Country: USA
Director: Brian De Palma
Screenwriter: Oliver Stone
Stars: Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, F. Murray Abraham, Robert Loggia

If you enjoy pop culture only because it allows you to participate in culture at large, you have to see Scarface. By now, if you haven't already done so, you must feel as if you've already seen Brian De Palma's long remake of the 1932 gangster picture about Al Copone. You've heard the dialogue sampled in rap; you've seen Tony Montana (De Palma and Stone's '80s version of Capone) and his large gun on posters and T-shirts. You played GTA: Vice City.

But the references and the paraphrasable content don't capture the experience of sitting through the bloody epic. To really lose your soul alongside Tony, the Cuban refugee who becomes a drug kingpin and user, you have to spend those 170 minutes in his company. —RS