Directed by Charles Laughton, it's a dark tale with intense imagery. Haunting.
The Night of the Hunter
(1955) Starring:Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish Director:Charles Laughton Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
Adapted by James Agee from a novel by Davis Grubb, The Night of the Hunter represented legendary actor Charles Laughton's only film directing effort. Combining stark realism with Germanic expressionism, the movie is a brilliant good-and-evil parable, with good represented by a couple of farm kids ..read more »
Lawrence Of Arabia
(1962) Starring:Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Jack Hawkins Director:David Lean Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
This sweeping, highly literate historical epic covers the Allies' mideastern campaign during World War I as seen through the eyes of the enigmatic T. E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole, in the role that made him a star). After a prologue showing us Lawrence's ultimate fate, we flash back to Cairo in 1917. ..read more »
One of the most-quoted films it is surely a modern classic
Withnail And I
(1986) Starring:Michael Elphick, Daragh O'Malley, Richard Griffiths Director:Bruce Robinson Certificate:
Bruce Robinson's celebrated cult comedy starring Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann. It's the end of the 1960s and two out-of-work actors, Withnail (Grant) and 'I' (McGann), subsist on a diet of booze, drugs and fags in their revolting Camden flat. In order to escape the depressing nexus of visits ..read more »
Script, direction, music, cinematography, ensemble cast all combine to provide a superb telling of Hardy's classic.
Far from the Madding Crowd
(1967) Starring:Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Terence Stamp Director:John Schlesinger Certificate: Watch now: Included in all packages with LOVEFiLM Instant
Julie Christie stars in adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 19th Century story of a woman's passion. Christie is in love with three very different men who are also in love with her: her first love is a handsome and wayward soldier; the second is the local noble Lord, and the third is an ever-patient ..read more »
OK, not really a classic and some may hate it, but as a masterclass in comic timing from Nathan Lane, it deserves to be seen.
(1996) Starring:Dianne Wiest, Christine Baranski, Dan Futterman Director:Mike Nichols Certificate:
Director Mike Nichols teams up with his former partner/screenwriter Elaine May for the first time in many years and for the first time together in films to create this sophisticated, remake of the phenomenally popular French musical farce La Cage aux Folles that stars Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, ..read more »
Excellent direction of child actors lifts a simple yet dramatic story to memorable moving heights.
Whistle Down The Wind
(1961) Starring:Bernard Lee, Hayley Mills, Alan Bates Director:Bryan Forbes Certificate:
Bryan Forbes' first directorial effort is set in a rugged Lancashire farm community. Three impressionable children, played by Hayley Mills, Diane Holgate, and Alan Barnes, come across a bearded vagrant named Arthur Blakey (Alan Bates) sleeping in their barn. Upon awakening, the ill-tempered bum ..read more »
In the horror genre this film proves you don't need CGI and fake blood to frighten
(1963) Starring:Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, Claire Bloom Director:Robert Wise Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
One of the most highly regarded haunted house films ever produced, Robert Wise's The Haunting (based on Shirley Jackson's novel The Haunting of Hill House) weaves the dark tale of a questionably sane young woman and a sinister house which holds a terrifying past. Invited to join anthropologist Dr. ..read more »