Best Pictures: The Ultimate Collection
Out Of Africa
The most acclaimed motion picture of 1985 stars Robert Redford and Meryl Streep in one of the screen's great epic romances. Directed by OscarÂ® winner Sydney Pollack, Out Of Africa is the fascinating true story of Karen Blixen, a strong-willed woman who, with her philandering husband (Klaus Maria Brandauer), runs a coffee plantation in Kenya, circa 1914. To her astonishment, she soon discovers herself falling in love with the land, its people and a mysterious white hunter (Redford). The masterfully crafted, breathtakingly produced story of love and loss earned OscarsÂ® for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay (based on material from another medium), Cinematography, Original Score, Art Direction (Set Direction) and Sound.
The Deer Hunter
Winner of five Academy AwardsÂ® including Best Picture, Best Director (Michael Cimino) and Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken), this critically-acclaimed, extraordinarily powerful film tracks a group of steelworker pals from a Pennsylvania blast furnace to the cool hunting grounds of the Alleghenies to the lethal cauldron of Vietnam. Robert De Niro gives an outstanding performance as Michael, the natural leader of the group. The Deer Hunter is a searing drama of friendship and courage - and what happens to these qualities under hardship. It is a shattering emotional experience you will never forget.
The winner of seven Academy AwardsÂ® including Best Picture, The Sting, has become one of America's favorite and most critically acclaimed films. Robert Redford and Paul Newman star as two con men in the 1930s out to avenge the death of a mutual friend. They seek revenge on a crime lord, Robert Shaw with a "sting" that is one of the greatest double-crosses in movie history, complete with an amazing surprise finish. Directed by George Roy Hill and written by David S. Ward.
The Lost Weekend
The Best Picture of 1945 has lost none of its bite or power in this uncompromising look at the devastating effects of alcoholism. Ironically, this brilliant Billy Wilder film was almost never released because of poor reaction by preview audiences unaccustomed to such stark realism from Hollywood, but the film has since gone on to be regarded as one of the all-time great dramas in movie history.
Ray Milland's haunting portrayal of a would-be writer's dissatisfaction with his life leads him on a self-destructive three-day binge. Filled with riveting imagery, the multiple Academy AwardÂ®-winner offers an unforgettable view of life on the edge.
All Quiet On The Western Front
Unlike most "message" films which date themselves almost immediately, Lewis Milestone's low-key, unpolished and deeply-felt screen adaptation of the Erich Maria Remarque anti-war novel has lost little of its original impact. Years after its release it was still being banned in countries mobilizing for war. The plot follows a group of young German recruits in World War I through their passage from idealism to disillusionment. As the central character Paul Baumer (Lew Ayres) declares, "We live in the trenches and we fight. We try not to be killed - that's all." All Quiet is an anthology of now famous scenes : Ayres trapped in a shell crater with a man he has killed; the first meeting of the recruits and the veterans; infantrymen being mowed down to machine-gun visual rhythms; a moonlight swim with French farm girls; Ayres' pacifist speech to his astonished schoolmates; and the final shot of the soldier's hand reaching for a fatal butterfly.