Redbird's 100 Favorite Movies
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Sergio Leone

Clint Eastwood
as "The Good"

Eli Wallach
as "The Ugly"

Lee Van Cleef
as "The Bad"
Director Sergio Leone, composer Ennio Morricone, and Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood create the greatest spaghetti western of all time.
Italy / 161 min / Color
Seven Samurai (1954)
Akira Kurosawa

Takashi Shimura
as Kambei Shimada

Toshirô Mifune
as Kikuchiyo

Yoshio Inaba
as Gorobei Katayama
One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire seven samurai warriors to protect them from invading bandits.
Action & Adventure
Japan / 207 min / B&W
Schindler's List (1993)
Steven Spielberg

Liam Neeson
as Oskar Schindler

Ben Kingsley
as Itzhak Stern

Ralph Fiennes
as Amon Goeth
Winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, this incredible true story follows the enigmatic Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust.
Biography, Drama, History
USA / 196 min / B&W
City Lights (1931)
Charles Chaplin

Charles Chaplin
as A Tramp

Virginia Cherrill
as A Blind Girl

Harry Myers
as An Eccentric Millionaire
Chaplin achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with this silent tale of a lovable vagrant falling for a young blind woman who sells flowers on the street and mistakes him for a millionaire.
Comedy, Drama
USA / 86 min / B&W
Rear Window (1954)
Alfred Hitchcock

James Stewart
as L.B. "Jeff" Jefferies

Grace Kelly
as Lisa Carol Fremont

Wendell Corey
as Det. Lt. Thomas J. Doyle
When a professional photographer is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbors play out across the courtyard. When he suspects a neighbor of murdering his nagging wife, he enlists his socialite girlfriend to help investigate the suspicious chain of events, leading to one of the most memorable and gripping endings in all of film history.
Mystery, Thriller
USA / 115 min / Color
Das Boot (1981)
Wolfgang Petersen

Jürgen Prochnow
as Capt.-Lt. Henrich

Herbert Grönemeyer
as Lt. Werner

Klaus Wennemann
as Chief Engineer Fritz
It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so called "Battle of the Atlantic" to harass and destroy English shipping. With better escorts of the Destroyer Class, however, German U-Boats have begun to take heavy losses. Das Boot is the story of one such U-Boat crew, with the film examining how these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers, attempted to accomplish impossible missions, while all the time attempting to understand and obey the ideology of the government under which they served.
War Action, Drama
Germany / 208 min / Color
Casablanca (1942)
Michael Curtiz

Humphrey Bogart
as Rick Blaine

Ingrid Bergman
as Ilsa Lund

Paul Henreid
as Victor Laszlo
Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if you're wanted by the Nazis. Such a man is French Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Henreid), whose only hope is Rick Blaine (Bogart), a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one - especially Victor's wife Ilsa (Bergman), Rick's ex-lover who broke his heart years before in Paris. Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo's transport out of the country and bitter Rick must decide what counts more - personal happiness or countless lives hanging in the balance.
Drama, War
USA / 102 min / B&W
The Wages of Fear (1953)
Henri-Georges Clouzot

Yves Montand
as Mario

Charles Vanel
as M. Jo

Peter van Eyck
as Bimba

Folco Lulli
as Luigi
In a squalid South American oil town, four desperate men sign on for a suicide mission to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over a treacherous mountain route.
Suspense, Thriller
France / 147 min / B&W
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
John Huston

Humphrey Bogart
as Fred C. Dobbs

Walter Huston
as Howard

Tim Holt
as Curtin
Two hard-luck drifters (Bogart and Holt) and a grizzled prospector (Huston) discover gold in the mountains of Mexico. Then greed and paranoia set in as Bogart's performance transforms a likable hobo into a heartless thug simmering in greed.
Action & Adventure, Drama
USA / 126 min / B&W
Psycho (1960)
Alfred Hitchcock

Anthony Perkins
as Norman Bates

Janet Leigh
as Marion Crane

Vera Miles
as Lila Crane
One of the most shocking films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho changed the thriller genre forever. Join the Master of Suspense on a chilling journey as an unsuspecting victim (Leigh) visits the Bates Motel and falls prey to one of cinema’s most notorious psychopaths - Norman Bates (Perkins).
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
USA / 109 min / B&W
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Vittorio De Sica

