The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
At times, Anthony Hopkins' meticulously nuanced Hannibal Lecter seems almost ironic and parodic. But in light of this film’s increasing reputation as an all-time classic, it must be remembered that the performance is one of the most renowned in modern film history, and that it has become a standard of its own. There is no denying, however, that the genius with this film is not the brilliantly structured and suspense-filled hunt for its highly interesting Buffalo Bill, nor the detailed and insightful look behind the closed doors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but rather the creation, conduction and accomplishment of Hannibal Lecter. From Jonathan Demme’s brilliant point-of-view, camerawork and ability to conceal and reveal at the right amounts to Hopkins’ once-in-a-lifetime performance. Combine that with a narrative intensity that is almost unequalled in film history (Hitchcock would have agreed), and you have one of the most compelling films of our time.