Warner Bros. and iTunes have partnered for the studio's 85th anniversary to offer up 85 downloadable film selections, with titles ranging from lesser known works from well-known directors (Clint Eastwood's Absolute Power) to popular crowd pleasers (Grumpy Old Men) to cult favorites
(Pee-Wee's Big Adventure) to established classics (Casablanca). From their list, here are ten must-sees...from A to Z...
All the President's Men - Political Drama
Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman are fascinating and believable as Washington Post
reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the real-life journalists whose investigation of
Watergate eventually helped bring an end to Richard Nixon's presidency. See it for the
superlative script, the taut direction and the fact that it's an edge-of-your-seat thriller
where no one fires a gun.
Blade Runner - Sci-Fi/Thriller
In between making The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harrison
Ford completed a trifecta of movie classics with this groundbreaking sci-fi noir, a
triumph of atmospheric style and design that's influenced just about every genre film that
followed it. Director Ridley Scott fills out each detail, nook and cranny of his futuristic L.A.
gone to rot in spectacular, unforgettable fashion.
Chariots of Fire - Drama
This Best Picture winner has earned an undeserved reputation over the years of being long and
laborious. Yes, it's not Michael Bay's Transformers. But that's a good
thing. The plot, about two very different runners - a Christian Scotsman and a Jewish Englishman
- aiming for gold at the 1924 Olympics gradually reveals itself as an inspiring, moving
experience equal to any race by Ussain Bolt.
Enter the Dragon - Action
Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon is the Citizen Kane of its genre. All of the trademarks are
here: the whooping cry, the prancing taunts and Lee's faster-than-fast roundhouse kick (complete
with whipsnap sound effect). Mix in a good story about fighters gathered on an island by a devious mastermind, throw in Nightmare on Elm Street dad
John Saxon for good measure, and you've got a kung fu classic for the ages.
Million Dollar Baby - Drama
Clint Eastwood cemented his return to the critical and commercial mountain top with
this intimate, superbly told (no fat on this fighter) story about the relationship between a
female boxer (Hilary Swank) and the trainer she reveres (Eastwood). Morgan Freeman adds his classy touch to the fine ensemble, and Swank earns a well-deserved second Best Actress Oscar for her gritty, honest performance.
The Road Warrior - Sci-Fi/Action
Back before The Dark Knight, Iron Man and other comic book characters ruled the movie wasteland, cinema came up with its own make-believe heroes. Standing tallest amongst them was Mel Gibson's Max Rockatansky, a loner warrior scavenging the postapocalyptic
highways with only his dog and an armored vehicle as his constant companions.
The Shawshank Redemption - Drama
The long-standing top movie at IMDB was voted #1 for a reason. It's an elegantly told piece about
the amazing, unpredicatble life path taken by prison inmate Andy Dusfrene (Tim Robbins), and the incredible friendship he develops with fellow lifer Ellis 'Red' Redding (Morgan Freeman). It
also has one of the most perfect movie endings ever.
Superman: The Movie - Action/Adventure
After this summer, many will argue that The Dark Knight belongs at the top of the list
of comic book movies. They may be right. But take another look at 1978's Superman.
Christopher Reeve could not have been more perfect for the role of America's most beloved
superhero, and his relationship with Margot Kidder's feisty Lois Lane is still one to make women and
The Right Stuff - Action/Drama
You may not have seen this underrated gem about the original Mercury astronauts. But if you love
great cinema, this should rank high in your Netflix queue. Dennis Quaid, Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn
and Fred Ward are fantastic as some of the first test pilots-turned-astronauts, and the tale of
their early days, training and eventual flights into orbit is literally out of this world.
Risky Business - Comedy
Can't get enough of that Tom Cruise jig in Tropic Thunder? This is where it all began,
with a young Cruise getting down with Rebecca DeMornay and preparing for the inevitable rocket ride into superstardom.
Looking back, Risky Business is still one of the finest teen comedies of the '80s,
arriving a full year ahead of John Hughes' first teen classic (the equally hilarious Sixteen Candles). Ready for that "ol' time rock and roll?" Sweet.