The Prestige
The Prestige (2006)

Two friends and fellow magicians become bitter enemies after a sudden tragedy. As they devote themselves to this rivalry, they make sacrifices that bring them fame but with terrible consequences.

9/10

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine

The Age of Innocence
The Age of Innocence (1993)

Tale of 19th century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin.

8/10

Director: Martin Scorsese

Writer: Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese

Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder

12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave (2013)

Solomon Northup, a free African-American, is promised a fortnightly job by Brown and Hamilton. However, after arriving in Washington DC, he realises that he has been sold into slavery.

7.5/10

Director: Steve McQueen

Writer: John Ridley

Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Captain Jack Aubrey orders his team to set out in search of a French war vessel. However, when his own ship is heavily damaged, he realises the task is not as easy as it seems.

7.5/10

Director: Peter Weir

Writer: Peter Weir, John Collee

Stars: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, James D'Arcy

Gangs of New York
Gangs of New York (2002)

Amsterdam Vallon is a young Irish immigrant released from prison. He returns to the Five Points seeking vengeance against his father's killer, Bill "The Butcher" Cutting, a powerful...

7.5/10

Director: Martin Scorsese

Writer: Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan, Jay Cocks

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz

Little Big Man
Little Big Man (1970)

Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Indians and fighting with General Custer.

7.5/10

Director: Arthur Penn

Writer: Calder Willingham

Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George

In the Heart of the Sea
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

A recounting of a New England whaling ship's sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick.

7/10

Director: Ron Howard

Writer: Charles Leavitt

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy

The Missing (2003)

In 1885 New Mexico, a frontier medicine woman forms an uneasy alliance with her estranged father when her daughter is kidnapped by an Apache brujo.

6.5/10

Director: Ron Howard

Writer: Ken Kaufman

Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

There is a new criminal mastermind at large (Professor Moriarty) and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil and lack of conscience may give him an advantage over...

6/10

Director: Guy Ritchie

Writer: Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris

The Four Feathers
The Four Feathers (2002)

A British officer resigns his post just before battle and subsequently receives four white feathers from his friends and fiancee as symbols of what they believe to be his cowardice.

6/10

Director: Shekhar Kapur

Writer: Michael Schiffer, Hossein Amini

Stars: Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Kate Hudson