To Kill a Mockingbird
1962
****
Director: Robert Mulligan
Cast: Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, Robert Duvall, John Megna, Brock Peters

A moving drama set in 1930s Alabama where two young children learn a valuable life lesson when they follow their lawyer father’s attempts to defend a black man accused for raping a white woman. Gregory Peck won an Academy Award for his warm portrayal of Atticus Finch, one of the humblest but best-loved screen heroes of all time. The children’s performances have not aged equally well, though. Horton Foote also won an Oscar for adapting Harper Lee’s tremendous novel.