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Badlands (1973)
Director: Terrence Malick
Loosely based on the real-life murder spree of Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate, Malick’s debut is a tribute to the untamed wilderness and a hazy ode to crazy love. Read Review
Betty Blue (1986)
Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix
The original title for this steamy Gallic thriller — translated as 37°C, Two In The Morning — sums it all up. Hot, sweaty and passionate, it couldn’t be more French if it tried. Read Review
The Innocents (1961)
Director: Jack Clayton
Based on Henry James’ The Turn Of The Screw, Clayton’s psychological Gothic horror is a masterpiece of subtle implication over blatant gore. This has a strong shout as Blighty's best chiller.
Boogie Nights (1997)
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
The rise-and-fall of a skin-flick entourage is explored in intimate detail in Anderson’s star-studded homage to the success and excesses of the ’70s porn industry. More a film about family than rutting on celluloid. Read Review
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Gladiator (2000)
Director: Ridley Scott
"Are you not entertained?" With Russell Crowe in full-on wronged-warrior mode, Scott evoking the lost majesty of ancient Rome and more bloody violence than you can shake a trident at. Yes, we are. Read Review

The French Connection (1971)
Director: William Friedkin
Based on the infamous drug trafficking case of the same name, Friedkin’s electric, documentary-style thriller is a gritty triumph of style and intelligent plotting bolstered by a career-defining turn from Gene Hackman as committed narc Popeye Doyle. Read Review

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