Steve Buscemi in Fargo (1996), directed by the Coen brothers. Photo: Alamy

Classic American films: Fargo – how Coen brothers’ 1996 noir awed with its brutal, dark but funny tale

  • Starring William H Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare and Frances McDormand, Fargo received seven Oscar nominations, winning two
  • McDormand’s sharp-but-sweet Sheriff Marge Gunderson was one of the era’s most lovable characters
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Steve Buscemi in Fargo (1996), directed by the Coen brothers. Photo: Alamy
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(From left) Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Brian d’Arcy James in a scene from Spotlight (2015).

Classic American films: Spotlight – important and good journalism drama, and Oscar-winning too

  • The film is inspired by The Boston Globe’s 2001 investigation into systemic child abuse covered up by the Catholic Church, which won a Pulitzer Prize
  • Frank and unflashy, it works like good journalism, letting the awful facts speak for themselves
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(From left) Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Brian d’Arcy James in a scene from Spotlight (2015).
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