From Paul Thomas Anderson comes his 2008 epic focusing on capitalism, greed, and oil. When Daniel Plainview, played masterfully by Daniel Day-Lewis, moves to oil-rich California, he starts to charm his way into the local community, with promises of investment in schools and public services. His true intention, however, is the accumulation of wealth, power, and most of all, oil! The film tracks the building of his empire while he comes into conflict with figures such as local preacher Eli Sunday, played by Paul Dano. Nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture, and having won 2 including Best Actor for Day-Lewis, this film has been described as a masterpiece, and is an absolute modern classic.