GLADIATOR (2000)

A big old sword and sandals epic that revived the genre and became a personal favorite of mine.

MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)

It earned an X-rating for its “homosexual frame of reference,” but I mostly found unrelentingly depressing.

BEN-HUR (1959)

The biggest hit of its day has a supreme technical achievement slung over a story that feels to me like middling Bible fanfic.

ANNIE HALL (1977)

My favorite romantic comedy of all time, it uses new tricks in every scene to get inside the neurotic heads of its characters.

THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)

The car chase is justly famous, but these days its cops with a “shoot first ask questions later” attitude are extremely hard to root for.

SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)

Maybe the definitive movie about one of the worst events in human history.

ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)

Showbiz is an eternal, elemental struggle in one of the greatest of all satires.

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)

Sidney Poitier has to solve a murder in a small southern town that hates him. A great social movie but kind of a blah procedural.

BRAVEHEART (1995)

This epic basically invented modern Scottish nationalism despite a total lack of both subtlety and interest in actual history.

TITANIC (1997)

This epic disaster movie slash romance became the highest grossing movie all time and won all the Oscars. But what do we think 23 years later?