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Before Sunrise (1995)
Director: Richard Linklater
The soppy/sophisticated two-hander plays as affecting tribute to young love, lent real emotional heft in retrospect by the nine-years-later sequel. Read Review
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Director: Tobe Hooper
A DIY shocker that prefigured ‘torture porn’ by 30 years...Less blood and butchery than you actually think, but it’s how the tone and texture make you feel: violated, terrified, exhilarated. Read Review
Fargo (1996)
Director: Joel & Ethan Coen
The homespun murder story that finally wrought the Brothers’ Kook Oscar recognition, and though their "it’s true" claims proved mischievous, Frances McDormand's warm, up-the-duff rozzer makes it feel real. Read Review
Point Break (1991)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Before Neo there was Johnny Utah: young, dumb and full of come-on, can’t-you-spot-the-subtext? beauty. Surfin’ and stealin’, buddy beefcakes Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze forge the ultimate bromance. Read Review
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Amélie (1999)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Jeunet's perfectly pitched little charmer is one for wistful romantics everywhere. It also offers an object lesson in how to be a better person. To wit... Read Review

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It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Director: Frank Capra
The ultimate Christmas movie, and Capra’s most enduring — even if it was a flop on release. Read Review

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