Spy movies are a separate genre in world cinema, which has a rich history and characteristics depending on the country of production, involvement in a particular franchise (Mission Impossible, James Bond films), and authors (for example, John Le Carre). Bemorepanda has put together a list of top spy movies that will last long.
Top spy movies
Passwords and appearances, real conspiracy, double life, and a mission to save the world - enjoy exciting stories in films about spies and secret agents!
Tinker Tailor Spy
France, UK, Germany, 2011.
Duration: 127 minutes.
British intelligence suspects that a Soviet spy has been working in the organization's ranks for a long time. However, it is impossible to calculate it, and all agents who openly declare danger are soon dismissed. And then, the former intelligence officer George Smiley begins a secret investigation. The intrigue turns out to be even more complicated than he expected.
The film is based on the book of the same name by John Le Carre (in the original title and Russian, there is a part of the counting rhyme). Moreover, this novel was already transferred to the screens as a series back in 1979. The lead actor in the new version, Gary Oldman, tried to combine in his image the behavior of the actor Alec Guinness, who played in the series, and the author of the book himself. In addition, he tried to grow a slight belly, characteristic of an older adult. Such a deep approach provided him with an Oscar nomination for this role.
USA, Germany, France, Japan, 2001.
Action, thriller, detective.
Duration: 122 minutes.
On the last day of his service, CIA special agent Nathan Muir learns that his colleague Tom Bishop has ended up in a Chinese prison and will be executed within 24 hours. An experienced operative must develop a plan to rescue his partner quickly and, simultaneously, find out why he was imprisoned. It wasn't without romance.
An experienced director Tony Scott (younger brother of the famous Ridley Scott), made a lot of films about tough military men and agents. But in this picture, he decided to bet on psychology and dialogue, inviting very charismatic actors to play the leading roles. Robert Redford and his protégé Bishop played Muir.
Body of Lies
USA, UK, 2008.
Detective, thriller, drama.
Duration: 128 minutes.
US national intelligence agent Roger Ferris searches the world for terrorists and prevents dangerous events. And he is helped by CIA veteran Ed Hoffman, who constantly monitors the hero with the help of a satellite. Ferris comes up with a risky plan to capture a dangerous criminal leader. But it turns out that the management can play their game behind his back.
This film is from Ridley Scott himself, and even with Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead roles. By the way, the actors have previously starred together in the film The Quick and the Dead. According to the director's tradition, the twisted plot is filled with drive and manifestations of cruelty.
Action, thriller, adventure.
Duration: 110 minutes.
The plot of this film, based on the TV series of the 60s and which gave rise to an entire franchise, is dedicated to the secret agent of the CIA, Ethan Hunt. After the death of several colleagues, they begin to suspect him of betrayal. To clear his name, he must find the natural "mole."
Six parts of this franchise have already been released, the main advantage of which is considered a very cool action. And the lead actor Tom Cruise, despite his age, continues to perform all the most dangerous stunts without an understudy.
The IPress File
Duration: 109 minutes.
After the disappearance of several famous scientists, Sergeant Harry Palmer, who works for the British Ministry of Defense, takes over the investigation. The search leads him to an Albanian nicknamed Kingfisher. Soon Palmer finds a magnetic tape with the inscription "IPCRESS" and finds out the true purpose of the kidnapping.
The role of Harry Palmer glorified the future legend of cinema - British actor Michael Caine. And besides, many believe that it was Palmer, along with James Bond, who became the prototype of the famous comedy spy Austin Powers.
France, Italy, 1990.
Duration: 117 minutes.
A young girl, Nikita, being under the influence of drugs, went on a robbery and killed a man. The court sentenced her to life imprisonment. But after some time, Nikita was injected, and she woke up already at the school for special agents. Now she is being trained as a professional spy and assassin to perform the most secret tasks.
The success of this French film from Luc Besson spawned many remakes. First, the full-length movie “No Return” was released in the USA with a similar plot, where Bridget Fonda played the leading role. And then two series appeared: the Canadian “Her Name was Nikita” with Peta Wilson and the American “Nikita” with Maggie Q.
Action, thriller, adventure.
Duration: 111 minutes.
Based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, the film first introduced the audience to the secret agent James Bond with the code 007. In this picture, he faces the powerful Spectrum organization, which is trying to take over the American silos at Cape Canaveral. The agent's main rival is the sinister Dr. No.
The James Bond films need no introduction. It was these films that gave impetus to the popularity of the spy action genre itself. More than 20 pictures about agent 007 have already been released, not counting the numerous parodies and copies.
Enemy of the State
Duration: 132 minutes.
Unsuspecting lawyer Robert Dean suddenly becomes the owner of a videotape that can expose the official. An employee is pushing a law that allows people to be monitored. From that moment on, the protagonist's life turns into a nightmare: government agents are chasing him, able to listen in on conversations and spy on any citizen through surveillance cameras. From a successful lawyer, Dean turns into an enemy of the state.
Tony Scott also directed this film. Well, Will Smith, who played the leading role, continued his victorious march on the screens: before that, he starred in Men in Black and Independence Day. Actual ahead of him was the rejection of the "Matrix" and the failure in the "Wild, Wild West."
