ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (1984)
This is a tough movie. Its four hour running time might seem a struggle, the pacing crawls along at a snail's pace and the misogynistic undertones are unsettling. Yet, very few films capture one man's tragic existence in a more elegant and sophisticated manner. Like Last Year at Marienbad and Tree of Life, it's all about memory, filled with nostalgia and regret. Does the ambiguous ending really happen? Or is it a dream in the opium den? The poster-image of the iconic bridge represents the transition between boyhood and man, innocence and corruption, the gangster and the politician, the birth of America and the decay. Ten years in the making, Leone's final masterpiece, remains his greatest achievement.
Director: Sergio Leone