From the drama of the Godfather trilogy to the action of Dirty Harry and comedy of The Producers, click here to learn more about Bill's favorite films.
The Godfather Films: I & II (1972, 1974)
The archetypal films that defined three generations' love for Italian-American mobsters. Without this powerful trilogy that explored the lives, minds, and hearts of the heartless, organized crime kingpins, The Sopranos never would have had a chance. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Stars Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Al Pacino.
The Producers (1968)
Mel Brooks' directorial premiere has become the classic theatrical showbiz farce. Celebrated also for its 2001 theatrical opening, "The Producers" won Best Musical at the 2001 Tony Awards. Directed by Mel Brooks. Stars Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder.
Love sacrificed for the greater good is the theme of this classic WWII romance. The timeless Ingrid Bergman/Humphrey Bogart collaboration has maintained its status as one of the best examples of American cinema ever since its release. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Casablanca stars Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Officer Willard is assigned to find and "terminate with extreme prejudice" a renegade Green Beret, the self-declared god of a Cambodian tribe. Both the sanity and the survival skills of Officer Willard and his men suffer on their long trip up river. The surreal horror culminates when they reach the infamous Kurtz's compound.
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Stars Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen.
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
The Bram Stoker novel is brought to sensuous reality and beyond as Dracula's identity is revealed to be that of Vlad, the Impaler, ancient Transylvanian tyrant. Dracula follows his young lawyer from his creepy castle to London and transforms himself so that he may reclaim his lost love, who has been reborn as the lawyer's fiancée.
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Stars Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, and Winona Ryder.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Based on the true story of the infamous duo and their gang, Beatty and Dunaway are just a couple of crazy kids, beautiful, in love, and very dangerous.
Directed by Arthur Penn. Stars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.
In 1992 Clint Eastwood reinvented the western genre with this morality tale of a bounty hunter (Eastwood) who must confront a corrupt sheriff (Gene Hackman). Directed by Eastwood, the film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Hackman), and Best Editing.
Directed by Clint Eastwood. Stars Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris.
A bedroom farce that comments on 1970s sexual practices, the film reveals one hairdresser's pivotal experience when pleasure gets in the way of business and he has to decide what he really wants out of life.
Directed by Hal Ashby. Stars Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn and Lee Grant.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
The chain gang inmate with a hard man reputation is a hard man indeed. Who can break him? A young Paul Newman at the top of his game backed up by George Kennedy, who won an Oscar for his Supporting Actor role.
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg. Stars Paul Newman.
Viva Las Vegas (1964)
A fun Elvis flick where he plays a young race driver on his way to the first Vegas Grand Prix. Trouble is, he has no engine, and there's a girl who keeps distracting him, making him the perfect sucker for his competitors.
Directed by George Sidney II. Stars Elvis Presley and Ann Margaret.
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
A king of the local Brooklyn disco realizes that he needs to make more of his life, as others get ready to leave him behind.
Directed by John Badham. Stars John Travolta and Karen Lynn Gorney.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
British WWII POWs are assigned to build a bridge for their Japanese captors. This they do with ironic British aplomb despite the plans of their own Allied forces to blow up the bridge upon its opening.
Directed by Sir David Lean. Stars William Holden and Alec Guinness.
Dirty Harry (1971)
A San Francisco cop who works slightly above the law is on the trail of a serial killer sniper. It's all in a day's work for Dirty Harry, in this first entry of the classic series.
Directed by Don Siegel. Stars Clint Eastwood.
The Wolf Man (1941) In trying to save a gypsy girl from an attack, Larry gets bitten by a werewolf. His father ignores his pleas for help, determined instead to kill the wolf that's terrorizing the village.
Directed by George Waggner. Stars Lon Chaney Jr. and Claude Rains.
Rocky (1976) This is the now classic story of an underdog boxer who pushes himself and succeeds in going all the way. Stallone is said to have written the script in three days.
Directed by John G. Avildsen. Stars Sylvester Stallone and Talia Shire.
Young Frankenstein (1974) Dr. Frankenstein's grandson, a deadbeat, inherits the castle and attempts again to achieve his grandfather's maniacal dream of resuscitating a dead man.
Directed by Mel Brooks. Stars Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Terri Garr, Cloris Leachman and Madeleine Kahn.
A Shot in the Dark (1964) Inspector Clouseau refuses to believe the beautiful maid Maria might be capable of committing the murders at the country house where he has been assigned. Hijinks, slapstick, and Maria's beauty all contribute to this successful prequel to the "Pink Panther" series.
Directed by Blake Edwards. Stars Peter Sellers and Elke Sommer.
The Alamo (1960) This is the legendary true story of a small troop of American/Texan soldiers who take on the entire Mexican army. Led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, they hole up at a Mission and sacrifice their lives to save Texas from Mexican invasion.
Directed by John Wayne. Stars John Wayne, Richard Widmark and Laurence Harvey.
Easy Rider (1969) Two bikers on the fringe of society ride from LA to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. They're looking for America but what they find is a crazy mess of cults and personalities.
Directed by Dennis Hopper. Stars Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and introducing Jack Nicholson.