1954 – On The Waterfront

★★★★★ USA. 1h48m. Crime / Drama. Directed by Elia Kazan. Written by Budd Schulberg. Cinematography by Boris Kaufman. Edited by Gene Milford. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, Eva Marie Saint.

Focuses on union violence and corruption amongst longshoremen, while detailing widespread corruption, extortion, and racketeering on the waterfronts of Hoboken, New Jersey. On the Waterfront was a critical and commercial success. It received twelve Academy Award nominations and won eight, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Brando, Best Supporting Actress for Saint, and Best Director for Kazan. In 1997, it was ranked by the American Film Institute as the eighth-greatest American movie of all time; in AFI’s 2007 list, it was ranked 19th.

1963 – The Ugly American

★★★☆☆ USA. 2h. Adventure. Directed by George Englund. Written by Stewart Stern (screenplay) and Eugene Burdick, William Lederer (“The Ugly American”). Cinematography by Clifford Stine. Edited by Ted J. Kent. Music by Frank Skinner. Starring Marlon Brando, Eiji Okada, Sandra Church, Pat Hingle, Arthur Hill, Jocelyn Brando, Kukrit Pramoj, Judson Pratt.

American ambassador Harrison MacWhite (Marlon Brando) travels to a Southeast Asian country beleaguered by rival factions, but MacWhite views the political situation only in the simplest terms: as a struggle between communism and democracy. By the time that the ambassador finally sees the resultant political upheaval as something far more complicated, it may be too late.