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The Passenger (1975)
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Many would argue that Jack Nicholson has yet to better his lead performance in Michelangelo Antonioni's complex, disquieting thriller as a frazzled reporter who assumes the identity of a dead gun-runner. Read Review

Spirited Away (2001)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
For too many, this was an overdue introduction to the crazy-beautiful delights of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli - and also a reminder of the wonderful mythologies that thrive far beyond the boundaries of Disney's magic kingdom. Read Review

High And Low (1963)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Kurosawa's contemporary crime thriller is one of his relatively lesser-known efforts. Don't let the absence of swords and samurai armour put you off - abetted once again by Toshiro Mifune (here a businessman whose son is kidnapped), Kurosawa proved himself a master of any genre he deigned to tackle. Read Review

Jules Et Jim (1962)
Director: François Truffaut
Truffaut's deeply affecting love-triangle drama came at (or rather, helped form) the crest of the revolutionary French New Wave, and its zest remains untainted. Read Review

300 (2006)
Director: Zack Snyder
Falling just 37 places short of its ideal spot, Snyder's buff, beefy comic adaptation slammed Sparta onto the cinematic map. With help, of course, from Gerard Butler's very shouty grasp of the obvious ("This… is... SPARTAAAA!"). Read Review

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