1990, Paramount, 107 min, USA, Dir: Tony Scott

Do you feel the need for speed? The TOP GUN team of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott and star Tom Cruise reunited for this high-octane drama set in the world of auto racing. Cruise plays a hot-shot rookie recruited to drive for a NASCAR team under the tutelage of Robert Duvall; Nicole Kidman plays a doctor who falls in love with the young racer after a crash (the sparks flew in real life as well - Cruise and Kidman married shortly after the film premiered). Robert Towne penned the screenplay to this huge hit, which also features Michael Rooker, Randy Quaid, and Cary Elwes.

2001, 20th Century Fox, 127 min, USA, Dir: Baz Luhrmann

Director Baz Luhrmann’s phantasmagorical musical has been hailed as one of the most visually inventive and wildly kinetic films in recent memory for its mixture of turn-of-the-century Parisian nightlife, late-20th-century pop music (beautifully performed in the film by lovers Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor) and astonishingly ornate production and costume design, courtesy of Oscar winner Catherine Martin. With John Leguizamo as pint-sized painter Toulouse-Lautrec.

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