Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall, Embeth Davidtz
You'd have to be made of stone to not feel the dramatic force of Schindler's List, arguably Steven Spielberg's towering masterpiece. Centered in one of mankind's darkest events, the Steven Zallian-written film recounts the true story of a German businessman, Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who opens a cutlery factory, hires Jewish concentration camp prisoners for no pay, and ultimately saves upwards of 1,100 prisoners from certain death at the hands of the Nazis.
At nearly three-and-a-half-hours long, Schindler's List is a long haul, but one that's totally worth the patience and, more importantly, the mental anguish. Spielberg doesn't shy away from depicting the horrors of Nazi death camps; watching the black-and-white epic, it's impossible to not ponder the evil that men can do, and, really, what's sadder than the truths that spring from such questioning? —MB