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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

A Taxi Driver

Directed by Hun Jang

A Taxi Driver begins as a comic, period road movie before taking a serious turn to reflect on a critical

A Touch of Zen

Directed by King Hu

One of the legendary directors of the wuxia (ancient martial arts) film, King Hu mastered the filming of gravity-defying swordplay

Akira

Directed by Katsuhiro Ohtomo

Ohtomo’s influential work reinvigorated Western interest in Japanese anime and still feels cutting-edge to this day. Adapting the voluminous cyberpunk

Attack the Block

Directed by Joe Cornish

Eschewing the tired military defensive strategies of Hollywood alien invasion films like Independence Day and Battle: Los Angeles, Joe Cornish

Branded to Kill

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

This fractured film noir is the final provocation that got Suzuki fired from Nikkatsu Studios, simultaneously making him a counterculture

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Directed by Sam Peckinpah

Chasing after a bounty on the head of an already dead man, an alcoholic pianist (Warren Oates) forges a violent

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui

Before it was a beloved TV show, Fran Rubel Kuzui directed Joss Whedon’s original feature script that follows reluctant Chosen

Darkman

Directed by Sam Raimi

In 1990 — over a decade before he was finally handed the reins to make a “real” superhero movie with

Enter the Dragon

Directed by Robert Clouse

Bruce Lee (in his last role) plays Shaolin master Mr. Lee, who is recruited to infiltrate the island of sinister

Escape from New York

Directed by John Carpenter

Kurt Russell is the eye patch-wearing action hero Snake Plissken, a hardened criminal charged with rescuing the President from Manhattan

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: