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Serenity (2005)
Director: Joss Whedon
Out of the ashes of Firefly came Serenity, a great space-cowboy romp. Its appearance on the list speaks volumes about the loyalty of those Browncoats. Read Review

Caché (2005)
Director: Michael Haneke
Haneke's clinging paranoid thriller is that rare beast - an arthouse crowdpleaser. Austere but virtuoso, the real achievement is exploring issues of guilt and complacency without stinting on the suspense. Read Review

Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)
Directors: Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam
The knights who say "Ni" + the killer bunny rabbit + the extraordinarily rude Frenchman + The Bridge Of Death over The Gorge Of Eternal Peril + the three-headed knight = genius. Read Review

Children Of Men (2006)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Grown-up sci-fi in a morass of kiddie blockbusters, Cuarón's chilling vision of a dystopian London is gripping and original. If nothing else, see it for the barnstorming single-take action sequence. Read Review

Ratatouille (2007)
Director: Brad Bird
Pixar's rat-in-the-kitchen masterwork combines perfectly orchestrated slapstick with a self-portrait about the challenges of being an artist in a sea of mediocrity. In an age of fast-food animation, this is a three-Michelin-star experience. Read Review

The Goonies (1985)
Director: Richard Donner
Every generation has a film that will always be carried in its heart. This madcap, Spielberg- produced adventure about a gaggle of treasure-hunting brats stuck in booby-trapped mazes is that film for anyone born around 1980. Read Review

Mean Streets (1973)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Try to watch this remembering that, at the time, nobody had heard of Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro or Harvey Keitel. You're watching the start of a new cinematic era. Read Review

Zodiac (2007)
Director: David Fincher
How do you turn the serial-killer thriller on its head? Never catch the killer. Fincher's true-life tale is not about grabbing the bad guy; it's about the nature of obsession. Read Review

Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994)
Director: Mike Newell
The film that established Richard Curtis as a brand is often unfairly mocked. The truth is that all rom-com writers are aiming for this mix of sly wit, genuine feeling and farce. Read Review

Hot Fuzz (2007)
Director: Edgar Wright
Wright's skill is in taking the gloss and whizz-bang illogic of Hollywood and applying it to quintessentially English situations. But we'll never understand his affection for Bad Boys II. Read Review

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This poll was conducted in November 2008. The list was compiled using votes from Empire readers, Hollywood actors, actress and key film critics.

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