The 10 Best Oliver Stone Films

From 'Scarface' to 'W.,' the writer-director's most essential big-screen works

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Natural Born Killers (1994)
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7. Natural Born Killers (1994)

In which Stone calls that whippersnapper Tarantino and raises him a steaming pile of megaviolence by rewriting QT's script and cranking out of the most controversial movies of the 1990s. Mixing lenses, film stocks and shooting styles like a collageist, Stone delivers an ultra-bloody update on the psychopathic lovers on the run a la Bonnie and Clyde or Charles Starkweather and his girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate.   Mickey (Woody Harrelson) and Mallory (Juliette Lewis) go on a good, old fashioned killin' spree, except this time mass media is all over it, embodied by the smarmy journalist Gale (Robert Downey, Jr.). There were a string of alleged copycat crimes, including the Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold massacre in Columbine. One wonders if an Internet era remake is due or would just ignite another blame game.

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