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
USA, UK, 2015.
Action, comedy, adventure.
Duration: 116 minutes.
CIA agent Napoleon Solo and Soviet KGB operative Ilya Kuryakin hate each other. But they have to unite to carry out the mission together. With the help of the daughter of a missing German scientist, Gabi, they must hunt down the members of the international criminal organization that created the nuclear bomb.
Like "Mission: Impossible," this film is based on a classic series of the same name. But director Guy Ritchie added his trademark humor to the story and simultaneously made a stunning visual with Cold War costumes.
Three Days of the Condor
Duration: 117 minutes.
Joe Turner, with the official pseudonym Condor, works in the secret department of the CIA. But he is engaged exclusively in paperwork: he looks for information leaks in the press with his assistants. One day, Joe goes out during his lunch break for a sandwich, and when he returns, he finds that all his colleagues have been killed. He soon realizes that he is being hunted not just by criminals but by the CIA.
The film is based on the classic spy novel by James Grady. Only the original was called "Six Days of the Condor," and the action lasted twice as long. Here you can see the still young Robert Redford, who would later play an already experienced agent in Spy Games.
France, Canada, USA, 2005.
Drama, thriller, historical.
Duration: 164 minutes.
The film is based on an actual tragedy during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich when Palestinian terrorists killed Israeli athletes. A group of Mossad agents track down and destroy everyone involved in this crime.
This film by Steven Spielberg received five Oscar nominations, particularly in the Best Picture category. However, the Munich plot drew sharp criticism from both Palestine and Israel. Representatives of both states stated that the authors greatly distorted the actual events. Spielberg replied that the film is only a tribute to the memory of the tragedy and the dead, so it should not be judged as a documentary story.
Bridge of Spies
Germany, India, USA, 2015.
Drama, thriller, historical.
Duration: 142 minutes.
This movie is also based on actual events. In the center of the plot is the lawyer James Donovan, who defended the Soviet spy Rudolf Abel at the trial. He will become the primary mediator in the negotiations when the USSR shoots down the American pilot Gary Powers. Despite the height of the Cold War, Donovan must negotiate a prisoner exchange.
And again, the picture of Steven Spielberg received six Oscar nominations. In many ways, the film's success was ensured by the excellent performance of Tom Hanks, who played the role of James Donovan.
Detective, thriller, drama.
Duration: 108 minutes.
The action of the picture takes place during the Second World War. A servant of the British ambassador in pro-neutral Turkey sells secret documents to Germany and simultaneously tries to have an affair with a Polish countess.
The picture, which appeared just in the era of the US obsession with finding spies, quickly gained public recognition and received Oscar nominations in Best Picture and Best Screenplay categories.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
UK, USA, 2014.
Action, comedy, adventure.
Duration: 130 minutes.
A young, quick-witted guy, Eggsy lives in a poor area and hangs out with criminals. After he again comes across the police, a friend of his dead father, Harry Hart, comes to the rescue. A man arranges a young man for training in the most incredible secret organization Kingsman. However, it isn't easy to stay in this school.
Director Matthew Vaughn took the famous comic book by Mark Millar as a basis, significantly changed the plot, and added utterly insane action to it. As a result, the audience saw a very bright and dynamic spy comedy. The famous film received a sequel, followed by a prequel about the organization of the Kingsman service.
The Bourne Identity
USA, Germany, Czech Republic, 2002.
Detective, thriller, thriller.
Duration: 113 minutes.
The crew of a fishing boat finds the body of an unconscious man with two wounds in the Mediterranean Sea. He does not remember his name or past events when he wakes up. Soon the man learns that his name is Jason Bourne. And at the same time finds out that the killers are on his trail.
The book of the same name by Robert Ludlum was already transferred to the screens in 1988, then Jason Bourne was played by Richard Chamberlain. But the new version with Matt Damon spawned an entire franchise about the adventures of a badass spy, which already has five films.
Thriller, drama, melodrama.
Duration: 102 minutes.
The daughter of Johann Huberman, who was arrested for treason, meets an FBI agent. As it turns out, the meeting was organized on purpose. A girl is asked to help uncover a Nazi conspiracy in Rio de Janeiro. She must marry a German agent and find out the plans of the conspirators to build a nuclear bomb. But the husband begins to suspect something, and the spy is in mortal danger.
The famous Alfred Hitchcock has always approached the development of his films with complete dedication. To be more plausible about creating a nuclear bomb, he began to turn to experts and look for documents on the use of uranium ore. As a result, the director himself fell under the suspicion of the FBI.
North by Northwest
Detective, thriller, adventure.
Duration: 136 minutes.
The protagonist Roger Thornhill, who works as an advertising agent, suddenly finds himself in the middle of a spy game. The thing is that counterintelligence takes him for a secret agent, whom no one knows by sight. Roger has to escape the personal services, and only a mysterious stranger can help him.
Alfred Hitchcock also directed this film. And the plot was based on the real story of the Second World War when British intelligence came up with a non-existent secret agent and forced the enemies to hunt for him.
Duration: 95 minutes.
