100 Movies You Need to See Before You Die

sex, lies, and videotape (1989)

Country: USA
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Screenwriter: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, Laura San Giacomo

In the 1989, American independent cinema got the boost it needed to create such works as Pulp FictionThe Shawshank Redemption, and other major works. The boost came in the form of sex, lies, and videotape, Steven Soderbergh's Palm d'Or winner at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. From there, all the major studios wanted in. Independent movies as we know them today—especially as a kind of genre, with a specific style and tropes—came into being.

Truthfully, sex, lies, and videotape feels tame today. Which makes it all the more important to see. It follows Ann, (andie MacDowell) a woman in a bloodless marriage with John (Peter Gallagher). When John's old college buddy (James Spader) comes to town with a video camera and rocks to get off, everything changes. —RS

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