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Dead Man's Shoes (2004)
Director: Shane Meadows
Meadows' small-town vigilante movie restages Get Carter with pathetic rural crooks harried by Paddy Considine's vigilante in a gas mask. "What are you looking at?" "You, you cunt!" Read Review

Halloween (1978)
Director: John Carpenter
The Elvis of slasher movies - still imitated, never equalled. And even after all the sequels, rip-offs and remakes, its power to make you shiver and jump remains undiminished. Read Review

Crash (2004)
Director: Paul Haggis
A multi-stranded LA story about the challenges of multiculturalism and the woes of miscommunication. Haggis' debut lays the message on thick, but boy, does he know how to pack an emotional punch. Read Review

Ikiru (1952)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
A dying man tries to get a playground built, and Akira Kurosawa demonstrates his range by segueing from acidic dissection of Japanese office workaholism to understated, uplifting tragedy. If you don't cry at the end, you need a new heart. Read Review

Batman (1989)
Director: Tim Burton
Burton's noir nightmare re-established the franchise for the '90s. Nicholson and Keaton are a star turn as freak villain and Gothic hero. Full of imaginative violence, clever rethinkings of familiar characters, astonishing sets and witty lines. Read Review

Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
After 50 minutes of R. Lee Ermey shouting at Marine recruits during basic training, the Vietnam scenes of Stanley Kubrick's brutal war film are almost a relief. Read Review

28 Days Later (2002)
Director: Danny Boyle
A revival of the zombie apocalypse movie, shot fast and cheap and digital, this instantly established a new style for low-budget horror, but has room for eerily depopulated cityscapes and character horror as well as ferocious monster attacks. Read Review

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Top Gun (1986)
Director: Tony Scott
A combination US Navy recruiting film, closet gay porno movie, Reaganite flag-waver and love letter to big, shiny jet fighters. Tony Scott still manages to get fluttering doves and shafts of light through dust into it. Read Review

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Director: Paul Greengrass
A sequel which upshifts thanks to director Paul Greengrass applying what might well be the definitive 2000s thriller style to an edgy, paranoid chase format - Matt Damon brings life to a zombie-like hero, and a Moscow car chase ranks with the great stunt scenes. Read Review

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (2008)
Director: Steven Spielberg
CG gophers, nuked fridges and extra-dimensional beings aside, enough of you loved it to get it on to this list... Those who've grown craggy with Ford and Allen go teary-eyed on the line, "They weren't you," and everyone can cheer hordes of ants. Read Review

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