Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Directed By: David Lean
Written By: Robert Bolt & Michael Wilson
Shot By: Freddie Young
Based on the writings of T.E. Lawrence
“Before I go off and direct a movie, I always look at four films. They tend to be The Seven Samurai, Lawrence Of Arabia, It’s A Wonderful Life and The Searchers.” - Steven Spielberg
In an interview I found of Spielberg he describes how this film “emotionally pulverized him” in a way that caused him to leave the theater in awe. Later that week, he went to purchase the soundtrack in which he proceeded to play over and over for months reliving the film in his mind. This film is fantastic on all fronts. What makes it even more special is that there is no way it could be done today without using CGI. O’Toole’s performance immediately gives the audience an idea of who T.E. Lawrence really is without any exposition whatsoever. Potential top tenner.