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Top 10 Best movies of Ang Lee

Ang Lee was born in Pingtung, Taiwan and is regarded one of today’s best directors. There’s a striking diversity in Lee’s movies, ranging from exciting kung-fu action to sensitive drama movies and everything in between. In 2006 the film director became the first Asian to win the Best Director Academy Award (for Brokeback Mountain) and in 2013 he again managed to pick up the Oscar Statuette, now for Life of Pi.

What Ang Lee movie do you recommend the visitors of Magnificent Movies to watch? One of the aforementioned? The touching Sense and Sensibility? Or might it be the stunning Crouching Tigger, Hidden Dragon? Please vote for your favorites and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Now go and find out if you agree with the current top 10 of Ang Lee movies! Enjoy!

If you liked Ang Lee’s top 10 list, you might want to check out the best movies of some of the other famous directors. Martin Scorsesethe Coen Brothers and Stanley Kubrick are amongst our favorites but there is much more to explore!

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  1. Life of Pi (2012)

    Life of Pi

    The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

    Directed by Ang Lee
  2. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

    Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain is an Ang Lee film about two modern day cowboys who meet on a shepherding job in the summer of ’63. The two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a life long relationship conflicting with the lives they are supposed to live.

    Directed by Ang Lee
  3. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

    Sense and Sensibility

    Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. Two daughters are the titular opposites.

    Directed by Ang Lee
  4. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.

    Directed by Ang Lee
  5. Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

    Eat Drink Man Woman

    The film tells the story of a retired and widowed Chinese master chef Chu (Si Hung Lung) and his family living in modern day Taipei, Taiwan. At the start of the film, he lives with his three attractive daughters, all of whom are unattached. As the film progresses, each of the daughters encounters new men in their lives. When these new relationships blossom, the stereotypes are broken and the living situation within the family changes.. The film features several scenes displaying the techniques and artistry of gourmet Chinese cooking. Since the family members have difficulty expressing their love for each other, the intricate preparation of banquet quality dishes for their Sunday dinners is the surrogate for their familial feelings.

    Directed by Ang Lee
  6. Lust, Caution (2007)

    Lust, Caution

    During World War II a secret agent (Tang Wei) must seduce, then assassinate an official (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) who works for the Japanese puppet government in Shanghai. Her mission becomes clouded when she finds herself falling in love with the man she is assigned to kill.

    Directed by Ang Lee
  7. The Wedding Banquet (1993)

    The Wedding Banquet

    A Taiwanese-American man is happily settled in New York with his American boyfriend. He plans a marriage of convenience to a Chinese woman in order to keep his parents off his back and to get the woman a green card. Chaos follows when his parents arrive in New York for the wedding.

    Directed by Ang Lee
  8. The Ice Storm (1997)

    The Ice Storm

    In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband's lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays, escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. Young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends' parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century.

    Directed by Ang Lee
  9. Pushing Hands (1992)

    Pushing Hands

    The story is about an elderly Chinese tai chi chuan teacher and grandfather who emigrates from Beijing to live with his son, American daughter-in-law, and grandson in a New York City suburb. The grandfather is increasingly distanced from the family as a "fish out of water" in Western culture.

    Directed by Ang Lee
  10. Ride with the Devil (1999)

    Ride with the Devil

    Ride with the Devil follows four people who are fighting for truth and justice amidst the turmoil of the American Civil War. Director Ang Lee takes us to a no man's land on the Missouri/Kansas border where a staunch loyalist, an immigrant's son, a freed slave, and a young widow form an unlikely friendship as they learn how to survive in an uncertain time. In a place without rules and redefine the meaning of bravery and honor.

    Directed by Ang Lee

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