1969, dir. Jean-Pierre Melville. For petty political reasons, Jean-Pierre Melville’s masterpiece fell out of view soon after its 1969 release. Forty years later, it was rediscovered and given the encomia it so richly deserves. The story of a small band of French Resistance fighters and their exploits, it is also the broader tale of humanity’s descent into wartime’s beastly chaos, where courage and cowardice are hard to tell apart.