Directed by James Cameron
There are many tragic films I can watch without shedding a tear, but this one really destroys me. As Joey Tribbiani said, those two had only each other!
I am assuming everyone who is reading this knows the plot of this movie. I am even assuming they know the ending, which breaks my usual no spoiler rule, but I have to argue with people who claim Jack could have fit on the debris (it's not about space people, it's about weight!). Anyway, for tradition's sake, I will give a brief summary. A young, unhappily engaged aristocrat falls in love with a poor but sexy artist onboard the doomed Titanic.
So this is a beautifully made film with insanely accurate detail. If Cameron had directed Braveheart, we all would have been a lot happier. I think this is the type of film that could easily coast with a less than stellar cast, but thankfully, everybody gave fantastic performances (I was particularly impressed with Bates and Stuart). Normally I would complain about the length, but I just read that Cameron wanted the running time to equal the actual time it took the ship to sink after colliding with the iceberg. That's actually pretty awesome, so I will keep my mouth shut.
Usually epic romances bore me, but something about their chemistry makes them more likable. The problems they face are not caused by their own stupidity (here's looking at you An Affair to Remember).
Finally, I agree with a Best Picture winner!
The line "I'm king of the world" was improvised by Leonardo DiCaprio.
James Cameron pitched the film to 20th Century Fox by saying it was Romeo and Juliet on the Titanic.
First movie to gross a billion dollars.