PASQUALINO SETTEBELLEZE (1975)

Lina Wertmüller became the first ever female director nominated for Best Picture for a movie that, to my surprise, turned out to be about an amoral hatchet murderer trying to seduce his way out of a concentration camp.

DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN (1985)

Madonna’s first major movie role was in this extremely 80s update of the screwball comedy.

THE DEER HUNTER (1978)

Called a “nightmare” and “endless” by its own studio, it ended up winning Best Picture and being the first big hit movie about the Vietnam War.