Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Barbara Hershey, Carrie Fisher, Micheal Caine, Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Max von Sydow
New Yorkers pride themselves on being the best at their game, whatever that may be, and this classic proves that New Yorkers even do dysfunctional holiday gatherings better than their suburban counterparts. Three sisters, over the course of three Thanksgiving dinners, contend with adultery, drug addiction, alcoholism, and emotional abuse, just to name a few.
While the film name checks Ibsen, one can't help but see shades of Chekhov in this thoughtful gem that asks us at every turn, "Why do we put up with all the shit life throws at us?" Of course, the ones facing the crucible live in cozy apartments with maids. That this doesn't become glaring is proof of Allen's artistic potency. —Brenden Gallagher