12 Angry Men (1957) - Sidney Lumet A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court.
12 Monkeys (1995) - Terry Gilliam In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.
21 Grams (2003) - Alejandro González Iñárritu A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother (Watts) and a born-again ex-con.
28 Days Later (2002) - Danny Boyle Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
300 (2006) - Zack Snyder King Leonidas and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.
A Beautiful Mind (2001) - Ron Howard After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn to the nightmarish.
A Clockwork Orange (1971) - Stanley Kubrick In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem... but not all goes to plan.
A Scanner Darkly (2006) - Richard Linklater An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.
Abre los ojos (1997) - Alejandro Amenábar A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.
Abyss, The (1989) - James Cameron A civilian diving team are enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.
Adams Aebler (2005) - Anders Thomas Jensen A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest.
Amelie (2001) - Jean-Pierre Jeunet Amelie, an innocent and naive girl in Paris, with her own sense of justice, decides to help those around her and along the way, discovers love.
American Beauty (1999) - Sam Mendes Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation for his daughter's attractive friend.
Antichrist, The (2009) - Lars von Trier A grieving couple retreats to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.
Battle Royale (2000) - Kinji Fukasaku In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary Battle Royale act.
Big Fish (2003) - Tim Burton A story about a son trying to learn more about his dying father by reliving stories and myths his father told him about himself.
Bin-jib (2004) - Ki-duk Kim A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days.
Blade Runner (1982) - Ridley Scott Deckard, a blade runner, has to track down and terminate 4 replicants who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to earth seeking their maker.
Cidade de Deus (2002) - Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.
Clerks (1994) - Kevin Smith A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.
Cloaka [Dutch] (2003) - Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen Four old college friends in their forties come together in a time of trouble and despair. Old joy relives, but the harsh reality of their problems can't satisfy them and eventually endangers their friendships.
Cube, The (1997) - Vincenzo Natali 7 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless kafkaesque maze containing deadly traps.
Donnie Darko (2001) - Richard Kelly A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.
Dreamers, The (2003) - Bernardo Bertolucci A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.
El Laberinto del Fauno (2006) - Guillermo del Toro In the fascist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Enter the void (2009) - Gaspar Noé A drug-dealing teen is killed in Japan, after which he reappears as a ghost to watch over his sister.
Equilibrium (2002) - Kurt Wimmer In a Fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) - Michel Gondry A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.
ExistenZ (1999) - David Cronenberg A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.
Eyes wide shut (1999) - Stanley Kubrick A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) - Terry Gilliam An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychadelic escapades.
Fight Club (1999) - David Fincher An office employee and a soap salesman build a global organization to help vent male aggression.
Fountain, The (2006) - Darren Aronofsky Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.
From Dusk till Dawn (1996) - Robert Rodriguez Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results.
Game, The (1997) - David Fincher Wealthy financier Nicholas Van Orton gets a strange birthday present from wayward brother Conrad: a live-action game that consumes his life.
Ghost in the Shell (II) (2004) - Mamoru Oshii In the year 2032, Batô, a cyborg detective for the anti-terrorist unit Public Security Section 9, investigates the case of a female robot--one created solely for sexual pleasure--who slaughtered her owner.
Good Will Hunting (1997) - Gus Van Sant Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT, has a gift for mathematics but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.
Goodbye Lenin (2003) - Wolfgang Becker In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma; a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.
Green Mile (1999) - Frank Darabont The story about the lives of guards on death row leading up to the execution of black man accused of child murder & rape, who has the power of faith healing.
Helaasheid der dingen, de [Dutch] (2009) - Felix Van Groeningen 13-year-old Gunther Strobbe grows up surrounded by alcohol, trash and his completely useless father and uncles. Slowly but surely, he's being prepared for the same hapless life. Can he defy his destiny?
Howl's Moving Castle (2004) - Hayao Miyazaki When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.
I Heart Huckabees (2004) - David O. Russell A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.
