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Criterion has opened the doors for world cinema to reach a much wider audience, but they haven't forgotten about American cinema. Here are some of my favorite American films in the collection.
One of the greatest stories ever told on film. This one has everything you could possibly ask for in a movie. Drama, humor, heart, and the best part is...it's all true. Unbelievable from start to finish.
Two of the bravest performances in American Independent cinema from Rowlands and Falk.
Kubrick's skill increased with every film he made, but he really took a step in the right direction with this one. From trench fighting to the palace conversations, this film is beautiful to watch.
This one will simply break your heart.
Malick's use of lighting is unmatched in cinema. He is able to capture moments that only an artist can bring to life.
One of the unsung films of the early 40s. Walter Huston's "Scratch," character is one of my favorites from that era. A great storyline with standout camera work.
Scorsese's controversial film is also one of the best in the collection.
Not just because certain scenes were shot in my hometown of Dedham, MA, but The Friends of Eddie Coyle is a great look into one of the more down on his luck characters ever. Mitchum is fantastic.
There are few things more masculine than John Wayne bringing up his Winchester in one of the most iconic hero shots in cinema history.
Few films stay relevant for 50+ years like Ace in the Hole does. Douglas is sublime as the hard-nosed reporter who will do anything to keep his story afloat, even at the cost of his life and the lives of others.