#1 ~ Philadelphia
When I first saw this film, I was so moved that I watched it again the next day and it soon became one of my favorite films of all time. Tom Hanks plays Andrew Beckett a senior associate at the largest corporate law firm in Philadelphia, Antonio Bandaras plays his partner Miguel Alvarez. Beckett takes on the firm when he is wrongfully fired, the company says for misplacing a complaint, but it is obvious he was let go due to his condition, as he is suffering from AIDS.
Tom Hanks is brilliant, as is Denzel Washington who portrays his attorney. This was one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia and it brings it out in full force. However some parts of the film were edited, including a scene were Hanks and Bandaras were in bed together, but was later added in the DVD release. Other amazing actors portrayed unforgettable characters in this film, such as Jason Robards, Joanne Woodward and Mary Steenburgen.
Few films have affected me the way Philadelphia did. A powerful film, a must see!