The Silence of the Lambs

Jodie Foster is rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling who interviews imprisoned psychiatrist and cannibal serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins)

Jodie Foster is rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling who interviews imprisoned psychiatrist and cannibal serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins).

She’s desperate to catch a maniac nicknamed Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine), who skins his victims alive, and thinks that Lecter can help. But it’s a dangerous game…

Director Jonathan Demme keeps his inspired film version of Thomas Harris’ bestseller on a nail-biting knife-edge and the stars – both of whom won Oscars – are faultless.

Hopkins manages the tricky task of being both chilling and sympathetic – he’s not just a monster, he’s a witty (‘I’m having an old friend for dinner!’), complex and fully rounded monster – while Foster is equally compelling.

Their scenes together have an amazing intensity and crackle with electrifying tension and they light up the screen.