The Naked Kiss (1964)
A baffling melodrama. A former prostitute, trying to make good, is thwarted by a society that can't forgive and a cop who can't understand. In its combination of cloying sentiment and sexual frankness, simultaneously behind and ahead of its time. And what an opening sequence!
Damn you, Mel Gibson, for spoiling what could have been a sublime work of genius with typical impalings and arterial fountains. It is good, though, to learn the universal truth of human nature through the lens of Mayan culture: mothers-in-law are insufferable nags.
Catherine the Great (1995)
Watch to discover what Reese Witherspoon will look like in fifty years.