I recently watched Ace in the Hole which was made in 1951 and loved it! SPOILER ALERT - We are made to really hate the main character, so at the end we feel like he gets what's coming to him. I also realized it has perfect story structure, and decided to fill out the beat sheet to see if it hit all the points. Jotted down some notes here, and what do you know! Everything fits together like a swiss-made watch! Now that's a well made film!