50. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
> Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson
As a married playwright with writer’s block attempts to find his muse, a woman in disguise takes a role in his next play. Despite her betrothal to a powerful nobleman, they begin a forbidden romance that inspires one of his greatest plays ever.
49. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
> Starring: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn
When a drifter begins an affair with a young woman whose husband owns a diner, they plot to murder her husband and take over his business. Multiple attempts are botched and eventually their fates catch up to them.
48. Last Tango in Paris (1972)
> Starring: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Maria Michi, Giovanna Galletti
An erotic drama that drew controversy for its depiction of sexual violence, “Last Tango in Paris” follows the affair between an American widower in mourning and a young Parisian woman he meets at an apartment viewing. He insists that their relationship remain anonymous and strictly sexual, and tensions lead to disastrous results.
47. Splendor in the Grass (1961)
> Starring: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie
Set in Kansas just prior to the stock market crash of 1929, “Splendor in the Grass” details the sexual repression and heartache of two high school sweethearts, Deanie and Bud, who plan to marry one another, as Bud struggles with his family’s lofty expectations of him.
46. To Catch a Thief (1955)
> Starring: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams
When a jewel thief begins robbing rich tourists on the French Riviera, reformed burglar John Robie decides to prove his innocence by catching the thief himself. Suspicions abound as he mixes with his old crew and falls for a wealthy American whose mother may be the burglar’s next target.
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