A resident of Yugoslavia, Iliya Chvorovich, was summoned to the police to ask about his new lodger. He lived in Paris for 20 years, and now he is opening an atelier in Belgrade. Chvorovich decides that he has settled a spy and begins his surveillance of a neighbor, involving his wife and twin brother for this.
Not well-known now, but it is a fantastic film that combines excellent comedy and a tense plot. The picture is often called the best creation of the cinema of Yugoslavia, and the actors who played in it showed the height of their skills.
Fans have been waiting for this for three years - the premiere of the 4th season of the series Stranger Things took place in the Netflix online cinema. Viewers have access to seven episodes with a total duration of approximately 9 hours. The final two episodes will air on July 1st. The final episode will last over 2 hours.
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The events of the fourth season of Stranger Things will unfold six months after the events of the third. The plot will tell about how the main characters are trying to end the other world in which monsters live, once and for all. All the main cast from previous seasons returned to their roles, including Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, and Millie Bobby Brown.
Critics have already watched the first part of the season and generally praise the series for its leisurely character development and horror atmosphere.
1. Roller skates
2. Watching it one day
3. Never trust
On July 12, 2019, Cara Buono, who played Karen Wheeler, announced in an interview with Poland In that filming of the then-unannounced fourth season was scheduled to begin in October 2019. On September 30, the fourth season was officially announced through the series' and Netflix's social media accounts. networks. On November 7, the official Twitter account of the writers posted an image of the title page of the script for the first episode of the fourth season.
February 14, 2020, in the official accounts of the series in the social. networks, the second teaser of the season "From Russia with love ..." was published.
On March 14, 2020, filming of all Netflix series and films in the United States was suspended indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fourth season of Stranger Things was also put on hold.
On March 25, 2020, David Harbour, in his Instagram broadcast, said that the season was originally supposed to be released in early 2021, however, as the actor noted, due to a production freeze, the entry date will probably be moved to a later date.
On May 24, 2020, stuntman Hiro Koda confirmed that pre-production for the fourth season has already been completed, the scriptwriters have completed all the scripts, and the casting has also been completed.
On June 19, 2020, it was confirmed through the writers' official Twitter account that the script for the season had been completed.
On August 18, 2020, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Duffer Brothers confirmed that the fourth season will not be the series' final.
On April 20, 2021, Finn Wolfhard stated during a video call on Fanmio that he hopes Season 4 will be released in 2022.
5. This smile
6. Nvere forgive
7. Welcome cheater
8. Favourite song
9. Nancy and Robin
The season tagline "We're not in Hawkins anymore" is a reference to the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, where the main character Dorothy says "Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas" anymore."
Following the release of season 3, the Duffer Brothers stated that if Stranger Things were renewed for a fourth season (the renewal was confirmed two months later), the season would be very different, some events would unfold in new locations outside of Hawkins to reveal the characters and storylines. They also confirmed that the season will include a post-credits scene for the season 3 finale. The second slogan of the season was "There is no end without a beginning." The quote first appeared on posters published on February 17, 2022.
This is the first season of Stranger Things, divided into two parts. On the last day of filming season 4, Millie got the whole crew together and bought 2,000 balloons. She called Noah back to base camp to hug her goodbye. Schnapp got there and thought, “Where is she? Why can't I just say goodbye to her." At this time, Millie and 30 other people from the film crew went out behind the trailers with 100 balloons filled with water each! There was still a whole night of filming ahead of us. Noah was wet, dripping everywhere. The pranksters had to urgently dry Noah's suit.
11. The new season
The main new villain, Vecna, is inspired by Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Pinhead from Hellraiser (1987) and Pennywise from Stephen King's It (1990, 2017). Max Mayfield plays a much bigger role in the series than fans expected. The wrong side gets into Hawkins and psychologically affects the children. At the beginning, Jim Hopper is isolated, alone and locked in a Kamchatka prison, from which, at first, there seems to be no way out. Joyce Byers has a new job in Lenora Hills as a telemarketer, but her life is shattered when she receives a package of Russian stamps, the start of Joyce's epic journey. The Demobats appear this season and are the flying version of the Demogorgon.
Max got into trouble after seeing a clock at her school. Odie's flashbacks reveal Odie before the events of the first season. For the first time since the "Into the Fire" comic, the fate of the other numbers is revealed. The Duffers returned for Season 1 and used mostly practical effects on Vecna which are 90% practical so the characters can fully react to them, unlike the Spider Monster which was just a beach ball on a stick. The Upside Down has several gates throughout Hawkins, including the Forest Hill trailer park. This is the first season in which multiple characters directly visit the Other Side.
13. Wake up
14. New fans
15. The fact
16. About max
17. Sad story
18. Waiting for Lucas
19. First episode
20. No energy
21. First episode
22. Just two minutes
23. Greatest men
24. US right now
25. No one
26. All episodes
27. Just three years
28. Season 4
30. Best babysitter
Model and actress Lily-Rose Depp is best known for her role as Queen Catherine of England in the military-historical film The King opposite Timothée Chalamet. Lily-Rose Depp is also the daughter of Hollywood star Johnny Depp and French actress Vanessa Paradis. Lily has a vibrant personal life and was in a relationship with male model Ash Stymest. Now her boyfriend is the French rapper Yassin Stein.
