You may also need to search for some of these. Again, in my opinion, it’s worth it.
- GUNGA DIN (1939). Not to have seen this rollicking, Saturday-afternoon-matinee-style tale of British India isn’t an oversight; it’s a crime. Afterwards (spoiler alert), treat yourself to both the Rudyard Kipling poem it’s based on and its 1939 movie review in The New York Times.
- D.O.A. (1950). Starts with a guy staggering into a police station: “I want to report a murder.” Cop: “Who was murdered?” Guy: “I was.”
- HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (1959). Nothing has ever illustrated with such accuracy the nutty, optical-illusion-like reality shifts in a relationship.
- NIGHT ON EARTH (1991). When I saw the Rome sequence with Roberto Benigni the first time, I laughed so hard I honestly feared choking.
- HORATIO’S DRIVE: AMERICA’S FIRST ROAD TRIP (2003). Folksy, fun and imaginatively convincing reconstruction of the true story of the first person to successfully cross the United States in a car in 1903. The best part is that Horatio had no qualifications whatsoever to do this…starting with only a whim, a $50 bet, and no car.