Lamberto Maggiorani
as Antonio

Enzo Staiola
as Bruno

Lianella Carell
as Maria
In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief.
Crime, Drama
Italy / 89 min / B&W
The 400 Blows (1959)
François Truffaut

Jean-Pierre Léaud
as Antoine Doinel

Albert Rémy
as Julien Doinel

Claire Maurier
as Gilberte Doinel

Patrick Auffay
as René
François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told from the point of view of Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marked Truffaut’s passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave.
Crime, Drama
France / 99 min / B&W
Le Samouraï (1967)
Jean-Pierre Melville

Alain Delon
as Jef Costello

François Périer
as Le Commissaire

Nathalie Delon
as Jane Lagrange

Cathy Rosier
as La pianiste
In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his armor of fedora and trench coat can protect him. An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director Jean‑Pierre Melville, Le samouraï is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture—with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology.
Crime, Drama
France / 105 min / Color
Three Colors: Red (1994)
Krzysztof Kieslowski

Irène Jacob
as Valentine

Jean-Louis Trintignant
as Le juge Joseph Kern

Jean-Pierre Lorit
as Auguste
Krzysztof Kieślowski closes his Three Colors trilogy in grand fashion, with an incandescent meditation on fate and chance, starring Irène Jacob as a sweet-souled yet somber runway model in Geneva whose life dramatically intersects with that of a bitter retired judge, played by Jean‑Louis Trintignant. Meanwhile, just down the street, a seemingly unrelated story of jealousy and betrayal unfolds. Red is an intimate look at forged connections and a splendid final statement from a remarkable filmmaker at the height of his powers.
Drama, Mystery
France / 99 min / Color
Double Indemnity (1944)
Billy Wilder

Fred MacMurray
as Walter Neff

Barbara Stanwyck
as Phyllis Dietrichson

Edward G. Robinson
as Barton Keyes
Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck star in the gripping film noir classic, Double Indemnity, directed by Academy Award winner Billy Wilder. A calculating wife (Stanwyck) encourages her wealthy husband to sign a double indemnity policy proposed by smitten insurance agent Walter Neff (MacMurray). As the would-be lovers plot the unsuspecting husband’s murder, they are pursued by a suspicious claims manager (Robinson). It’s a race against time to get away with the perfect crime in this suspenseful masterpiece that was nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
USA / 108 min / B&W
The Third Man (1949)
Carol Reed

Joseph Cotten
as Holly Martins

Alida Valli
as Anna Schmidt

Orson Welles
as Harry Lime

Trevor Howard
as Maj. Calloway
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime -- and thus begins this legendary tale of deception and murder. Thanks to brilliant performances by Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles; Anton Karas’s evocative zither score; Graham Greene’s razor-sharp dialogue; and Robert Krasker’s dramatic use of light and shadow, The Third Man, directed by the inimitable Carol Reed, only grows in stature as the years pass.
Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
UK / 105 min / B&W
Army of Shadows (1969)
Jean-Pierre Melville

Lino Ventura
as Philippe Gerbier

Simone Signoret
as Mathilde

Jean-Pierre Cassel
as Jean Jardie

Paul Meurisse
as Luc Jardie
Dark as pitch and utterly without compromise, Army of Shadows traces the harrowing feats of a small band of Resistance fighters operating during the Nazi occupation of France.
Drama, War
France / 145 min / Color
Chinatown (1974)
Roman Polanski

Jack Nicholson
as J.J. Gittes

Faye Dunaway
as Evelyn Mulwray

John Huston
as Noah Cross
Landmark movie in the film noir tradition, Roman Polanski's Chinatown stands as a true screen classic. Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Dunaway) to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night in...Chinatown.
Crime, Drama, Mystery
USA / 130 min / Color
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
John Huston

Humphrey Bogart
as Sam Spade

Mary Astor
as Brigid O'Shaughnessy

Sydney Greenstreet
as Kasper Gutman

Peter Lorre
as Joel Cairo
A gallery of high-living lowlifes will stop at nothing to get their sweaty hands on a jewel-encrusted falcon. Detective Sam Spade (Bogart) wants to find out why--and who'll take the fall for his partner's murder. An all-star cast joins Bogart in this crackling mystery masterwork.
Film-Noir, Mystery & Suspense
USA / 100 min / B&W
Umberto D. (1952)
Vittorio De Sica

