The 10 Best Oliver Stone Films

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

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Nixon (1995)
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8. Nixon (1995)

A much more complicated movie than JFK, Nixon is one of Stone's most awesomely ga-ga pictures, an ecstatic fever dream of Quaker guilt, White House mythology and Seventies paranoia.  It remains a damn shame that Tom Hanks didn't play Tricky Dick, as Stone originally wanted, but Anthony Hopkins does a fine job, bringing a little distance to the part as a non-American. Again, an all-star supporting cast is lined up, including lookalike David Hyde Pierce as John Dean and a vaguely hilarious turn by Paul Sorvino as Henry Kissinger. Still not the weirdest movie about Nixon (that would be Robert Altman's Secret Honor) but a great one.

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