A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.
'Dirty Harry', 'Walking Tall', 'Taxi Driver': They just don't make vigilante flicks like they used to! These films simply can't be matched for raw grit and the moral conundrums they present. Is anyone above the law? The answer is no, nobody. Except Clint Eastwood. He definitely is.
A collection of films grappling with the issues soldiers face returning to civilian life from combat. Make sure to check out 'The Messenger' for a critically-acclaimed drama following one veteran's romance with the wife of a deceased officer.
In the vein of 'Reservoir Dogs' or 'Mean Streets': movies that have spawned their own sub-cultures of dedicated fans (and provided a plethora of movie-poster choices for college freshmen decorating their dorms). If you haven't heard of each and every single one of these, you're just not a film-buff. Sorry.
The anti-hero movie at its most extreme: watch these morally bankrupt, mentally unsound, and somehow highly watchable protagonists wreak all the havoc you wish you could, but know you can't. Like Grand Theft Auto in movie format!
What is evil? The question has haunted theologians for millennia, but seems to make modern people uncomfortable. This eclectic collection of films eschews cartoonish tropes, delving into the real nature of evil as a psychological, spiritual, and social phenomenon.
Think 'Days of Heaven' and 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' with this collection of the greatest dramatic pictures to have come out of the 1970s. Also make sure to check out our 'Oscar Best Picture Nominees 70s' list, for the critics' distillation of the decade.
'The Godfather', 'Apocalypse Now', 'The Last Picture Show' - has cinema reached these heights since? Make up your own mind, but only after you check out this collection of films nominated for the Oscars best-picture award during the 1970s.