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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Must-See All-time Great Films

 Seven Samurai (1954 - Japanese) Direction: Akira Kurosawa
The film takes place in 1587 during the Warring States Period of Japan. It follows the story of a village of farmers that hire seven masterless Samurai to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops.This film is about 16th-century Japanese village which hires professional warriors to fend off bandits. Kurosawa's "far-east Western" has served as model for many films since, including American remake The Magnificent Seven.The film is described as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made and listed as one of the ten greatest films of all time.

Psycho(1960) Direction:Alfred Hitchcock
The film depicts the encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane (Leigh), hiding at a secluded motel after embezzelling money from her employer, and the motel's disturbed owner and manager,Norman Bates  (Perkins), and the aftermath of their encounter This  film is still terrifying after all these years.

The Great Escape(1963)Produced and Directed by John Sturges  
The film is about an escape by Allied prisoners of war from a German POW camp during World War II  starring Steve McQueen,James Garner and Richard Attenborough

 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly(1966)Directed by Sergio Leone
 starring Clint Eastwood,Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach in the title roles
 The plot revolves around three gunslingers  competing to find a fortune in buried confiderate gold  amid the violent chaos of gunfights, hangings, American Civil War battles and prison camps.

Mackenna's Gold(1969)Direction:J Lee Thompson
The film is based on the novel of the same name telling the story of how the lure of gold corrupts a diverse group of people.the cast of the film - Gregory Peck,Omar Shariff,Telly Savalas,Camilla Sparv and Julie Newmar  

The Godfather(1972) Direction:Francis Ford Coppola
Cast : Marlan Brando,Al Pacino,Robert Duval
Based on Mario Puzo's novel on the violent life and times of Mafia patriarch Don Corleone (Brando). Pulp fiction raised to the highest level; a film of epic proportions, masterfully done, and set to Nino Rota's memorable music. Absolutely irresistible. Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Actor (Brando), and Screenplay (Coppola and Puzo) .The Godfather received Academy Awards for Best Film,Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay and has been selected for preservation in the USA National Film Registry

 Papillon(1973)directed by Franklin J. Schaffner
 starring Steve McQueen as Henri Charrière ("Papillon"), and Dustin Hoffman as Louis Dega.
Henri Charriere befriends fellow convict, Louis Dega, while serving a sentence on Devil's Island (a hellish, notorious island prison). He plots his escape.
The petty criminal known as Papillon is unjustly convicted of murder (specifically, murdering a pimp) in the 1930s and sentenced to life imprisonment in a French penitentiary on Devil's Island in French Guiana. He attempts several escapes, which result in many punishments, but after more than a decade (at least seven years of which were spent in solitary confinement as punishment for his escape attempts), he eventually succeeds in escaping to freedom.

Enter the Dragon(1973)directed by Robert Clouse
starring Bruce Lee, Jim Kelly and John Saxon
This is Bruce Lee's final film appearance before his death on July 20, 1973. Six days after Lee's death, the film was released on July 26, 1973 in Hong Kong.
Enter the Dragon was the first Chinese martial arts film to have been produced by a major Hollywood studio – Warner Bros. and was produced in association with Golden Harvest and Lee's Concord Production Company.

Jaws(1975) Direction:Steven Spielberg
New England shore community is terrorized by shark attacks; local cop (Scheider), ichthyologist (Dreyfuss) and salty shark expert (Shaw) determine to kill the attacker.A terrific movie thats hold you to your seats while watching.

Star Wars(1977) Direction: George Lucas
  is the first of six films released in the Star Wars Saga. The film set "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away", the film follows a group of freedom fighters known as the Rebel Alliance as they plot to destroy the powerful Death Star space station, a devastating weapon created by the evil Galactic Empire. This conflict disrupts the isolated life of farmboy Luke Skywalker when he inadvertently acquires the droids carrying the stolen plans to the Death Star. After the Empire begins a cruel and destructive search for the droids, Skywalker decides to accompany Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi on a daring mission to rescue the owner of the droids, rebel leader Princess Leia Organa, and save the galaxy.

Kramer vs. Kramer(1979)Direction:Robert Benton
Cast -  Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep  
The film tells the story of a married couple's divorce  and its impact on everyone involved, including the couple's young son. The film received 5 Academy Awards - Best Actor,Best Film,Best Adapted Screenplay,Best Supporting Actress and Best Direction

Lion of the Desert(1981)Direction:Moustapha Akkad
Libyan Historical action film starring  Anthony Quinnas Libyan tribal leader Omar Mukhtar, a Bedouin leader fighting the Italian army in the years leading up to World War II and Oliver Reed  as Italian General Rodolfo Graziani  who attempted to defeat Mukhtar. It was directed by  and funded by the govt. under Muammar-al-Gaddaffi

Extra - terrestrial(E.T)(1982)Direction: Steven Spielberg
A 10-year-old boy (Thomas) befriends a creature from another planet that's been stranded on Earth. A warm, insightful story of childhood innocence, frustration, courage, and love...with a remarkable "performance" by E.T. An exhilarating experience. 

Schindler's List(1993) Direction: Steven Spielberg
Staggering adaptation of Thomas Keneally's best-seller about the real-life Catholic war profiteer who initially flourished by sucking up to the Nazis, but eventually went broke saving the lives of more than 1,000 Polish Jews by employing them in his factory, manufacturing crockery for the German army.The three central characters rate - and receive - unforgettable performances: Neeson, who's towering as Oskar Schindler; Kingsley, superb as his Jewish accountant (and conscience); and Fiennes, who's frightening as the odious Nazi commandant.

Cast Away(2000)directed by Roberts Zemeckis
Tom Hanks as a FedEx  employee stranded on an uninhabited island  after his plane crashes in the South Pacific.  The film depicts his successful attempts to survive on the island using remnants of his plane's cargo, as well as his eventual escape and return to society. Hanks was nominated for Best Actor at the 73rd Academy Awards  for his critically acclaimed performance

Hotel Rwanda (2004)Director: Terry George

Hotel Rwanda attempts to document the country’s genocide in 1994, it does so by focusing on the character of Rusesabagina (played by Don Cheadle), who gave refuge to hundreds of fleeing Tutsis. Calling in dozens of favors with his extensive network of contacts, he was able to hold the Hutu extremists (the Interahamwe militia) at bay, until the Tutsi rebels drove the Hutu from power.  

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