The English Patient
1996
Set against the backdrop of World War II, this Oscar-winning drama stars Ralph Fiennes as a badly burned pilot who recounts a tale of doomed romance to the nurse tending him. As his story spills out via flashback, so do secrets about his identity.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

The only thing preventing this film from being enjoyed is the palpable audience bias against it that persists almost a decade later. Just because it's artsy Miramax Oscar-bait doesn't mean it's bad. Once seen, it's an easy film to like and even easier to appreciate, rich with location details and complex characters. It also frays the emotional nerves in the best way, as affecting as any Best Picture winner since "Schindler's List" and able to imprint its romantic imagery onto your memory for years to come. If you've been avoiding it since it first came out, lay down your bias and discover its treasures.

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