In 1946 Howard Hawks directed the William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s crime novel. The film starred Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall whose real life chemistry is palpable on-screen throughout the entire picture. Probably the only black and white film where I thought the actress was f’ing amazing (outside of Marylin obviously).
In 1993 Tony Scott directed a brilliant script called True Romance by the young script writer Quentin Tarantino starring Christian Slater playing Clarence Worley and Patricia Arquette playing Alabama Whitman. Oh, and Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Bronson Pinchot, Michael Rapaport, Saul Rubinek, James Gandolfini, Chris Penn, and Tom Sizemore all decided to show up to play bit roles. To say this film is legendary is an understatement.
Luc Besson wrote and directed his seventh feature film starring Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, and Danny Aiello. A brilliant story that transcended various borders and enabled Oldman to show us how maddening he can be and introduced the world to a brilliant new talent in Portman circa 1994.