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Drama – US

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American Beauty (1999)

Duration 2h 2m Ratings UK: 18, USA: PG, Denmark  Source of story An original screenplay Director Sam Mendes Writers/Script Alan Ball Starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Peter Gallagher, Allison Janney, Chris Cooper, Scott Bakula, John Cho,  Ratings IMDb: 8.3 by .  Rotten Tomatoes: 87% by 190 reviewers . Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

Nomadland (2020)

Duration 1h 47m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: R, Argentina: 13  Source of story Based on a book by Jessica Bruder Director Chloé Zhao Writers/Script Chloé Zhao Starring Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, and a lot of real people. Ratings IMDb: 7.4 by 104,885 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: . Elevator Pitch: After the financial catastrophes of the early 2000s … Continue reading

Boogie Nights (1997)

Duration 2h 35m Ratings UK: 18, USA: R,   Source of story An original screenplay developed from a short by the director Director Paul Thomas Anderson Writers/Script Paul Thomas Anderson Starring Luis Guzmän, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, Mark Wahlberg, William H. Macey, Nina Hartley, Joanna Gleason, Robert Ridgely, Ricky … Continue reading

American Made (2017)

Duration 1h 55m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Brazil: 16  Source of story An original screenplay, but based loosely on real events. Director Doug Liman Writers/Script Gary Spinelli Starring Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones,  Ratings IMDb: 7.2 by 163,660 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 86% by 262 reviewers.. Elevator Pitch: Barry Seal is a … Continue reading

Lord of War (2005)

Duration 2h 2m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 15,  Source of story The characters and story loosely based on real events. Director Andrew Niccol Writers/Script Andrew Niccol Starring Nicolas Cage, Bridget Moynahan, Jared Leto, Ian Holm, Ethan Hawke, Eamonn Walker,  Ratings IMDb: 7.6 by 298,045 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 61% by 147 reviewers. Elevator Pitch: Yuri … Continue reading

Kill Bill Vol 2 (2004)

Duration 2h 17m Ratings UK: 18, USA: R, France: 12  Source of story An original screenplay – continuing from Kill Bill Vol 1 (Intended originally to be all one film) Director Quentin Tarantino Writers/Script Quentin Tarantino with contributions from Uma Thurman Starring Uma Thurman, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, David Caradine,  Samuel L. Jackson, Lucy Liu, Vivica … Continue reading

Snakes on a Plane (2006)

Duration 1h 45m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Source of story Apparently a script written in the 1990s originally called “Venom” by an achademic David Dalessandro. Director David R. Ellis Writers/Script John Heffernan, Sebastian Gutierrez, Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Nathan Phillips, Sunny Mabrey, Elsa Pataky, Bobby Cannavale, Ratings IMDb: 5.4by 132,941 people. Rotten … Continue reading

Taxi Driver (1976)

Duration 1h 54m Ratings UK: X, USA: R, Many places: 18. Source of story An original screenplay Director Martin Scorsese Writers/Script Paul Schrader Starring Peter Boyle, Albert Brooks, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepherd,   Ratings IMDb: 8.3 by 716,228 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 96% by 92 critics. Elevator Pitch: Travis Bickle is a … Continue reading

Deliverance (1972)

Duration 1h 49m Ratings UK: X, USA: R, Banned in Italy. Source of story A book of the same name by James Dickey Director John Boorman Writers/Script James Dickey (with unattributed changes by the director) Starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, Bill McKinney, Herbert ‘Cowboy’ Coward Ratings IMDb: 7.7 by 97,192 people. … Continue reading

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They (1969)

Duration 2h 9m Ratings UK: AA, USA: M, Spain 18,  Source of story A novel of the same name by Horace McCoy, published in 1935 Director Sydney Pollack Writers/Script James Poe, Robert E. Thompson, Sydney Pollack Starring Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York, Gig Young, Red Buttons, Bonnie Bedelia, Bruce Dern, Al Lewis, Madge Kennedy,  … Continue reading

Easy Rider (1969)

Duration 1h 35m Ratings UK: X, USA: R, France and Netherlands : 12. Source of story An original screenplay, apparently related to “The Wild Angels” and “The Trip”. Director Dennis Hopper Writers/Script Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Terry Southern Starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Phil Spector, Jack Nicholson, Toni Basil, Karen Black, Bridget Fonda, Carrie Snodgrass … Continue reading

Mercury Plains (2016)

Duration 1h 42m Ratings UK: 15, USA R (why?) Source of story An original screenplay Director Charles Burmeister Writers/Script Charles Burmeister Starring Scott Eastwood, Nick Chinlund, Angela Sarafyan IMDb Rating 4.3 by 1200 people Elevator Pitch: A young man, Mitch, in South Texas goes across the border into Mexico with a friend for a night … Continue reading

War Dogs (2016)

War Dogs (2016)   Duration 1h 54m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson “Arms and the Dudes”. Director Todd Phillips Writers/Script Stephen Chin, Todd Phillips, Jason Smilovic Starring Miles Teller, David Packouz, Jonah Hill, Ana de Armas, Bradley Cooper, JB Blanc Elevator Pitch: David Packouz is embroiled in … Continue reading

Any Given Sunday (1999)

Duration 2h 42m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Said to be “partly based on” a novel “On Any Given Sunday” written in 1984 by Pat Toomay (A NFL player) Director Oliver Stone Writers/Script John Logan, Oliver Stone (story Daniel Pyne, John Logan and others) Starring Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, James Woods, Jamie … Continue reading

Thelma and Louise (1991)

Duration 2h 10m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay – which won that award at the 1991 Oscars Director Ridley Scott Writers/Script Callie Khouri Starring Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brad Pitt, Lucinda Jenney Elevator Pitch: Two friends, Louise, who works at a waitress in … Continue reading

Late Night (2019)

Duration 1h 42m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Nisha Ganatra Writers/Script Mindy Kaling Starring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, Paul Walter Hauser, Amy Ryan, Denis O’Hare Elevator Pitch: An English talk show host, Katherine Newbury is likely to be replaced due to the fact that … Continue reading

Queen & Slim (2020 in Spain)

Duration 2h 12m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay, although linked by critics to Bonney and Clyde and Thelma and Louise (I favour the latter) Director First time director Melina Matsoukas Writers/Script Lena Waithe (story Lena Waithe, James Frey) Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeen Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny, Elevator Pitch: An uptight … Continue reading

Bombshell (2020 in Spain)

Duration 1h 49m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Based on real events in Fox News over the duration of its existence. Director Jay Roach Writers/Script Charles Randolph Starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Allison Janney, Malcolm McDowell, Kate McKinnon, Elevator Pitch: Roger Ailes, the CEO of Fox News, generally known for … Continue reading

Death Proof (2007)

Duration 1h 53m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Quenton Tarantino Writers/Script Quentin Tarantino Starring Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson, Tracie Thoms, Rose McGowan, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth, Elevator Pitch: A group of young women meet in a bar where they become acquainted with Stuntman Mike unaware … Continue reading

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Duration 2h 41m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A riff on events in Hollywood in 1969, in an alterative reality. Director Quentin Tarantino Writers/Script Quentin Tarantino Starring Leonardo Di Caprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Al Pacino, Rafal Zawierucha, Lorenza Izzo, Kurt Russell, … Continue reading

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