4. The Crucible: Watching Day-Lewis and Ryder on the screen in this very capable adaptation of Arthur Miller’s classic is worth your time. Who knew Puritans could be so damn sexy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crucible_(1996_film)
3. The Boxer: I’m a sucker for any movie set in Ireland involving the IRA, boxing, guns, lots of Guinness drinking and chain smoking. Add a terrific story, well-written screenplay, some fabulous acting by Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, and Brian Cox and you’ve got me. You had me at guns, Guinness and chain-smoking.
2. The Age of Innocence: A love triangle involving Michelle Pfeiffer and Wynona Rider….Do I need to write more? Okay, the book this movie was based on, written by Edith Wharton, won the Pulitzer in 1921. More?? Directed by Martin Scorsese. That should satisfy you.
1. Gangs of New York: And you thought New York City was rough in the 1980’s. If this is anything close to what New York was actually like during the middle of the 19th century….let’s just say the movie offers you a chance to take a look at a side of U.S. History you may have missed while you were in school. Scorsese directs. DiCaprio is good, Day-Lewis is amazing.