1985, Warner Bros., 153 min, USA, Dir: Steven Spielberg

One of director Steven Spielberg’s first serious dramas, this uplifting adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel garnered 11 Oscar nominations. In her film debut, Whoopi Goldberg stars as Celie Harris-Johnson, a poor black woman in pre-WWII Georgia who suffers abuse at the hands of her brutal husband before eventually escaping to a new life. Featuring music by Quincy Jones (who co-produced the film), the box office hit also stars Danny Glover, Rae Dawn Chong, Laurence Fishburne and Oprah Winfrey.

1987, Universal, 110 min, USA, Dir: William Dear

For decades, people have scoured the Pacific Northwest in search of Bigfoot and come up empty-handed…until George Henderson (John Lithgow) accidentally hits one of the creatures with his car. Discovering that “Harry” is a gentle giant, George tries to return him to the wilderness before a hunter (David Suchet) can get to him. An Oscar winner for Rick Baker’s makeup work, this amusing family fantasy spun off a syndicated TV sitcom. With Melinda Dillon, Don Ameche and M. Emmet Walsh.

1991, Sony Repertory, 136 min, USA, Dir: Barry Levinson

Warren Beatty leads an all-star cast as the titular tough guy who turned the desert town of Las Vegas into an oasis for gamblers. Sent to California in the late 1930s, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel falls hard for actress Virginia Hill (Annette Bening) as he works to expand the criminal empire of East Coast mobster Meyer Lansky (Ben Kingsley). Harvey Keitel and Elliott Gould costar in this stylish drama, which earned 10 Academy Award nominations and two wins, for Best Art Direction and Costume Design.

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