Who is Lily Rose Depp?
The full name of the daughter of the famous American actor Johnny Depp and the famous French singer Vanessa Paradis is Lily-Rose Melody Depp. Lily-Rose was born on May 27, 1999 in Paris, at the American Hospital. The girl was the first child of a star couple, three years later her younger brother, John "Jack" Christopher Depp III, was born.
Photos of Lily-Rose appeared in the tabloids immediately after her birth, so the girl got used to increased attention from the press and the public. The stages of growing up were actively discussed and covered in the media. Journalists liked to talk about the appearance of young Depp, the girl's wardrobe.
The world of art, Hollywood stars is the ordinary life of a child from an acting family, to which Lily belonged. The only thing that has always remained outside this world is the daughter's love for her father, at the same time - an incredible desire to get away from the label "Johnny Depp's daughter." Family ties had a direct impact on any work of the young actress.
Lily's debut as an actress took place at the age of 14. The first work of the teenager was the film "Tusk". In this tape, Johnny Depp's father played with his daughter. The actor's fans considered the film strange, but nothing else could be expected from the outrageous actor and daughter. The film was perfect for the star family. It turned out to be extravagant and phantasmagoric, a little crazy.
Lily-Rose Depp is an actress and model. With such heredity, it is surprising that only in 2014 the girl declared herself as an actress, making her debut in Kevin Smith's film "Tusk". And in 2016, she became the face of the famous fragrance Chanel No. 5.
Where was Lily-Rose Depp Born and Where Does she Live Now?
Lily-Rose Depp was born on the western outskirts of Paris, in a place called Neuilly-sur-Seine in Ile-de-France, on May 27, 1999. Her father, Johnny Depp, is widely known to the public for his striking roles, for example, Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Mother, Vanessa Paradis, is a singer, but also starred in such films as Café de Flor, Under the Mask of a Gigolo, and others.
In 2002, she had a younger brother, who was named after dad.
Lily-Rose spent her childhood years at home. She lived on an estate near Saint-Tropez. However, she went to school already in Los Angeles, USA.
In 2012, her parents officially broke up, and since then the girl has lived in two cities and, accordingly, two countries. He is equally fluent in English and French.
Later, in an interview, she admitted that she was in an excellent relationship with Amber Heard ("Aquaman"), then her father's bride.
She is the goddaughter of writer François Marie-Bagné and singer Marilyn Manson.
"I identify equally with both cultures. My father is a typical American and my mother is French, and I grew up in both the US and France. I don't know if I feel like I have different personalities, but I think that I have an American sense of humor rather than a French one. I speak exclusively French with my French family and exclusively English with my American family. I always spoke French with my mother. It was important for her and for me... When I have children, I will definitely want them to speak both French and English.Thanks to this, you can have a secret language.When my brother and I studied at the same American school, whenever we wanted to say something -what was supposed to stay between us, we could say it in French, and no one understood us!
Who are Lily Rose’s Parents?
Her parents are Hollywood actor Johnny Depp and French model and actress Vanessa Paradis. Lily also has a younger brother, Christopher, who was born in 2002. Her parents are Hollywood actor Johnny Depp and French model and actress Vanessa Paradis. Lily also has a younger brother, Christopher, who was born in 2002.
Due to her highly famous parents, since the birth of Lily-Rose, Melody has been in the focus of cameras and video cameras. She has been accustomed to publicity since childhood - this largely explains her emancipation in the frame, success with the audience and fans of her unusual beauty.
The birth of a daughter was a real happiness for Johnny Depp. The actor got a tattoo on his chest with the name Lily and, together with Vanessa Paradis, composed a lullaby for the girl.
Depp retained parental rights when he left his common-law wife, so he took an active part in raising his children. Lily even made friends with his new lover - Amber Heard. The girls were repeatedly caught by the paparazzi together.
However, when Heard accused the American actor of assault, Lily-Rose sided with her father, declaring that he is the sweetest and most loving man in the world.
Lily Rose Depp's career
With such a creative pedigree, no one was surprised that from childhood, Lily-Rose showed an interest in art. At school, she participated in performances and never missed amateur performances.
In 2014, she made her debut in a small episode in the horror film Tusk. The girl played a cameo role as a saleswoman at a gas station. Lily-Rose's talent, despite the tiny role, has already been appreciated by the project leaders. In her blog, she wrote that her father, Johnny Depp, was with her on the site. But his name was not listed in the credits. It was this experience that helped her decide what she wants to do in life.
In Yoga Houts, which is a spin-off of The Tusk, she again worked with director Kevin Smith. True, this time she got one of the main roles. In addition, she participated in the recording of several soundtracks.
In 2015, she was approved for the cast of the films Planetarium, where Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and Dancer became her partner. In the latter, she played the famous Isadora Duncan.
He regularly appears in music videos of various artists. As a model, she can often be found on the covers and spreads of glossy magazines. Her debut in this field was a photo shoot for Oyster magazine from Australia in the spring of 2015.
