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Oscar Movies: Hoosiers (1986)–Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper

David Anspaugh’s against-all-odds sports melodrama, which is conventional and works too hard to please, “Hoosiers” centers on a small town Indiana high-school basketball team that has been consistently losing games.

Young Land, The (1959): Ted Tezlaff’s Message Film, Starring Patrick Wayne (John’s Son) and Dennis Hopper

This message film was directed by Ted Tezlaff, based on a screenplay by Norman Shannon Hall.

Hoosiers (1986): David Anspaugh’s Small-Town Sports Melodrama, Starring Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper in his Only Oscar-Nominated Role

David Anspaugh’s against-all-odds sports melodrama, which is conventional and works too hard to please, “Hoosiers” centers on a small town Indiana high-school basketball team that has been consistently losing games.

American Friend, The (1977): Wim Wenders’ Gripping Thriller, Starring Dennis Hopper and Bruno Ganz

Both moody and intriguing, “The American Friend” is effective as a thriller and existential character study. The movie pays homage to the American cinema not only in its casting of Wim Wenders' two cult heroes, directors Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause) and Samuel Fuller, but also in its thematic and stylistic references to other cult directors, such as Hitchcock and “Strangers on a Train,” which is also based on a Patricia Highsmith's novel.

River’s Edge (1987): Tim Hunter’s Controversial Indie, Starring Dennis Hopper, Keanu Reeves, Crispin Glover

One of the most controversial indies of the 1980s was Tim Hunter's "River's Edge," based on an actual incident in Northern California. The film addresses the alienation of American kids growing up in drug-oriented, morally-vacant culture.