12 Monkeys – Better upon each viewing.
A Prophet (Un Prophete)
Adaptation – A brilliant and brain-hurting Jonze/Kaufman collaboration.
Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The – Exquisite camerawork accompanies superb acting and a haunting story.
Batman Begins – Nolan takes superhero cinema to the level of fine art.
Battle of Algiers, The
Bourne Identity, The – Kick-off to the best action series ever.
Breaking the Waves
Celebration, The (Festen)
City of God
Dark Knight, The – The only flaw is its length, and maybe Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Dazed and Confused – The greatest teen movie of all time?
Donnie Darko – 80s sci-fi comedy horror mystery thriller. What else do you need?
El Secreto de Sus Ojos
Elephant Man, The – One of Lynch’s most straightforward films packs an emotional wallop.
Empire of the Sun
Fargo – Coens’ sterility works beautifully with the bleak winter landscape.
Fifth Element, The – The most fun you will have during a sci-fi epic.
Game, The – Underrated pre-“Fight Club” mystery thriller from David Fincher.
Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai
Gold Rush, The
Gone Baby Gone
Good, the Bad & the Ugly, The
Grapes of Wrath, The
The Great Dictator
Groundhog Day – An instant classic, a rare profound comedy that is perfect and timeless, but for a dated and sentimental soundtrack.
Jackie Brown – Tarantino’s underrated follow-up to “Pulp Fiction.”
Kill Bill Vol. 2 – Works well as a stand-alone, and AWESOME as a sequel.
L.A. Confidential – Pretty much as good as they say; only clumsy narration toward the beginning keeps this from being flawless.
Ocean´s Eleven (remake)
Once Upon a Time in the West
Out of Sight
Pan´s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)
Professional, The (Léon)
Rashomon – One of Kurosawa’s best.
Red Beard – Kurosawa’s beautiful albeit too-long treatise on compassion, humility and death stars Toshiru Mifune in his last role with the director.
Royal Tenenbaums, The – Quirky and touching without fully satisfying.
Se7en – Unfairly forgotten, from the director of “Fight Club.”
Seven Samurai – Great introduction to Akira Kurosawa.
Seventh Seal, The – My favorite Ingmar Bergman, and maybe the most iconic. . . A man plays chess with Death for his life.
Shaun of the Dead
The Sixth Sense
Talented Mr. Ripley, The
Thin Red Line, The
Three Colors: Red
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape – An acting showcase with Leo and Johnny, and a good movie too.
Yojimbo – One of Kurosawa’s best.
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