Soon she was noticed by the legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. So Miss Depp became a spokeswoman for Chanel and the centerpiece of an advertising campaign for glasses, and in 2016 she was chosen as the face of Chanel No. 5. Collaborates with the fashion house in other areas, including entering the catwalks.
Shee is active in social activities, and a frequenter of charitable events.
In 2019, she played Catherine of Valois in the film The King of England. The premiere took place at the Venice Film Festival. Critics spoke very positively about her performance.
2020 brought her a role in the thriller Traffic with Gary Oldman (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Armie Hammer (Death on the Nile) and Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug).
Lily Rose Depp and her beauty secrets revealed
Moisturizer is a product that Lily-Rose cannot do without. The actress and model applies it in the morning and evening after cleansing the skin. Her makeup artists also pay special attention to hydration: for example, Christophe Danchot always applies Hydra Beauty Sèrum, Chanel, and then Hydra Beauty Flash Instantly Hydrating Perfecting Balm before makeup.
In 2015, Lily-Rose became the ambassador of the Parisian House of Chanel. About the long-awaited collaboration, the actress says: “I have always been interested in cosmetics - for my 12th birthday, my mother gave me a cosmetic bag full of Chanel products. I am very excited to represent my favorite brand.”
According to Lily-Rose, one of the biggest challenges for any girl is finding a gloss that won't stick to her hair. “The Rouge Coco Gloss is very pleasant – it reminds me of a balm,” says the actress. For every day, she chooses a peach shade - for example, # 736 Douceur.
Like a true Frenchwoman, Lily-Rose prefers simple feminine styling. Particularly, she chooses light curls - the creation of star hair stylist Johnny Sapong. To create styling, he uses Leonor Greyl products: Mousse Au Lotus Volumatrice volume mousse, Laque Souple hairspray and Voluforme spray.
When asked about her favorite cosmetic product, the actress simply answers: “Lip pencil.” “If your lips are well-defined, any shade will look perfect.” Lily-Rose is advised to apply a pencil even under lip gloss, especially dark ones - then the pigment will not spread.
“Apply blush close to your nose. So the face will look fresh, and the effect will be more natural, ”advises Lily-Rose. Makeup artists always emphasize the line of the cheekbones and the “apples” of the actress’s cheeks – they apply The Sculpting Powder, Kevin Aucoin, shade Chanel’s light pink blush, and Haloscope cream highlighter in Quarz, Glossier shade is applied to the cheekbones and temples.
Kate Lee is one of the makeup artists who regularly work with Lily-Rose. It was she who did the celebrity makeup for the Met Gala 2017. To create the “cat” arrows, Kate used the Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner in Hyperblack, Chanel. In order for the arrows to be as resistant as possible, the makeup artist advises getting rid of the remnants of the cream on the face - the pigment will lie more clearly and will not smudge during the day.
In 2016, the actress became the face of a new interpretation of the legendary Chanel No. 5 fragrance. “I remember wearing Classic #5 as a kid and feeling so feminine and mature,” Lily-Rose admitted. New Chanel No. 5 L'Eau contains notes of jasmine, ylang-ylang and rose.
Best movies with Will Smith
Will Smith is an American rapper and film actor. On September 25, he turns 53 years old. While the Hollywood star does not have a single Oscar and Golden Globe (although there were nominations), she boasts fabulous fees and four Grammys. You can evaluate the acting abilities of Smith and his family by reading a dozen films below.
14. Bad boys
Action, comedy, thriller, crime.
Duration: 119 minutes.
A large shipment of drugs is stolen from a police station in Miami. The family man Marcus and Don Juan Mike are instructed to return the loss. To talk to the only witness in the case, the partners must pretend to be each other.
The Bad Boys is the directorial debut of Michael Bay. Previously, he shot music videos and unusual commercials, which is why his first film came out so dynamic and with an abundance of special effects.
This adrenaline-fueled buddy movie also paved the way for Will Smith and comedian Martin Lawrence.
Bad Boys has a sequel. The second part was filmed eight years later, and the third was released in 2020 to mixed reviews.
13. Independence Day
Fantasy, thriller, adventure.
Duration: 145 minutes.
Aliens arrive on Earth, and their intentions are far from peaceful. The planet is in danger of complete annihilation. Humans can only survive if they infect the main alien ship with a computer virus. Scientist David Levinson and pilot Steven Hiller, who dreams of flying into space, are sent on this dangerous mission.
The fantastic blockbuster "Independence Day" is ridiculously naive, but became the most successful picture of 1996 and the finest hour of the German director Roland Emmerich.
The main role was played by Will Smith, whose career was just gaining momentum after the "Bad Boys". The young actor brought a lot of personal charm to the action movie and immediately moved from among the rising stars to the caste of the most sought-after artists.
12. Men in black
Fantasy, Action, Comedy, Adventure.
Duration: 98 minutes.
Agents Kay and Jay work for the most secret organization in the world. Their task is to catch aliens dangerous to the Earth. The partners' new mission is to neutralize a giant alien bug that threatens to destroy humanity.
