77. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
directed by David Lean
To some people, the idea of honor is the sole motivating factor in their lives, regardless of circumstance. Noble though this may be, it can be detrimental; losing perspective at best and risking lives at worst. In The Bridge on the River Kwai, David Lean examined this oh-so-British trait, arguing that, sometimes, the most honorable thing a person can do is ignore his sense of honor. It’s a rare film that tells an epic story centered around complex philosophy.