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Sam Mendes’ birthday special: Popular films of filmmaker to stream online
Akshay Krishna
Aug 01, 2021
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Sam Mendes became an instantly noticed filmmaker and established himself as one of the key directors of his generation very early on with his first feature film, American Beauty in 1999. With a well figured out narrative, his ability to unravel a protagonist is always noticeable. From Lester, a boring father to James Bond, the super spy, Mendes could walk the audience through the minds of his characters. 

As the British Oscar-winning filmmaker and theatre director celebrates his birthday, let’s take a look at some of his best films.

1
American Beauty
8.6OTTplay Rating
Lester (Kevin Spacey) has a good family and a respectable job. But, he is experiencing a midlife crisis and neither his wife nor his daughter thinks highly of him. But when he gets infatuated by his daughter's friend, he snaps out of his catatonic state and starts looking for fresh changes in life. This critically-acclaimed film is a must-watch.
2
1917
8.6OTTplay Rating
Set in the chaos of World War I, this film follows Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake as they race against time through enemy territory to deliver a message that would save thousands of their comrades. With stunning cinematography, editing and direction, this is a film that you don't want to miss.
3
Revolutionary Road
7.4OTTplay Rating
Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April (Kate Winslet) are a seemingly perfect couple that sees themselves as removed from the conventionalities of suburbia. But as life starts to creep up on them, their marriage starts to crumble. Set in the 1950s, this drama about hope, aspirations and a marriage on the rocks also has some profound acting moments.
4
Road to Perdition
8OTTplay Rating
Mike Sullivan (Tom Hanks), an enforcer for a powerful mobster, is forced to be on the run with his youngest son after his wife and elder son are murdered by his employer’s son. This period crime film also features Paul Newman, Daniel Craig, Jude Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
5
Jarhead
7.3OTTplay Rating
Told through the eyes of US Marine sniper Anthony Swofford (Jake Gyllenhall), this war drama is a psychological study of a soldier's state of mind. Set in the late 1980s the story moves through boot camps, boredom, worry about home, friendship and so much more in the backdrop of the unforgiving Middle East deserts.

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