Carlo Battisti
as Umberto D. Ferrari

Maria Pia Casilio
as Maria

as "Flike"
This neorealist masterpiece by Vittorio De Sica follows an elderly pensioner as he strives to make ends meet during Italy’s postwar economic recovery. Alone except for his dog, Flike, Umberto struggles to maintain his dignity in a city where human kindness seems to have been swallowed up by the forces of modernization. His simple quest to satisfy his basic needs—food, shelter, companionship—makes for one of the most heartbreaking stories ever filmed, and an essential classic of world cinema.
Italy / 88 min / B&W
Vertigo (1958)
Alfred Hitchcock

James Stewart
as John 'Scottie' Ferguson

Kim Novak
as Madeleine Elster

Barbara Bel Geddes
as Midge
Considered one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest cinematic achievements, Vertigo is a dreamlike thriller from the Master of Suspense. Set in San Francisco, the film creates a dizzying web of mistaken identity, passion, and murder after an acrophobic detective (Stewart) rescues a mysterious blonde (Novak) from the bay and must unravel the secrets of her past to find the key to his future.
Mystery & Suspense, Thriller
USA / 129 min / Color
Rififi (1955)
Jules Dassin

Jean Servais
as Tony

Carl Möhner
as Jo

Robert Manuel
as Mario

Jules Dassin
as Cesar
After making such American noir classics as Brute Force and The Naked City, the blacklisted director Jules Dassin went to Paris and embarked on his masterpiece: a twisting, turning tale of four ex-cons who hatch one last glorious robbery in the City of Light. Rififi is the ultimate heist movie, a mélange of suspense, brutality, and dark humor that was an international hit, earned Dassin the best director prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and has proven wildly influential on the decades of heist thrillers that have come in its wake.
Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
France / 118 min / B&W
Rio Bravo (1959)
Howard Hawks

John Wayne
as Sheriff John T. Chance

Dean Martin
as Dude

Walter Brennan
as Stumpy

Angie Dickinson
as Feathers
On one side, dozens of gunmen dead-set on springing a murderous cohort from jail. On the other is Sheriff John T. Chance (Wayne) and two deputies: a recovering drunkard (Martin) and a crippled codger (Brennan). Also in their ragtag ranks are a trigger-happy youth (Ricky Nelson) and a woman (Dickinson) with a past – and her eye on Chance.
Action, Drama, Western
USA / 141 min / Color
The Hustler (1961)
Robert Rossen

Paul Newman
as Eddie Felson

Jackie Gleason
as Minnesota Fats

Piper Laurie
as Sarah Packard
Racking up nine Academy Award Nominations, including Best Picture, The Hustler is a powerful and provocative cinematic masterpiece. Paul Newman electrifies in his brilliant portrayal of Fast Eddie Felson, an arrogant hustler whose unbridled ambition drives him to challenge legendary pool player Minnesota Fats - but the stakes are higher than either of them can imagine.
USA / 135 min / B&W
Unforgiven (1992)
Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood
as Bill Munny

Morgan Freeman
as Ned Logan

Gene Hackman
as Little Bill Daggett

Richard Harris
as English Bob
Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris star in this unsparing Western saga of a man who cannot escape his violent destiny. Heroes and legends rise and fall on the harsh American frontier in Unforgiven. Eleven years have passed since ex-gunslinger Billy Munny laid down his weapons, dedicating himself to his young children and struggling farm. But when a huge bounty lures Munny back into action with his loyal partner, Ned Logan, the tortured former gunslinger faces vicious Sheriff Little Bill Daggett and the lethally elegant mercenary English Bob. Even more terrifying, Munny finds himself regressing into the cold-blooded killer he once was.
Drama, Western
USA / 131 min / Color
The Big Heat (1953)
Fritz Lang

Glenn Ford
as Dave Bannion

Gloria Grahame
as Debby Marsh

Lee Marvin
as Vince Stone
The Big Heat: Fritz Lang's dark masterpiece of film noir. Glenn Ford stars as a rogue homicide cop who takes the law into his own hands when he sets out to smash a vicious crime syndicate responsible for the car bomb that killed his wife.
Crime, Drama
USA / 89 min / B&W
The Apartment (1960)
Billy Wilder

