By Adam Scovell
John Huston’s heist classic, starring Sterling Hayden and Marilyn Monroe, emphasised the grittiness of the postwar era.
Christina Newland takes solace in Martin Scorsese’s brutally violent, blackly comic mob classic.
By Soham Gadre
Jules Dassin’s blacklisting from Hollywood led him to create this superlative 1955 crime thriller.
Charles Bramesco basks in the soothing whimsy of Sylvain Chomet’s animated marvel from 2003.
This Laurel and Hardy gem from 1937 reminds David Jenkins of a time when he almost died laughing.
Adam Woodward reflects on the timeless appeal of George Armitage’s alt-rom-com from 1997.
Sophie Monks Kaufman sings the praises of Marc Lawrence’s pop hit of a rom-com from 2007.
By Katie Goh
Ron Peck’s Nighthawks survives as much more than a historical document of gay life in a bygone era.
The late singer-songwriter penned the ’60s-inspired title track for Tom Hanks’ directorial debut.
By Adam Scovell
His portrayal of wild-eyed samurai warrior in Akira Kurosawa’s adaptation of ‘Macbeth’ is simply iconic.
By Tom Williams
The director critiques society’s voyeuristic tendencies in this Hitchcock homage from 1972.
By Jake Cole
The Spanish master’s back catalogue is filled with pertinent messages, including a parody of social distancing.
Otto Preminger’s 1947 love triangle with a postwar twist sees the Hollywood star at her bristling best.
The director’s slow cinema musical from 1998 sees a mysterious epidemic send Taipei into lockdown.
The sleaze king of Hollywood cinema paved the way for a generation of filmmakers, evading post-Code censors with his “nudie-cuties”.
By Emily Cashen
Two decades on from its UK release, this sprawling epic still has much to teach us about the joys of letting go.
By Sam Thompson
With its Southern Gothic setting and Tony Todd on top form once again, the 1995 sequel deserves a second look.