Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson

The Last Picture Show trades in nostalgia for somber introspection. Widely celebrated director Pete Bogdanovich's monumental classic uses its 1951 high school backdrop as a gateway into a much bigger and gently tragic narrative. A young Jeff Bridges is amongst the actors who play teens living in a dying Texas town, where minimal funds gradually turn their neighborhoods into quasi-tombs. Heartbreak, death, and the collective sorrows over a closed movie theater comprise The Last Picture Show's most heartbreaking elements; high school movies don't get much more mleancholy than this. —MB