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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
Director: Michel Gondry
Charlie Kaufman’s warmest script probably accounts for his highest chart position. Add Gondry’s skewed visuals, an affecting Jim Carrey and an adorable Kate Winslet, and this is Quirk Gold. Read Review

12 Angry Men (1957)
Director: Sidney Lumet
Where it all started for one of America’s most enduring directors, tapping his TV roots for a claustrophobic courtroom thriller with Henry Fonda standing up for the best of America. Read Review

The Night Of The Hunter (1955)
Director: Charles Laughton
The sole behind-the-camera gig of character actor Laughton, a psycho-thriller shrouded in spectral majesty, with a mesmerising act of evil from another underrated actor, Robert Mitchum. “Chilll... dren?” Read Review

Stand By Me (1986)
Director: Rob Reiner
A coming-of-age classic crucial to the making of many of us, with one-time multi-genre master Reiner coaxing a wonderful performance from River Phoenix, and Stephen King providing the truthful source material. Read Review

Three Colours Red (1994)
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Interlocking lives and loves, the nature of chance, the unlikelihood of happiness... Kieslowski retired — in his early 50s — after this final entry in his Colours trilogy; perhaps he knew he’d never equal it. Read Review

Annie Hall (1977)
Director: Woody Allen
A thriller named Anhedonia transformed into a rom-com where the antagonist is the lead’s own neurosis. More daring than Allen is usually given credit for. Its other alternative title? It Had To Be Jew. Read Review

Tokyo Story (1953)
Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Much more soulful and engaging than its arthouse rep suggests. A tender, tragic and transcendent picture of old age ignored. Watch it with someone you love. Read Review

Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Director: Tim Burton
After he busted blocks with Batman, Burton broke hearts with perhaps his most personal picture. The romance of a razor-fingered recluse is given irresistible internal strength by a breakout performance from Johnny Depp. Read Review

Harold And Maude (1971)
Director: Hal Ashby
Wonderful to see this bizarre, bittersweet love story in the top ton, with Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort soulmates separated by a mere, um, 60 years. The most unlikely romance you’ll ever see.

Oldboy (2003)
Director: Park Chan-wook
Popular with readers, critics and the most unlikely of filmmakers — Cameron Crowe loves it — this ferocious thriller explores the appeal and futility of revenge. And how to eat a live octopus. Read Review

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