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Hardly anyone knows about some of the works on this list. They are true masterpieces of cinema and should be seen by all human beings. In fact, it should be considered a crime not to see them at least once in your life. Some of these productions are Netflix originals and others are available in the streaming catalog and you should only miss them if you are crazy. So take advantage of them while they are completely within your reach. Highlights for “The Irishman”, 2019, by Martin Scorsese; “Rome”, 2018, by Alfonso Cuarón; and “Silver Linings Playbook”, 2012, by David O. Russell. The titles available on Netflix are organized according to the year of release and do not follow classification criteria.
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The Irishman (2019), Martin Scorsese
In 1956 Pennsylvania, Frank Sheeran is an Irish-born veteran who works as a truck driver and accidentally meets mobster Russell Bufalino. After performing illegal services for Bufalino, Frank becomes his right-hand man. So, Bufalino sends Frank to Chicago with the task of working as a bodyguard for Jimmy Hoffa, a powerful union leader with ties to organized crime. Frank had a close friendship for nearly 20 years with Hoffa, who died in 1975.
Rome (2018), Alphonse Cuaron
Cleo is a young maid who works for a middle-class family in Mexico City’s Colonia Roma neighborhood in the mid-1970s. While Cleo devotes herself tirelessly to service, the boss couple goes through a marital crisis. Cleo takes care of the four children in the house, while balancing her own love life and ambitions. In the background, the political tensions experienced by the country during the so-called “dirty war” period.
Nice (2012), David O. Russell
Pat Releasing is a former high school teacher who has a violent outbreak when he catches his wife with another man in the shower. After being released from a psychiatric ward in Baltimore where he spent eight months, he returns to his parents, banished from his previous life. In the neighborhood, he develops an unlikely friendship with Tiffany, a widow struggling with depression and obsessed with winning the local dance competition. The two become partners in the competition, as they help each other overcome their traumas and rebuild their lives.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Michel Gondry
Lonely Joel finally finds love when he meets Clementine, a troubled young woman who is afraid of becoming emotionally attached. When their relationship starts to get turbulent, Clementine decides to hire a service called “Gap”, which will erase the memories Joel possesses. Upon learning that Clementine performed the procedure, he also hires the company to erase it from his mind.
Spirited Away (2001), Hayao Miyazaki
Chihiro is on her way to move into a new house in the suburbs. When her father takes another route and stops in another town, Chihiro doesn’t have a good feeling. They enter an empty house with a full table. Chihiro’s parents decide to eat while she leaves to explore the city. Along the way, she meets Haku, a boy who warns her to flee as soon as possible. When Chihiro returns to find her parents, they have turned into giant pigs.
The Professional (1994), Luc Besson
Matilda is a 12-year-old school dropout living with her dysfunctional family. One day, drug lord Norman Stransfield and his gang murder Matilda’s father and the entire family in a settling of scores. She, who had been in hiding, witnessed the crime. Mathilde is supported by her neighbour, Léon, a contract killer. Before the arrival of the teenager, he lived alone and unhappy in his apartment, in the company of a plant. Upon discovering that Leon kills people, the young girl says she is in love with him and asks for his help to become a murderer and avenge the death of her family.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Frank Darabont
Andy Dufresne is a banker wrongly accused of double murder. Sentenced to life in prison, he is taken to Shawshank Prison, where he befriends Red, an inmate who manages to smuggle items out of jail. Suffering from a lot of violence and atrocities on the spot, Andy gives financial advice to one of the guards and gets protection, but after a while he is betrayed and goes back to living a routine of assault on the spot. While trying to prove his innocence, Andy dreams of regaining his freedom and rebuilding his life.