback Mountain” to “Mean Girls,” that were even more acclaimed than the books on which they were based.
“Airplane!”, “Ghostbusters”, “Tootsie.” Whether they trafficked in juvenile humor, whip-smart social satire, wacky hijinks or all points in between, American movies experienced a comedic heyday during the 1980s. As proof, check these 10 funny films from the decade that have earned a spot in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
Bumbling, overbearing or just plain lame, movie fathers don’t tend to get a lot of credit. From doofus dads (“National Lampoon’s Vacation”) to totalitarian dads (“The Sound of Music”), here are ten myths ripe for busting just in time for Father’s Day
Skilled con artists, soldiers on the front lines of national security… and sex symbols? The most famous movie spies tend to wield some seriously seductive elegance in addition to possessing a deadly skills set. Here are the 10 cinematic secret agents you’re most likely to catch us surveilling—and salivating over.
A brilliant if sometimes inscrutable filmmaker, Gus Van Sant has given us some truly indelible scenes. From “My Own Private Idaho” to “Drugstore Cowboy,” here are 10 of our favorite Van Sant moments.
Hollywood has never shied away from talking about tough subjects–and movies that take on the big issues are all the better for it. From “Dear White People” to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” here are 10 great movies about race that offer eye-opening insights on diversity, inclusion and acceptance.
The year 1999 was momentous in the real world—marked by President Clinton’s impeachment trial, the death of JFK Jr. and the debut of the Euro, among other headline-grabbers—and at the movies. Here are 10 films from that year that have earned a spot in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
Germany’s capital city of Berlin has long served as rich terrain for filmmakers worldwide, be they Hollywood directors or indie auteurs. The following 10 movies, including “Run Lola Run” and “The Bourne Supremacy,” all shot in the once-divided metropolis, reflect the past and present of “The Grey City,” while showing off the best it has to offer.
Remember that time you brought your parents/first date/brother or sister to the cineplex not expecting to be embarrassed and all of a sudden–wham, bam, thank you m’am, there’s some crazy action going on on-screen? Us, too. “Black Swan,” “Jackie Brown,” and 8 more times we covered our eyes (in polite company, anyway) in the movies.
Rock ‘n’ roll music and Hollywood movies are America’s two great pop-cultural exports—but on rare occasions, the two medium are made even better when a film comes along that captures rock music’s anarchic and creative spirit. The results? Anything but predictable, even when set to a steady beat. Here are our picks for 10 movies that really rock.
He’s the actor who brought Three 6 Mafia’s “It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp” to life in Hustle & Flow, he played Iron Man’s right-hand man and he looks damn good in a uniform. Actor Terrence Howard’s filmography features a slew of different roles, but here are 10 of our faves.
A good horror movie can scare you in myriad ways, but nothing keeps a person up at night like the perfectly creepy line of dialogue. From “The Shining” to “When a Stranger Calls,” here are our picks for the 10 most chilling movie quotations of all time.
What makes a movie a midnight movie? Usually it’s a deft combination of outrageousness and outsiderness that gives cinematic outcasts a second life after dark. Here are our 10 favorite midnight movies, including “Rock Horror Picture Show” and “Donnie Darko.”