Jack Lemmon
as C.C. Baxter

Shirley MacLaine
as Fran Kubelik

Fred MacMurray
as J. D. Sheldrake
C.C. Baxter knows the way to success in the corporate's through the door of his apartment! By providing a perfect hideaway for philandering bosses, the ambitious young employee reaps a series of undeserved promotions. But when Baxter lends the key to the big boss J.D. Sheldrake, he not only advances his career, but lessens his chance of wooing the lovely Fran Kubelik, elevator girl and angel of his dreams. Convinced that he is the only man for Fran, Baxter must make the most important executive decision of his career: lose the girl...or lose his job.
Comedy, Drama
USA / 125 min / B&W
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
William Wyler

Fredric March
as Al Stephenson

Myrna Loy
as Milly Stephenson

Dana Andrews
as Fred Derry

Teresa Wright
as Peggy Stephenson
It's the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But for each man, the dream is about to become a nightmare. Captain Derry is returning to a loveless marriage; Sergeant Stephenson is a stranger to a family that's grown up without him; and young sailor Homer Parrish is tormented by the loss of his hands. Can these three men find the courage to rebuild their world? Or are the best years of their lives a thing of the past? This postwar classic garnered seven Oscars, including Best Picture. Heart-wrenching, touching and filled with emotional dynamite, it remains one of the best films about war veterans ever made.
War-Related Drama
USA / 168 min / B&W
The Killing (1956)
Stanley Kubrick

Sterling Hayden
as Johnny Clay

Jay C. Flippen
as Marvin Unger

Elisha Cook Jr.
as George Peatty

Marie Windsor
as Sherry Peatty
Stanley Kubrick’s account of an ambitious racetrack robbery is one of Hollywood’s tautest, twistiest noirs. Aided by a radically time-shuffling narrative, razor-sharp dialogue from pulp novelist Jim Thompson, and a phenomenal cast of character actors, The Killing is both a jaunty thriller and a cold-blooded punch to the gut. And with its precise tracking shots and gratifying sense of irony, it’s Kubrick to the core.
Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
USA / 84 min / B&W
Patton (1970)
Franklin J. Schaffner

George C. Scott
as General George S. Patton

Karl Malden
as General Omar Bradley

Karl Michael Vogler
as Field Marshal Rommel
Winner of seven 1970 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for George C. Scott, Patton is a riveting portrayal of one of the Twentieth century's greatest military geniuses. As rebellious as he was brilliant, George Patton was the only general truly feared by the Nazis, yet his own volatile personality was the one enemy he could never defeat.
War Action, Drama
USA / 172 min / Color
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Steven Spielberg

Richard Dreyfuss
as Roy Neary

Melinda Dillon
as Jillian Guiler

François Truffaut
as Claude Lacombe

Teri Garr
as Ronnie Neary
Roy Neary experiences a close encounter of the first kind - witnessing UFOs soaring across the sky. Meanwhile, government agents have close encounters of the second kind - discovering physical evidence of extraterrestrial visitors in the form of lost fighter aircraft from World War II and a stranded ship that disappeared decades earlier only to suddenly reappear in an unusual place. Roy and Jillian, whose son was abducted by the aliens, along with others who have had similar experiences follow the clues that have drawn them to reach a site where they will have a close encounter of the third kind - contact.
Drama, Sci-Fi
USA / 137 min / Color
The Searchers (1956)
John Ford

John Wayne
as Ethan Edwards

Jeffrey Hunter
as Martin Pawley

Ward Bond
as Capt. Sam Clayton

Natalie Wood
as Debbie Edwards
Working together for the 12th time, John Wayne and director John Ford forged The Searchers into a landmark Western offering an indelible image of the frontier and the men and women who challenged it. Wayne plays an ex-Confederate soldier seeking his niece, captured by Comanches who massacred his family. He won't surrender to hunger, thirst, the elements, or loneliness. And in his five-year search, he encounters something unexpected: his own humanity. Beautifully shot, thrillingly scored, and memorably acted The Searchers endures as a great film of enormous scope and breathtaking physical beauty.
Adventure, Drama, Western
USA / 119 min / Color
Once (2007)
John Carney

