Sidney Lumet was known as a director who crafted smart, solid films, full of substantive topics and strong performances. They weren't showy or pretentious: Lumet was a storyteller, plain and simple. And his output was prodigious.
His death last week of lymphoma at age 86 truly marked the end of an era — a phrase that tends to get overused, but in this case, it's sadly apt. It's hard to pick just five of his best films, but we humbly gave it a try.
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