When it comes to Melville I love Le Samourai, Le Cercle Rouge, Army of Darkness. All solid films. All worth checking out. Cornerstones... Hmmm. M, His Girl Friday, Sherlock Jr., The Philadelphia Story, Sullivan's Travels, Duck Soup, oh there are so many. The 39 Steps. I could go on forever. And not just good ones too. Charlie Chan, Mr. Moto, anything with the Bronze Buckaroo, Captain Marvel's 1st serial, Abbot and Costello. Yipes! I sound like an idiot.
Hard Eight: What a cast! You would have to be an idiot to screw it up. I wish it was a little peppier and rhythmic in it's pacing. But I enjoyed it. I haven't watched it since the first time. But I'm not dead yet.
When ever i go through a difficult time like the last 6 months, or several years or so, i return to the films that were cornerstones to my life. The films that helped to lead me down the path i have taken. I just happened to choose film but it could have been anything and I believe these films would have had the same effect.