Ed Wood (1994)
Ed Wood is the story of the so-called "worst director of all-time" and the making of the now infamous cult film Plan 9 From Outer Space, about Aliens who resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires.
Think back to a time before Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice in Wonderland, before marriage scandals and drunken award show slurs, before his fifty million dollar paydays. It was 1994, Johnny Depp was a 30 year old star eager to shake off his 80's teen heartthrob image and prove himself as a serious actor. In a way, it sort of mirrors Ed Wood's own ambition to fulfill his dream of directing movies (against all odds).
This was the film, more than any other Depp/Burton parring that achieved something truly special. Ed Wood is an oddly charming and touching story of an underdog. The more you know about Old Hollywood and the life of Ed Wood, the more satisfying this film becomes. Every little detail of the real Ed's films are lovingly recreated. Martin Landau delivers an absolutely uncanny performance as Bela Lugosi (for which he won an Academy Award).
My favorite scene in the film is towards the end when Orson Welles tells Ed, “Visions are worth fighting for, why spend your life making someone else's dreams.” It inspires Ed to go back and face the naysayers.
If you haven't seen it, go check out this wonderful gem.