Forrest Gump
1994
****
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright-Penn, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field, Haley Joel Osment

Forrest Gump is a goodhearted simpleton who grows up in Greenbow, Alabama. While Forrest dreams of a life together with his troubled childhood sweetheart Jenny, he somehow sleepwalks through many of the key events in the late 20th century American history. Robert Zemeckis’ film is funny, touching and inventive, and its special effects are subtle but brilliant. However, Forrest’s long and episodic story has a very conservative undercurrent. Eric Roth’s Oscar winning screenplay is based on Winston Groom’s novel. The film was a massive sleeper hit and it won an additional five Academy awards, which include best film, best actor (Tom Hanks) and best director.