ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (1984)

A nearly four-hour period gangster movie that represented the culmination of director Sergio Leone’s career. It is also a super weird movie.

FARGO (1996)

The Coen Brothers’ masterpiece of a modern noir set against the snowbound niceness of the Upper Midwest in winter.

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950)

Maybe the first great heist movie, for me it still works just as well today as it did 70 years ago.

MONSIEUR VERDOUX (1947)

This “comedy of murders” starring Charlie Chaplin as a serial killer was a scandalous flop in the US but has since been re-evaluated.

LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS (1998)

The raucous Cockney crime pic that introduced Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham to the world.

PULP FICTION (1994)

Even if you have not watched it over and over, the people who made the movies you have, have.

ODD MAN OUT (1947)

I really enjoyed this dream-like film noir about a doomed man’s wanderings through Belfast.

CHUNGKING EXPRESS (1994)

This romance/crime/comedy/drama/other remains, a quarter century later, my definitive personal image of Hong Kong.

POINT BREAK (1991)

This is a very silly but somehow a very good action movie about robbing banks, surfing, skydiving, and many other things. At one point Patrick Swayze throws a dog at Keanu Reeves.