My Top Ten Movies

Heat

heatA group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.

Director:Michael Mann
Writer:Michael Mann
Stars:Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer

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The Last of the Mohicans

lastThree trappers protect a British Colonel’s daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War.

Director:Michael Mann
Writers:James Fenimore Cooper (novel), John L. Balderston (adaptation),
5 more credits »
Stars:Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means

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The Big Chill

big chillA group of seven former college friends gather for a weekend reunion at a South Carolina winter house after the funeral of one of their friends.

Director:Lawrence Kasdan
Writers:Lawrence Kasdan, Barbara Benedek
Stars:Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum

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The Mission

mission18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American Indian tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.

Director:Roland Joffé
Writer:Robert Bolt (original story & screenplay)
Stars:Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally

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The Usual Suspects

the Usual SuspectsA sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup.

Director:Bryan Singer
Writer:Christopher McQuarrie
Stars:Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri

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The Year of Living Dangerously

The Year of Living DangerouslyA young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer.

Director:Peter Weir
Writers:C.J. Koch (novel), C.J. Koch (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Stars:Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt

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Michael Collins

Michael CollinsMichael Collins plays a crucial role in the establishment of the Irish Free State in the 1920s, but becomes vilified by those hoping to create a completely independent Irish republic.

Director:Neil Jordan
Writer:Neil Jordan
Stars:Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts

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Kiss of the Spider Woman

Kiss of the Spider WomanLuis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a homosexual, is found guilty of immoral behaviour and Valentin is a political prisoner. To escape reality … See full summary »

Director:Hector Babenco
Writers: Manuel Puig (based on the novel by), Leonard SchraderStars:William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga

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Body Heat

Body HeatIn the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

Director:Lawrence Kasdan
Writer:Lawrence KasdanStars:
William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna

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Manhunter

Manhunter-PosterArt1Former FBI profiler Will Graham returns to service to pursue a deranged serial murderer named “the Tooth Fairy” by the media.

Director:Michael Mann
Writers:Thomas Harris (novel), Michael Mann(screenplay)
Stars:William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen


BOUNUS CHOICES

Broadcast News

bc newsTake two rival TV reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one producer, female. Mix well and watch the sparks fly.

Director:James L. Brooks
Writer:James L. Brooks
Stars:William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter

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The Last Waltz

last waltzA film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.

Director:Martin Scorsese
Writer:Mardik Martin (treatment)
Stars:Robbie Robertson, Muddy Waters, Neil Young

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