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A Beautiful Mind (2001)

3. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

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Not a conventional college movie, but a college movie nonetheless.  A Beautiful Mind is perhaps Hollywood veteran Ron Howard’s best film to date.  Russell Crowe was fresh from an Oscar win for Gladiator and co-star Jennifer Connelly went on to win one for her performance in this film.  Although drinking and sex happen in the film, it isn’t in a raunchy, comedic tone.  Crowe played John Nash, jr., a Nobel Prize-winning paranoid schizophrenic.  The camera follows Nash from pre- to post-graduate to university professor.  

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