Jennifer Lopez stars in her breakthrough role in this 1997 biographical drama about late popstar, Selena. She was an up-and-coming musician, with a promising future ahead of her. Unfortunately, her life ended in tragedy, when someone very close to her turns on her and ultimately kills her. Selena Quintanilla-Perez was the queen of Latin music and. She rose to fame after his father discovered her amazing vocal and rhythmic talent. She was only 23 at the time of her death.
We had no idea at the time how bright of a star Lopez would be in her own right, but she nailed the role of Selena and was even nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.
Stanley Kubrick directs this 1960 historical drama that stars Kirk Douglas in the title role, the leader of a revolution Third Servile War. The film is the only one of Kubrick’s in which he wasn’t given complete creative control, and yet it still won four Academy Awards and is the highest-grossing film in Universal Studio's history. The Thracian gladiator led a slave revolt with an army of tens of thousands of men. He defeated Roman forces over half a dozen times, as he marched his people up and down the Italian peninsula. He was killed in April 71 B.C
Spartacus won the Oscar for Best Cinematography, Costume Design, Art Direction, and Supporting Actor, for Peter Ustinov’s work as Lentulus Batiatus. In 2017 the Library of Congress dubbed it culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant, and preserved it in the United States National Film Registry.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
In the early 1970s, a man named John Wojtowicz committed to robbing a bank to pay for his boyfriend's sex-change operation. Unfortunately, things didn’t go the way he hoped, and it all got a little bit out of hand, so much so that it results in a standoff with multiple law enforcement organizations. Wojtowicz was born in New York City in 1945 and led basically normal life. After returning from his service in Vietnam he began working for Chase Manhattan Bank.
Dog Day Afternoon was released in 1975 and stars Al Pacino as Wojtowicz. Nominated for seven Golden Globes and six Academy Awards, and winning for Best Original Screenplay, the film was preserved by the Library of Congress in 2009.
La Bamba (1987)
This 1987 biography follows Lou diamond Phillips as Chicano rock-star Ritchie Valens. The film follows the stars rise from typical high school boy to Billboard chart-topper, along with his relationship with his girlfriend at the time, who inspired his song, “Donna.” The American musician who was of Mexican descent was heavily influenced by Mariachi music and ultimately pioeereed the genre of Chicano rock music. His hit "La Bamba" will always be a beloved favorite.
Valens’ life, like the movie, ended tragically – in a fiery plane crash that left no survivors. The film grossed more than $50 million dollars in the US, and received mostly positive reviews, including a 91% approval from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
Man on the Moon (1999)
Jim Carrey stars as the late eccentric entertainer Andy Kaufman in this 1999 biographical dramedy. The story retraces the stars steps from childhood to fame, as he started appearing on major shows like SNL , and Taxi . The comedian was known for his bizarre performances and his criticism of the whole "fake" idea of performance. His most notable performance was when he loaded an entire audience on a bus, gave them milk and cookies, and then continued with the show on the following day on the Staten Island Ferry.
Carrie won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor for his work on the film, which made it his second in a row after acting in The Truman Show. Reviews seem to be a pretty mixed bag, and it only holds a 63% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 58/100 on Metacritic.