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L-Shaped Room, The (1962)

A French girl (Leslie Caron), expecting an illegitimate baby, comes to live in a seedy London boarding house, and gets involved with Toby (Tom...

L.A. Confidential (1997)

This sparkling adaptation of James Ellroy’s novel touches on countless pieces of old Tinseltown lore: the Robert Mitchum marijuana bust, a supposed brothel of...

La Bamba (1987)

Very traditional Hollywood biopic covering the rise to fame of Ritchie Valens, the Mexican-born rock star whose eight months of success were cut short...

La Dolce Vita (1959)

La Dolce Vita ("The Sweet Life") is a study of crippling boredom, leading to artistic paralysis and loose sexual morals, played out against the decadence...

La Strada (1954)

La Strada is Frederico Fellini's fourth film, and the one that made his international reputation. Starring Anthony Quinn as Zampano the Strongman and the director's wife,...

Labyrinth (1986)

When a teenage girl (Jennifer Connelly) discovers her little baby brother has been kidnapped by David Bowie (er . . . by the Goblin...

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)

Filmed in 1981, released in 1982, but almost impossible to see ever since, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains caught the tail-end of the punk boom...

Lady and The Tramp (1955)

Walt Disney's first full-length cartoon in Cinemascope is a triumph for all ages. The story of a romance between a dainty, well-bred cocker spaniel named...

Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1981)

Written in 1928, D H Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover had only been available, unexpurgated, in Britain since Penguin Books' famous 1960 obscenity trial at the Old...

Ladyhawke (1985)

Seeing this movie in the 1980s as a young man was to fall in love with Michelle Pfeiffer. And just as she is still...

Ladykillers, The (1955)

A wonderful Ealing comedy with a great performance by British actress Katie Johnson, then well into her seventies, who plays Louisa Wilberforce - an...

Lair Of The White Worm, The (1988)

Nude nuns, lesbian catfights and snake-cult rituals; what else could this be but a Ken Russell fantasy sextravaganza? In the Peak District, a reptile skull...

Land That Time Forgot, The (1975)

A British supply ship is sunk by a German submarine in 1916. The survivors (seven men and a girl) are taken prisoner by the captain...

Landlord, The (1970)

An upwardly mobile businessman buys a run-down apartment block, intending to demolish it and redevelop the site. But news of the tenants' predicaments causes...

Last Action Hero (1993)

An Arnold Schwarzenegger backlash had been on the cards for some time and when this extravaganza was released the knives were well and truly...

Last Detail, The (1973)

Jack Nicholson, in one of his best roles, plays "Bad-ass" Buddusky (pictured), a veteran naval petty officer detailed, along with his black colleague "Mule"...

Last Emperor, The (1987)

The Last Emperor was a spectacular epic about China's last emperor, Pu Yi,  who lived a cloistered life until the age of three, when he...

Last Exit To Brooklyn (1990)

Another harrowing detour to hell, not for the squeamish or prudish, this blistering adaptation of Hubert Selby's shocking short-story collection about violence and suffering...

Last House On The Left (1972)

Based on Ingmar Bergman's Swedish film The Virgin Spring  (1959) starring Max von Sydow, Last House On The Left was promoted with the tagline "To avoid fainting,...

Last Movie, The (1971)

After the huge success of Easy Rider (1969), director Dennis Hopper could have made any movie he wanted. Sadly he did just that, and...