Charlize Theron in a still from Monster, regarded by many as her best performance. Photo: Alamy

Classic American films: Monster – Charlize Theron’s superb portrait of a serial killer

  • Theron pulled out all the stops to play Aileen Wuornos, shaving her eyebrows and gaining 14kg in weight
  • Most critics call her Academy Award-winning performance the best in her career
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Charlize Theron in a still from Monster, regarded by many as her best performance. Photo: Alamy
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in a still from The Wolf of Wall Street.

Classic American films: The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese finds twisted fun in despicable subject

  • This riotous 2013 account of the (true) rise and fall of crooked stockbroker Jordan Belfort is a hell of a ride, even at 180 minutes long
  • Leonardo DiCaprio is suspiciously brilliant throughout, while the film smashes all the rules to dramatise Belfort’s dizzying rise and fall
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in a still from The Wolf of Wall Street.
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