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Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)
Director: Woody Allen
Woody's best since his Manhattan heyday, it's a sophisticated, ambitious, dark meditation on murder and guilt that still manages to be uproariously funny. To wit: "A strange man... defecated on my sister." "Why?" Read Review

Ghost World (2001)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
A zero-degree take on twisted adolescence, as oddball girls Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson enter the big, wide world. Blackly comic, it's a saving grace for freaks and geeks everywhere. Read Review

A. I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Spielberg channelling Stanley Kubrick does Pinocchio in a dystopian future. A challenging hybrid of sentiment and wonder (SS) and coldness and perversity (SK). Perhaps the most fascinating film of Spielberg's career. Read Review

American Graffiti (1973)
Director: George Lucas
Lucas' love letter to cruising, rock 'n' roll and growing up is the first and best Four Friends At A Crossroads movie. Warm, funny, wise, and light years away from Star Wars. Read Review

Das Boot (1981)
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
The most claustrophobic film on this list, charting the adventures of German U-boat U-96. A superbly crafted exercise in nerve-shredding tension, compelling characterisation and the minutiae of submarine life. Read Review

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