Glen Hansard
as The Guy

Markéta Irglová
as The Girl

Bill Hodnett
as The Guy's Dad
When a street musician meets a feisty keyboardist during one of his performances, the pair immediately bond over their shared love of music. Over the course of one electric week, the duo writes, performs, and records an incredible cycle of songs every bit as spontaneous and souful as their improbable romance.
Drama, Music
Ireland / 86 min / Color
The General (1926)
Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton
as Johnnie Gray

Marion Mack
as Annabelle Lee
The General is an epic of silent comedy, one of the most expensive films of its time, including an accurate historical recreation of a Civil War episode, hundreds of extras, dangerous stunt sequences, and an actual locomotive falling from a burning bridge into a gorge far below. It was inspired by a real event; the screenplay was based on the book "The Great Locomotive Chase,” written by William Pittenger, the engineer who was involved.
Action, Adventure, Comedy
USA / 78 min / B&W
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Sam Peckinpah

William Holden
as Pike

Ernest Borgnine
as Dutch

Robert Ryan
as Thornton

Ben Johnson
as Tector
The master of the American western, Sam Peckinpah, directs a stellar cast in this movie that breathed new life into the genre and broke ground in the realistic portrayal of screen violence. This explosive adventure drama is about the last of the legendary lawless breed who lived to kill -- and killed to live. Receiving two Academy Award nominations, this bitter, brutal story of magnificent losers in a dying West remains one of the screen's all-time classics.
Action, Adventure, Western
USA / 145 min / Color
The Right Stuff (1983)
Philip Kaufman
Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward
Action & Adventure, Drama
USA / 193 min / Color
Fargo (1996)
Joel Coen

Frances McDormand
as Marge Gunderson

William H. Macy
as Jerry Lundegaard

Steve Buscemi
as Carl Showalter
In this seven-time Oscar-nominated film, things go terribly awry when small-time Minnesota car salesman Jerry Lundegaard hires two thugs to kidnap his wife so he can collect the ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. Once people start dying, the very chipper and very pregnant Police Chief Marge Gunderson takes the case. Is she up for this challenge? You betcha.
Crime, Drama, Thriller
USA / 98 min / Color
In a Lonely Place (1950)
Nicholas Ray
Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid, Art Smith, Jeff Donnell
Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
USA / 93 min / B&W
Breathless (1960)
Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, Henri-Jacques Huet, Jean-Pierre Melville
Crime, Drama
France / 90 min / B&W
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Stanley Kubrick
Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Douglas Rain (HAL 9000 voice)
Adventure, Sci-Fi
UK-USA / 148 min / Color
Stagecoach (1939)
John Ford
John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, Thomas Mitchell, George Bancroft, John Carradine
Action & Adventure, Western
USA / 96 min / B&W
Red River (1948)
Howard Hawks
John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan, Joanne Dru, Noah Beery Jr., John Ireland, Harry Carey
Action & Adventure, Western
USA / 127 min / B&W
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)
Jacques Becker
Jean Gabin, René Dary, Dora Doll, Vittorio Sanipoli, Marilyn Buferd, Gaby Basset, Paul Barge, Jeanne Moreau
Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
France / 83 min / B&W
Modern Times (1936)
Charles Chaplin
Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford, Chester Conklin, Hank Mann
Comedy, Drama
USA / 87 min / B&W
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Billy Wilder
Charles Laughton, Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power, Elsa Lanchester, John Williams, Henry Daniell, Ian Wolfe, Una O'Connor
Crime, Drama, Mystery
USA / 116 min / B&W
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Sergio Leone
Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, Claudia Cardinale, Gabriele Ferzetti, Woody Strode, Jack Elam
USA / 166 min / Color
Apollo 13 (1995)
Ron Howard
Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan, Tracy Reiner
Adventure, Drama
USA / 140 min / Color
Bullitt (1968)
Peter Yates
Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn, Don Gordon, Robert Duvall, Simon Oakland, Norman Fell
Action, Crime, Mystery
USA / 114 min / Color
High and Low (1963)
Akira Kurosawa
Toshirô Mifune, Kyôko Kagawa, Kenjirô Ishiyama, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yutaka Sada
Crime, Drama, Mystery
Japan / 143 min / B&W
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Otto Preminger
James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden, Kathryn Grant, George C. Scott, Orson Bean, Russ Brown, Murray Hamilton
Crime, Mystery & Suspense
USA / 161 min / B&W
Lost in Translation (2003)
Sophia Coppola