The myth of agents who allegedly know about the existence of aliens was very popular in the United States in the second half of the 20th century. Barry Sonnenfeld's film is based on a comic book that plays on this conspiracy theory in a funny way.
The role of Agent Jay was originally offered to Friends star David Schwimmer, but then the creators turned their attention to Will Smith: his image in the sitcom The Prince of Bel-Air made an impression on them.
In the wake of the success of the first part of "Men in Black", two more came out. It must be admitted that each subsequent film turned out to be weaker than the previous one. In 2019, a completely disastrous spin-off with Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth was born - the picture was criticized for parasitizing on nostalgia and the absence of everyone's beloved Smith.
11. Enemy of the state
Duration: 132 minutes.
Compromising information on an official accidentally falls into the hands of a successful lawyer Robert Dean: it turned out that he was pushing a law that allows you to follow literally every inhabitant of the country. From that moment on, the hero turns from a law-abiding citizen into an outcast and an enemy of the state, and government agents follow him on his heels.
By starring in Tony Scott's successful tech-thriller, Will Smith further cemented his superstar status. But ahead of the actor was waiting for failure. He could have played in The Matrix instead of Keanu Reeves, but he preferred Barry Sonnenfeld and his Wild Wild West project. The latter ended up being a commercial failure.
Drama, biography, sports.
Duration: 157 minutes.
The film tells about the great boxer Muhammad Ali. An athlete converts to Islam under the influence of black rights activist Malcolm X, and it changes his life forever.
Director Michael Mann took a big risk by inviting Will Smith, who made his name on commercial hits, into the drama. But the actor did not disappoint and performed his first serious role with maximum dedication.
The film is worth watching not only for the excellent performance of Smith. The camera work of Emmanuel Lubezki, who filmed the fights in the ring, is simply brilliant.
9. I, robot
USA, Germany, 2004.
Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Drama.
Duration: 115 minutes.
In the near future, the world is inhabited by humanoid robots. No one can even think that a machine can harm a person. Everything changes when cop Del Spooner takes on a murder case involving a cyborg.
The free adaptation of Isaac Asimov's collection of short stories was liked by the audience, including the writer's fans. The film was peppy, the plot intriguing, and Smith proved that he could play not only a typical good guy, but also a much more ambiguous character.
Duration: 117 minutes.
Consultant Alex "Hitch" Hitchens secretly teaches men how to charm the woman they like. One day, the hero meets Sarah, a journalist who works in a gossip column. They immediately feel sympathy for each other, but the problem is that the girl writes about one star romance, for which Alex is just responsible.
The Russian title of the film can confuse viewers who are waiting for a hooligan comedy in the spirit of The Hangover. Jokes here, of course, will also be, but the genre is much closer to a romantic melodrama. Moreover, Will Smith showed his versatile talent here, playing a very sweet and modest hero.
7. The Pursuit of Happyness
Duration: 117 minutes.
New Yorker Chris Gardner is left with a young son in his arms and with little to no money. He is trying to figure out how to make money, and decides to try his luck on the stock exchange. But to get into broker courses, he will have to risk literally everything that he has.
In this wonderful drama, Will Smith played a real-life successful investor who went from a homeless pauper to a millionaire. For the role of the child of the hero, the actor offered his son Jayden. The idea came to the right place: the audience saw on the screen the most natural relationship between two loving people.
6. I Am Legend
Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Drama, Adventure.
Duration: 96 minutes.
Robert Neville is the only person who has not turned into an aggressive cannibal mutant after the zombie apocalypse. At night, he is fighting for survival, and during the day he is trying to find an antidote and get to the bottom of the causes of the epidemic.
Francis Lawrence's film based on the novel by Richard Matheson is famous for two versions of the ending. In the theatrical ending, Will Smith's character acts like a typical Hollywood action movie character. The alternative denouement is much bolder. It is written in the spirit of a book source and turns the whole meaning of the plot inside out.
Fantasy, Action, Drama, Comedy.
Duration: 92 minutes.
Superhero John Hancock suffers from alcoholism and is forever depressed, and his every attempt to help someone turns into massive destruction. Unsuccessful PR man Ray Embry convinces Hancock that he needs to work on his image, but Ray's wife is not happy with this idea.
The script about the heavy burden of superpowers lay on the shelf for about 10 years. In general, the film was conceived as a superhero version of "Bad Santa", but during the filming a lot of things changed: for example, Smith's hero, although he appears to be a bully, is far from Billy Bob Thornton's cynicism.
As a result, the picture captivated the audience with its recklessly comedic intonation.
4. Seven Pounds
Duration: 118 minutes.
Ben Thomas' life changes dramatically when the woman he loves accidentally dies through his fault. Ben decides to commit suicide, but first to help seven strangers, each with their own trouble.
The film directed by Gabriele Muccino is built quite unusual: only at the end of the story it becomes clear what's what. Will Smith not only played a major role here, but also acted as an executive producer.
The audience really liked the sentimental picture of sacrificial love and atonement for sins. But critics found the tape too similar to "21 Grams" by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarrita and even suspected the creators of plagiarism.
3. Collateral Beauty
Duration: 97 minutes.
