THE ICE STORM (1997)

Ang Lee directs a “comedy of manners” about two families crashing into each other over Thanksgiving weekend.

FOOTLOOSE (1984)

Is it a hard hitting drama about small town life? Is it a musical? The answers lie in Kevin Bacon’s angry dancing.

THE SILENCES OF THE PALACE (1994)

The story of women trapped and exploited in a gilded cage, the first film by a female director to come out of the Arab World.

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

A surprisingly universal and human story of three soldiers returning to their home town after World War II, from decades before “PTSD” was a term.

BOYZ N THE HOOD (1991)

John Singleton’s slice-of-life drama about young men dealing with life South Central Los Angeles received wide acclaim and maybe changed Hollywood a little.

THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964)

Roger Corman and Vincent Price team up for a movie about rich people torturing peasants and partying during a plague.