The Talented Mr. Ripley, Anthony Minghella (1999)

“I always thought it would be better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.” — Tom Ripley

A melodramatic movie, for sure, but it captures American anxieties of identity and ambition so well that I’m willing to claim Tom Ripley belongs in the same dim chamber of purgatory as Jay Gatsby and Daisy Miller. I like to think of the three of them sizing each other up over cocktails.

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