Advertiser Howard Inlet is grieving over the death of his little daughter. Colleagues develop an unusual plan to get a friend on his feet, but this leads to an unexpected result.
This story of loss, loneliness and grief from the director of The Devil Wears Prada will be appreciated by true romantics. Yes, and fans of Will Smith will see their favorite in an unusual genre for him - a touching melodrama.
USA, UK, Australia, 2019.
Musical, fantasy, melodrama, adventure.
Duration: 128 minutes.
A young street thief Aladdin accidentally meets the freedom-loving princess Jasmine, who is tired of life in the palace and does not want to get married. The young man decides to win her heart, and the powerful Genie is ready to help him in this. But the insidious vizier Jafar interferes with the plans of the heroes.
Not everyone liked the game interpretation of the 1992 cartoon. Guy Ritchie, the creator of cult crime comedies, was responsible for the production, but, alas, his corporate style in the film is not felt at all.
When the trailer came out, Will Smith, who pretty much scared everyone with his blue skin color, was criticized. But after the rental, almost all viewers noted how good the actor was in the role of the charming Ginny.
1. King Richard
Biography, sports, drama.
Duration: 144 minutes.
An exemplary family man, Richard Williams lives in California with his wife Brandi and five daughters. Two of them, Serena and Venus, play tennis well, but their parents don't have the money for expensive training. Therefore, Richard works as a security guard at night, and during the day he goes to famous coaches and begs them to take the girls for free - because someday they will become the greatest tennis players in history.
Will Smith played the father of two famous American tennis players - Venus and Serena Williams. But these sisters were not always like this, and the film by Reinaldo Marcus Green tells what they had to go through on the way to success.
For this role, Smith received the long-awaited "Oscar". Moreover, the image came out ambiguous: although Richard loved his children, this did not stop him from tormenting the girls with endless workouts. But Will, playing him, brilliantly revealed himself as a dramatic actor.
But Smith's triumph was spoiled by an unpleasant incident: a man hit host Chris Rock right at the ceremony because of a joke on his wife Jada. And this emotional reaction actually cost the actor his career.
He had to apologize to Will Smith Apologizes to Chris Rock for Oscars Slap: 'I Was Out of Line and I Was Wrong' / Variety before Rock, and later Will Smith announced Will Smith Resigns From Academy Over Chris Rock Oscars Slap Backlash / Variety that he was leaving from the American Film Academy.
Major studios were quick to cancel future projects with the actor: for example, Netflix even fired Netflix Backs Away from Will Smith Film 'Fast and Loose' (Exclusive) / The Hollywood Reporter Smith from Fast and Loose.
On March 24, 1972, The Godfather premiered in the United States and Canada. This year, the famous tape was again released on the screens. In honor of the 50th anniversary, Bemorepanda has collected 50 facts about the legendary film history.
Facts about the Godfather movie
The epic gangster saga The Godfather is considered one of the best films. The film has been quoted, imitated, and admired. The bright plot, the brilliant direction of Coppola, the fantastic performance of Al Pacino and Marlon Brando, the magnificent music - all this made the film "The Godfather" unforgettable.
1. In the 1960s, Mario Puzo was not the most successful writer. The father of five children suffered from gambling and was ruined. Creditors threatened to seriously injure him if the writer did not return $11,000 to them.
2. to get even with his debts, Puzo wrote the script for the film "Mafia" and brought it to the Paramount film studio. The author was advised to write a book and immediately forgot about him.
3. “I am ashamed to say, but I wrote The Godfather solely based on my literary research. I have never met a real crystal-clear gangster, ”the writer later admitted.
4. According to rumors, Puzo was inspired by Dostoevsky's novel The Brothers Karamazov.
5. While the book was being prepared for publication, the publisher leaked information, and Paramount decided to make a film based on Puzo's novel. For the film rights, the writer received $ 2 million.
6. The studio did not expect much success from the gangster drama until the book The Godfather, published in 1969, became wildly popular.
7. A novel by obscure author Puzo stayed on the NY Times bestseller chart for over 60 weeks.
8. Director Francis Ford Coppola was practically nobody at that time. He even founded American Zoetrope with friend George Lucas to prove his worth. But success came to Coppola from the other side...
9. The film studio wanted to entrust Sergio Leone to shoot The Godfather. But he refused and later regretted it immensely. After 11 years, the director took revenge by telling his story about gangsters - Once Upon a Time in America.
10. Directors Elia Kazan and Costa-Gavras also said no.
11. Coppola, like Puzo, did not know anything about gangsters. Moreover, he did not even finish reading the book "The Godfather," which many admired, tired of the overabundance of erotic scenes. “A third of the book is devoted to the anatomical problems of a minor heroine,” the director admitted years later.
12. The producers signed a contract with Coppola, counting on his Italian origin and the unknown as a director (you could save on the fee).
13. Through negotiations, Francis increased the film's budget from $2.5 million to $6 million.
14. During filming, the producers were unhappy with Coppola. But this continued only until he received an Oscar for the script for the film Patton.
