THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957)

A famous war drama that is actually about something more interesting, told on a grand scale by David Lean and bunch of great actors.

APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)

A movie that looks deep into its own soul and finds only horror.

ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976)

Two paranoid journalists do the leg work that ended up bringing down a president. Never has watching guys slowly dial rotary phones been so compelling.

THE GODFATHER (1972)

Francis Ford Coppola’s mafia epic is now fixed in American culture.

SPARTACUS (1960)

As epics of Roman battles go, Spartacus is the thinking-man’s version. It also helped break the Hollywood Blacklist.