50 Indie Movies You Need to See Before You Die

The Crying Game (1992)

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Stephen Rea, Forest Whitaker, Jaye Davidson, Miranda Richardson

Like Pyscho or The Sixth Sense, The Crying Game was one of those movies that swore viewers into secrecy—they wouldn't reveal the twist, lest they ruin a breathtaking experience for others. That was the word around the film's release, anyway. Now, over 20 years removed from its theatrical debut, you should know that it doesn't really matter. If you've had the twist of this moving romance spoiled for you, and that knowledge has kept you from watching Irish director Neil Jordan's most famous flick, flip the script and go watch.

The winner of a Best Original Screenplay Oscar, The Crying Game opens with the kidnapping of a British solider, played by Forest Whitaker, by members of the IRA. Before he's killed, the British soldier bonds with Fergus, played by sad-eyed Stephen Rea, even though Fergus is supposed to execute the man. The solider tells Fergus about his girlfriend, Dil.

In the wake of the soldier's death, Fergus seeks out Dil, who sings at a nightclub. Fergus is entranced, watching Dil sing a song called "The Crying Game." But nothing is as it seems in Jordan's quiet film about relationships across seemingly impassible divides, including the film's reputation that the twist is as important as the human drama unfolding before the viewer's eyes. —RS

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