10. My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009) - MRQE Metric: 58
9. My Best Fiend (1999) - MRQE Metric: 73
8. Nosferatu: The Vampyre (1979) - MRQE Metric: n/a
1922 original are essential classics.
7. Grizzly Man (2005) - MRQE Metric: 79
6. Encounters at the End of the World (2007) - MRQE Metric: 80
5. Rescue Dawn (2006) - MRQE Metric: 77
Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Rescue Dawn is a feature length war drama based on the true story of German-American pilot Dieter Dengler who is captured, imprisoned and tortured by villagers during the Vietnam War before surviving a harrowing escape. Christian Bale plays Dengler in one of his great, intensely portrayed roles. Watch for comic actor Steve Zahn, who turns in a surprising dramatic role. Rescue Dawn is a can't-miss for anyone looking to experience a gritty Herzog drama. Plus it is one of many bold Herzog films captured without restraint in the jungles of Thailand.
4. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009) - MRQE Metric: 75
1992 version starring Harvey Keitel. Herzog never saw the original and looked to have the name changed for his treatment. But that was impossible due to similarities in the story. Abel Ferrara, director of the original, was supposedly infuriated with the remake. I would hope he had a change of heart once he saw the picture. Nicolas Cage owns this part. He plays the drugged out cop with equal parts casualness and mania. There's a charm nestled deep in the cynicism of Cage's character that is thrilling to watch from beginning to end. Plus, a great supporting cast including Eva Mendes, Jennifer Coolidge, Val Kilmer and Brad Dourif make Port of Call a strangely alluring, drug-induced noir.
3. Stroszek (1977) - MRQE Metric: n/a
2. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972) - MRQE Metric: 82
1. Fitzcarraldo (1982) - MRQE Metric: n/a
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