CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981)

Maybe the most British sports movie ever made, it uses track & field in the 1920s deal with complicated issues of personal conviction, racism, and classism, and also some guys run on a beach.

DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)

Probably the best known movie about Native Americans, directed by and starring a very laconic white guy who I’m not sure can actually act. But I think it mostly works?

PLATOON (1986)

A very violent, dark Vietnam movie written and directed by an actual Vietnam veteran, so I would say it’s high quality but your mileage may vary.

WEST SIDE STORY (1961)

About three-quarters of my favorite movie all-time, but not quite. Still sort of elemental to where musicals have gone since then.

THE LAST EMPEROR (1987)

Our Forgotten Best Pictures Film Festival closes with an interesting epic about the final emperor of China, who lived a fascinating life despite lacking any personal agency whatsoever.

KRAMER VS. KRAMER (1979)

Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep fight over custody of a mop-topped little kid who is going to need so much therapy after this.

TOM JONES (1963)

A movie set in the 1700s, released in the early 1960s, that still feels startlingly modern today. I absolutely loved it. Why did no one tell me this movie was so good? He said about the Oscar winner.

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (1952)

If you love circuses, good for you. This Best Picture winner is way too long and has way too much circus, and when the characters actually talk to each other it’s even worse.

GOING MY WAY (1944)

Bing Crosby plays a laid-back, musical priest in this very laid-back musical that was a huge hit in the middle of World War II but mostly forgotten today.