Into the Wild (2007) - Sean Penn After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
Jacket, The (2005) - John Maybury A Gulf war veteran is wrongly sent to a mental institution for insane criminals, where he becomes the object of a Doctor's experiments, and his life is completely affected by them.
La Haine (1995) - Mathieu Kassovitz Abdel, a local hoodlum, is hospitalized after a riot, where a policeman lost his gun. His friend Vinz finds it and claims he will kill a cop if Abdel dies.
La science des reves (2006) - Michel Gondry A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is lovestruck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.
Le scaphandre et le papillon (2007) - Julian Schnabel The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.
Life of David Gale, The (2003) - Alan Parker A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.
Machinist, The (2004) - Brad Anderson An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity
Magnolia (1999) - Paul Thomas Anderson An epic mosaic of several interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Man From Earth, The (2007) - Richard Schenkman An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring...
Matrix, The (1999) - Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Melancholia (2011) - Lars von Trier Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide into the Earth.
Minority Report (2002) - Steven Spielberg In the future, criminals are caught before the crimes they commit, but one of the officers in the special unit is accused of one such crime and sets out to prove his innocence.
Mr. Nobody (2009) - Jaco Van Dormael A tale that spans different time zones of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Mullholland Drive (2001) - David Lynch After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
No Country For Old Men (2007) - Ethan Coen, Joel Coen Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon some dead bodies, a stash of heroin and more than $2 million in cash near the Rio Grande.
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - Milos Forman Upon arrival at a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients together to take on the oppressive Nurse Ratched, a woman more a dictator than a nurse.
Pi (1998) - Darren Aronofsky A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.
Primer (2004) - Shane Carruth Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.
Pulp Fiction (1994) - Quentin Tarantino The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Red Dragon (2002) - Brett Ratner A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down The Tooth Fairy, a mysterious serial killer; aiding him is imprisoned criminal genius Hannibal The Cannibal Lecter.
Requiem for a Dream (2000) - Darren Aronofsky The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island individuals are shattered when their addictions become stronger.
Resevoir Dogs (1992) - Quentin Tarantino After a simple jewelery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
Revolver (2005) - Guy Ritchie Gambler Jake Green enters into a game with potentially deadly consequences.
Road, The (2009) - John Hillcoat A post-apocalyptic tale of a man and his son trying to survive by any means possible.
S7ven (1995) - David Fincher Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi.
Shawshank Redemption, The (1994) - Frank Darabont Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Shinders List (1993) - Steven Spielberg In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
Shrek (2001) - Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson An ogre, in order to regain his swamp, travels along with an annoying donkey in order to bring a princess to a scheming lord, wishing himself King.
Shutter Island (2010) - Martin Scorsese Drama set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding nearby.
Silence of the Lambs (1991) - Jonathan Demme A young FBI cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.
Sin City (2005) - Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.
Sings (2002) - M. Night Shyamalan A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.
Spirited Away (2001) - Hayao Miyazaki In the middle of her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures.
Star Wars (1977) - George Lucas Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet, teams up with other rebels, and tries to save Princess Leia from the evil clutches of Darth Vader.
Stargate (1994) - Roland Emmerich An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.
Stranger than fiction (2006) - Marc Forster An IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.
Submarino (2010) - Thomas Vinterberg Two brothers meet at their mother's funeral, each in his way on a path of self-destruction, both haunted by a tragedy in their youth.
Sunshine (2007) - Danny Boyle A team of astronauts are sent to re-ignite the dying sun 50 years into the future.
Trainspotting (1996) - Danny Boyle Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Truman Show, The (1998) - Peter Weir An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a TV show.
V for Vendetta (2006) - James McTeigue A shadowy freedom fighter known only as V uses terrorist tactics to fight against his totalitarian society. Upon rescuing a girl from the secret police, he also finds his best chance at having an ally.
Waking Life (2001) - Richard Linklater A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe.