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Wilmington's top 5s

Headed to the video store but not sure what to rent? Check Michael Wilmington's suggestions of top 5 picks on various topics:

5 films to watch with takeout food

5 films about the Holocaust

5 films that feature Pierce Brosnan

5 films directed or written by Harold Ramis

5 films that capture the spirit of Christmas

Agent 007's top movie outings

5 films that are about dance

5 films that feature mother-daughter relationships

5 films that are Chicago International Film Festival prizewinners

5 films that are '70s time capsules

5 films that are great British war adventures

5 films made by great directors in their 70s

5 films based on real-life crimes and investigations

5 films that are great Italian postwar comedies

5 films that are showcases for digital technology

5 films whose restorations became historical events

5 films that showcase Clint Eastwood as movie director

5 films that are postmodern movies about the new Hollywood

5 films that are pre 'Austin Powers' spy comedies or spoofs

5 films by Denmark's prize-winning director Bille August ("A Song for Martin")

5 films that are about dads and sons

5 films that are French literary classics

5 films adapted from stories by Philip K. Dick

5 films by Hong Kong/Hollywood maestro John Woo

5 films by France's Eric Rohmer

5 films with a nuclear glow

5 films starring Al Pacino

5 films based on contemporary British novels

5 films based on legendary comic superheroes

5 films about or based on real-life moviemakers

5 films that are great rockers

5 films with memorable car duels

5 films that are great Latino works

5 films that center on space

5 films made by Steven Spielberg -- besides 'E.T.' and 'Saving Private Ryan' -- that are great

5 films that are the best of Debra Winger

5 films that are notable for time travel

5 films that celebrate soldiers and bonding in battle

5 films that are movie classics whose stars died before the films were released

5 films that are great, essential films from Iran

5 films of Arnold Schwarzenegger's that are actually good

5 films with major performances by Nicole Kidman

5 films that are the best adapted works by Alexandre Dumas

5 films that are great post-WWII movies

5 films that about World War II occupation and resistance in France

5 films that are classic British murder mysteries

5 films that show the less glamorous side of boxing

5 films that are modern or would-be Christmas classics

5 films from "Vanilla Sky's" writer-director Cameron Crowe

5 films that take place in a gambling casino

5 films that show Gene Hackman at his best

5 films starring Robert Redford

5 films adapted from highly popular children's classics

5 films from the golden era of film noir

5 films that are great '40s noirs

5 films about the seedy side of Hollywood

5 films that are down and dirty movies about morally flawed cops

5 films that are great American movies about World Wars I and II

5 films that are golden oldies about rock stars

5 films about baseball

5 films that are undated Shakespearean plays

5 films that are classic comedy mysteries

5 films adapted from novels about WWII

5 films that are restored classics

5 films that are martial arts classics

5 films that feature memorable monkeys

5 films that are memorable dinosaur pre-cursors to "Jurassic Park III"

5 films that are great non-Scorses/Coppola-directed Robert De Niro movies

5 films that are patriotic

5 films that are Stanley Kubrick excursions

5 films that are the funniest from 'Saturday Night Live' alumni

5 films from Monty Python's Flying Circus guys, together or separately

5 films about aliens invading Earth

5 films that were landmark musicals

5 films that rewrote history

5 films with one-syllable titles

5 films that are knight tales

5 films that were successful followups

5 films that are Warren Beatty beauts

5 films with gold in them thar plots

5 films that turn up the heat

5 films that show Oscars love affair with epic dramas

5 films about spies

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