The Top 10: Part 19 (#10-6)

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Harakiri (1962)

Director: Masaki Kobayashi (1st)

In terms of crafting a narrative, “Harakiri” is perfect. Each passing scene is impactful beyond words and the visual storytelling of this tragic story of pride and desperation is incredible. Tatsuya Nakadai shows the dying age of the samurai through his brilliant performance. Legendary film.


The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Director: Charles Laughton (1st)

The epitome of style in filmmaking with every breathtaking moment presenting visuals that are so rich and unique. There’s never been another film quite like Charles Laughton’s masterpiece. Robert Mitchum delivers a perfect performance.


Network (1976)

Director: Sidney Lumet (2nd)

Peter Finch as Howard Beale is the greatest character of all-time and his performance has the touch of divine intervention. But this isn’t the legendary film it is without Lumet’s vision for this story and the incredible Paddy Chayefsky script. Truly one of the best screenplays in history being preformed by one of the best cast ever: Faye Dunaway, Will Holden, Beatrice Straight, Robert Duvall, Will Beatty (with one of the greatest monologues ever), and Marlene Warfield


The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Director: Frank Darabont (1st)

One of the best stories ever put on film. A wrongful conviction starts a lifelong friendship brought to life through Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. The two pack an unbelievably emotional punch. From the best Thomas Newman score to the stunning work from Roger Deakins, this film is a cinematic marvel. It’s the most satisfying end to a film ever.


One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest (1975)

Director: Miloš Forman (1st)

This film makes the audience go through unbelievably wide range of emotions and it’s brilliant. It’s a laugh-riot filled with lovable characters, great performances, and a deep, meaningful story. Jack Nicholson as Randle Patrick McMurphy was the part he was born to play. He was the perfect mix of insane, depressed, and happy. On top of a perfect cast of odd balls, who all deliver real, outstanding performances. Louise Fletcher is absolutely wicked. No scene will ever impact as much as the shock therapy scene.

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