Bill Murray
as Bob Harris

Scarlett Johansson
as Charlotte

Giovanni Ribisi
as John
Two Americans (Murray and Johansson) staying at the same luxury hotel in Tokyo, but unknown to each other, cross paths one night in the hotel bar. This chance meeting soon becomes a surprising friendship. Over the next several days they venture through Tokyo, having often hilarious encounters with its citizens, and ultimately discover a new belief in life's possibilities.
Drama, Comedy
USA / 102 min / Color
Departures (2008)
Yôjirô Takita
Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryôko Hirosue
Japan / 131 min / Color
The Great Escape (1963)
John Sturges
Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, James Donald
Drama, War
USA / 172 min / Color
The Train (1964)
John Frankenheimer

Burt Lancaster
as Paul Labiche

Paul Scofield
as Col. Waldheim

Jeanne Moreau
as Christine

Albert Rémy
as Didont
John Frankenheimer's The Train stars Burt Lancaster as a workaday World War II-era French trainman who doubles as a French Resistance fighter. He and his small group are charged with ensuring that a cargo of irreplaceable French art -- the pride and heritage of his nation -- is not allowed to leave France, despite the machinations of a Nazi officer (Scofield) determined to steal these great works for Germany.
War Action, Thriller
France-USA / 133 min / B&W
True Grit (1969)
Henry Hathaway
John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Strother Martin
Western, Action & Adventure
USA / 127 min / Color
Pale Rider (1985)
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Chris Penn, Richard Dysart, Sydney Penny, Richard Kiel, Doug McGrath, John Russell
USA / 116 min / Color
House of Games (1987)
David Mamet

Lindsay Crouse
as Margaret Ford

Joe Mantegna
as Mike

Mike Nussbaum
as Joey
In this sly, merciless thriller, Lindsay Crouse stars as a best-selling author and therapist who wants to help a client by making restitution for the money he owes to a gambler. After she meets Mike, the attractive cardsharp, her own compulsions take hold as he lures her into his world of high-stakes deception. Packed with razor-edged dialogue delivered with even-keeled precision by a cast of Mamet regulars, House of Games is as psychologically acute as it is full of twists and turns, a rich character study told with the cold calculation of a career con artist targeting his next mark.
Crime, Drama, Thriller
USA / 102 min / Color
Stray Dog (1949)
Akira Kurosawa
Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Awaji, Isao Kimura, Reisaburo Yamamoto, Noriko Sengoku, Eiko Miyoshi, Reikichi Kawamura, Teruko Kishi
Crime, Mystery, Drama
Japan / 122 min / B&W
High Noon (1952)
Fred Zinnemann
Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado
Western, Drama, Suspense
USA / 85 min / B&W
Band of Outsiders (1964)
Jean-Luc Godard

Anna Karina
as Odile

Claude Brasseur
as Arthur

Sami Frey
as Franz
Jean-Luc Godard radically reimagined the gangster film with Band of Outsiders. In it, two restless young men enlist the girl of both of their fancies to help them commit a robbery—in her own home. This audacious and wildly entertaining French New Wave gem is at once sentimental and insouciant, effervescently romantic and melancholy, and it features some of Godard’s most memorable set pieces, including the headlong race through the Louvre and the unshakably cool Madison dance sequence.
Crime, Drama, Comedy
France / 95 min / B&W
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
John Huston
Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Sam Jaffe, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, John McIntire, Marilyn Monroe, Marc Lawrence, Barry Kelly
Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
USA / 112 min / B&W
Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
Henry King
Gregory Peck, Dean Jagger, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell
War, Drama
USA / 132 min / B&W
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Fred M. Wilcox
Walter Pidgeon, Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly, Richard Anderson, Earl Holliman
Adventure, Sci-Fi
USA / 98 min / Color
The Station Agent (2003)
Tom McCarthy
Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Benjamin, Michelle Williams
Comedy, Drama
USA / 90 min / Color
Winter's Bone (2010)
Debra Granik
Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Dale Dickey, Ashlee Thompson, Isaiah Stone
Drama, Mystery, Suspense
USA / 100 min / Color
Caché (2005)
Michael Haneke
Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Bénichou, Annie Girardot, Bernard Le Coq, Walid Afkir, Lester Makedonsky
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
France / 118 min / Color
The Dam Busters (1955)
Michael Anderson
Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans, Basil Sydney, Patrick Barr, Ernest Clark, Derek Farr, Charles Carson
Drama, War Action
UK / 124 min / B&W
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
J. Lee Thompson
Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, Anthony Quayle, James Darren, Irene Papas, Gia Scala
Drama, War Action
USA-UK / 156 min / Color
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
John Sturges
Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Eli Wallach, Horst Buchholz, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter
USA / 128 min / Color
The Commitments (1991)
Alan Parker

