90. Call Me by Your Name (2017)
> Genre: Drama, romance
> Directed by: Luca Guadagnino
> Starring: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg
American producer Peter Spears saw early proofs of the eponymous novel by André Aciman and bought the screen rights before it was published. Spears began producing the film in 2008 but soon encountered development problems. The screenplay was finally completed in 2015, and the coming-of-age romantic drama has been heralded as an erotic triumph.
89. The Searchers (1956)
> Genre: Adventure, drama, western
> Directed by: John Ford
> Starring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles
In his book, “The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend,” Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Frankel says “‘The Searchers’ is perhaps the greatest Hollywood film that few people have seen.” An epic set in America’s Old West, it was reviewed as a great western instead of a great movie. But that slowly changed and “The Searchers” is seen as a touchstone.
88. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
> Genre: Drama, war
> Directed by: Steven Spielberg
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks had been longtime friends before this movie, yet somehow had never worked together. Once each learned the other was reading Robert Rodat’s script, discussions ensued. The collaboration created what’s now considered as one of the greatest war dramas ever made.
87. Unforgiven (1992)
> Genre: Drama, western
> Directed by: Clint Eastwood
> Starring: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman
They say that in this movie Clint Eastwood was returning to the very genre that made him famous. The stark difference is that this western deals with the psychological impact of killing. By doing so, Eastwood has been able to contemporize the genre. “Unforgiven” won four Academy Awards.
86. The Big Sleep (1946)
> Genre: Crime, film-noir, mystery
> Directed by: Howard Hawks
> Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely
“The Big Sleep” was based on the Raymond Chandler novel of the same name. Chandler took some of his short stories and wove them together into one coherent novel. The adapted novel also resulted in one of the most popular film noir classics of all time.
85. Strangers on a Train (1951)
> Genre: Crime, film-noir, thriller
> Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
> Starring: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman
Film legend has it that Alfred Hitchcock was terrified he would one day be accused of a crime he didn’t commit. This fear threaded through the plots of many of his films, including “Strangers on a Train,” which is lauded as one of his best. Masterful, eery visual set pieces add to this thriller.
84. In a Lonely Place (1950)
> Genre: Drama, film-Noir, mystery
> Directed by: Nicholas Ray
> Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy
Some of art imitated life in this psychodrama. Nicholas Ray directed his wife Gloria Grahame in the film. Their real-life marriage endured a separation, a brief reuniting, and eventual divorce. It’s been said that Grahame played the anxiety and emotions she was experiencing, heightening her performances in the movie.
83. Badlands (1973)
> Genre: Crime, drama
> Directed by: Terrence Malick
> Starring: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates
After his second year at the American Film Institute, Terrence Malick began writing the script for “Badlands” while on a road trip. Alongside, he developed a sales kit to show to investors. Malick noted that interested investors believed in the project and invested in good faith.
82. La La Land (2016)
> Genre: Comedy, drama, music
> Directed by: Damien Chazelle
> Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt
Without a doubt, Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” revitalized musicals, and more importantly, it reminded us that we can move to our own rhythm. Chazelle was enamored with musicals and perceived the art form as both experimental and mainstream while he was studying film at Harvard University. .
81. The Apartment (1960)
> Genre: Comedy, drama, romance
> Directed by: Billy Wilder
> Starring: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray
Inspiration comes in many forms. Director Billy Wilder reportedly found his inspiration for “The Apartment” in the beautiful romantic drama, “Brief Encounter,” during a scene in which a man allows his friend to use his apartment for a secret tryst. The film’s more cynical view of human relations won five Academy Awards.