39. PATTON (1970) SUBJECT: Gen. George S. Patton Jr.
If there ever was a born soldier, it was Gen. Patton (George C. Scott), whose military acumen is credited as a decisive factor in the successful U.S. campaigns in North Africa, Italy and France during WWII. But Patton's drive and temper nearly cost him his career, and the film — perhaps best known for Patton's opening speech against a giant American flag — astutely asks the question: What happens when a man is so good at waging war that he literally cannot do anything else? —Adam B. Vary
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THE WAGES OF FEAR (1953)
Leave it to the French to turn the road trip genre into an exercise in existential dread — a nail-biting one along bumpy mountain roads in a truck carrying a cargo of nitroglycerine.