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Predator (1987)
Director: John McTiernan
Is it a triumph of subtle technique? No. Is it one of the most quotable, ridiculously macho, unashamedly populist good times you'll have with a killer alien? You bet your ass. Read Review

The Bourne Identity (2002)
Director: Doug Liman
Liman's kick-off to the excellent Bourne series wasn't quite as accomplished as the sequels, but it was a morally murkier film and set up the mood that Paul Greengrass so rewardingly continued. Read Review

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Director: Oliver Stone
What do you get when you cross combustible provocateur Oliver Stone and (the then) enfant terrible of Hollywood Quentin Tarantino? Answer: Natural Born Killers, a volatile re-working of the Badlands/Bonnie And Clyde couple-on-a-killing-spree formula that (predictably) shocked the system, and (predictably) had Tarantino throwing a creative huff over Stone's liberal changes. The film is all the more fascinating for being a product of its time, strobing through the mid-'90s zeitgeist (from daytime soaps to news docs), and populated with such (as of then) wild children as Robert Downey Jr., Tom Sizemore, Juliette Lewis and Woody Harrelson. The mystical mumbo-jumbo harks back to Stone's predilection for '60s motifs, making it half-crazed, but iconic all the same. Read Review

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Director: Barry Levinson
Robin Williams off the Richter scale, as his jabber-mouthed DJ stirs up the Vietnam troops until the authorities pull the plug. The political framework at least gives more purpose to the freeforming comedian's verbal torrents. Read Review

The Elephant Man (1980)
Director: David Lynch
Easily Lynch's most sympathetic and outwardly 'gettable' movie tells the tragic 19th-century tale of John Merrick, hideously disfigured by a congenital disease, and taken in by a kindly doctor who sees the human beneath the freakshow. Read Review

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