Robert Arkins
as Jimmy Rabbitte

Andrew Strong
as Deco Cuffe

Angeline Ball
as Imelda Quirke

Johnny Murphy
as Joey 'The Lips' Fagan
Jimmy Rabbitte (Arkins) "knows" he's the world's greatest band manager.... now he just needs a band. Auditioning everyone he can find, Jimmy gathers ten of the most talented, least experienced musicians from the rough streets of working-class Dublin with a plan to launch the greatest Irish Soul band in the world. The Commitments is sparked by its young cast and enthusiastic performances of a number of '60s soul classics; the cast, who play their own instruments, reassembled the band for a concert tour after the film became a hit.
Music, Comedy, Drama
Ireland / 118 min / Color
Gran Torino (2008)
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Christopher Carley
USA / 116 min / Color
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
Mervyn LeRoy
Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson, Robert Walker, Don DeFore, Robert Mitchum
War, Drama
USA / 139 min / B&W
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
John McTiernan
Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, James Earl Jones
Cold War, Drama, Thriller
USA / 135 min / Color
M (1931)
Fritz Lang
Peter Lorre, Otto Wernicke, Gustaf Gründgens, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut
Crime, Drama, Mystery
Germany / 110 min / B&W
It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
Frank Capra
James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Ward Bond, Gloria Grahame
USA / 130 min / B&W
Metropolis (1927)
Fritz Lang
Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp
Drama, Action, Sci-Fi
Germany / 148 min / B&W
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
David Lean
Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif, Jack Hawkins, José Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy
Action & Adventure, War
UK / 227 min / Color
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Billy Wilder
Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Joe E. Brown
USA / 121 min / B&W
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Alfred Hitchcock
Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Henry Travers, Patricia Collinge, Macdonald Carey, Hume Cronyn, Wallace Ford
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
USA / 108 min / B&W
Top Hat (1935)
Mark Sandrich
Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes, Eric Blore, Helen Broderick
Comedy, Musical
USA / 100 min / B&W
The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
David Lean
William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, James Donald, Geoffrey Horne
War, Drama
UK-USA / 162 min / Color
Gone With The Wind (1939)
Victor Fleming
Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Hattie McDaniel, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland
War, Drama
USA / 233 min / Color
Swing Time (1936)
George Stevens

Fred Astaire
as Lucky Garnett

Ginger Rogers
as Penny Carroll

Victor Moore
as Pop

Helen Broderick
as Mabel
In this irresistible musical, the legendary dancing duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are at the pinnacle of their art as a feckless gambler and the shrewd dancing instructor in whom he more than meets his match. Director George Stevens laces their romance with humor and clears the floor for the movie’s showstopping dance scenes, in which Astaire and Rogers take seemingly effortless flight in a virtuosic fusion of ballroom and tap styles. Swing Time is an exuberant celebration of its stars’ chemistry, grace, and sheer joy in the act of performance.
Comedy, Musical
USA / 103 min / B&W
Shane (1953)
George Stevens
Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance, Ben Johnson, Edgar Buchanan
Western, Drama
USA / 118 min / Color
Big Night (1996)
Campbell Scott & Stanley Tucci
Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Minnie Driver, Ian Holm, Isabella Rossellini, Allison Janney, Marc Anthony
Drama, Comedy
USA / 109 min / Color
Ballad of a Soldier (1959)
Grigoriy Chukhray

Vladimir Ivashov
as Pvt. Alyosha Skvortsov

Zhanna Prokhorenko
as Shura

Evgeniy Urbanskiy
as Vasya

Antonina Maksimova
as Alyosha's Mother
Russian soldier Alyosha Skvortsov is granted a visit with his mother after he single-handedly fends off two enemy tanks. As he journeys home, Alyosha encounters the devastation of his war-torn country, witnesses glimmers of hope among the people, and falls in love. With its poetic visual imagery, Grigori Chukhrai's Ballad of a Soldier is an unconventional meditation on the effects of war, and a milestone in Russian cinema.
War-Related Drama
Russia / 88 min / B&W
Sing Street (2016)
John Carney

