88. Oliver Stone
PLATOON, JFK, NIXON, WALL STREET, BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY
He may not be taken as seriously today as he used to be, but there was a time when Oliver Stone was one of the most interesting, provocative directors in Hollywood. He more than most understood the inherent power of film to move and challenge an audience. In the midst of Reagan era optimism, Stone had the audacity to take America to task for its greed in Wall Street and its jingoism in Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July. He went on to explore the corrupting effect of power in JFK and Nixon. His tone is viewed by many as shrill and self righteous, but he has not let such labels phase him. Oliver Stone is a man of deep conviction and his films have changed the way we talk about our leaders, our government, and our country.
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