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50 Must Watch English Movies

1. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her. (122 mins.)

Director: Elia Kazan

Stars: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando,Kim Hunter,Karl Malden
2. How Green Was My Valley(1941) Life is hard in a Welsh mining town and no less so for the Morgan family. Seen through the eyes of the family's youngest... (118 mins.)

Director: John Ford

Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Anna Lee, Donald Crisp
3. Breakfast at Tiffany's(1961) A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building. (115 mins.)

Director: Blake Edwards

Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen
4. Singin' in the Rain(1952) A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (103 mins.)

Director: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen
5. From Here to Eternity(1953) In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second in command are falling in love. (118 mins.)

Director: Fred Zinnemann

Stars: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed
6. Judgment at Nuremberg(1961) In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes. (186 mins.)

Director: Stanley Kramer

Stars: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich
7. Mutiny on the Bounty(1962) The Bounty leaves Portsmouth in 1787. Its destination: to sail to Tahiti and load bread-fruit. Captain... (178 mins.)

Director: Lewis Milestone

Stars: Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Richard Harris, Hugh Griffith
8. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof(1958) Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son. (108 mins.)

Director: Richard Brooks

Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Jack Carson
9. To Kill a Mockingbird(1962) Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice. (129 mins.)

Director: Robert Mulligan

Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy
10. His Girl Friday(1940) A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. (92 mins.)

Director: Howard Hawks

Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart
11. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid(1969) Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close. (110 mins.)

Director: George Roy Hill

Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin
12. The Hustler(1961) An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. (134 mins.)

Director: Robert Rossen

Stars: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott
13. Hud(1963) Hud Bannon is a ruthless young man who tarnishes everything and everyone he touches. Hud represents the perfect embodiment of alienated youth... (112 mins.)

Director: Martin Ritt

Stars: Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal, Brandon De Wilde
14. Raging Bull(1980) An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring, destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent
15. The Shawshank Redemption(1994) Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)

Director: Frank Darabont

Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler
16. The Guns of Navarone(1961) A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel. (158 mins.)

Director: J. Lee Thompson

Stars: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle
17. Letters from Iwo Jima(2006) The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it. (141 mins.)

Director: Clint Eastwood

Stars: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase
18. The Talk of the Town(1942) An escaped prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher. (118 mins.)

Director: George Stevens

Stars: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman, Edgar Buchanan
19. The Odd Couple(1968) Two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day. (105 mins.)

Director: Gene Saks

Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Herb Edelman
20. The Elephant Man(1980) A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity. (124 mins.)

Director: David Lynch

Stars: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud
21. Milk(2008) The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. (128 mins.)

Director: Gus Van Sant

Stars: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna
22. My Fair Lady(1964) A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society. (170 mins.)

Director: George Cukor

Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White
23. Maurice(1987) After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality. (140 mins.)

Director: James Ivory

Stars: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant, Denholm Elliott
24. The Greatest Game Ever Played(2005) A golf drama based on the true story of the 1913 US Open, where 20-year-old Francis Ouimet defeated his idol, 1900 US Open champion, Englishman, Harry Vardon. (120 mins.)

Director: Bill Paxton

Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Stephen Dillane, Elias Koteas, James Paxton
25. In the Name of the Father(1993) Man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he didn't do imprisons his father as well; a British lawyer helps fight for their freedom. (133 mins.)

Director: Jim Sheridan

Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Alison Crosbie, Philip King
26. My Left Foot(1989) The story of Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy. He learned to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. (103 mins.)

Director: Jim Sheridan

Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan, Kirsten Sheridan
27. Fiddler on the Roof(1971) In pre-revolutionary Russia, a poor Jewish peasant must contend with marrying off his three daughters while antisemitic sentiment threatens his home. (181 mins.)

Director: Norman Jewison

Stars: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon
28. East of Eden(1955) In the Salinas Valley, in and around World War I, Cal Trask feels he must compete against overwhelming... (115 mins.)

Director: Elia Kazan

Stars: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, Burl Ives
29. Rebel Without a Cause(1955) A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies. (111 mins.)

Director: Nicholas Ray

Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus
30. The Color Purple(1985) The life and trials of a young African American woman. (154 mins.)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery
31. District 9(2009) An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. (112 mins.)

Director: Neill Blomkamp

Stars: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt
32. Se7en(1995) Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)

Director: David Fincher

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow
33. V for Vendetta(2005) A shadowy freedom fighter known only as "V" uses terrorist tactics to fight against his totalitarian society. Upon rescuing a girl from the secret police, he also finds his best chance at having an ally. (132 mins.)

Director: James McTeigue

Stars: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves, Stephen Rea
34. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels(1998) Four London working class stiffs pool their money to put one in a high stakes card game, but things go wrong and they end up owing half a million pounds and having one week to come up with the cash. (107 mins.)

Director: Guy Ritchie

Stars: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham
35. Ordinary People(1980) The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son. (124 mins.)

Director: Robert Redford

Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton
36. The Green Mile(1999) The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. (189 mins.)

Director: Frank Darabont

Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt
37. 12 Angry Men(1957) A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court. (96 mins.)

Director: Sidney Lumet

Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler
38. Chariots of Fire(1981) Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics. (124 mins.)

Director: Hugh Hudson

Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers
39. Pulp Fiction(1994) The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis
40. Philadelphia(1993) When a man with AIDS is fired by a conservative law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit. (125 mins.)

Director: Jonathan Demme

Stars: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Roberta Maxwell, Buzz Kilman
41. The Deer Hunter(1978) An in-depth examination of the way that the Vietnam war affects the lives of people in a small industrial town in the USA. (182 mins.)

Director: Michael Cimino

Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage
42. Zodiac(2007) A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer. (157 mins.)

Director: David Fincher

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards
43. Lions for Lambs(2007) Injuries sustained by two Army ranger behind enemy lines in Afghanistan set off a sequence of events involving a congressman, a journalist and a professor. (92 mins.)

Director: Robert Redford

Stars: Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Michael Peña
44. Inglourious Basterds(2009) In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent
45. Modigliani(2004) The story of Amedeo Modigliani's bitter rivalry with Pablo Picasso, and his tragic romance with Jeanne Hebuterne. (128 mins.)

Director: Mick Davis

Stars: Andy Garcia, Elsa Zylberstein, Omid Djalili, Hippolyte Girardot
46. My Own Private Idaho(1991) Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way. (104 mins.)

Director: Gus Van Sant

Stars: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert
47. The Social Network(2010) Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking website that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)

Director: David Fincher

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara
48. Black Swan(2010) A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan. (108 mins.)

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder
49. Scent of a Woman(1992) A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated. (157 mins.)

Director: Martin Brest

Stars: Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar
50. Brokeback Mountain(2005) The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years. (134 mins.)

Director: Ang Lee

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid

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