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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) Directed by Rex Ingram and starring Rudolph Valentino as Julio Desnoyers, the tango-dancing French grandson of an Argentine cattle baron who ends up battling his German cousin in World War I.

El dia que me quieras (The Day That You Love Me) (1935) Starring Carlos Gardel. No one ever mistakes Gardel's films for cinematic masterpieces, but any excuse to see him sing is worth it. El dia is one of his best.

Last Tango in Paris (1972) Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and starring Marlon Brando as Paul, an expatriate widower in Paris who has an anonymous affair with Jeanne (Maria Schneider), the fiancee of a film director. Looking for a film school dissertation? The entire film is a tango -- in its rhythms, emotions, style ... even camera angles and movements. Discuss.

The Tango Lesson (1997) Directed by and starring Sally Potter in a semi-autobiographical film about her relationship and tango lessons with co-star Pablo Veron, one of the world's hottest modern tango dancers.

Tango (1998) Directed by Carlos Saura. A "film-within-a-film" about a director (Miguel Angel Sol) trying to make a tango film. Saura, who also directed the 1995 Flamenco, understands the dance better than most.

Assassination Tango (2002) Directed by and starring Robert Duvall as a hit man sent to Argentina to kill a general. While waiting for his mark to return, he learns the tango from Manuela (Luciana Pedraza). I had my doubts about this film, but Duvall's actually a longtime tango aficionado and a decent dancer. Pedraza is even better.

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