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Shaft

Directed by Gordon Parks

In 1971, famed photographer Gordon Parks followed up his quiet, semi-autobiographical film The Learning Tree with what is arguably the

Near Dark

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Starring the late Bill Paxton (Aliens, One False Move), Kathryn Bigelow's second feature is an original, 80s-style take on the

A Fistful of Dollars

Directed by Sergio Leone

The first film in Leone’s “Man with No Name” trilogy and one of the most successful spaghetti westerns of the

The Magnificent Seven

Directed by John Sturges

In this lean remake of SEVEN SAMURAI, Sturges transports Kurosawa's epic 18th-century jidaigeki (period drama) to mid-19th-century Mexico, near the US border.

Seven Samurai

Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Kurosawa's humanistic masterpiece of honor and courage takes place in a small 18th-century village in the Japanese countryside, where peasants

Harakiri

Directed by Masaki Kobayashi

Set in the Tokugawa era (1600-1868), Kobayashi's classic film is a searing indictment of the hypocrisy and exploitation of the

Kill Bill Vol. 1

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

A revenge tale with a female protagonist, blood-gushing fight scenes, animation interwoven with live action, the song “Shura No Hana”

Rurouni Kenshin

Directed by Keishi Ohtomo

Based on the popular manga and anime series, this live-action swashbuckler was the number one box office hit of 2012

Forbidden Planet

Directed by Fred M. Wilcox

A major landmark in the evolution of cinematic science fiction, Forbidden Planet is credited with a number of pioneering achievements:

Henry V

Directed by Laurence Olivier

Tasked by Winston Churchill to create a rousing piece of morale-boosting, pro-British entertainment during the twilight years of World War

Throne of Blood

Directed by Akira Kurosawa

One of the most enduring cinematic “twists on Shakespeare” is Akira Kurosawa’s take on Macbeth, which relocates the play to

Vanishing Point

Directed by Richard C. Sarafian

Barry Newman plays the vaguely disillusioned antihero Kowalski, a solitary driver for a cross-country car delivery service. He picks up