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A nostalgic (but not blindly nostalgic) look back at some cult and classic movies. Are they worth checking out once you take off the rose-tinted glasses? Find out in this retrospective section.

Network (1976) directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Peter Finch

This mad-as-hell look at the manufactured reality of television, also starring Faye Dunaway, is a savage chronicle of modern times. It's well worthy of its Oscar wins.

Peter Finch is mad as hell in Network

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Women in Love (1969) starring Glenda Jackson and Oliver Reed

Ken Russell's adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's novel of sexual blossoming is the one which put the controversy-baiting director firmly on the cinematic map.

Alan Bates and Jennie Linden in Women in Love

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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) starring Michael Rooker

John McNaughton's portrayal of self-confessed serial killer Henry Lee Lucas is a bleak, violent and disturbing plunge into a metaphorical sewer.

Michael Rooker as Henry Lee Lucas

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The Right Stuff (1983)

This adaptation of Tom Wolfe's account of The Great Space Race really deserved its plaudits.

Impressive cast of The Right Stuff

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Rumble Fish (1983)

Get ready to rumble with the existentially arty Francis Ford Coppola adaptation of S.E. Hinton's novel.

Dash of colour in the otherwise black and white Rumblefish

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​Dreamchild (1985)

The controversies behind Lewis Carroll's love of Alice are tastefully recorded in this intriguing lost 80s film.

Coral Brown and Nicola Cowper in Dreamchild (1985)

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​You Only Live Once (1937)

Fritz Lang's thoughtful study of crime and the difficulties of redemption.

Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney

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​The Best Man (1964)

A now-timely depiction of the political skullduggery behind the U.S. Presidential race.

Franklin J. Schaffner's The Best Man

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