#8. “Letters From Iwo Jima” (2006)
Smart Rating: 94.03Spielberg’s role: ProducerGenre: War, historical dramaStarring: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi IharaLong-buried missives from the island reveal the stories of the Japanese troops who fought and died there during World War II. Among them are Saigo (Kazunari Ninomiya), a baker; Baron Nishi (Tsuyoshi Ihara), an Olympic champion; and Shimizu (Rye Kase), an idealistic soldier. Though Lt. Gen. Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe) knows he and his men have virtually no chance of survival, he uses his extraordinary military skills to hold off American troops as long as possible.