The action and the message hit home in these films with a lot on their minds and thunder in their fists. Best Actor Academy Award nominee Edward Norton plays a former neo-Nazi leader trying to keep his brother (Edward Furlong) out of gang life in American History X. In A History Of Violence, made men from Philly think a peaceful small-town diner owner (Viggo Mortensen) is an ex-mob assassin they've marked for death. Mistaken identity? Or is he a stone-cold killer? Director David Cronenberg's furious thriller received two Oscar nominations. Ed Harris, William Hurt and Maria Bello star.