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Lone Star (1996)
Director: John Sayles
Sayles specialises in deliberately paced, ensemble, slice-of-Americana dramas, and bolstered by a flashback-driven mystery element (featuring Matthew McConaughey's best performance), this bordertown saunter is one of his finest. Read Review

The Last Seduction (1994)
Director: John Dahl
Dahl and Linda Fiorentino crafted a bitch for the ages in crafty femme Bridget Gregory - but then, why should it always be the men who get all the fun in noir? Read Review

Aladdin (1992)
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
Heartland Disneytainment, best-loved by boys for having a rogueish bloke rather than a princess at the centre of things, best-loved by everyone for Robin Williams' show-stealing vocal whirl as the genie. Read Review

Funny Face (1957)
Director: Stanley Donen
Audrey Hepburn has rarely looked better, and Fred Astaire's still on fine, toe-tapping form in this chic Parisian romp - so who cares about the gaping age difference between them? A fine showcase for both stars' talents.

Braveheart (1995)
Director: Mel Gibson
Historically suspect, but so what? Gibson wrenches out all the thrills and bloodspills he can in this rowdy medieval epic, featuring one of cinema's most stirring battle scenes (The Battle Of Stirling Bridge). Rousing stuff. Read Review

The Lion King (1994)
Director: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
It's not hard to see - or indeed hear - why this is one of the Mouse House's hugest movies. Its formula (hit songs, big sequences, comedy sidekicks, tear-jerking tragedy, cute baby animals) has rarely worked better. Read Review

Rebecca (1940)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
As his first Hollywood movie, Hitch was pressed to adapt Daphne du Maurier's fraught classic of timid new brides tormented by tyrannical housekeepers and distant husbands. It's all a bit melodramatic for the master, but he did to win the Best Picture Oscar. Read Review

Midnight Run (1988)
Director: Martin Brest
Quietly, hilariously, this odd-couple thriller was one of the films of the '80s. The teaming of a droll but square Charles Grodin (as the dodgy accountant on the lam) and a restrained and likable Robert De Niro (as the bounty hunter sent to retrieve him) proved perfect. Read Review

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Trainspotting (1996)
Director: Danny Boyle
There's no doubting the jump-start Boyle's Scorsese-styled adaptation of Irvine Welsh's drug odyssey gave to the stuffy home-grown industry, not to mention the career of one Ewan McGregor. Read Review

Sense And Sensibility (1995)
Director: Ang Lee
Lee, with his keen eye for the foibles of human behaviour, was a perfect fit for Jane Austen's silken satire. It's hardly a radical adaptation, but with decent performances, it remains popular. Read Review

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