Because we all know searching for the perfect movie can take a while.
If you're feeling... classic Hollywood romance
- The Apartment (1960)
Jack Lemmon lends his Upper West Side apartment to co-workers, who use it for a rendezvous, in order to get promoted at work.. but then Shirley MacLaine comes around and ends up staying longer than expected.
- Sabrina (1954)
Audrey Hepburn stars as a poor chauffeur's daughter who falls in love with one of the wealthy sons living in a Long Island mansion. She goes to culinary school in Paris, and comes back a changed woman who lives life by the words of Edith Piaf.
If you're feeling... Foreign Holocaust tragedy, with a twist
- La Vita è Bella (Life is Beautiful) (1997)
Some have criticized Roberto Benigni, arguing that adding comedy to a film about the Holocaust is insensitive. Either way, this movie about one family's experience hits those ultra depressing nerves. Benigni (director & lead actor) does comedy well, but in this film it's more of a hopeless smirk. Grab those tissues, folks.
- Die verlorene Zeit (Remembrance) (2011)
A little slow moving at times, but this film about a woman trying to track down the man who helped her escape from a concentration camp some 30 years earlier hits hard.
If you're feeling... New York City grit, based on a true story
- Serpico (1973)
Al Pacino takes on the role of real life ex-cop, Frank Serpico as he battles against the corrupt system.
- The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Since Netflix removed Goodfellas, we'll have to settle for a modern Scorsese instead. Leonardo Dicaprio plays Jordan Belfort, former stockbroker who had a thing for manipulation and nose candy.
If you're feeling... mellow, yet profound, indie films
- Frances Ha (2012)
Essentially a love story between two friends, this film follows lead, 27-year old Frances, through the ups and downs of being forced to grow up, accompanied by a killer soundtrack.
- Fargo (1996)
Directed by the Coen Brothers, this dark, snowy film is stuffed with heavy Minnesotan accents. William H. Macy's character hires hit men to kidnap his wife so that his rich father-in-law will hand over some cash. But as we know, things don't always go as planned.
If you're feeling... controversial/sketchy directors
- Venus in Fur (2014)
Daughter Runs is a no judgement zone, but Polanski's adaptation of a 19th century novel by Sacher-Masoch (that's right, the guy behind masochism) is a little creepy. The end scene left me entirely confused and nearly disgusted.
- Annie Hall (1977)
Woody Allen: the name needs no further explanation. A classic film, starring Allen (obviously) and the lovely Diane Keaton. You've probably seen it 10 times before. If you haven't, here's your shot.