GRAND ILLUSION (1937)
Renoir makes it all seem so easy. Writers could learn a thing or two from the way he tells his stories. It's a 1930's French anti-war movie that is more about friendship and acting honorably than it is about the horrors of war. The writing is so eloquent and the story unfolds effortlessly. The characters stand out as prominent as legends in classic literature. It turns into a prison escape movie and it's clear that Shawshank Redemption owes a thing or two from this memorable film. You'll be surprised how well it still holds up for a film over 75 years old. Beautifully timeless.
Director: Jean Renoir