Director: Elia Kazan
Fifty six years after it was released, A Streetcar Named Desire remains as electrifying as ever. The film is credited for introducing Marlon Brando to a wider audience, and giving birth to method acting on film (mainly Brando's performance). Before Streetcar, acting on film was very theatrical and a bit detached (exemplified by Laurence Olivier and virtually everybody before 1950). Brando put a lot of grit and instinct and sex into it. Some people even claimed that Brando's performance was solely responsible for the decline of morality in the arts (those '50s folks were a conservative lot). See Vivien Leigh and Brando, two icons who epitomized two different Hollywood eras and type of acting, duke it out throughout the movie. They were meant to clash, and we are thrilled to observe.