Classic Drama Films

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  1. Alfie - An amoral young man comically seducing a succession of beautiful women in swinging-sixties London. Michael Caine was the titular anti-hero
  2. Brief Encounter - The story seems slight--a respectable suburban housewife has a chance meeting with a handsome married doctor, their friendship becomes romance.
  3. Brighton Rock - Has stood the test of time remarkably well to emerge as a tense, original thriller.
  4. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof - Offers a smouldering, angry Elizabeth Taylor as Maggie, the feline in question. Paul Newman is her ex-athlete husband, Brick Pollitt.
  5. It's A Wonderful Life - Frank Capra's masterwork deserves its status as a feel-good communal event.
  6. On The Waterfront - Brando's greatest performance as a longshoreman challenging the power of the docker's union. Winner of 8 Academy Awards.
  7. Spartacus - Stanley Kubrick was only 31 years old when Kirk Douglas (star of Kubrick's classic Paths of Glory) recruited the young director to pilot this epic saga.
  8. The Hustler - An arrogant, amoral hustler who haunts backstreet pool rooms gets a fleeting chance at fame when he faces the legendary Minnesota Fats in a personal competition.
  9. The Graduate - The alienation, the nonconformity, the intergenerational romance, the blissful Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack--they all served to lob a cultural grenade smack.
  10. The Maltese Falcon - Is still the tightest, sharpest, and most cynical of Hollywood's official deathless classics, bracingly tough even by post-Tarantino standards.
  11. The Quiet Man - John Wayne plays an American boxer who returns to the Emerald Isle, his native land.
  12. The Third Man - The fractured Europe post-World War II is perfectly captured in Carol Reed's masterpiece thriller, set in a Vienna still shell-shocked from battle.
  13. Twelve Angry Men - A tense, atmospheric (though slightly manipulative and stagey) courtroom thriller, in which the viewer never sees a trial and the only action is verbal.

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