The Tree Of Life (2011)


Mrs. O’Brien: Help each other. Love everyone. Every leaf. Every ray of light. Forgive.

Starring: Brad Pitt as Mr. O’Brien, Jessica Chastain as Mrs. O’Brien, Sean Penn and Jack and Tye Sheridan as Steve, dir. Terrence Malick.

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Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (Children of Men, Gravity, The Revenant)

Peeping Tom (1960)


Vivian: What would frighten me to death? Set the mood for me, Mark.
Mark Lewis: Imagine… someone coming towards you… who wants to kill you… regardless of the consequences.
Vivian: A madman?
Mark: Yes. But he knows it – and you don’t.

Starring: Karlheinz Böhm as Mark Lewis, Moira Shearer as Vivian, Anna Massey as Helen Stephens as Maxine Audley as Mrs. Stephens, dir. Michael Powell.

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Cinematography: Otto Heller (the Crimson Pirate, The Ladykillers)

Citizen Kane (1941)


Charles Foster Kane: You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn’t been very rich, I might have been a really great man.
Walter Parks Thatcher: Don’t you think you are?
Kane: I think I did pretty well under the circumstances.
Thatcher: What would you like to have been?
Kane: Everything you hate.

Starring: Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane, Joseph Cotten as Jedediah Leland, Ruth Warrick as Emily Monroe Norton Kane and George Coulouris as Walter Parks Thatcher, dir. Orson Welles.

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Cinematographer: Gregg Toland (Wuthering Heights, The Grapes of Wrath, The Long Voyage Home)

Thor (2011)


Odin: Thor Odinson… you have betrayed the express command of your king. Through your arrogance and stupidity, you’ve opened these peaceful realms and innocent lives to the horror and desolation of war! You are unworthy of these realms, you’re unworthy of your title, you’re unworthy… of the loved ones you have betrayed! I now take from you your power! In the name of my father and his father before, I, Odin Allfather, cast you out!

Starring: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Sir Anthony Hopkins as Odin, dir. Kenneth Branagh.

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Cinematographer: Haris Zambarloukos (Mamma Mia!, Locke, Cinderella)

Ben-Hur (1959)

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Esther: It was Judah Ben-Hur I loved. What has become of him? You seem to be now the very thing you set out to destroy. Giving evil for evil. Hatred is turning you to stone. It’s as though you had become Messala.

Starring: Charlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur, Stephen Boyd as Messala, Haya Harareet as Esther, Hugh Griffith as Sheik Ilderim and Jack Hawkins and Quintus Arrius, dir. William Wyler

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Cinematographer: Robert Surtees (The Bad and the Beautiful, The Graduate, The Sting)

No Country For Old Men (2007)


Llewelyn Moss: If I don’t come back, tell mother I love her.
Carla Jean Moss: Your mother’s dead, Llewelyn.
Llewelyn: … Well then I’ll tell her myself.

Starring: Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh, Josh Brolin as Llewelyn Moss, Tommy Lee Jones as Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, Kelly Macdonald as Carla Jean Moss and Woddy Harrelson as Carson Wells, dir. the Coen Brothers.

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Cinematographer: Roger Deakins

The Road (2009)


The Man: Do you ever wish you would die?
Old Man: No. It’s foolish to ask for luxuries in times like these.

Starring: Viggo Mortensen as the Man, Charlize Theron as the Woman, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Boy, Guy Pearce as the Veteran and Robert Duvall as the Old Man, dir. John Hillcoat.

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Cinematographer: Javier Aguirresarobe (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Twilight: New Moon, The Finest Hours)