Ferdia Walsh-Peelo
as Conor

Lucy Boynton
as Raphina

Jack Reynor
as Brendan

Mark McKenna
as Eamon
Sing Street takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 15-year-old boy who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, uber-cool and beautiful Raphina, and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band's music videos. There's only one problem: he has no band...yet. Now he must deliver what he's promised. Immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos.
Music, Drama, Comedy
Ireland / 118 min / Color
Run Lola Run (1998)
Tom Tykwer
Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri, Armin Rohde, Joachim Król, Ludger Pistor
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Germany / 80 min / Color
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
Howard Hawks
Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Richard Barthelmess, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, Allyn Joslyn, Sig Ruman, Victor Kilian
Action & Adventure, Drama
USA / 121 min / B&W
A Wednesday (2008)
Neeraj Pandey
Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Jimmy Shergill, Deepal Shaw, Aamir Bashir, Kali Prasad Mukherjee
Action, Crime, Thriller
India / 102 min / Color
Moon (2009)
Duncan Jones
Sam Rockwell, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw, Adrienne Shaw, Kaya Scodelario, Benedict Wong, Kevin Spacey (voice of GERTY the computer)
Sci-Fi, Mystery, Drama
UK / 97 min / Color
As It Is in Heaven (2004)
Kay Pollak
Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren, Helen Sjöholm, Lennart Jähkel, Ingela Olsson, Niklas Falk, Per Morberg, Ylva Lööf
Music, Drama
Sweden / 132 min / Color
The Dish (2000)
Rob Sitch
Sam Neill, Kevin Harrington, Tom Long, Patrick Warburton, Roy Billing, John McMartin
Drama, Comedy
Australia / 101 min / Color
High Sierra (1941)
Raoul Walsh
Humphrey Bogart, Ida Lupino, Alan Curtis, Arthur Kennedy, Joan Leslie, Henry Hull, Henry Travers, Barton MacLane, Donald MacBride, Willie Best, "Zero" as the dog "Pard"
Crime, Drama, Film Noir
USA / 101 min / B&W
The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Robert Aldrich
James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch, Hardy Krüger, Ernest Borgnine, Ian Bannen, Ronald Fraser, Christian Marquand, Dan Duryea, George Kennedy
Action & Adventure, Drama
USA / 149 min / Color
42nd Street (1933)
Lloyd Bacon

Warner Baxter
as Julian Marsh

Dick Powell
as Billy Lawler

Ruby Keeler
as Peggy Sawyer

Ginger Rogers
as "Anytime" Annie
Meet a dewy-eyed ingenue, a gee-whiz tenor, stuck-up stars, hard-up producers, brassy blondes, and "shady ladies from the 80s." They're all denizens of 42nd Street, belting out ageless Harry Warren/Al Dubin songs and tapping out Busby Berkeley's sensational Depression-lifting production numbers, as the put-on-a-show plot spins merrily along.
Comedy, Musical
USA / 89 min / B&W
Nobody's Fool (1994)
Robert Benton
Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Jessica Tandy, Melanie Griffith, Dylan Walsh, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Gene Saks
USA / 110 min / Color
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Colin Trevorrow
Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni, Mary Lynn Rajskub
Comedy, Drama
USA / 86 min / Color
The Aura (2005)
Fabián Bielinsky
Ricardo Darín, Manuel Rodal, Dolores Fonzi, Pablo Cedrón, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Jorge D'Elía, Alejandro Awada
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Argentina / 138 min / Color
O'Horten (2007)
Bent Hamer

Baard Owe
as Odd Horten

Espen Skjønberg
as Trygve Sissener

Henny Moan
as Svea

Ghita Nørby
as Fru Thøgersen
Odd Horten is a neat, meticulous, pipe-smoking train conductor, winding up 40 years of service for the Norwegian railways. O'Horten poses the following question: When a man's life has been determined by timetables and clearly-defined journeys along narrow tracks, how does he spend his free hours of retirement? His orderly, solitary existence is about to give way to a future of unlikely adventures and puzzling dilemmas.
Comedy, Drama
Norway / 90 min / Color