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Sweet Smell Of Success (1957)
Director: Alexander Mackendrick
An extraordinary, unrivalled, utterly cynical piece of Hollywood noir, as Tony Curtis' sleazoid press agent rubs up against Burt Lancaster's formidable J. J. Hunsecker, the Broadway columnist who can make or break careers. Read Review

Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Director: Sergei Eisenstein
Eisenstein's dramatisation of the Russian naval mutiny, cited as the kick-off point for the revolution itself, put down a breathtaking blueprint for what cinema could do. Read Review

American History X (1998)
Director: Tony Kaye
Hugely controversial in its day, Kaye's black-and-white tale of neo-Nazi redemption has, scarily, only grown in relevance. Edward Norton, who re-edited amid a directorial spat lends chilling reality to the idea of the intelligent brute. Read Review

Suspiria (1977)
Director: Dario Argento
All of the Italian horror maestro's Gothic flamboyance is on display in this operatic horror set in a ballet school run by homicidal witches, draping his bodily carnage in the gloss of art. Best death: the girl who plunges into a pit of barbed wire. Read Review

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Gremlins (1984)
Director: Joe Dante
Dante' brilliant horror pastiche of cute puppets transforming into swarms of anarchic devils. Arguably, though, it was producer Spielberg's emphasis on keeping Gizmo front-and- centre that made the difference. Read Review

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