Nashville (Criterion Collection)
This cornerstone of 1970s American moviemaking from Robert Altman (Short Cuts) is a panoramic view of the countrys political and entertainment landscapes, set in the nations music capital. Nashville weaves the stories of twenty-four charactersfrom country star to wannabe to reporter to waitressinto a cinematic tapestry that is equal parts comedy, tragedy, and musical. Many members of the astonishing cast wrote and performed their own songs live on location, which lends another layer to the films quirky authenticity. Altmans ability to get to the heart of American life via its eccentric byways was never put to better use than in this grand, rollicking triumph, which barrels forward to an unforgettable conclusion.