5. The Handmaiden (2016)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1 (119,636 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 91% (11,003 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 95% (220 votes)
> Directed by: Chan-wook Park
> Starring: Kim Min-hee, Jung-woo Ha, Cho Jin-woong, Moon So-ri
“The Handmaiden” is an erotic psychological thriller from South Korea. The film is the work of Park Chan-wook, who also directed “Oldboy” (see No. 12). The story is based on the 2002 novel “Fingersmith,” set in Victorian Britain, but the film has been transplanted to Korea under Japanese colonial rule. A con man plans to marry a rich heiress and then have her committed to an asylum, leaving him with her fortune. He hires a pickpocket to infiltrate the household as a maid, hoping she will influence the heiress to marry him.
4. Unforgiven (1992)
> IMDb user rating: 8.2 (391,927 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 93% (122,861 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (106 votes)
> Directed by: Clint Eastwood
> Starring: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris
“Unforgiven” cleaned up at the Academy Awards, winning four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, for Clint Eastwood. Eastwood stars as Will Munny, a former outlaw who is dragged away from his tranquil farming life for one last mission. The movie begins with two cowboys slashing a prostitute’s face. The local sheriff makes the cowboys turn over some horses to the brothel owner as punishment. However, the prostitute and her associates are far from satisfied with this outcome and put a $1,000 bounty on the offenders’ heads.
3. Memento (2000)
> IMDb user rating: 8.4 (1.2 million reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 94% (381,352 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 93% (181 votes)
> Directed by: Christopher Nolan
> Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior
A psychological thriller, “Memento” follows a man looking for vengeance against the mysterious person or persons who murdered his wife during an attack that almost killed him too and left with anterograde amnesia — the inability to form new memories. Every 15 minutes, then, he forgets everything that’s happened since the attack. In order to track the killer, he tattoos clues and information on his body and uses Polaroid photos to help him navigate the past.
2. The Princess Bride (1987)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1 (408,278 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 94% (527,843 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 97% (78 votes)
> Directed by: Rob Reiner
> Starring: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon
“The Princess Bride” saw modest success at the box office but has since become a cherished classic. This goofy and enchanting story follows a farmhand named Westley and a woman named Buttercup who fall in love. Westley runs off to seek his fortune in order to marry Buttercup, but disappears. Years later, the Princess is betrothed to the local prince but kidnapped by men who want revenge against him. A cast of wild and wacky characters populates the world as the two heroes face danger in their quest to live happily ever after.
1. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
> IMDb user rating: 8.5 (314,446 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 95% (65,906 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 95% (65 votes)
> Directed by: Sergio Leone
> Starring: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards
Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Western masterpiece follows the interwoven stories of land wars connected to the building of a new railroad and a quest for vengeance against a wanted killer in a wayward desert outpost town. A mysterious gunslinging figure arrives on the scene as things start to heat up. The film was originally a flop at the box office, after studio executives cut 21 minutes out of the original for its U.S. release. Luckily, it has been restored to its original length and is now considered an absolute classic.
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