The Wages Of Fear (1953)
> Audience approval: 95% (8,738 user ratings)
> Starring: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel
“The Wages of Fear” is a thriller that follows four people — two sets of drivers — who transport urgently needed nitroglycerine to a South American remote oil field in the jungle. “This is filmmaking at its very best and rarely does a film grip with such intensity,” writes Robert Martin of Starburst.
Tokyo Story (1953)
> Audience approval: 93% (11,760 user ratings)
> Starring: Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama
Japanese drama “Tokyo Story” follows an old married couple as they visit their children, who lead very busy lives and who don’t set much time aside to spend with their parents. “This remains one of the most approachable and moving of all cinema’s masterpieces,” according to Wally Hammond of Time Out.
12 Angry Men (1957)
> Audience approval: 97% (105,443 user ratings)
> Starring: Martin Balsam, John Fiedler
After the closing arguments in a murder trial, the jury must decide whether to sentence a teenager to death. Reaching a unanimous decision proves to be very difficult, especially when one of the 12 jurors casts doubt on the case. The movie was nominated for three Oscars — Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Writing, Screenplays Based on Material from Another Medium.
The 400 Blows (1959)
> Audience approval: 94% (38,771 user ratings)
> Starring: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick Auffay
Oscar-nominated French drama “The 400 Blows” is the story of a neglected boy living in Paris who is trying to make his life better by committing petty crimes but runs into trouble with the police. “It’s a cornerstone of the French New Wave, and one of the greatest movies about childhood, from anywhere, ever,” according to Anthony Quinn of the Independent (UK).
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
> Audience approval: 86% (6,978 user ratings)
> Starring: Anne Wiazemsky, François Lafarge
Canadian drama “Au Hasard Balthazar” follows a young woman and her donkey, her favorite companion as a little girl, and their encounters as they navigate life on their own. The film “uses one animal’s lifelong journey to trace a soberly compelling — and ultimately heartbreaking — outline of the human experience,” according to Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus.
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