15. The prototype of Vito Corleone is the famous gangster Joseph "Joe" Bonanno.
16. Corleone is the name of a small town in Sicily.
17. Laurence Olivier, Burt Lancaster, Anthony Quinn, Raf Vallone, and Ernest Borgnine were predicted for the role of Don Corleone. It was rumored that they asked for the part of "godfather" Orson Welles and even Frank Sinatra.
18. Puzo saw only Marlon Brando as Don Corleone. Coppola was of the same opinion.
19. The producers were categorically against the participation of the stellar Brando (he had a reputation, frankly, not very good) and set three, as it seemed to them, impossible conditions: the actor works for free, in case of disruption of filming he pays a penalty of $ 1 million, participates in auditions for general grounds.
20. Coppola took two operators and went to Brando's house to make samples. Seeing footage with a "real gangster," the producers found no objection.
21. Contrary to the producers' fears, Marlon did not disrupt a single day of shooting.
22. Brando often joked and arranged practical jokes. For example, in the scene where the guests were photographed at the wedding of Don Corleone's daughter, the actor suddenly took off his pants and showed everyone his butt. At that moment, there were 500 actors and extras on set.
23. Samples of unknown James Caan, Robert Duvall, and Diane Keaton, the director, did in his home. Coppola's wife even cut the men's hair to make them look like heroes.
24. The role of Michael Corleone could be played by Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, and Robert de Niro.
25. "Unknown Ugly Shorty" Al Pacino did not suit anyone except Coppola. During filming, the producers could not understand for a long time when the actor would start acting.
26. Pacino agreed to a fee of $35,000.
27. Sinatra was considered the prototype of Johnny Fontaine. He thought that this image in the book was written off from him and even yelled at Puzo, meeting him by chance in a restaurant. So Fontaine practically does not appear in the film.
28. The scene where Sonny beats up Carlo takes four days to shoot. Seven hundred extras participated in it.
29. Real gangsters created the League for the Defense of the Rights of Italian Americans. One of the directions of their struggle was the eradication of the frequent use of the word "mafia." The producers of The Godfather were subjected to surveillance and intimidation. One of them even had to go to a meeting with gangsters. Fortunately, the word "mafia" appeared in the text only once...
30. The film "The Godfather" was filmed in 4 months.
31. A special secret show was arranged for the Mafiosi. The producers did not know about this "misconduct" at the film studio. However, the guests were delighted. The film became a cult classic for American gangsters.
32. The Godfather started on 400 screens at once. But people still paid resellers for tickets 3-4 times more to get to the session quickly.
33. On the day of the premiere, 32-year-old Coppola was nervous: “I think failure is inevitable. What I've done? Took a popular, full of piquancy and "strawberry" novel, and turned it into the endless chatter of a gang of bandits in dimly lit interiors.
34. Shortly before the premiere, Coppola joked in a conversation with the producers. If the film collects $ 50 million, they will buy him a Mercedes 600 limousine. When fees exceeded $ 100 million, Coppola went to order a car driven by the Pope and Francisco Franco.
35. A few months later, The Godfather became the highest-grossing film in US history, breaking the record for Gone with the Wind.
36. During the election campaign of Richard Nixon, he was compared to Vito Corleone. And it sounded like… a compliment. The term "godfather" also took root after the film's release.
37. At the Oscars in 1973, Coppola received the highest film award for the screenplay. And The Godfather became the best film.
38. Brando was named the best actor in 1972. But he refused the Oscar awarded to him, thus expressing a protest against discrimination against the indigenous population of America.
39. Composer Nino Rota was nominated for an Oscar for the best film score. Still, the nomination was canceled when it turned out that he did not write new music entirely but used and reworked his melodies from the film Fortunella.
40. According to the American Film Institute, "The Godfather" is ranked #1 in the list of the ten best gangster films.
41. Two years after the premiere, Coppola decided to build on the success and shot the film The Godfather 2.
42. The Godfather 2 won 6 Oscars.
43. In the Soviet Union, Roman Puzo first went to samizdat, until in 1987, it was published by the Znamya magazine.
44. The film "The Godfather" was one of the major hits in the underground video market of the USSR. But even those who did not have a "Vidik" knew him.
45. In 1985-1989. The USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs blocked Coppola's tape as "propagating a cult of violence."
46. The Soviet Union bought all parts of The Godfather only in 1990 when the third part of the legendary film saga came out. According to unofficial information, for $200,000.
The presentation of the film in the USSR took place at the Rossiya cinema. The sponsor spent 100 thousand rubles. The host was Nikita Mikhalkov, who is called Coppola's friend. Tickets cost 17-25 rubles.
48. The song "Speak Softly Love" to the melody of Nino Rota from the movie "The Godfather" was sung by Muslim Magomayev - in Italian, Sofia Rotaru - in Ukrainian, Renat Ibragimov, Emil Gorovets, and Nina Brodskaya - in Russian.
49. The restoration of the three parts of the film for the 50th anniversary of the premiere of The Godfather took three years. Experts studied 300 boxes of film. For more than 4,000 hours, they eliminated stains on negatives and restored color—more than 1000 hours of color grading.
50. The film was re-released in 4K Ultra HD.