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As Good as It Gets

James L. Brooks United States, 1997

Centred on a cantankerous old man played by none other than Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets is an unforgettable comedy of enchantment and romance between the unlikeliest of pairings. Directed by James L. Brooks (Broadcast News, The Simpsons), this is a film of immense warmth and complexity.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Ang Lee China, 2000

When Taiwanese director Ang Lee left Hollywood to uncharacteristically make a wuxia film in China, he ended up with a Best Foreign Film Oscar, introduced the thrills of the genre to unfamiliar audiences, made a superstar of Zhang Ziy, and for our money crafted a lovely and moving romance as well.

Sense and Sensibility

Ang Lee United Kingdom, 1995

Featuring an expansive cast of several of Britain’s finest contemporary acting talents, this superb Jane Austen adaptation earned seven Academy Awards nominations and was Ang Lee’s first english language film. Both adapted by and starring Emma Thompson–who won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay!

Closely Watched Trains

Jiří Menzel Czechoslovakia, 1966

Jiří Menzel’s masterpiece of the Czech New Wave is one of the all time great recipients of the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Yet it does not grandstand, the film’s pleasures are sweet and small and almost fable-like, slyly uniting sexual progress with political and heroic growth.

Kramer vs. Kramer

Robert Benton United States, 1979

Sweeping the big Oscars (Picture, Actor, Actress, Director & Adapted Screenplay), this moving and tumultuous classic is the quintessential portrait of American divorce in the 1970s. Like the couple’s child, we are caught in the middle, torn between the tremendous performances of Hoffman and Streep.

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

Elio Petri Italy, 1970

Elio Petri won a much-deserved Best Foreign Film Oscar for this sublimely clever policier with one of cinema’s most ingenious premises: Is there such thing as a man (the great Gian Maria Volontè) so powerful he would never be suspected of guilt? With an unforgettable score by Ennio Morricone.

The Greatest Show on Earth

Cecil B. DeMille United States, 1952

A singular Hollywood epic of daring set-pieces and sweeping romanticism, this is the film that justly made Steven Spielberg fall in love with movies. High scale emotions and a unique sense of spectacle guide this epic and its immense cast of stars: Jimmy Stewart, Gloria Grahame and Charlton Heston!

Gandhi

Richard Attenborough India, 1982

We kick off a series of Academy Award winning movies with this landmark historical film from Richard Attenborough, which despite its expansive runtime nonetheless remains a both intimate and humble portrait of a life lived. Gandhi is a true tour-de-force of political and historical cinema.

Life is too short for bad films

Every day we hand-pick a beautiful new film and you have a whole month to watch it, so there’s always 30 perfectly curated films to discover.